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Free Fun This Week in the Big Apple

July 10, 2013 in Entertainment | Comments (0)

There is no shortage of what to do in New York, everyone will agree. But what is truly astounding is how many of those things require little, or even no money to enjoy. Here is a short list of a much longer one containing a wide variety of cultural events that will not cost you a penny.

•    Concerts in the Park with the New York Philharmonic: All five boroughs will play host to one of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, with Alan Gilbert conducting in four of them. They will be performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in Brooklyn on July 10; Queens July 11; Manhattan July 15 and in the Bronx on July 16. The program in Staten Island will take place on July 14, but the program has not been announced yet. For more information go to Concerts in the Park.

•    Paul McCarthy: Life Cast: At the age of 67 McCarthy has gained the reputation as the “bad boy” of the art world. In his latest, and largest extravaganza, utilizing the huge space at the Armory, McCarthy parodies, or spoofs, or something, Walt Disney’s version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and calls it WS for White Snow. The entire production lasts seven hours, but it’s free, so feel free to leave at any time.

•    Carol Bove’s “Caterpillars”: The Rail Yards are the last undeveloped stretch of the High Line elevated park, but it is going to be a morphed

Caterpillars on the High Line

Caterpillars on the High Line

into a landscaped public green space during 2014. Therefore now is a fantastic time to see the area as it was and is, but won’t be for much longer. Take advantage of this reservations-only exhibit of abstract spiral sculptures by Brooklyn artist Carol Bove. The seven pieces are spread over the 300-yard length of abandoned railroad tracks and are on display for free; it is only necessary to make reservations to enjoy them. Enter at 34th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues. Make reservations here, Carol Bove.



Victory Education Partners

July 1, 2013 in Neighborhood News | Comments (0)

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Victory Education Partners was founded by Steven Klinsky to provide services for a variety of schools including: New York’s first charter school (the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem) and Harvard’s Kennedy School. In this capacity, Klinsky is also able to act as an advisor for other schools and school districts.

On establishing Victory Education Partners, Steven Klinsky realized that getting an application accepted was all about having the right expertise combined with the school’s vision. Today, Victory Schools offers help to schools to facilitate the entire authorization and development process. This begins by consulting a planning team to ensure the school’s vision is represented accurately in their application. Victory Education Partners meets the team to figure out what is needed to start – and thereafter manage – a charter school.

Victory Schools helps the team compose their application, taking the dreams and ideas and putting them with its practical expertise to formulate a highly-concrete application. Next, the team is prepped for interviews with the charter authorization personnel. Victory Schools then offers a space for the school’s team (until their actual school is ready) equipped with phones, computers and all other necessities facilitating the school’s smooth transition.

Since Steven Klinsky realized that making the transition to a charter school can be quite challenging fiscally, Victory Education Partners provides a credit line to these newly-authorized schools. As it can take a while for the first public funding payment to be processed, financial backing is offered from Victory Education Partners.

Before the establishment of Victory Education Partners, Steven Klinsky held positions like chairman or director of various companies, and is today still an Advisory Board Member of both the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard’s Kennedy School and Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative.