Jessica Pressler at NY Magazine has published a phenomenal article about the Grace Church School that we couldn’t not share — a classic battle between the nouveau riche and l’Ancien Régime — or, as they put it, “A riot among the one percent.”
When you buy a home in Brooklyn Heights, you aren’t just purchasing real estate, you’re purchasing a lifestyle. The stately townhomes and converted carriage houses, with their window boxes of Algerian ivy winking over splendidly preserved original details — the Grecian columns, the soaring Romanesque windows offering a glimpse of curated furniture — connote a certain level of not just wealth and taste but respectability. These are houses not just for people who have money, but people who have values.
And with that wonderful opener to set the scene, a tale is told in which no one — with the exception of the newly installed rector Reverend Allen Robinson, who has our deepest sympathies for having to deal with this — no one comes out a sympathetic character, and the moral is either “Support Universal Pre-K for 2s and 3s” or “Tax The Rich” (or both).