Category Archives: Schools

Millennials, a fading nation, and who’s to blame

March 12, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD The Pew research people have a book out, “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials”,  and it has me thinking. I never really thought about it, but labeling the demise of a society as … Continue reading

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Book review: “ADHD Does Not Exist” By Richard Saul, MD

March 20, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD Richard Saul, MD strived to be provocative with his new book ADHD Does Not Exist. He not only succeeded, but also backed up his bold assertion with ample sound logic and supporting data. … Continue reading

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Major new addition to CB1: Andrew Zelter

April 7, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD The list of new CB1 appointees was released to BatteryPark.TV by the Manhattan Borough President’s office (see chart at bottom). There were few changes amongst the old guard, but a very significant … Continue reading

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Dean of Pace college discusses importance of face to face teaching

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City Schools now use “harassment” charges to jail and intimidate whistleblowers

April 13, 2014- The Post reports on a very concerning trend used by the Department of Education bosses in New York City. They are having critics of their schools jailed by reporting “harassment” charges. Those charges are actually just harmless … Continue reading

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A discussion of the Seaport area with Head of Blue School

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Interview with Head of Blue School in the Seaport

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Sheldon Silver’s stop sign not helping PS 276

April 1, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD The all-powerful State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s solution to the extremely unsafe road in front of PS 276 was to have the DOT place a stop sign. Local resident and mother of … Continue reading

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Interview with BASIS Independent Brooklyn

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Exclusive: New daycare coming soon to Brookfield Place

March 10, 2014- The Bright Horizons daycare is coming soon. It is the construction going on at 1 WFC at the sidewalk level, across from Gristedes and SouthWestNY. The workers said that the company made walk-throughs and hope to open … Continue reading

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Asphalt Green swimming programs and scholarships

May 25, 2013- Recent graduate from Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, Sammy Sherman, and the Director of Aquatics for Asphalt Green, Bryan Beary, discuss the Asphalt Green aquatics programs. Each year, numerous young adults trained by Asphalt Green go on to NCAA … Continue reading

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City DOE wants new after school providers

March 18, 2014- DNAinfo reports, “The city is accepting proposals from organizations to provide new after-school programs for nearly 55,000 middle school students, at an estimated yearly cost of more than $131 million, according to an RFP released by the … Continue reading

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The private “Blue School” to add middle school

March 30, 2014- The private Blue School, started by the cast of the Blue Man Group, acquired a Seaport building on 233 Water, adjacent to their existing school, and will add a middle school next year.

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City public school system fails to properly teach 77% of kids

March 30, 2014- As Mayor de Blasio plans to attack the charter school system, a report is out that shows a whopping 77% of “college” students at CUNY need remedial math, thanks to the wonderful public school system.

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640,000 parents complain to de Blasio “We need more schools”

March 8, 2014- The Post reports, “They have a collective 640,000 followers in the virtual world of Twitter. But the parent bloggers who met with Mayor de Blasio at City Hall on Friday to talk universal pre-K and expanded after-school … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Bob Townley’s Manhattan Youth investigated by State Attorney General

March 7, 2014- By Steven E. Greer Bob Townley is the founder and operator of the Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources Inc, a 501c New York State regulated non-profit. It operates the community center on 120 Warren Street as well … Continue reading

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PS 276 auction raises $200,000

Update March 22, 2014- The auction raised about $200,000, people are saying. March 19, 2014- PS 276 is hosting a fundraiser next week. Click here for details.

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Exclusive: Lighted ballfields free for public to use until the Spring

December 21, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD With the return of the outdoor lighting for the ballfields on Murray Street by Asphalt Green, the BPCA-funded Parks Conservancy is offering use of the field, free to the public. From now … Continue reading

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Pre-K Guide: How to Score a Seat for Your Child

March 5, 2014- DNAinfo reports, “It’s a tale of two cities when it comes to competition for free pre-K seats in the city’s public schools.”

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City DOE treats Sheldon Silver like a lame duck

March 1, 2014- A local blog reported on the most recent “Sheldon Silver Overcrowding Task Force”. The article stated, “Silver himself had asked Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña for an amendment to the plan that would at least double the number … Continue reading

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Letter: I am sick of Townley using BPCA as his piggy bank

Letter to the Editor September 26, 2013- By BPC Parent I am sick of Bob Townley using BPCA as his piggy bank. Why should BPCA pay him 750,000? He already gets money from the city for every child enrolled in … Continue reading

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Sheldon Silver unable to get a traffic light for PS 276

February 14, 2014- A blast email from Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office proudly states that his office was able to have the City DOT install a stop sign in front of PS 276, in the wake of the crossing guard being … Continue reading

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Is Sheldon Silver really fighting for more schools?

