Dear Developers, Please Build a New Elementary School in Downtown Brooklyn! 1

The Department of Education is a constantly cash-strapped agency, so an increasingly popular method for the DOE to get schools built in fast-growing neighborhoods like Downtown Brooklyn is to have big developers (like you) build a school (or at least the shell of the school) as part of your new residential developments in exchange for ...

New STEM Magnet School (preK-5) Nearby…Check it Out! 2

New STEM Magnet School (preK-5) Nearby…Check it Out!
We just toured a great little public school near Downtown Brooklyn that is getting ready for the big time. P.S. 307 (located between DUMBO and Downtown) is the recent recipient of a federal Magnet grant that will bring with it millions of dollars of additional funding and will transform the school into the science and technology-themed Magnet ...

Downtown Brooklyn: The Big Story for 2014 2

The population boom in Downtown Brooklyn and the need for a new school made many headlines last year including DNA Info, Brownstoner, The Brooklyn Eagle, and the New York Times. According to the Brooklyn Paper, the issue is the #3 story to watch in 2014! Now that people are finally paying attention, hopefully 2014 will ...

HUGE NEWS – We’re #1! Read All About It… 1

Last Monday we made a presentation to the Community Board 2 Executive Committee at their annual meeting to decide budget priorities for the 2014/15 fiscal year. They submit a list of priorities to the city of what the most important things in their district are to fund in the city budget.  Turns out we were ...

Levin Lends his Support to the Cause

Levin Lends his Support to the Cause
In advance of the Brooklyn Community Board 2 Executive Committee meeting, Levin sent in a letter of support for a new school in Downtown Brooklyn. Among the reasons he cited were the impending overcrowding in the existing schools due to the population boom, the need to create a sense of community in a new neighborhood, ...

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 1

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 ...

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 ...