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Construction starts on new Harlem Academy

Today, Harlem Academy broke ground at 655 St. Nicholas Avenue, site of its permanent home.

 The five-story, 29,000 s/f building will feature a library, flexible classrooms with strong technology, a multipurpose space, and dedicated outdoor spaces for learning, play, and sports. Projected completion is August 2021. 

Architecture firm Perkins Eastman designed the new building, and the building contractor is EW Howell.

Harlem Academy purchased the half-acre lot at 655 St. Nicholas Avenue seven years ago as the future site of its new campus. The new location offersaccess from throughout Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Bronx and is located near historic landmarks, parks, Columbia University, and City College.  

“After years of planning, support, and hard work by so many, it is inspiring to see construction begin on our new school building in the heart of the communities we serve,” said founder and Head of School Vinny Dotoli. “Our new home will ensure a lasting pathway to opportunity for generations of leaders to come.”

Founded in 2004, Harlem Academy is a private school for grades 1-8 with a mission to drive equity of opportunity for promising students. The school currently operates out of three rented, noncontiguous storefronts.

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