Hate-Read Of The Week: Drama At Grace Church School

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).

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  • A Neighbor

    It sounds like someone did a poor background check.

  • meschwar

    I guess that’s one thing you could get out of that article…

  • Carlo Trigiani

    Sounds like a heck of a business they’ve got over there at Grace Church! Rich people giving their children a great start while getting a tax deduction. Why should JJ and Chelsea Redick get a tax deduction for ‘giving’ to this ‘not-for-profit’??? Time to rip the Band-Aid off. Religions and their schools are a business and should pay taxes.

  • Susan O’Doherty

    “She said this in a room of the most highly stressed parents in the world.” Reading this quote right after watching Yazmin Juárez testify about the death of her daughter in ICE custody was painful.

  • gc

    This is the new entitled crowd.
    They have conveniently lost all sense of perspective. They behave badly and wonder why anyone takes exception. Sadly they are becoming more the norm than the exception here in the Heights.

  • meschwar

    Did the “new” people strike you as the only source of the problem in that article? Genuinely curious.

  • gc

    They are just the most glaring part of the problem. Plenty of blame to go around.

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  • TeddyNYC

    It a lot easier back in the day when I went there.