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DOWNTOWN NOTEBOOK: Reading the Pre-K tea leaves

BY JOSH ROGERS  |  I used to make fun of people who bought lottery tickets, but about four years ago I started playing occasionally when the jackpots were big. I soon learned my reason was quite common: my wife was pregnant. In the next few weeks I’ll join a few hundred thousand other parents in […]

BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 6, 2014  |   Now that the previously stalled 50 West St. luxury condo project is back from the dead, Downtown residents can also look forward to the development’s planned public space, which will further help link the Financial District to Battery Park City. However, that lag time on the […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  District 2’s Community Education Council passed a resolution last week opposing the plan to open a charter elementary school in Murry Bergtraum High School. The C.E.C, composed of parents, voiced strong disapproval of the proposal, which would place Success Academy and another high school at 411 Pearl St. next year. The […]

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SEPT. 5, 2013  |  By KAITLYN MEADE  | After months of meetings, protests and worry, parents at P.S. 150 were glad this week to hear city assurances once and for all that their tiny Tribeca school would not be relocated to Chelsea next year. The decision was communicated to parents by District Superintendent […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  Despite a commitment early last year by the city to buy 75 Morton St. for use as a new public school, anxiety among local advocates had been steadily rising when after, more than a year later, the building’s ownership still hadn’t been transferred from the state to the city. Worries […]

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By KAITLYN MEADE  |  (UPDATED JULY 31, 2013  |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JULY 24, 2013) Amid the panic and protests over moving Tribeca’s P.S. 150 elementary school to a new building in Chelsea next year, the city Department of Education appeared to be backing away from the proposal, but three months later, parents are discouraged that the plan […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |And then there were none. Lower Manhattan principals said Friday that their waiting lists have dropped to zero, meaning 5-year-olds waiting for kindergarten seats will receive offers to nearby schools next week. “I’m very happy — can’t you tell, I’m actually smiling,” said Ariana Massouh, a waitlisted parent who started a change.org […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | [Updated with a statement from the Dept. of Education and Speaker Silver's full statement] The city acknowledged Wednesday that Lower Manhattan needs at least two more schools, according to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. “I am thrilled that all of the hard work we are doing on my School Overcrowding Task Force […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | Bill de Blasio has many criticisms for the man he hopes to replace at City Hall, but on some issues like the anti-terror security barriers Downtown, he’s in sync with Mayor Bloomberg. In a meeting with Downtown Express and the rest of the NYC Community Media editorial board May 31, de […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | “Nobody has done more for Gateway tenants than Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver,” said Glenn Plaskin, president of the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association. “For 20 years, he has been our strongest ally and a fierce supporter who believes in affordable housing.” Plaskin was addressing an audience of Gateway tenants assembled in […]

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