2 New Public Elementary Schools Finally Planned for Downtown Brooklyn!

2 New Public Elementary Schools Finally Planned for Downtown Brooklyn!
We’re thrilled to report that not one, but two new (much needed) elementary schools are on the drawing board for Downtown Brooklyn! Both schools will be part of mixed-used highrises built in partnership with developers. In District 13, a new 332-seat elementary school will be part of a development at One Willoughby Square (aka 420 Albee Square across ...

This Is What We’ve Been Working For…Finally New Schools!

This Is What We've Been Working For...Finally New Schools!
Huge news!!! The School Construction Authority (SCA), the agency that builds new schools in New York, has requested funding in the next city budget for not one but four new schools in or near Downtown Brooklyn! After years of trying to get the SCA to include up-to-date numbers that factor in new residential development into ...

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 ...

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 Overcrowding Inevitable in our Area Schools?

A recent report filed as part of the lawsuit to stop the building of residential housing in Brooklyn Bridge park revealed a very interesting tidbit…according to the DOE’s own numbers, ALL of the elementary schools in District 13 subdistrict 2 (which extends from Brooklyn Heights into Clinton Hill) will be at 140% capacity in just ...

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

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 ...

Is Atlantic Yards the Answer?

Is Atlantic Yards the Answer?
In our opinion, no! According to a couple of recent reports, the DOE sounds like they are looking to the Atlantic Yards project next to Barclay’s Center as the location of a new District 13 school now budgeted under the next 5-year capital plan.  It would be included in the base of one of the new ...

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

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 ...