Broderick’s testimony, which took place in front of hundreds of NYU faculty members and area residents in addition to members of the Council’s subcommittee on zoning and franchises, garnered mixed reactions from the audience. Mitchell L. Moss, a professor of urban planning at NYU, mocked Broderick’s quasi-star power, shouting from the audience, “This is not the pristine Village of Sarah Jessica Parker, of ‘Sex and the City,’ of Matthew Broderick,” while one woman in the audience fist-pumped Broderick and told him to “give them hell” on his way up to testify.
His testimony centered primarily on his childhood in the Village, focusing on how important open spaces like parks and basketball courts had been to him while growing up. Many of those places, he said, had either been eradicated to make room for NYU buildings, or would be if the new expansion plan were to come into fruition. “It’s not that I don’t like change—some changes are good,” he said. “But some have been heartbreaking.”
Meanwhile, university president John Sexton said the expansion was necessary in order to “give students more value for what they’re putting in.” Undergraduate tuition clocks in at about $50,000 each academic school year, so we can only anticipate these future NYU dorms will feature jacuzzi bathtubs built with the crushed bones of former Village residents.
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