Tuesday, January 31, 2012

HANDMADE ARTS AND CRAFTS VENDORS WANTED


Vendors of Handmade Arts and Crafts Wanted
for the 5th Annual Prospect Park Craft Fair

Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at the entrance to Prospect Park near Bartel-Pritchard Square
Presented by the P.S. 154 PTA, the fair will feature unique handmade items, children's crafts, face painting, and fun for the whole family.
 
For more information and a Vendor Registration form, go to prospectparkcraftfair.blogspot.com or send an e-mail to parkcraftbklyn @ gmail.com.

FEBRUARY'S MONDAY NIGHT VINYL CLUB AT SYCAMORE


Monday Night Vinyl Club
February 6th, 8:00 p.m. to midnight

Free 

Vinyl Club is featured at Sycamore Bar on the first Monday of every month. 

Sycamore Bar and Flowershop 
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Westminster Road
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail.com

GEOLOGY AND SOILS OF NYC

"Geological discoveries in the fields of hard rock and glacial geology have been made during the past four decades of research, the result of continuous mapping and laboratory research on collected samples from New York City.
Indeed, access to surface and subsurface exposures has produced a treasure trove of geological information that alters our view of the Paleozoic tectonic development of this portion of the Appalachian mountain chain as well as the Pleistocene glacial history of New York City and vicinity. Holocene (post-glacial) alteration of the in-situ and transported glacial regolith has produced our modern soils.

Come see and hear the details of Dr. Merguerian's investigations and documentation of his new discoveries in the form of digital images, maps, and integrated video."
--Naomi Donabedian, Cantaloupe Alone

Tuesday, February 21st

Sycamore Bar
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Westminster Road
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail.com

STATE SENATOR ERIC ADAMS MOVES OFFICE

SYCAMORE BAR CREATES ITS FIRST BOOK-THEMED DRINK

The first book-themed drink has been created at Sycamore Bar for the Cortelyou Library Friends Group's Valentine's Day Fund Raising Party at Sycamore:
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1.5 oz. whiskey
1 oz. B&B
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura
2 dashes Peychaud's

Shake and strain into a chilled rocks glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist. 


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Monday, January 30, 2012

VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY AT SYCAMORE BAR

 Valentine's Day Fund Raising Party
by Cortelyou Library Friends Group
Sunday, February 12th, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
at

book-themed drinks, a raffle, tote bags, and a DJ


Sycamore Bar
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Westminster Road
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail.com

STEAMY VALENTINE'S NIGHT AT THE RUSSIAN BATHS


Gemini & Scorpio
present


Steamy Valentine's Night at the Russian Baths
Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14th, 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

                                         21+ with ID (25+ suggested) 

Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Avenue
between Beverley Road and Avenue C, Kensington
Q train to Beverley Road, cross Marlborough/15th Street, walk five blocks, turn left onto Coney Island Avenue

From Gemini & Scorpio:
"Break out your bikini or swim trunks, and join our hand-picked crowd of artsy, funky New Yorkers for the glorious return of Gemini & Scorpio's legendary Russian Baths party.

We will have the banya to ourselves, with a few hand-picked professionals on hand for the optional platzas and massages. Enjoy: Russian, Turkish and Swedish steam rooms, jacuzzi and cold plunge pool; poolside dance floor; rooftop smoking deck; hookah lounge and chillout rooms; authentic and delicious Russian food in a private restaurant room with a view of the dance floor.

The Hungry March Band, Brooklyn's own legendary street brass marching band, will get you sweating faster than the saunas, and we'll keep the dance floor sizzling with ethno-mesh DJ sets till 2am while we dole out pierogies for everyone. There will be an open vodka bar 9-10pm.

Only 100 tickets are on pre-sale; 50 more will be sold at that door. The
three ticket levels are
  • $85 (7:00 p.m. entry + open vodka bar + multi-course Russian banquet)
  • $45 (9:00 p.m. entry + open vodka bar)
  • $35 (11:00 p.m. entry)
More details on each ticket tier are on our website."

