I have to admit that seeing the $90M price tag on the Tweed Courthouse was a bit off-putting, but I am sure that Boss Tweed is having a great laugh at the continued investment of public funds into his "money pit" of a courthouse. However, I am just incredibly appalled that Boss Bloomberg wishes now to convert this pristine gem of restoration into a) the Board of Education, with b) a school in its precincts.
Working in schools in New York for over twenty years has taught me that no school goes unscathed from either the wears of time, nor from the (mis-)use by children. To think that this building which was saved from massive detrioration to be handed over in part for use by children...this is absurdity. And I do not for a moment buy the notion that children will respect the building because it is historical monument. The wear and tear on public buildings in general is substantial...ask any guard or manager of a monument or museum about that.
As for the Board of Education moving there to be under the Mayor's watchful eye, I find that totally bogus. He has plenty of other spaces around the lower part of Manhattan to place them if he really wants to do that. And what puzzles me is that he is trying to dismantle the Board of Education and its patronage. If this is indeed the case, why move it only to dismantle it?
To me the saddest part of all of this is the fact that the Mayor has reneged on a promise to the Museum of the City of New York, which really needs the Tweed Courthouse: what better place to put a museum dedicated to the living city and its history, than to put it in a place which represents the resurrection of downtown New York after 9/11? Placing the Museum there would not just give it a new lease on life, but would also affirm all the efforts being placed in trying to revitalize the downtown area after the destruction of the WTC.
So ends my humble opinion...