New York University (NYU) is located in Greenwich Village in New York City. It is a place where diversity is cherished, and the campus is fractured and decentralized, with buildings spread over much of the neighborhood. There is often tension between the university and other neighborhood residents and businesses over real estate issues.
Originally called the University of the City of New York, it was founded by a group of prominent New Yorkers in 1830 as an alternative to the Episcopalian-dominated and "aristocratic" Columbia College (now Columbia University).
The university's business school is called Stern School of Business. The other major professional school, The School of Law regularly ranks in the top five of US law schools in education and research.