Friday, May 29, 2015

ALPACA SALE AT ARGYLE YARN SHOP


Argyle Yarn Shop
Sidewalk
SALE
SAVE 25%
off all in stock Cascade Alpaca & Alpaca Blends

including Baby Alpaca Chunky, Color Duo, Eco Duo,
Eco Alpaca, Highland Duo, and Pure Alpaca

Starts Thursday May 28th -- Ends Sunday May 31st

*Sale applies to in stock yarn only. All sales are final. 
 Offer cannot be combined with any other offers
Argyle Yarn Shop
argyleyarnshop @ gmail.com 
http://argyleyarnshop.com
288 Prospect Park West
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ANNUAL "A CLEAN CHURCH AVENUE" DAY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

A Clean Church Avenue Day 
Saturday, May 30th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 30th, for the annual "A Clean Church Avenue" day, organized by the Church Avenue Business Improvement District in partnership with Flatbush Development Corporation.

Enjoy the great outdoors with this fun opportunity to spruce up areas on and around Church Avenue while catching up with your fellow community members. Kids are welcome (and must be supervised by an adult).

Volunteer activities will include painting over graffiti-covered security gates in the Church Avenue BID, weeding and raking the Flatbush Reformed Church yard, and planting vegetables, herbs, and flowers at Q Gardens (located behind the Church Avenue B/Q subway station on E. 18th Street).

T-shirts will be provided to all volunteers. Immediately following the clean-up is the annual volunteer BBQ and magic show. It will be held in the backyard of a local community leader.

Meet outside Downtown Natural Market (Church Ave. and E. 17th Street​) at 9:00 a.m. to get your t-shirt and your volunteer assignment.

To register, click here or contact Katie Mirkin at KatieM @ churchavenue.org or (718) 282-2500, extension 79290.

Monday, May 25, 2015

KENSINGTON COMMUNITY BOARD AGENDA


The agenda for the Community Board 12 meeting at P.S. 230 includes a report on planned safety upgrades on Caton Avenue. The Department of Transporation believes that these upgrades will improve safety for pedestrians near M.S. 839, the school that will be opening in September on Caton Avenue by E. 7th Street. 

The Committee on Environmental Protection will also give a report.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th, at 7 p.m., in the P.S. 230 Upper School at 1 Albemarle Road.

KENSINGTON'S COMMUNITY BOARD IS GOING TO MEET IN KENSINGTON! WHAT DOES OUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEED HELP WITH?

Community Board 12 will meet in Kensington tomorrow night (rather than in its usual meeting place in Borough Park) - Tuesday, May 26th, at 7 p.m. - in the P.S. 230 Upper School at 1 Albemarle Road, between McDonald Avenue and Dahill Road.

If you have any concerns, questions, solutions, needs, or problems that you'd like the community board to address, get to the meeting before it begins so that you can sign up to speak during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

Every neighborhood is represented by a community board. The board is a community's liaison to city agencies. The members of the all-volunteer board are appointed by the neighborhood's city councilperson and by the borough president.

Community boards are supposed to help us with issues involving pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, housing, land use and zoning, outdoor lighting, potholes, sanitation, libraries, crime, police presence, social services, rodents, trash collection, public litter baskets, street and sidewalk conditions, etc.


The community board's committees are

  • Planning, Zoning Variances and City Map
  • Education, Library, Cultural Affairs
  • Sanitation & Environmental Protection
  • Fire, Safety & Police
  • Health & Social Services
  • Housing & Buildings
  • Legislation
  • Parks, Capital Projects & Site Selection
  • Transportation & Franchises
  • Youth & Community Development

CB 12 hasn't met in Kensington in two years. It met in Kensington in May 2011 and in May 2013. Please attend the meeting so they can see that we're interested in and care about our neighborhood.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

STAND-UP COMEDY: DITMAS SNARK IN DITMAS PARK

Ditmas Snark
Saturday, June 6th, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Snark, anyone? Ditmas Snark, a night of stand-up comedy, boasts twelve comics, including host Kenan Weaver and headliner Sheba Mason. Some of the venues that these comedians have performed in are Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, and Caroline's.

The cost of a ticket is $25.00 if you purchase it directly from Temple Beth Emeth (call (718) 282-1596) or $26.87 if you purchase it online from Brown Paper Tickets using MasterCard or Visa.

