Now that NYU students have moved into Gramercy Green, the 21-story building at 23rd Street and Third Avenue that was first developed as condos for Irish investors but was later bought by the university (unbeknownst to those Emerald Isle buyers?oops!), are the little purple people enjoying their cushy digs? Not sophomore Damon Beres, who wrote in the school's Washington Square News, "Young students like us don't need this quality of living or, at the very least, we don't need it provided by our college." Ashamed about floor-to-ceiling windows, a game room and a fitness center? Indeed. He tells the Times, "It feels like too much for me." A university spokesman responded to the paper: "The amenities that the building has are not choices that the university made. They were choices that the developer made as he was constructing the building for a different purpose. In the 12 years I have been here, this is the first time I can recall students accusing the university of doing something that's too nice for them." When asked to comment, an angry leprechaun we spotted on the sidewalk said he was too drunk.
· Dazed, Confused and Living Large [NYT]
· Gramercy Green coverage [Curbed]