historic schools walk
- Jean Arrington, an informative architectural historian, is leading a walk tomorrow (Saturday) for the NYC chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club which will visit public schools on the Lower East Side and East Village in Manhattan that were designed by Charles B. J. Snyder, Supt. of School Buildings for the Bd. of Ed. from 1891-1923. (The ones that look like castles).As she describes them, "His buildings convey contemporary reform beliefs in light, play, health, good ventilation and schools as neighborhood anchors" Having gone on one of her earlier walks to visit Snyder Schools in Washington Heights and the Bronx, I can attest that her commentaries will add much to the day.Meeting place (non AMC members welcome) will be the steps of the Tweed Courthouse (current DOE headquarters) on Chambers Street between Broadway and Centre Street, just north of City Hall. There's no charge, bring lunch and water or pick them up as you go. The walk will be 7 miles, but participants may drop out any time they wish. Jean's cell # is 646-290-4119 if you have questions. She's also planning a Snyder walk to schools on the Upper East Side on February 23rd and one going up the West Side to the GW Bridge on March 8th.Richard Barr.
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