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, I don’t know what the answer is for those parents with children starting kindergarten next fall.  I will say to maintain hope, as many spots will free up due to parents moving away or opting for charter, private, or G&T schools.

Going forward, we know the rest of HPS is going to be built out, plus plenty of smaller projects are going up in Hunters Point, and a cavalcade of residential towers are in various states of construction in Court Square.  I can’t help but think that a big opportunity was lost when the powers-that-be granted the 5Pointz owners additional air rights in return for affordable housing.  Seeing as how it’s perfectly situated location-wise, it would have been an excellent place to put a school.  It may not have helped this year’s class or next, but now we’re looking at numerous years of dislocation. Next time let’s get it right: first build schools for the kids who already live here, then think about additional housing for others.

Kindergarten Wait Lists for NYC in 2015

More than 1200 Kindergartners Shut Out of Their Zoned Schoolscitywide the numbers are about the same as last year

Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  - playing now at the Chain Theater in LIC.  In two words “it’s great”

LIC & Astoria Have the Worst Pollution in the Boroughseeing as how we’re closest to Manhattan, can’t say it’s much of a surprise

Commercial Tenants Now Flocking to LICat least they don’t take up school spaces

39 Condos Ready for Sale on Murray Parklive and own in the MPD

Commercial Site Purchased for $3.6 Million in ’04, sold for $40 Millionwhat more is there to say?

Sculpture Center Renovation Project Wins Prestigious Awardfrom the New York Landmarks Conservancy for the careful way it carried out the project

LIC Gets a Green Lessonfrom the Smiling Hogshead Ranch

Children’s Hair Salon to Open in Hunters Pointwell we know there’s plenty of children.  Business in the front, party in the back

Wheelspur Rail Yard in LIC Back in OperationMitch Waxman digging down into the grit

‘More, more, more’interesting story behind how the song was made and who made it



  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. []


  1. Yo says:

    Coulda seen that a mile away

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know what calculations are used by the
    Board of Ed to determine school construction needs in a particular neighborhood?

  3. not a parent says:

    Oh well plenty of room in the burbs

  4. Tikette says:

    Hello! does anyone know how hard is it to transfer my kids from PS150 in Sunnyside to PS78? We are planning to move to LIC next year. My kids are in Kindergarten and 4th grade. Many thanks!

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