Beverages (wine and soda) and refreshments are included in the admission price.

Temple Beth Emeth v'Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek 83 Marlborough Road at Church Avenue
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn phone: (718) 282-1596
fax: (718) 282-1537

The synagogue is located near the Church Avenue station on the B and Q subway lines and the B16 and B35 bus lines.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CLOSING: CYNTHIA KING DANCE STUDIO'S WINDSOR TERRACE LOCATION

Cynthia King has announced that the two locations of Cynthia King Dance Studio will be consolidated into the studio at 21 Snyder Avenue. The 1256 Prospect Avenue location will close.

In the following announcement, Cynthia promises that her studio's much-admired and much-appreciated performances in our neighborhood will continue.


Dear Dance Family,

We have enjoyed 13 glorious years on Prospect Avenue. Thousands of dancers have blossomed and bloomed in this studio, which has been like a second home for me, and I know for many of you, too.

As our school has grown, so have our dancers, both artistically and physically (they really listened when we told them to elongate!).

When I first visited 21 Snyder Avenue (only 20 blocks away from Prospect Avenue), I knew it was the perfect spot to call our new home. The expansive, open, column-free space was just what we needed to design and build the state-of-the-art dance center I envisioned. Completed in 2014, the 4,000 square foot space boasts sprung floors, high ceilings, a spacious lobby with large viewing windows, changing room, and versatile studio performance venue.

For me to best direct the school, we will consolidate both studios and operate exclusively out of 21 Snyder Avenue beginning this summer. Rest assured that we will remain an active and lively presence in the KWT community, performing at local schools and playgrounds.

This past year over 120 families made the move with us. The transition was smooth, and the benefits for our dancers, as I'm sure you could see in our spring production, are immeasurable. 

If you haven't seen it yet, please visit. It's spectacular, unique, and it even has outdoor space! Oh, and did I mention it's just 20 blocks away?

So here's to many more years of dancing together!

With love and gratitude,
Cynthia King

Cynthia King Dance Studio
21 Snyder Avenue, between
Brooklyn, NY 11226
(718) 521-4043
info @ cynthiakingdance.com
http://cynthiakingdance.com
https://www.facebook.com/cynthiakingdancestudio
https://twitter.com/CynthiaKingCKDS

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS FOR PEDESTRIANS ON CATON AVENUE WILL BE PROPOSED


Caton Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Tuesday, May 26th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


  • Pedestrian-vehicle conflicts.
  • Lack of marked pedestrian crossings.
  • Long crossing distances.
  • High vehicle speeds.
  • Narrow local streets with new transportation demand due to school.

Those are the issues plaguing pedestrians on Caton Avenue that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has been challenged to resolve.

Next Tuesday, DOT's Pedestrian Projects Group will make a presentation to Community Board 7's Transportation Committee about measures it believes will improve safety for pedestrians near M.S. 839, the new school on Caton Avenue by E. 7th Street.

DOT will propose the changes shown in its presentation "Caton Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvements," initially presented to the Windsor Terrace and Kensington communities by DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg at a meeting on January 8th at P.S. 130 (summarized here).

The committee meeting is open to the public. A show of community support for the proposal could be helpful.

Meeting Location
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

PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS THIS WEEK


66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
 Thursday May 21st, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   

Meet the 66th Precinct's Commanding Officer, Captain Kenneth Quick, at the office of Community Board 12 at 5910 13th Avenue.

Captain Quick will update the community on the latest crimes committed within the 66th Precinct and what he is doing about it. This is an opportune time to bring to his attention any crime issues you may be aware of.

The meeting is open to the public. 


community council e-mail: 66precinctcc @ gmail.com

VIDEO: P.S. 130 STUDENTS USING THE WINDSOR TERRACE LIBRARY


P.S. 130 doesn't have its own library, but its students benefit from having the Windsor Terrace branch of the Brooklyn Public Library across the street from the school. In this video, teacher Grace Loew takes her students to the library, where children's librarian Hasina Islam helps her nurture their curiosity and their love of learning.

Windsor Terrace Library 

160 E. 5th Street, off Fort Hamilton Parkway 

Brooklyn, NY 11218  

(718) 686-9707 

The Windsor Terrace Library is partially accessible.

