Category Archives: Schools

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.”

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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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CITY TO BUILD HOUSING & SCHOOL ON WATERS EDGE RESTAURANT

New life for the Paragon Paint Building development?

New life for the Paragon Paint Building development?

The NYC EDC has put out a request-for-proposal (RFP) to develop the land currently occupied by the Water’s Edge Restaurant and the adjacent parking lot along the East River, as well as a long thin lot across the street on the south side of 44th Drive.  In total, it’s about 4.5 acres, with the choice river front property about 75% of that total once one includes the possibility of reclaiming, via landfill, a portion of the lot that’s currently underwater.

The city’s RFP makes it clear that they want the developer to think big and ignore the current zoning restrictions1, and while paying lip service to including space for light manufacturing, heavily emphasizes the desire for affordable housing, on the magnitude of ~1,000 new apartments. Also, it begs the question: now that the city has shown their hand and a willingness to quickly change zoning in this specific neighborhood, does that mean the Paragon Paint Building should be given an exemption, as the previous complaint against doing so per Community Board 2 was that a comprehensive plan was needed?

Also, the RFP requires that Continue reading

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NEW SCHOOL ANNOUNCED FOR LONG ISLAND CITY

Happy hour at the Irish Center

Happy hour at the Irish Center

Last night at a meeting hosted by the Gantry Parents Association, President Jimmy Van Bramer made the announcement that a new school will be built in LIC.  It will be a freestanding school ((not embedded/attached to an apartment building)) located in Parcel F of Hunters Point South.  Parcel F is located at the southern end of HPS, near Newtown Creek.  The expected opening is 2020-2021 and it is being built with the flexibility to service grades K-8 with a final determination made closer to opening based on the needs at that time.

In the meantime, the DOE/SCA (School Construction Authority) are in the midst of negotiations to find Continue reading

SNOWMESS?

Photographed by Nick Knight circa 2003

Photographed by Nick Knight circa 2003

Will it, won’t it, snow that is.  That’s the big story here in LIC at this moment.  Will we, won’t we, get a new school?  That’s a big story here in LIC for the long term, but two educators from other parts are looking to possibly change that, or at least accelerate it. Continue reading

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