Padma Lakshmi, Concerned Neighbor

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The Top Chef host and hand-crafted-caramel sneak is also an avowed opponent of NYU’s Greenwich Village expansion plans, Bedford + Bowery reports. Lakshmi joins the ranks of Matthew Broderick, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and the novelist Peter Carey, who believe the university’s city-approved, 1.9-million-square-foot expansion within the historic neighborhood is a bad move. Padma and others will try to convince a judge to reconsider the green-lit plans in court tomorrow. [Bedford + Bowery, Earlier]