Comments for Brooklyn Heights Blog http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:46:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Comment on CB2 Exec Committee to Consider Slow Zone, Joralemon Closure at Furman, Schermerhorn Bike Lane on Monday by StoptheChophttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74454/comment-page-1#comment-553193 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:46:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74454#comment-553193 I agree that pedestrians are much more of an issue than cars. And I can’t imagine that folks living on Columbia, Willow, or Garden Pl, or on State Street, would be happy having all traffic turn onto on their streets (including delivery trucks, of which there are many every day), rather than continuing onto Furman to access Atlantic Avenue or Old Fulton Street.

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Comment on CB2 Exec Committee to Consider Slow Zone, Joralemon Closure at Furman, Schermerhorn Bike Lane on Monday by Bornherehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74454/comment-page-1#comment-553192 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:05:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74454#comment-553192 I have looked at the schematics on CB2, and I am clearly missing something — Joralemon would be closed at Furman, but would permit car traffic to that point? Or would all traffic, other than bikes and pedestrians, have to turn onto Columbia Place? And I know others will disagree, but I still feel that the Heights is being dedicated to visitors to BBP, with little consideration of residents. Joralemon Street is, as noted, a perfect access point for pedestrians exiting nine (!) subway lines; but the pedestrian traffic has wholly changed what was, essentially, a fairly quiet residential street into a thoroughfare that is incredibly noisy and congested, especially during warmer weather. I really wish some thought were given to figuring out a shuttle sort of approach to/from BBP, that might collect/return visitors at Court and Joralemon, approach BBP via Atlantic Avenue, and return via Furman to Old Fulton to Cadman/Court.

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Comment on Save The View Now Scores in Opening Round of Pierhouse Litigation by sunloverhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74425/comment-page-1#comment-553191 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:21:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74425#comment-553191 That makes more sense. And the “extra” shadow in that area near the marshes probably only lasts for an hour or so till the sun clears the pierhouse buildings as well.

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Comment on Get a Sneak Preview of New Parkland on Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park by gchttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74446/comment-page-1#comment-553190 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:18:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74446#comment-553190 What happened to the marina that was supposed to open this Spring?

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Comment on Times: Increased Police Presence at Pier 2 Following Shooting by Willow Street Watchhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74440/comment-page-1#comment-553189 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:44:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74440#comment-553189 Well, first of all, you used to be able to order a Dodge van with a 440 engine and NO pollution system…burn out city!!!

But to the subject at hand, from the first moment the BBP nonsense started the prospect of attracting thousands of users from areas where gang violence was a serious problem was raised. Whenever anyone raised the question of how the park was going to secured, there were attempts to silence any mention with charges of racism. Well now what every honest and sane observer warned of has now started to happen.

What now? Well, you might consider the basic insanity of greatly increasing the use of an area and not increasing police, fire and ems manpower and equipment.

You might ALSO consider what could happen when one of these well armed darlings you have invited to the area simply decides that it would be fun to pop some windows above…

Everyone reading this who thinks the above is a far fetched concept needs to examine the records of serious violence in the parks system over the last 30 years. Read some real history and then consider what could really happen here…

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Maryhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553188 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:44:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553188 The parents are upset that they’ve been locked out of their zoned school and they’ve had very little time to process all of this. If they have trepidations about 307, it’s probably that the school is still in an early incubation period of its turn-around and we can’t ignore the elephant in the room – that the school is in a high crime area. One only needs to look at recent police data. They also have no idea how to get their children to the school. No one has said, for example, that DOE will provide a bus, etc. What they have heard from a small segment of the community is a lot of criticism for having concerns. (I don’t mean you personally.) A few commenters on this blog even imply they’re being racist. This obviously doesn’t help the dialogue.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Maryhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553187 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:32:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553187 Thank you for the explanation. The segregation in NYC schools is appalling and needs to be solved. I think if the community were meaningfully engaged in this endeavor, 307 could turn out to be a wonderful story. But there was absolutely no engagement and these parents rightfully feel they were sandbagged and a decision about where to educate their children forced on them. There has been a terrible lack of transparency and communication here.

