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New York University optimistic state's highest court will rule in favor of its expansion plan

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NEW YORK — New York University says it's optimistic the state's highest court will rule in favor of its expansion plan in Greenwich Village.

The Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday from lawyers for NYU, New York City and a coalition of groups that oppose the $6 billion plan.

They battled over the question of whether four strips of land are actually parks protected from development.

The expansion would add nearly 2 million square feet of campus space over several decades.

NYU says it's needed to attract top students and scholars.

Opponents sued the university in 2012, saying the expansion would destroy the neighborhood's character.

The Court of Appeals did not indicate when it might rule.

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