For those of you working on your schedules for next week, you may want to make some time for one of the following events on Wednesday (April 23):

1) At 10 am, the City Planning Commission holds a public hearing on the proposed rezoning of Hudson Square North (or, as GVSHP calls it, “Far West Village South”). This proposal would rezone five blocks between Barrow and Clarkson Street west of Husdson Street to allow for additional permitted uses. GVSHP is opposing the project, saying in a recent email: “The City tried to pass this rezoning in 2002, but a coalition of neighborhood groups including GVSHP opposed it and it was defeated at the City Council. Now a developer has resurrected the rezoning, which would allow new residential development of up to 125 feet in height without any special permits or approvals, although it is currently prohibited by the existing zoning. GVSHP opposes the rezoning proposal because there is no apparent benefit to the community and definite potential drawbacks in terms of inappropriate development and displacement of existing businesses.”

2) From 4-7pm, NYU is hosting another open house for NYU Plans 2031, at Hemmerdinger Hall in the Silver Center for Arts and Science, at 100 Washington Square East. NYU has held three similar open houses since September 2007, in which the university has invited the public to view and comment upon its plans for future expansion. These plans affect not only the Greenwich Village community where NYU has its core, but also areas targeted for possible future expansion, including Gramercy, Governor’s Island, and Downtown Brooklyn. View a PDF of the presentation here.

3) Speaking of NYU, at 6pm at NYU’s Puck Building (295 Lafayette St.), the American Planning Association is hosting a panel, “PlaNYC One Year Later: Implementation, Impacts, Evaluation.” Participants include:
Ron Shiffman, Professor Emeritus, Pratt Institute
Ariella Maron, Deputy Director, Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability, NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations
Jerrilyn Perrine, Executive Director, Citizens Housing and Planning Council
Marcia Bystryn, Executive Director of the NY League of Conservation Voters