DOE Directs School Year Latecomers to BSGE

As we all know, BSGE is a very small school with not a lot of kids in it. But recently, BSGE’s Freshman Class has not been filled to the capacity as it had previously due to an increased number of 8th graders leaving for a different high school, and accepted 9th graders that may have turned…

Ebola in NYC: How BSGE Gets Involved

On October 23rd, 2014 it was announced that emergency room doctor Craig Spencer, 33, who returned to New York City after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, was tested positive for the Ebola virus. This is the first case of Ebola in NYC and the fourth case in the United States. Unsurprisingly, New Yorkers reacted…

Update on CVS’ Cigarette Ban

On February 5, 2014, CVS made a big move by deciding to stop selling tobacco products as soon as October 1, 2014. The main product that everyone is fussing about is cigarettes. Being a large chain of retail stores, CVS is taking away the supply of cigarettes for many individuals. For some smokers, this means…

The Beginner’s Guide: Hypebeasts and the Sneaker Game

Buying and Selling Kicks NYC: the go-to Facebook page for all sneakerheads, hypebeasts and other shoe enthusiasts around New York City. To start, a hypebeast is someone who buys and collects sneakers for the sole purpose of impressing others. But a hypebeasts’ much coveted items do not stop at sneakers, but also extend to Gucci…

BSGE’s Recent Cellphone Crackdown

As each school year passes, restrictions on technology use in school become more and more strict. According to Virge Ramos, BSGE’s Community Advisor, the limits on the usage of cellphones, iPods, headphones, earphones, etc does not depend on the school itself but rather the New York City chancellor. In an age in which people cannot…

Many 8th Graders Leaving BSGE

Over 30,000 students lined up on the streets of New York this year in order to take the feared Specialized High School SAT, or otherwise known, the SHSAT. The exam is extremely important for middle school students to gain acceptance into their desired specialized high school. These schools include Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Latin, LaGuardia…

Farina Takes Office and Implements New Changes to School System

With the arrival of New York City’s newest mayor, Bill de Blasio, new policies are starting to take effect in NYC public schools.  At the start of his term and even during his mayoral campaign, de Blasio promised to bring major reforms to education in New York City. De Blasio started this off by replacing…

Socrates Sculpture Park Offers New Art Program

Recently, Socrates Sculpture Park received a large grant, around $300,000 thousand from Shelley and Donald Rubin. The Rubin’s generous donations to art organizations in Queens is atypical as they are less likely to come into direct contact with affluent social circles as is the usual custom with donations of this type in Manhattan. Crain’s New York Business…

Opinion Piece: Statewide Exams

Ugh! was the exclamation that crossed my lips when I realized the statewide exams were this April. It’s a tedious thing. No one sane would be willing to sit through three days of ELA and math examinations and read the most boring passages ever written or spend ninety minutes crunching numbers. This terrible thing is not…

Changes in School Calendar

For years, from as early as the 1950s, New York City Public Schools have observed the Jewish holidays and accommodated the school schedule to ensure less absences and to assist the Jewish population of students. This adaptation to the Jewish holidays is rare in other parts of the country. In 2011, two students in Portland,…

Snow Strikes January

This year started off with hordes of snow and  gusts of chilly temperatures in New York City.  Two separate storms hit both the East Coast and Midwest this January, causing widespread issues in and around the tri – state area. Winter Storm Hercules arrived in New York on January 3rd, however continued its onslaught of…

Queens Speaks Out Against TPP At Rally

Over a hundred people surrounded Representative Joe Crowley’s office in Jackson Heights on the cold morning of Friday, January 31st. Despite the cruel weather, activists and people from all over New York came to participate in a rally that would highlight the many dangers of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPP is an international trade…

Tim Ran the NYC Marathon

On November 3, over 50,000 people completed the annual New York City Marathon.  The marathon started in Staten Island, went over the Verrazano Bridge, traveled up through Brooklyn and into Queens, went to Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge, proceeded into the Bronx using the Willis Avenue Bridge, went around and back into Manhattan over the…

What to do over Winter Break

If you’re not going on a vacation, winter break can seem like a very boring 12 days.  Sure, you can spend some time sleeping, some time eating, and some time doing homework, but that won’t fill up your break.  Here are some suggestions for how to fill up your time. See a movie Plenty of…

Frostbite Threat in New York City

Sometimes winter can get very extreme even in New York City. It was just on the morning of the 7th of January that temperatures dipped under 10 Fahrenheit. At below freezing, there is threat of frostbite. Frostbite occurs when one stays in below freezing temperatures for a long time. It usually attacks the body parts…

New York’s Mayor-Elect Plans for Future

The 2013 New York mayoral election took place on the 5th of November. The two main candidates were Bill de Blasio (Democratic) and Joe Lhota (Republican). After leading the polls throughout the majority of the race, Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York. Bill de Blasio isn’t our mayor yet, but his official…

December Snow

On Sunday December 8th, snowflakes floated onto rooftops, gently settled on tree branches, and nestled onto the cold ground. It was the first time it snowed this December. Though snow makes a beautiful white landscape in the city, it poses threat to people. Heavy snow on roads could prevent people from traveling. Snow also causes…

Stop and Frisk Called into Question

Stop and Frisk is a program introduced in the late 1990s in which police stop suspicious-looking people on the street. If it appears that this person is in possession of a weapon, they are then checked for weapons on their body. This program has been postponed until Bill de Blasio is inaugurated. de Blasio vows…

Coffeed: Astoria’s Most Unique Coffeeshop

Two blocks away from BSGE on Northern Boulevard is a large white building that resembles a warehouse, similar to the many other barren looking structures throughout Astoria and Long Island City (LIC). But if you manage to stumble inside the first floor of this building you will find “Coffeed,” the eco-friendly coffee shop that gives…

The Case of Avonte Oquendo

Avonte Oquendo is an autistic boy that was lost in Long Island City on October 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm after he left the Riverside School he attended. Avonte can not speak and is 14 years old, 5’ 3” tall and weighs 125 lbs. When last seen, Avonte was wearing a grey striped shirt, black…