P.S. 234’s getting bigger


All that’s missing are the students, in one of the two rooms Manhattan Youth is converting into classrooms for P.S. 234, top. Manhattan Youth struck an agreement with the city to use space in the new Downtown Community Center as art and science classrooms for P.S. 234 for two years. That will free up space in 234’s main building next-door to the community center for the Tribeca school’s large incoming kindergarten class. Below, Paget Williams, a Manhattan Youth after-school counselor for 4 and 5-year-olds, installed sustainable Marmoleum flooring in the second classroom on Wednesday. The rooms will be physically ready for opening day, Sept. 2, but they still need approval from the Department of Buildings, which could take a little longer, said Bob Townley, executive director of Manhattan Youth. In 2010, the Dept. of Education hopes to relieve P.S. 234’s space problems with new K-8 schools on Beekman St. and in the south end of Battery Park City.