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VOlUMe 25, nUMBeR 20 diVe intO SeaPORt HiStORy P. 22 MaRcH 6-MaRcH 19, 2013 Back to schooL waItLIsts to last week’s Community Board 1 meeting to voice opposition, and will undoubtedly be at the board’s next Tribeca Committee meeting, Wed. Feb. 13, at 49-51 Chambers St., 6 p.m. The committee’s chairperson, Peter Braus, is a member of the NID’s sponsor, Friends of Hudson River Park, and defended the proposal at last week’s meeting. “I am certainly opposed to the public paying for a park,” said Braus. “I’d love nothing more BY KAITLYN MEADE pplications poured into Downtown schools in the last two days of kindergarten registration, leaving four with waitlists. Parents have faced overcrowding for years in Lower Manhattan, but even with new schools opening, there is not enough space to accommodate zoned students. In the last two days of registration, P.S. 234’s list increased by ten students, and Peck Slip’s by eight. And while P.S. 276 had fewer register than predicted, it is still 40 students over capacity, prompting the D.O.E. to move a 276 Pre-K class to the Peck Slip School to make space for incoming kindergartners. P.S. 276 will only have one Pre-K classroom in the coming year (a total of 36 students for half-day sessions) as part of a recent proposal by Battery Park City School’s principal Terri Ruyter, who suggested halving the Pre-K program in 2013 and removing it completely the following year. But not even closing a Pre-K class will alleviate the need for more seats in the fall. Parent coordinator Erica Weldon said that there were 140 students registered for the 100 seats made available by opening a fourth kindergarten class, though the school is only designed to take three. “Pre-K is not mandatory yet, kindergarten is,” she said of the decision. “We have to find seats for them first.” The proposal was not met with approval at Community Board 1. “The creation of the Pre-K for the Peck Slip School, we believe, is a precursor to the elimination of the Pre-Ks at P.S. 276 so that they could use these rooms to go forward with the five kindergartens, which would devastate the school,” Paul Hovitz cochairperson of C.B. 1’s Youth and Continued on page 16 Continued on page 27 a Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess Hudson River Park was full of debate and activity the last week. SomeTribecans voiced opposition to the proposed park tax or Neighborhood Improvement District. This week, we also have two opinion pieces on the NID, P. 19, and a look at the debate over developing Pier 40, P. 16. What’s next, Hudson River Park? Tribeca rises against park tax BY J OS H R O G e R S o one would ever confuse liberal Tribeca with a hotbed of the modern Tea Party movement, but nevertheless some neighbors are beginning to use phrases like “no taxation without representation,” more and more. The west side of the neighborhood is objecting to a proposed tax that would help fund maintenance of the Hudson River Park. The business improvement district, the Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement n District or NID, would be roughly within three blocks of the park, and extend well beyond Tribeca, from Chambers St. up to 59th St. One of its opponents, Nicole Vianna, does not buy the argument that waterfront property is more valuable, particularly in light of Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. “They all had damage from Sandy,” Vianna said of western Tribeca. “Are people saying ‘oh please, can I buy in an area that’s been flooded twice in two years?’ ” Vianna and many of her neighbors came 5 15 CANAL ST RE ET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU N ITY MED IA , LLC

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