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Mixed Reviews for de Blasio, Fariña School “Diversity” Plan

Mixed Reviews for de Blasio, Fariña School “Diversity” Plan

BY JACKSON CHEN | Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, on June 6, released what had been anticipated as an ambitious vision for encouraging student diversity among the city’s public schools. The 13-page plan introduces city initiatives aimed at tackling racial and socioeconomic disparities in classrooms across New York, but it was rolled […]

In Times Square, Volunteers Pitch In to Feed Hungry Kids

In Times Square, Volunteers Pitch In to Feed Hungry Kids

BY JACKSON CHEN | Hundreds of volunteers from Food Bank For New York City and Morgan Stanley converged at Times Square on June 1 to pack a variety of canned foods that will be distributed to the city’s food pantries, soup kitchens, and schools. Out of the office on a sunny and warm Thursday, a large […]

Environmental Study of Natural History Museum Expansion Bared

Environmental Study of Natural History Museum Expansion Bared

BY JACKSON CHEN | The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) took another step in the lengthy approval process for its controversial expansion as the Department of Parks and Recreation released the project’s draft environmental impact statement on May 18. The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation comes with a $340 million price […]

Parents Demand Seats in Upper East Side Pre-K “Desert”

Parents Demand Seats in Upper East Side Pre-K “Desert”

BY JACKSON CHEN | Each day, Irina Goldman consults a printout of local schools and their contact information. Going down the list, she calls or emails them to find out if there’s any movement on the several Upper East Side pre-kindergarten programs that her four-year-old daughter has been waitlisted for. And the schools’ responses are […]

Tenant, Pedestrian Well-Being Dominate UWS Town Hall

Tenant, Pedestrian Well-Being Dominate UWS Town Hall

BY JACKSON CHEN | City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal and a panel of city agency representatives fielded concerns and worries raised by Upper West Siders during a town hall meeting on April 25. With topics flooding in from online submissions as well as from audience members, Rosenthal at times joined the criticism of city agencies and […]

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 […]

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