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BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ | Lower Manhattan has always been home to successful artists, but the newest generation may just be the cutest. On Mon., Sept. 10, the Battery Park City School (P.S./I.S. 276) unveiled a massive art installation of their own making. “The Four Seasons Mural,” created by all 600 students as a tribute […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Local residents are on edge about the city’s disposition of three of its Downtown buildings, worrying that the neighborhood might not get enough bang for its buck in terms of public benefits. New public school seats and affordable apartments are musts for the buildings once they are acquired by private developers, […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Two local schools with disparate facilities and missions have one thing in common: they’re both on the hunt for more students. Representatives from the New York Harbor School and Léman Manhattan Preparatory School came before Community Board 1’s Youth & Education Committee on May 8 to discuss expansion goals and […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by Aline Reynolds " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Battery Park City parent Matt Schneider turns to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for support in lobbying the city Dept. of Education to solve Downtown’s school overcrowding crisis. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The city Department of Education’s proposed solutions to this year’s Downtown kindergarten wait lists […]

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BY JOHN BAYLES | On Tuesday, April 17, the sidewalk along Broadway near City Hall was packed with parents and kids rallying to save after school programs that are once again on the chopping block. In March, Mayor Bloomberg released the preliminary budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year that included $170 million in cuts to […]

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[media-credit name="Photo courtesy of Anthony Rodriguez " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] P.S. 276 second graders awaited a turn to make their arguments before Judge Shelley Chapman in Bowling Green’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court during a school field trip last week. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The boys were decked out in suits, and the girls sported flowery shirts and […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  As the wait lists at Downtown’s zoned elementary schools persist, frustrated education activists and neighborhood families have been brainstorming, trying to find a way to tackle school overcrowding. One of the proposed solutions is taking the pre-kindergartners out of the area’s public schools and centralizing the program for local children at […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | The city Department of Education’s proposed solutions to this year’s Downtown kindergarten wait lists were shot down by local parents and education activists at Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Overcrowding Task Force on Monday. The number of students wait-listed at the Downtown elementary schools has only dwindled from 85 students to 81 […]

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ALINE REYNOLDS | As the wait lists at Downtown’s zoned elementary schools persist, frustrated education activists and neighborhood families have been brainstorming, trying to find a way to tackle school overcrowding. One of the proposed solutions is taking the pre-kindergartners out of the area’s public schools and centralizing the program for local children at a […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by John Bayles " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] P.S. 234 in Tribeca is one of the numerous Downtown public schools with wait lists. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The last thing Karen Behrens thought she’d have to worry about when her family moved to Battery Park City in December 2001, was getting her child […]

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