We Made the Papers!

The Brooklyn Eagle has written a detailed article about the building boom in Downtown Brooklyn and the need for a school. Read the article: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/downtown-construction-wave-resumes-bringing-new-residential-units-13000-needing-schools

This Report Confirms It: We Need New Schools In Downtown Brooklyn

This Report Confirms It: We Need New Schools In Downtown Brooklyn
We recently published our numbers online showing that an estimated 2,636 children more children will be living in DoBro by 2018 and likely to attend public elementary schools. As of last year there were fewer than 400 available seats in the existing zoned schools. Now another report prepared for the Brooklyn Community Board 2 and recently released confirms ...

Witness This: The Watchtower is for Sale

This could be a whopper…buried in an article about development spurred by Brooklyn Bridge Park: The biggest of the three potential developments would rise from the Witnesses’ holdings. Currently up for grabs are a dozen large properties scattered around Dumbo. Among them are the 400,000-square-foot 55 Furman St., with its famous rooftop Watchtower sign, and ...

This Is It…Forest City Ratner, Build a School Here!

Forest City Ratner (of Atlantic Yards fame) is demolishing 10 Metrotech ( near BAM) to build another larger residential building. The redevelopment of this office building to residential will only exacerbate the school overcrowding that is inevitably coming 2-5 years down the road as a result of the building and population boom in Downtown Brooklyn. ...

Time for Turnout! Two Important Events Coming Up….

  Town Hall with Chancellor Wallcott On Monday May 20th, School Chancellor Dennis Wallcot will hold a town hall for parents in District 13. He will discuss school achievement, school finances, and the City’s educational goals and priorities. Parents will also be able to ask questions. We will not be able to attend, so it is ...

Instant Neighborhood: Just Add Lots and Lots of High-rises

Instant Neighborhood: Just Add Lots and Lots of High-rises
Downtown Brooklyn isn’t the only new residential neighborhood in the city built virtually from scratch. As a result of rezoning and the subsequent deluge of high-rises, areas of Long Island City, Lower Manhattan, the Upper West Side, and Williamsburg  are currently experiencing (or have experienced) similar transformations. One key difference between what is happening in those ...

Confirmation of What We Already Know – Lots of Apartments on the Way

Crain’s New York Business Magazine published an article today (based on the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership info) that lots and lots of new residential units are being built in the neighborhood. This is something we already figured out on our map of development in the area. “Some 14 residential properties, one 52 stories tall, are expected to ...

The Problem with P.S. 8

The Problem with P.S. 8
Much has been made of the successful turnaround story of P.S. 8 The Robert Fulton School in Brooklyn Heights.  P.S. 8’s sprawling school zone draws from across Brooklyn Heights, parts of Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO and Vinegar Hill, to the Navy Yard. The once failing school was avoided by the residents of the nearby brownstones, yet under ...

Time to Apply to Public Pre-K

If your child turns 4 in 2013, you are eligible to apply to public pre-K. It is a attractive option to private preschools for many Brooklyn parents. However, the most desirable public NYC pre-K programs can be more difficult to get in to than an Ivy League college. Here is what you need to know ...

Charter Schools: The Wild Card

Charter Schools: The Wild Card
Downtown Brooklyn currently lacks options for high-quality elementary schools, so one solution for parents to consider is the current and new charter schools looking to start up in District 15 and 13.  Since a new zoned public elementary school to serve the neighborhood is at least a year and a half away (likely more), charter schools represent ...