Thursday, July 31, 2014

YOGA IN THE CEMETERY

Stretch in Peace: Yoga in Green-wood
Saturday, August 9th, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The
focus is on breath and natural alignment in this active, gentle, outdoor yoga session in quiet, scenic Green-wood Cemetery

Barrie Raffel, a registered yoga teacher who has been teaching since 1997, will lead the session. To learn about her and her approach, visit her website at www.barrieraffelyoga.com.

Bring a mat, water, and a washcloth or a small towel with you, and wear comfortable clothing. Participants are invited to stay after the hour-long session for a picnic breakfast of tea, coffee, and light breakfast snacks.

The fee is $20 for a member of Green-Wood or Brooklyn Historical Society and $25 for a non-member.
Tickets will be sold until an hour before the event.


Meet at the entrance to Green-wood Cemetery at the main arches at 25th Street and 5th Avenue.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

PHOTO: OLD TREE WITH STUB SHAPED LIKE DOG'S HEAD

One of Kensington's beautiful old trees. Ocean Parkway near Cortelyou.

BUILDING SKILLS AND HAVING FUN AT GREENWOOD PLAYGROUND THROUGHOUT AUGUST


Healthy cooking, a clothing swap, a concert, singalongs, playing, puppets, creating mail, a movie, crafting, making art, dance, science, marionettes -- all of this will happen at Greenwood Playground in August!

Greenwood Playground is located on E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue, near the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington.

Friends of Greenwood Playground
(347) 497-3490

http://friendsofgreenwoodplayground.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Greenwood-Playground/223014854379847


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HARRY POTTER AS HE TURNS 34

Celebrate Harry Potter’s 34th birthday by browsing a display of books about him and attending two free programs. Because space and supplies are limited, admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Bubbling Potions
Wednesday, July 30th, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Manipulate matter in all of its three states, using frozen gas to create awesome elixirs. For age 10 and up.



Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Thursday, July 31st, 1:30p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. For age 8 and up.

Windsor Terrace Library
160 E. 5th Street

at the corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway
(718) 686-9707
http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/locations/windsor-terrace

Monday, July 28, 2014

P.S. 130 OVERCROWDING NEEDS TO BE RELIEVED FAST, WHILE RETAINING THE SCHOOL'S DIVERSITY

A proposal for P.S. 130....
Thanks for helping us spread the word about our new petition!

As you know, a new school (K437) will open on Caton Ave. in September 2015 just a couple of blocks from PS 130. There is a petition (written by PS 130 parents) in support of using the elementary portion of the new building to create a split site for PS 130 (upper school in the new building, lower school in the older PS 130 building).


Part of the new K437 building is already set aside for much-needed middle school seats and District 75 seats--our proposal will have no effect on that plan.

We believe that this split-siting model (which has worked well for our neighbor, PS 230), along with sensible rezoning, will
1) help relieve overcrowding at BOTH PS 154 and 130 (each is over capacity--154 at 137%, 130 at 138%);
2) preserve PS 130's racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student body (PS 130 is currently the most diverse school in School District 15); and
3) make immediate use of the new facilities at K437 rather than slowly phasing in one grade level at a time (as would be done with a brand-new elementary school). 
You can read the petition and sign on if you're in agreement. ALL neighborhood residents over the age of 18 are eligible to sign! 

Petition to "Support PS 130 Upper and Lower School"
Meema (parent of a rising 2nd grader at PS 130)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

CHAND RAAT BAZAAR 2014


Chand Raat Bazaar
Sunday, July 27th, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Celebrate the last day of the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting, at the 6th annual Chand Raat Bazaar. When the new moon is seen, welcome Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, and the arrival of Eid Al-Fitr, the day of breaking the fast.

The bazaar will feature fashion, jewelry, clothing, arts and crafts, henna painting, face painting, and games. Guests will include celebrities, elected officials, and religious and community leaders.

Admission to the bazaar is free.

American Council of Minority Women** hosts the event. Women established the American Council of Minority Women in 2005 for the empowerment, development, protection, and promotion of human rights of women in the United States, and particularly in New York, in the social, legal, educational, and economic sectors.

1090 Coney Island Avenue
between Foster Avenue and Avenue H
Kensington

Friday, July 25, 2014

ALL-AGES DANCE-ALONG (FREE)


"Groovin' in Greenwood"
Saturday, July 26th, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A free event presented by
Cynthia King Dance Studio
and
Friends of Greenwood Playground

Dance performances
Raffle
Dance-along: Dance along with Cynthia King Dance Studio's students.

For people of all ages
Free

Get a preview of today's fun event with the photos of Groovin' in Greenwood 2013 on Facebook.

Greenwood Playground
E. 5th Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue
Windsor Terrace (one block from Kensington)

Friends of Greenwood Playground
(347) 497-3490
contact:

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING BREAK NEXT WEEK

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended citywide next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday--July 28th, 29th, and 30th--for Idul-Fitr.

