Wednesday, October 31, 2012

KIDS: DANCE AND SING TO HELP THE RED CROSS PROVIDE HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF


Sing Along
Thursday, November 1st, 1o:30 a.m.
 
Strike back at cabin fever! Dance and sing while you benefit the Red Cross's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Join Miss Katie tomorrow at Terrace Dance Studio. Space is limited to twenty families. 

Fee: $5 per family. Miss Katie will donate half of the fee to the Red Cross to help with hurricane relief.

Terrace Dance Studio
273 Prospect Park West, Suite 1, at 17th Street

ALTERNATE SIDE AND METER RULES FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Alternate side of the street parking regulations for street cleaning, which had already been suspended for Thursday, November 1st, for All Saints Day, will also be suspended on Friday, November 2nd.

However, all parking meter regulations will be reinstated starting Thursday, and all other parking regulations remain in effect.

SCHOOL CLOSING TO CONTINUE POST-HURRICANE SANDY

Due to the conditions created by Hurricane Sandy, all New York City public schools will be closed to students on Thursday, November 1st, and Friday, November 2nd. All after-school activities and Public Schools Athletic League events will also be cancelled.

Schools will reopen on Monday, November 5th.

RECYCLE YOUR FALL LEAVES AT THE EAST FOURTH STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN


Recycle your fall leaves
at the East Fourth Street Community Garden.

Because of budget cuts, the Sanitation Department's leaf composting collection program is suspended again this year. The leaves that the department collects at curbside will be treated as regular household trash.But this precious resource doesn't have to be wasted: the leaves can be kept out of landfills and recycled to create compost instead.

The East Fourth Street Community Garden is working with Project LeafDrop of NYCLeaves to recycle the leaves to improve the soil in local greening projects. For more information, see http://nycleaves.org.

Put your leaves in clear plastic bags or brown paper bags and bring them to the Garden. Bring leaves from residences only, and please don't bring branches, twigs, or trash.

Where to bring the leaves
East Fourth Street Community Garden
179 East 4th Street
between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
on the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington

Which days
Saturdays, November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

What time
10:00 a.m. to noon

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LIMITED SUBWAY, SHUTTLE BUSES, METRO NORTH, AND LIRR SERVICE TO RESUME

BELOW IS AN UPDATED LIST OF TIMES
WHEN PARTIAL SERVICE WILL RESUME

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES LIMITED SUBWAY,
METRO NORTH, AND LIRR SERVICE TO RESUME TODAY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced when limited subway, Metro North, and LIRR service will resume.

The following is an up-to-date service status list of the MTA operating agencies including New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and Bridges and Tunnels.


NYCT SUBWAY SERVICE:
EFFECTIVE TOMORROW MORNING PRIOR TO RUSH HOUR

1 trains will operate local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street.

2 trains will operate between 241st Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street, with express service between 96th Street and Times Square.

3 trains are suspended.

4 trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
· Between Woodlawn (Bronx) and Grand Central-42nd Street
· Between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue
5 trains will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.

6 trains will operate local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central-42nd Street.

7 trains are suspended.

42nd Street Shuttle S trains will operate between Times Square and Grand Central.

A trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
· Between 168th Street (Manhattan) and 34th Street-Penn Station
· Between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.

B and C service is suspended.

D trains operate in two sections:
· Between 205th Street (Bronx) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops
· In Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Bay Parkway making express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street

E trains are suspended.

F trains operate in two sections making all local stops:
· Between 179th Street (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square
· In Brooklyn, between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X

G trains are suspended.

J trains operate between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street making all local stops.

L trains operate between Broadway Junction and rockaway Parkway making all local stops.

M trains operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.

N trains operate between Ditmars Blvd. (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops.

Q trains are suspended.

R trains operate in Brooklyn between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street making all local stops.

Both the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles are suspended.


