Friday, June 23, 2017


"The Puppet Princess"
Sunday, June 25th, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WonderSpark Puppets premieres "The Puppet Princess" in a free performance in the East Fourth Street Community Garden.

Princess Willow (portrayed by Jenny Hann, pictured above) has lost her best friend, Sprig the horse. The princess needs the audience's help to find him. Along the way, she and audience members sing songs together and make new friends in this highly-interactive puppet show.

Following the performance, children of all ages are invited to attend a workshop on making finger puppets. 

The show kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 25th.
About WonderSpark Puppets

From the WonderSpark Puppets website:
Founded in 2009 by husband and wife team Chad Williams and Lindsey "Z." Briggs, WonderSpark Puppets infuse fun and whimsy into all their performances. Outside of birthday parties and Jewish holiday shows, we regularly bring laughter and joy to the patients and staff at Mt. Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital in Manhattan.
WonderSpark Puppets performs highly interactive puppet shows throughout the NYC area and beyond!  Since 2009 we have been entertaining family audiences at NYC landmarks like Central Park, the New York Public Library, Mt Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital, Bryant Park, and more.  Fusing puppetry and storytelling with memorable characters and silly songs, WonderSpark performs at public and private venues.

About the East Fourth Street Community Garden

From the East Fourth Street Community Garden website:
The East 4th Street Community Garden is comprised of members of the community that are interested in sustainable, eco-friendly gardening. Each member must fulfill yearly requirements, which are crucial to the long-term success of a vibrant community garden.

From April through October, the Garden is open to the public at the following times:

    Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00PM
    Saturday 9:00AM – 1:00PM
    Sunday 10:00AM – 2:00PM
    Whenever the gate is open!

In addition, the garden also welcomes visitors for a series of special events and workshops, such as Jazz concerts and Fall Harvest Festivals. See our Events Calendar for more information.

The East Fourth Street Community Garden
179 E. 4th Street
between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn


   Benefit Yoga Class for New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF)
               Saturday, June 24th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This dynamic flow yoga class is accessible to people at all levels. Marissa Velarde will teach it. Her classes are based on proper alignment and smart sequencing to encourage a sustainable and healthy yoga practice. Marissa teaches students to connect to their breath and use it to guide their movements and deepen their asanas.

A donation is requested; proceeds will go to the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF). NYAAF supports anyone who is unable to pay fully for an abortion and is living in or traveling to New York State by providing financial assistance and connections to other resources.

Pre-register here.

Third Root Community Health Center is a worker-owned cooperative of holistic healthcare practitioners, providing accessible classes and treatments to the Brooklyn community--yoga, acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine.

Third Root believes in collaborative care, where providers and patients work together to foster collective well-being in body, mind, and spirit.

Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Road
between Cortelyou and Dorchester roads
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: (718) 940-9343

Thursday, June 22, 2017


         Stand for the Lives of Day Laborers - Vigil for Sirajul Hoque
                       Friday, June 23rd, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

While on the job at a construction site in Brooklyn this past Sunday, day laborer Sirajul Hoque fell to his death. Loose scaffolding was reported to have led to his fall.

A resident of Brooklyn for more than ten years, Mr. Hoque was an undocumented worker who was helping to provide for his family in Bangladesh.

DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving tomorrow (Friday) at 1:30 p.m. at the Bangladesh Muslim Center to pay respects to Sirajul Hoque during his Janaja (funeral). Demand that construction companies create safer work environments by investing in proper training and safety for their workers.

Read more about the incident in the Daily News article "
Construction worker dies after falling from scaffolding in Brooklyn."

The Bangladesh Muslim Center is at 105 Cortelyou Road, between McDonald Avenue and E. 2nd Street, in Kensington, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Kensington and Windsor Terrace News on Other Sites

WATCH: Burglar Stealing Packages From Windsor Terrace, South Slope Building Lobbies: The man has been breaking into buildings with a screwdriver.

"Authorities are searching for a man who they say has been breaking into apartment buildings in Windsor Terrace and the South Slope-area with a screwdriver and stealing packages from them." 

