Thursday, October 30, 2014

A FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE THE DAY OF THE DEAD


The Day of the Dead Festival
Sunday, November 2nd, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join The Singing Winds for the family-friendly Day of the Dead Festival (Dia de Muertos). Taste the pan de muerto and arroz con leche. Make a skeleton puppet. Create a memory for the community ofrenda (offering). Enjoy the performances of the Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl from Sunset Park.

Other free activities for all ages include facepainting, crafts, a procession, and poetry with Cynthia Fortozo and friends.


The event will be in Albemarle Playground on McDonald Avenue between Albemarle Road and Caton Avenue, behind P.S. 230.

HAMILTON'S NEEDS A ZONING AMENDMENT FOR A SIDEWALK CAFE

Hamilton's Request for a Zoning Amendment
Wednesday, November 12th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Hamilton's (aka Lula Enterprises LLC) has called upon the office of attorney and lobbyist Vincent Petraro to assist it in getting a license for an unenclosed 45-seat sidewalk cafe right outside the restaurant.

Mr. Petraro's office is targeting the Department of City Planning (DCP), the Brooklyn Borough President, City Council members, and City Council members staff. The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is the agency that issues sidewalk cafe licenses, but it doesn't accept license applications for sidewalk cafes that don't meet zoning requirements.

For that reason, Hamilton's has filed a rezoning request with the Department of City Planning. The request is for 2826 (Hamilton's) and 2902 (Jaya Yoga East) Fort Hamilton Parkway, portions of two city blocks that are both located within the Special Ocean Parkway District.

The requested zoning map change would establish a commercial C2-4 district (Local Service District) within an existing residential R5 district (General Residence District), allowing a preexisting legal nonconforming use to be brought into conformance to permit a sidewalk cafe.

After a review by the Environmental Assessment & Review Division of the DCP, the City Planning Commission has determined that this will have no significant impact on the quality of the environment.

Hamilton's needs Community Board 7's approval for the requested zoning amendment and is asking community residents to attend a meeting of the board's Land Use/Landmarks Committee at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church as a show of support for the proposed cafe.

meeting location:
Good Shepherd Center
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Windsor Terrace (one block from the Kensington border)

PARKING RULES ALTERED FOR ALL SAINTS DAY, NOVEMBER 1ST



On Saturday, November 1st, alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended for All Saints Day. The regulations 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
  • Tuesday, November 4th, for Election Day and
  • Tuesday, November 11th, for Veterans Day.

On Thanksgiving--Thursday, November 27th--
alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended. Parking meter regulations will also be suspended. Stopping, standing, and parking will be permitted except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (e.g., "No Standing Anytime").

HAMILTON'S WANTS ITS OUTDOOR SEATING BACK


Hamilton's wants to apply for a sidewalk cafe license so it can use its patio for outdoor seating again. But first, the community board has to approve Hamilton's rezoning request. Community support is needed, and Hamilton's is inviting all community residents to attend the meeting on Wednesday, November 12th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Center at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway

between E. 4th and E. 5th streets

Windsor Terrace (one block from the Kensington border)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KEY FOOD IN WINDSOR TERRACE LIKELY TO OPEN IN EARLY 2015

Community activists Ryan Lynch and Lauren Elvers Collins distributed an update today to answer the community's questions about the opening of Key Food at 589 Prospect Avenue, between 10th and 11th avenues.
On Oct. 15, 2014, several community representatives behind the movement to urge Walgreens to share their Prospect Ave. space with a new Key Food met with Walgreens, the owner of the incoming Key Food, and reps from the offices of Councilmember Brad Lander and Assemblymember Jim Brennan. They toured both stores but were primarily focused on the status of the Key Food and gathering information to share with the Windsor Terrace community. Following are updates on the Key Food part of the property:
 
When will the Key Food open?
Owner Joe (who also operates a clean, well-stocked Key Food in Sunnyside, Queens which several community residents toured last year) is hoping for an opening by the end of 2014 but it is more likely to open in the first couple of months of 2015. He is possibly more eager than any of us to get the store opened and is doing everything he can but it is now in the hands of the permitting agencies (see below).

Why the delays?
Joe is doing a lot of upgrades, including convincing Walgreens to give up several parking spaces in exchange for increasing the size of Key Food's front, glassed-in produce area and is arranging for more power to operate the store's cases and other equipment.
Joe assured us that all permits have been filed but he now has to wait to be inspected and will have to go through the permitting process. WIth Brad Lander, Jim Brennan, Borough President Eric Adams (and former Borough President Marty Markowitz who now has a prominent role with the City's marketing department) advocating for the project, we're confident that any of them will be quick to help speed any delays in inspections.