SHUTTLE BUSES:
EFFECTIVE TOMORROW PRIOR TO RUSH HOUR

All shuttle buses will operate north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue.
1. Between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
2. Between Jay Street-MetroTech and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
3. Between Hewes Street and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Williamsburg Bridge


LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD:
EFFECTIVE 2:00PM TODAY

Brooklyn - (Jamaica-Brooklyn): Hourly service

City Terminal – (Jamaica - Penn Station): Suspended (anticipate shuttle between these stations later tonight)

Ronkonkoma Branch: Suspended (goal to restore hourly service from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station for AM rush hour Thursday, Nov. 1)

Port Washington Branch: Suspended (goal to restore hourly service from Great Neck to Penn Station for AM rush hour Thursday, Nov. 1)

Babylon Branch: Suspended

Port Jefferson Branch: Suspended

Montauk Branch: Suspended

Hempstead Branch: Suspended

Long Beach: Suspended

Far Rockaway: Suspended

Oyster Bay Branch: Suspended

West Hempstead: Suspended


METRO-NORTH:
EFFECTIVE 2:00PM TODAY

Hudson Line: Suspended

Upper Harlem Line: Suspended

Lower Harlem Line: Restored with hourly service

New Haven Line: Suspended

New Canaan Branch: Suspended

Danbury Branch: Suspended

Waterbury Branch: Suspended

West-of-Hudson:
Pascack Valley: Suspended
Port Jervis: Suspended


BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge: Open

Henry Hudson Bridge: Open

Throgs Neck Bridge: Open

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge: Open

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: Open

Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge: Open

Cross Bay Veterans Memorial: Open northbound to Broad Chanel; Open southbound to Rockaways but subject to period closures for emergency equipment

Hugh L. Carey Tunnel: Closed

Queens Midtown Tunnel: Closed

Additional news available at www.governor.ny.gov

THIS YEAR'S REALLY BIG PUMPKIN

This is the Zambito family's 2012 contribution to
 the neighborhood's Halloween decorations.
Every year, John Zambito grows a huge pumpkin upstate
and places it in front of the family's house on McDonald Avenue,
across the street from the post office.

AWNINGS DOWNED BY HURRICANE SANDY



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

STREET ART AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

The homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat
before Hurricane Sandy slammed into it.

                                                              Photo courtesy of Jole Carliner

The remains of the street art after the hurricane.


Fort Hamilton Parkway and E. 2nd Street

66 PRECINCT 3-MONTH SUMMARY OF KENSINGTON FELONIES

                                Photo courtesy of Jole Carliner




















Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo, Commander of the 66 Precinct


POST-HURRICANE SANDY TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER ISSUES

Parking: alternate side of the street parking regulations and parking meters are suspended Wednesday.

Tunnels: seven tunnels underneath the East River were flooded, affecting the 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, L, A, C, and F subway lines.


Buses: Partial MTA bus service will resume today (Tuesday) at 5:00 p.m. Buses will operate on a fare-free basis and on a Sunday schedule. A full schedule is expected for Wednesday. Rides will continue to be fare-free. These Brooklyn bus lines are operating as of 5:00 p.m.:
B1, B3, B15, B35, B41, B44, B46, B61, B82, Q58, Q59. The Brooklyn bus map illustrates where these lines operate.


Bridges: the East River bridges reopened at 2:00 p.m.


MTA Bridges:
All MTA bridges except the ones in the Rockaways are open. 


Driving and walking: Avoid driving and walking as much as possible. Fallen trees may be blocking streets. Flying debris is a danger. 


Electricity: Con Edison estimates that customers in Brooklyn and Manhattan served by underground electric equipment should have power back within four days. Restoration to all customers in other areas served by overhead power lines will take at least a week. 

Schools: New York City public schools and charter schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31st, along with all CUNY schools.

Halloween Parades: the Park Slope Civic Council has cancelled tomorrow night's annual Halloween Parade; this event will not be rescheduled. The Prospect Park South parade has also been canceled.


Parks:
New York City public parks will be closed until further notice.


Playgrounds: New York City playgrounds will be closed until further notice.

