Historic NYC Catholic school building up for sale

NEW YORK (AP) — The building that once housed New York City's oldest Catholic elementary school is up for sale.

The Daily News (http://nydn.us/19iKAt0 ) reported Thursday that the Archdiocese of New York hopes to sell the former St. Patrick's Old Cathedral School for $29 million. The paper says the archdiocese filed court papers Tuesday seeking approval. State law requires that for selling religious institutions.

The school is in Manhattan's Little Italy neighborhood. The website for the affiliated Basilica of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral says the school dates to about 1826 and became the city's oldest existing Catholic grammar school.

But enrollment declined in recent years. The school closed in 2010 with 129 students.

Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling says officials believe closing that school will help strengthen others.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com