Eleven groups have sued the city for approving a plan to expand New York University's footprint in Greenwich Village, a move that critics say could destroy the historic neighborhood.
The lawsuit accuses government decision-makers, including both the City Planning Commission and the City Council, of illegally turning over public land to facilitate NYU's wishes. It also claims the approval process lacked transparency and denied the public meaningful input.
The suit requests the court to reverse the city's approval. It also seeks to stop NYU from starting any construction.
The City Council gave final approval to the plan in July despite opposition from neighborhood groups and preservationists who warned that it could change the character of a beloved neighborhood that has nurtured artistic and social movements throughout the decades.