While New York City has some of the most segregated school districts in the nation, the current conversation surrounding the rezoning of P.S. 307 and P.S. 8 has our neighborhood’s elementary schools at the front of people’s minds.
This past Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged the complexity of desegregating New York’s public schools, but said the city’s current zoning process would not change. (more…)
Note: We’ve been looking back thru the DumboNYC archive and unearthing some gems. We’ll republish from time to time. Enjoy!
This post was originally published July 23, 2007.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted “Dumbo Streetscapes Then and Now” photos. Here, we are looking north down Jay Street (towards Manhattan) from Front Street. Step outside to the right out of the York Street Station on the F train and this is the view you see. In the first photo, the 68 Jay Street building is front and center with a sliver of 20 Jay Street behind it and a faint view of the Empire State Building across the river. This 70 year photo (1937), by photographer, Percy Loomis Sperr, show the water towers on the 68 Jay Street building (currently removed, except for the base). On the right side of the photo, there are buildings which no longer exist. The Jehovah’s Witness lot (85 Jay Street) currently occupies a parking lot there. On the back of the photo:
Jay Street, west side, north from a point south of Front Street, to the East River. In order, are the buildings occupied by the Grant Union Tea Co.; the John Maury Paint Co.; and the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Co. In the background towering over Manhattan, is the Empire State Building. (March 9, 1937)
We’ve all been there. It’s mid-afternoon and you’re on a sugar low. You need a little something sweet before you end up taking a spontaneous nap where you’re standing.
If you happen to find yourself in Dumbo when the cravings hit, you’re in the right place. From gourmet chocolate to French pastries to thick milkshakes, Dumbo has a wealth of options to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The cupcakes, cookies, and whoopie pies at this cozy bakery and café look almost too pretty to eat. Once you take a bite, though, all bets are off. Dawn Casale — the chef, co-owner, and “one girl” — gives her cookies names like Sadie (an orange butter cookie topped with shredded coconut) and Juliette (chocolate cinnamon ganache sandwiched between two hazelnut cookies). Fittingly, the interior of the café, with its light blue accents, is as much a feast for the eyes as the baked goods are. (more…)