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NYU Opponents Speak; Floating East River Pool To Fundraise

DUMBO—Curbed's favorite pie-in-the-sky idea for summer fun—+Pool, a cross-shaped contraption plunked into the East River that would filter surrounding water to make it swimmable—needs more funding to keep its feasibility studies and other plans afloat. So the team is hosting its first benefit on October 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Jane's Carousel. Tickets start at $200 a pop. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

GREENWICH VILLAGE—Today, a court ruled in favor of NYU, giving the university the green light to move forward with its $6 billion expansion plan. The opponents said they will be appealing the decision, which found that "implied" park land is not actually park land, and therefore, NYU can build on it. Now the opponents have released a statement, courtesy the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

We believe the First Department panel made the wrong decision today in overturning Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills' decision preserving and protecting New York City parkland, and allowing the City to give this land away to NYU for its deeply unpopular and bloated expansion plan. We will be working with our co-plaintiffs and our lawyers to appeal this wrong-headed decision as soon as possible. It's deeply ironic that this decision came down just days after it was revealed that the plan will allow space which was supposed to be allotted for a public school to be taken by NYU -- amounting to an even greater giveaway of public resources to the university as part of this development scheme. Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills was correct in identifying this much-needed public green space as parkland which cannot be alienated by the City or NYU. We continue to believe that the sanctity of this principle should be upheld, and we are confident that it will be upon appeal. Since the City Council, City Planning Commission, and Borough President first gave away public park space to NYU, and overturned long-standing deed restrictions, zoning protections, and open space preservation requirements to allow NYU to move ahead with its massive plan, we knew we were up against a lot. But I believe that in the end the best interests of the City, the Village, and even the university, as articulated by its faculty, workers, and students who oppose this plan, will prevail, and the courts will halt NYU 2031.