Friday, May 15, 2015

OCEAN PARKWAY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TOMORROW DURING MARATHON


Multiple intermittent street closures will be in effect throughout Brooklyn tomorrow, Saturday, May 16th, from approximately midnight until 3:00 p.m., because of the New York Road Runners' Brooklyn Half Marathon.

Expect road closures and traffic along the marathon's route, which begins near Prospect Park, ends near Coney Island, and includes sections of Washington Avenue, Eastern Parkway, Empire Boulevard, Flatbush Avenue, Grand Army Plaza, Ocean Avenue, Parkside Avenue, Ocean Parkway, Surf Avenue, and Stillwell Avenue.

Runners will start near the Brooklyn Museum, go past the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and around Grand Army Plaza, enter Prospect Park and loop around it, exit from the park's southwest corner onto Ocean Parkway, and finish at the Coney Island boardwalk.

Closed in our neighborhood

    Route:
    • Ocean Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Parkside Avenue
    • Parkside Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Park Circle
     Route (In Prospect Park):
    • West Lake Drive between East Drive and South Lake Drive
    • South Lake Drive between West Lake Drive and East Lake Drive
    • East Lake Drive between South Lake Drive and East Drive
    • West Drive between East Drive and West Lake Drive
    Route (Continued):
    • Park Circle between South Lake Drive and Ocean Parkway Entrance Ramp
    • Ocean Parkway between Ocean Parkway Entrance Ramp and Surf Avenue
Route details and maps are available on the New York Road Runners website at http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2015/airbnb-brooklyn-half.

Friday, May 1, 2015

OPEN HOUSE AT ALL FIREHOUSES


FDNY Open House
Saturday, May 2nd,
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On the 150th anniversary of the official founding of what is now the Fire Department of the City of New York, firehouses throughout the five boroughs and many EMS stations will have an open house.

Participating firehouses and EMS stations are shown on this map, including the firehouses at

  • 126 Foster Avenue (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.),
  • 1210 Cortelyou Road (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm.),
  • 4210 12th Avenue (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm.),
  • 1307 Prospect Avenue (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.), and
  • 530 11th Street  (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm.).

The public is invited to take a tour, view demonstrations, learn fire and life safety tips, and explore FDNY careers.

Members of the FDNY will give away coloring books for kids, carbon-monoxide alarms, plastic fire helmets, and 150th Anniversary commemorative programs.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LONG TERM CARE PLANNING: A FREE WORKSHOP



What You Need to Know About Long Term Care Planning
Thursday, May 7th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Estate planning and elder law attorney Katya Sverdlov will lead a free workshop on long term care planning at the Windsor Terrace Library.

Almost three-fourths of all seniors will need long term care at some time, either in their own home or in a nursing home. Prepare for that possibility by learning how to plan for the associated costs and the decisions that will have to be made.

The important questions that Ms. Sverdlov will address include

  • How much savings do you need to cover the costs of long term care?
  • What are the various options for paying for long term care?
  • What are the qualifications for Medicaid?
  • How can you plan for Medicaid eligibility while protecting your assets?

Questions from the audience will be welcome.

Registration is recommended. Register
online or by calling the library at (718) 686-9707.

About Katya Sverdlov

Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Sverdlov worked for two prominent law firms, representing dozens of clients with issues ranging from long term care and Medicaid planning to business succession and complicated estate tax matters. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. 

Windsor Terrace Library
160 E. 5th Street, at Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 686-9707

The library is partially accessible.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

ROCK OUT FOR P.S. 154


Rock out for 154!
Friday, June 19th, 7:30 p.m.

"Rock out for 154!," a benefit for P.S. 154, will feature Charles Bissell of The Wrens (indie rock), Palomar (indie pop), The Big Bright (New Wave Nocturnes, 80s Lullabies, Noir-sette Music), White Collar Crime (art-punk), and Emmanuel May Pazavekmi (rock 'n' roll). Read about all of the acts on Union Hall's website.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30. This event is for ages 21 and up.

A ticket costs $20, plus a $4.46 service fee. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Pick them up at the Will Call window at Union Hall on the day of the event. Bring your photo ID and credit card of purchase.

