Tuesday Links


Democrat in Bid to Reclaim Weiner’s Seat From the G.O.P. [NY Times]
Arts & Letters Principal Leaving for ‘Blue Man’ School [NY Times]
A Russian Vote Getter in Brooklyn’s Mix [WSJ]
Brooklyn Legal Incubator helping the NY Tech Scene [Forbes]
Brooklyn Market On a Mission to Bring Local, National [Forbes]
Brooklyn Looks to Slow Zones to Curb Speeding [Brooklyn Ink]
Brooklyn Cop Enters Guilty Plea in Gun-running Conspiracy [SI Live]
Photo by Al Rubow

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  • What an idyllic picture. Whither the gondolas?

  • I saw Allison Gaines Pell’s departure coming from a mile away. As the parent of a former Arts and Letters student it seemed like Allison did not know what she wanted in terms of the schools growth. Her intentions changed every year. What I really want to know is how the parents of PS 20 feel.

    • Interesting. The remaining director seemed like an earnest guy, but seemed lacking in real leadership and came across as a little unsure about his ability to control the school.

      Between this, Community Roots’s new preferences for public housing residents, and the ever-shrinking possiblity of getting into BNS or D15 schools, I wonder whether D13 zoned schools will start to see even more zoned middle-class kids enrolling.

    • Interesting. The remaining director seemed like an earnest guy, but seemed lacking in real leadership and came across as a little unsure about his ability to control the school.

      Between this, Community Roots’s new preferences for public housing residents, and the ever-shrinking possiblity of getting into BNS or D15 schools, I wonder whether D13 zoned schools will start to see even more zoned middle-class kids enrolling.

  • well, as a current parent at arts and letters, I think the co-director John O’reilly is more than just earnest – he’s been there for almost the entire life of the school, and has been lock-step with Pell in the expansion process, was instrumental in building the school to what it is, and has shown terrific leadership before and since the news broke. though of course good leadership is essential, a school’s success isn’t just who its founder is, but in fact how good the infrastructure is that the founder laid, how good and involved and on board the rest of the staff is, and how active and involved the parents are. I can attest that we have those things covered, so lets wait and see if there are any seismic changes in the school due to her departure. I don’t see any coming myself.

    • Alku,
      Arts and Letters was, admittedly, a disastrous experience for my child. I had no interaction with John O’Reilly as he did not seem very friendly and not very talkative. It sounds like this came as a surprise to him also. I know that Allison became a principal through the Leadership Academy but know nothing about John O’Reilly’s background. Is he even qualified to be a principal? Has he gone through the C-30 process? In the eyes of the DOE Derek Cradle might be just, if not more, qualified.

    • Alku,
      Arts and Letters was, admittedly, a disastrous experience for my child. I had no interaction with John O’Reilly as he did not seem very friendly and not very talkative. It sounds like this came as a surprise to him also. I know that Allison became a principal through the Leadership Academy but know nothing about John O’Reilly’s background. Is he even qualified to be a principal? Has he gone through the C-30 process? In the eyes of the DOE Derek Cradle might be just, if not more, qualified.

  • gawnusdog – I’m sorry you had a disastrous experience. every child is different and every school is different.

    O’reilly is already co-director, e.i. he is the principle, now. he taught math for years in public school, became an assistant principle, and was made co-director of arts and letters last year. that is the usual track for a principle.

    he’s been totally engaged, and very accessible.