During the first two months of 2014 a group of Brazilian English teachers (I was one of them) had the opportunity of taking a course at St. John´s University in Manhattan, NYC. It was a great, spectacular, unforgettable experience for all of us because besides learning new teaching strategies and technologies we could interact a lot with native and foreign teachers, people on the streets and classmates, changing experiences and learning new things as well.
St. John´s is a private Roman Catholic University founded in 1870 with campuses in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island (New York City), a graduate center in Oakdale (New York) and also abroad, one in Rome and another in Paris.
The building where we studied in Manhattan was sold for $223 million to a partnership between Fisher Brothers and The Whitkoff Group;
The transaction represents the largest sale in Lower Manhattan, a record price for the area, according to Cushman & Wakefield, which represented St. John’s.
Located on the northeast corner of Murray and West streets, the campus has a 31,028 square-foot footprint and allows for the development of a residential building totaling 310,028 square feet.
Fisher Brothers and Witkoff Group said they plan to demolish the property at 101 Murray Street and replace it with a new mixed-use building incorporating residential and commercial spaces.
"Lower Manhattan continues to evolve at a record-setting pace and we are proud to be a part of it, along with The Witkoff Group,”Winston Fisher, partner at Fisher Brothers, said in a statement.
The university will continue to occupy the Manhattan campus until mid-2014 and plans to find another centrally located space in Manhattan before the start of the 2015 academic year.
“The university takes great pride in our presence in New York City, and the overwhelming success of this transaction allows us to ensure the strength of that presence for generations of St. John’s students to come,” Martha Hirst, executive vice president, chief operating officer and treasurer at St. John’s University, said.