Local Public High Schools Perform Well in National Rankings
The U.S. News & World Report has issued its annual national rankings of high schools, and several local secondary institutions, either located in Lower Manhattan or else attended by large numbers of students from this community, have earned favorable mention.
Stuyvesant High School, located in Battery Park City, was deemed to rank number 44 among all secondary schools in the United States, and seventh among all New York City public high schools. Reviewers noted that Stuyvesant has a graduation rate of 99 percent, that 100 percent of its students are proficient in math and reading, and that 88 percent of pupils there passed at least one advanced placement exam.
The High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, located on Grand Street, was ranked number 69 in the nation, and tenth among all New York City public high schools. With a graduation rate of 99 percent, 83 percent of its students passed at east one advanced placement exam, and they were rated proficient in math and reading at 97 and 99 percent, respectively.
Millennium High School, in the Financial District, was ranked at 150 in the United States and number 16 among all New York City public high schools. U.S. News determined that Millennium has a graduation rate of 99 percent, that 98 percent of its students are proficient in math and reading, and that 75 percent of pupils passed at least one advanced placement exam.
New Explorations Into Science, Tech and Math (NEST+M) High School, located at Houston Street, near the FDR Drive, ranked 256 in the nation, and number 16 among all New York City public high schools. At NEST+M, the graduation rate is 95 percent, while 96 percent of students are proficient in reading, and 87 percent are proficient in math. The rate of passage for at least one advanced placement exam is 82 percent.
The Lab High School for Collaborative Studies, located on West 17th Street, ranked at 373 in the United States, and number 22 among all New York City public high schools. At Lab, the graduation rate is 100 percent, while students were rated proficient in math and reading at 97 and 99 percent, respectively. Some 55 percent of Lab students passed at least one advanced placement exam.
And Beacon High School (on West 44th Street), ranked 452 among all high schools in America, and number 23 among all New York City public high schools. With a graduation rate of 98 percent, Beacon’s students are proficient in reading at 98 percent and in math at 13 percent. Among Beacon pupils, 42 percent passed at least one advanced placement exam.
The extent to which high-performing New York public high schools can serve as engines of upward mobility is illustrated by demographic metrics. At Stuyvesant, 43 percent of all students are economically disadvantaged and 81 percent are ethnic minorities. At Dual Language and Asian Studies, 89 percent of students are disadvantaged, and 98 percent are minority. Millennium’s student body includes 49 percent from a disadvantaged background, and 68 percent from minorities. At NEST+M, the disadvantaged cohort is 23 percent, while 59 percent are ethnic minorities. Lab’s population is 27 percent disadvantaged and 44 percent minority. And Beacon’s enrollment is 36 percent disadvantaged, and 53 percent minority.
The widely credited notion that student-teacher ratios predict academic outcomes is not borne out by these schools. The highest- and lowest-ranked institutions in this sample (Stuyvesant and Beacon) both have approximately 21 students for each teacher. The second- and third-ranked schools (Dual Language and Millennium) have nearly the same ratios, of 16 and 17 students per teacher, respectively. While the fourth- and fifth-ranked (NEST+M and Lab) vary between six and eleven student per teacher, respectively.
To the editor,
I have lived in the FiDi district since 1994. Needless to say, there have been many changes to the neighborhood. Not all of them welcome, though.
The noise is a growing concern, but the noise issue has exploded this Spring, as outdoor dining, much needed, has ignored any consideration for the people who live in the area.
One side of my building faces Stone Street where a number of restauarants encourage a party-like atmosphere that attracts scores of people from far and wide to join in the excitement.
Thursday to Saturday evenings are the big nights that attract crowds who come to the area via car service and taxis. The streets of Fidi are tiny and traffic jams are inevitable. The cars honk from 7pm til the restaurants close. During the time the restaurants are in full gear, the patrons empty in to The Queen Elizabeth Garden Memorial to British subjects lives lost in 911. The memorial park has been abused and damaged.
However, apartments facing the park are abused with noise of boisterous inebriated patrons from the restaurants, along with the honking continually for hours.Some of my neighbors and myself have filed 311 noise complaints. The police come to the park, then drive away. Excessive noise is a quality of life issue and a health issue.
