Wednesday, April 23, 2014



Pre-May Day Rally
Friday, April 25th, 6:00 p.m. 

Occupy Kensington's second annual pre-May Day rally takes place this Friday in Kensington Plaza, the outdoor community space on Beverley Road, in front of Walgreens.

The speakout aims to provide a platform for activists and campaigns in this neighborhood. Issues of concern are
  • a worker's right to a liveable wage and decent working conditions,
  • providing children with a quality education--not one focused on high stakes testing,
  • fair and inclusive immigration reform, and
  • protecting the environment from further harm.

Speakers have been lined up from the Golden Farm boycott, Green Party of Brooklyn, immigrant rights movement, and Change the Stakes as well as parents who opted their kids out of this year's high stakes tests.

Rally page on Facebook:


Flea Market and Plant Sale
Saturday, April 26th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(with an event for kids from 10:00 a.m. to noon)
Sunday, April 27th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 at the
on E. 4th Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace

Monday, April 21, 2014


"The Lost Synagogues of Brooklyn" 
Sunday, April 27th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Many buildings in Brooklyn that once housed synagogues now serve other purposes. As synagogue membership throughout New York City declined, some buildings were razed while others were repurposed, with quite a few being converted to churches.

This Sunday, Ellen Levitt will talk about her book The Lost Synagogues of Brooklyn, in which she has documented in words and photos ninety-one of those former synagogues. Her book stands as a tribute to Brooklyn's Jewish history.

The featured synagogues were still standing as of 2008 and 2009 when the author was gathering material for her book. Avotaynu published the book in 2011.

This talk is part of a series presented by the Institute for Living Judaism: "The History of Brooklyn's Jews."

Attendees are invited to share their memories of the congregations they once belonged to.

Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center
327 E. 5th Street, corner of Church Avenue

Enter the building via the door on E. 5th Street closest to Church Avenue.

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

The contact person for the event is Dr. Howard Honigman, the founder of the Institute for Living Judaism. E-mail him at dochh214 @ or call him at (718) 339-0230.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Some people aren't quietly accepting the imminent closure of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School: aggrieved alumni, distraught parents of current students, and stunned parents who were planning to send their children to the school that their own parents sent them to for a Catholic education. 

Meet for what is shaping up to be a large "Rally to Save Bishop Ford" on Monday, April 28th, at 1:00 p.m., in front of the school. After the rally, everyone will walk over to the Diocese of Brooklyn Office, a block away on Prospect Park West.

Parents and alumni have been communicating with each other on the rally's Facebook event page. Many people are unhappy about the demise of the fifty-two-year-old school, announced just a few days ago without warning, and they have been busy mustering support for the rally. 

An additional way to voice your thoughts is to join the more than 1800 people who have signed a petition to "Keep Bishop Ford's Doors Open!" Leaving comments is encouraged.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Community Board 7's Site Selection Committee
Tuesday, May 6th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sites need to be found to accommodate 2,000 additional students--and even more when Universal Pre-Kindergarten is implemented.

Community Board 7's Site Selection Committee would like to know about locations within CB7's boundaries that could accommodate new schools. The Department of Education and School Construction Authority will then conduct studies on the suggested sites.

Make your suggestions at the committee meeting on May 6th or send the property's address and a description of it to CB 7 via e-mail at communityboard7 @

Meeting location
Community Board 7 Office
4201 4th Avenue
Entrance to the building is on 43rd Street
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Locations Already Identified as Potential School Sites

Approval voted by Community Board 7/Brooklyn on April 17, 2013.
The last seven items have not yet been voted on by CB7 as of 4/8/2014. 

1)      Parking lot on 21stst Street between 4th and 5th Avenues
2)      Empty Midas Service Station at the SE corner of 4th Avenue and 28th Street
3)      1 – Story warehouses at 138-160 35th Street, opposite Sunset Park High School
4)      Bush Terminal Piers Park floating school
5)      Medical center, SE corner of 4th Avenue and 62nd Street (immediately adjacent to PS 971)
6)      Holy Name Convent (empty) at  243-245 Prospect Park West---5,000 SQ FT
7)      482 39th Street, south side between 4th and 5th Avenues
8)      Old 68th Precinct at 4302 4th Avenue
9)      449 - 453 20th Street
10)   Empty lumber yard at 4902 8th Avenue
11)   Abandoned building at 214 25th Street
12)   Parking lot at 250 24th Street
13)  Empty lot extending onto side streets on the west side of 3rd Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets
14)   Former Speedy Rent A Car at 822 4th Avenue (at 29th Street)
15)   Former White Castle at 850 4th Avenue (at 30th Street)
16)   Empty corner building North/East side of 4th Avenue and 18th Street
17)   Empty lot corner of Ft. Hamilton Parkway and Mc Donald Avenue
18)   Build above Sunset Park Library South/West corner 51st Street and 4th Avenue
19)   Our Lady Of Czestochowa empty Catholic School 24th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue
20)   5020 4th Avenue between 50th and 51st Street West side of 4th Avenue
21)   Empty Mechanics Shop East side of 5th Avenue opposite 64th Streets
22)   Our Lady of Perpetual Help parking lot East side of 60th Street and 6th Avenue
23)   Our Lady of Perpetual Help two Convents West side of 6th Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets
24)   Decking over Rail Tracks South /West Side of 38th Street at 4th Avenue
25)   Empty Mechanics Shop West side of 4th Avenue corner of 32nd Street

