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NYU’s flagship development project, 181 Mercer, is scheduled to open by spring 2023. (Staff photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Billion-dollar NYU building at 181 Mercer Street nears completion

After years of disputes and delays, the construction of NYU’s flagship development is set to open for use at the start of the spring 2023 academic semester.
Abby Wilson, News Editor Aug 11, 2022

After nearly six years of construction, NYU’s 181 Mercer Street building — a 735,000-square-foot development including classrooms, study spaces, dining areas, athletic...

The all glass facade of 181 Mercer Street.

181 Mercer building opening delayed again until spring 2023

The opening of NYU’s flagship development, which will include housing, classrooms, athletic facilities and a theater, has been postponed twice due to construction delays related to COVID-19.
Carmo Moniz, Deputy News Editor Mar 9, 2022

The opening of NYU’s new 181 Mercer Street building has been postponed until spring 2023, according to NYU spokesperson Shonna Keogan. The university previously announced that...

181 Mercer St., located between Bleecker and West Houston streets, is NYUs new multi-use building. The building is expected to open in fall 2022. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

SoHo/NoHo rezoning approval allows 181 Mercer to stand

The rezoning plan passed last month includes a last-minute change that allows university dorms to remain in the area.
Carmo Moniz, Senior Staff Writer Jan 27, 2022

NYU will not halt construction on its 181 Mercer Street building, scheduled to open in fall 2022, after the SoHo and NoHo rezoning plan was approved last month.  The New York...

181 Mercer St., NYU’s new building, is being built with special glass windows to reduce energy usage and help prevent bird collisions. Up to 230,000 birds die every year in New York City from these collisions. (Staff Photo and Illustration by Ryan Kawahara)

Bird-safe glass design at 181 Mercer saves wildlife and energy

Window collisions kill hundreds of thousands of birds every year in New York City. 181 Mercer’s architects are using specially designed glass with the intention of saving birds and energy.
Alex Tey, Deputy Managing Editor Oct 18, 2021

Custom-designed glass on 181 Mercer Street, NYU's under-construction multi-use building, will help prevent bird-window collisions — a serious threat to native bird populations...

181 Mercer St., located between Bleecker and West Houston Streets, is NYUs new multi-use building. The building is expected to open in fall 2022. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Controversial 181 Mercer building now slated for fall 2022 opening

NYU’s flagship development, featuring classrooms, athletic facilities, housing and a theater, is the centerpiece of an ambitious expansion plan that has met persistent opposition in the 14 years since it was proposed.
Aneesh Kumar, Staff Writer Sep 24, 2021

NYU’s flagship development at 181 Mercer St. is approaching completion after over five years of construction. Installation of the glass-paneled exterior is expected to be completed...

NYU held its first annual State of Sustainability address last Thursday, April 22. Students are not convinced, especially considering past efforts by NYU Divest to get the university to cut ties with corporations related to fossil fuels and the prison-industrial complex. (Photo by Echo Chen and Tony Wu. Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

NYU remains invested in fossil fuels as the university hosts its first State of Sustainability

The university touted its achievements, goals and new programs aiming to promote sustainability, but ignored its ties to fossil fuels.
Saurabh Kumar, Staff Writer Apr 29, 2021

NYU held its first annual State of Sustainability address last Thursday, April 22. The webinar event featured speakers from the Office of Sustainability and other university departments,...

The building at 181 Mercer is in the early stages of construction. NYU has resumed construction at the site after New York State deemed school projects essential. (Photo by Corey Rome)

181 Mercer Street Construction Resumes

Despite complaints from locals and community organizations, NYU continues construction at 181 Mercer Street after the state allowed construction projects for schools to be considered essential.
Andrew Califf, Staff Writer Apr 30, 2020

Construction at 181 Mercer Street has recently been deemed essential work, after New York revised original restrictions to include public and private school construction projects...

NYUs proposed budget for the 2018-2019 academic year shows a 3.1 percent increase from the 2017-2018 budget.

NYU Endowment Eclipses $4 Billion, Cost of Attendance to Rise 2.7 Percent in 2018-2019

Alex Domb, Deputy News Editor May 15, 2018
NYU's annual budget proposal for the 2018-2019 school year was released Monday afternoon.
Several local Mercer Street residents have expressed concerns over recent NYU plans for 181 Mercer Street. They cite that the new proposals could  impact air quality and amount of natural light surrounding their buildings.

Locals Oppose NYU’s Updated 181 Mercer Plan

Lorenzo Gazzola, Staff Writer Nov 2, 2017
One of the central components of NYU's 2031 Plan is the construction of a new facility at 181 Mercer Street. Several Mercer Street residents have expressed concern over the plan.
A student from the class puts the finishing touches on the 3D model of Gallatins 2061 School of the Earth plan.

Gallatin Students Create ‘School of the Earth’ 2061 Plan

Miranda Levingston, News Editor Oct 12, 2017
A Gallatin class envisions an environmentally friendly "School of the Earth" for 2061 as a response to the university's 2031 plan.
According to the Brooklyn Eagle, NYU Langone Medical Center is continuing its expansion efforts by adding a site in Bay Ridge. So, the Brooklyn community will have more access to medical care.

NYU Langone Looks to Expand to Lower East Side

Geomari Martinez, Contributing Writer Mar 28, 2017
NYU Langone has proposed a $32.9 million expansion for a new outpatient facility in the Lower East Side. The project is currently pending approval.
The $500 million building that is to be built at NYU Tandon could potentially generate significant revenue for the university.

NYU Expansion Targets Tandon

Herman Lee, Staff Writer Mar 27, 2017
Updates on the NYU 2031 expansion plan and a look at Colombia's joint expansion plan efforts.