Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SAFE STREETS MEETING TONIGHT

Windsor Terrace Safe Streets meeting
Tuesday, October 21st, 6:00 p.m. 

The focus of the grassroots neighborhood group Windsor Terrace Safe Streets (WTSS) is on making the neighborhood safer for pedestrians, for bicyclists, and for motorists. Tonight, at its second public meeting, WTSS and its new partner, New York City Councilmember Brad Lander, will meet with the 72nd Precinct to discuss traffic enforcement and the Vision Zero efforts in Windsor Terrace.

Residents' input is essential to this process. Last month, at the first public meeting, more than 100 Windsor Terrace residents turned out to meet with New York City Department of Transportation representative Zeph Parmenter and Councilmember Lander's representative Hannah Holland. 

What WTSS wants, based on feedback from residents about dangerous conditions, are
  • a slow zone,
  • more stop signs,
  • more traffic lights,
  • more crosswalks at dangerous intersections, and
  • more bike lanes.

Meet in the cafeteria in P.S. 130 at 70 Ocean Parkway. The school is between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue and between E. 5th Street and Ocean Parkway in Windsor Terrace.

Windsor Terrace Safe Streets
windsorterracesafety @ gmail.com

Monday, October 20, 2014

LATE NIGHT F AND G TRAIN CHANGES THIS WEEK AND G CHANGES NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 20th, through Friday, October 24th
from 11:45 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on all five nights

No Jamaica-bound F trains will stop at Smith-9 Sts, Carroll St, or Bergen St.

For service to these three stations, take the F to Jay St-MetroTech and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.

For service from these three stations, take the F to 4 Av-9 St and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.

Note: No G trains will stop at these three stations during this time. 


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Monday, October 20th, to Friday, October 24th and
Monday, October 27th, to Friday, October 31st
from 11:45 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on all ten nights

No G trains will run between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Church Av.
A and F trains will provide alternate service.
No G trains will stop at Bergen St, Carroll St, Smith-9 Sts, 4 Av-9 St, 7 Av, 15 St-Prospect Park, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, or Church Av. Take the F* instead.

• Transfer between A and G trains at Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.
• Transfer between A and F* trains at Jay St-MetroTech.

G service will operate in two sections:   1. Between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs and
  2. Between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.
• Transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs to continue your trip.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REZONING VOTE WILL TAKE PLACE SOON

The vote on the proposed rezoning plan for P.S. 130, P.S. 131, P.S. 154, and P.S. 230 will be held in just three weeks. On Wednesday, November 12th, the Community Education Council (CEC) District 15 will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the P.S. 230 upper school at 1 Albemarle Road, between McDonald Avenue and Dahill Road.

The meeting is open to families of current and future students at these schools and to everyone else who is interested in the future of our school district's public schools.

The goals of the proposed rezoning plan are:
  • Expand the zone for P.S. 130. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, P.S. 130 will have additional capacity if School 437, now under construction, is used as a secondary site for P.S. 130.
  • Alleviate overcrowding in District 15.
  • Decrease the number of students capped and overflowed from Sunset Park and Borough Park by expanding the P.S. 230 zone.

The full presentation of the proposed rezoning plan is posted here, a brief summary is laid out here, and FAQs and a map of the rezoned areas are here.

Learn more about Community Education Councils here.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

PO'D ABOUT THE KENSINGTON P.O.? COMPLAINTS WANTED.


Ongoing Problems with the Kensington Post Office
Thursday, October 23rd, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Heather Jane McCormick wants you to air your grievances against the Kensington Post Office. As a Community Representative to the Brooklyn Postal Service Customer Advisory Council, Heather represents and advocates for customers of the Kensington P.O., reporting our community's numerous delivery and service problems to the council.

A few years ago, Heather decided to volunteer for the Advisory Council so that the Kensington P.O.'s many dissatisfied customers would have a unified voice. She assists community members who e-mail her at kensingtonpohelp [at] aol [dot] com with detailed descriptions of the problems they've encountered, whether at home or at the post office.

