Thursday, December 18, 2014

CALL-IN CAMPAIGN FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY NEAR P.S. 130 AND P.S. 230 TOMORROW

Tomorrow is the 311 call-in campaign about traffic safety for P.S. 130 and P.S. 230. Call 311 if you're a past, present, or future parent of a student at P.S. 130 or P.S. 230 or if you simply live in the neighborhood and want everyone to be safe, yourself included.

PETITION TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS NEAR P.S. 230

An online petition to improve traffic conditions around P.S. 230 calls for
  • installing better school crossing signage,
  • creating speed bumps on the surrounding side streets, and
  • adding more school crossing guards.

Please sign the petition. Getting motorists to drive more slowly and cautiously can benefit children and people of all ages and abilities who travel in that vicinity on foot, on a bicycle, and in or on a motorized vehicle.

The petition is addressed to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. Copies will also be delivered to our City Councilmember Brad Lander, our New York State Assemblymember Jim Brennan, and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Neighborhood parent Tara Schad posted the petition.


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I am writing to express my outrage at the hazardous traffic conditions surrounding both the upper school (2nd - 5th grade) building and the lower school (pre-k - 1st grade) buildings of PS 230K in Kensington, Brooklyn.  We have repeatedly reached out to NYC DOT for help addressing the dangers posed by traffic near our school.  You have failed to address our concerns or respond in any way, leaving our community frustrated. 

We submitted formal requests for appropriate signage around our school to alert traffic to the presence of young children (April 21, 2014:DOT-242331-H7R7, DOT-243780-F1C1,DOT-242331-H7E7). 

We formally requested more crossing guards to protect our young school children at the hazardous intersections of McDonald Ave and Albemarle Rd.  We requested speed bumps on the side streets surrounding our school buildings to inhibit drivers from approaching the school buildings at hazardous speeds.  All these requests have been ignored.

PS 230K is a large school (1,400 students) and with new rezoning effective next 2015/2016 academic year, our student population will increase.  It is the Commissioner of NYC DOT's responsibility to ensure that proper signage and safety measures are in place surrounding our school to make sure our youngest citizens are protected from dangerous traffic.  Please address these safety matters immediately.

Polly Trottenberg, you have failed to address our concerns or respond in any way, leaving parents at PS 230K angry and frustrated.  We sincerely look forward to your response in addressing our needs before it is too late.

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Reminder: Tomorrow is the 311 call-in campaign about traffic safety for P.S. 130 and P.S. 230. Call 311 if you're a past, present, or future parent of a student at P.S. 130 or P.S. 230 or if you simply live in the neighborhood and want everyone to be safe, yourself included.

EAST 7TH STREET WILL CLOSE FOR ONE DAY


Pile driving activity will cause the closure of E. 7th Street all day on Tuesday, December 23rd, says Yvette Knight, Project Support Manager for the School Construction Authority.

The activity will be on the construction site for P.S./I.S. 437, the school that is scheduled to open at 701 Caton Avenue at E. 7th Street in September 2015.

P.S. 130 IS SURROUNDED BY DANGEROUS STREETS AND INTERSECTIONS

Parent Call-in Campaign
Friday, December 19th

P.S. 130 is joining P.S. 230 in demanding safer streets for the students in these neighborhood schools. Call 311 to tell the Department of Transportation that you want
  • school safety signage for all four streets surrounding the school: E. 5th Street, Fort Hamilton Parkway, Caton Avenue, and Ocean Parkway,
  • crossing guards on E. 5th Street and on both sides of Ocean Parkway at Caton Avenue,
  • a left turn signal at Caton Avenue and Ocean Parkway, and
  • the addressing of the dangerous intersection at Caton Avenue and E. 7th Street.

Report one or two of the items listed above in your call to 311. Calls can be made anonymously. You don't need to be a parent or a guardian of a child in P.S. 130 or P.S. 230 in order to make this call.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENMARKET IN WINDSOR TERRACE IS NOW OPEN YEAR-ROUND

The Bartel-Pritchard Square Greenmarket doesn't close in the winter anymore. As of today, the market is open all year long--on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The location of the greenmarket is Prospect Park West at 15th Street, inside the entrance of Prospect Park.

EBT/Food Stamps/Debit/Credit (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) and WIC & FMNP checks are accepted.

