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Construction Activities for August 10-31 (Update)

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for your ongoing patience as renovation work continues at Friends Seminary. Please know that our construction managers continue to do everything possible to mitigate dust and noise during construction work hours. Our crews are continuing the work of structural steel erection as well as demolishing the building interiors by hand, a painstaking process, to minimize noise. The safety and security of our school community and neighbors is our utmost concern.

For the next three weeks, work hours will include Saturdays (Monday through Friday 7am - 6pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm). The following is a schedule of construction activity on the Townhouse buildings (212-216 East 16th Street) for August 10 - August 31. Please note that Friends is planning to convene another community forum in early or mid September in order to update neighbors on construction activities.



  • Erection of steel for façade bracing

  • The The plan now is for the mobile hydraulic crane to return August 15, and be positioned on East 16th Street in front of the Townhouses for approximately five (5) days of steel loading, erection and placement. When these operations are complete, the crane will depart. East 16th Street in front of the school will remain open with one lane of traffic during these activities.

  • Façade and floor bracing activities

  • Continue footings and foundation in basement

  • Expanded installation of protective scaffolding

  • Continued rear yard excavation activities for foundation work

  • Preparation activities for interior and rear Townhouse demolition


  • Soft demolition at the front townhouse stoops

  • Selective demolition of interior walls and pockets for steel

  • Ongoing structural and utility surveying

  • Ongoing coordination with ConEd

Should you have questions or concerns regarding the construction project, please don't hesitate to contact us by email at or by phone at (646) 979-5225.


Friends Seminary

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