Judge Accepts Our Motion to Intervene Over the Objections of Both NYU and NYC

We’re thrilled to report that our motion to intervene has been accepted in NYU’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the provision in the SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown rezoning that prohibits most private university expansion in the area! Unsurprisingly, NYU vigorously fought our motion, which allows us to argue against the case in court and take further actions regarding the rezoning as the case progresses. Disappointingly but not entirely surprisingly, the city also fought our motion, even though it allows us to support their case against NYU (this may have something to do with the fact that if the judge rules in favor of NYU, we have made clear we would also argue that the SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown rezoning cannot be considered valid because it did not include an analysis of the potential impact of NYU expansion in the area).

We will continue to fight to ensure that the provision we worked so hard for preventing NYU from expanding in the area is upheld, and that the damaging provisions of the rezoning are challenged and mitigated.


February 21, 2023