The last day of the 2014 season for the Windsor Terrace - P.S.154 Greenmarket will be Sunday, December 21st.

Monday, December 15, 2014

WORKING PEOPLE ENTITLED TO TAX CREDITS AND PAID SICK LEAVE

Community Board 7 Meeting
Wednesday, December 17th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The regular monthly board meeting of Community Board 7 will be held at the board's office at 4201 4th Avenue in Sunset Park . The entrance to the building is on 43rd Street and 4th Avenue.
Proposed agenda:
  1. The Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Opening of the meeting
  3. Adoption of the agenda
  4. Adoption of the Minutes of the Board Meeting of November 19, 2014
  5. Public comment
  6. Presentation by Mr. Jay Ackerman, Regional Director for the Department of Consumer Affairs for South Brooklyn and Staten Island, speaking about paid sick leave law, small business relief package, and earned income tax credits
  7. Committee reports:  Transportation, Vision Zero Task Force
  8. Acknowledgment of elected officials and elected officials' representatives
  9. Chairperson’s report
  10. District Manager’s report 
  11. Old business
  12. New business
  13. Public comment
  14. Adjournment

This meeting--and all meetings of Community Board 7--are open to the public. Members of the community are invited to attend and to comment on issues that are important to them.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

BATATA PITA BAR OPENING ON MONDAY

On Monday, December 15th, Batata Pita Bar will open, with Melissa Pony as the chef. The new restaurant will operate seven days a week, and during the winter, it will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Delivery service will start a week after the opening.


Owner Shenhav Yehzkel introduces Batata to the neighborhood by telling us that
"Batata was inspired by our love for Israeli food. We crave it, we love it, we need it.

Coming from a long family lineage of tahini and falafel makers, it felt natural to open our own little cozy and comforting neighborhood restaurant. We imagined Batata as fun and inviting; the kind of place where all of our neighbors could come to munch on delicious falafel while playing a round of backgammon, Otis Redding playing in the background.

We call it Batata, which means sweet potato in Hebrew, because it captures what we have created--a place that is humble and nourishing but also a bit of a treat. We are so excited to see our vision become a reality, and to share our enthusiasm with you.

At Batata, like our own kitchen, we believe our food should reflect our care for the environment and appreciation for the good bounty the earth provides. We use chicken that is free of antibiotics and hormones and source fresh and local ingredients.


We welcome you to Batata and hope you enjoy our food, made with love and care!"
Among the offerings will be sweet potato falafel, traditional falafel, schnitzel and waffle (their take on the classic fried chicken and waffle) and other Israeli/Middle Eastern treats, and smoothies.

Batata Pita Bar 
3021 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn 
(347) 599-1260 

Keep up with Batata on
Instagram
Google+
Facebook 
http://www.batatabk.com

PHONE CALLS FOR SAFETY AROUND P.S. 230

 

Parent 311 Call-in Campaign
Friday, December 19th

Hazardous traffic conditions continue to prevail in the area around P.S. 230. Children are put at unnecessary risk by the lack of
  • school crossing guards at Church and McDonald, Caton and McDonald, and Dahill and Albemarle,
  • school crossing signs by the upper and lower schools, and
  • speed bumps on Albemarle Road, Minna Street, and Dahill Road, and
  • enforcement of speeding laws.

Call 311 on Friday, December 19th, to report unsafe street conditions around P.S. 230 and make it clear that city agencies must put an end to these hazards.

Friday, December 12, 2014

STREETS CLOSED FOR PAVING IN WINDSOR TERRACE


Streets in Windsor Terrace that will be closed for paving during the week of December 15th
  • Monday, December 15th
    • Terrace Place, from 18th Street to Prospect Park Southwest, and
    • 16th Street, from 3rd Avenue to Prospect Park West 
  • Tuesday, December 16th
    • Terrace Place, from 18th Street to Prospect Park Southwest, and
    • 16th Street, from 3rd Avenue to Prospect Park West 
    • Greenwood Avenue, from Prospect Park Southwest to Prospect Avenue, and
    • Sherman Street, from Reeve Place to Ocean Parkway
  • Wednesday, December 17th
    • Greenwood Avenue, from Prospect Park Southwest to Prospect Avenue 
    • Sherman Street, from Reeve Place to Ocean Parkway 

MORE FORWARD MOVEMENT FOR THE WINDSOR TERRACE FOOD COOP


The Windsor Terrace Food Coop has been incorporated under Section 11 of the New York State Cooperative Law. 