We want the businesses to do well, but we want their respectful attention to the quality of life for the people who live in the area.
It is vital that people report the excessive noise to 311 and file a report. Even though it currently feels like a pointless drill, it is not. The Community Board needs these reports so that we can find a solution for both business owners and residents.
Lower Manhattan Resident Charged with Defrauding Millions from Pandemic Loan Program
A resident of the Financial District has been arrested in connection with what federal prosecutors describe as a $5.8-million scheme to defraud the paycheck protection program (PPP), the federal loans given to small businesses hurt by the economic slowdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marcus Frazier, who resides at 19 Dutch Street, was taken into custody on Wednesday morning. Federal prosecutors allege that he filed for almost $6 million in PPP loans, and actually received approximately $2.17 million, based on these applications. To read more…
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Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training, and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel, etc. Masks required. Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance. Irish Hunger Memorial. Free
Online concert. During trying times, music stills our souls and provides a healing grace. Throughout the season of Lent, Comfort at One will present performances that are inspired by the Gandhi quote: “In the midst of darkness, light persists.” These concerts include improvisations by Julian Wachner, light-inspired Bach cantatas, our 2014 Lenten “Lamentatio” series featuring NOVUS NY and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, new performances from the Trinity Youth Chorus and St. Paul’s Chapel Choir, and new virtual content on Fridays from our extended family of artists.
Skyscraper Museum webinar. In 1998 the twin Petronas Towers in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur took the title of “world’s tallest building” away from the United States for the first time. The towers’ developers, private investors working with the Malaysian government and Petronas, the national oil company, sought to create a headquarters and a landmark that would establish KL’s prominence as a commercial and cultural capital. In the design of American architects Cesar Pelli and Fred Clarke, they found a winning scheme, paired towers of slender proportions and scalloped spires that suggest both Islamic geometries and temple forms. Like the towers that would proliferate in Asia and the Middle East in the next decade, Petronas was constructed of high-strength concrete, supported by massive core and an outer ring of widely-spaced super columns. In both structural engineering and iconic imagery, Petronas pointed the way to the supertalls of the 21st-century.
Community Board 1’s Transportation & Street Activity Permits Committee
At the conclusion of World War II, there were millions of refugees in Europe, including many Holocaust survivors who refused to go home or had no homes to return to. These survivors experienced struggles and successes as they sought to rebuild their lives in the shadow of the Holocaust, often in Displaced Persons (DP) camps. Tens of thousands emigrated to the United States between 1947 and 1953 and many more found their way to Israel. Join the Museum for a program exploring the stories of these survivors and the lives they lived in the years immediately after the war. $10
BPCA Prepares Preliminary Steps to Implement South End Avenue Plan
The Battery Park City Authority offered an update on its plans to reconfigure South End Avenue and West Thames Street. This project envisions narrowing both South End Avenue and West Thames Street, while widening nearby sidewalks, and relocating several bus stops.
Board chair Tammy Meltzer began the discussion by noting that CB1, “passed resolutions and had dialogue about South End Avenue going back five years. It’s been very long time that we’ve been waiting for capital improvements on South End Avenue,” in a reference to the BPCA’s presentation about its budget, offered at the April 7 meeting.
BPCA president B.J. Jones replied, “we do have a line item for South End Avenue for this year, to kick the design and engineering into gear. And you’re right, Tammy. We have talked and spent a lot of time with that effort. And it is time that we get started.” To read more…
The Downtown Alliance, in partnership with The Tank and En Garde Arts, will present a live, free outdoor performance festival in Lower Manhattan on the weekends of May 15/16 and May 22/23.
