Printed at McNally-Jackson bookstore, 2012, ISBN 978-1-938-02214-2
"While We Were Sleeping" is an urgent call to save Greenwich Village from New York University's uncontrolled expansion. Writers and artists make the case against NYU's plans to devour previous acres of green space, including the spectacular Sasaki Garden, the Key Park children's playground, and a gorgeous grove of oak trees. All this will go ahead if we don't stop it. The price of our inactivity is twenty years of continuous construction. We will wake up to discover 2.2 million square feet of office space where our Village used to be. Our alarm clock is ringing.
Preface Mark Crispin Miller Crimes Against Urbanity   1. The University Jules Feiffer Annals of SuperVillains: The Gown That Ate the Town Ernest Davis, Patrick Deer Expand Minds, Not NYU's Campus     Mark Crispin Miller Lynne Tillman Great vs. BIG Andrew Ross Debt and Growth, FIRE and ICE Barbara Browning Dancing Through the Village Patrick W. Gallagher The Magical World of Real Estate, Where Anything Can Happen (But Doesn't) E.L. Doctorow   2. The Village Roberta Brandes Gratz NYU Protest Kenneth Lonergan Peter Carey New York Theater Workshop, June 18, 2012 Hubert Steed Before and After Photos Kevin Baker The Village Without Apologies Eileen Myles Buildings and Cigarettes David Amram Eric Drooker Bird's Eye View Nat Hentoff John Guare Joseph McElroy I ASK Joel Grey Philip Levine It Can't Happen Here Jessica Hagedorn Greenwich Village, Mon Amour Eric Drooker Terminal Rage Sarah Schulman Good Morning 7-Eleven Arthus Nersesian Part by Part James S. Russell How NYU Can Grow Michael Sorkin NYU's Tipping Point   3. Beyond the Village Daniel Goldstein The Universal Flight Brian McFadden Gentrified Funny Pages Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD     Industries and Ecosystems Ashley Gilbertson
Photos from the Book Party at McNally-Jackson Joann Jovinelly, photographer.