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Washington Square News

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A blue construction poster that reads “Work in Progress: Educational” with a photo of a blueprint is on a green wall. Next to it is a white and purple poster titled “181 Mercer Street Project” showcasing information about the construction project.

NYU sues New York City over neighborhood rezoning

NYU filed a lawsuit arguing that a provision in the city’s approved rezoning bill violates the New York state constitution.
April 19, 2022

NYU filed a lawsuit against New York City on April 13 in response to a provision in the rezoning plan for the SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods. The university argues the provision violates...

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.
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...

181 Mercer under construction in Lower Manhattan. Manhattans Community Board rejected a proposed rezoning plan that critics argued allow for further expansion of NYU. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

Manhattan Community Board rejects controversial rezoning plan that critics say encourages further NYU expansion

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration says it is aiming to create affordable housing by rezoning parts of SoHo, NoHo and Chinatown. Critics say the proposed plan would do the opposite: encourage high-end retail and NYU expansion.
August 16, 2021

In a 37-1 vote, Manhattan’s Community Board 2 passed an 11-page resolution rejecting the SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan presented by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of City...