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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.



(1) Dear Neighbors,

We wanted to let you know in advance that we are planning two large deliveries, which may slow traffic somewhat while they take place. The first will be on Monday 11/19 and the second on Wednesday, 11/21.

(2) November 17, 2018: Advance Notice about Needed Saturday Work
Dear Neighbors,
It's hard to believe that it's almost Thanksgiving, but we know that you will be happy to hear that the anticipated completion of the Brearley project at 590 East 83rd Street is now less than six months away, with the anticipated on-schedule opening of the school building in fall of 2019
In order to keep the project on track to being completed on time and enclosed by the end of the year--which will mean an emphasis on indoor, less noisy work--we have received a permit for weekend work this coming Saturday, November 17, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The work will NOT involve a street or lane closing on either 83rd Street or East End Avenue, but we wanted to let you know about it in advance.

Because of the holiday, we will not work on Saturday, November 24.
We would like to let you know well in advance that the timely completion of all phases of the construction work will likely require two Saturdays of work per month—again with no street or lane closings on East 83rd Street or East End Avenue. Additionally, on these two Saturdays per month, which will take place on alternate weeks, we will be limiting our contractors to work that will cause minimal disruption, with no jackhammers or loud machinery.
Please continue to visit this construction web page at www.brearley.org/construction to confirm the Saturdays on which there will be work on the site.
As always, we're extremely grateful for your patience with the project, and we encourage you to be in touch with any questions or concerns--via email to dcoleman@brearley.org or by phone to our 24/7 hotline at 917-284-9416.
With best regards,

Doris R. Coleman
Director of Construction and Facilities

Jo David
Director of Communications


2-Week Look Ahead

Week of November 12-16, 2018
  • Sheet rocking 11,12, soffits ceiling auditorium, shaft toilets, Ceiling grid  4,5th fls Windows glass gym 9 ½ level  safety glass south & west elevations wall panels 
  • Brickwork to 10 th fl  east,  start wash down  of brick ,blockwork fuel oil riser
  •  Electric  roughing 12,11,9, 7,6,2nd cellar, Mechanical s  12, 11, 2nd , 1st  cellar, Plumbing  12,11 th fl  cellar pump rooms
  •  Sprinkler  12 th cellar  2nd,  Elevator wiring cabs
  • Bathroom tiles,  roofing ,stair #3 and roof  railings , gala lift  6th fl.
 Week of November 19-23, 2018 
  • Sheet rocking  11,12 auditorium ceiling, shaft wall toilets, ceiling grid  4th,5th fls Window glass 8,7, east,north ,west, Brickwork 10 east, wash down, block work fuel oil riser
  • Electric roughing 12,11,9,7,6,2,celar, Mechanicals 12,11,2nd.cellar
  • Mechanicals 12,11,2nd.cellar, Elevator wiring cabs, Pumbing 11,12,cellar, Sprinker 11,12, cellar
  •  Bathroom tiles, roofing, stair, roof railings
  • Gala lift  6th fl deliveries
  •  No work on the site Thursday, Nov. 22. Thursday Thanksgiving  Holiday!

Holidays on Which No Construction Work Will 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)

Phase IV: Shell & Interiors

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

Phase three of the project (steel erection) has been completed, the crane was removed from 83rd street and the building has reached its final height.  Phase four will consist of building the exterior façade and interior infrastructure of the building.  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.  Scaffolding have been built to provide additional protection for pedestrians. 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 cranes, 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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