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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 October 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 September 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 April 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 April 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 November 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 October 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 March 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 March 27, 2017
Updates on the NYU 2031 expansion plan and a look at Colombia's joint expansion plan efforts.
NYU’s 2031 expansion plan is finally underway with the beginning of construction at 181 Mercer.  Many students are optimistic for the new facility, but some question its role in the gentrification of the neighbourhood.

181 Mercer Street Construction Begins

Sherah Ndjongo, Contributing Writer March 8, 2017
Construction for NYU's 181 Mercer Street project has begun. Some students are looking forward to seeing the finished product, while others question the necessity of a new NYU building.
Neighbors of the Jerome S. Coles Sports Center oppose its invasive construction for the 2031 Expansion Plan.

Cherry Trees Downed in Coles Project

Miranda Levingston, Contributing Writer September 9, 2016
The ongoing construction and environmental costs of NYU's 2031 plan are making locals worried for their neighborhood's future.
The NYU Coles sports center before the construction.

The 411 on the 2031 Plan

Ashley Arnold, Contributing Writer September 8, 2016
Months after the closure of Coles and opening of the 404 Lafayette facility, the NYU community and neighborhood locals maintain mixed views of the 2031 Expansion Plan.