Beaches: New York City beaches will be closed until further notice.

Recreation centers: New York City recreation centers will be closed until further notice.

Fallen trees: report fallen trees and sewer backups to 311 Online, text 311 at 311-692, or call 311.

Water: New York City's drinking water is safe. 


911: Only call 911 in an emergency.


311: when you call 311 for a non-emergency situation, hang on until someone answers.

SOME BUSES WILL ROLL TODAY

Partial MTA bus service will resume today (Tuesday) at 5:00 p.m. Buses will operate on a fare-free basis and on a Sunday schedule. A full schedule is expected for Wednesday. Rides will continue to be fare-free.

Monday, October 29, 2012

MORE CLOSINGS DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY

Schools: Public schools and CUNY schools will be closed on Tuesday.

Parking: Alternate side of the street parking regulations are suspended citywide on Tuesday. Payment at parking meters is also suspended throughout the city tomorrow.

Trash collection: The Sanitation Department will be on twelve-hour shifts (7:00 a.m.  to 7:00 p.m.) on Tuesday. Put trash and recycling out on Tuesday morning so that cans don't get blown around by the wind.

New Jersey Transit: All New Jersey Transit rail bus, light rail, and Access Link service is shut down.

Tunnels: The Holland Tunnel and Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel will closed at 2:00 p.m. today.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

HURRICANE SANDY-RELATED CLOSINGS

If you see or have problems, fill out the Hurricane Sandy Report Form to let City Councilmember Brad Lander's staff know about outdoors problems caused by the storm, such as hanging or fallen tree limbs, clogged storm drains, and so on.

Power outages: Report any power outages to Con Ed at (800) 75-CONED.

Trash collection:  DSNY will collect trash and recycling on Monday if storm conditions allow it. See nyc.gov/sanitation for updates.

MTA: The subways, buses, and commuter rails have already been shut down. How long service will be suspended for isn't known. How long it'll take to restore service after the suspension ends also isn't known.

PATH: PATH train service and stations will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, October 29th, until further notice.


Amtrak: Amtrak shut down Northeast Corridor service north of New York as of 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. It has canceled nearly all service on the eastern seaboard on Monday.

Parking: Alternate side of the street parking regulations and rules for parking meters and muni-meters will be suspended on Monday.

Driving: Stay off the road as much as possible because conditions may become dangerous and trees may be lying in the road. 

Schools: Public schools are closed on Monday. CUNY schools are closed on Monday. 

Libraries: All three public library systems will be closed on Monday.

Senior centers: Senior centers will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. 

Parks: All city parks were closed as of 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

MTA CANCELING ALL SERVICE BECAUSE OF HURRICANE SANDY

From Notify NYC:

Due to expected severe weather conditions, all MTA subway and commuter rails will be suspended citywide as of today, Sunday, October 28th, at 7:00 p.m.

MTA bus service will be suspended as of today at 9:00 p.m. 

Currently, there is no estimated time for service restoration.  For updates, visit http://www.mta.info.

DAFFODIL DIG POSTPONED BECAUSE OF HURRICANE SANDY

Sandy the Frankenstorm has caused today's Daffodil Dig at Kensington Plaza to be rescheduled for next Sunday, November 4th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

KENSINGTON FELONY CRIME 28-DAY OVERVIEW

                                                                   Photo courtesy of Jole Carliner
Incident on Sunday, October 21st, at about 4:00 p.m. at Albemarle & McDonald 
"It's nothing," an officer said. "An altercation."

Saturday, October 27, 2012

CUBISM FOR KIDS

Museum of Modern Art Fragmented: Considering Cubism
Friday, November 16th, 4:00 p.m.

"Cubism cannot definitively be called either a style, the art of a specific group or even a movement." -- MOMA Art Terms
 
Learn about famous Cubist artists, like Pablo Picasso, and make your own Cubist art in this hands-on workshop led by Riva Blumenfeld.

The program is for children of all ages. All participants will receive a free pass to visit the Museum of Modern Art as a family.

