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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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UPDATED MAY 30, 2013 D.I.D. endorsements Downtown Independent Democrats endorsed John Liu for mayor Wednesday night over Bill de Blasio in a runoff. In the hotly contested City Council races, the club not surprisingly went with its district leader, Jenifer Rajkumar over Councilmember Margaret Chin, but surprisingly went for Corey Johnson over Yetta Kurland, even […]

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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  | 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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The wait continues for solutions to Lower Manhattan’s perennial school waitlists. In a sense, the problem is unavoidable, given the city until now has decided not to make accurate population projections Downtown. There’s no sense continuing to beat up the Department of Education when there are real, immediate decisions that the city could make right […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  These are our lives — these are our lives,” Jessica Whitney Gould told Dept. of Education officials Friday. She was hoping they’d get the sense of urgency she and Downtown parents are feeling waiting to find out where their 5-year-old children are going to go to school. “Our son lives in […]

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By CYNTHIA MAGNUS  | Downtown youth will get a new media facility as part of the Civic Center building sales, but school advocates remain worried about the shortage of kindergarten seats. Community Board 1’s Planning Committee unanimously approved a draft resolution May 2 recommending the sale of the city-owned property at 346 Broadway. It is […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | April 7 was a happy day for Bettina Teodoro. It was the Downtown Little League’s opening day, but more importantly, it was the day she read the letter accepting her 5-year-old son to her first choice elementary school, P.S. 150 in Tribeca. “We were so excited we had a six-year plan,” […]

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By KAITLYN MEADE and JOSH ROGERS | When the school waitlists were tallied in April, 148 kids were left without a seat Downtown — and now parents and community leaders are searching for an alternative to the Department of Education’s knee-jerk reaction to send students to seats outside their neighborhood. At Community Board 1’s full […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Downtown is getting a building to convert into a school at 75 Morton St. This much is known. But, first, the big questions that need to be answered are: What grade levels and how many schools should the building include? A group of local school parents has hired its own facilitator […]

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