Wednesday, September 28, 2016

PLANS FOR IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY'S 125TH ANNIVERSARY


Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, founded in 1893, will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2017 and 2018. The events planned are

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11:45 a.m.: Opening Mass
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017: Mass and a Dinner Dance at El Caribe
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.: Closing Jubilee Mass
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018: Mass and a Dinner Dance at El Caribe

More details will be posted as they become available.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ELECTRONICS AND BICYCLES ETCHED FOR FREE TO PREVENT THEFT


                               Free Bicycle and Electronics Etching
                    Friday, October 7th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Get your bicycle and electronics etched for free
through Operation Identification, one of the New York City Police Department's crime prevention programs.

Officers from the 72nd Precinct will do the etching at Holy Name Church on Friday, October 7th, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Operation Identification involves (1) engraving an identifiable serial number with the letters "N.Y.C." on all of the portable valuables that you bring with you and (2) registering that serial number and the owner's name and address with the police department.


Bring your cell phones, tablets, MP3 players, computers, laptop video game systems, GPS systems, stereo equipment, fax machines, copiers, etc. for etching.

The benefits of participation in Operation Identification are
  • Special New York City Police Department decals are issued to affix to your windows. They alert potential burglars that the property in your home has been registered with Operation I.D.
  • Marked property is more difficult for a burglar to sell.
  • Stolen property that's found in the possession of a burglar can easily be traced to its rightful owner.
  • Property that is found can easily be identified and returned to its rightful owner.

Event location
Holy Name of Jesus Church
245 Prospect Park West
between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 768-3071
fax: (718) 369-2039
http://www.holynamebrooklyn.com
https://www.facebook.com/HolyNameBrooklyn
https://twitter.com/HolyNameBklyn


Sunday, September 25, 2016

PROPELLERHEAD CAFE AND RESTAURANT ON CONEY ISLAND AVENUE


Propellerhead Cafe and Restaurant had its soft opening in May and its grand opening on September 10th. It serves Modern American elevated comfort food, brunch, lunch, and dinner, lunch. Take a look at its breakfast menu, lunch specials, dinner menu, and brunch weekend specials here on Yelp.

The restaurant is wheelchair accessible, has free wi-fi, and has a dog-friendly back yard.


Orders can be placed through Seamless and GrubHub.

Open hours
Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.   
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.   
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.   
Friday, 10:00 a.m. to midnight
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to midnight
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Propellerhead
752 Coney Island Avenue
between Cortelyou and Dorchester roads
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 872-5023
https://www.facebook.com/Propellerheadrestaurant
https://www.yelp.com/biz/propellerhead-brooklyn
https://twitter.com/Propellerheadbk

http://propellerheadcafebar.com (under construction) 

PUPPET SHOW FREE: PUSS IN BOOTS


Puss in Boots: A Free Puppet Show
Tuesday, September 27th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cityparks Puppetmobile will present a free performance of "Puss in Boots" at Greenwood Playground at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27th.

The traveling show of professional puppeteers will offer
the classic Puss in Boots tale, with a twist.

Once upon a time there lived a young man named Ferguson Mundingle. Fergus has just the bare essentials in life – a roof over his head, the clothes on his back, and his ever faithful pet cat.

One day when lamenting his poor lifestyle, Fergus is astounded when his cat stands up, begins talking and introduces himself as Puss. Puss reveals to Fergus that he is very intelligent and well traveled, and even has an idea to help Fergus improve his situation.

With that in mind, Puss dons a snazzy pair of boots and sets off on an exciting magical journey. Despite his reputation as a sly trickster, Puss soon proves himself a caring friend to all, willing to help at any cost!
All Friends of Greenwood Playground's events are free to the public.

Location
Greenwood Playground
E. 5th Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue
one block from the Windsor Terrace - Kensington border

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Greenwood-Playground/223014854379847 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fogp1/
Hashtag: #FOGPFUN

Friday, September 23, 2016

A MOBILE APP FOR PROSPECT PARK



The first mobile app for Prospect Park has been launched. It's for iPhone, but it will be available for Android soon. The Prospect Park Alliance created the app to help parkgoers navigate the park more easily, discover its many attractions, and expand their knowledge of the park's history, wildlife, and nature.

