May 31, 2013
One of NYU’s architectural priorities over the past decade has been to open our buildings at street level.
Many of NYU’s buildings were not originally constructed for higher education. The area east of Washington Square was home to many commercial and light manufacturing businesses (including the Triangle Shirtwaist Company), and the buildings were constructed to house that kind of activity. Over time, as those businesses moved out of this part of Manhattan, NYU bought those spaces and re-purposed them for education.