Friday, April 18, 2014


                                                                                                 NYPD photo

About four hours after he disappeared, Daniel was found approximately four miles away in a Rite-Aid pharmacy in Sheepshead Bay.

April 18, 2014
Autistic child missing from Borough Park

Daniel Ghabra is 14 years old. He does not speak. He is Asian and has black hair and brown eyes. He is about 5 feet and 6 inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds. Daniel was last seen wearing black jeans, white sneakers, and a blue and green checked shirt with a red collar. 

Daniel likes to go shopping.

He was last seen in front of the laundromat that his mother was inside of, located at 6214 11th Avenue in Brooklyn, at about 4:30 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS or call 911.

Thank  you for sharing, Mike.


The 2014-2015 school year will start on Thursday, September 4th, and end on Friday, June 26th. In between those two dates are Thanksgiving Recess on Thursday, November 27th, and Friday, November 28th; Winter Recess, from Wednesday, December 24th through Friday, January 2nd; Mid-winter Recess, from Monday, February 16th, to Friday, February 20th (includes Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays); and Spring Recess, from Friday, April 3rd, to Friday, April 10th (includes Good Friday, Easter, and Passover.

See the full calendar on the NYC Department of Education website here.


Alternate Side Parking regulations will be suspended citywide on Monday, April 21st, and Tuesday, April 22nd, for Passover.

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

No alternate side parking days are scheduled again until Monday, May 26th, for Memorial Day.

Monday, April 14, 2014



April 14, 2014 – The Board of Directors of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School has unanimously voted to close the school at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. For the past several years, Bishop Ford has experienced significant decline in enrollment. In 2006, Bishop Ford had 1,347 students. Today, that number is 499, a loss of 75% of our student population since 2006. The projected enrollment for next year is 422, a further decrease.
Enrollment projections predict further decline in the future. It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of Bishop Ford Central High School unanimously voted to close the school at the end of the current school year.
Thomas Arria, principal, expressed this commitment to the students and their families: "Our greatest concern is for our current students and we are committed to making the transition for them to other schools for the next school year as smooth as possible. To that end, we have asked that other Catholic high schools in the area give special consideration to Bishop Ford students who may be enrolling next school year.  We intend to meet with each family to ensure that students are placed in a school environment which will best meet their academic and personal needs." 

Bishop Ford was founded in 1962 and is proud of its many alumni who have made a difference in service to their communities and to the Catholic Church.

Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School
    1962 - 2014

The school will hold a "High School Information Evening" in the gym
on Tuesday, April 29th, at 7:00 p.m.
Several area high schools will be represented during the evening.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Alternate Side Parking regulations will be suspended citywide for four days this week--from Tuesday, April 15th, through Friday, April 18th--because of Passover, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday.

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

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The big bucks will go to seven participatory budgeting projects. More than 2200 residents of Councilmember Brad Lander's District 39 participated in the voting process.

After the vote, Councilmember Lander increased the amount he allocated from his budget from $1 million to $1.5 million so he could fund the top seven vote-getters instead of only the top four.

These are the winning projects. The top vote-getter is listed first, the second-highest vote-getter is listed second, etc.

  • Street Safety Improvements on 4th Ave, 8-18th Sts ($300,000)
  • Secure the Future: Laptops at PS 130, 230 & 321 ($195,000)
  • Pedestrian Safety on McDonald Ave at Ft Hamilton ($300,000)
  • Repair and Improve Three Pathways in Prospect Park ($215,000)
  • Raising the (Green) Roof @ Windsor Terrace Library ($250,000)
  • Industrial Shredder for Community Compost Project ($105,000)
  • Outdoor Plaza at John Jay Educational Campus ($150,000)

Three of the projects (laptops, pedestrian safety, and the green roof) focus on Windsor Terrace and Kensington. It pays to vote!


A Chinese restaurant might be an unusual venue for a meeting with the police, but that's where the 66th Precinct Community Council, the police, and the public will be tomorrow night.