The app is focused on an interactive map designed to help parkgoers enjoy the park’s 585 acres. A number of categories of destinations are featured, such as family-friendly fun, historic monuments and sites, recreation, natural areas, and places to enjoy with dogs.


In addition, the park can be grouped into regions. An activity log tracks how much of the park you've explored and the distance you've covered.

A "Learn + Explore" section includes fun, interactive games and challenges that test your knowledge of park history, nature and trivia, as well as exploration of the park. Earn badges and prizes as you complete challenges and learn more about the park.

The app also keeps you up-to-date on all the latest park news and events, how to get involved as a member or volunteer with the Prospect Park Alliance, and general park information, including hours, directions, event venues, and permits.

The Prospect Park app is available in the iTunes store to download for free. Its size is 46.9 MB. The app requires iOS 8.0 or later. It's compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


NO F TRAIN BETWEEN CHURCH AND STILLWELL AVENUES


From Friday, September 23rd, at 11:45 p.m. until Monday, September 26th, at 5:00 a.m.,

  • No F trains will run between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue.
  • Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service.*
  • Transfer between F trains and shuttle buses at Church Avenue.
  • F trains will provide normal service between 179th Street and Church Avenue.

The shuttle buses will operate between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue. They will stop at Ditmas Avenue, 18th Avenue, Avenue I, Bay Parkway, Avenue N, Avenue P, Kings Highway, Avenue U, Avenue X, Neptune Avenue, and West 8th Street.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A FLEA MARKET *AND* A BEERMAKING WORKSHOP

Flea Market
Saturday, September 24th, and Sunday, September 25th
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Beermaking Workshop
Saturday, September 24th,11:00 a.m.

Shop for household goods at the East Fourth Street Community Garden Fall Flea Market, including books, toys, clothing, and beauty products. Don't miss the Dollar Table or the homemade baked goods, pumpkins, and chrysanthemums for sale.

The flea market will be held right outside the garden gate on Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In addition, inside the garden, a free beermaking workshop on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. will use hops that were cultivated in the garden. 

Also view the garden’s current art installation, featuring eight sculptures on loan from local artists, such as Jim Osman, Jacqueline Metheny, and show organizer Scott Reeds.

All of the proceeds from the flea market will be used to meet the garden’s expenses and to help fund future garden programs.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PETITION FOR A SAFER INTERSECTION AT OCEAN PARKWAY EAST AND CATON AVE.

Whether you're commuting via the F/G at Fort Hamilton Parkway or have a child at M.S. 839 or the P.S. 130 Upper or Lower School, if your morning or afternoon routine includes walking through the intersection of Ocean Parkway Eastside service road and Caton Avenue, you know just how busy and dangerous it is.

Please take a moment to sign and share this new petition asking for a crossing guard there during peak hours. Let's get as many signatures as possible to show that our community is serious about street safety.


 

BARGAIN PRICES ON CHILDREN'S AND ADULT BOOKS AT THE P.S. 130 BOOK SALE


Recycled (Used) Book Sale
Sunday, September 25th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Shop for deals on recycled (used) children's and adult books at the P.S.130 PTA Book Sale this Sunday, September 25th. You might even be the lucky winner of a door prize.

Books for children will be priced at $1 each, and books for adults will cost $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardcovers.

If you have any gently-used children's or adult books you're finished with, consider donating them to the book sale. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Bring your books to the lower school cafeteria and main offices this week during school hours or to the lower school cafeteria on Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

If you want to volunteer to help out by sorting books, donating baked goods, and/or helping on the day of the sale, sign up here.

Location
P.S. 130 Lower School Cafeteria
70 Ocean Parkway
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace, a block from Kensington


Enter through the playground, across the street from the Windsor Terrace Library. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

COMMUNITY MEETING OF ALBEMARLE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION


The Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) will hold its first community meeting of the season on Thursday, September 22nd, at the Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center, 327 E. 5th Street (corner of Church Ave.). The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.