STUDENT HOUSING BUILDING FOR SALE


What's in store for 385 McDonald Avenue? Will the former assisted living facility* continue to serve as student housing? Will it become a hotel? Are there other potential uses for it? Someone with $8.3 million--TerraCRG Commercial Realty Group's asking price (the previous owner, White Acres Equities, purchased it in 2007 for $12 million.)--will determine the future of University Place.

Located between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road (across from Foodtown), University Place is a 51,000-square-foot, four-story property with 128 beds in 64 units. It has over 14,000 square feet of community space and 2,500 square feet of amenities. Almost fully occupied, it was recently renovated at a cost of $500,000.
 
The annual rent for a full- furnished suite, depending on its size (Petite, Deluxe, Grand), ranges from $1,175 to $1,350 a month. The property brings in an average income of $120,000 per month.


* The Savoy at Kensington

Sunday, January 29, 2012

YEN YEN IS AMONG THE BEST CHINESE RESTAURANTS IN BROOKLYN

The Brooklyn Paper's article "The best places to chow down outside of Chinatown" has a "shortlist of Chinese chow worth checking out if you’re not willing to make the trek to Brooklyn’s ethnic enclaves." About Yen Yen Restaurant and Bar it says
This Chinese joint isn’t just known for its food — it’s campy, well-priced and tasty. We like this place because it serves old-school cocktails like a mai tai — complete with brightly colored paper tropical umbrellas perched in the glass; it makes us feel like we’re in the 1960s, and it’s Christmas eve.
Hunan and Szechuan cuisines are served.


Yen Yen Restaurant and Bar
404 Church Avenue, corner of E. 4th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 633-8711

GOLDEN FARM NEWS. DON'T BOYCOTT. DO PROTEST.

From neighbor Eleanor Rodgers:
Golden Farm on Church Avenue and E. 4th Street in Kensington paid its workers less than $4 an hour until March 2010 when the workers started to organize themselves. They and the owner Sonny Kim are now engaged in a battle over pay and conditions, and the workers are asking for community support.
Please join the protest outside the store on Saturday, February 11th, at 2:00 p.m.

Below is a report I wrote for the kwtneighbors listserve about a meeting on this issue held last week.
I went to the meeting with Golden Farm workers on Wednesday. There were about 15 people from the neighborhood and 6 Golden Farm workers, plus three people from NY Communities for Change and Councilman Brad Lander.

This is what the workers reported:
In 2008 the Department of Labor visited the store and took statements from the workers that they were not being paid minimum wage. This raised their hopes that something would be done to improve their wages, but for a year nothing happened. Then in 2009 the Dept of Labor fined Sonny Kim between three and four thousand dollars. A fine which he refused to pay, and he continued to pay less than minimum wage.
 
Typical pay and hours for a worker in Golden Farm at that point was to work six 12 hour days a week (for a total of 70 hours) for $250/week.
 
In early 2010 some of the workers met with NY Communities for Change, a group which had just launched a campaign in support of exploited immigrant shop workers in New York city.
 
The workers decided to start a lawsuit to get their wages raised to the minimum, and to try to join a union. They held a meeting of all the workers where the vast majority were in favor of joining a union.
 
Then in March Sonny Kim discovered about the plans to unionize. He had a staff meeting where he announced that he would raise their wages to the minimum of $7.25 immediately, provided they end the drive to unionize. If however they continued to try to unionize he said that he would continue to pay them less than $4 an hour and that he would call Immigration and get ICE to raid the store.
 
Here’s what one worker said about that threat: “We used to wear t-shirts that said Golden Farm on them but he has taken those away so that “When ICE comes I can say – “Him, I don’t know him. He’s just in my shop.””
 
After that meeting a lot of the workers were too scared to support any further action, and since then they have been paid minimum wage.
 
