Downtown Brooklyn Facing ‘School Capacity Crisis,’ Borough President Warns

Downtown Brooklyn Facing 'School Capacity Crisis,' Borough President Warns
Finally officials are saying what we’ve been saying for three years and the numbers bear it out. There is clearly not enough seats in the existing schools to absorb all the new children that will live in Downtown Brooklyn as a result of all the new residential development. Adams along with Councilman Steve Levin, Tucker ...

The Case for Diverse Schools to Benefit All NYC Children

The Case for Diverse Schools to Benefit All NYC Children
Years of research has shown that diverse, integrated schools benefit children from all backgrounds yet recent studies confirm that New York City has the most segregated school system in the entire country. This sorting of haves and have-nots has created a large number of struggling schools that fail to provide a quality of education that all children in NYC deserve. Current plans for rezoning in both DUMBO ...

Getting Down To Work…And There’s Lots To Do!

Getting Down To Work...And There's Lots To Do!
We’re thrilled that Councilman Steve Levin is spearheading a task force to finally address the impact of all the residential development in the area on local schools.  The first meeting of the Downtown Brooklyn School Planning Working Group (DBSPWG) was convened on May 28th and in attendance were many major players including state and local politicians, DOE and school reps, members of the ...

Is P.S. 8 at the Breaking Point?

2 years ago we wrote about the confluence of factors (including lots of development in DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights) that would inevitably lead to a severe overcrowding problem at P.S. 8 (currently at 140+% capacity).  This spring the chickens came home to roost.  After dropping all pre-K classes last year, this year the school was forced to ...

TAKE 2: The CB2 Again Urges the Mayor to Build a New School in DoBro 1

TAKE 2: The CB2 Again Urges the Mayor to Build a New School in DoBro
It’s been more than a year and a half since Community Board 2 told the Mayor that a new school in Downtown Brooklyn was their top funding priority.  Last year the Mayor’s office agreed, but what has the DOE done in response? Nothing! There is no funding or plan for a school in Downtown Brooklyn and now development in the area has pushed the overcrowding ...

The Future School Overcrowding Problem is Already Here…at P.S. 8!

Last week, we attended a meeting held by the P.S. 8 PTA to address the current and growing overcrowding problem at the school, located in Brooklyn Heights. Since becoming a magnet school in 2004, it has increased in popularity among families in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn.  However the school is currently at 142% capacity, and ...

A Small Victory…But Too Little, Too Late?

A Small Victory...But Too Little, Too Late?
THE GOOD NEWS: After 6 months of waiting for the DeBlasio administration to create and pass the new NYC budget, we are happy to report that as part of the DOE’s next 5-year capital plan, 2 new elementary schools have been approved and funded for the sub-districts that include Downtown Brooklyn! Thanks in part to our group’s efforts, the city will now ...

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, ...