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NYU student found dead in dorm courtyard after apparent fall

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An NYU student was found dead in the courtyard of his dorm early Monday, university officials said.

Although the NYPD was still conducting its investigation, a spokesman for the school said it appears the freshman fell into the courtyard of the Third Avenue North dorm at 75 Third Avenue. His body was discovered around 3:20 a.m.

"Police and the university are looking into events preceding...

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State judge halts part of NYU's $6B expansion plan

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A state judge Tuesday blocked part of NYU’s $6 billion Greenwich Village expansion plan for using park land without state approval.

State Supreme Court Judge Donna Mills ruled that parcels of land the city had argued is mapped for streets had long been treated as Parks Department property by officials and locals.

The judge noted that NYU can get approval from the state legislature to...

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City approves landmarking for south Village neighborhood

NYU's Vanderbilt Hall, which is in the South

(Credit: NYU's Vanderbilt Hall, which is in the South Village Historic District. (Getty))

The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a 13-block section of Greenwich Village for landmarking.

Preservationists and residents have pushed for the South Village Historic District since 2006 to protect long standing businesses and residences from overdevelopment. The landmarked zone includes blocks just south of Washington Square Park between La Guardia Place and Sixth Avenue...

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Bill's first deputy mayor has transit chops

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(Credit: Anthony Shorris, foreground, will be Bill de Blasio's first deputy mayor. (Charles Eckert) )

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio Wednesday announced that he picked a veteran in city government with transportation experience to be his first deputy mayor and oversee day-to-day operations.

Anthony Shorris' long resume includes stints as director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey under Gov. Eliot Spitzer, director of NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and...

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Bratton praises de Blasio's safe streets 'vision'

Bill Bratton backs the mayor-elect's plan for safe

(Credit: Bill Bratton backs the mayor-elect's plan for safe streets. (Anthony Lanzilote))

Former and potential future NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Tuesday backed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" pedestrian safety proposal to eliminate fatalities.

Bratton-Mayor Rudy Giuliani's top cop who also led police departments in Los Angeles and Boston-said at a street safety forum that de Blasio can build upon Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to change the city's landscape...

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Cops, NYU officials try to figure out how student got stuck in gap

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(Credit: Firefighters had to rescue an NYU student from this confined space. (FDNY))

As an NYU student recuperates from serious injuries from getting trapped in a gap outside his Lafayette Street dorm, his classmates and officials are trying to piece together how he got into the space to begin with.

Asher Vongtau, 19, remained in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center Monday with a fractured skull, pelvis and other injuries, according to the FDNY. Firefighters rescued...

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