Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Book Party and Fund Raiser
Sunday, March 26th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Occupy Kensington General Meeting
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A book party for The Road to Citizenship will be combined with a fund raiser for the Kensington Hate Free Zone. Proceeds will be going to DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving).

Dr. Sofya Aptekar, the author of The Road to Citizenship: What Naturalization Means for Immigrants and the United States, will speak briefly on key issues surrounding immigration and U.S. citizenship and answer questions. Copies of her book can be purchased for the special sale price of $20 each.

Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Aptekar is a member of Occupy Kensington and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Massachusetts, Boston. Rutgers University Press published her book in 2015. 

The book party and fund raiser will start at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:30, followed by Occupy Kensington's regular monthly community meeting.

private house
309 E. 5th Street
between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road
Kensington, Brooklyn 

Sunday, March 19, 2017


These drawings, newly created by the Landscape Architecture and Design team of the Prospect Park Alliance, illustrate what the Kensington Dog Run will look like when it opens in the Parade Ground.

In this fenced-in area on Coney Island Avenue at Kermit Place, dogs will be allowed off-leash during the day, supplementing the areas of Prospect Park where dogs are allowed off-leash only early in the morning and late at night.

Bids for construction will begin fairly soon, a contractor will be selected, and work will begin. The project will be completed next year, if everything goes according to plan. 

Before any of that can happen, the design has to be presented at upcoming community board meetings for the boards' approval. When the Kensington Dog Run Association members find out the dates and locations of the meetings, they'll announce them.
The project is a grassroots effort. It's been able to reach this point because a few years ago, dog owners in the neighborhood started talking with each other about their desire for a nearby dog run.

They chatted individually, they met as a group, they formed the Kensington Dog Run Association, they became a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, they collaborated with the Parks Department and the Prospect Park Alliance, they built community support, and they searched for and secured funding.

The cost of the dog run is fully covered, thanks to Participatory Budgeting funds from Councilmember Mathieu Eugene of District 40 and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams' capital allocations, with the balance coming from Councilmember Brad Lander of District 39.

Kensington Dog Run

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting
Thursday, March 23rd, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A representative from the office of Brad Lander, our New York City Councilmember, will be the guest speaker at the next community meeting of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA).

The subject will be the neighborhood projects that residents of City Council District 39 can vote to have funded through Participatory Budgeting. Some are capital projects, and others are programming projects. For a description, the cost, and the location of each project, go to the "Meet Your Ballot" page on Councilmember Lander's website.

The list of voting times and locations is on his "How to Vote" page. Voting begins on Saturday, March 25th, and closes on Sunday, April 2nd.

If you can volunteer to help during Participatory Budgeting, fill out the form here.

Foodtown and ANA will provide refreshments at the meeting. 

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

Meeting location
Flatbush Jewish Center
Hanid Room
327 E. 5th Street
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.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Mom's Night Out Wine Tasting & ArtMaking Event
Wednesday, March 22nd, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For the next Mom's Night Out Wine Tasting & ArtMaking event, taste six new delicious wines, enjoy a light pairing, and make a set of "groovy psychedelic alcohol ink tile coasters."

The number of seats is limited, so pre-registration is required. The fee is $65. Register by calling (718) 686-1132 or booking on the website.

Karen Merbaum, Founder and Creative Director of Barking Cat Studio, offers a variety of classes for toddlers, children, and adults.

Barking Cat Studio, Arts & Crafts for Everyone!
219 Greenwood Avenue
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Brooklyn, NY 11218

(718) 686-1132
karen @
create •  discover • think • imagine

Winner 2016 Red Tricycle
Most Awesome Art Class in NYC!


Thursday, March 16, 2017


Meeting with 72nd Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officers
Friday, March 24th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Share your concerns, complaints, questions, and fears with Police Officers Daniel McGrath and Francis Ghanney, the officers whose beat is Windsor Terrace, Greenwood Heights, and South Slope. They'll be holding their monthly community meeting with residents and business owners in those three neighborhoods next week.

They'll also update the community about crime and the other aspects of their job.

Almost a year ago, the NYPD divided the 72nd Precinct into four sectors as part of a new policing model known as "community policing." Before that, the precinct was comprised of eight sectors. As a result of the reapportionment, additional officers have been assigned to the precinct.

The two officers, known as Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO), patrol Sector A of the 72nd Precinct, comprised of Windsor Terrace, Greenwood Heights, and South Slope.

An article in Brooklyn Reporter explains the significance of this new way of policing.

The meeting will be held on Friday, March 24th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium of Bishop Ford High School, 545 19th Street, Windsor Terrace (between Prospect Park West and 10th Avenue).

Contact information for the officers is
  • Police Officer PDanny McGrath
    • (917) 853-2601, daniel.mcgrath @
  • Police Officer Francis Ghanney
    • (929) 343-7645, francis.ghanney @


"The Lego Movie"
Saturday, March 25th
doors open at 5:15 p.m., movie starts at 5:30 p.m.

