Brooklyn Design Architecture Dattner Feirstein Film School Navy Yard

What does a 21st-century film school look like? That was the central question Dattner Architects considered as they transformed the top two floors at 25 Washington Avenue into a visually arresting, state-of-the-art facility for the next generation of movie-makers. (more…)

School Equality Rally Brooklyn

The turnout for Wednesday’s “Stand for School Equality” rally was impressive — more than 15,000 students, parents and teachers gathered in Cadman Plaza and marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall, calling for measures to address the inequality in NYC’s public school system.

Ostensibly a fight against unequal schools, the purpose of Wednesday’s rally would more accurately be described as promoting charter schools.


Borough President Adams Brooklyn School Donation

Borough President Adams announced a $13,314,000 investment in Brooklyn schools at Midwood’s Gil Hodges elementary school on Wednesday, September 30.

Focused on improving technology initiatives and STEM education, $250,000 of the donation are allocated to create a multidisciplinary STEM/Technology Exploration/Demonstration Lab at Gil Hodges.


Amplify Lay Off Dumbo

As of 10:30 a.m Wednesday, one of Brooklyn’s biggest tech companies, Amplify Education, has laid of hundreds of its some-1,200 employees.

According to a dismissed employee who spoke to the Observer, Dumbo employees were simply told, “‘we’re letting you go’ in very lawyerly terms.” Amplify, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, has been in negotiations with investors regarding the sale of the failing education technology company since at least early August. (more…)

Downtown Brooklyn Economic Flow

Downtown Brooklyn, a college town?

According to a study conducted by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the neighborhood’s economic flow has been significantly bolstered by activity from its nine higher education institutions.

The nine schools, which are densely packed into the neighborhood, include Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Law School, St. Francis College, and NYU, among others. Carnegie Mellon will bring that number to 10 once it has completed its expansion to the Navy Yard next fall. NYU is planning to further expand into the modernist building at 370 Jay Street.

In 2013 alone, the roughly 60,000 students in attendance at the colleges and graduate programs downtown generated nearly $3 billion in economic activity for the area. The largest portion of the sum came from a calculated $1 billion in labor compensation — a.k.a. jobs — according to the study’s findings.