Location
Union Hall
702 Union Street, near 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn
http://www.unionhallny.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FREE DAY OF THE CHILD FESTIVAL



The Day of the Child Festival
Sunday, May 3rd, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate traditional culture from around the world at The Day of the Child Festival this Saturday at P.S. 230, presented by The Singing Winds.

Experience a bit of what it would be like to visit Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, France, Poland, Ukraine, Yemen, India, Bangladesh, China, and more. Don't miss the free activities for all ages, including crafts, games, music, dance, and storytelling.

Event location
P.S. 230
1 Albemarle Road, between McDonald Avenue and Dahill Road
Kensington

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WINNING PROJECTS THAT WILL BE FUNDED IN OUR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT


Residents of New York City Council District 39 voted for five out of thirteen proposed projects to determine how City Councilmember Brad Lander should spend $1.5 million of the discretionary funds in his budget. These are the seven winning projects in this year's participatory budgeting vote:
1. A/C for PS124 Cafeteria ($200,000) -- 1442 votes
2. 146/MS 448 Innovative Gym Renovation ($225,000) -- 1200 votes
3. PS 179 Auditorium Renovation ($230,000) -- 1196 votes
4. Make Union Street and 9th Street Greener ($150,000) -- 1100 votes
5. Four Safer Intersections on Hicks Street ($300,000) -- 1077 votes
6. Technology for Local Arts Non-Profits ($90,000) -- 1027 votes
7. New Drainage along Path in Prospect Park ($200,000) -- 997 votes

The cost of those seven projects adds up to $1,395,000. That leaves $105,000 unallocated out of the original $1.5 million. If another $145,000 can be "found," the 8th-highest vote-getter can be implemented:
8. Park Slope Library Storytelling Garden ($250,000) -- 936 votes

FREE MUSIC PERFORMANCES IN THE GARDEN


Free Concert in the Garden
Saturday, May 2nd, 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

Tune in to a free concert of music from around the world and a sing-along for children of all ages, featuring Classy Jazz, Dirty Waltzes, and Ukulele Sing-alongs. The performers will be Trio Four Today, Cesar, Sing-along with Katie, and Dirty Waltz Project.


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


Monday, April 27, 2015

PLANT SALE SUNDAY

Plant Sale
Sunday, May 3rd, noon to 4:00 p.m.

Compost for Brooklyn (C4B) will be selling flowers (coleus, petunias, marigolds, salvia), basil, and herbs on Sunday. All proceeds will be used to benefit C4B and its community activities. 

Compost for Brooklyn
Newkirk Avenue and E. 8th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn
website: http://compostforbrooklyn.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/compostforbrooklyn

A community composting project and native plant garden
in Kensington, Brooklyn

G TRAIN SCHEDULE CHANGE THIS WEEK AND NEXT


The G train will run every 20 minutes in the late evening--beginning at 11:00 p.m.--from Monday, April 27th, through Thursday, April 30th, and again from Monday, May 4th, through Thursday, May 7th.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

LGBTQ PARTY AT SYCAMORE ON MAY 7TH


Q Train, a Queer Party 

Thursday, May 7th, 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. 

Bingo at 8:00 p.m. in the lodge, hosted by
interdisciplinary performing artist 

DJ GoGo Gadget at 10:00 p.m.

steamy late-night performances on the bar by
drag performer

Sycamore Bar's LGBTQ party is held on
the first Thursday of every month.

no cover

Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop 
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn 
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

CLEAN ONE BLOCK OF OCEAN PARKWAY


Spring Clean-up
Sunday, April 26th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join the Ocean Parkway Garden Association, a community-based gardening organization, for its spring clean-up of Ocean Parkway from Caton Avenue to Church Avenue. Activities include mulching tree beds and weeding along the bike path side of the block. Tools will be provided, and refreshments will be available.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

FIRE ON WINDSOR PLACE CAUSES SOME INJURIES


A two-alarm fire broke out this morning in the basement of the house at 276 Windsor Place (between 11th Avenue and Terrace Place). The house is currently undergoing renovation. The fire in the two-story, single-family home began at about 10:40 or 10:45 a.m.; FDNY had it under control within fifteen to twenty-five minutes.