 Real Estate

Sentinel sells 122-unit Kensington rental building for $33M
"70-94 Dahill Road, just south of the Green-Wood Cemetery, is entirely rent-stabilized."



Free wheelin’: Street art challenges preconceptions with a revolution

"A diversity-promoting twist on 'Wheel of Fortune' installed on signposts in Kensington and Windsor Terrace is challenging locals to imagine themselves in a different skin."

Monday, June 19, 2017


Urban Retreat/Stay-cation
Saturday, July 22nd, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mayūra Yoga and Melyssa Davis Wellness will host three hours of meditation, yoga, and relaxation led by Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) Melyssa Davis and Carol Oliver. Both are registered with Yoga Alliance.

The event will take place at Family of Light Holistic Center on Saturday, July 22nd, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The "urban retreat/stay-cation" will include four gentle movement-based meditations to relax and refresh the senses, pranayama and meditation, and gentle yoga with guided relaxation.

Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat with you.

The fee for the session is $30. To register, contact Melyssa at wellness @ or (917) 975-6204 or contact Carol at mayūrayogalight @ or (917) 407-3849.

Melyssa has been an RYT-200 Integral Hatha Yoga Instructor since June 2005.  Carol completed her RYT-200 Hour Training at Jaya Yoga Center in Brooklyn and has been teaching since
January 2016.

Family of Light Holistic Center is located at 717 Coney Island Avenue, between Cortelyou Road and Slocum Place.
Mayūra Yoga  मयूर
Carol Oliver, Ph.D., RYT
~Yoga for Everyone~
*Space* Breath* Movement

Sunday, June 18, 2017


                  Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting
                  Thursday, June 22nd, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

New York State Senator Kevin Parker will be the guest speaker at the final Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) free community meeting until September.

Senator Parker, the whip for the Democratic Conference, serves residents of the 21st Senate District, comprised of parts of Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Ditmas Park, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands, Midwood, Park Slope, and Prospect Park South.

The senator was elected to the Senate in 2002. He is the Ranking Member of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committee and the Energy and Telecommunications Committee. He is a member of the Banks, Finance, Higher Education, Insurance, Labor, Rules, and Technology and Innovation committees.

Foodtown and ANA will provide light refreshments.

Members and non-members of ANA are welcome to attend all ANA community meetings. Admission is free.

The meeting will be held outdoors on Albemarle Road, between E. 4th and E. 5th streets. Bring a chair with you to sit on.

If rain is a possibility, the meeting will be held in the Flatbush Jewish Center, 327 E. 5th Street, at the corner of Church Avenue. Enter the synagogue via the ramp on E. 5th Street. Use the stairs or the wheelchair-accessible elevator to go downstairs to the Hanid Room.


About Albemarle Neighborhood Association

Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) is the oldest neighborhood association in Brooklyn. Since its founding in 1973, it has worked to advance Kensington's quality of life. ANA's meetings are free and are open to the public. They provide a place for Kensington's residents to address safety, security, and quality of life issues.

ANA helps create a safe and stable neighborhood by working closely with its members, other neighborhood residents, city agencies, and elected officials to address key issues.

New members are welcome to join. This strengthens ANA's impact. Membership is open to everyone who resides in or owns a business in the geographic area ANA that serves:

    northern border: the north side of Caton Avenue
    southern border: the south side of Beverley Road
    western border: the west side of McDonald Avenue
    eastern border: the east side of Ocean Parkway

An individual or family membership costs $20 per year. Associate Membership dues for business owners cost $25 per year.

Meetings are held in March, April, May, June, September, October, and November.


Tacos El Catrin, formerly on E. 7th Street, had its grand opening yesterday in its new location at 513 Coney Island Avenue, between Turner Place and Hinckley Place (which are between Albemarle and Beverley roads).

In addition to maintaining the previous menu, the restaurant will have a full-service bar.

The storefront's former occupant was Cancun Bar.

