02/21/13 1:41pm

Daniel Hale Williams PS 307

Last week, DNAinfo published an article about the improvements in the local schools, PS8 and PS307. Per the article, PS307 has seen one of the biggest improvements in reading and math scores in Brooklyn last year:

At P.S. 307, Principal Roberta Davenport has transformed her school over the past eight years. According to Insideschools, since Davenport took over the school in 2004, P.S. 307 has increasingly become a place that makes students and teachers proud.

Davenport upgraded the art room, reached out to the DUMBO arts community to create opportunities for her students and decorated formerly dim school hallways with students’ work. She also cracked down on bad behavior with more suspensions.

“She changed the tone of the school,” Assistant Principal Bill Diederich told Insideschools.

More notably, Davenport improved her students’ math and reading scores. According to the Daily News, P.S. 307 saw one of the biggest improvements in reading and math scores in Brooklyn last year.

The school has come a long way, but the principal knows that their work is far from done. They have sent the below open house and forum schedule to provide the community with updates to their school program:

Daniel Hale Williams School (PS 307) is a community school committed to academic & personal excellence for ALL Students is holding open house sessions on the following dates.


  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 8:30-10:00am
  • Tuesday, Mar. 5, 8:30-10:00am
  • Thursday, Mar. 14, 8:30-10:00am


  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:00-7:00pm
  • Tuesday, Mar. 5, 6:00-7:00pm

Common Core Aligned Academic Curriculum

  • Pre K – 5th grade
  • Classic Children’s Literature
  • Technology Based Instruction
  • Mandarin –Speaking, Reading, Writing
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Violin & Keyboarding Program
  • Visual Arts
  • BRAND NEW Computer Lab
  • School Based Health Center
  • Dental Clinic
  • ASD Horizon-Autism Spectrum Disorder Program
  • Brooklyn Ballet
  • Award Winning Cheerleaders
  • Basketball & Track
  • Cookshop
  • Parent Workshops

Afterschool Programs

  • Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School
  • YMCA
  • Kids Orbit

PS 307 (ps307.com and schools.nyc.gov)
209 York Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (at Hudson Avenue in Vinegar Hill)
For more information, call 718-834-4748

{PS 307 Open House in Vinegar Hill (May 3, 2012)}
{Jam On DUMBO Bringing Musicians to P.S. 307, 24may2012}
{PS 307 Open House 2010}
{Youth-run Farm Stand at Farragut, 16oct2009}
{Dumbo Mural by Tattfoo and PS307 Children on Front Street, 29feb2008}
{PS 307 Spring Arts Festival, Sat, 5/19/2007}

05/02/12 2:12pm

Daniel Hale Williams PS 307

There is an open house at PS 307 Vinegar Hill (209 York Street) tomorrow, May 3, 2012 from 9:30am-11:00am and 6:00pm-7:30pm.

From the school:

Still looking for a school for your child to attend in September? Come learn what PS 307 has to offer – Violin & Keyboard Instruction, Social Emotional Learning, Dual Language Mandarin/English Program, Technology Based Instruction, Afterschool Programs, School Health Center, ASD Horizon (Autism Spectrum Disorder Program) and more

For Information, call 718-834-4748

We’ve heard positive feedback from parents in the neighborhood about the Pre-K through 5 Grade school.

PS 307 (Daniel Hale Williams)
209 York Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (Between Navy & Gold Streets)

11/04/11 10:10am

As proposed in July 2011 by the NYC DOT, the sidewalk along Front Street near York Street is being widened and landscaped neckdown on the corner of York and Front are being worked on according to workers on site. A neckdown is a curb extension at intersections that reduces the roadway width and tightens the curb radii at the corner. This provides a shorter distance for pedestrians to cross and reduces the speed of turning vehicles.

The cross walk at York Street and Front Street will be reduced from 71 feet to 25 feet. This will also improve sight lines for drivers on York Street turning onto Front Street. However, as one of our readers pointed out, semi trucks use York Street to make a right turn onto Front either because they can’t make the turn at York and Washington Streets.

Front/York Street construction

Front/York Street construction

10/24/11 10:44am

Drivers, please note there’s a new ‘No Standing’ sign on York Street at Front Street. This sign went up last week and cars have been ticketed and towed. One of our readers wrote in:

Wanted to alert you to the new No Standing sign at the bottom of York Street at the corner of Front. I parked at the bottom of the street Friday night and was towed promptly at 7am on Saturday morning. I talked to a neighbor who said the sign went up on Monday (to the best of his knowledge).

The new No Standing sign is quite a ways away from the restricted area (because there is a hydrant and a driveway in between) and there is no sign at the very corner, so if you are on “auto pilot” when you are looking for parking in the neighborhood, there is no way you are going to see the new signage. In addition, the sign is on the far side of post, making it nearly impossible to see unless you are standing right in front of it.

In other parking news, the parking meter pay system (made by Parkeon) have been installed to replace the individual meters. The cost is $0.25 per 15 minutes.

07/14/11 8:25am

As part of the Old Fulton Street redesign presented by the NYC DOT (DOT PDF, 3.42mb), the street leading to Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park got all of the attention. However, it’s also worth noting that they are proposing to shorten the cross walk at York Street and Front Street from 71 feet to 25 feet. Their proposal will:

  • Improve sight lines for drivers on York Street turning onto Front Street
  • Shorten cross walk distance from 71 to 25 feet
  • Add new bicycle markings
  • Construct landscaped neckdowns on Front and York Streets

We’ve seen a bicyclist get hit in that crosswalk and several near misses. Cars seem to zoom by that long crosswalk and swerve around pedestrians and bicyclists, so this proposal would reduce the risk of an accident there.

{DOT Looks to Revamp the Streets Near Pier 1 but Not B25 Bus Route, 13Jul2011}