Heather will be the guest speaker at the Albemarle Neighborhood Association's upcoming meeting. If you e-mail your complaints to her by Wednesday, October 22nd, she can address them at the ANA meeting on Thursday, along with complaints that get brought up that night. In your e-mail, include the date, the time, the details of the problem, and your delivery address (or state that the problem took place in the post office).

Foodtown and ANA will provide light refreshments.

All of ANA's community meetings are free and open to the public. The group, founded in 1973, meets on the third Thursday of the month from September through November and from March through June.
 

The current meeting location is the Flatbush Jewish Center, downstairs in the Hanid Room. The Center is at 327 E. 5th Street, at the corner of Church Avenue. Enter the building through the wheelchair-accessible entrance on the ground floor.

'TIS THE SEASON...FOR FALL FESTIVALS

Fall Festival
Saturday, October 18th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School's Fall Festival will feature a DJ, stilt walkers, jugglers, a hula hoop artist, inflatables, a velcro wall, sumo wrestling, a bake sale, a chili contest...and more.

A $10 entry fee gets you unlimited carnival games, entertainment, cotton candy, and popcorn.


Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, one block from Kensington 
phone: (347) 889-7041
e-mail: info  @  brooklynprospect.org 

Friday, October 17, 2014

GIVE AND TAKE AT THE KIDS CLOTHING SWAP


Kids Clothing Swap
Saturday, October 18th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 Swap clothing for newborns through age 5.
Take clothing, even if you don't have any to give.

A $5 donation is suggested.
Pay more if you're able to, pay less if you need to.

Church of the Holy Apostles basement
612 Greenwood Avenue
between Prospect Avenue and E. 7th Street
Windsor Terrace

Thursday, October 16, 2014

THINK AHEAD: FREE SEMINAR ON WILLS, HEALTHCARE PROXIES, TAXES, AND OTHER UNPLEASANT BUT IMPORTANT SUBJECTS


Planning Your Future: Estate & Gift Planning Seminar
Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Hope for the best, but plan for the inevitable. Learn about wills, living trusts, healthcare proxies, powers of attorney, estate and gift taxes, and estate planning. Decide who will determine your fate and who will get your assets.


Windsor Terrace Library
160 E. 5th Street, off Fort Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 686-9707
http://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/windsor-terrace

F AND G TRAIN CHANGES FOR THIS WEEKEND, OCTOBER 17TH TO 20TH

Jamaica-bound F trains will run express from the Church Avenue Station to the Jay Street-MetroTech station this weekend, from 11:45 p.m. on Friday, October 17th, until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20th.

These six stations will not have any Jamaica-bound F train service: Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, 4th Avenue-9th Street, Smith-9th Street, Carroll Street, and Bergen Street.

For service to these stations, take the F train to 7th Avenue or Jay Street-MetroTech and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F train.

For service from these stations, take the F train to 7th Avenue or Church Avenue and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F train.
Starting at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, no G trains will stop at these six stations or at 7th Avenue or Church Avenue.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

STATE AND CITY GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES


The Environment and Occupy Kensington
Sunday, October 19th, 8:00 p.m.

New York Environment Report's managing editor Sarah Crean will speak at this weekend's Occupy Kensington meeting, which is open to the community. Her focus will be on the role of state and city government in environmental issues ranging from fracking to global warming, what legislation is upcoming, what is being stalled, and what access regular New Yorkers can have to the process.

From New York Environment Report's website:
New York Environment Report is an independent non-profit news outlet examining the environmental challenges (and solutions) that are critical to the future of New York City and New York State. This includes climate change, food and local agriculture, water and air quality, energy sources, and waste management.

Our mission is to produce clear, objective stories that raise awareness and empower New Yorkers of all backgrounds to make meaningful and informed decisions.

