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Conceptual Interior Renderings of 590 East 83rd St.

Welcome to Brearley's Construction Webpage!

The School is in the process of building a new 12-story structure on East Avenue at 83rd Street that, along with our historic home at 610 East 83rd Street (built in 1929), will allow us to solve a chronic space shortage while remaining part of a neighborhood we have treasured for almost 100 years.

During the construction work at 590 East 83rd Street, we hope that you will visit this page often for regular updates on scheduling, a two-week look ahead at upcoming work and information about traffic and other issues of importance to the neighborhood. Perhaps most important, this is where you'll find the number of our 24/7 construction information hotline as well as email addresses at which you can be in touch with us directly with any questions or concerns.

Our goal is to perform all of our construction work with great regard for the ongoing safety and quality of life of our neighbors. We look forward to staying in close touch with the neighborhood during the project--and beyond.
    • Preliminary Exterior View of 590 East 83rd St.


Posted Tuesday, Feb. 13

GREAT NEWS! All work was complete and lights were turned off before 6:00 PM!

[On Tuesday, Feb. 13, concrete will be placed on the balance of the 6th and 7th floors. Finishing may need to continue past 6 pm. We will keep you updated.] 

On Monday, Feb 19, the construction site will be closed in observance of President's Day.


2-Week Look Ahead

Week of Feb 12-16,  2018,
  • Complete steel bolting, welding 10th floor through roof, stairs to 12th floor and to 8th floor; standpipe thru 10th and 11th floors
  • Place concrete on remaining 6th, 7th floors (Tuesday, Wednesday). Will likely run past 6 pm for finishing of concrete
  • Spray-on fireproofing 4th, 5th floors
  • Continue removing crane supports  East 83rd  Street 
  • Excavate for new electric service on East 83rd Street
  • Raise hoist platforms thru 12th floor, roof level.
  • Exterior metal studs  4th floor
Week of Feb 19-23, 2018 Presidents Day Monday holiday OFF 
  • Complete bolting, welding of steel 10th floor through roof, stairs to 10th floor
  • Standpipe to 11th, 12th floors; spray-on fireproofing, 5th floor
  • New electric service on East 83rd Street
  • Excavating for utilities on East 83rd Street
  • Concrete on 8th floor (Tuesday) may run late depending on weather
  • Finishing exterior; metal  studs 4th, 5th floors  

Holidays on Which No Construction Work Wil Take Place
New Year’s Day
President’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

(Long-range project milestones are on the right.)




Anticipated Project Milestones

(As of September 2016)

1. Start of Apartment Building Demolition
Early October 2016, Complete in December
2. Construction
January 2017 – June 2019
3. School Moving and Making Ready
Summer 2019
4. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
September 2019
5. School Ready for Students
September 2019
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our neighbors for their patience with the construction project.

(photo by Eric Antanitus)



(Click on graphic to enlarge site traffic safety plan for this phase of construction.)

Phase two of the project (excavation and foundation) has been completed, and erection of the steel superstructure has begun. The crane was erected on 83rd street and will remain there for the duration of the phase, lasting approximately 5 months. During this phase of the project, the construction fence will continue to be positioned so that the sidewalk on the southern portion of 83rd Street, adjacent to the site, is a part of the construction area. During construction hours, the pedestrian walkway on the south side will be closed and pedestrian traffic will be directed to the north sidewalk on 83rd Street. Scaffolding have been built to provide additional protection for pedestrians. During off hours, barricades are erected to redirect pedestrians into the parking lanes of 83rd Street. Parking in front of the project site, including the North side of 83rd street, will no longer be available.

Trucks will park along the project site on East End Avenue. Flagmen will be strategically positioned to assist the safe passage of pedestrians and the flow of traffic as vehicles enter and leave the project site, and during crane operations. Equipment that will be used during this phase of construction will include a crane, cement and material delivery trucks, equipment and personnel hoist. Special measures will be taken to reduce the dust and debris from leaving the project site.

The working hours of this phase of the project will be the standard permissible working hours allowed by the Department of Buildings, 7 AM until 6 PM. At this time, no after-hours work or weekend work is expected. Should a special operation, such as an extended concrete pour, be necessary, the construction company will secure the necessary After-Hour Permits from the Department of Buildings, and we will post in advance under the alerts section of this construction website.

Time-lapse Montage of 590 Construction

24/7 Informational Hotline

For both urgent and routine questions and comments about the School's construction project, we encourage our neighbors to phone the Brearley School Informational Construction Hotline at (917) 284-9416. A live operator will answer, and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate member of the Brearley team for a reply.

We Need Your Email Address

Please send your email address to facilitiesproject@brearley.org if you would like to receive digital updates in addition to the messages we deliver periodically to residents of buildings in the neighborhood.

How to Contact Us Directly

If you would like to contact Doris Coleman, Brearley's Director of Construction and Facilities, please email her at facilitiesproject@brearley.org or directly at dcoleman@brearley.org.
    • 590 Allocation of Space
The Brearley School
610 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582
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