Three firefighters were treated at Methodist Hospital and three at Maimonides, according to the Daily News. Oxygen was administered to a cat and a dog at the scene of the fire; they live in the house next to the one that caught fire.

106 firefighters and 25 units (fire engines, ladder trucks, and any other needed vehicles) were dispatched, the standard number for two-alarm fires.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PAVILION THEATER WILL BE REPLACED BY APARTMENTS


The Pavilion is going to close. It will be torn down and apartments will be built--or it won't be torn down but it will get converted to apartments.

In either case, the property that the theater is on, or the property that the one-story building next to it (formerly Circles restaurant) is on, or both properties will be the site of a six-story luxury residential building with twenty-four condominiums as well as a retail space, a theater, and a 16-car parking garage.

The theater is located on Prospect Park West, between 14th and 15th streets (Block 1103, Lot 37).  Lot 37 (187-191 Prospect Park West) is being merged or reapportioned with Lot 42 (192 Prospect Park West). It lies within the Park Slope Historic District, a national historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The application filed today with the Department of Buildings states that it's for a new building.

  • Job types: New Building
  • Enlargement proposed? No
  • Facade alteration? No
  • Filing includes Lot Merger / Reapportionment:   Yes
  • Quality Housing: Yes
  • Landmark:   Yes
  • Enclosed Parking?   Yes
  • No. of parking spaces:  16

The owner is Hidrock Realty.The architect is Morris Adjmi Architects.

A little history of the theater:
In my earliest memory, I am five years old, coming home from the Sanders Theater in Brooklyn. I am with my mother and we have just seen The Wizard of Oz. The year is 1940. In the safe darkness of the movie house I’ve seen emerald castles and a lion that talked and a road made of glistening yellow bricks. But in memory all of that is a blur. In memory, my mother takes my hand and the two of us are skipping all the way home singing “because because because because because!”   Pete Hamill
The Sanders Theater opened in 1928, under the ownership of The 15th Street Amusement Company. It was named for its owners, Harry and Rudolph Sanders. Prior to that, the Marathon Theater, a nickelodeon also owned and operated by Harry and Rudolph Sanders (1908 to 1927), stood on that spot. When the Marathon was torn down, the Sanders was built.

The once-vibrant Sanders laid empty from 1978 to 1996, to the despair of its neighbors. Would it become a co-op? Would it become stores? In 1996, it became the Pavilion Theater, owned by Norman Adie and John and Phil Castaldi.

Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. acquired the Pavilion from Pritchard Square Cinema in February 2005. They used the nine-screen digital theater as a digital cinema test site and a showcase for its integrated digital cinema technology.

Hidrock Realty bought the theater's property and the property next to it (192 PPW) in 2006. In 2010, Cinedigm stated that they didn't need to use the Pavilion for that purpose anymore because the technology had been widely adopted. In the first quarter of 2010, they decided that they would sell the theater. In June 2010, they classified it as a "discontinued operation."

See "Cinema Treasures" for some history of the theater based on contributors' recollections.


সার্বজনীন কর্মশালা: AVENUE C PLAZA


সার্বজনীন কর্মশালা: AVENUE C PLAZA
বুধবার, 29 এপ্রিল, 2015, সন্ধ্যা 7:30 থেকে সন্ধ্যা 9:00

P.S. 179 Cafeteria, 202 Avenue C
Kensington, Brooklyn

TALLER PUBLICO: UN ESPACIO PUBLICO PEATONAL


Taller Publico: Avenue C Plaza
Miercoles, 29 de abril de 2015, 7:30 p.m a 9:00 p.m.

P.S. 179 Cafeteria, 202 Avenue C
Kensington, Brooklyn 

GARDENERS WANTED AT THE WT LIBRARY


Spring Library Gardeners Orientation
Saturday, April 25th, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Join in on an information session about the Windsor Terrace Library's garden. Learn about opportunities for volunteers to help plant and maintain the garden outside of the library as well as the lobby houseplants. Limited opportunities for vegetable plots or earth boxes are also available in the library's community garden.

Adults and families are welcome at the orientation. No registration is necessary.

The library is partially accessible.

Windsor Terrace Library 
160 E. 5th Street, off Fort Hamilton Parkway 
Brooklyn, NY 11218  
(718) 686-9707