Posted on 17 June 2010.
*Do charter schools mirror the city? The New York Times found that Latinos are underrepresented in charter schools as compared to their presence in public schools citywide. Given the raging battle over charter schools, you could see that as good or bad…thoughts? (P.S. Don’t miss the interactive map.)
*Cutbacks at the MTA are mixing up bus routes through Sunset Park—the B37 and B70 will diverge from their well-known paths, and many aren’t happy about it, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.
*The Eagle takes a look back at “Operation Blockbuster,” the big South Brooklyn crack bust of 2008
*Legit or scam? The diet product Herbalife has carved out a firm foothold among immigration groups. Feet in Two Worlds reports.
*Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the end of May announced a huge biotech facility will go into the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. The Wall Street Journal gives some additional background on the mayor’s startup projects.
*In case you haven’t found your spot yet, the Brooklyn Eagle has links to suggestions for the best spots to watch the World Cup.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Economy, Health and Environment, Politics, development, education
Posted on 21 April 2010.
*The Daily News reported that P.S. 150 has the longest wait list in the city, due largely to demand from Chinese families who have moved into Sunset Park in recent years.
*Police at the 72nd Precinct think they may have caught the burglar who has been targeting and stealing from Chinese residents who live the 40s and 50s, and driving up the burglary rate, Inspector Jesus Raul Pintos said last week.
*The lack of Brooklyn-bound toll on the Verrazano has some people worked up, including local owners who have trouble parking in Sunset Park, the Eagle reported.
*The weekly park sweeps at Lets Clean Sunset Park! are back up and running. Want to join in? Check out the website to keep up to date.
*Thanks to the Brooklyn DA, Haitians in need of clothing after the earthquake will soon be sporting a load of designer knockoffs confiscated last year from a Sunset Park storage facility, according to the Post.
*Councilwoman Gonzalez held a leadership summit last week, the Eagle reports. She also brought together a group to talk about the somewhat contentious issue of legislation on vendors along Fifth Avenue. Details on that to come.
*Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Quinn last week announced the New York City Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES), “a citywide initiative that will create a new sustainable blueprint for the City’s 578 miles of shoreline.” Sunset Park obviously has a good bit of that waterfront. I haven’t had a chance to look through it carefully, but I’ll report back on the details of the plan.
*Picturing Sunset Park: Check out a kind of unusual shot I stumbled upon here, and good shot of Chinatown here.
*Frank of The Sunset Park Blog noted a couple of new Italian places in the neighborhood, and made a well-deserved plug for staying in (the neighborhood) when going out to eat.
*Things have been cooking, sprouting and…shopping…over at Sunset Parkour. Take a look out how her seedlings are progressing, and her note on Sunset Park’s recent meh ranking in NYMag’s list of “most livable” New York neighborhoods. Eh, they can keep Park Slope.
*Got any other news? Send it along…
Posted in Announcements, Arts & Culture, Crime, Economy, In the News, Picturing Sunset Park, education, seen and heard
Posted on 01 February 2010.
* Protests, lawsuits and contentious conversation have followed the announcement the city plans to shutter 19 schools for poor performance. The city has since 2002 closed 91 schools, many large high schools that have reopened as smaller and charter schools. A recent New York Times article offers insight into some of the city politics behind these closures. The new comptroller, John Liu, is adding his two cents–he questioned the school vote when he appeared last week on Local 237 President Greg Floyd’s new radio show, the Daily News reported.
* Other school issues have hit close to home. The Brooklyn Eagle last week covered a meeting about the slated consolidation of students from District 13 (Fort Green, Downtown, Park Slope) and District 15 (Sunset Park, Red Hook, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace). The building that houses P.S. 133 will be rebuilt, and students from Sunset Park’s overcrowded schools will join them in a new, larger building. “Sunset Park is in a crisis situation,” James Devor, president of CEC-15, a governing body for District 15, told the Brooklyn Eagle. But not everyone was pleased with the plan. The Eagle reports race issues bubbled up, with parents from P.S. 133 worried that their 300 children would get short shrift after the arrival of 660 students from District 15, who are predominantly white.
* Though the Bloomberg administration has touted its success slashing fat and fillers, the Daily News reports lunches may not be as healthy as they look. Cheese sandwiches, mozzarella sticks and pizza still make regular appearances on school menus. These dishes feature unpronounceables like azodicarbonamide (a bleach used in food), the maligned high-fructose corn syrup, and processes food with high levels of fat and salt.
Posted in Health and Environment, In the News, Politics, education
Posted on 05 November 2009.
As predicted, Mayor Michael Bloomberg swung a third term in yesterday’s election. But it was no easy jog to the finish; the incumbent squeezed through by a margin of just five percentage points.
Sunset Park had a hand in the tight race. There’s no evidence of trampa, yet it appears Jose Sanchez had at least some things right when he predicted that Bill Thompson would win the popular vote. Thompson did–in Brooklyn.
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Posted in Politics
Posted on 03 November 2009.
Bill Thompson (right) shakes hands at opening of his Sunset Park campaign office. Fernando Ferrer (left) ran against Bloomberg in 2005.
It’s election day, and New Yorkers throughout the city are gearing up for (or blowing off) their trip to the polls.
“I’m voting not so much for Bloomberg as against Thompson,” said Melinda Hernandez, who with her husband Miguel owns Munchy’s Coffee Shop on 5th Avenue and 53rd street. “I think it’s a tough city, and you need someone tough.”
Hernandez has a Latinos for Bloomberg poster in her window, and believes the mayor has managed the city well. Even so, she said Bloomberg hasn’t been the best for mom and pop stores. “We get nickle and dimed like you would not believe,” said Hernandez. It’s not just the shops. “I think it’s difficult everywhere,” Hernandez added. “It’s going to take a long time to recover.”
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Posted in Events, Politics, seen and heard