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Latest News on Relocation of MS915 and Two Other Downtown Schools

Read the latest news about the possible (likely?) relocation of Bridges/MS 915 in Mary Frost’s report in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Bridges/MS 915, a middle school currently located at 105 Johnson Street at Tillary St., is slated to move to 491 Dean St. in Pacific Park near Barclays Center. MS 915 was formerly MS 8, which […]

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My First Dispatch: On Moving to Brooklyn in 1996 as We Welcome September in the Best Neighborhood in NYC

Greetings neighbors—the first dispatch from me, Caroline Aiken Koster, your newest BHBlogger here. This first post has me thinking about moving to Brooklyn Heights in Fall of 1996. Until then, my husband James and I, fresh out of graduate school and landing in Manhattan from our hometowns of Louisville and Cincinnati, rented a standard NYC […]

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Dumbo Drop! June 2, 2023. Enter to Win Fabulous Prizes While Supporting Dumbo’s Title 1 Schools.

Just $20 gets you a chance to win these incredible prizes! Six month family membership to Life Time, with access to the pool, spa, Kids Academy and more. ($4,200 value.) A 2-night staycation at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge plus $200 for dinner at The Osprey. ($1,500 value.) Gift certificates to Dumbo’s finest restaurant’s – Gran Eléctrica, […]

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St. Francis College Dropping Athletics; Sale of Brooklyn Heights Campus May Have “Fallen Through”

As Andy Furman reports in The Eagle (and thanks to ever alert reader Andrew Porter for the tip), St. Francis College is terminating its intercollegiate athletic programs, according to its Athletic Director, Irma Garcia, who is losing her job. In our post two years ago, when St. Francis announced its intention to sell its Brooklyn […]

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St. Ann’s School Dumps Hundreds of Books On Clinton Street

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, or so the adage goes. It started with a late-afternoon post to Buy Nothing Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo/Vinegar Hill. St. Ann’s School had just dumped hundreds of books in the trash. “Curb Alert: Close to 40 Clinton by the parking garage at 3:50pm Tuesday…Hundreds of books. So many good ones.” The post fomented […]

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Dude, Where’s My Bus? How to Amplify Your Child’s Transportation Issues & Advocate Like a Champ

If the NYC DOE’s Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) is a thorn in your side, raise your hand. (Ooh, Mr. Kotter!!! Pick me! Ooh! Ooh!) Pupil Transportation in NYC has always been bad. All one has to do is Google “NYC DOE” with”student transportation” and years’ worth of articles full of horror stories will unfurl on […]

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NYC School’s Chancellor Richard Carranza Steps Down

Chalkbeat and the New York Times, among others, have each reported NYC DOE School’s Chancellor Richard Carranza has resigned this past Friday. The embattled Chancellor has faced harsh criticism from parents and teachers alike over the DOE’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. But Chancellor Carranza is also widely reported to have clashed both privately and publicly with Mayor DeBlasio […]

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Public Programs and Exhibit at Center for Brooklyn History, formerly Brooklyn Historical Society

Yes, the Brooklyn Historical Society is now the Center for Brooklyn History, part of the Brooklyn Public Library system. While the Center’s building remains closed to the public during the pandemic, it presents on line events and exhibitions, all free of charge. Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 10) starting at 6:00 p.m. the Center, in honor of […]

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Haves and Have Nots: Elite Brooklyn Private Schools Rake in Millions in Federal Paycheck Aid-DOE Budgets Slashed

Gothamist reports elite Brooklyn Heights private schools are among institutions that received millions from the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Private schools are eligible for PPP because they are considered non-profit businesses. According to data released by the Small Business Association, St. Ann’s, Packer Collegiate, Brooklyn Friends, and Brooklyn Heights Montessori all received loans. This money is in […]

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DeBlasio Announces Hybrid Back-To-School Plans For September

Amid the reports of dangerous spikes of Covid-19 across the country, Mayor DeBlasio announced on July 8th NYC public schools will open in September on a “hybrid” schedule. The tentative plan entails three versions of staggered in-school instruction. Protocols include mandatory masks for children, teachers, and staff and nightly deep cleanings of school facilities. In a letter […]

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