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

Alternate side parking is not scheduled to be suspended again until Friday, August 16th, for the Feast of the Assumption.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME ON AUGUST 5TH IN THE 72ND PRECINCT (FREE)


National Night Out 2014 Against Crime Across America
Tuesday, August 5th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The 72nd Precinct's observance this year of the 31st National Night Out Against Crime will feature
  • live music and a DJ,
  • free food and drinks from local restaurants,
  • rides for kids,
  • bike registration,
  • lectures on crime prevention, fire safety, the FBI, and EMS, and
  • giveaways for kids.

It will be held in Sunset Park, at 44th Street and 6th Avenue, by the park entrance at the soccer field.

The National Association of Town Watch introduced National Night Out--America's Night Out Against Crime--in 1984. The night's goals are to
  • heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,
  • generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts,
  • strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and
  • send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
In the 1970s, before the creation of National Night Out, people in several communities participated in a grass-roots effort to deter crime by turning on their porch lights, sitting outside, and talking with their neighbors.

For more information, contact P.O. Dean Hanan or P.O. Juan Alvarez at (347) 403-2515 or (718) 965-6326.

National Night Out Against Crime is held annually on the first Tuesday in August.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

VISION ZERO TASK FORCE FOR COMMUNITY BOARD 7 HAS ITS FIRST MEETING (FREE)

Vision Zero Task Force
Tuesday, July 22nd, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Board 7's Vision Zero Task Force will set its goals tonight at its first meeting. The temporary committee, chaired by Joan Botti, will aim to further the mission of the Vision Zero Action Plan in ways that are specific to the neighborhoods within Community Board 7.

The public is welcome to attend meetings of Community Board committees.

Vision Zero is Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to use enforcement, education, and engineering to completely eliminate pedestrian and cyclist traffic fatalities throughout New York City within ten years.

The city agencies partnering with City Hall in this effort to save lives are Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of Transportation, New York Police Department, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The NYPD and the Department of Transportation have been tasked to "Develop borough-wide safety plans in close coordination with community boards, community organizations, and the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit."

Community Board 7 Board Room 
4201 4th Avenue (entrance on 43rd Street) 
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
 

phone: (718) 854-0003
fax: (718) 436-1142
e-mail: communityboard7 @ yahoo.com

http://www.brooklyncb7.org 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225

Monday, July 21, 2014

OPEN HOUSE AT BROOKLYN PROPER (FREE)


Brooklyn Proper Open House
Tonight: Monday, July 21st, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Complimentary food and drinks tonight at Brooklyn Proper, "a seasonally inspired bistro" whose food "is simple, rustic and healthful focusing on fresh,seasonal flavors sourced from local farms and markets." (Social Fix Brooklyn)

Brooklyn Proper
471 16th Street
between Prospect Park West and 10th Avenue
Windsor Terrace

(917) 502-5966
info @ bkproper.com
http://www.brooklynproper.com
https://www.facebook.com/bkproper

ART EXHIBIT PREVIEW: "RETURN TO EDEN, AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS AND PRINTS (FREE)



Special One-night Preview Exhibition of
"Return to Eden"

Paintings and prints by visiting Bangladeshi artist
Nasima Khanam Queenie
in her 7th solo art exhibition

Thursday, July 31st, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The preview will be in the home of
Annie Ferdous
131 Chester Avenue
between Church Avenue and Louisa Street
Kensington, Brooklyn

For more information,
contact Annie Ferdous at
(917) 674-4746
annie @ bipainc.com

Saturday, July 19, 2014

DISNEY'S "FROZEN" AT GREENWOOD PLAYGROUND


Free Family Movie Night: Frozen
Sunday, July 20th, 8:00 p.m.

The Walt Disney Studios' movie Frozen is
"a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom."
Rating: PG. Length: 1 hour, 42 minutes. 

Location: Greenwood Playground, on the handball courts behind the basketball courts. 

The audience will be admitted starting at 8:00 p.m. The movie will be shown once it gets dark enough outside--between 8:30 and 9:00.

Bring chairs and/or blankets so you won't have to sit on the ground. Bring snacks, if you want to.

This and all other Friends of Greenwood Playground events are free.

Greenwood Playground is on E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue, in Windsor Terrace, just a block away from Kensington.

Friends of Greenwood Playground
(347) 497-3490
contact:

Friday, July 18, 2014

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S MUSIC FREE IN KENSINGTON


Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration
Sunday, August 16th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Oscar Andy Hammerstein III will host a free celebration of the musical partnership of his grandfather--lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II--and composer Richard Rodgers. The critically- and popularly-acclaimed duo wrote the words and music to South Pacific, The Sound of Music, State Fair, The King and I, Oklahoma!, and Carousel. Songs from those musicals will be performed by Broadway Pops International.

They were awarded thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards, and two Emmy Awards for their work.

The program is suggested for ages 5 and up. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kensington Library 
4207 18th Avenue
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 436-0545

Thursday, July 17, 2014

FREE LUNCH FOR KIDS AND TEENS UNTIL AUGUST 29TH


A free lunch is served Monday through Friday in locations throughout New York City to children who are eighteen years old or younger. Residency in New York City isn't required.