The guest speaker for the meeting will be James F. Brennan, our New York State Assemblymember. He will discuss issues of interest and importance to our neighborhood. Assemblymember Brennan, after thirty-two years of service in the Assembly, did not run for re-election this year. We thank him for serving us, and we wish him well.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has also been invited to attend this meeting.

ANA's next fall meetings are scheduled for Thursday, October 20th, and Thursday, November 17th, both from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

As always, Foodtown and the ANA will provide refreshments for the meeting.

All residents are cordially invited. The meeting is free and open to all, members and non-members.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

AIKIDO DOJO OPENS IN KENSINGTON


                                   Aikido Dojo Opens in Kensington
                              Training for the Mind and Body
                    Self Protection - Self Improvement - Fitness

Jikishinkan: Kensington is a new Aikido dojo offering classes for adults and kids at the Church Ave Yoga & Bodywork Center in Kensington.

From their website:

Jikishinkan Aikido Dojo has been serving the community since 1985. We operate two locations in Brooklyn; Boerum Hill and Kensington. Our mission is to provide training of both body and mind through the traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido in combination with Zen meditation.

We aim to calm the mind, see things just as they are, and act decisively in even the most intense of situations.

Jikishinkan: Kensington offers a trial membership for adults. You can schedule an appointment to watch a class.

Location
Jikishinkan: Kensington

@The Church Avenue Yoga & Bodywork Center
338 E. 5th Street, #2D

Kensington, Brooklyn
admin @ directmind.com
https://kensington.directmind.com
https://www.facebook.com/jikishinkankensington

Saturday, September 17, 2016

SPEED HUMPS AND ZIKA ARE ON THE AGENDA FOR COMMUNITY BOARD 7 (WINDSOR TERRACE AND SUNSET PARK)

Community Board 7 Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 21st, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The regular monthly meeting of Community Board 7 will be held on Wednesday, September 21st, at the board's office, located at 4201 4th Avenue. The entrance is on 43rd Street.

The Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month (except on holidays and during July and August) from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The usual meeting place is the Board's office at 4201 4th Avenue, at the corner of 43rd Street.

The meeting is open to the public.

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 Meeting of June 15, 2016

5.     Presentation by El Puente--Green Jobs, Green NYC

6.     Public Comment

7.     Committee Reports:

   A)  Health Committee

1)  Presentation by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about the Zika virus

   B)  Transportation Committee

1)  Proposed speed hump for 27th Street between 4th and 5th avenues

2)  Proposed speed hump for 41st Street between 5th and 6th avenues

3)  Street corner renaming in honor of Charles Sferrazza at the northwest corner of 8th Avenue and 44th Street

 8.     Elected Officials and Representatives

  9.    District Manager’s Report

10.    Chairperson’s Report

11.    Old Business

12.    New Business

13.    Public Comment

14.    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 @ yahoo.com
new website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/brooklyncb7/index.page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225


Friday, September 16, 2016

MAKE A TALLIT: A WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS


Tallit-making Workshop
Sunday, September 18th, and Sunday, September 25th
noon to 2:00 p.m.

Learn about the ritual of tallit-wearing and make one of your own at Flatbush Jewish Center's tallit-making workshop, led by Lizzi Mazal, director of FJC's Jewish Explorer Club.

The workshop will take place in two Sunday sessions: September 18th and 25th, both from noon to 2:00 p.m. The cost for materials is $10, to be paid at the first session. For the second session, bring your own fabric to complete your tallit.

People of all ages are welcome; adults and older children will benefit from the workshop the most.

Location
Flatbush Jewish Center
327 E. 5th Street
corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 871-5200
fax: (718) 871-5204
e-mail: fandstjc  @  verizon.net
http://www.flatbushjewishcenter.org
https://www.facebook.com/FlatbushJewishCenter


Thursday, September 15, 2016

THE HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL: A MULTICULTURAL "BACK-TO-SCHOOL" CELEBRATION


The Hummingbird Festival
Saturday, September 17th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Singing Winds at P.S. 230 will present The Hummingbird Festival, a multicultural "back-to-school" celebration, in Albemarle Playground, with free activities for all ages.

