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07-07-2011, 08:26 AM
From WSJ.com (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303823104576391681273001042.html) by Jim Callaghan:
A for-profit nursery school has signed a 20-year lease for space in a historic Brooklyn waterfront building designed by Cass Gilbert, architect of the Woolworth building in Manhattan.

The River School, which currently operates in Jersey City and on West End Avenue in Manhattan, will occupy 8,000 square feet of ground-floor space in the warehouse building at 184 Kent Ave. in Williamsburg. The school expects to open this fall or early winter.

Above the school are six stories of apartments with views of the East River and Manhattan that rent from $2,000 a month for a studio to $4,000 for two-bedrooms. A three-bedroom on the top floor with two baths and 1,200 square feet of space and renting for $6,000 a month is the only apartment not taken.

Richard Kresch, the founder and owner of the River School, said he learned about the Williamsburg property from his landscaper, who also does work for the owner of 184 Kent Ave. "We like the idea of the school being on the water and all the history surrounding it, which will in itself will be a terrific learning experience for our kids," said Dr. Kresch, a child psychiatrist for 37 years.

The school will have space for 100 children from the ages of 2 months to 5 years, and Dr. Kresch said he is banking on the new families in the neighborhood to fill the seats. "We attract working parents, a lot of Europeans and Asians, in the banking and engineering fields and we accommodate their schedules by being open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.," he said.

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