Park Slope

Park Slope School Celebrates Shiny New Bathrooms with Ribbon Cutting

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01/24/2013

PARK SLOPE — Kids at P.S. 124 are flush with excitement.

After years of dealing with grungy bathrooms, the school cut the ribbon Thursday on a set of shiny new commodes for its kindergartners.

The bathrooms got their long overdue makeover as part of City Councilman Brad Lander's participatory budgeting program, where local residents get to choose how government dollars are spent in their neighborhood. Read more »

Councilmembers Call for “Bus Clocks” at NYC Bus Stops

It’s an age-old question, “Where’s my bus?”

Today, City Councilmembers, joined by transit advocates and riders, introduced a resolution calling on city agencies to install “bus clocks” at bus stops across the city. Bus clocks give real-time bus arrival information using digital displays, so that riders know how far away their bus is. New York is behind other cities, including Washington, DC, Albany, and Syracuse, where bus clocks are already in use. Read more »

Remembering Jon Kest, a lifelong fighter for justice

I’m thinking very powerfully today about Jon Kest, who passed away last night after a months-long battle with cancer (and just a month after the heart-rending loss of his daughter Jessie Streich-Kest who was killed during Hurricane Sandy). When I first moved to New York City 20 years ago, one of my first job interviews was with Jon, for a position as an organizer with ACORN. While I didn’t wind up in that job, I’ve been deeply honored to be following Jon’s lead in struggles for justice for two decades. Read more »

Last night's meeting approving Park Slope school rezonings

Last night the District 15 Community Education Council voted to implement the Department of Education’s proposed rezoning of some Park Slope elementary schools.

While the final plan does not accommodate every concern raised (and I understand that some of you remain disappointed) I believe the adopted plan does a good job of balancing challenging but important goals: addressing elementary school overcrowding, strengthening existing schools, creating great new schools, and advancing a new policy for diversity. Read more »

Giving thanks for "courtesy, gentleness and goodness beyond description"

Over the past month, we’ve had stark reminders of how much most of us have to be grateful for. Our homes and our health. Our families and our neighborhoods. Heat and power and food to eat. Our safety, and indeed our very lives.

We’ve seen – far too dramatically and close to home – how fragile those things can be, and we’ve been reminded not to take them for granted. Read more »

DOE responds to rezoning questions

Today, the Department of Education released responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the proposed rezoning of some Park Slope elementary schools. The department's responses can be downloaded here or viewed below. Read more »

Signs of recovery

It took more than two weeks, but most of our neighbors in Red Hook finally have power, and more and more public housing buildings are getting their heat restored each day. Residents are rightfully angry that it took this long - and there will be a time soon to look at what happened, what should have been done differently, who’s accountable for it, and what we need to learn for the future. But I’m sure glad to see the progress. Read more »

DOE's revised school rezoning proposal

Last night, the District 15 Community Education Council (CEC) hosted a meeting on the Department of Education’s proposal to rezone some elementary schools in Park Slope. The proposal has been revised based on feedback from previous public meetings. The new proposal eliminates changes to PS 39, and shifts the areas of the PS 321 zone that would be rezoned to a new school at the St. Thomas Aquinas school building (on 4th Avenue at 8th Street). Read more »

Behind the Scenes of Participatory Budgeting in District 39

By Rachel Fine of the Participatory Budgeting District Committee 

As a District Committee member, I have been focusing on getting the word out about participatory budgeting and engaging our district’s diverse communities in this process. Although the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity getting ready for the neighborhood assemblies, our outreach efforts have targeted a number of communities. Read more »

Three shelters from the storm

Over the past week, we wrapped up operations at one hurricane evacuation shelter (John Jay High School campus), continued to provide an incredible level of compassion and support to evacuated high-needs residents in another (Park Slope Armory), and welcomed evacuated homeless veterans into a third (on West 9th Street in south Carroll Gardens).  And we continued to do all we could to help our neighbors down in Red Hook, more than 3,000 of whom are still – unacceptably – without power or heat twelve days later. Read more »