Dear Mr. Capsis:
It was very nice to speak with you.
We are excited about the new school at 75 Morton Street, and understand from the principal, Jacqui Getz, that it may not be named The Jane Jacobs School. No reason was given. The decision was not 100% confirmed but it didn’t sound hopeful. Do you know someone who can provide insight on this?
I had read that the school would be named after Jane Jacobs, according to the March 8, 2017 DNAinfo article, entitled “Name New West Village School After Jane Jacobs, Preservationists Urge City.” Only one section of the West Village—Hudson Street between West 11th and Perry Streets—carries the name of Jane Jacobs, who almost single-handedly prevented a highway from plowing through the Village.
The new school is being housed temporarily in the Clinton School on East 15th Street for the first year and will move to 75 Morton Street the following year.
Thanks for your question, Anonymous.
I am sending your letter to Erik Bottcher, the Chief of Staff for Council Member Corey Johnson, who will get the answer for you.
I think that the new school should be named The Jane Jacobs School.