We produce original investigative pieces, interviews, profiles, Q & As, and personal commentary, as well as aggregate and compile selected articles from other news and data sources.
In doing this, we hope to elevate environmental journalism to the level of coverage and accessibility found with topics like business, real estate, and sports, and become New York State’s most comprehensive environmental news resource.

The meeting will be held in a private house at 309 E. 5th Street, between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road.

FLYERING FOR THE GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR


Join Occupy Kensington (OK) tomorrow to flyer for Howie Hawkins, Green Party Candidate for Governor of New York. Meet at 6:15 p.m. at the subway exit at McDonald Avenue and Albemarle Road.

OK cites an article that the New York Post published yesterday about the Green Party's campaign:
With disaffected leftists upset at Cuomo, WFP officials are conceding privately that the Green Party will likely surpass the WFP’s vote totals with little-known UPS worker Howie Hawkins as its gubernatorial candidate.
Hawkins received about 60,000 votes — or 1 percent — as the Green candidate in 2010. Cuomo received 155,000 votes on the WFP line and 146,000 on the Independence Party line four years ago. Most of his 2.9 million votes, of course, came on the Democratic line.

Hawkins is now getting between 7 percent and 9 percent in polls.

"We will become the alternative voice to the establishment. We’ll have two parties on the left — the Green Party and the Democratic Party," he said.

TLC FOR THE URBAN TREE: HOW TO CARE FOR TREES

Celebrate Urban Trees
Sunday, October 19th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lessons for adults and children at "Celebrate Urban Trees" on how to care for our neighborhood trees.

 Activities for the afternoon will include
  • Tree TLC (tree care workshop)
  • Composting activities for families and children
  • Make a mini book about trees

Light refreshments will be served.

Live music will be played by Baharat, a local Brooklyn band that plays music influenced by Middle to Far Eastern cultures.

Free event. Donations welcome.

Compost for Brooklyn
Newkirk Avenue at E. 8th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn
compostforbrooklyn @ gmail.com
https://twitter.com/CompostBrooklyn/
http://compostforbrooklyn.org/
https://www.facebook.com/compostforbrooklyn?fref=nf 

CORNER CURB CUTS COMING

Pedestrian ramps (legal curb cuts at street corners) will be installed in 2015 at two Windsor Terrace intersections: (1) Greenwood Avenue and E. 2nd Street and (2) Vanderbilt Street and 20th Street.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires the installation of a ramp where a pedestrian walkway crosses a curb. These pedestrian ramps are intended to remove barriers and make traveling less difficult for New Yorkers with disabilities, especially wheelchair users.

At a crosswalk, whether it's marked or not, vehicles aren't permitted to stand or park alongside a pedestrian ramp or obstruct it in a way that prevents access for persons with disabilities--unless a posted sign, marking, other traffic control device, or law enforcement officer says otherwise.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEXT 66TH PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

The next public meeting of the 66th Precinct Community Council will be held in Royal Banquet Hall. That's at 818 Coney Island Avenue, between Cortelyou and Dorchester roads. Meeting date: Thursday, October 23rd, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The public is invited to meet Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo, the Commanding Officer of the 66th Precinct, who will update the community on the latest crimes in the community and what is being done about it.

This is also an opportunity to bring any crime issues you may have to the precinct's attention.

You can also find out about the many programs available that may be of interest to you.

MONEY FOR KENSINGTON PROJECTS, IF WE SUGGEST IT AND VOTE FOR IT

Kensington Participatory Budgeting Assembly
Thursday, October 16th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
For three years, Kensington residents have suggested winning projects for the neighborhood, paid for with Participatory Budgeting (PB) funds. This Thursday, Kensington residents will meet at P.S. 230 at 1 Albemarle Road to collaborate on ideas for projects that the neighborhood needs. RSVP here.

In previous years, our City Councilmember Brad Lander made $1 million of his budget available for PB projects. This year, the amount will be $1.5 million.

Aside from this one neighborhood assembly, Councilmember Lander has organized issue-based assemblies. 

