Relationships between universities and the surrounding communities (too-cutely known as "Town/Gown" relations) are often frosty because universities are rich and powerful, and the neighborhoods are frequently poor and politically underrepresented. But with NYU, it's a different story:
"If I lived in the Village and saw this monster eating up the neighborhood, I'd be a little alarmed myself," [NYU faculty member Barry] Lewis said. "Most activists I know just loathe NYU because NYU is gradually snipping away at the historic ambience of the Village -- the town houses, the historic sites where people famously lived or hung out. A lot of that landscape is being covered by their campus."