Three open-air venues (Four New York Plaza, where a covered loading dock will become a stage; the 85 Broad Street arcade, adjacent to Stone Street; and One Battery Park Plaza, featuring with views of New York Harbor) will host performances from noon to 8:00 pm. Participating artists include multiple Obie Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as emerging voices, such as playwright/actress Kaaron Briscoe; playwright/actor David Greenspan; hip-hop, spoken word and performance artists Baba Israel and Grace Galu; and popular downtown music and storytelling duo James and Jerome. Tickets are free, but required—and must be reserved in advance for social distancing and pandemic precautions. To R.S.V.P., please browse: TheTankNYC.org and/or EnGardeArts.org
Ars Gratia Artis
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is offering 18 free arts classes for older adults, with offerings ranging from a Japanese dance workshop to memoir writing. The organization has enlisted more than a dozen professional artists, working across a broad range of disciplines, oversee creative-aging projects for Downtown seniors. The classes are offered through June 30, and all are remote and free to attend. No previous experience is required, and art materials are provided. The series includes dance and movement, music, theater and storytelling, visual arts and writing and literature. For more information, or to sign up, please browse: https://lmcc.net/resources/artist-residencies/su-casa/
Socialize Under the Stars
Pier 17 will re-open the Greens, its rooftop space, on May 3.
A reservation (priced at between $20 and $40, depending on the time of day, with a portion of the fee going to local charities) get you a ten-by-ten patch of mini-lawn, with with cabana-style lounge chairs, a sun umbrella, a USB charging port and a cooler. Bites and cocktails cost extra, but the panoramic view is included. For more information, please browse: http://thegreens.pier17ny.com
Much Ado about Nutten
Governors Island Opens New Season Packed with Attractions and Events
The 172-acre island off Lower Manhattan that was called Nutten by British settlers in the colonial era, but which we know as Governors Island, kicked off its 2021 season on Saturday, May 1, with a broad range of programs and offerings.
Hammock Grove offers lounging, accompanied by a new herd of sheep brought in to control invasive flora. Kids will delight in the nearby Hammock Grove Play Area, along with the water feature at Liggett Terrace, and Slide Hillʼs collection of helter skelter-esqe winding descents. Thrill seekers of all ages may wish to check out Adventures at Governors Island, which, for a fee, offers a 300-foot zip line and climbing wall. To read more…
The Battery Park City Authority asks that the public not interact with or feed the urban wildlife in the neighborhood’s parks and green spaces, and at the waterfront.
Downtown Non-Profit Sues to Halt Arrest for Minor Offenses
A non-profit based in Lower Manhattan is suing the New York Police Department and the City to halt the practice of arresting people accused of low-level offenses, such as administrative violations and infractions, misdemeanors, and some class-E felonies.
The Legal Aid Society, headquartered at 199 Water Street, filed suit on April 14 in New York State Supreme Court, on behalf of multiple plaintiffs who were arrested and detained on minor offenses during the demonstrations that convulsed Lower Manhattan last summer, following the death of George Floyd in police custody in May.
More Survivors than Responders Now are Submitting Claims
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has released its annual report for 2020, which documents some significant developments.
Over the course of its ten years of operation thus far, the VCF has awarded $7.76 billion to more than 34,400 individuals who have suffered death or personal injury as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath. The vast majority of these injuries take the form of illness caused by exposure to toxic materials that were released by the destruction of the World Trade Center.
1998 – A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years.
1493 – Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw.
1776 – Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
1886 – Haymarket affair: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.
1904 – The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
1919 – May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.
1932 – In Atlanta, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion.
1953 – Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
1970 – Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: The Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the Cambodian Campaign of the United States and South Vietnam.
1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1989 – Iran–Contra affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges. The convictions, however, are later overturned on appeal.
1998 – A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
1655 – Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker, invented the piano (d. 1731)
1820 – Julia Gardiner Tyler, wife of John Tyler, 11th First Lady of the United States (d. 1889)
1916 – Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist (d. 2006)
1928 – Wolfgang von Trips, German race car driver (d. 1961)
1929 – Audrey Hepburn, British actress and humanitarian (d. 1993)
1566 – Luca Ghini, Italian physician and botanist (b. 1490)
1970 – Victims of the Kent State shootings
Allison Krause, American student (b. 1951)
Jeffrey Miller, American student (b. 1950)
Sandra Scheuer, American student (b. 1949)
William Knox Schroeder, American student (b. 1950)
1975 – Moe Howard, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1897)
1980 – Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav field marshal, first President of Yugoslavia (b. 1892)