From The New York Times: New York City school officials have begun construction on a new home in Manhattan for Beacon High School. The school will moved to seven-story building that was once a Public Library warehouse. Beacon competes with the city's specialized high schools for some of the city’s best students. Its existing campus, which was designed for 837 students, has almost 1,300 students. The new school will be able to accommodate about 1,500 students. The School Construction Authority paid $45 million for the site, which will undergo a massive renovation. The school will have wireless Internet access, technology labs, a dark room, music rooms, a full-size gymnasium and an auditorium. The city predicts the new Beacon will be ready for the 2015 school year.