Tacos El Catrin
513 Coney Island Avenue
between Turner Place and Hinckley Place
phone: (347) 240-4332


License Check and Crime Prevention Drive
Thursday, June 22nd, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Make sure your driver's license hasn't inadvertently been suspended. Get it checked at the Community Board 12 office next Thursday, June 22nd, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

At the same time on Thursday, get tips from the crime prevention officers of the 66th Precinct on how to safeguard your home and your possessions when you're away.

If you can't go there on Thursday, call the office during office hours (by Thursday) and they'll find out for you. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Community Board 12 office is at 5910 13th Avenue, between 59th and 60th streets, in Borough Park.

Friday, June 16, 2017


Oaxacan Folk Mirror and Frame Workshop
Sunday, June 18th, noon to 4:00 p.m.

Make your own mirror, like those from Oaxaca, Mexico, at an art workshop on Sunday at Avenue C Plaza. Work with metal and tin to create a mirror and engrave floral patterns, the sun and the moon, or the sacred heart, using wooden tools. Emboss traditional patterns into tin frames and decorate them with vivid colors.

Workshop location

the white tent
ArtBuilt Mobile Studio
Avenue C Plaza
intersection of Avenue C and the east side of Mcdonald Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn


UPDATE: The board approved the proposed bike lanes on 10th and 11th avenues.


Community Board 7 Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 21st, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The regular monthly Board Meeting of Community Board 7 will be held on Wednesday, June 21st, from 6:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. This month, the meeting will be held in the chapel in Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street (corner of 5th Avenue at 25th Street), Sunset Park.

Following is the proposed agenda:

1. The Pledge of Allegiance
2. Opening of the meeting
3. Adoption of the agenda
4. Adoption of the Minutes of the Board Meeting of May 17, 2017
5. Public Comment
6. Committee Reports:
   A) Immigration Committee - Tabled In May
        1) “Know Your Rights” training by Atlas DIY (Report Pending. No Vote Scheduled)
   B) Health Committee
        1) Presentation by NYU/Lutheran on the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP).  (Report Pending)
   C) Parks Committee
        1) Presentation by Borough Commissioner Marty Maher on updates on Sunset Park capital projects
        2) Presentation by Elizabeth Masella, Department of Parks & Recreation on upcoming public art installation in Sunset Park (Report Pending. No Vote Scheduled)
   D) Sanitation & Environment Committee
        1) Presentation by James Gennaro from DEC on NYC Sustainability and Resiliency-How the Department of Environmental Conservation can be of service to the community
        2) Oak Wilt Disease Protective Zone in Community District 7
        3) Department of Sanitation presentation on implementation of organics collection from 45th to 65th Streets (Report Pending. No Vote Scheduled)
   E) Transportation Committee
        1) Presentation by DOT on proposed bike lanes on 10th Avenue (between Prospect Park Southwest and 18th Street) and on 11th Avenue/Terrace Place (between Prospect Park Southwest and McDonald Avenue) (Report Pending)
7. Elected Officials' Representatives
8. District Manager’s Report
9. Chairperson’s Report
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Public Comment
13. Adjournment

Thursday, June 15, 2017


                                Hands-on Henna Workshop
                         Saturday, June 17th, noon to 3:00 p.m.

Join local henna artist Sabia Hanif of The Brooklyn Henna Company at a henna workshop this Saturday. Sabia is an
Ash Kumar Certified Henna Artist. 

Create and preserve your own henna designs. Learn to design your own intricate patterns on picture frames and candles to take home with you. Supplies will be provided.

Workshop location
the white tent
ArtBuilt Mobile Studio 
Avenue C Plaza
intersection of Avenue C and the east side of McDonald Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn


Guest editorial by Tim Munier, RN, member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Kensington resident

There is currently a bill in the New York State Senate that would establish a statewide universal health care system and could help families living in Kensington save up to $6,000 a year.

Far from being a program that simply taxes the middle-class to help the poor, universal health care eliminates staggering healthcare costs that so often threaten to destroy middle-class life and small business ownership.

This bill is called The New York Health Act (NYHA), and it just recently passed the state assembly for the third year in a row. This year, however, it has progressed further in the state senate than ever before and requires only one more vote before going to Governor Cuomo for approval.  