There are 24 workers in total and despite the intimidation 10 of them have kept their names on the lawsuit (which is now about back wages) and are continuing to try to improve their conditions in the store. (Two of those ten have left Golden Farm in the last few months because of pressure form management but are continuing to support the struggle of the others)

Here’s what one worker, Roberto, said:
“We’re not taking anything from him. We’re asking for what he takes from us. You all know me, I work in produce, the coldest part of the store. I’m there twelve hours a day. The cilantro comes in boxes of ice. I unpack it. I bring my own gloves – he doesn’t give us any. I work a lot of hours right above an open drain full of dirty water. Inspectors came to the store and said he must do something about it. But it is still there. Sometimes my head hurts because of the smell from the drain, but I must keep working there for hours. We work honestly but we are humiliated a lot. Mr Kim and the managers shout at us. When he is in a bad mood everybody suffers. He walks in the store and kicks things.
 
Three years ago I came to work on a Wednesday morning. I had been allowed to keep a radio at my workstation. He had said that I could. I came in and my radio was lying smashed on the floor. Mr Kim shouted at me and told me I was fired. When I ask him why he curses at me.”

Four or five of the workers got together and approached Mr Kim later in the day and persuaded him not to fire Roberto.

Leaving aside the issue of back wages, which will eventually be addressed by the courts, what I got from the workers at the meeting was that their workplace conditions were what they are primarily concerned about. Health and safety issues like the open drain or the amount of carrying of heavy boxes individuals have to do. Sick days, shorter shifts - Mr Kim had promised in March to give them 11 hour shifts but it has not happened. They want the right not to be fired on the spot for no apparent reason and to be treated with respect as people.

They hope to achieve at least some of these changes by getting Mr Kim to sit down with them and negotiate a contract. Not involving any union but just the workers in the store and Mr Kim.
 
When they asked us to sign a card calling on Mr Kim to give them a fair deal this is what they meant.

After the workers spoke, the meeting discussed next steps and what we as a community can do to help them. They are not asking anyone to boycott the store. It is far more important for people shopping in the store to let Mr Kim know that they support the workers. You can call and leave a message at (718) 871-1009.

We agreed to build for a larger protest outside the store on Saturday February 11 at 2pm. Please join the protest and encourage your neighbors to come too.
 
In order to build for the protest we are going to be going door to door in the neighborhood with flyers explaining the situation and letters of protest which people can sign. If you can help with that or any other sort of outreach please contact Alexandra Garcia from NY Communities for Change at(347) 927-7895.

That’s the end of the meeting report. I’d like to make a point of my own. While the lawsuit is ongoing the workers named in the suit are legally protected from being fired in retaliation. Once it’s over they will have no protection, unless Mr Kim has signed a contract which gives them protection. If we as a community can’t help them to achieve this in my opinion there is every reason to expect him to fire them and to follow that by dropping the wages for the remaining staff who are too frightened to fight him.

I can’t state strongly enough how much courage it has taken for those ten workers to stand up. At the end of the meeting I asked Roberto if it would be alright for me to quote him in this report. I intended not to use his name and was concerned about mentioning the radio as that‘s a very specific detail. Instead he told me to use his name, he said “I want my brothers to know that we can stand up. We have lived in the shadows too long.”

Hope to see you at the rally.

Eleanor

Saturday, January 28, 2012

PREPARE SHABBAT DINNER IN AN HOUR

Learn how to prepare a complete Shabbat dinner from fish to dessert 
in just one hour. 

Menus, recipes, taste testing Shabbat foods, time saving tricks,
inspirational speaker and fun.

Demonstration by Rivki Turner of Petite Treats

Thursday, February 2nd, 7:30 p.m.

$15 suggested donation
RSVP by January 28th

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT FOR BABIES THROUGH FOURTEEN MONTHS OLD


Baby Flying Teaspoons
Recommended for babies, birth through 14 months

New session Saturday, February 4th through 25th
10:00 a.m. to10:45 a.m.
4 weeks for $60
Encourage your child's uniqueness and creativity from the very start of life.  Songs emerge magically as your baby discovers, plays and interacts in class.  Musical connections nurture and deepen relationships between parent/caregiver and baby and friends. 
Joanne's CD "The Flying Teapot" is used along with traditional and multicultural music.  There's movement, instrument play, balls, scarves, connections and fun! You'll be amazed at your child's own expression. Joanne's vision is to create nurturing and joyful environments for babies and very young children.
Contact Joanne Riel at 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

PLAYGROUND PROGRAM PLANNING

Friends of Greenwood Playground (FoGP) will meet this Saturday, January 28th, at 9:00 a.m. at Brooklyn Commune to discuss spring events, summer programming, and volunteer efforts. New ideas, input, and volunteers are welcome. Brooklyn Commune is at 601 Greenwood Avenue, at the corner of Prospect Avenue, Windsor Terrace.


