Category Archives: Schools

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

THE SCHOOL THING, AHHH

That's all folks, see you next year

That’s all folks, see you next year

Back in May, when we last checked in on the local public school situation, the status of PS78Q’s remaining K-8 was in question. Continue reading

SCHOOL’S ON, THEN OFF, THEN ON, THEN…

Across from da school is da library

Across from da school is da library

Tomorrow is the first day of school for NYC public school students.  After putting in a solid three days, those kids will then get a 4-day weekend due to Rosh Hashanah.  Then it’s back to the grindstone for three days, only to have yet another 3-day school week in week three of the school year due to Yom Kippur and the newly added Eid Al Adha.

Back when I went to school, all these holidays would have been a blessing.  Not because of their significance, but due the work and school mantra: a bad day on the golf course (or playground), is better than…

Now though, Continue reading

MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT WITH FOOTBRIDGE TO CORNELL TECHNION PROPOSED FOR LIC WATERFRONT

Maiella: delicious food, fantastic service, and the setting...

Maiella: delicious food, fantastic service, and the setting…

A huge development with something for everyone including a pedestrian bridge to Roosevelt Island, is being proposed by a group of investors according to POLITICO New York.

The site is on Continue reading

IF YOU ZONE IT, YOU OWN IT

Meanwhile across the street from the DOE on Vernon, more condo's?

Meanwhile across the street from the DOE on Vernon, more condo’s?

In light of the local LIC school hubbub, focused around the almost sure death of the PS78 middle school, there have been a lot of suggestions going around on a large email chain as to how to secure more capacity/another school, and possibly stave off the elimination.

As I am wont to do, I proposed another option to this email chain: Continue reading

NEW BIKE PATH COMING TO LIC, AS FOR SCHOOLS…

It's the bottom of the 9th

Wow, it’s already the bottom of the 9th for the middle school

LIC is getting a new bikeway thanks to it’s winning an allocation of $500,000 from the participatory budgeting process.  Didn’t know this was such a great need, but maybe you can discern more from the blurb advocating it on the ballot:

Long Island City Bikeway – elements of a bike path exist already, an improved safe and reliable bike way system would increase the level of bike use, reduce cars using path for parking and enhance the neighborhood.

//Moving on to what really matters, schools, several resident-hatched proposals have been put forth and elaborated on in great detail: Continue reading

PS78 TO ELIMINATE MIDDLE SCHOOL, UNLESS NEW SCHOOL BUILT

No school, no pic

About a year ago I was on the subway with an acquaintance of mine when the talk turned to schools.  His oldest was in 4th or 5th grade, and he and his wife were frantic/frazzled/worried over and about where she would be attending middle school.  Being in my own kid triage bubble, I thought to myself ‘Gee, I never really realized what a hassle/headache/nightmare it is to apply to NYC public middle schools, and all the fuss over a 10-year old!’

Which quickly got me thinking ‘Wow, we have it really good in Long Island City, because our school is one of the very few in the whole city that runs K-8.’  And for the next year I added it to my list of plusses in touting LIC to all my friends considering moving here.

Fortunately none of them took me up on it, because Continue reading

SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN 2015

 

So calm on the surface

Before Macklowe ruined the skyline, a guy named Trump got there first

I’ve used that tired headline for four years in a row now.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving to lazy journalists everywhere.  Spring has sprung, yeah so what?  Whatever the season, we promise to use recycled material only 50% of the time, and we also promise to be correct 50% of the time.  That means you have a 1 in 4 chance of reading up-to-date and accurate information.  I think those odds are a lot better than Continue reading

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