"The Lego Movie" will be shown for free
at P.S. 130 Upper School on Saturday, March 25th. The doors will open at 5:15 p.m. The movie will start at 5:30 and end a bit after 7:00.

From the Warner Brothers website:

The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.

He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Running time: 1 hour and 41 minutes. Released in 2014. MPAA rating: PG. 

Pizza and snacks will be sold.

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended from Thursday, March 16th, through Saturday, March 18th, for snow operations.

Parking meter regulations and all other parking regulations will be in effect.
Meter regulations remain in effect during inclement weather to keep streets clear for Sanitation Department plows and to provide access to businesses.


Brooklyn Herborium Opening
Saturday, March 18th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Herborium is opening its second shop in Brooklyn, this one on Prospect Avenue in Windsor Terrace. Owners Molly Watman and Emma Graves will make their holistic, botanically-based skincare products on-site in the workshop.

All of the products they make will be sold there, along with a selection of pantry and grocery items. Healthy skin depends on good nutrition. To that end, they'll sell organic, sustainable, humane edibles.

A variety of design and home goods will also be stocked.

In the treatment room, chemical-free facials will be available.

Open hours at the shop will be Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Mondays through Fridays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Brooklyn Herborium
1301 Prospect Avenue
corner of Greenwood Avenue (across from Brooklyn Commune)
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

hat tip to Windsor Terrace Patch

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Following prior suspensions, the MTA has announced the following mass transit restorations:

  • LIRR service continues to operate on a normal schedule with scattered delays.
  • Staten Island Railway service resumed at 3:15 PM today.
  • MTA subway above-ground service will resume at 6 PM tonight.
  • Metro-North will resume limited hourly service starting at 6 PM tonight until 11 PM on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines. There will be no branch service. Full Metro-North service will resume tomorrow morning, 3/15, per the regular weekday schedule.
  • MTA bus service will begin running normally at 5 AM tomorrow, 3/15.
  • Express MTA subway service will begin operating normally at 7 AM or earlier tomorrow, 3/15.
  • Access-a-Ride paratransit service has begun taking reservations for tomorrow’s commute.

Commuters should expect residual delays on all mass transit and visit for details.

For more information, please see the press release at


MTA Service Status
Service Change Posted: 03/14/2017 at 10:20 a.m.

Due to NYC Transit Cold Weather Plan, there is no F train service between Jay Street-MetroTech and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue in both directions.

There is no G train service between Bergen Street and Church Avenue in both directions.

Changes in other subway lines, buses, and rail travel are on the MTA website here.

Monday, March 13, 2017


Community Political Protest Postcard Party
Tuesday, March 21st, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On next week's Resist Trump Tuesday, join like-minded neighbors in writing postcards on the issues of the day to the White House,
senators, members of Congress, committee members, and cabinet secretaries.

Make yourself heard: flood them with postcards. Handwritten mail is one of the most effective ways to communicate with government officials.

A $2 or $3 donation will be requested to reimburse the organizers for the cost of stamps and postcards. Any money left over will be donated to the ACLU, which is being kept very busy under the current administration.

If you'd rather, you can bring your own stamps and postcards. And return address labels or an address stamp. And a pen.

If you are going to be at the postcard writing party, please RSVP to acdesign @

This event will be at Brooklyn Commune, located at 601 Greenwood Avenue, at the corner of Prospect Avenue, in Windsor Terrace, on Tuesday, March 21st, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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 after-hours use of their restaurant for this community event.

Butterfunk Kitchen is right next door to Brooklyn Commune, and its menu will be available to order from. You can also buy beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and desserts.


Captain David A. Wall

66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, March 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.

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


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


All public schools will be closed tomorrow, March 14th, because of the expected blizzard, the New York City Department of Education has announced.

Tomorrow's student after-school activities and PSAL games have been canceled. All yellow bus service will be suspended.

Call 311 if you have any questions. For additional information, see


Lots of snow! Lots of wind! Lots of gusting! Low temperatures!

Garbage and recycling collections will be suspended once snow operations begin.

The National Weather Service has upgraded the Blizzard Watch to a Blizzard Warning for New York City. The Blizzard Warning will be in effect from midnight on Monday until midnight on Tuesday.

We're expecting 12 to 20 inches of snow, winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts of up to 55 miles per hour, and cold temperatures.

The snow could fall at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour, resulting in whiteout conditions and visibility of less than a quarter of a mile.

Stay off the roads, unless you have an emergency. If you have to travel, use mass transit.

Be prepared to potentially lose power. Charge your cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn your refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting.

Don't go near power lines that have been knocked down. That could be deadly.

If you're affected by a power outage, turn off your appliances and keep your refrigerator doors closed to prevent food spoilage. Don't use generators indoors.

If you lose power and you have a disability/access needs or if you use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and you need immediate assistance, dial 9-1-1.

