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Non-Profit Funding Scramble Shifts from City Hall to Albany

Non-Profit Funding Scramble Shifts from City Hall to Albany

BY JACKSON CHEN | With a storm of uncertainty and unwelcome signs coming out of the new Trump administration, a coalition of non-profits are looking to the state and its budget to help shore up their frayed sector against a widely anticipated decline in federal resources. Across New York, more than 300 non-profit organizations have […]

Parks Advocate Challenges Helen Rosenthal for Council

Parks Advocate Challenges Helen Rosenthal for Council

BY JACKSON CHEN | A fierce parks advocate from the Upper West Side has launched his first bid for elective office, a challenge to incumbent City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal for her District 6 seat. Cary Goodman, 66, who announced his run on January 27, has no experience in elective office nor has he served on […]

New Push to Landmark 42nd Street Library’s Jewel Box Reading Room

New Push to Landmark 42nd Street Library’s Jewel Box Reading Room

BY JACKSON CHEN | A library advocacy group garnered more than 1,000 signatures in a matter of days on a petition to landmark the iconic Rose Reading Room and several other interior spaces in the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. The Committee to Save the New York […]

Midtown’s Lending Library Due for 21st Century Overhaul

Midtown’s Lending Library Due for 21st Century Overhaul

BY JACKSON CHEN | The New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan branch is preparing to undergo a $200 million renovation involving roughly two years of construction that aims to yield a state-of-the-art educational facility. The library, at the corner of 40th Street and Fifth Avenue – diagonally across from the system’s grand main branch, now known […]

P.S. 191 Principal Teases New Look at Riverside Center

P.S. 191 Principal Teases New Look at Riverside Center

BY JACKSON CHEN | As P.S. 191 prepares for its move into a new school building at Riverside Center, the school’s principal, Lauren Keville, offered a sneak preview of what the learning spaces and curriculum would look like during a December 15 meeting of Community Board 7’s Youth, Education, and Libraries Committee. The relocation of P.S. […]

DOE Backs Off Plan for Speedy District 3 North Rezoning

DOE Backs Off Plan for Speedy District 3 North Rezoning

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Department of Education has withdrawn its rezoning proposal for the northern portion of District 3 amidst concerns from parents and Community Education Council 3 members that the process was being rushed.The DOE’s withdrawal was first reported by The New York Times. The DOE’s rezoning proposal covered an area that stretches […]

Natural History Museum Asks: What Bugs You?

Natural History Museum Asks: What Bugs You?

BY JACKSON CHEN | The American Museum of Natural History held an Insect Investigation Day on November 16 to solicit feedback and public interest about the insectarium planned as part of its Gilder Center expansion. In conceptual designs presented to the community late last year, the museum teased what the interiors of the Richard Gilder […]

CEC3 Resolves Long Running Debate, Embracing DOE School Rezoning

CEC3 Resolves Long Running Debate, Embracing DOE School Rezoning

BY JACKSON CHEN | In a lopsided 9-1 vote, Community Education Council 3 has approved a controversial rezoning of the Upper West Side’s school district that has sparked fierce and passionate conversation from the parents affected. Following a protracted public debate about how to rezone several schools within District 3, which included numerous hearings, the […]

DOE At Last Unveils UWS School Rezoning Plan

DOE At Last Unveils UWS School Rezoning Plan

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Department of Education has presented its final Upper West Side rezoning proposal to the Community Education Council 3, which will vote on it on November 22. This most recent plan, announced at a CEC3 meeting on November 9, is the fourth iteration of the effort to rezone the schools within […]

On “Common Ground,” Bloomingdale Marks 52 Years of Music Education

On “Common Ground,” Bloomingdale Marks 52 Years of Music Education

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Bloomingdale School of Music celebrated its 52nd birthday on November 11 with free live music and a proclamation honoring Borough President Gale Brewer. For this bash, which actually came four days after the school reached this landmark, executive director Erika Floreska led Bloomingdale back to its original roots at the […]

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