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UES Electeds Press For More Local Pre-K Seats

UES Electeds Press For More Local Pre-K Seats

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Upper East Side mom Debbie Semaya wasn’t happy about the trek from her neighborhood to a pre-school on E. 35th St. for her daughter, but, looking back, she said she was lucky compared to some parents. Other children in her neighborhood won pre-k seats in their zoned district, but as far away […]

City Schools Up Resources on LGBTQ Issues

City Schools Up Resources on LGBTQ Issues

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York City Department of Education is stepping up efforts to combat the isolation of LGBTQ youth and educate all students on queer issues, including lessons that integrate historic figures from the community such as the late Stonewall participant Marsha P. Johnson and authors like James Baldwin. The DOE has developed […]

Heading Back to School, Youth Demand Gun Law Reform

Heading Back to School, Youth Demand Gun Law Reform

BY DONNA ACETO | On Sept. 9, the activist group Change the Ref, which aims to give young people the tools they need to create change, held a roving Fashion Week Back to School event to show off a collection of schoolchildren’s apparel, including bullet-proof vests. Highlighting the risks youth today face from gun violence, the […]

New Chancellor Could Step Up DOE Efforts to Combat Bullying

New Chancellor Could Step Up DOE Efforts to Combat Bullying

BY ANDY HUMM | School starts Sept. 5 in New York City for 1.1 million students in 1,800 schools with a new chancellor, Richard Carranza, who has served in San Francisco and Houston and who wrote in June about his support for his gay twin brother, Reuben, and explained “Why It’s So Important to Include LGBTQ […]

Central Park Honors Women’s Suffrage — And Its Complicated History

Central Park Honors Women’s Suffrage — And Its Complicated History

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Meredith Bergmann, a sculptor for more than 40 years, has been selected as the artist who will create the first Central Park statues representing non-fictional women. Last year, the city’s Parks Department announced plans for a monument honoring women’s suffrage movement leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and the design Bergmann […]

Hudson Guild Has Smart Addition to Early Childhood Education Program

Hudson Guild Has Smart Addition to Early Childhood Education Program

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | There is a new member of the Hudson Guild family. On Mon., July 2, Hudson Guild took over the operation of the Polly Dodge Center at 538 W. 55th St. (btw. 10th & 11th Aves.) from the YWCA. “Recently, the YWCA decided to no longer operate the Polly Dodge Center […]

Playground Prodigies at PS 129

Playground Prodigies at PS 129

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Opera education in primary schools? Sounds pretty ambitious, but not in the view of Odelphia Pierre, principal of PS 129 on West 130th St. in Harlem, who appreciates the arts. “They just love it,” she beamed thinking of the third and fourth graders’ embrace of the Playground Operas, a program that has […]

BMCC Pantry Helps Food-Insecure Students

BMCC Pantry Helps Food-Insecure Students

BY LAURA HANRAHAN | Tucked away inside Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Single Stop — an on-campus student resource center — there is a small room that is having a big impact on students’ lives. The Panther Pantry, a new initiative from the Single Stop office, at 199 Chambers St., is providing students who experience food insecurities […]

Upper East Side High School Grads Win Scholarship, Mentorship Honors

Upper East Side High School Grads Win Scholarship, Mentorship Honors

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | Three 2018 graduates of Upper East Side high schools have been selected among this year’s Milken Scholars. Caoimhe Boyle, Roy Kim, and Angelo Osofsky were chosen for their academic performance, community service, demonstrated leadership, and ability to persevere in tough situations. In their high schools, the young scholars took the lead on […]

UWS Participatory Budgeting Boosts Libraries, Schools, Firehouse

UWS Participatory Budgeting Boosts Libraries, Schools, Firehouse

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA  | Grassroots democracy can be seen in action on the Upper West Side. City Councilmembers Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine announced winners of their respective participatory budgeting efforts where residents decide what’s to be done with around $1 million in discretionary funds in their district. Thousands of Upper West Siders voted this spring […]

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