If you can't get to the meeting but would like to help in some way, e-mail FoGP at greenwoodfriendsfunds @ gmail.com or call (347) 497-3490.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

ONLINE PETITION TO GOLDEN FARM OWNER ABOUT HIS TREATMENT OF HIS EMPLOYEES

An online petition to the owner of Golden Farm about his treatment of his workers says

The Kensington and Brooklyn community support workers from Golden Farm supermarket! 

Since it's opening in the late nineties the store hadn't paid minimum wage or overtime, that situation changed when workers filed a lawsuit on March 2011 to demand backwages and basic benefits like sick days, paid vacation and a contract that guarantees job security. The owner Mr. Sonny Kim refuses to pay what he owes and to sign a contract that will give all workers basic benefits and continued protection on the job.

Sonny Kim-- We are outraged by the fact that employees at your store have worked for many years earning well below the minimum wage. 

Furthermore, we are alarmed that your employees have been harassed and threatened for standing up for their fair wages and demanding benefits on the job. 

This is why we stand behind the workers and support their lawsuit for their backpay and campaign for a contract with benefits. 

We believe that all workers deserve a living wage and fair contract. Our communities support small local businesses that respect workers rights, as loyal customers we demand that your business set an example for fair labor standards.
The only information you need to provide is your first and last name, e-mail address, and zip code.

REQUEST FOR DONATIONS OF CAT FOOD


Sean Casey Animal Rescue is asking the public for donations of cat and/or kitten food in cans with pop-off lids. Friskies, 9Lives, Fancy Feast, etc. Chicken, beef, and turkey flavors are preferred.

Bring the cans to the shelter any day of the week from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
by the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington
(718) 436-5163
http://scarnyc.org
nyanimalrescue @ yahoo.com

SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES!

Monday, January 23, 2012

WORKSHOP: HOW TO MANAGE A FERAL CAT COLONY

Workshop: Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR): How to Manage a Feral Cat Colony
Saturday, February 11th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Learn how to care for feral and stray cats in the neighborhood and make use of the many resources that are available.

All of the steps needed to set up a managed colony will be covered in this workshop, including establishing good community relations, feeding, building and placing shelters, arranging veterinary care, finding recovery space, safely handling feral cats, and trapping (with an emphasis on conducting a mass trapping of an entire feral colony at once).

All workshop attendees will become TNR-certified. Residents of New York City  will gain access to affordable spay/neuter and trap rental.

Cost: The class is free.

Registration: Advance registration is required. Send an e-mail to lois @ neighborhoodcats.org or call Neighborhood Cats at (212) 662-5761 and leave a voice mail with your name, address, phone number, and the date of this workshop.

Kensington Library
410 Ditmas Avenue, between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 435-9431

CLICK "LIKE" FOR MY FRIEND MARIE, PLEASE


This is my friend and neighbor Marie. By clicking "Like" on a website, you can help her win a free web design course. Using what she learns, Marie will build a website about her struggles and triumphs in dealing with Multiple Sclerosis in hopes of helping others.


To win, Marie needs 300 people with Facebook accounts to click "Like" within two days. No costs are involved in voting.


To vote for Marie, go to http://bit.ly/girlsguidecontest, scroll halfway down the page, click on Marie's listing (Marie T), watch her video (less than two minutes long), and click "Like" at the bottom of the video box. 


Thank you for helping Marie help others.

