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NYU. P-U.

Just like Disneyland! An historic recreation.

Just like Disneyland! An historic recreation.

  The evil real estate company known as NYU has a long history of indiscriminately tearing down important and historic Greenwich Village buildings so they can make money and build a needless dorm or another out of place faculty office building, hotel, or coffee bar.

  On East 3rd St., they razed Edgar Allan Poe's house, and put up a plaque congratulating themselves for recreating the facade of the place.

  An historic reenactment! Just like Disneyland!

  NYU will perhaps one day realize that part of the reason they can get away with charging $60,000 in tuition is not that you get a good education, but because kids want to be in Greenwich Village.

  And when they have fully destroyed things, and their paid attendance drops, they will have no idea why.

  See many, many places that NYU has torched in favor of "progress" on a Save the Village tour.

Looks can be deceiving.

Looks can be deceiving.

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King Edward (Hopper)

Just another Village painter. Not.

Just another Village painter. Not.

Well, unlike Edgar Allen Poe's house, the Provincetown Playhouse, Café Bizarre, the House of Genius and scores of other historic Village spots, NYU was unable to demolish Edward Hopper's place, although they did work for decades to evict him.

The landmarked Washington Square North exterior, along with a plaque, is all that remains of the studio where Nighthawks was painted, the most famous American piece of art ever created (with no apologies, really, to American Gothic, Campbell's Tomato Soup, Christina's World, One: Number 31, 1950, Washington Crossing the Delaware or Whistler's Mother).

 The building is part of the Artist's World tour, which takes place every Saturday at 12 noon. And a great Fred W. McDarrah portrait of Hopper in his studio is one of the keepsake postcards given out on the tour.

 

The studio where Hopper painted  Nighthawks  is - was - atop 3 Washington Square North.

The studio where Hopper painted Nighthawks is - was - atop 3 Washington Square North.