Partly cloudy and in the low 40s Wednesday, with another major storm on the horizon. Rain, not snow.
The Department of Education and United Federation of Teachers are taking time from their busy schedule fighting over teacher layoffs to cooperate on a plan to turn around two failing schools. In fact, the process is called a turnaround — a school is not closed, but restaffed with new teachers and management. In this case, the Department of Education would retain control of two unnamed Bronx schools but replace the principals and much of the faculty with unionized teachers. The schools would be managed by Green Dot America, a charter school network with 17 schools nationwide, including a high school in the Bronx.
The plan would be the first of its kind in New York City and would represent a departure from typical plans for failing schools and for charter schools, usually staffed by nonunion teachers. In this case, teachers at the schools would have to reapply for their jobs, but those hired would have more flexible teaching contracts. [NYT]
People & Neighborhoods
Participants in Hoboken’s infamous, rowdy St. Patrick’s Day festivities may be putting the celebration’s future in jeopardy. After 34 arrests and a record 166 hospital admissions last weekend — plus a beer shower for firefighters and a nuisance in green boxers, according to police reports — the city’s mayor, Dawn Zimmer, plans to move the parade to a Wednesday to “reduce the amount of partying that occurs.” Besides drunken high jinks, the celebration yields real harm: two sexual assaults were reported to the police and nine assault victims were admitted to Hoboken University Medial Center. [NYT]
Changes to another area holiday parade — the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — will be made, as may be expected, for different reasons entirely. In 2012, the parade will be rerouted around Times Square because of construction expected in the area at that time, although sources said the move could be a power play by the broadcast licensee, NBC, looking to block CBS’s cushy spot broadcasting the parade from Times Square. [NYT]
Shudder to think, your next falafel may be financing a black market. The city’s increasingly competitive food truck scene has given way to an illegal underground of permit holders — the city gives out only 3,100 per year, at $200 each — selling off the right to serve streetside tacos and the like for exorbitant prices. [Wall Street Journal]
Steve Mandl, one of the most successful high school baseball coaches in the city, is adapting to life away from his team of 27 years at George Washington High School in Upper Manhattan. Mr. Mandl is serving a one-year suspension for, the Public Schools Athletic League ruled, influencing a young player to transfer to George Washington instead of attending the one he had been assigned to. [NYT]
A 14-month legal battle for a transgender Bronx couple looking to marry ended Monday, drawing an apology from the city clerk’s office. The couple’s attempt to obtain a marriage license was held up after the city clerk’s office asked for a birth certificate in attempting to identify them. [Daily News] (Also see The New York Post.)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, continues its embroilment over a new bike lane along Prospect Park West that is now the subject of a suit against the Transportation Department. Opponents say the lane, installed between the sidewalk and parking lane, at the expense of a lane of automobile traffic, is dangerous and disruptive. [NYT] (Also see The Daily News and The New York Post.)
The opening of the embattled Spider-Man musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” will be delayed for three months, and performances will be shut down for two to three weeks this spring, according to people who work on “Spider-Man” or were briefed on the producers’ plans. During the hiatus, the play could undergo a major creative overhaul that may involve dismissing its director, Julie Taymor. The $65 million Broadway musical, with its high-flying, and occasionally misfiring, aerial stunts, was scheduled to open March 15 and recently finished its 99th preview performance, the most in history. [NYT] (Also see The Wall Street Journal.)
Government & Politics
More fallout from the indictment of John F. Haggerty, the political operative accused of stealing more than $1 million provided to the Independence Party by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to pay for Election Day poll-watching. A justice in State Supreme Court froze about $200,000 of the party’s funds because it failed to monitor the money under question in Mr. Haggerty’s case, in which he’s pleaded not guilty. [NYT] (Also see The Wall Street Journal.)
Earl Andrews Jr., the vice chairman of the New York City Housing Authority, resigned Monday after using his official letterhead to write to a Florida judge asking for leniency in a child pornography case involving a friend’s son. [NYT] (Also see The Daily News.)
An off-duty correction officer shot and killed a 77-year-old man at a Brooklyn barbershop Tuesday, the police said. [NYT] The two men were neighbors whose families had been feuding for decades. [New York Post]
A former American Apparel employee filed a $250 million suit against Dov Charney, the clothing company’s founder, alleging several episodes of explicit sexual harassment. The plaintiff, Irene Morales, contends that the harassment began in 2007, when she was 17 and working at an American Apparel store in Chelsea. [New York Post] (Also see The Daily News.)