I read Cap’n Transit’s post on “Bleecker Stroad” with interest, because I lived in Greenwich Village when I was a kid, and I just got a job working for New York University. I agree with the Cap’n that there are serious problems with NYU’s plans to expand in the area, and there are also serious problems with the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation’s campaign to defend some pretty indefensible buildings.
I am being paid by NYU to do completely unrelated work, and nothing I write here is intended to flatter or influence the University. In fact, some of it may be critical of NYU. Probably the less I write the better, though. I’ll just post some pictures and let them speak for themselves about the existing development and how it relates to the urban environment.
The first picture shows one of the four entrances to Washington Square Village. They are all more or less identical. Two face north and two face south, none of them lining up with anything in particular across the street. They all have big driveways and small sidewalks.