Like Medicare and Medicaid, under the NYHA, there would be no deductibles or premiums. Everyone would have access to health coverage regardless of age, income, or pre-existing conditions.

About 60% of our neighborhood is already covered by public health coverage plans like Medicare and Medicaid. The NYHA would extend this coverage to everyone in Kensington and expand coverage to include primary care, specialists, hospitalization, mental health, reproductive health, dental, vision, prescription drug, and medical supply costs.

It would guarantee and protect our health coverage from expensive commercial plans and federal plans to cut public health coverage.   

The NYHA would also be good for the dozens of small businesses up and down Church, McDonald, and Coney Island avenues. Small businesses, who pay proportionately more than large businesses under the insurance-based system, would be relieved of the enormous burden of paying for their employees’ health care.

Further, the NYHA would ensure no network restriction. That is, every New Yorker would have the freedom to pick their own providers and there would be no insurance company standing between you and your healthcare provider.

For this reason, many prominent members of the medical industry have endorsed the NYHA. These groups include The New York State American Academy of Pediatrics, The New York State Nurses Association, The New York State Academy of Family Physicians, and the Doctors Council SEIU.

The bill has passed the New York State Assembly three years in a row. It only needs to pass the New York State Senate for the governor to be able to sign it into law, and this year it has gotten more support than ever before.

Senator Simcha Felder, who represents much of Kensington, is the only Democratic senator who has failed to endorse the NYHA. With health coverage under threat by insurance companies and greedy politicians in Washington, there has never been a more important time to pass the New York Health Act. Let’s let Senator Felder know that we need the New York Health Act!

Here’s how:
  • Call State Senator Simcha Felder at (518) 455-2754 and ask him to support the bill: 
"Hi, my name is _____. I am a constituent calling from zip code _____. I urge Sen. Simcha Felder to publicly support Senate Bill S4840, the New York Health Act.

He has the health and money of millions of New Yorkers in his hands. We are watching his actions with the 2018 election in mind."
  • Call State Senator Kemp Hannon, the chair of the Senate Health Committee, at (518) 455-2200. As the chair, he's responsible for the health of all New Yorkers and can vote to kill the bill in committee.
"Hi, my name is ____ and I am a New York state resident. I urge Sen. Kemp Hannon to publicly support Senate Bill S4840, the New York Health Act.
He has the health and money of millions of New Yorkers in his hands. We are watching his actions with the 2018 election in mind."
  • Go to the state senate website at the link here and vote "Aye" on the bill.
  • Read more about small businesses and the NYHA here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Community Board 12 General Meeting
                    Monday, June 26th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12's monthly general meeting will be held on Monday, June 26th, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting, as always, is open to the public.

If you have any concerns, questions, solutions, needs, or problems that you'd like the community board to address, arrive at the meeting before 7:00 p.m. and sign up to speak during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

General meetings of Community Board 12 are normally held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from September through June, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Amico Senior Center. To go there,
take the B16 bus to 57th Street on 13th Avenue, and then walk two blocks to the building. On the way home, get the bus on 14th Avenue.

Every neighborhood in New York City is represented by an all-volunteer community board, which serves as the neighborhood's liaison to city agencies. Board members are appointed by the neighborhood's city councilperson and the borough president.

The goal of a community board is to help resolve issues involving pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, housing, land use and zoning, outdoor lighting, potholes, sanitation, libraries, crime, police presence, social services, rodents, trash collection, public litter baskets, street and sidewalk conditions, etc.

Community Board 12's committees are

    Planning, Zoning Variances and City Map
    Education, Library, Cultural Affairs
    Sanitation & Environmental Protection
    Fire, Safety & Police
    Health & Social Services
    Housing & Buildings
    Parks, Capital Projects & Site Selection
    Transportation & Franchises
    Youth & Community Development

Meeting location
Amico Senior Center
5901 13th Avenue, 3rd floor
at the corner of 59th Street
Borough Park, Brooklyn

Community Board 12
phone: (718) 851-0800
fax: (718) 851-4140
e-mail: bk12 @

Chairperson: Yidel Perlstein
District Manager: Barry Spitzer


Newborn Kitten Care Class
Wednesday, June 14th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The number of newborn kittens on the streets increases when winter ends, and more of them end up at Sean Casey Animal Rescue than the shelter is equipped to care for.