Reminder: The Department of Transportation has suspended alternate side parking regulations on Tuesday, March 14th, and Wednesday, March 15th, for snow removal. Meters remain in effect.

For the latest weather information, see

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Sunday, March 12, 2017


Winter isn't done with us yet. A blizzard watch will be in effect from Monday at midnight until Tuesday at midnight. The prediction is for a nor'easter that will bring 12 to 18 inches of snow (and winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph).

Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Tuesday, March 14th, and Wednesday, March 15th, to facilitate snow removal.

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

Saturday, March 11, 2017


UPDATE: The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 22nd, due to the expected blizzard.

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

The regular monthly board meetings of Community Board 7 are open to the public. Two Public Comment periods are provided for people who live or work within the borders of Community Board 7 (agenda items 5 and 12).

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This is the proposed agenda for the meeting:

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 February 15, 2017
5. Public Comment

6. Committee Reports:

   A) Transportation Committee
     1) Presentation by DOT on pedestrian neck downs at 3rd Avenue and 36th Street
     2) Proposed bike lane on 7th Avenue from 15th to 23rd Streets
     3) Update on CB7 Truck Route Study

   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 Donna Mae DePola concerning Resources of Beacon Hope

   D) Education Committee
     1) School Construction Authority updates
     2) Presentation by Include NYC on special education; brief overview of IDEA and FAPE and demystifying D75
     3) NYU/Lutheran Speech Therapy program

   E) Parks Committee
     1) Bush Terminal Piers Parks – Funding opportunities

   F) Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness Issues
     1) Discussion on 49th Street Shelter Operations and Community Advisory Committee with Samaritan Village

7. Elected Officials and Representatives
8. District Manager’s Report
9. Chairperson’s Report
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Public Comment
13. Adjournment

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 @

Facebook page:

Friday, March 10, 2017


Occupy Kensington General Meeting
Sunday, March 12th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Occupy Kensington will meet this Sunday to work on ongoing projects and to discuss a brand-new initiative to help immigrant families that have school-age children.

Meet other local activists and share strategies and opportunities to get involved.

The meeting will be in the house at 309 E. 5th Street, just north of Church Avenue, in Kensington.

About Occupy Kensington
Occupy Kensington is a community-based movement that stands in solidarity with other Occupy, 99%, and liberation movements in New York City, across the country, and around the world.

Occupy Kensington
occupy11218 @


Chabad of Windsor Terrace

Saturday, March 11th
Maariv, 7:00 p.m.
Megillah Reading, 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, March 12th
Megillah Reading, 4:00 p.m.
followed by the 8th Annual Purim Bash 

On Saturday, March 11th, Maariv begins at 7:00 p.m., and the Megillah Reading begins at 7:15 p.m.

On Sunday, March 12th, the Megillah Reading begins at 4:00 p.m. After that, Chabad of Windsor Terrace invites everyone to eat, drink, and celebrate with a DJ, hamentash bar, Purim buffet, and open L'chaim's bar, all free. 

Wear a costume.

RSVP to Mushky @

Event location
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
1265 Prospect Avenue
between Greenwood Avenue and Reeve Place
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn 


                             Flatbush Jewish Center

Saturday morning, March 11th
 Shabbat Morning Services, 9:30 a.m.
Purim Themed Tot Shabbat, with Leah, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday night, March 11th
Havdalah, 7:00 p.m.
Megillah Reading, 7:15 p.m.
Party, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Featuring music, games for all ages, great food, and the Purim shpiel led by Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson.

The cost is $5 per adult, with children admitted free.

Sunday, March 12th
Morning Services, 10:15 a.m.
Megillah Reading, 11:00 a.m.
Purim Festival, noon to 2:00 p.m.

Featuring games, music, crafts, prizes, and more.

The cost is $5 per child, with adults admitted free.

Event location
Flatbush Jewish Center
327 E. 5th Street
at the corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 871-5200
fax: (718) 871-5204
e-mail: fandstjc  @


                          Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace

Sunday, March 12th
              Annual Purim Family Festival, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate Purim, the most festive Jewish holiday of the year. Show off your best costume. Make your own hamentachen cookies. Create "mishloach manot" goodie bags for your friends and family. Other highlights include face-painting and mask-making.

The featured special musical guest is Tkiya: The Jewish Community Music School.

Admission is free. The festival is open to the whole community. Adults and children are welcome.

Event location
Windsor Terrace Y
1224 Prospect Avenue
at the corner of Vanderbilt Street
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 407-6377
e-mail: info @


Hinterlands Bar

 Sunday, March 12th, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Purim Party

Hinterlands Bar will kick off its Purim party with a potluck at 6 p.m. Bring any dish you want. Carnival games will be played in the back room (or in the backyard, weather permitting) to raise money for Make the Road NY.

Wear a costume because at 9:00 p.m., a costume contest will be held.

Hinterlands is a bar, so the party is only for ages 21 and over.

Everyone is welcome to join in.

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