NYU to Open LA Extension Program in Fairfax District

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New York University will be setting up its satellite branch in Los Angeles at 145 South Fairfax Avenue, across from the iconic Farmers Market to better compete against rival film and arts schools, Commercial Observer has learned.

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The new NYU program, expected to open next fall, plans to host 40 advanced students who will spend most of their days in internships, but will also take night classes, officials told The Chronicle of Higher Education last month.

Jennifer Frisk, a managing director at Newmark Knight Frank handled the transaction on behalf of NYU for the lease, which is on a partial floor of the 57,850-square foot building, according to an NYU spokeswoman. The university declined to offer further details on the lease. A representative for the landlord A.F. Gilmore was not available for comment.

“The La Brea area is centrally located, at the heart of a key industry hub, and is also home to a wide range of great dining and entertainment options, which we know will be enormously appealing to our students,” Linda G. Mills, vice chancellor, global programs for NYU, told CO.

NYU is the latest in a line of major research universities setting up locations in Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest city and hub for media, film, TV and music production, as the Chronicle pointed out. Arizona State University will house journalism and design programs in a renovated former newspaper building at in downtown Los Angeles at 146 West 11th Street starting in 2020, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Quinnipiac University started its Los Angeles programs in 2014, and that same year, Emerson College opened a building in the city after using rented space for more than two decades. Syracuse University opened a satellite campus in Los Angeles in 2011.