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 ...

The Problem with P.S. 8 6

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 ...

Coming…Hundreds of New Apartments in Unexpected Locations?

Coming...Hundreds of New Apartments in Unexpected Locations?
Watch out, because even more (and more unplanned for) apartment units may coming flooding into the area in the next 5-10 years, affecting the schools. Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene and Vinegar Hill (next to DUMBO) are home to one of the largest concentrations of public housing in the city.   The Walt Whitman Houses (1,636 apartments), Farragut Houses (1390 ...

Updated Kindergarten tour dates

Joyce Szuflita has just sent out the latest list of kindergarten tour dates.  If you haven’t educated yourself about how to apply to Kindergarten in NYC (you need to apply), we recommend that you attend one of her seminars at NYC School Help or read up on your options on the NYC DoE website, you have ...

Time to Apply to Kindergarten: Tour schedule of schools

DoBro parents, are you looking for a elementary school or kindergarten for your child for 2103-14? Admissions for kindergarten is open, learn how to apply here. Joyce Szuflita of NYC School Help provides the latest info of schools to check out and their tour schedules: District 13 (North of Fulton) PS 8 check website for more dates. ...

Levin and James On the Record: In Favor of a New School for DoBro

BIG NEWS – Tish James and Steve Levin have both gone on the record in support of building a new school in Downtown Brooklyn As I mentioned in a previous post, I met with Councilman Levin to talk schools and he suggested I attend a city council committee hearing regarding lowering of parking minimums. It ...