Or buying it, to be more accurate:

New York University has won approval to purchase a long-sought-after church property owned by the Archdiocese of New York on the south side of Washington Square Park for $25 million.

The school had wanted to purchase the building, known as the Catholic Center at New York University, at 58 Washington Square South, at Thompson Street in Greenwich Village, for years.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Martin Schoenfeld gave his approval for the sale of the 21,639-square-foot building on a 12,622-square-foot parcel on December 24, according to court records published Monday.

I have a lot of love for NYU (my alma mater), and I don’t think that every real estate purchase they make is inherently problematic.  This is a sad one though.  The Catholic Center is kind of a beautiful building, and the fact that it’s going to be replaced by another big, semi-soulless NYU beast isn’t great to hear.

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