The park at 626 First Ave. will have trees that can withstand saltwater flooding.
P.S. 281 welcomed its first pre-K and kindergarten students on Monday.
The principal of P.S. 281 shares her vision for the new school and how she came to lead it.
Zoning changes that begin to take effect in fall of 2013 will help reduce overcrowding in the area.
Residents continue to oppose the plan to build a sanitation garage on First Avenue near 25th Street.
Nearly 50 parents signed a petition claiming the zoning lines for the new P.S. 281 would hurt the school.
The District 2 Community Education Council voted to approve sweeping zoning changes Thursday.
P.S. 281 is scheduled to open on East 35th Street near First Avenue in fall of 2013.
The school will house just grades K through 5th to create more room for kindergartners, officials said.
After reviewing its initial rejection of a plan to ease overcrowding at P.S. 116, the DOE has said no.
The Department of Education declined a request to ease overcrowding at Kips Bay's P.S. 116, but parents vowed to keep fighting.
A group of parents and teachers from P.S. 116 in Kips Bay have gained the support of local elected officials and community boards in their fight against overcrowding.
At a community board meeting on Wednesday night, parents and teachers from P.S. 116 came out in force, asking for the board's help in their fight against overcrowding.
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