And don't forget, the 2 UFT charter schools reside in this area, including my old junior high school, George Gershwin, which is on the closing list. (The only school I went to left open right now is PS 190 on Sheffield Ave.) I would charge that they are closing Gershwin to allow the UFT charter to expand but I believe the UFT, embarassed by its 2 co-locos, is getting its own building --- I think in some deal with Christine Quinn for a million bucks --- someone check this out for sure as I'm too lazy right now.
I'm going to try to make this Dist 19 (though I may have similar event to go to in Williamsburg) as I'll be going back to my home town. I grew up at 551 Alabama Ave. just 3 blocks away. I walked this route every day on my way to Thomas Jefferson HS (now closed and a campus) and whenever we took the train. We were a block away from the El and I could hear the trains run all night. Memories!