Locally, the meal is available at P.S. 130 through August 29th, P.S. 217-Colonel David Marcus School through August 22nd, and the Kensington Library through August 29th. Lunch is served from 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Summer Meals Program is run by the New York City Department of Education. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the meals are based on USDA nutrition guidelines.

No application is necessary to get a meal. Just go!

P.S.130, The Parkside School 
70 Ocean Parkway
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
(718) 686-1940
http://ps130brooklyn.com

Kensington Library  
4207 18th Avenue 
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
(718) 436-0545 
http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/locations/kensington

P.S. 217, Colonel David Marcus School
1100 Newkirk Avenue
between Coney Island Avenue and Westminster Road
(718) 434-6960
http://ps217brooklyn.org

PUNCHED IN THE FACE ON THE F TRAIN

photo taken by an eyewitness

An eyewitness took this photo of the suspect in an assault that took place on a southbound F train at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 7th. The suspect went over to his victim and proceeded to hit him in the face several times with his hands.

The attack continued until the victim, a 44-year-old deaf, mute man, got off the train at 18th Avenue. The suspect stayed on the train. The victim was treated at Maimonides Hospital for lacerations to his bottom lip.

The suspect is described as a male black who is in his 50s and is between 5'9" and 6' tall. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and black sneakers.

Anyone who can provide any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, or submit it to the Crime Stoppers website, or text it to 274637(CRIMES) and then enter TIP577.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HEALTH FAIR IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Cortelyou Summer Fun Health Fair
Sunday, July 20th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the first annual Cortelyou Summer Fun Health Fair, meet local practitioners of
  • Reiki,
  • music therapy,
  • art therapy,
  • acupuncture,
  • massage,
  • herbology,
  • nutrition, and
  • aromatherapy.

Savor homemade vegetarian foods and delectable vegan desserts (desserts from Kensington's Brooklyn Rose Vegan Bakery).

Buy raffle tickets for chances to win unique prizes.

Activities will be provided for children.

The admission fee will be $5 for an adult and $5 for a family.

For more information, contact
Teri Gorbea
(917) 478-7589
tagorbea @ earthlink.net 
OR
Dany In
(718) 687-2351
danyeighty @ gmail.com

Cortelyou Early Childhood Center will host the fair in its annex at 386 Marlborough Road, between Cortelyou and Dorchester roads, in beautiful Brooklyn.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GET WALKED BY A SHELTER DOG: SEAN CASEY'S DOGS ARE WILLING TO TAKE PEOPLE OUT FOR WALKS


Let a dog rescue you
from a lack of fresh air and exercise
through
the Sean Casey Animal Rescue's People Walking Program!

Get walked at
Sean Casey Animal Rescue  
153 E. 3rd Street 
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace, near Kensington

(718) 436-5163
or
551 39th Street
between 5th and 6th avenues
Sunset Park

(347) 599-1500 




e-mail:
info @ nyanimalrescue.org 

website:

SCAR adoptable pets on Petfinder: 

Twitter:

SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

KUNDALINI YOGA FREE INTRODUCTORY CLASS



Free Introductory Class to Kundalini Yoga
Monday, July 14th, 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

A free introduction to Kundalini yoga, with Rita London. Space is limited, so RSVP right away to info @ mynamasteyoga.com.

After the free class, people are welcome to sign up for the four-week series, to be held on Sundays from 11:35 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on July 20th, July 27th, August 3rd, and August 10th.

The fee for the series is $60. Single/drop-ins cost $18.
 

My Namaste Yoga of Kensington 
Wilhyn Larsen, Owner 
482 Coney Island Avenue, 2nd Floor 
entrance on Church Avenue, using the red door and red stairs

(347) 533-6226
www.mynamasteyoga.com https://www.facebook.com/Namasteyogakensington
Info @ mynamasteyoga . com

Saturday, July 12, 2014

CALMING THROUGH KUNDALINI YOGA

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
Sundays, from 11:35 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
July 13th, July 20th, July 27th, and August 3rd

Namaste Yoga will offer a four-week series of kundalini yoga and meditation, starting tomorrow, July 13th. If you miss a scheduled class, you can use
August 10th for a make-up day.

Fee: $60 cash; $65 if payment is made by credit card. 

My Namaste Yoga of Kensington 
Wilhyn Larsen, Owner 
482 Coney Island Avenue, 2nd Floor
entrance on Church Avenue, using the red door and red stairs. 

(347) 533-6226 
www.mynamasteyoga.com  
https://www.facebook.com/Namasteyogakensington
Info @ mynamasteyoga . com

THE FRESH GOODNESS OF FRUIT AND VEGGIES AT KENSINGTON GREENMARKET


Kensington Youthmarket
Saturday, July 12th to Saturday, November 22nd,
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kensington Youthmarket starts its fourth season of selling huge, fresh produce today.

The farm sells fresh, high-quality food from regional small farms...peaches, kale, cabbage, basil, parsley, beets, green pepper, onions, yellow squash, romaine lettuce, corn, and so much more.

It's located on Fort Hamilton Parkway at E. 5th Street by the library.

Pay with cash, EBT cards, debit cards, credit cards, WIC checks, and FMNP checks.