The council is moving its April meeting to Pacificana in Sunset Park. Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo, the Commanding Officer of the precinct, will talk to the community about recent crimes and about what's being done to combat crime. Bring any crime issues you know about to his attention.

The council's monthly meetings are open to the public. 

Meeting date and time: Thursday, April 10th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting location: Pacificana, 813 55th Street, near 8th Avenue, 2nd floor, Sunset Park

Saturday, April 5, 2014


New schedules for the B67 and B69 buses will go into effect tomorrow, Sunday, April 6th. The brochure containing the two schedules has been posted on the MTA website. The B67 schedule starts on page 3, and the B69 schedule starts on page 9.


Vote today and tomorrow for the projects that you, the residents of New York City Council District 39, want to spend $1,000,000 on.

The million dollars is part of the money that the city allocated to Councilmember Brad Lander's budget for fiscal year July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014.

Residents of Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and the other neighborhoods in District 39 will choose from thirteen proposed projects. Choose one, two, three, four, or five projects but not more than five.

Voting is open to people who are age sixteen or older who can show proof that they live in District 39. You don't have to be a U.S. citizen. You don't have to be registered to vote in federal, state, or city elections. Ballots are printed in multiple languages.

Vote today (Saturday, April 5th) from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the P.S. 230 Lower School, 425 McDonald Avenue, between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road, next to the post office.

Or vote tomorrow (Sunday, April 6th) at the Windsor Terrace Y, 1224 Prospect Avenue, at the corner of Vanderbilt Street.

Or vote in any of the voting locations listed in the poster above, if you live in District 39 and that location is more convenient for you.

Four projects directly impact both Kensington and Windsor Terrace:
1. Pedestrian Safety on McDonald Ave
Expanded sidewalks will shorten crossing distances, reduce speeding, and improve safety for pedestrians - $300,000

The safety improvements are proposed for McDonald Avenue at Caton Avenue and for McDonald Avenue at Fort Hamilton Parkway.

2. Electronic “Bus Location” Signs at B67/69 Stops
Install 12 electronic signs at busy stops that tell riders the location and arrival time of their bus - $240,000
Electronic "Real Time Passenger Information" signs are comparable to the "Count-down Clocks" in the subway system. They'll be installed at twelve stops on McDonald Avenue and 7th Avenue in Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and Park Slope.
3. Laptops at PS 130, 230 & 321
Enable tech access across diverse communities: laptop carts for 3rd to 5th grade students at PS 130, 321 & PS 230's ELL (English Language Learner) adult program - $195,000

P.S. 130 is at 70 Ocean Parkway, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue. P.S. 230 is at 1 Albemarle Road, between McDonald Avenue and Dahill Road.

4. Raising the (Green) Roof @Windsor Terrace Library
The green roof will reduce energy use, limit stormwater run-off, improve air quality, add wildlife habitat & beautify - $250,000

The Windsor Terrace Library is at 160 E. 5th Street, at the corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway.

One project directly impacts Windsor Terrace:
Captures clean solar energy to meet hot water needs of firefighters and make firehouse [Engine Company 240 on Prospect Avenue] more resilient to extreme weather - $140,000

The firehouse has been in service since 1896. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the firehouse as a landmark on February 12, 2013. It's at 1307-1309 Prospect Avenue, near Greenwood Avenue.


This weekend, from 11:45 p.m. on Friday, April 4th, until 5:00 a.m. on Monday,  April 7th, the Queens-bound F and G trains will skip these stations:

  • Fort Hamilton Parkway,
  • 15th Street-Prospect Park, and
  • 4th Avenue-9th Street.  

To get to those stations, take the F or the G to 7th Avenue or Smith-9 Street and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F or a Church Avenue-bound G. 

For service from these stations, take the F or G to 7th Avenue or Church Avenue and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F or a Court Square-bound G.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Frank LoCrasto
Thursday, March 27th, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Frank LoCrasto, local pianist, will perform with a small group of other musicians in Sycamore's flowershop. His wide range of musical styles runs the gamut from jazz to surf rock.

Sycamore Bar and Flowershop
1118 Cortelyou Road
between Stratford and Westminster roads
less than two blocks from Kensington

  (347) 240-5850
  sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com


Spring 2014 Meeting Schedule
Albemarle Neighborhood Association

    • Thursday, March 27th, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • lobby of 114 Albemarle Road
    • Thursday, April 24th, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • lobby of 178 Ocean Parkway
    • Thursday, May 22nd, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • lobby of 414 Albemarle Road
    • Thursday, June 26th, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • lobby of 415 Albemarle Road or, if weather permits, outdoors in front of 414 Albemarle Road

Foodtown and ANA will provide refreshments.

ANA meetings are always free.

Everyone is welcome to attend ANA meetings, whether a member or not.

Albemarle Neighborhood Association
Founded 1973