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De Blasio, His Commissioners Queried Across the Board by West Siders

De Blasio, His Commissioners Queried Across the Board by West Siders

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Mayor Bill de Blasio answered dozens of questions from New Yorkers during two hours of Q&A at a West Side town hall on March 15. Anyone could ask the mayor whatever they wished, and the crowd who turned out at the Lab School for Collaborative Studies on West 17th Street pressed […]

Russian Dual-Language Program Approved for UWS School

Russian Dual-Language Program Approved for UWS School

BY JACKSON CHEN | P.S. 145 at 150 West 105th Street will get the borough’s first Russian dual-language program through the city Department of Education starting this September, according to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. To be approved for a dual-language program, the DOE looks for a school where an equal amount of students with English as […]

West 90th Catholic School Among Six Shuttering This June

West 90th Catholic School Among Six Shuttering This June

BY JACKSON CHEN | St. Gregory the Great Catholic School will be closing at the end of the current academic year following an abrupt announcement from the Archdiocese of New York that included word that another five schools would also be shuttered. In addition to St. Gregory’s, at 138 West 90th Street, four in the Bronx […]

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 […]

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