New School; old neighborhood
There is a big public meeting tonight at the New School over plans to build this Skidmore Owings Merrill mother at the corner of 14th and 5th Avenue. The New Schoolers are trying to get special permission from the Board of Standards and Appeals to ignore existing height and bulk regulations and build straight up. Residents mostly fear the school's "Quads in the Sky" plan, which will attempt to build a traditional quadrangular campus in the uppermost floors of the new building.
"If you look at NYU's Kimmel Center, it glows like a spaceship, and we fear we will get the same here," said Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation pres Andrew Berman. "Nobody's asking them to recreate a 19th Century townhouse, but we're concerned the office building aesthetic isn't appropriate for a residential neighborhood."
14th and 5th of course isn't the "quaint" part of the Village, really, but residents are still trying to fight for whatever kind of light and air they can get.
"I am happy the New School is expanding, I think it's wonderful that are sucessful and more young people want to come to the neighborhood," said local resident and New School alum Susan Kramer. "But they think they are a suburban campus. It looks like a scary monolith is coming in for the landing."
If you make it to the meeting tonight do let us know.
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-- David Freedlander