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NYC Council OKs NYU Growth in Greenwich Village

NYC Council OKs NYU Growth in Greenwich Village
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Critics warn the move could impact the character of the historic neighborhood.

The City Council has given final approval to a plan to expand New York University's footprint in Greenwich Village.

Critics warn the move could impact the character of a neighborhood that made history as a gathering place for bohemians and artists, and as a birthplace of the gay-rights movement.

The council voted Wednesday after dozens of protesters were escorted out of the chambers.

Many residents and NYU faculty members have opposed the addition of four new buildings near Washington Square Park.

Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, says the construction threatens to destroy what makes the area so special.

But City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents the area, argues the deal ensures "NYU's growth will occur at a sustainable pace well into the future."