The New Amsterdam School, a Waldorf-inspired nursery, pre-K and kindergarten school, is moving into the first floor space of Bloom62, Ben Shaoul’s fancy-schmancy luxury condos that replaced the Cabrini nursing home.
Jill Fehrenbacher, a parent and member of New Amsterdam’s growth committee, says the school is planning to move into 62 Avenue B after construction is completed in September.
New Amsterdam’s first grade, kindergarten and nursery programs will be located on the ground floor, which is currently undergoing construction to add classrooms, an auditorium, and an entrance separate from the one to Bloom62.
The leasing of 62 Ave. B is part of a larger expansion: the school has also leased space on Clinton Street, between Houston and Stanton, and is planning to begin a first grade class this September, and add on a grade each year until it has grades one through five.
“There’s a real demand for schooling and children’s programs in the Lower East Side and East Village, and downtown in general,” Fehrenbacher says. “The population of kids under the age of six or seven has been booming down here, and there’s not a ton of offerings. Every program is overcrowded.”
East Village real estate mogul Ben Shaoul, president of Magnum Real Estate Group, bought the building that housed the Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in December of 2011. The nursing home closed amidst protest in June of 2012, and Shaoul renovated the space into high-end rentals.