History of PS 199

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PS 199 opened its doors March 4, 1963 serving the Lincoln Square neighborhood in the Upper West Side.

The school is named after Jesse Isidor Straus who was the son of Isidor Straus, one of the original owners of R.H. Macy’s. Jesse Isidor Straus was president of R. H. Macy & Co. of New York, director of the New York Life Insurance Company, vice-president of the New York Chamber of Commerce, and served as the US Ambassador to France under Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-1936. More on Jesse Isidor Straus.

Famous architect Edward Durell Stone designed the school. Some of Mr. Stone’s more notable works include Radio City Music Hall, MoMA, and the General Motors building. More on Edward Durell Stone

Named in memory of:

Jesse Isidor Straus

Ground-breaking Date:

April 14, 1961

Opening Date:

March 4, 1963

Dedication Date:

March 24, 1964


Edward Durell Stone

Architectural Firm:

Belluschi, Catalano & Westerman

General Contractor:

Wilaka Construction Corporation


$2.4 million

Number of Classrooms:

35 classrooms

Dedication Press

Jesse Isidor Straus

PS 199 was named in his memory.

Jesse Isidor Strauss

(June 25, 1872 – October 4, 1936) served as the American ambassador to France from 1933 to 1936.
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NY World Telegram
Mar 25, 1964

NY Post Mar 25, 1964

NY Journal Mar 25, 1964

NY Herald Tribune
Mar 25, 1964

NY American Journal
Apr 2, 1964

Jack I Straus Dedication Address
24 March, 1964

Remarks by Mark Schubart
Lincoln Center Fund – March 24, 1964

Macys Press Release – Dedication
March 25, 1964

Jack I. Straus Letter to Superintendent