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By KAITLYN MEADE | With a shortage of public preschool seats in the area, two new, private preschools are opening up in Battery Park City this fall on South End Ave. A new Montessori school will open in September on the ground floor of the Regatta Building at 21 South End Ave., by the Battery […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE AND JOSH ROGERS  |  Community Board 1’s Youth and Education Committee is calling for P.S. 150 to move to a larger  school building somewhere in Lower Manhattan rather than go up to Chelsea, as the city proposed last month. While a hypothetical relocation to a larger school raised some eyebrows, the handful […]

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By KAITLYN MEADE   |  Applications poured into Downtown schools in the last two days of kindergarten registration, leaving four with waitlists. Parents have faced overcrowding for years in Lower Manhattan, but even with new schools opening, there is not enough space to accommodate zoned students. In the last two days of registration, P.S. 234’s list […]

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The Dragons and Cougars battled it out in a basketball showdown between two of Lower Manhattan’s middle schools on Friday. The Manhattan Academy of Technology Dragons and I.S. 289’s Cougars played a fierce game of ball this past week. The girls teams played at 4 p.m., followed by boys at 5 p.m. on Fri., Dec. […]

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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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