Students train to become Holocaust educators at the elite public high school’s unusual museum.
The entryway of The Bronx High School of Science is dominated by an enormous, tiled mural depicting scientists and their empirical discoveries, along with a quotation by the famous philosopher and education reformer John Dewey: “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”
But in the case of the only Holocaust museum located within a New York City public school, imagination accounts for more than just scientific advancement.
A day after an SUV smashed into a glass-plated storefront and plowed through the Chabad Chanukah Wonderland celebration in Woodmere, L.I., members of the Chabad-Lubavitch community were picking up the pieces from the shattering mess that ruined holiday festivities.
Reached in the early hours of Friday morning, CrownHeights.Info editor Ben Lifshitz described the scene Thursday afternoon as one of utter “chaos.”
A dozen clown-cloaked cyclists reeled through the heart of chasidic Williamsburg one morning last week, boasting cone-shaped orange hats and marking their territory in a citywide battle to reclaim their lanes. Though a group of Satmar chasids stood by snapping photos of the clowns, there was an underlying current of frustration about the bike lanes within the close-knit Orthodox community.
But it’s not just about the clowns.
She may not have a lot, but 80-something-year-old Helen Stechler insists upon serving chilled Poland Spring water and a bowl of bright orange cantaloupe to her impromptu guests, as they enter her brand new studio apartment in Manhattan ’s Upper West Side.
Stechler, who escaped the Nazi death marches in her teenage years, is now able to live comfortably among friends and even enjoys a special bond with Maryanne Pasquariello, her housing director.
Chasidic residents of Williamsburg and Borough Park are currently battling two dangerous disease outbreaks — a minor spread of the measles and a more serious eruption of the intestinal infection Shigella.
Faced with stiff neighborhood opposition, the Ramaz Lower School on East 85th Street has withdrawn its controversial application for variances from the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals, The Jewish Week has learned.
Jeff Mulligan, executive director at the BSA, confirmed the withdrawal Tuesday.
Call it the overlooked Day of Freedom. In a week marked by Passover festivities, American Jews may have easily disregarded “Tax Freedom Day,” which fell out yesterday, April 23. No it’s not a newfangled holiday you’ve never heard of. And it won’t grant you a day off. Rather, it’s the day when taxpayers finish working for the government and begin working for themselves — at least theoretically.
Fledgling startups looking to set up shop in Manhattan, a city teeming with venture capitalists prowling for the next Google, have traditionally hooked up with university-linked incubators. In addition to nurturing entrepreneurial companies by providing office space and facilitating connections with investors and potential clients, university-affiliated incubators offer intellectual capital in the form of access to professors (many of whom are experts in their chosen fields) and the cheap labor of hungry MBA students.
The Ramaz Lower School, on East 85th Street, will not be relocating in September, and plans for the 28-story mixed-use high-rise have been temporarily halted, school officials confirmed in a letter distributed to the parent body last week.
Then it comes to ZIP codes, 90210 (Beverly Hills) and 02138 (Cambridge, Mass.) have nothing on New York’s 10013, otherwise known as Tribeca. The Triangle Below Canal Street, where luxurious lofts line the charming cobblestone streets, has become a residential boomtown, running from the Hudson River to Broadway, and bordered on the north by Canal Street and on the south by Vesey Street.