Whelp, this land-use matter just got a whole lot sexier! Opponents of NYU’s plan to expand in Greenwich Village have gotten a few more bold-face names behind their lawsuit against the school.
A rep for Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (one of the groups suing the school) tells us Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef” (and of the East Village) will join Village-based authors Peter Carey and Joseph McElroy in the audience at State Supreme Court on Thursday.
Back in February, none other than Ferris Bueller took time away from his day off to show up to a hearing, and last October, Thurston Moore and that guy from the Violent Femmes leveled their axes (as in guitars) against NYU 2031.
Plaintiffs are arguing, among other things, that the city improperly transferred public parkland to NYU when it approved the school’s plan to build just under 1.9 million square feet across two blocks in Greenwich Village.
At this rate, NYU better get some its own star-power behind the expansion. Paging James Franco?