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 ...

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. ...

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 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 ...

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 ...