When that happens, volunteer foster parents are needed to take kittens home temporarily so that they receive care, get socialized, and become adoptable.

A free class on how to take care of newborn kittens will be presented at Sean Casey Animal Rescue on Wednesday, June 14th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for existing and potential foster parents. To attend the class so that you can offer help to the shelter and the kittens, e-mail an RSVP to foster @

Event location
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace/Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 436-5163 info @


Monday, June 12, 2017


Captain David A. Wall

66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, June 15th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Meet the 66th Precinct's commanding officer, Captain David Wall, and congratulate the precinct's Auxiliary Police Officers on their promotion at the next meeting of the 66th Precinct Community Council.

Captain Wall will update residents of Kensington and Borough Park on recent crimes in the two neighborhoods. He will also provide information about what the police are doing to deter crime and arrest criminals.

This is also an opportunity to bring crime-related issues to Captain Wall's attention.

In addition, you can find out about various programs that are available through the precinct.

The Community Council provides the critical interface between citizens and police through regular monthly meetings. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, from September through June. The Community Council does not meet in July or August.

Meeting location
Community Board 12 Office
5910 13th Avenue
between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park 
B16 bus to 13th Avenue at 56th Street; return on 14th Avenue (schedule)


Contact information for the 66th Precinct:
phone: (718) 851-5611 
e-mail: 66precinctcc @
5822 16th Avenue
between 58th and 59th streets
Borough Park

Sunday, June 11, 2017


The New York Health Act;
The Independent Democratic Conference
Thursday, June 15th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Representatives from two progressive organizations will speak at Hinterlands Bar about how to enact change at the state level in New York.

From 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Katie Robbins, representing Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - NY Metro Chapter, will talk about the New York Health Act (NYHA), followed by a Q&A session.

NYHA would provide universal, comprehensive healthcare to every resident of the state of New York, without premiums, co-pays, deductibles, or limited provider networks. Every New Yorker would be eligible, regardless of age, income, employment, or other status.

The proposed single-payer Act has been passed in the State Assembly (more than once), but it's bogged down in a committee in the State Senate.

Seth Pollack from No IDC NY will talk from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. about the impact the breakaway Democrats in the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) are having on the fate of bills in the State Senate. The IDC has handed control of the State Senate to the Republicans, even though the Democrats are in the majority. Seth's presentation will also be followed by Q&A. 

After the presentations and the Q&A sessions, attendees can get information about joining any of the many groups in Brooklyn that are currently working to resist the Trump agenda at the state and local levels.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in Hinterlands Bar's back room. Hinterlands serves food.

Event location
Hinterlands Bar
739 Church Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 633-0550
hinterlandsbar @

About Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - NY Metro Chapter

The mission of PNHP is to educate physicians, other health workers, and the general public on the need for a comprehensive, high-quality, publicly-funded health care program, equitably-accessible to all residents of the United States.

PNHP's goal is the restoration of what it views as the primary mission of physicians, acting as professional advocates for our patients.

PNHP is an independent, non-partisan, voluntary organization. PNHP's work is supported by our members' dues and contributions, and by grants from progressive foundations; it accepts no funding from pharmaceutical companies or other for-profit entities.

PNHP organizes physicians, medical students, other health workers, and the public in support of this program and promotes discussion of health policy in the U.S. through conferences, lectures, articles, and other methods.

About No IDC NY

No IDC NY is a grassroots coalition demanding a real, progressive majority in the New York State Senate. Formed in the aftermath of Trump's election, they educate voters about the Democrats who've left their party to put Republicans in power in Albany. They do outreach, organize demonstrations, and raise money as a registered multi-candidate committee.

For more information or to donate to No IDC NY, see and follow them at and Twitter @NoIDCNY.