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City about to break ground on Sunnyside elementary school

Site of PS 313

Construction will begin on the new elementary school located at 45-46 42nd Street (Queens Blvd. and 47th Ave.) at the beginning of 2013, according to the School Construction Authority.

The school, to be called PS313, will cater to about 440 students and is expected to open by September 2014. The site is currently vacant land (between 42nd and 43rd Streets), which was once the site of the Sunnyside Jewish Center. The proposal was first presented to the public in November 2010.

The new school is part of city’s attempt to alleviate school overcrowding in the Sunnyside/Woodside area. It should ease some of the overcrowding at PS 199 (39-20 48th Ave.), which has been a sore point for local parents for some time.

The Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhoods have many overcrowded schools. For instance, PS150 is at 110% capacity, PS 11 is at 126% and PS 152 is at 120%. Meanwhile, IS 125 continues to be dotted with school trailers.

The School Construction Authority announced earlier this year that it plans to build a new 440-seat elementary school at 39th Ave. and 57th Street, called PS 339, which should open by September 2015.

Furthermore, the city will add an additional 300 seats to PS11 by constructing an annex on the site.

Councilman JimmyVan Bramer, who has been a strong advocate for new schools, is pleased by the progress of the School Construction Authority. “I have been pushing hard for all of this since I got into office.”

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  1. Between 42nd and 43rd streets

  2. I think this will be nice, Schools and children that are learning are essential to a healthy neighborhood.

  3. Nice, hope it all comes together smoothly. Schools, and children, are essential for a healthy neighborhood. Wonder how their neighbors will adjust!

  4. I know that while the city does not want churches meeting in public school facilities (fearing that children would be confused when they find out that their school is being used for a few hours on Sunday by a Christian church), it doesn’t have a problem with public schools meeting in churches 5 days a week (which I don’t either, btw).

    Are all church space being used in Sunnyside? I know Queen of Angels is renting church classrooms to the city and St. Theresa’s and St. Raphael’s, I think. Are there any other possibilities? My children go to these over crowded schools and I wouldn’t have a problem with them meeting in a church if it alleviates the over-crowdedness.

  5. I think you mean 42nd and 43rd. not 44th.

  6. Gosh I was wondering what that huge lot was going to be used for. Happy to hear its being used for something positive!

  7. Space well used

  8. While a school is good and necessary, it sure will be an adjustment for the people who live there. Foot and vehicle traffic patterns will absolutely transform the character of the streets immediately surrounding the school.

  9. Sycamore – When I was brainstorming what it would be used for, I did think the property would be sold. I couldn’t imagine using it for public space since there ARE a lot of homes right around it.

    That being said, a new school is a neighborhood necessity. I hope it works out for those who live on that block.

    Does anyone know wtf is up with that empty space right next to Starbucks? It’s so ugly just sitting there – I’m surprised someone hasn’t bought it. Or does the city own that too?

  10. Krissi- That ugly spot next to Starbucks has been like that for over 10+ years. a big fire took out a bunch of stores and that was that. I would hope they put an Arby’s there or an Earl of Sandwich…mmmmm

    Another lot that would make a great place for a school is the lot on 43rd I believe thats by the old jewish temple place. Just a big mass of ugly land between buildings. A nice junior high school can go there. Or another Arby’s or Earl of Sandwich. mmmmm

  11. Krissi – that property is privately owned and the subject of a complicated story. Joe in the barbershop next door has all the details.

  12. Queens Boulevard – boulevard of death! Good luck crossing the street.

  13. Am all for education but I live in a building next to this lot and wish the owners would have mentioned plans for this lot before I signed a 2 year lease. Am less concerned with what happens once the school is built but don’t know if I can handle noisy construction for the next year and a half.

  14. Bah Humbug you got F’d in the A bud!

    construction is gonna be a B

  15. All I can say is that that there is going to so many rats running around during the construction. Not to mention all the parking that we are going to lose because of this, plus when the school opens.

  16. SP, You edit out plenty of my comments when they offend, and I don’t use vulgarities. Can’t you please omit phrases such as the one above? Vivid descriptions of that which should not be seen by others (the definition of obscene!) don’t belong in a place like this. There are plenty of websites for talk like that.

  17. Is there
    any vacancy to work as a sub-teacher???

  18. 440 students? So thats going to cover about 3 square blocks worth of school aged children on the southside. What about the other 1200 kids?

  19. Lets hope that the DOE does not place a “True Believer” and utter failure Carmen Parache, the current Principal of PS 150.

    Her first action as Principal was to remove all the spelling and grammar books from the school as she was under orders from Joel Klein to to immediately implement the “Teachers College” method at the school.

    As a result, the school went from being the number one or two school in the district to a school so far gone that it is now on the DOE’s “Schools in Need of Improvement” list.

  20. Lets hope that the DOE does not place a “True Believer” and utter failure like Carmen Parache, the current Principal of PS 150.

    Her first action as Principal was to remove all the spelling and grammar books from the school as she was under orders from Joel Klein to to immediately implement the “Teachers College” method at the school.

    As a result, the school went from being the number one or two school in the district to a school so far gone that it is now on the DOE’s “Schools in Need of Improvement” list.

  21. JuliaJ, if you ever need help crossing the street, ask someone for assistance. I cross Queens Blvd frequently and have never had any difficulty. Maybe you could practice on Greenpoint Avenue and work your way up to the Big Guy?

  22. Has it ever been reported what the City (or Board of Education) paid for the ground site? I’m wondering if the property owner made a profit or suffered a loss. He got stuck with the land after failing to raise the financing to build a condominium there.

  23. Condo units LP bought in 2005 for $4,950,000.00

    Sold in 2012 to School construction Authority for $5,700,000.00

    that’s probably also why foodtown is vacant waiting for the market to improve enough to support condo construction

  24. Should be Condo Units LP and Jackson Senate LLC bought it in 2005 for $4,950,000.00

    and both sold it in 2012 to School construction Authority for $5,700,000.00

    source ACRIS http://a836-acris.nyc.gov/Scripts/Coverpage.dll/index

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