More than 250 neighborhood residents have become coop members by paying the $100 membership fee. The figure handily exceeds the minimum number of members needed, which had been set at 100.

The lawyer for the owner of the potential coop space at Caton Avenue at E.8th Street is working on a lease, and the coop board would like to take over the space on January 1st.

Next week, the board will meet to prepare the operational/committee plan for an early January meeting of coop members. Prior to the meeting, members will receive an e-mail outlining the committees that will need to do work prior to opening the store. 


To join the food coop, either

** send your membership application and a $100 check to

Windsor Terrace Food Coop
147 Seeley Street
Brooklyn, NY 11218
and make the check payable to Windsor Terrace Food Coop

OR

** go to
Juice Box Wine Shop
1289 Prospect Avenue
between Greenwood Avenue and Reeve Place
and give them the membership application and your check

OR

** go to the food coop's website at www.WindsorTerraceFoodCoop.com and follow the instructions to pay online to become a member.

No checks will be cashed until 100 people sign up.

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Application for Membership
Windsor Terrace Food Coop

Name____________________________

Address___________________________

Phone_____________________________

Email Address__________________________

Number and ages (under 21) of family members__________________________


LUNCH AT CALAVERAS

Enchiladas de Mole Poblano
For lunch at Calaveras, my friend had Enchiladas de Mole Poblano. The dish was spicy, like he wanted it to be. Choose chicken, cheese, or shrimp...rolled inside corn tortillas that are covered with mole poblano sauce and served with rice and refried beans. Taste: quite good! Price: $10.00.

Pollo Asado Burrito
I got Pollo Asado Burrito...a grilled chicken burrito. It was "unspicy," as promised. Taste: very enjoyable! Price: $7.00.

And they refill your coffee cup for free.

Calaveras Mexican Grill
2905 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 4th and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, a block from Kensington
Menu: https://www.grubhub.com/nyc/calaveras-mexican-grill-fort-hamilton-pkwy/

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PARTY WITH THE POLICE (AND SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS)

Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo
Annual Holiday Party and 66th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Monday, December 15th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meet Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo, the 66th Precinct's commanding officer, at the 66th Precinct Community Council's annual holiday party and monthly meeting. Inspector Deddo will update the community on the latest crimes and discuss what the precinct is doing to fight crime.

Engage the inspector in a dialogue about any NYPD-related issues that are on your mind--guns, house and apartment break-ins, muggings, car break-ins, dangerous drivers, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, drug dealing, noise, trucks parked on a street overnight, graffiti....

The party and meeting are open to the public. 


The 66th Precinct Community Council meets from September through June, ordinarily on the third Thursday of the month. Meetings normally run from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting place:
Community Board 12 office
5910 13th Avenue

between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn
(718) 851-5601 (66th Precinct Community Affairs)

To get to the CB 12 office, take the B16 bus. Travel to 13th Avenue and 57th Street and then walk two blocks to the building. To get back home, board the bus on 14th Avenue.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FUR BABIES CALENDAR ON PRE-SALE; SERVES AS FUND RAISER FOR SEAN CASEY ANIMAL RESCUE

Photographed and copyrighted by Kimberly M. Wang | Eardog Productions, Calendar Design by Adam Dalton | Adzn Design Studio, Campaign and Digital Design by The Brigade.

Twelve furbabies who found their furever homes through Sean Casey Animal Rescue are the stars of the rescue's first calendar. Order the calendar on pre-sale through eBay for $25 (plus $5.75 for expedited shipping in a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope). After the pre-sale ends, the price will be $30.

MISSING PERSON: VERA ONYSHCHENKO

Missing Person, Vera Onyshchnko

Silver Alert for Vera Onyshchenko

December 9, 2014, 3:47 p.m.

  • 78 years old, white, female
  • 5'5" tall, weighs 150 pounds
  • brown hair, brown eyes
  • last seen wearing a blue hat, brown boots, a green coat, and black pants.

Ms. Onyshchenko has bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. She is from the area of 60th Street and Dahill Road in Brooklyn. If you see her, call 9-1-1.