Layout of the store:
The actual selling area of the old Key Food was 7,800 sf. The new store will be smaller at 6,000 sf but Joe is trying to make up for this with more departments and by moving some non-retail activities to the basement. This also adds to permitting requirements (for example, he will be storing more items in the basement meaning installation of an elevator to move merchandise to the selling floor).
Store will include a seafood section stocked by the same seller who provides for the green market at PS 154, a 100' dairy case, 60' meat case, 50' deli and prepared food counter, pizza station and pasta station.

Lighting:
Lighting of Key Food will be turned off at 10pm. (Note:  lighting of the red Walgreens "W" will stay on.)
 
Hiring:
Joe is following Walgreens' lead in trying to hire locally and is reaching out to former Key Food employees as possible hires.

Planned Hours of Operation:
7am - 10pm  (Note:  Walgreens is open 8am - 10pm)

We will share updates as they come. 
Best,
Ryan Lynch and Lauren Elvers Collins

DINNER UNDER THE CEILING AT THE SYNAGOGUE



Dinner under the Ceiling
Friday, November 7th, 6:00 p.m. (dinner at approximately 7:00 p.m.)

With autumn's arrival, the Flatbush Jewish Center's series "Dinner under the Stars" has moved indoors and been renamed "Dinner under the Ceiling." The theme for November's dinner is "Baby, It's Cold Outside"--and that calls for comfort food, to be catered by Gourmet on J.

The cost is $15 per adult and $5 per child over age 5.
Early dinner for families is available. If you want it, mention it when you register. At the same time, describe any dietary restrictions you may have.

Register via PayPal, or call the synagogue office at (718) 871-5200, or send an e-mail to fandstjc @ verizon.net by November 5th.


Flatbush Jewish Center
327 E. 5th Street, corner of Church Avenue 
Kensington 
Enter through the door on E. 5th Street that is closest to Church Avenue.

phone: (718) 871-5200 
fax: (718) 871-5204  
e-mail: fandstjc @ verizon.net 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PILATES MAT CLASS FOR ADULTS



Adults Open-level Pilates Mat Class

Sunday, November 2nd, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Fee: $20. All proceeds go directly to the PTA of P.S.154.

P.S. 154-The Windsor Terrace School
1625 11th Avenue

between Windsor Place and Sherman Street
Windsor Terrace 

info @ ptaofps154brooklyn.org http://www.ps154.org https://www.facebook.com/PTAofPS154Brooklyn

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SUBWAY CHANGES THIS WEEK ON LATE NIGHT G TRAIN, OCTOBER 27 TO 31

Monday, October 27th, to Friday, October 31st
from 11:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

The G train won't be running between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Church Avenue. The A and F trains will provide alternate service.

The G train won't stop at

  • Bergen Street,
  • Carroll Street,
  • Smith-9 Sts,
  • 4th Avenue-9th Street,
  • 7th Avenue,
  • 15th Street-Prospect Park,
  • Fort Hamilton Parkway, or
  • Church Avenue.

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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

COMPOSTING: LEAVE YOUR LEAVES AT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN



Leaf Recycling
Saturday, November 8th, November 15th, November 22nd, and December 6th
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Bring your fallen fall leaves to the East Fourth Street Community Garden where they'll be turned into compost. But don't bring twigs, branches, or trash.

East Fourth Street Community Garden
179 E. 4th Street
between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway 
Windsor Terrace / Kensington
http://eastfourthstreetgarden.tumblr.com 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/246036418909475

The garden is open to the public from May through October on
  • Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.,
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and
  • Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
as well as any other time that the gate is open.

VENDORS, A HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR IS LOOKING FOR YOU

International Holiday Craft Fair  
Saturday, December 13th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School will hold its second annual Holiday Craft Fair, featuring local artists, jewelers, crafts makers, international arts and crafts, clothing designers,  accessory designers, henna artists, and more.

All proceeds from the fair, including the raffle, will be donated to the school's Annual Fund.

Vendors are being sought. Fee: a half table (4 feet) costs $30; a full table (8 feet) costs $50. The fee includes a table, chairs, and a free cup of coffee and a pastry. Fill out the application by Monday, Nov. 24th. Vendors are welcome to donate a piece of their work for the raffle.
 

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace 
phone: (347) 889-7041 
e-mail: info  @  brooklynprospect.org
website: http://www.brooklynprospect.org 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrooklynProspectCharterSchool

The fair will be held in the gym.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PARKING RULES ALTERED FOR OCTOBER 23RD

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Thursday, October 23rd, for Diwali. They are normally in effect so that streets can be cleaned.

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

WINDSOR TERRACE SAFE STREETS MEETS 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

SUBWAY CHANGES THIS WEEK ON LATE NIGHT F AND G TRAINS AND NEXT WEEK ON THE G TRAIN

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