Category Archives: Schools

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

FIFTY ZONED KINDERGARTNERS WAIT-LISTED AT PS78

More. more, more

More, more, more – that’s how we like it

It’s deja vu all over again, as 50 children were wait-listed for Kindergarten at PS78Q this year, according to numbers just released.  This compares to less than ten kids last year, but 31 back in 2013. At that time, the school expanded from two to originally three classes.  After the big wait-list number was posted, there was a huge uproar and the school opened a fourth class.  This time, due to capacity issues, that may not be possible.

We wrote about this crunch back in 20121.  As for today, Continue reading

  1. In fairness to the DOE, they were able to accommodate every child in 2013 as they said they would at that time, by adding the extra class. []

LONG ISLAND CITY YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUE AND KIDS BASKETBALL COMING IN JANUARY

Winter will be here soon, what to do with the kids?

Winter will be here soon, where will the kids play?

As we all know, Long Island City is a great place to live.  Yet due to its nascency, there are several crucial resources that have yet to emerge.  One of these is a locally-based youth sports program for kids over five years old.  So I have decided to form one.  It will have a very modest start this winter with a Continue reading

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