WOMAN APPROACHED BY MAN AT FORT HAMILTON PARKWAY SUBWAY STATION

A woman in the neighborhood is sharing an experience she had in order to alert other women. We thank her.
I don't know if this is a one-off incident or something that may happen again but I thought it's better to let people know just in case. This past Thursday, I was getting out at the southern exit of the Fort Hamilton F/G train station around 7 pm when a creepy man approached me just outside the turnstile.
He said, "You look very familiar. Have we met before?" I took a quick look at him, registered no recognition and replied coldly, "No, I don't think so." He said sorry and I walked home as quickly as I could turning back once to make sure he wasn't following me. (I was relieved not to see him but still felt very threatened since the streets were empty.) 
The encounter was really odd because I was bundled up, with the collar of my long winter coat over my mouth and nose. I had my head down as I was getting out of the turnstile and thought it bizarre that someone would be able to instantly think I look "very familiar."
The man was white, had light hair—either blond or silver—and thick-framed glasses. I'd say he could be in his late 40s or into his 50s. I didn't glean any more information beyond that, I'm afraid.
Again, I'm not sure if this is relevant but wondered if other women in the neighborhood had experienced something similar.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

OPEN HOUSE AT LITTLE NEST COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL

Little Nest Community Preschool Open House
Saturday, January 28th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Saturday, February 11th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Little Nest Community Playhouse is currently enrolling children in its September 2012 through June 2013 class. To be eligible, a child has to, by September 30th of this year, be two years and six months old through four years and eight months old.


Applications will be accepted at the January 28th Open House. If you can't get to that one or the one on February 11th, you can get an application via e-mail (kathleen @ littlenestpreschool.com), starting on Wednesday, January 25th.


For more information, call Kathleen Fink at (718) 435-6403 or e-mail her at kathleen@littlenestpreschool.com.


Little Nest Community Playhouse
216 Seeley Street, garden floor, between Prospect Avenue and Prospect Park
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 435-6403
e-mail: kathleen @ littlenestpreschool.com

BRANCACCIO'S FOOD SHOP IS AN IMMEDIATE HIT

Brancaccio's Food Shop, a take-out prepared foods store, opened on Thursday and has been receiving glowing reviews from neighbors ever since. Chef Joe Brancaccio shops every morning for the ingredients he'll use in his cooking that day. What he buys depends on what's in season, the quality of the food, and what he feels like cooking that day. He prepares about fifteen items daily.
That's from our post of January 24, 2010. Brancaccio's Food Shop is two years old today, and it's always receiving glowing reviews. The shop is an important (many would say "essential") part of our community. Joe Brancaccio, how did we live without your store and your friendship?

Brancaccio's Food Shop
3011 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
on the Windsor Terrace/Kensington border
phone: (718) 435-1997
e-mail: info [at] brancacciosfoodshop.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BRANCACCIOSFOODSHOP

AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT ON FORT HAMILTON PARKWAY

Please note:
Last Thursday at 4:45, a 14 year old girl on Ft. Hamilton Parkway and East 5th was stopped by a man, 30-ish, driving a navy or black Cadillac sort of car (that is all the description the police have). The man  tried to chat with the girl and offered her a lift. The girl said, NO, leave me alone, and walked away. The man pursued her. Smartly, she turned up a one way street going the wrong way for his car in order to lose him. He drove around the corner and came down the one way street and continued to pursue her. She took off and ran. While the guy was not caught, the police said the charge will be aggravated harassment.

This has been reported to the police but if you have teenage daughters, we are just spreading the word. This girl handled herself very well in this situation.
 
Thanks
Amelia, co-moderator

Originally posted on KWT Neighbors by Amelia Costigan, co-moderator, and reprinted here with her permission.

Friday, January 20, 2012

VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AT BROOKLYN COMMUNE

Valentine's Day Dinner
Where:
Brooklyn Commune
601 Greenwood Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218

Driving Directions

When:
Tuesday February 14, 2012
One seating at 7:00 PM
 

You're invited to join us this Valentine's Day as we close the cafe for a private, luxurious five course dinner.  Explore the playful possibilities of aphrodisiacs as masterfully designed by our award winning chef. 

Seating begins promptly at 7:00pm with a complementary glass of sparkling wine. Guests are welcome to bring their own bottle of wine.