At 11:00 a.m., Higher Levin (founded in 2006 for students at Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn) and Triumphant Stars will perform steel pan music.

Also at 11:00 a.m., crafts, games, and mask-making will take place.

At noon, dance and storytelling will feature P.S. 230 alumni and friends, Cetiliztli Nauhcampa performing an Aztec dance, Latin Dance Fever dancing salsa and merengue, Los Tecuanes de San Rafael, Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts, and more.

Albemarle Playground is behind P.S. 230. Enter on Dahill Road, between Albemarle Road and 12th Avenue.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

66TH PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL HAS NEW MEETING NIGHT


 66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Monday, September 19th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The 66th Precinct Community Council will hold its monthly community meeting at the office of Community Board 12, 5910 13th Avenue, in Borough Park.

Residents are invited to meet the precinct's Commanding Officer, Captain Kenneth Quick, who will update the community on the latest crimes in our neighborhood and what is being done about it.


There is also an opportunity to bring any crime issues you may have to their attention.

You can also find out about the different programs available that may be of interest to you.

The Community Council provides the critical interface between citizens and police through regular monthly meetings. They are held on the third Monday of the month. The council does not meet in July and August.

66th Precinct Community Council e-mail: 66precinctcc @ gmail.com



Monday, September 12, 2016

72ND PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS RESUME


72nd Precinct Community Council meeting
Tuesday, September 13th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Voice your concerns about crime in Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park at tomorrow's meeting of the 72nd Precinct Community Council. Talk to the officers about whatever is on your mind--armed robberies, assaults, home break-ins, stolen bicycles, package theft, speeding cars, and other crimes. 

The precinct covers Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park. Everyone who lives or works within the boundaries of the precinct is invited to attend the Community Council's meetings. Contact the Community Affairs officers at (718) 965-6526 if you have any questions.

The 72nd Precinct Community Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month, from September through June, from 7:30 p.m. to, normally, 8:30 p.m.

This meeting will be at the usual meeting-place: Marien Heim of Sunset Park Senior Housing, 4520 4th Avenue, between 45th and 46th streets.

The 72nd Precinct House is at 830 4th Avenue, between 29th and 30th streets, in Sunset Park. Phone number: (718) 965-6311. Website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/precincts/precinct_072.shtml. CompStat report (crime statistics) is at http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/crime_statistics/cs-en-us-072pct.pdf.


LIVE IRISH MUSIC IN A NEIGHBORHOOD BAR

Live Irish Music
Wednesday, September 14th, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Traditional Irish music--sometimes exhilarating, sometimes sweet, sometimes solemn. Enjoy the music's diverse sounds every Wednesday night at Shenanigans Pub.

It's an open session, so all players and singers are welcome to bring their instruments and their voices.

Location 
Shenanigans Pub 
802 Caton Avenue
at the corner of E. 8th Street 
Kensington, Brooklyn 
(718) 633-3689 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shenanigans-Pub/167371376609304

Friday, September 9, 2016

FREE OUTDOOR BANGLADESHI DANCE CONCERT


Bangladeshi Dance Concert
Saturday, September 10th, 4:00 p.m.
 
The Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) will perform this Saturday at Greenwood Playground. BIPA's colorful performances will include folk, modern, and classical-based dance as well as two songs by BIPA singers. Feel free to dance along.

You can also get a henna tattoo, done by one of the henna artists who will be at the playground during and after the performances.

All Friends of Greenwood Playground's events are free to the public.


Location
Greenwood Playground
E. 5th Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue
one block from the Windsor Terrace - Kensington border

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Greenwood-Playground/223014854379847
Hashtag: #FOGPFUN

Thursday, September 8, 2016

GUITAR SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE FOR ALL AGES (FREE)


EzraGuitar Open House
Sunday, September 11th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

At EzraGuitar's open house this Sunday, meet the school's faculty, find out about all of its upcoming programming, and take advantage of free trial guitar lessons for all ages all day long.