  December 3, 2013- By Steven E. Greer MD Some of State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s proudest accomplishments are the new schools that he takes credit for building. He even has a School Overcrowding Task Force that is finding ways … Continue reading

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Feckless CB1 and Sheldon Silver fail to bring new schools Downtown, again

Update February 7, 2014- By Steven E. Greer The new City DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced revisions to the old Bloomberg plan for new schools, and Downtown “aint gettin nothin”, so to speak. Despite Downtown Manhattan being one of the … Continue reading

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BPCA promises action on unsafe street crossing at PS 276

February 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer At the CB1 meeting tonight, at the end of the meeting as “new business”, the topic of the recent accidents in front of PS 276 on Battery Place were discussed. In the audience … Continue reading

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P.S. 276 Crossing Guard Hit by Car at ‘Unsafe’ Intersection, Police Say

February 3, 2014- DNAinfo reports, “A school crossing guard was struck by a passing cab as she stood on duty outside of Battery Park City’s P.S./I.S. 276 at an intersection that parents and police say is unsafe. “I’m very concerned … Continue reading

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PS 276 to cut Pre-K classes to make way for new kindergarten

January 31, 2014- DNAinfo reports, that the school overgrowing problem Downtown is getting worse, “Despite a tremendous demand for more pre-K seats, two Downtown public schools will be forced to shut down their pre-K programs next fall, to make room … Continue reading

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Battery Park Montessori opens on South Cove

September 11, 2013- Today Battery Park Montessori opened for for the first day of classes. It is located next to the restaurants in the Regatta building on the South Cove. According to the school, “Battery Park Montessori was established to … Continue reading

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Stuyvesant High School in the news for student drug use

January 19, 2014- The Post reports, “Students at elite Stuyvesant HS disrupted a school trip to top upstate colleges — because they were hopped up on drugs. Three seniors among the 102 embarking on the two-day Nov. 15 bus trip … Continue reading

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PS 276 parents want buses allowed to take kids to school

November 22, 2013- Kate Godici, A local mother of kids at at PS 276 sent us this video to help promote her cause of allowing buses to send the kids to school. She wrote, “Hello! I am a mother of … Continue reading

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Boy walking to school struck, killed by truck

December 20, 2013- Related to local efforts to allow kids to take buses to school, a New York City boy was struck by a struck and killed. The Post has more. PS 276 parents want buses allowed to take kids … Continue reading

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What I recall about last year and the Newtown shootings

December 14, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD What I recall about last year and the Newtown shootings was how it came at the height of the Hurricane Sandy devastation. Two days prior, the biggest rock concert of its kind, … Continue reading

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Sale of 346 Broadway closes, to become luxury condos

December 12, 2013- Rather than make a much needed new school, the city sold 346 Broadway to real estate moguls. The Commercial Observer reports, “The Peebles Corporation has closed on the $160 million purchase of 346 Broadway in Tribeca, making … Continue reading

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Is Bob Townley’s $150 flag football “affordable”

December 5, 2013- By Steven E. Greer Bob Townley has been the biggest critic of the Asphalt Green community center. His talking points have focused on the fact the Asphalt Green in BPC does not provide discounted or free memberships … Continue reading

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Bob Townley wants the BPCA’s “Googles of money”

November 22, 2013- At the joint session of the CB1, the Stuyvesant community center resolution was rehashed, with plenty of bloviating. Watch Bob Townley

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BPCA does a 180, decides to keep funding the Stuyvesant community center

November 26, 2013- In a complete reversal, the BPCA has decided to keep the Stuyvesant community center open, rather than cut off the $203,000 in funding spent each year. The cost is mostly for BPC Parks Conservancy staff to run … Continue reading

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Asphalt Green should run the Stuyvesant Community Center

http://youtu.be/_rqP0EgP0V0 Opinion October 31, 2013- By Steven E. Greer BatteryPark.TV previously reported how Bob Townley’s Tribeca community center is making a grab for the soon-to-close Stuyvesant Community Center, which is a gymnasium and swimming pool. The Battery Park City Authority … Continue reading

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Two condo owners oppose child safety measures for West Thames proposed by DOT

October 23, 2012- By Steven E. Greer, MD At the October 22nd joint session of the Community Board 1 (CB1) meeting, two apartment owners from 200 Rector Place protested the City DOT plans to install a concrete media on West … Continue reading

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Exclusive: A source of funds for the Stuyvesant Community Center

November 4, 2013- By Steven E. Greer The Battery Park City subcommittee of the CB1 met at Asphalt Green tonight. The main topic was the planned closure of the Stuyvesant Community center (which for some reason suddenly has the attention … Continue reading

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PS 276 supports DOT plan for concrete medians

October 30, 2013- The PS 276 school will be hosting a safety Town Hall. In the blast email, they specifically mention the City DOT’s plan to install concrete medias on South End Avenue and West Thames. First Town Hall Safety … Continue reading

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