Padma Lakshmi joins crusade to safeguard NYC`s `green spaces`

Updated: Jul 19, 2013, 16:16 PM IST

New York:` Top Chef ` host Padma Lakshmi has lent her support to the legal fight against NYU`s controversial expansion plan.

The 42-year-old slipped into one of the last available seats in a Manhattan courtroom packed with activists who claim the school`s blueprints will illegally eliminate vital green space in Greenwich Village, the New York Post reported.

She revealed the reason for supporting the cause saying that being a mother, she was concerned that there`s not a lot of places to play downtown.

Nearly a dozen community groups are suing the city for approving NYU`s 6-billion-dollar, 20-year plan to erect four massive buildings, adding 1.9 million square feet of new classrooms, dorms and a gym.