Nativity Mission Center, which served low-income neighborhood boys for 40 years in its Forsyth Street home, has been sold.
This summer, we brought you the story of the closure of the Nativity Mission Center, a Jesuit-run middle school that provided education to low-income boys from the neighborhood and had made its home at 204 Forsyth St. for four decades. This week, city land records show that a new chapter is opening in the history of the school building–which may well mean its demise. In a deal recorded Oct. 22, developer Charles Saulson acquired the property for $4.5 million. Combined with his March purchase of a vacant lot next door at 206 Forsyth St. for $1.7 million, Saulson now owns a parcel that stretches 50 feet wide and 100 feet deep, facing Sara D. Roosevelt Park just south of East Houston Street.
In today’s New York Times, there’s an interesting and entertaining profile of Angela Westwater, the woman behind the Bowery’s new showpiece, the eight story Sperone Westwater Gallery. A few months ago, Times art critic Ken Johnson skewered the Norman Foster-designed structure, comparing it to a “discount furniture emporium.”
It will feel more like summer than fall today: 85 degrees and sunny with rain showers beginning around 7pm. President Obama arrives in New York this afternoon for the opening of the UN General Assembly and Democratic Party fundraisers tonight. Expect East Side gridlock.