Streets & Transit:
Tuesday, October 14th
, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
NYC Transit Museum (Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St)
RSVP here


Parks & Environment:
Monday, October 20th
, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Picnic House in Prospect Park (95 Prospect Park West)
RSVP here


Arts, Community & Culture:
Wednesday, October 22nd
, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
ReelWorks (540 President Street, #2F in Gowanus)
RSVP here


Public Education:
Monday, October 27th
, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
PS 154 (1625 11th Ave in Windsor Terrace)
RSVP here

PARKING RULES ALTERED FOR OCTOBER 16TH AND 17TH

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended onThursday, October 16th, for Shemini Atzereth and on Friday, October 17th, for Simchas Torah. They are normally in effect so that streets can be cleaned.

All other regulations, including those for parking meters, will remain in effect.

Next week, this parking change will apply on Thursday, October 23rd, for Diwali.

Monday, October 13, 2014

WHOOO'S WHOOO AT THE HOOOT


Friends of Greenwood Playground Harvest Hootenanny
Sunday, October 19th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Arts and crafts and face painting and glitter tattoos and balloon twisting and singing and dancing and a parade and prizes and pumpkin painting and a bake sale and popcorn for sale and t-shirts for sale and donations to The Food Bank for New York City. Well, that should keep folks busy and happy for many hours at this annual fun event!

Greenwood Playground
E. 5th Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue
near the Windsor Terrace-Kensington border

Friends of Greenwood Playground
(347) 497-3490
contact: http://friendsofgreenwoodplayground.org/contact-us
http://friendsofgreenwoodplayground.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Greenwood-Playground/223014854379847

Sunday, October 12, 2014

WINDSOR TERRACE SAFE STREETS ADVOCATES WILL HOLD PUBLIC MEETING WITH 72ND PRECINCT

Ryan Lynch moderated the first public meeting of Windsor Terrace Safe Streets.

Windsor Terrace Safe Streets meeting 
Tuesday, October 21st, 6:00 p.m.

The grassroots neighborhood group Windsor Terrace Safe Streets (WTSS) is focusing on making the neighborhood safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. On October 21st, at its second public meeting, WTSS and its new partner, New York City Councilmember Brad Lander, will meet with the 72nd Precinct to discuss traffic enforcement and Vision Zero efforts in Windsor Terrace.

Residents' input is essential. Last month, at the first public meeting, more than 100 Windsor Terrace residents met with New York City Department of Transportation representative Zeph Parmenter and Councilmember Lander's representative Hannah Holland. 

WTSS wants, based on feedback from residents about dangerous conditions, a slow zone, more stop signs, more traffic lights, more crosswalks at dangerous intersections, and more bike lanes.

Meeting location:
the cafeteria in P.S. 130, The Parkside School 
70 Ocean Parkway 
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue, and between E. 5th Street and Ocean Parkway
Windsor Terrace

Event organizer:
Terrace Safe Streets
https://www.facebook.com/winsdorterracesafestreets
https://twitter.com/windsorsafe
windsorterracesafety @ gmail.com

SHOOTING ON 18TH AVENUE THIS MORNING

A man is in stable condition in Kings County Hospital after being shot in front of 3723 18th Avenue, between Coney Island Avenue and E. 9th Street, at about 5:30 this morning. The shooting seems to have resulted from a dispute between the victim and three other men. Their getaway car was a white sedan. Some additional information is on the NY 12 Brooklyn website.


