Thursday, August 04, 2005

PS 36, 1876

PS 36 on 9th Steet is probably one of the oldest existing school buildings in the city. It is not however used as a school. It houses a day care, part of the Henry Street umbrella. This could have been the school that the children from 239 7th Street attended. The collage I put together shows the school building now and in 1903. It also shows the two tall willow trees that are right near the site. One tree is directly across the street on the north side of 9th, the other is across the street on the sw corner of 9th and Avenue C. This a portion of Manhattan that is landfill built over an original topographically swampy area. This is the kind of environment that willows thrive on.

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