Seating is limited so see the link below for menu details and to RSVP.
Get more information
Register Now!

Thanks for checking us out and we look forward to dining with you.
 
Sincerely,
Eugenie & Chris

NO ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING TOMORROW

Due to impending snow, the New York City Department of Transportation has suspended alternate side of the street parking regulations citywide for tomorrow, Saturday, January 21st. Parking meters and all other posted parking restrictions will remain in effect.

The National Weather Service has forecast three to five inches of snow with a mix of sleet and rain in some areas for New York City on Saturday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Alternate side parking is also suspended on Monday, January 23rd, for Asian Lunar New Year.

 

NOT JUST A GOOD CHICKEN BUT A GREAT CHICKEN

A flattering review of the rotisserie chicken at Brancaccio’s Food Shop comes from Alexandra Penfold of the Blondie and Brownie food blog: the chicken is "Dressed with lemon, garlic, herbs and spices, then roasted perfectly." And the chicken only costs $6.00.

Alex tells you how to increase your odds of getting a chicken on the day you want one--and that's good to know because a lot of people want them.
 
Brancaccio's Food Shop
3011 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
on the Windsor Terrace/Kensington border
phone: (718) 435-1997
e-mail: info [at] brancacciosfoodshop.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BRANCACCIOSFOODSHOP

Thursday, January 19, 2012

NO ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING ON MONDAY

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on  Monday, January 23rd, for Asian Lunar New Year. All other regulations, including those for parking meters, remain in effect.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING CRIME ISSUES TO THE 66TH PRECINCT'S ATTENTION

From the 66th Precinct Community Council:
Reminder:
Tonight will be the Monthly 66 precinct Community Council meeting at 5910 13th Ave. 7:30pm. You are invited to come meet Deputy Inspector John Sprague, the Commanding Officer of the 66 Precinct update the community on the latest crimes in our community, 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 many different programs available that may be of interest to you.
The event is open to the public so let your friends and neighbors know.

We The Community Council
     President: Marc Katz
     Vice President: Felix Burgos
     Recording Secretary: Fran Starapoli
     Treasurer: Tony Pedri
     Sergeant At Arms: Ari Weiss
     Corresponding Secretary: Mohammed J. Alam
     Assistant Secretary: Hymie Mochon
5910 13th Avenue is located between 59th and 60th streets.

The 66th Precinct Community Council meets on the third Thursday of the month, from September through June, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All residents of the community are invited to attend meetings. For more information, call the precinct at (718) 851-5601.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

¡LA COMUNIDAD DE KENSINGTON Y BROOKLYN APOYA A LOS TRABAJADORES DEL SUPERMERCADO "GOLDEN FARM"!


¡Venga y reúnase con los vecinos del barrio y los trabajadores 
 para hablar sobre el apoyo que necesitan los trabajadores 
y para decirle a Mr. Kim que les pague lo que les debe!
Miércoles 25 de Enero del 2012, 8:30 p.m.

RSVP y mas informacion:
Alexandra García
(347) 927-7895
mgarcia @ nycommunities.org


THE KENSINGTON AND BROOKLYN COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKERS FROM GOLDEN FARM SUPERMARKET!

Meet and Talk with the Employees of Golden Farm
Wednesday, January 25th, 8:30 p.m.

The workers at Golden Farm will talk about what they need and how the community can help them in their attempt to receive fair treatment, including payment of back wages due to them.

To RSVP and find out where the meeting will be held, e-mail Alexandra Garcia at mgarcia @ nycommunities.org or call her at (347) 927-7895.

KNITTING, CROCHETING, AND WRITING AT KENSINGTON LIBRARY

Cortelyou Library Friends Group wants to remind you about its knitting and crocheting group and its writing workshop, both of which meet at the Kensington Library while the Cortelyou branch gets renovated.

The monthly knitting and crocheting group will meet in the downstairs meeting room of the Kensington Library tomorrow night (Thursday), from 5:30 to 7:30. Go there to learn or for the company while you work on your own project. Drop in anytime during the two-hour meeting.

