On Sunday, December 5th, neighborhood groups of Greenwich Village will gather at a rally to gain support against New York University’s expansion plans. Members of the local community are outraged at NYU’s intention to take over “six green strips” of land between Houston Street and Washington Square Park, outlined in its 2031 expansion plan. The rally is scheduled to take place on LaGuardia Place between Bleecker and West Third and is organized by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. The GVSHP is an organization, which is hoping to preserve the Village from large conglomerates, like NYU, who are constantly changing the historic landscape of the area with new construction endeavors.
Just recently, the GVSHP won a battle against NYU’s attempt to build a tower in the Silver Towers Complex, but will they be successful again? Residents of the Village are hopeful that the University will once again be shut down. The rally will aim at getting support for the transfer of land ownership from the Transportation Department, where it currently resides, to the Parks Department. Community Board 2, already voted in favor of this action, but GVSPH is hoping that the rally will encourage politicians to get on board with saving the Village’s green spaces. GVSHP and Village residents are prepared for another battle with the University, but are hopeful that their efforts will help to save one of New York City’ historic districts.