Category Archives: Schools

ELECTION DAY: THE BIG VOTE IN LIC

Halloween finale

Halloween finale – no work and all play …and lots of candy

So let’s sink another drink
‘Cause it’ll give me time to think
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
And I’ll be dancing with myself

NOW we shift from the festivity of Halloween to the drama and solemnity of Election Day.  Of course there isn’t really any drama as by and large the relevant races are a foregone conclusion.  Out of the spotlight but of possibly greater consequence is the once-in-every-twenty-years vote over whether to hold a Constitutional Convention in New York State, on which I have no opinion.  Yet if one were to allow their imaginations and machinations to run wild…

Actually there is a vote on an item, or line-item as it were, that will have ahem …dire? consequences for a select segment of the Long Island City population Continue reading

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SHAKE SHACK COMING TO HUNTERS POINT SOUTH?

Future home of Shake Shack ...oh and 2,000 new residents

Future home of Shake Shack …oh and 2,000 new residents

Well maybe, but that’s not the real story.  Instead, the LIC Post is reporting that a complete redesign of Hunters Point South’s Parcel C was unveiled last night at a Community Board 2 Land Use meeting.  Most significantly, the towers will now rise to 55 and 44 stories from a previous 41 and 35 stories in the original plan shared in 2013.  The other significant design change from that plan, is that the structure will no longer run uninterrupted along Center Boulevard, which effectively made it one mammoth building with two peaks.  Instead it will be broken up with a Center Boulevard (and Oval and Manhattan) facing open area filled with greenery, art installations, and a food pavilion.  It’s in that pavilion that one of the presenters last night threw out the name Shake Shack Continue reading

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BACK TO SCHOOL IN LIC

Summer's end

Summer’s end

“Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes”

‘Back to School’ is a classic 80′s movie, worthy of multiple viewings.  Most importantly, it’s protagonist imparts a message that all those children who began the new school year today should remember after they graduate: Continue reading

TOP CHEF’S ED COTTON OPENING RESTAURANT ON VERNON BOULEVARD

Poke is out, haircuts at Ledo are in

Poke is out, haircuts at Ledo are in

WE have heard from a pretty good source that Top Chef Season 7 runner-up Ed Cotton will be opening a restaurant in the former Masso space on Vernon Boulevard.  Cotton has worked under numerous famous chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Laurent Tourondel, and David Burke.  More importantly, Continue reading

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HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PHASE 2 BACK ON TRACK?

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Adios view of the Chrysler Building?

What’s going on at the residential lots of Hunters Point South Phase 2?  For the last year absolutely nothing as the anointed developer TF Cornerstone wrangled with Amtrak and the New York Power Authority over underground rail and electrical lines – admittedly no simple feat.  Yet according to a story in Crain’s, the issues seem to have been worked out and the building plans might be back on track and starting soon.

Which brings us (once again) to the more important issue of Continue reading

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MARCH MADNESS: SNOW DAY OFFICIAL TOMORROW LIC

March Madness: just last week we had spring training in shorts

March Madness: just last week we had spring training in shorts

GET out your sleds kids, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) has declared tomorrow a Snow Day. Yes, Snow Day is capitalized according to Webster’s, as it is both a holiday and a holy day – at least as far as public and parochial schools go.  Best of all, by calling it early, the DOE has given cover to everyone to sleep in and uhh …work from home.  As for myself, it gives me more time to “work” on my brackets and run thru a dress rehearsal for St. Patty’s Day.

//LAST July we did some calculations and made the call that the townhouses being built on the south end of Murray Park we’re going to lead to Continue reading

MEGHAN TRAINOR TO PERFORM LIVE IN HUNTERS POINT PARK TONIGHT

Live from the Oval, it's...

Live from the Oval, it’s…

Brexit quickly took a backseat and I put Soros on hold early this morning upon receiving a text from a reader containing the photo above.  They were informing me that there was a stage being set up for the July 4th preshow for this year’s Macy’s Fireworks.  According to the LIC Post Meghan Trainor “is expected to arrive at the park at around 5pm with taping planned to take place in the early evening.”

Now before you get too excited Continue reading

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THE HUNTERS POINT REC CENTER, IT’S TIME HAS COME

Parcel C or Parcel F - it really doesn't matter

Parcel C or Parcel F – it really doesn’t matter

Last week came the announcement of a new school to be located along the waterfront on parcel C in Hunters Point South (TF Cornerstone Development).  Two months prior to that came the announcement of a new school to be built along the waterfront on the former site of the Water’s Edge restaurant.  Two weeks prior to that came the announcement that a new school would be built on parcel F in Hunters Point South, also located on the waterfront.

In summary, in the last ten weeks LIC received the news that it is expected to possibly get three new waterfront-located schools over the next four to six years.

That’s great, but somewhat bittersweet.  The battle for increased school capacity has been waged by parents for several years now, many of whom won’t be the beneficiaries of the new schools.  Though most ultimately were unscathed by the controversy, inasmuch as their child eventually received a seat in PS78, the uncertainty was unsettling, and may have motivated others to move out or not move to LIC in the first place.  Also, in the question-mark that is truncation, it was a factor in prompting some recent middle school parents to opt for the new middle school instead of sticking it out at 78.

In viewing the current situation, I can’t help but think that for every action there is at first a delayed response, and then inevitably an overreaction.  Since it’s been primarily parents along the waterfront who have been demanding schools now, that is where the schools have been going.  Yet any chess player can see that the next big need is closer to Court Square.  The powers that be completely screwed up in not insisting a school be placed in the base of 5Pointz.  In addition to being extremely well-situated to accommodate children from all parts of LIC, it would have been available in time for the school year beginning in 2018.  Instead the community received baubles in return for granting the developers a zoning variance allowing them to build an additional 28 stories.

That’s spilt milk today.  What is not is the need to: Continue reading

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HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PHASE 2 WILL NOW INCLUDE SCHOOL

TF Cornerstone, the developer of Hunters Point South Phase 2, is now going to include a 600-seat elementary school in their project.  According to Continue reading

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SEVENTH KINDERGARTEN CLASS ADDED TO PS78Q, TRUNCATION COMING?

The new home across the street for PS78Q grades 6-8?

The new home for PS78Q grades 6-8 is across the street

PS78Q will add an additional kindergarten class this year, making a total of seven.  This followed a boost from four to six classes last year, three to four classes in 2014, and two to three classes in 2013.  Unlike in previous years, the additional class was added at the outset instead of wait-listing kids.  This waitlist understandably led to fraught parents -> riots -> quick capitulation and the addition of new classes a week or two later.  Why the DOE didn’t follow this model from the beginning, instead of creating tremendous agita for both parents and themselves and then caving in to the resulting uproar is beyond me.

The downside of eliminating a waitlist for the first time in four years, is Continue reading

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