The weekly writing workshop for tweens,  in collaboration with the NY Writers Coalition, meets every Friday afternoon at the Kensington Library, starting at 3:30 p.m.
 
410 Ditmas Avenue, between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Brooklyn, NY 11218-4920 
(718) 435-9431 ‎ 

Cortelyou Library Friends Group
c/o Cortelyou Library
1305 Cortelyou Road at Argyle Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Monday, January 16, 2012

DANCE PARTY FOR KIDS

Kids Havdalah and Dance Party
Saturday, January 21st, 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

D A N C P A R T Y!!!

Dance the night away at Flatbush Jewish Center with Israeli music, fancy lights, games, tasty food, and more. The Havdalah will be at 6:15, followed by a dance party in the Hanid Room.
Cost: $3 per child in advance and $4 per child at the door. Parents and children under age two are admitted free.

Pay here through PayPal. 

Flatbush & Shaare Torah Jewish Center
327 E. 5th Street, at the corner of Church Avenue
(718) 871-5200

KENSINGTON'S RECORDING STUDIO: SYSTEMS TWO

Two informative articles about Kensington's recording studio, Systems Two, have been posted on Sonic Scoop: NYC Studio Tour: South Brooklyn and Rich Lamb --- Nomad Engineer: The Favorite Studios of an NY Freelancer (Part I).

Founder and engineer Joe Marciano started Systems Two thirty-seven years ago. Writer Justin Colletti describes the studio as "arguably, one of the hottest spots for jazz recording in the United States" and adds that it's also recorded "pop, rock, classical and world artists for a variety of labels."

Rich Lamb writes "I love these people and I love this place — I open up a mic and it always sounds good."

The list of equipment that they got from other places and musicians is quite impressive!


SYSTEMS TWO
117 Ditmas Avenue, near McDonald Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn
systemstwo @ gmail.com
(718) 851-1010

Sunday, January 15, 2012

LEARN ABOUT SUMMER DAY CAMP AT THE Y TOMORROW


Summer Day Camp Open House at the Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
Monday, January 16th,10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m 

Meet the staff of the Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace, tour its facilities, and learn about its summer day camp program. At the open house, the fun activities planned for children will include arts and crafts. This event is free; you don't need to RSVP. This event is wheelchair-accessible. 

Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
1224 Prospect Avenue, corner of Vanderbilt Street
near the 15th Street-Prospect Park station of the F and G trains and near the Fort Hamilton F and G station
(718) 407-6377
http://ywindsorterrace.org
https://www.facebook.com/ywindsorterrace
info @ ywindsorterrace.org

SEXUAL ASSAULT LAST WEDNESDAY AT 36TH STREET STATION

A woman who was in the 36th Street D/N/R subway station at 4th Avenue in Sunset Park was groped on Wednesday. A male suspect was arrested shortly after the crime. Police haven't released much information. Aaron Brashear of Community Board 7 reported that detectives said they're investigating to determine if the crime is related to the numerous other sexual assaults that have taken place since last year.

HOUSEWARMING PARTY AT ARGYLE YARN SHOP

Housewarming party tomorrow at Argyle Yarn Shop!

The store opened for business on November 16th, and now it's time to officially launch it at a casual event celebrating the opening.

Argyle sells a wide array of yarn, supplies for crafters who knit or crochet, crafting books and magazines, and patterns. They'll also offer classes soon and host weekly meet-ups. This summer, they'll begin selling fabric and sewing supplies and notions.

Open hours:
Tuesdays through Sundays, from noon to 7:00 p.m.

Argyle Yarn Shop
228 Prospect Park West, Windsor Terrace
(347) 227-7799
argyleyarnshop @ gmail.com

FREE CIDER TO WARM YOU TOMORROW

Tomorrow, when you buy any pastry, sandwich, panini, or soup at Crossroads Café, you'll get free hot cider to help you take the chill off.
 
Crossroads will be open during its regular hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Crossroads Café
1241A Prospect Avenue, corner of Reeve Place
(718) 972-1852
xroad @ cafe-crossroads.com
http://www.cafe-crossroads.com