Upper West Side Pre-School Has 3% Acceptance Rate

June 14, 2010 by · Comments Off on Upper West Side Pre-School Has 3% Acceptance Rate 

163Think getting into Harvard’s tough? Try getting your 4-year-old into PS 163 on West 97th Street. The admission rate for pre-K at that school is just 3%. PS 87 on 77th Street and Columbus had Read More / Comment »


City Makes Messy School Waiting-List Gaffe

May 23, 2010 by · Comments Off on City Makes Messy School Waiting-List Gaffe 

The city’s Department of Education must really have it out for Upper West Side parents. Not only has the department regularly ignored pleas by parents to expand the number of local slots for kindergartners and elementary school kids, but they Read More / Comment »


Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools

May 5, 2010 by · Comments Off on Look Out Ahead: Too Many Kids, Too Few Schools 

A recent rally protesting school overcrowding at City Hall.

A recent rally protesting school overcrowding at City Hall.

Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column by Rebecca Levey about raising children on the Upper West Side.

By Rebecca Levey
Of all the crazy and neurotic exploits that New York City parents go through, none is more fraught with insecurity, fear and downright competitiveness than the school process. Read More / Comment »


Bill Would Make Developers Estimate Schoolkids

April 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

rosenthalThe city has underestimated how many children would flood into the Upper West Side from new  developments. That’s led to ridiculous waiting lists at local schools, with 125 Read More / Comment »


Local Kindergartners Put on Long Waiting Lists

March 26, 2010 by · Comments Off on Local Kindergartners Put on Long Waiting Lists 

class sizeUpper West Side parents have been warning the city for years now about the need for more seats in local kindergartens and now we can see why: getting into your local Upper West Side kindergarten is starting to resemble getting into a top-ranked college. Read More / Comment »


PS 9 PTA is City’s Most Generous

March 9, 2010 by · Comments Off on PS 9 PTA is City’s Most Generous 

classroomParents at PS 9 gave enough money to pay for 33 teacher’s aides this year, more than any other school in the city, the Post reported. With local schools packed tight due to overcrowding, parents are trying to give their kids as much attention Read More / Comment »


At Long Last, Upper West Side to Get a New School

January 29, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The Department of Education has finally responded to parents who complained about overcrowding in Upper West Side elementary schools, agreeing to open a new school on the Upper West Side this fall. Read More / Comment »


2010 UWS Preview: Fashion, Controversy, and Trader Joe’s

January 3, 2010 by · Comments Off on 2010 UWS Preview: Fashion, Controversy, and Trader Joe’s 

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The Upper West Side will get a lot more trendy and stylish in 2010, as Fashion Week moves from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center in September. So beware walking down Broadway in the 60’s without Read More / Comment »


Upper West Side Kindergartners Packed In Like Sardines

December 1, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

New data from the city Department of Education reveals that the Upper West Side has had the largest jump in kindergarten enrollments in the city, forcing local schools to stuff more and more kids into each class. Read More / Comment »