Posts Tagged ‘Washington Heights’

A Peaceful Fight for Peaceful Sleep

A Peaceful Fight for Peaceful Sleep

BY DEREK SIMONS

Deputy Inspector Andrew Capul sounded convincing at Wednesday’s monthly community meeting of the 34th Precinct in northern Manhattan: “We’ve made some great inroads in the quality of life,” he said, “particularly in the area of noise pollution.”
But he did not convince everyone.


The Rise and Fall of a North Manhattan Middle School

The Rise and Fall of a North Manhattan Middle School

BY DEREK SIMONS

When the Washington Heights Middle School “Minerva” 321 gained its full independence and own principal in 2004, the first class of sixth-graders enrolled. Two years later, 380 students across grades six through eight were studying the scholastic basics and specializing in law and journalism.

But New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) gave a “thumbs down” to the Minerva experiment last year. Today is the first day of its last two years of existence.


Dominican Fruit Bus Transports Customers Home

Dominican Fruit Bus Transports Customers Home

BY DEREK SIMONS

Most school buses transport fresh minds, but one in Upper Manhattan carries fresh fruit instead.
Francisco Belasquéz arrived from Santo Domingo in 1983 and worked for 10 years selling fruit from a tiny, midtown booth, its footprint carefully marked out on the sidewalk. When he earned enough money to set up his own business, Belasquéz decided he was done with working in restricted spaces—he wanted more freedom, even if it meant leaving his high-traffic spot behind.