Neighbors and advocates argue that the university can't build on what should be considered official parkland
By Nora Bosworth Greenwich Village and Soho are brimming with individuals who lead wildly different lifestyles, and who oppose New York University's gargantuan development project for reasons as distinct as their own personalities. Yet whether these people are managers of local liquor stores, self-pronounced "old hippie" gardeners, or brazen Soho residents who want to see more Armani suits and fewer "I love New York" t-shirts, they all feel an imminent threat to their quality of life in light of NYU's expansion plan.
The construction, should it come to pass-which looks increasingly likely since its approval in the City Council in July 2012-will mark one of the greatest landscape shifts that the Village or Soho has seen in decades.