David E. Van Zandt, President

January 15, 2014

As you have likely heard, a water main broke last night below the intersection of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue. Many surrounding New School buildings were affected by this rupture, and I am writing to update you about the situation and our recovery efforts, which are already underway.

New School teams are now working with the city to restore all services. Thanks to the dedication and tireless efforts of these crews, spring semester will start on schedule on Monday, January 27.

Most spaces in the new University Center at 63 Fifth Avenue will be open in time for classes, and crews are now putting the finishing touches on University Center Levels 1 through 7. However, due to flooding, classes and public programming slated for University Center Level C1 must be relocated and/or rescheduled. We will reach out with more information about this in the coming days. In addition, while some lower-level common areas in Kerrey Hall are currently closed, the resident suites and bedrooms are unaffected.

Parts of Fanton Hall (72 Fifth Avenue) and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (2 West 13th Street/66 Fifth Avenue) currently closed and require repair. Plans are underway to provide for academic resources lost due to this disruption. Staff and faculty who work in these buildings and have not been informed of alternative workspaces already should contact the office of their supervisor, dean, or chief/vice president.

Many of the affected spaces were venues for scheduled events. If you are involved in planning such an event, please contact Jessica Hejtmanek, director of public programming, at to discuss rescheduling or relocating events.

Please check regularly for updates. I will write again in the coming days to inform you about the status of recovery and repair efforts.The New School has shown time and again that it is resilient. We look forward to a successful and productive semester.



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