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Comment on Times: Increased Police Presence at Pier 2 Following Shooting by miriamcbhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74440/comment-page-1#comment-553186 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:51:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74440#comment-553186 Thanks. I’ve seen different times listed on official sites too (6:30 or 7:00 pm starts). Do you know where the next one is?

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Comment on Times: Increased Police Presence at Pier 2 Following Shooting by Lorihttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74440/comment-page-1#comment-553185 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:50:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74440#comment-553185 It’s the third Tuesday of each month at different locations each month.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by carriehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553184 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:47:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553184 The intention of the magnet grant is to reduce minority group isolation and to help alleviate over crowding at PS 8 and several district 15 schools.

It is not patronizing to say that PS 307 needs PS 8 families. That was the intent of the magnet grant – to shift the demographics of the school by creating a more racially and economically diverse population. Research has shown that diverse populations positively impact low income achievement.

That is how 307 is like 8. PS 8 maintained its low income population while attracting mid and upper class parents. The starting point was the magnet grant, staff development and diverse parent support.

It was not my intent to imply that somehow 307 needs to become a replica of 8. Rather that 307 has the potential to become as successful and in demand as PS 8. This is the starting point. Neighborhood parents should take advantage of this opportunity. It was truly a special time in PS 8’s history and hopefully will be the same for 307.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Stevehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553183 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:36:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553183 The families if 307 certainly don’t need our help but the idea of a partnership between the two schools is a good one. Ps8 has the experience of building up a school. Additionally, we could learn a lot from the families at 307.
It’s a shame that this is being viewed as a negative and not as an opportunity to build a larger community.
Wondering if perhaps the wait listed families concentrate on getting as many of their kids as possible to start at 307 this year.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by memeadjusterhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553182 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:28:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553182 Properly assigning children to schools should not done based on “lotteries.”

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Maryhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553181 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:08:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553181 I hear that PS 307 has its own strong community support and I wonder whether it’s patronizing to say that PS 307 needs families from the PS 8 zone to go and make it what PS 8 is today. I say that with all due respect because you and everyone else who had a hand in turning PS 8 around deserves all praise. And I thank you.

Principal Davenport, now that she has the funding she needs, seems to be doing an incredible job turning the school around for the community where she grew up. She is a hero in a world short on heroes. I’m not arguing against your point, I’m genuinely curious why so many have the view that PS 307 needs PS 8 families to go and turn it around.

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Comment on Get a Sneak Preview of New Parkland on Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park by Jorale-manhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74446/comment-page-1#comment-553180 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:15:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74446#comment-553180 The park hasn’t said when this is expected to open yet though I noticed on their website that the proposed “viewing platform” at the far end is contingent on funding:
http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/pages/futurepark#about-pier-6-landscape-viewing-platform

It sounds as if they’re going to open the new area without it, which probably makes sense.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Guesthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553179 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:50:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553179 Where you attend school matters. Parents aren’t spending over 35,000 a year for kindergarten just because it doesn’t matter. Those in failing schools aren’t desperately seeking charters schools because their kids are fine. As a public school teacher I have been in various settings and the school you are in matters. Public schools vary greatly and many factors are at play. If you are not in a community with an active parent body you don’t stand a chance, the DOE will have their way with your child’s education.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by carriehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553178 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:08:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553178 In 2004, PS 8 had 300 students. The majority of the students were from Farragut. But a core group of parents from within the community and beyond took a chance on a failing school. They worked along side administration and teachers to help create the school it is today. They did this because PS 29 and PS 321 started turning away out of zone kids due to increased enrollment.

I started working at PS 8 that same year and enrolled my own children. They were zoned for PS 58 – a school with a far better reputation, at the time. But I put them at 8. They didn’t go to school with their playground friends or neighbors but they made many new friends.

That year, 2004, PS 8 was essentially what PS 307 is now. PS 307 was just awarded the same magnet grant. They are working with many of the same staff developers. A few teachers from PS 8 are working with their staff, as well. PS 307 is following the same framework that led to PS 8’s success, as are 3 other schools in Brooklyn.

If the community supports the school, they’ll have the chance to help define its culture and direction, the same way 30 families helped create the PS 8 you know today. I took the same chance with my own kids and I have no regrets.