ARTISANS AT CRAFTS FAIR--AND CHRISTMAS TREES TOO

Holiday Crafts Fair  
Saturday, December 13th, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The second annual Holiday Crafts Fair at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School will highlight the work of local artists, jewelry designers,
accessory designers, handcrafted clothing, handcrafted toys, international arts and crafts, natural beauty products, henna artists, and more. 

Neighborhood Christmas tree seller Foley Firs will be on the sidewalk in front of the school selling trees and wreaths. The Foley family donates a portion of the sale price to several neighborhood PTAs.

All proceeds from the fair, including the raffle, bake sale, and concession tables will be donated to the school's Annual Fund.

The fair will be held in the school gym.

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

WINTER WEATHER WARNING

The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) today issued a Travel Advisory for Tuesday, December 9th, through Wednesday, December 10th.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a powerful coastal storm that may impact NYC as early as Tuesday morning. Heavy rain, strong winds, and coastal flooding may occur. The NYC Flash Flood Plan has been activated.

The National Weather Service has issued

  • a Coastal Flood Advisory for Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and southern Queens from 7 AM to 11 AM on Tuesday,
  • a Coastal Flood Warning for Bronx and northern Queens from 11 AM to 2 PM on Tuesday,
  • a Flood Watch citywide from Tuesday morning through early Wednesday, and
  • a High Wind Advisory citywide from 8 AM to 5 PM with gusts up to 50 mph possible.

Use caution while driving and allow for additional travel time.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

WINTER BAZAAR RETURNS TO P.S. 130 NEXT SATURDAY



Winter Bazaar
Saturday, December 13th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

P.S. 130's Winter Bazaar will be held this Saturday for the fourth consecutive year. Enjoy a holiday performance by the school's 3rd grade chorus, shop for unique handcrafted gifts while supporting local vendors, take a photo with Santa, and warm up with hot cocoa and chili.

P.S.130, The Parkside School
70 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn
The entrance is in the school yard at Fort Hamilton Parkway and E. 5th Street.


http://ps130brooklyn.com/ 
http://www.ps130pta.org/ 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

PARTY ON NEW YEAR'S EVE IN SHEPHERD'S HALL



New Year's Eve in Shepherd's Hall
Wednesday, December 31st, 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Say goodbye to the old year and greet the new one in Shepherd's Hall with
  • a hot buffet dinner, dessert, beer, wine, soda,
  • a champagne toast at midnight,
  • fun games and crafts for children,
  • music, and
  • party favor hats, tiaras, & noisemakers.

Bring the completed registration form and payment to the Rectory by Monday, December 22nd. Ticket prices: $55 per adult, $15 per child.

Enter Shepherd's Hall through the parking lot next to Holy Name Church.

Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church
245 Prospect Park West

between Prospect Avenue and Windsor Place
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn 


FRIED CHICKEN UNDER THE SYNAGOGUE'S CEILING

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UPDATE: The menu has been changed to "comfort food": meatloaf, mashed potatoes, etc., served by Gourmet on J.

Dinner under the Ceiling
Friday, December 12th, 6:00 p.m. (dinner at approximately 7:00 p.m.)

"Dinner under the Ceiling" is the Flatbush Jewish Center's indoor cold-weather version of its outdoor "Dinner under the Stars" series. The theme for December is "A Great Schnitzel Happened Here." Fried chicken and other delicacies will be provided by Schnitzi on Coney Island Avenue.

The cost is $15 per adult and $5 per child over age 5.

Dinner begins at approximately 7:00 p.m., preceded by Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. Early dinner for families will start at 5:30 p.m. If you want the early dinner, mention it when you register. At the same time, describe any dietary restrictions you may have.

Register via PayPal using "Flatbush Jewish Center," or call the synagogue office at (718) 871-5200, or send an e-mail to fandstjc @ verizon.net by Wednesday, December 10th.


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

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

GLASS-FUSING WORKSHOP FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS



Fused Glass Workshop
Thursday, December 11th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Glass fusing: the heat bonding of separate pieces of glass in a kiln.

With expert instruction and guidance by Brooklyn glass artist Aura Shahaf Woelfle, create a unique fused glass jewelry pendant and a fused glass art tile as holiday gifts or just for your own satisfaction.

