Staten Island ‘under construction:’ Schools | then and now

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In 1962, at Rosebank, St. Joseph’s Parish School was under construction. (Staten Island Advance)

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Whether it’s roads, highways or new buildings, Staten Island always seems to be under construction.

The island’s population grew rapidly after connecting to Brooklyn via the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge in the mid-1960s to the island’s current growth in communities like Dongan Hills, where a new PS/IS 48 has opened at 1050 Targee Street on September 9, 2013; joined by District 75 School P373.

These vintage photos show some of the newly built schools over the years or schools using repurposed older buildings like the one on Forest Avenue in Port Richmond which was once the Verizon building is now PS 68.

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Preparatory work for PS 31, New Brighton, PS 031 William T. Davis, 55 Layton Ave. 1964. You can see Curtis High School peeking out the back. (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

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Construction progress of PS 19 school in West Brighton, 1954. My alma mater. (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

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PS 18 School with West Brighton Houses under construction in the foreground, 1961. (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

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In 1962, New Brighton the Assumption School on Brighton Avenue was nearly completed. (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

1962 Press Photo Construction of St. Joseph's Parish School, Rosebank

In 1962, at Rosebank, St. Joseph’s Parish School was under construction. (Staten Island Advance)

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More classrooms – Construction is progressing, despite the weather, at PS 9, Tompkinsville, which will replace nearby PS 16. The three-story, 1,320-student school is located on Daniel Low Terrace and Benziger and Monroe Avenues. When completed, the buildings that now make up PS 16 will be demolished and a playground set up on the site. 1965 (Advance from Staten Island)Staten Island Advance

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The old Public School 9 building was demolished to make way for a park. This building, the former PS 9 for 36 years and the headquarters of the New Dorp Precinct for another 29 years, was demolished early last year. The neighbors pushed to build a park on the land. 1966 (Advance from Staten Island)Staten Island Advance

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Stapleton, 1061, Junior High School 49 shows construction progress. Now called IS 49 Berta A. Dreyfus at Location: 101 Warren Street. (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

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The old and the new. Even after nearly 70 years and three different owners, the old PS 31 can still be seen on the brick of the new Loyal Order of Moose’s new headquarters. Formerly a public school and then a machine shop, the building was purchased by the lodge in 1970. Photo taken in 1972 (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

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JHS 7 exterior on Huguenot Avenue in 1965 under construction. (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

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Two youngsters walk on the “sand dunes” of IS 072 Rocco Laurie School, New Springville. Officials hope that work in the building will be completed by the time the school opens. 1976 (Advance from Staten IslandStaten Island Advance

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Workmen lower the last piece of steel to complete the superstructure of the new New Dorp Secondary School. An American flag is attached to the beam, symbolizing the end of the first stage of construction. 1979. (Advance from Staten Island)Staten Island Advance

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In 1980, New Dorp High School rises as workers paint exterior brickwork. (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

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In 1980, the construction of the new Dorp High School continued. (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

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Principal Peter Webster holds the door open for the Staten Island Academy freshman class entering the new 16-room school building carrying items that adorned the walls of his old classroom. 2009. (Staten Island Advance)Staten Island Advance

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The newly constructed PS 62 on Bloomingdale’s and Woodrow Roads, Rossville is still busy with exterior construction. 2015 (Staten Island Advance / Jan Somma-Hammel) Staten Island Advance

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Exterior of PS 54 under construction at 1060 Willowbrook Rd. 1970 (advance from Staten Island)Staten Island Advance

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The Department of Education is renovating this former Verizon office building on Forest Avenue near Decker Avenue in Port Richmond as an early childhood center. The first floor was completed over the summer and currently houses several classes of furry children as part of the Mayor’s Universal Pre-K program. Work on the building is only done during non-school hours. 2015 (Staten Island Advance/Diane C. Lore) Staten Island Advance

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PS 70 in Concord takes shape on Targee Street at 45 Waverly Pl. 02/18/2020. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)Staten Island Advance

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2013, the last view of the new PS/IS 48 at Concord. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel) Staten Island Advance

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