So many of the wealthy in today’s world are both so selfish and self-interested that it’s easy to believe that rich people do not think of those who have nothing. The story of Grahams Polley, the great Williamsburg philanthropist, however, shows that wealth and concern for the poor and for public education are not mutually exclusive. Polley only lived to be thirty-four years of age, dying in a riding accident in 1860 and leaving behind a wife and ten children. His charity was legendary and left a legacy still felt today.
Polley was born in Manhattan to a poor family. He never had the chance to go to school for himself and he never learned to read or write, but he died as a bank president with a fortune of $40,000. He was determined to use his wealth for the public good and his chief interest was ensuring that all of Williamsburg’s children got educated. Continue reading →
November 11th is always a day to celebrate, and Greenpoint’s PS 31 (75 Meserole Avenue) marked the day with a Fall Festival to benefit the PTA. The school is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and the Festival helped PS 31’s PTA raise funds to support excellent enrichment opportunities for students, including arts and chess.
Parents, teachers, alumni and community businesses all contributed to the festivities, which included pony rides, crafts, cotton candy, balloons, face painting, a Bounce House and a bake sale. Local merchants like the Meatball Shop (170 Bedford Avenue) donated raffle prizes. All proceeds from the event went directly to the PTA. In a press release Sarah Sanders, PTA Co-President, thanked the Greenpoint community for an excellent turnout and a fabulous Festival.“This was a very successful community event that brought people together on a freezing day to help our school,” she said. “It couldn’t have been done without the wonderful volunteers, who included teachers, parents, and alumni.”
Schoolfest 2017! Saturday, October 21 | 12-4 PM @ John Ericsson Middle School 126| 424 Leonard Street (Bayard entrance) Cost: FREE
During Schoolfest, North Brooklyn families are invited to meet all types of schools—from day care through college; from public, to private, charter, magnet, community, dual language, and gifted—at one place on one day. This Saturday October 21st, from 12-4pm, visitors will be able to network and get info on neighborhood schools and admission processes. Schoolfest helps parents navigate through the confusion so that they can make the best choice for their child’s educational needs. Well known Joyce Szuflita of New York School Help will present workshops on the bewildering array of public NYC schools and equally perplexing admission processes for PK/K, middle schools and high schools.
Get your FREE ticket here If you’re interested in exhibiting at Schoolfest, click here.
P.S 34, also known as the Oliver Hazard Perry School, is more than an elegant old red brick school building on the corner of Norman Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard. Built in the gorgeous Romanesque Revival style, it is in fact the oldest continually used school building in New York and a New York City Landmark. According to some sources the school dates back to 1867 when it was designed by Samuel Leonard, the Superintendent of school buildings in the still independent city of Brooklyn. Leonard Street is in fact named after Superintendent Leonard. These were years when Greenpoint was growing fast. Leonard supervised another addition to the building in 1870 and another superintendent oversaw another addition in 1887-1888. Continue reading →
As someone who never went to school when I was younger, I am now perusing a degree. I’m about halfway through, and I feel like the economy is so bad and my field is so competitive, it’s all just not worth it. I fear I may be bar tending until I’m 60. Any advice on how to not kill myself or become an alcoholic? Continue reading →
The Framework Plan for Greenpoint Landing actually shows the school one block East of the location where they plan to build. The school building will be located at 219 West Street, not Franklin Street, as this map shows.
Greenpoint Landing, for those readers who are unfamiliar, is the proposed and now, approved, project that encompasses 20 acres of the Greenpoint waterfront, and will include the construction of ten 30-40 story towers, as well as a new school and a public park.
The final vote on the project was cast on Tuesday 12/10 by the City Council, and although Council Member Stephen Levin won some benefits through his negotiations, many questions remain unanswered.
The vote was based on a hearing that took place the previous week at City Hall, where the developers presented their plan, answered questions from Levin, and heard testimonies from those opposed and supported the project. But due to a last minute location change and an overlap of several meetings, at least 10 of those speakers who were called to testify were not available by the time they were called upon. Continue reading →
I got two gem emails this morning – one that made me wonder why I blog and the other that made me realize why I blog. The first had the subject line “Hipster” and when I opened it it said in bold “I HATE YOU.” (The fact that I am even protecting the identity of this loser is beyond me.)
Then the sky opened and an anonymous email came from an address named “Be Kind To Children” with the subject line “Mean Monster Principal at PS 31 Brooklyn Is Anti-Halloween” Continue reading →
Come to PS 31, 75 Meserole Ave on Thursday, May 30th from 4-7pm and enjoy their Spring Fling celebration.
This fundraising event, which is open to the public, will have tons of exciting of things for you and your family. Come see us in the playground and get your face face painted, jump in the bouncy house or enjoy some arts and crafts. These will be just a few of the fun activities they are going to have. Tickets are $1 each or 12/$10 but also vary in price.
Greenpointers worked with the PS31 to design the mural which will be shown in the school yard during the celebration. It is a take on Matisse’s Flower Mural at the National Gallery. The students were given pieces of the mural to color in. The mural will be hung up piece by piece for a huge piece of group work of art.
PS 31 Fiesta de Primavera
Venga PS 31, 75 Meserole Ave, el Jueves, 30 de Mayo de 4-7 pm y disfrutar de la celebración de la Fiesta de Primavera.
Este evento de recaudación de fondos, que está abierto al público, tendrá toneladas de cosas para usted y su familia. Venga a vernos en el patio de recreo y pinte su cara, salta en la casa hinchable o disfrutar de artes. Estos serán algunos de la diversión actividades que van a tener. Los boletos cuestan $1 o 12/$10 pero también varían en precio.
Greenpointers trabajo con PS31 para diseñar el mural que se mostrará en el patio de la escuela durante la celebración. Es un mural de flor de Matisse que esta en la Galeria Nacional. Los estudiantes recibieron piezas del mural para colorear. El mural se cuelga pieza por pieza y se hace una enorme pieza de obra de arte.