NYU Expands Outside Village

New York University's efforts to expand its main campus in Greenwich Village have been curtailed by fierce local opposition, but the school is forging ahead with growth plans in Brooklyn and Manhattan's East Side.

The university is entering a lease for 120,000 square feet of additional space at downtown Brooklyn's MetroTech Center, expanding the existing Polytechnic Institute of NYU campus by about 20%.

NYU is also announcing that it has chosen the architecture firms Kohn, Pedersen, Fox Associates and EYP Architecture & Engineering to design a new 170,000-square-foot school on its First Avenue health corridor between 24th and 34th streets. The building will house a new bio-engineering program, an expansion of the dental school and the relocation of the nursing school from Washington Square.

The new properties are part of NYU's ambitious expansion plan to add up to six million square feet to the university by 2031 to coincide with its 200th anniversary.


The new 20-year lease at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn is part of a $38 million expansion and renovation plan for the Polytechnic Institute that became affiliated with NYU three years ago and is in the process of formally merging with the university. The new space will accommodate two academic departments, and other operations beginning in the summer.

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