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Comment on Times: Increased Police Presence at Pier 2 Following Shooting by miriamcbhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74440/comment-page-1#comment-553177 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:54:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74440#comment-553177 Does anyone know when the next council meeting is for the 84th?

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Comment on Brooklyn Heights Association House Tour Set For Saturday, May 9 by ClaudeScaleshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74437/comment-page-1#comment-553176 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:59:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74437#comment-553176 Sorry; corrected it.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by DLhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553175 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:58:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553175 Love it!

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Comment on Times: Increased Police Presence at Pier 2 Following Shooting by Concernedhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74440/comment-page-1#comment-553174 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:58:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74440#comment-553174 Great. Let ALL of Brooklyn be welcome at BBP. BBP can be a safe haven for EVERY kid who simply wants to play ball instead of worry about gang violence. I commend the police for acting so quickly.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Concerned Parenthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553173 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:51:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553173 We live in NYC in 2015. Let’s keep our minds open and try to assess the situation without meanness or disparaging others who are trying to engage with civility to keep a community and children together. And without threatening harm to puppies.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Henry on Henryhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553172 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:37:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553172 Thats not sad, nor cruel. Cruel is beating your children. Cruel is killing their puppy. It’s not cruel to send kids to with a different racial make up than your own. The kids will be just fine going to 307. It’s the parents that have the problem with it.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Guesthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553171 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:30:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553171 As a second grade teacher, 32 students in a room is ridiculous. Private schools have 22 max, many have 18, and have an assistant or co-teacher. Each child has their own set of needs that a teacher must meet, 32 students is stretching the teacher way too thin. The quality of education you are seeking at PS 8 would be hindered if that were the case.
What the DOE has done is unacceptable but I don’t think making such demands will garner a lot of support. I understand the anguish on those wait listed and hope that the DOE will come up with something.
Brooklyn Friends planned a head and added an extra class that was built upon throughout the years knowing of the population increase that was headed to downtown Brooklyn. Of course the DOE was aware of this as well and did nothing to address the issue. I wonder if any legal action can be taken.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Concerned Parenthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553170 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:25:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553170 Please reread my post. No classroom would have more than 28 students in a class. The decision-makers are absolutely letting down these kids (shipping them off to the foot of the Brooklyn Navy Yard when they live in Brooklyn Heights). It’s sad and feels cruel.

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Comment on Save The View Now Scores in Opening Round of Pierhouse Litigation by ShinyNewHandlehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74425/comment-page-1#comment-553169 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:15:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74425#comment-553169 Yep. Darwin is spinning in his grave. As any biologist can confirm, evolution is not a synonym for development.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Henry in Henryhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553168 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:14:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553168 The 4 year olds weren’t “kicked to the curb” as you put it. They are placed at another school. Can you live with 35 in a class? Because thats the solution you’re suggesting.

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Concerned Parenthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553167 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553167 Wedge? No. Accommodate these children within existing constraints as smartly as we can? Yes. These are our children’s’ neighbors and friends. It’s suboptimal, but it beats kicking 25 4-year-olds to the curb. The DOE dealt us a bad hand, but now we need to deal with the hand we were dealt. I know, it stinks to have to make these choices, but I for one can live without an extra cluster enrichment room to give my kids the enrichment of standing by their community and their friends. I can live with 26 kids in a class rather than 23. Learning how to be a good person starts early. Let’s show our kids what we’re made of and stand by this group of parents so that they can stay together with their friends.

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Comment on Save The View Now Scores in Opening Round of Pierhouse Litigation by StoptheChophttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74425/comment-page-1#comment-553166 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:49:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74425#comment-553166 And we’ll all creep along at 8 mph, behind the dozens of tour buses….

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Comment on Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners by Henry on Henryhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74412/comment-page-1#comment-553165 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:34:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74412#comment-553165 What you’re suggesting is wedge the these kindergartners in at the expense of the of all the other kids in the school.

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Comment on Brooklyn Heights Association House Tour Set For Saturday, May 9 by MontagueHickhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74437/comment-page-1#comment-553164 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:07:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74437#comment-553164 Actually the price is $65 for members- more than double the price from last year.

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