Monday, February 20, 2017

A BANKRUPT KENSINGTON STABLES WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF


After one hundred years of operation--with more than twenty of them (since 1993) under the ownership of the Blankinship family--Brooklyn's Kensington Stables has declared bankruptcy.

The real estate listing for the property states that it will be auctioned off this Thursday, February 23rd, at 2:00 p.m., but Curbed says that the auction has been postponed. The starting bid had been set at $2,000,000.

COMMERCIAL WAREHOUSE / POTENTIAL REDEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY. This property will be auctioned at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2017 in the office of Backenroth Frankel & Krinsky LLP, 800 Third Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10022.
To participate in the auction sale you must submit a bid no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Please contact broker/auctioneer, MYC & Associates, Inc., for a copy of the Bid & Sale Procedures and Contract of Sale.

A bit of history from the Kensington Stables website:
Our barn at 51 Caton Place was built in 1930 as the last extension of the riding academy at 11 Ocean Parkway founded in 1917. The first extension was torn down to make the foot bridge over Ocean Parkway. The original riding academy closed in 1937 and is now a warehouse.

Today, Kensington Stables is the only remaining stable in the Prospect Park area. We continue to offer friendly, accessible, and affordable equestrian activities for New Yorkers and New York’s many visitors from all walks of life.

Walker Blankinship is the owner and manager of Kensington Stables. In 2005, the property's owner sold land that Blankinship was using for a barn, a pen outside the barn, and parking for horse trailers. The Kestrel apartment building now occupies that land.

These articles delve into the stables' history, what it offers to people of all ages--including therapeutic riding lessons to people with disabilities--and what might become of the property: 
DNAinfo: Prospect Park's Only Horse Stable Faces Closure as Bankruptcy Sale Looms
Daily News: City Councilman urges future buyers of Brooklyn’s Kensington Stables to keep building open
Curbed: Locals want to save Prospect Park's endangered horse stables
Kensington Stables is located at 51 Caton Place at E. 8th Street.

phone: (718) 972-4588
e-mail: info [at] kensingtonstables.com

website http://www.kensingtonstables.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KensingtonStables
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bklynpony?lang=en 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"ROMEO AND JULIET": A BALLET ON FILM (FREE)


"Romeo and Juliet"
Monday, March 6th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The "Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance" series presents "Romeo and Juliet." The San Francisco Ballet performs artistic director and choreographer Helgi Tomasson's interpretation of playwright William Shakespeare's tragedy, set to a score by Sergei Prokofiev.

The performance was filmed at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on May 5th and 7th, 2015.

The running time of the movie is 2 hours and 17 minutes.

This program for adults is free. Registration is not required.

Event location
 
Kensington Library
4207 18th Avenue
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 436-0545
http://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/kensington

VIDEO ABOUT BANGLADESHIS IN KENSINGTON

"Bangladeshi community grows in Kensington"--a short article and video about Kensington's Bangladeshi community--is posted on the News 12 Brooklyn website here.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

APRIL IS GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME


Girl Scout cookies will be for sale in our neighborhood in April at Thai Tony's and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

They'll be sold in front of Thai Tony's on Saturday, April 1st, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and in front of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Sunday, April 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program goes to Girl Scouts of Greater New York (the local Girl Scout Council) and the neighborhood troop.

Locations
Thai Tony's
3019 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn
http://thaitonys.com


Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn 

website: http://www.ihmbrooklyn.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Immaculate-Heart-of-Mary-Roman-Catholic-Church/1432137603707177

Find other sales locations by entering a zip code here.


Friday, February 17, 2017

INTERNET SECURITY TIPS (FREE)


             Privacy and Security on the Internet: Tips to Stay Safe
                 Wednesday, February 22nd, 11:00 a.m. to noon

Keeping your personal information, private data, and finances safe can be difficult. But by following a few tips, you can avoid the vast majority of scams, spyware, and privacy breaches.

This is a free program for adults. Registration is not required.


Event location
 
Kensington Library
4207 18th Avenue
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 436-0545
http://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/kensington


CHANGES ON F TRAIN THIS WEEKEND


A, C, D, N, and R trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service Weekend and Holiday, 10:30 PM Friday to 5 AM Tuesday, February 17 - 21

No F service at 57 St, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 23 St, 14 St, W 4 St, B'way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St/Essex St, East Broadway, and York St.

 F service operates between Jamaica-179 St and Lexington Av-63 St, then via the Q to/from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr (skipping DeKalb Av, days and evenings), and via the D to/from Stillwell Av.

• Trains run express in Manhattan all weekend.

D* trains are rerouted via the A in Manhattan and replace the F in Brooklyn between Jay St-MetroTech and Stillwell Av.