This workshop is designed for adults of all levels of experience. The fee is $60 per person, and that includes all materials and firing.

Register by calling (718) 434-2103 and paying by phone (all major credit cards are accepted) or stop by EzraGuitar.

EzraGuitar
785 Coney Island Avenue
between Cortelyou Road and Dorchester Road
Brooklyn, NY 11218
phone: (718) 434-2103
e-mail: info @ ezraguitar.com
website: www.EzraGuitar.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EzraGuitars


Saturday, December 6, 2014

HOLIDAY DRIVE TO BENEFIT CHILDREN IN NEED


KWT Holiday Drive for Little Essentials 
Sunday, December 14th, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Cynthia King Dance Studio will again be the collection point for children's items donated to Little Essentials. Babies and toddlers up to age 4 are in need of this helping hand.

Little Essentials is a community-based 501(c)(3) organization that enables, empowers and educates families in need.

Friends of Greenwood Playground explains
Little Essentials provides mothers living in shelters with essential items. Most importantly, it is against the law for moms to sleep in bed with their babies, so these moms need to have a place for their babies to sleep otherwise they cannot stay in the shelters. The shelters are very much in need of pack n plays, moses baskets, co-sleepers, any place where a baby can sleep other than in a grown up bed. The baby beds need to be portable so we cannot accept cribs. We are accepting gently used and new items.

On another note, by law hospitals will not allow newborn babies to leave without a car seat. Infant car seats are needed so that moms can take their babies home. In situations where moms do not have car seats, the hospitals (by law) have to call child protective services to intervene, possibly setting up a situation where a baby and mother are separated. Little Essentials tells me they get calls from hospitals (a lot) requesting a car seat to avoid this situation! We are accepting gently used and new infant car seats and strollers.

Bring your donations to
Cynthia King Dance Studio
1256 Prospect Avenue
between Reeve Place and Greenwood Avenue
Windsor Terrace

phone: (718) 437-0101
e-mail: info @ cynthiakingdance.com
website: http://cynthiakingdance.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CynthiaKingCKDS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cynthia-King-Dance-Studio/148621258700


KENSINGTON POST OFFICE OPEN SUNDAYS


Through December 21st, the Kensington Post Office is open on Sundays so that customers can pick up their packages. The Sunday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If you have any problems with this post office, please contact Heather Jane McCormick, a Kensington resident who serves on the Brooklyn Postal Service Customer Advisory Council as a volunteer representing our neighborhood.

Kensington Post Office
419 McDonald Avenue
between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road
phone: (718) 436-0164

BATATA IS ALMOST READY TO OPEN


Batata will open in about a week and a half, owner Shenhav Yehzkel tells us. Pita and smoothies... welcome to the neighborhood!

Look for more information here soon.

Batata Pita Bar
3021 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(347) 599-1260

Follow Batata on Instagram, Google+, and Facebook, and visit the website at http://www.batatabk.com.

NEW DINNER ITEMS AT BROOKLYN COMMUNE

 

Imaginative chef Chris Scott has added an appetizer and four entrees to Brooklyn Commune's dinner menu--delicious, no doubt.

Appetizer

  • Roasted Pumpkin Hummus: pumpkin hummus, tahini, pomegranate, pepitas, chimichurri, warm pita

Entrees

  • Chicken Parmigiana: chicken parmigiana, roasted garlic & tomato relish, Pomodoro sauce, potato puree
  • Crispy Fried Fish & Chips: cornmeal crusted fish, hand cut fries, Old Bay remoulade, tamarind glaze
  • Steak & Eggs: seared hangar steak, tempura sweet potatoes, miso poached egg, togarashi
  • Farro & Whole Wheat Pasta: whole wheat pasta, smoked onion and bronze fennel brodo

Try them at

Brooklyn Commune
601 Greenwood Avenue
corner of Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace
(718) 686-1044
e-mail: feedme @ brooklyncommune.com
http://brooklyncommune.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Commune/109783589077211?ref=ts&v=wall

Friday, December 5, 2014

NO ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING NEXT MONDAY

Alternate side of the street parking regulations that are normally in effect for street cleaning will be suspended on Monday, December 8th, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Parking meters and all other parking regulations, however, will be in effect.