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06.12.18 - Success Academy fights to open charter school in Brooklyn building

"About 30 parents, educators and activists took to the steps of City Hall Tuesday to call on Mayor de Blasio to make space for a Success Academy Charter school in Brooklyn. Success Academy officials say the city backed out of a deal in June to give Success middle school space in the Public School 25 building in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where the network already operates an elementary school."

"City officials attempted to close PS 25 completely for poor enrollment, which would’ve cleared the path for Success to put middle school grades in the building, charter officials said. A lawsuit blocked PS 25’s closure in May, but Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz said there’s still room in the building for her school."

"She wants classroom space at PS 25 in order to open middle school grades in the Lafayette Ave. building for a charter school that would be called Success Academy Lafayette Middle School. The plan would not require any more classrooms than the charter is already using in the building."

Read the full NY Daily News article here

06.08.18 - Success Academy graduates 16 students at its inaugural commencement

"Success Academy was an experiment that began 12 years ago, developed into New York City’s largest charter school network, and on Thursday, it graduated its first high school class."

"To mark the occasion hundreds of proud parents and family members, educators, and fellow Success Academy students gathered at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to watch just 16 high school seniors collect their diplomas. All of the graduates are college-bound."

Read the full Chalkbeat article here

06.07.18 - Teen goes from Bronx homeless shelter to full-ride at MIT

"A Bronx teen made the stunning journey from a homeless shelter to a full ride at MIT — and is crediting Success Academy for lighting his path."

"Fall’s mother, Ndimou Ndiaye, began to weep Thursday when she spotted Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz in a hallway and embraced her."

“'This school saved my family,' she told The Post. 'This school is saving lots of families.'”

"The graduates said Thursday that a lot of former classmates and their parents bristled at Success Academy’s demanding culture and left. But those who remained were thrilled they stayed."

“'These are the results, right here. We’re just kids trying to go to college and we took an opportunity that was given to us,' said Ismael Sy Savane, who will attend SUNY Cortland next year."

Read the full New York Post article here

06.06.18 - Success Academy Sends Its First Graduating Class To College

"I know debate over charter schools can be angry and loud, but what I examine every day as a university admissions officer are results: Do the applications, courses, grades, scores, resumes and recommendations of applicants show that they are ready to thrive, grow, and graduate from college?"

"With all that in mind, I note that Success Academy will tomorrow graduate its first class of Seniors, all of whom compared offers from selective colleges before deciding where to enroll in the fall."

"Founder Eva Moskowitz is as controversial a school leader as one can find, which seems to miss the point once you study the profound successes her students have achieved."

Read the full Forbes article here

05.30.18 - Central Avenue project with 71 apartments gets green light

"A future mixed-use project on Central Avenue will include a Whitney Young Health primary care center and Equinox offices in addition to apartments and retail space."

"Larry Regan, president of Ardsley-based Regan Development Corp., recently received the green light from the city planning board to start working on the project, a five-story building with 71 apartments at 526 Central Ave."

"Whitney Young, which will occupy about 10,000 square feet, is partnering with Equinox on the facility. Equinox, a nonprofit organization that provides services for people with chemical dependency and mental health issues as well as victims of domestic violence, will use about 4,000 square feet. There will be additional retail space for two or three storefronts."

"In 2011 Capitalize Albany Corp. bought the development rights to a since-demolished former police station on the site for $500,000... Sarah Reginelli, the organization's president, said she's "really excited" about the project."

"'It will have amenities that don't currently exist on Central Avenue," Reginelli said. "It's the right project for that site.' The developer met with neighborhood groups several times and was responsive to their input, she added."

Read the full Times Union article here

05.20.18 - New York’s 92nd Street Y Plans $180 Million Top-to-Bottom Renovation

"One of New York’s major cultural institutions, the 92nd Street Y, plans an extensive renovation after the biggest fundraising campaign in its 144-year history."

"The $180 million capital campaign—$145 million of which already has been raised—will fund a renovation of the building from top to bottom and create several new dedicated spaces for current programs and activities, including those devoted to early childhood, seniors and Jewish life, Y officials said."

"The Y has one of the more eclectic missions of any cultural and community institution in the city. It offers a full slate of concerts, lectures and readings, plus classes in a variety of subjects."

Read the full Wall Street Journal article here

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