Buses operate along two routes:
1. Between W 4 St and East Broadway, stopping at B'way-Lafayette St, 2 Av and Delancey St/Essex St.
2. Between Jay St-MetroTech and York St.


NO ALT PARKING MONDAY



Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Monday, February 20th, for Washington's Birthday (President's Day).

Parking meter regulations and all other parking regulations will be in effect.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

STORES CLOSE FOR "DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS" PROTEST

The "Day without Immigrants" protest took place today. News 12 Brooklyn published an article and video about the stores on Coney Island Avenue in Kensington that closed for the day.

UNITY NIGHT AT DITMAS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Unity Night II
Thursday, February 16th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

These are difficult and frightening times for some of our neighbors. Community members from various backgrounds would like to help them.

In that vein, the free event "Unity Night II" will take place at Ditmas Junior High School (I.S. 62) tomorrow night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The focus will be on efforts to protect and unite our diverse community, "Know your Rights" workshops, and children's and adults' welfare in stressful times.
Neighborhood organizations, immigrant and civil rights organizations, and community leaders will be in attendance.

Information/resource tables will be set up.

Translation into Bengali, Urdu, Spanish, Nepali, Russian, and Arabic will be available.

Childcare will be offered.

Light refreshments will be served.

Meeting location
Ditmas Junior High School (Ditmas I.S. 62)
700 Cortelyou Road
entrance on E. 7th Street


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

TALK WITH THE POLICE OF THE 66TH PRECINCT TOMORROW

Captain David A. Wall

66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, February 16th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Meet the 66th Precinct's commanding officer, Captain David Wall, at the next meeting of the 66th Precinct Community Council.

Residents of Kensington and Borough Park are invited to hear Captain Wall's update on recent crimes in the two neighborhoods. He will 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, Brooklyn

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Contact information for the 66th Precinct:
phone: (718) 851-5611 
e-mail: 66precinctcc @ gmail.com
website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/precincts/precinct_066.shtml 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYPD66Pct 
5822 16th Avenue, between 58th and 59th streets, in Borough Park

Sunday, February 12, 2017

SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC

Spoken Word Open Mic
Friday, March 3rd, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Kensington Stables (the only operating horse stables in the Prospect Park area) hosts a monthly spoken word open mic. The next one will be on Friday, March 3rd, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Details about it haven't been announced yet.

Location
Kensington Stables
51 Caton Place at E. 8th Street
(718) 972-4588
info [at] kensingtonstables.com
 
http://www.kensingtonstables.com 
https://www.facebook.com/KensingtonStables
https://twitter.com/bklynpony?lang=en

Saturday, February 11, 2017

NO ALT SIDE PARKING ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH



Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Monday, February 13th, for Lincoln's Birthday (observed).

Parking meter regulations and all other parking regulations will be in effect.

SOUL FOOD, ACCOMPANIED BY SOUL AND GOSPEL MUSIC ON SUNDAYS


As you enjoy your soul food dining experience, soak in the sounds of rare soul and gospel music. DJ Eli "Paperboy" Reed is the musical host at Butterfunk Kitchen, spinning music at 45 rpm every Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Butterfunk Kitchen is owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Chef Chris Scott and Eugenie Woo, who also own Brooklyn Commune, located right next door.

Butterfunk Kitchen's Hours

  • Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Monday, closed

Butterfunk Kitchen
1295 Prospect Avenue
near Greenwood Avenue  
Windsor Terrace
(917) 909-0421
https://www.facebook.com/butterfunkkitchen
https://www.instagram.com/butterfunkkitchen
http://butterfunkkitchen.com


Friday, February 10, 2017

FEED YOUR HEAD WITH MUSIC ON 45 RPM


Adirondack Beat

Saturday, March 4th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

DJ Kyle Brown will spin Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Girl Groups, Oldies, Instrumentals, and more on 45 rpm vinyl at The Adirondack on Saturday, March 4th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Admission is free. 

During Adirondack Beat, draft beers are $1 off, and well drinks cost $4. This neighborhood bar focuses on New York State craft beer, featuring beer on tap, bottled, and in cans, cocktails, and snacks.

Directions to The Adirondack by subway: take the F or G train to the Fort Hamilton Parkway station and get out at the Reeve Place-Prospect Avenue exit (back of the Coney Island-bound train, front of the Queens-bound train).

