Volume 79, Number 44 | April 7 - 13, 2010
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A map showing what N.Y.U. considers to be its campus “core” — and its surrounding “neighborhood,” within which the university would like to add facilities that it feels should be fairly near campus, such as residences for freshmen and sophomores.

N.Y.U.: Plan was leaked to media

New York University officials said the school’s carefully planned rollout for its NYU 2031 future growth plan was botched by a “leak” by an unknown source.

N.Y.U. had scheduled an official release of the plan to all media on April 6, after having first unveiled it to the Borough President’s Task Force on N.Y.U. on April 5. Unrealistically, most would say, N.Y.U. would have asked the media to embargo any coverage of the plan until Thurs., April 8, when N.Y.U. President John Sexton is to hold a special reception, described as a “thank you event” for people who have been involved in the process and “made it possible.”

N.Y.U. is inviting the larger community to view the plans on Wed., April 14, at the Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place, 10th floor, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Refreshments will be provided.)

University spokesperson John Beckman said they don’t know who leaked the plans to the two newspapers early. Though it’s no secret which two newspapers did the first reports on the plan, Beckman asked that The Villager not mention their names, since he didn’t want to be seen as criticizing them in the press.

Villager photo by Lincoln Anderson

N.Y.U.’s Lynne Brown speaking to a TV news reporter about N.Y.U.’s plan last week.


Lynne Brown, N.Y.U. senior vice president, said there’s no way N.Y.U. would have timed the announcement for when the two papers broke the story, since Sexton was in Abu Dhabi — where N.Y.U. has one of its network of global campuses — en route to London and thus had to do a phone interview for the articles. Meanwhile, Brown and Hurley were in Washington, D.C., at a weekend conference, and had to drop everything and rush back to New York to field questions from the two newspapers.

Andrew Berman, who was quoted in both of the articles, said he wasn’t the leak.

“According to The Observer, it was someone who was shown a preview of the plan,” Berman told The Villager. The N.Y.U. watchdog said he wasn’t shown a preview, noting it’s been a long time since the university gave him an early look at anything they’ve been working on.

Lincoln Anderson

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