Monday, February 4, 2013

An excellent map of elementary schools

The January 26, 2013, Brooklyn Tablet published an excellent map of 38 Catholic elementary schools in Brooklyn and 57 in the borough of Queens.  It is obvious that the intended conversion to the "Catholic academy" governance format has been about half accomplished so far.
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An April, 2013, update of the map is available at this link.
More information can be found here.
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The map does not transmit the hard work by parents, teachers, and students to education, but the good qualities support this overview.
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This blog and the map described above use Brooklyn zip codes to designate neighborhoods and clusters.  The offering of Catholic education has thinned out so much that not only are there about fourteen zip codes without any Catholic elementary school, but several adjoining neighborhoods have no Catholic school.  The threesome across Brooklyn, Borough Park, Kensington, and Midwood appears now more Jewish than it was  thirty years ago.  The shoreline neighborhoods of Bush Terminal, Red Hook, and Brooklyn Heights had schools, but no longer do, perhaps as dockworkers lost employment. The zip codes called Crown Heights, Stuyvesant, St.John's Place, Brevoort, and Brownsville have no Catholic schools.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

St. Blaise, Kingston Avenue

Because today, February 3, is the feast of St. Blaise, a bishop-martyr in Armenia, I looked around for a photo of the church of St. Blaise that was merged into that of St. Francis of Assisi in 1980.  The parish of St. Blaise was established in 1908 as an Italian national parish.  The photo at this link shows the breaking of ground for a new building in 1954.
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The Brooklyn Library Digital Collection offers many photographs, but the links seem to "time out."  You then have to reenter the search word, in this case the word blaise.
The church was at 520 Kingston Avenue between Maple and Woodward Streets. I wonder whether the Horeb Seventh Day Adventist church seen there on Google Street View is the 1954 church of St. Blaise.