Category Archives: Kids & Education
St. Francis College Teams With B’klyn Historical Society
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — In the dark, wood-paneled library of the Brooklyn Historical Society, students in Eric Platt’s history class pulled on pristine white gloves and began to pore over delicate black-and-white photos laid out on long tables.
Some of the photographs — dating back to around 1900 — are grainy family portraits taken on the Coney Island boardwalk and printed on iron sheets. Later photos, taken in the 1980s in the same location, show graffiti-scarred, dilapidated buildings.
“How does this reflect the time when it was taken?” Platt, an assistant professor of history, recently asked a group of students as he pointed to one of the more current photos. “Is Coney Island in better shape today?”
By Raanan Geberer
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — “Let’s give the city three cheers for the plans for the city’s new applied science campus on Roosevelt Island, but we’ll give it five cheers when the city decides to support NYU and Polytechnic’s proposal for an applied science campus here.”
These words, spoken by Assemblywoman Joan Milllman (D-Downtown Brooklyn/Heights) in front of the nearly vacant former MTA headquarters building at 370 Jay St., captured the mood of Wednesday’s press conference.
Sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Downtown Brooklyn/Lower Manhattan) and Borough President Marty Markowitz, the rally was called to emphasize that the NYU-Polytechnic proposal, which would use the Jay Street building for classrooms and offices, is still on the table.
DUMBO — In a joint effort between the city’s Economic Development Corp. (EDC), Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and Two Trees Management Co., a new DUMBO Business Incubator to Support Technology Entrepreneurs has opened in DUMBO.
The new incubator, supported by an EDC grant of $250,000 and to be managed by NYU-Poly, will support the development of technology startup businesses in Brooklyn over the next three years. Located at 20 Jay St., a Two Trees-owned building, it is expected to be fully operational as soon as January.
By Mary Frost
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — The city’s Department of Education (DOE) is moving on a proposal to expand a popular Brooklyn Heights elementary school to include the middle school grades. If approved, the middle school, which would serve kids in the 6th through 8th grades, would be located a few blocks away in Downtown Brooklyn.
P.S. 8 parents, who have been lobbying for a local middle school for years, passed a resolution at their January PTA meeting calling for their school to expand to a facility within walking distance of their present school building on Hicks and Middagh streets.
The city hopes to locate the P.S. 8 extension in a building housing George Westinghouse Information Technology High School and City Polytechnic High School at 105 Tech Place, fronting Tillary Street.
A group of talented children from Brooklyn Heights, Gravesend, Bay Ridge, Clinton Hill, Kensington and Williamsburg are winning applause as stars of the New York Ballet Theater’s production of The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, according to the Daily News. The show rotates two groups of 50 children for its engagement, which will end on Dec. 31. Fiona Brennan, 10, from Bay Ridge, has the lead role as Marie. The children rehearsed three hours a day for six weeks, says the News.
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