Staying in Bklyn – a preview4

Posted by Deirdre // 07-18-2011


So much to talk about! Stay tuned for a post on my week away, including lake swimming, fresh air, a futile restaurant search across several strip malls and the moth that loved my husband so much that he curled up inside his ear.

But first! Brooklyn is full of so many smart, cool people who do everything they can to keep other smart, cool people here with them, chained to the concrete jungle. Kidding about that last part (sort of). Anyway, if you have kids older than 2 and weren’t savvy enough to buy in a great school zone (like us), or you’re just a run-of-the-mill Brooklyn parent who stresses about education, you must know about one of those people – Joyce Szuflita of NYC School Help fame. (If you don’t, and are planning on staying here for any of your kid’s school years, you need to subscribe to her newsletter, plain and simple. She’s an incredible resource for navigating the maze that is the NYC DOE.)

PS 295/New Voices Middle School

PS 295/New Voices Middle School in Greenwood Heights/South Slope

More to the point of this little here blog, I recently discovered her flickr pool and it happens to be perfectly suited for any of you out there looking for an alternative neighborhood to the high-price usual suspects in our beloved borough, the county of Kings. Not only does Joyce review pretty much every school out there, she’s taken pictures of them all and some of the surrounding area, so that you can really get a feel for the place – well, superficially at least! And that is without actually schlepping yourself and your kids! Would you ever go look at an apartment to live in without looking at pictures first? Right.

Okay, you probably should still visit the neighborhood before deciding to move there, but this can at least be a nice frame of reference  when you’re considering where to look. Touring the school is also a plus, and of course Joyce’s newsletter lets you know when the tours are, if you have to sign up and also good things to look (and listen) for.

If I can ever quit my day job, I’ll try to build one of these for all those towns on people’s lists. For now, we’ll rely on the kindness of strangers. And people like Joyce.


2 Responses

  1. November 22nd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    […] School in District 15 in Park Slope, which gets high marks from parents and the likes of Joyce Szuflita, is apparently “expand(ing) one grade per year into Pre-K to 8″. Read the details here. […]

  2. August 1st, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Deirdre, you are so awesome to mention the flickr pool! and you just reminded me that I have to link to your blog in the next newsletter. Thanks for the shout out.