We are delighted that you are interested in our school. La Escuelita was started in in the basement of a church on West 91st Street, with the objective of creating a high quality preschool where children would spend most of their day immersed in Spanish. All students, whether Spanish or English dominant, would learn in a warm and supportive environment that combined the opportunity for free play and exploration through teacher-framed activities. The tiny basement of 91st Street has given way to a large and light filled facility on West 99th Street which provides us with room to better serve the needs of children and families with an on-site playground, gym and six large light filled classrooms. What has not changed is our firm commitment to providing a high-quality program through an emergent curriculum that implements effective research practices. We promote pre-literacy and literacy skills through natural and meaningful activities like social dramatic play, cooking, classroom meetings and discussions as well as through high-quality children's books in our library and classrooms.
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A Gay Old Time
The well-known owner of a popular Midtown gay club was found strangled in his apartment, cops said Friday. A roommate found year-old Savyon Zabar's body on a bed in their fourth-floor apartment on W. Wednesday, police said. Cops declared his death a homicide on Friday. Detectives are looking to question Zabar's masseuse, a police source said. Detectives questioned his roommates and have identified a suspect, but no one had been charged by Friday night.
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It's one of those places that were so unique and special that they obviously couldn't last forever in the changing landscape of NYC gentrification, but Escuelita kept going for so long that we closed our eyes to its inevitable demise and kept dancing. Ay, los memories! I spent quite a few New Year's Eves there, loving the old-school drag revue hosted by fabulous Angel Sheridan and starring Lady Catiria, Jessica Foxx, and so many other Escuelita divas. Many of them did not long to blend in with mainstream society, but instead were huge-featured Times Square showgals that were larger than life in their lips, their boobs, and their persona.
The Book of Lamentations: a bitterly nostalgic look at a city in the process of going extinct. Talk about the end of an era. But it also it also underscores the ongoing destructive path that New York's hyper-gentrification is clearing through the city's cultural distinctiveness, especially Manhattan's. Maybe it will move to Jackson Heights, or somewhere in the Bronx.