The most recent rendering of NYU’s plan for its superblocks. Of course, the tug-of-war between the university and the neighborhood did. an ambitious expansion of the school in places like Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, was the recipient of. Established in 1831 and located in New York City, New York University has grown into the largest independent research university in the U.S., encompassing 19 schools. Feb 10, 2008  · Aisha al-Qaissieh is…