Friday, October 10, 2014

WT FOOD CO-OP FALL FESTIVAL



Windsor Terrace Food Co-op Sidewalk Meet and Greet
Saturday, October 19th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

At the corner of Prospect and Greenwood avenues, enjoy free food, free beverages, free entertainment, and free mingling. Learn about the co-op and meet the people who have been working on creating it--many for the entire two years since this effort began--as well as other people who are interested in having a food co-op in Windsor Terrace. The event is sponsored by Juice Box, Brooklyn Commune, and Varick Street Litho.

e-mail: windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com
website: http://www.windsorterracefoodcoop.com

METROCARD SALES BUS WILL VISIT AREA


MetroCard Bus
Thursday, October 30th,
9 a.m. to noon, and
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The MetroCard Bus is coming to Assemblymember Jim Brennan's two offices on Thursday, October 30th. It will be at his Park Slope office from 9 am. to noon and at his Flatbush office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Inside the bus, you can apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard or refill one, buy or refill a regular MetroCard, or ask a MetroCard-related question. Call (718) 788-7221 to schedule an appointment or get more information.

Park Slope office: 416 7th Avenue, between 14th and 13th streets
Flatbush office: 1414 Cortelyou Road, between Rugby and Marlborough roads (five blocks east of Coney Island Avenue)

PARKING RULES ALTERED FOR COLUMBUS DAY, OCTOBER 13TH

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Monday, October 13th, for the Columbus Day holiday. They are normally in effect so that streets can be cleaned.

All other regulations, including those for parking meters, will remain in effect.

For the remainder of October, those changes will also apply on

  • Thursday, October 16th, for Shemini Atzereth,
  • Friday, October 17th, for Simchas Torah, and
  • Thursday, October 23rd, for Diwali.

CONCERTS CONTINUE AT PROSPECT RANGE


The music concert series at Prospect Range that began earlier this year will continue with
  • Michaël Attias on alto sax on Friday, October 24th,
  • Anthony Coleman on Friday, November 7th, and
  • Travis Laplante on tenor sax on Friday, December 12th.

Performances are from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the guest artist playing a short selection of other people's music (records), then performing a solo set, and concluding with a short duo improvisation with Giacomo Merega playing bass guitar.

Prospect Range is a grassroots performance, event, and community space operated by Dexter Buell.

Prospect Range
1226 Prospect Avenue
between Vanderbilt Street and Reeve Place
Windsor Terrace
(917) 776-6834
info @ prospectrange.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/prospectrange/
https://twitter.com/prospectrange
http://www.prospectrange.com

MIDDLE SCHOOL SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

The survey for parents about the process of choosing a middle school is now available in Spanish. A group of parents and educators in School District 15 created the survey. The survey questions evaluate the current process for choosing a middle school for your child. The results will be presented to the Department of Education.

Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6JKZ37N
English:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8WGGKTW

Thursday, October 9, 2014

SERIOUS CONVERSATION ABOUT CRIME BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND THE 72ND PRECINCT

Windsor Terrace Residents/72nd Precinct Meeting
Monday, October 20th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Complaints about the 72nd Precinct's failure to respond to reports phoned in by residents and 911 about crimes in the precinct have led to the scheduling of a special meeting later this month between residents and the precinct.

Windsor Terrace residents who have reported crimes either directly to the precinct or to 911 say that on several occasions no officer has showed up to take their reports in person or to look for the criminal.

City Councilmember Brad Lander's Constituent Services Director, Hannah Holland, has set up a public meeting between residents and the precinct in the rectory basement at Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 245 Prospect Park West, between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue, in Windsor Terrace. The entrance is in the rear of the building, through the parking lot.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CONNECTING KIDS AND COMPUTERS

More kids can connect with more computers at the Windsor Terrace Library, thanks to City Council District 15 residents.








They voted through Councilmember Brad Lander's participatory budgeting project to allocate a total of $75,000 for computers for that branch and the Carroll Gardens Library.


Windsor Terrace got four toddler computers (Early Literacy Stations from AWE),

five adult computers,

 and this SMART board, demonstrated by Kairi Hollon,
the branch's Technology Resource Specialist.

Kairi teaches kids, the elderly, and everyone in between how to use computers, tablets, and a host of other electronic devices, either in a class or one-on-one.

He also teaches young people about the ancestors of these devices, helping them understand their history and appreciate what's available to them today.