Event location

The Adirondack
1241 Prospect Avenue
between Greenwood Avenue and Reeve Place
Windsor Terrace
(718) 871-0100
theadirondackbar @ gmail.com
http://www.theadirondackbar.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/The_Adirondack
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theadirondack/


Thursday, February 9, 2017

AGENDA FOR WINDSOR TERRACE AND SUNSET PARK COMMUNITY BOARD 7 FEBRUARY MEETING

Community Board 7 Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 15th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The regular monthly board meeting of Community Board 7 will be held on Wednesday, February 15th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
Meeting location
Community Board 7 Office
4201 4th Avenue (entrance on 43rd Street)

Sunset Park, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 854-0003
fax: (718) 436-1142
communityboard7 @ yahoo.com
new website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/brooklyncb7/index.page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225
 
The 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 January 18, 2017
5. Adoption of the Minutes of the Public Hearing of February 08, 2017
6. Public Comment
7. Committee Reports:
A) Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness Issues (tabled at a previous board meeting)
1) Structure of committee
2) Discussion with Human Resources Administration/Department of Homeless Services on issue in CB7
B) Executive Committee
1) Community Board Budget/Finances – Personnel and OTPS
2) F.Y. 2018 requests for funding from elected officials – proposal idea; updates on 2017 funds
3) Status on Friends of Brooklyn CB7
4) Board meeting locations for calendar year 2017 around the district
5) Website Maintenance: UX, Calendar, committee meetings notes/reports and board meeting minutes
C) Health Committee
1) Presentation by Napenthea concerning a proposed marijuana dispensary in the district
D) Land Use/Landmarks Committee
1) B.S.A. Application #2016-4337-BZ – An application for the enlargement of an undersized home in an R-5 zoning district located at 127 Vanderbilt Street
E) Public Safety Committee
    1) Liquor license application for M3 Karaoke Bar Inc. located at 317-319 39th Street
F) Transportation Committee
    1) Presentation by DOT on pedestrian neck downs at 3rd Avenue and 36th Street
    2) Proposed bike land on 7th Avenue from 15th to 23rd Streets
    3) Update on CB7 Truck Route Study
8. Elected Officials Representatives
9. District Manager’s Report
10. Chairperson’s Report
11. Old Business
12. New Business
13. Public Comment
14. Adjournment

SUSPENSION OF ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING EXTENDED



Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Friday, February 10th, and Saturday, February 11th, for snow removal.

Parking meter regulations and all other parking regulations will be in effect.


"CHURCH AVENUE SESSIONS": NEW MONTHLY MUSIC SERIES AT FLATBUSH JEWISH CENTER



Church Avenue Sessions
Thursday, March 9th, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A new monthly music series will get underway in Kensington next month. Guitarist and composer Yoshie Fruchter has created a series called Church Avenue Sessions, hosted by the Flatbush Jewish Center. The sessions will showcase Brooklyn-based musicians playing in all genres.

The cost of admission is $15. People of all ages are welcome to attend.

Two Kensington bands will kick off the series, Who is Manny Blanc? and The
Xylopholks.

Klezmatics clarinetist Matt Darriau leads Who is Manny Blanc? in playing jazz-tinged klezmer music. In addition to reeds, band members play trombone, guitar, marimba, harmonica, bass, keyboards, and drums. Yoshie Fruchter, who performed at Flatbush Jewish Center a week ago, is on guitar.

The Xylopholks plays ragtime and jazz from the Roaring 20s, with Jon Singer on xylophone and other band members on banjo, bass, upright bass, and drums. And they dress in furry animal costumes (and sometimes fruit) when they play!


Location 

Flatbush Jewish Center
327 East 5th Street, corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn

phone: (718) 871-5200
fax: (718) 871-5204
e-mail: office @ flatbushjewishcenter.org
http://www.flatbushjewishcenter.org 
https://www.facebook.com/FlatbushJewishCenter

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

POSTCARD PROTEST NUMBER TWO AT BROOKLYN COMMUNE


Community Postcard Protest Writing Party
Thursday, February 16th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday is Thursday next week in Windsor Terrace.
Join like-minded neighbors at Brooklyn Commune on Thursday, February 16th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., for Resist Trump "Tuesday."

At this second postcard protest writing party, folks will write postcards to the White House, senators, members of Congress, and members of the committees that approve nominees before the Senate votes on confirming them.

A $2 donation will be requested to reimburse the organizer for postcards and stamps. Any money that's left over will be donated to the ACLU.

Or, if you'd rather, you can bring postcards and stamps with you, along with return address labels or an address stamp to save yourself some writing.

Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the restaurant, or you can bring your own.

Suggestions about an action to focus on at the following writing party are welcome. Tell the organizer.


RSVPs would be appreciated; send an e-mail to next week's organizer, Joy Rich, at joyrich @ hotmail.com.

Brooklyn Commune is in Windsor Terrace at 601 Greenwood Avenue, corner of Prospect Avenue. 

