‘Purple Monster’ Crashes N.Y.U. Alumni Day

Video: Melanie Hicken

A little over a week after musicians sang out against the “Purple People Eater” at a benefit show, a “Purple Monster” will take to the streets during a march (complete with marching band!) against N.Y.U.’s expansion plan. The organizer of the protest – All in the Red, a group advocating debt-free education for all – has released a series of posters that play up the whole Godzilla thing.

If you want to see the guy in a Barney costume Purple Monster for yourself, the march will start at 1 p.m. Saturday (the school’s Alumni Day), at Washington Square Park’s Garibaldi Plaza. In the meantime, watch our video to hear Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (which has endorsed the march along with Save WSV Sasaki Garden Committee and other groups) discuss his concerns about N.Y.U. 2031’s effect on green space in Greenwich Village, and in particular the already memorialized Sasaki Garden.