Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Miranda and the City

I know I promised all Forest Hills posts until Christmas, but I had to comment on this.

Cynthia Nixon (aka Miranda from Sex and the City) has written an op-ed piece in the Daily News blasting the Department of Education for its plans to move her daughter's middle school out of the PS 199 building.

Why the move? In her words "The ostensible reason was to ease overcrowding created by Donald Trump and other developers who have aggressively built new residential towers in our neighborhood, but never the schools required to serve the increased population."

She then makes a Carrie Bradshaw-like pun about the school she's fighting to keep her daughter in "a predominantly white school with the percentage of black and Latino students trending down as the area's "Trumped-up" property values rise"

However, nowhere in the attack on The Donald and diversity are the words "Time Warner Center" mentioned - a 77 story condominium building built 10 blocks from PS 199 (though zoned for PS 111). For some reason Ms. Nixon doesn't go after the company who proudly fixes its name on one of the largest and most expensive residential buildings in New York City.

Does Cynthia have some kind of relationship with Time Warner?

Incidentally both 101 and 196 are way more overcrowded that 199 according to independent website insideschools.org.