The school has established classical guitar classes for early childhood age, youth, adults, and professionals. Programming offered includes guitar lessons, master classes, audition prep, and concerts.

Maoz and Leilah Ezra founded the classical guitar conservatory in 2008.

Location
Ezra Guitar 
785 Coney Island Avenue
between Cortelyou Road and Dorchester Road
Ditmas Park-Kensington, Brooklyn 
(718) 434-2103

DOG BEACH IS BACK, AHEAD OF SCHEDULE


Dog Beach, at Long Meadow in Prospect Park, has reopened much earlier than expected. Dogs can again use the swimming area during the hours that they are allowed to be off their leashes in the park.

Restoration and reconstruction began in early July; the beach wasn't scheduled to reopen until early 2017. During the project, pavement was replaced with natural stone slabs, chain link fencing was replaced with underwater fencing that separates dogs from wildlife, and invasive plants were replaced with native ones.

Off-leash hours in Prospect Park are every day from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. During those off-leash hours, dogs are also allowed off-leash at the Long Meadow, Nethermead, and the Peninsula.

The Brooklyn Borough President’s office, councilmembers Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, and the Brooklyn Delegation provided funding for the project.


ALTERNATE SIDE RULES FOR NEXT WEEK


Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended from Monday, September 12th, through Wednesday, September 14th, for Eid al-Adha (Idul-Adha).

Parking meter regulations will not be suspended.


Street cleaning will be suspended.

JAPANESE DRUMMING PERFORMANCE IN THE GARDEN (FREE)


Bang the Drum! Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Ensemble
Sunday, September 11th, 1:00 p.m.

A taiko drum ensemble will give a free performance in the East Fourth Street Community Garden. The ensemble will be comprised of students from the Brooklyn-based Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center, a Japanese drumming studio.

The musicians will be Eriq Robinson, Rachel Daddino, Rassi, and Richie Arbas.

From the KWTC website:

The Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center preserves, teaches, and promotes various styles of taiko (Japanese drumming) and fue (bamboo flutes), shares elements of Japanese music and culture with students and creates a community among taiko players, musicians, and others.

Taiko has roots both as a living folk art and in classical traditions; and the music and associated choreography has evolved to be used in many forms ranging from grassroots community celebrations to sophisticated jazz compositions.


In Japan, there are many local festivals which for generation after generation have featured taiko. These can serve as a profound means for building energy, unifying groups of people, and inspiring individuals to push their own limits in creating something greater for a community.

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

NEW MOVIE THEATER COMING TO PAVILION SITE


The Pavilion will close at the end of October, to be replaced by a theater called Nitehawk Prospect Park. Nitehawk Cinema will completely renovate the existing building and make it into a seven-screen, 650-seat movie theater with an accompanying restaurant and bar, scheduled to open in the early fall of next year.

The theater is located at 188 Prospect Park West, between 14th and 15th streets.

Nitehawk's other Brooklyn theater is in Williamsburg. It opened in 2011. 

The Pavilion's predecessor, The Sanders Theater, opened in 1928 under the ownership of The 15th Street Amusement Company. The Sanders 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? Neither. It continued to be a theater. 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 Prospect Park West, formerly Circles restaurant) in 2006, with a plan to build luxury condos. Instead, the site will remain a movie theater, one with "a double kitchen, two bar areas, a restored atrium overlooking the park, and in-theater dining."

Read more about these new plans in an article in The New York Times.

KENSINGTON'S CHURCH AVENUE STREET FAIR THIS SUNDAY


Church Avenue Street Fair
Sunday, September 11th, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Food, games, rides, and shopping--they'll all be at the 66th Precinct Community Council's Church Avenue Street Fair this Sunday, September 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The fair will be on Church Avenue from Beverley Road to East 3rd Street, rain or shine.

Vendor space is still available. For information, call the event planner, Meteor Festivals, at (718) 444-6028 or send an e-mail to info @ streetfairsny.com.