NYU announced on Friday that Brittany Residence Hall, the freshman dorm on 10th street, would close next spring for a number of large-scale renovations. In an email sent out by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the university outlined its plans, including the installation of a sprinkler system, improvements in the electrical and plumbing systems, new paint and carpeting, and “the possible installation of air-conditioning.”
The email noted that although most residence hall maintenance occurs during the summer and takes only a few months to complete, the scope and size of Brittany’s planned improvements will require a renovation period of approximately eight months. The building will close on December 23rd, with plans to re-open on August 20th, 2013.
Though it will continue to operate throughout the fall, it will accommodate only upperclassmen, primarily those who are studying abroad in the spring or who plan to graduate early.
The decision to close Brittany as a FYRE (first year residential experience) dorm, however, will leave approximately 375 first year students without a home. As a solution, NYU also announced that it will convert University Hall, currently an upperclassmen dorm, into a freshman-only hall for the 2012-2013 school year. The email also assured students that the university would “continue to honor its four-year housing guarantee.”
Built in 1929, Brittany was known for much of its history as a hotel rather than a dorm. It now possesses the snazzy but slightly dubious reputation as “the haunted dorm,” due to a number of purported ghost sightings by residents. According to one RA, the building even has its own ghost–“Molly,” a little girl who, according to legend, fell down an elevator shaft during the building’s construction.
Some students have even gone so far as to invite Paranormal NYC, a group that investigates the paranormal and the haunted in and around New York, to assess the situation. According to The Villager, the group found nothing conclusive, though Dom Villella, the leader, noted that thin walls and poor electrical wiring may have explained some of the disturbances—something, perhaps, the upcoming renovations will fix.