The wrecking ball aimed at two Upper West Side schools isn’t going to swing.
The potential demolition of PS 199 on 70th street and PS 191 on 61st has been averted. Months after the West Side Rag broke the story that the Department of Education was quietly floating a proposal to big developers that they knock down the schools and build new high-rises with schools in their place, the city has decided not to move ahead with the proposals, state assembly member Linda Rosenthal said. “We won!” she said.
“We are absolutely thrilled that P.S. 191 and P.S. 199 will be saved,” wrote David Saphier, Co-Founder of Lincoln Square Community Coalition and 199demolition.com. “They are cherished neighborhood institutions and the disruption would have been terrible for kids, the parents and the neighborhoods. However, our joy is tempered by the fact that another amazing school, the High School Cooperative Education has been chosen by the ECF for demolition and redevelopment.”
Instead, the city is planning to demolish the School of Cooperative Technical Education at 321 East 96th Street to rebuild it inside a luxury high-rise, according to Rosenthal.
The decision comes after the “Save Our Schools” coalition, including neighbors and parents of the two schools, held a big rally and meeting on Thursday fighting the plans.