For NYU And Columbia, A Continuing Balance With Neighborhood

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Columbia and New York University, two of the three biggest schools in the city, both have plans to expand significantly over the next 25 years into their surrounding neighborhoods. NYU’s tentative plan requires the school, already the largest private university in the country, to acquire roughly 6 million more square feet of space in the city—on top of the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, which NYU purchased in 2008.… [More]

Advocates, Developers Size Up Bloomberg's New Housing Chief

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The city’s housing advocates are a tightly-knit group—”a little cabal,” as one put it. So when Rafael Cestero became the city’s new housing chief this month, they began scouring his past statements, searching for clues as to how he would lead the housing department through the spiraling fiscal crisis.

Like etymologists sifting through ancient hieroglyphics, advocates and developers have been piecing together scraps of...… [More]