If you're taking the Coney Island-bound F train, board the train toward the back end and get out at Fort Hamilton Parkway station. On the Manhattan-bound F, board toward the front.

Thank you to Eugenie and Chris, the owners of Brooklyn Commune (and Butterfunk Kitchen), who are again generously donating the use of their restaurant for this community event.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED TOMORROW


A snowstorm is predicted for tomorrow, February 9th, and the New York City Department of Education has announced that all public schools will be closed.

Student after-school activities and PSAL games have been canceled, and all yellow bus service has been suspended. 

Call 311, if you have any questions. For additional information, visit nyc.gov/schools.

SNOW WARNING BRINGS ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENSION


Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Thursday, February 9th, for snow operations.

Parking meter regulations and all other parking regulations will be in effect. 


A DOUBLE MUSIC FESTIVAL AT P.S. 130--TWICE THE MUSIC


P.S. 130 Music Festival Celebration Weekend
Friday, February 10th, 6:30 p.m.
and
Saturday, February 11th, 10:00 a.m.

P.S. 130 celebrates diversity and community twice this weekend at its 3rd annual music festival.

The Friday evening concert--the P.S. 130 PTA's festival concert--is a community celebration that features P.S. 130 parent musicians. Musical styles will range from Appalachian to Latin, traditional Bengali song to rock, jazz to R&B, and classical to musical theater to Irish, according to Kim Smith, Public Relations.

The concert on Saturday morning--Transcendence featuring master drummer/educator Jaimeo Brown and producer/guitarist Chris Sholar--is an interactive workshop/performance in celebration of Black History Month.


The festival is free, and it is open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted and will be used by the PTA to benefit P.S. 130's music programs.

Location 
P.S. 130 Upper School Auditorium 
713 Caton Avenue 
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets 
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn

LOTS OF POSTCARDS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO WASHINGTON, D.C.

Writing postcards at Brooklyn Commune
                                    photo courtesy of Liz Rosenberg

Postcards with political messages will be delivered to several senators and members of Congress this week, sent by dozens of Windsor Terrace and Kensington residents.

People from the two neighborhoods gathered at Brooklyn Commune last night for the first postcard protest writing party. The 500 postcards that they collectively composed will be delivered to the Post Office today.

The subject matter ranged from the Supreme Court nominee to cabinet nominees to Steve Bannon's presence on the National Security Council to preserving the Environmental Protection Agency and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

The date and time for the next writing party haven't been set yet, but that will be announced soon.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

PUBLIC HEARING ON 127 VANDERBILT STREET EXPANSION

Source: StreetEasy
Public Hearing on 127 Vanderbilt Street
Wednesday, February 8th, 6:30 p.m.

A public hearing will be held on an application (BSA Application #2016-4337-BZ) for the enlargement of 127 Vanderbilt Street, an undersized house in an R-5 zoning district (residential).

The hearing will be held at P.S. 154 on Wednesday, February 8th, at 6:30 p.m.

Hearing location

P.S. 154
1625 11th Avenue
between Windsor Place and Sherman Street
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Monday, February 6, 2017

MAN ARMED WITH BOLT CUTTER MENACES TENANTS


Armed with a bolt cutter, the man pictured above menaced tenants as he tried to gain entry to 483 Ocean Parkway. A full hour after the tenants reported the incident, officers from the 66th Precinct arrived.

483 Ocean Parkway is near Ditmas Avenue in Kensington.

Read the entire story in Brooklyn Pulp, written by Donny Levit.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

UPDATE TO COMMUNITY-WIDE POSTCARD PROTEST WRITING PARTY


UPDATE:
If you are going to be at this event,
please RSVP to acdesign @ verizon.net.

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Community-wide Postcard Protest Writing Party
Tuesday, February 7th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For next week's Resist Trump Tuesday, write postcards to send to the White House or to your representatives. At the same time, meet and connect with activists who live nearby.


Flood your representatives with postcards; handwritten mail is the most effective way to communicate with elected officials.


A donation of $3 or $4 will be requested. It'll be used to reimburse the organizers for the stamps and postcards they provide. Or you can bring your own.

Any money that's left over will be donated to the ACLU, which is in court challenging the legality of Trump's Muslim ban.

The writing party will be at
Brooklyn Commune
601 Greenwood Avenue, at the corner of Prospect Avenue 
Windsor Terrace

If you're in Park Slope and you're taking the F train to the Fort Hamilton Parkway station, get on toward the back of the train.

BYOB or buy beer and wine from Brooklyn Commune, whose owners are generously donating the use of their restaurant for this event.

Bring suggestions for an action to focus on next week, whether it's writing more postcards, making phone calls, or some other activity.


Keep the pressure on.