Monday News Links

A New York Post analysis shows some encouraging early signs from a controversial program that pays students who improve their performance on standardized tests. The Post story mentions P.S. 188 on Houston Street, where: "76 percent of fourth-graders met or exceeded state benchmarks in
English — 39.6 percentage points higher than last year, when the kids
were in third grade."

The Gotham Gazette has an in-depth piece on the future of community boards in New York, exploring whether how they will fare in Mayor Bloomberg's assessment of city government.

An Choi on Orchard Street debuts its backyard and adds items to the menu.

The Post profiles "The Dressing Room," on Orchard Street, declaring it's part of a "fusion bar" trend — combining shopping and drinking.