Old tobacco warehouse transformed into a classroom
by Daniel Fabiani
Jun 22, 2010 | 6858 views | 2 2 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pictured from left to right are Dennis Tseng of New York Cares, and Adriana Garza of Price Waterhouse Cooper.
Pictured from left to right are Dennis Tseng of New York Cares, and Adriana Garza of Price Waterhouse Cooper.
P.S. 128 needs more space, yet again.

After switching to a new building this year, the school found that it was in need of more space for its 650-student body. So, the school, which is located on 65th Drive in Middle Village, acquired an ancient and abandoned tobacco warehouse across the street and made it the home of their new annex.

With generous cooperation from New York Cares, the largest volunteer organization in the city, and funding from Price Waterhouse Coopers, the school was able to initiate a marvelous renovation of its newest building.

“New York Cares wanted to transform this dull building into a bright and engaging place for students to come,” said Dennis Tseng, corporate service officer for New York Cares.

The new annex will be housing grades pre-K and 1st grade, and the murals will all be at the young students' eye-level, some so low that adults will pass them without even noticing.

In the cafeteria there is paintings of food and drink, while the outside of the building is bright and enticing with colorful words of educational terms such as math and science.

The entranceway looks like a warm sunrise, and within the halls you will see happy students smiling along the walls.

“This is my first volunteer project and I’m happy to be doing this for the kids,” said volunteer Geraldine Panis, 22, a student at Adelphi University.

PWC and NYC’s main goals are to make sure that the renovations of the buildings are exciting and engaging for the students, as well as safe and equipped with the necessary tools for students to learn.

“We’ve saved the school about $10,000 to $12,000 of labor, and Price Waterhouse Cooper made sure that we would do this right” added Tseng.

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one who knows more
July 16, 2010
The reporter said new annex, not the ONLY annex. Read again "one who knows." I've had my children schooled there too. Thanks,
one who knows
June 26, 2010
The annex has been open for 20 years. Let's get our facts straight. The plan was ALWAYS to keep the annex open. What happenened to real reporting when the reporter checked that the facts were correct. This would have been a slam dunk. They could have just asked. And the SCA did a wonderful job 20 years ago on the annex, it is still in pristine shape. I had kids in that school before the annex was opened and I still have one child in there.