Riva Blumenfeld has been a gallery director and owner. She's an art advisor and has a master's degree in art history. She started out as an educator at the Brooklyn Museum. She leads workshops and tours for adults and children in grades K-12 at the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and 92nd Street YMHA.

Windsor Terrace Library
160 E. 5th Street, corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway

MTA TO DECIDE TOMORROW ON SHUTTING DOWN FOR HURRICANE SANDY

The MTA will decide tomorrow if it's going to suspend subway, bus, and commuter railroad service (Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road) tomorrow.  Riders would have to complete their ride by 7:00 p.m. Preparations for the possible shutdown began today.
It's possible that some of the subway may be curtailed over a period of several hours before all service is suspended.

HURRICANE APP AVAILABLE TO USE FOR HURRICANE SANDY

Hurricane App
From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677). The Red Cross will send you a link so you can download the app to your phone. Or you can download directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

Also see CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE HURRICANE.

WOOF WOOF! YIP YIP! HAVE A BARKING GOOD TIME AT TOMORROW'S HOWLL-O-WEEN BLOCK BARK PARTY

 Sean Casey Animal Rescue
2012 Howll-O-Ween Block Bark Party
Sunday October 28, 2012
*Rain or Shine* 
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E 3rd St. (Btwn Caton Ave and Fort Hamilton Pkway)
Brooklyn, New York 
 

12 PM- 5 PM
  • Live music by Atomic Dog
  • Raffles: many gift baskets, 50/50, Scratch off board
  • Fire truck and an Emergency Room truck for kids to explore
  • Doggy Kissing Booth
  •  Bobbing for Biscuits
  • Bake Sale
  • Food for sale
  • Craft table
  • Face painting
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Ask the dog trainer
  • Ask the vet
  • Ask the groomer:
     
    Free nail clippings from Dapper Dawg and Bark Slope 
  • Animals up for adoption!
1:00 PM
Best Decorated Confection Contest 

1:00 PM- 3 PM
Pony Rides

1:30 PM
Best Pie Contest

2:30 PM
Worm Eating Contest (Pasta)

3:30 PM
Kids, Animal, Adult Costume Contests

4:00 PM
Dog Contests:
Biggest Paw, Smallest Paw, Best Dog Trick, Ugliest Dog, Handsomest Dog 

4:30 PM
Raffles will be called

We really hope to see you there!
Sponsored by:
HDH_logo_KO 
Peace, Love, and Pit Bulls,

Sean Casey Animal Rescue

Friday, October 26, 2012

CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS IN ANTICIPATION OF HURRICANE SANDY

Senior centers: Senior centers will close early on Monday. They won't be open at all on Tuesday. Centers are making arrangements for their members to take meals home with them. Extra meals will be delivered to home-bound seniors on Monday. 

Subways: All of the subway service changes that were planned for this weekend have been canceled, except the changes planned for the 7 and the J. Changes to the 7 and the J have been rescheduled through Saturday only. 

Access-A-Ride: Trips are only being scheduled one day in advance of travel for both Saturday, October 27th, and Sunday, October 28th. Rides might be canceled. 

Specialized High Schools Admissions Test: The SHSAT, which was scheduled for Sunday, October 28th, has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 18th. The Saturday, October 27th, test will take place as planned.

COMPOST FOR BROOKLYN CLOSING FOR A WHILE

After Sunday, October 28th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., don't bring your compost to Compost for Brooklyn. That'll be their last open day for a while as they temporary close for repairs and renovations. While they're closed, bring your compost to Cortelyou Greenmarket on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Cortelyou Greenmarket is on Cortelyou Road between Argyle and Rugby roads. It's open year-round Or go to any location listed here.

In the spring of 2013, Compost for Brooklyn will reopen. In the meantime, while they're closed, they'll have some needed volunteer workdays. Their website and Facebook page will list the dates and times for workdays.



Compost for Brooklyn

Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street
Brooklyn, New York
http://compostforbrooklyn.org/
https://www.facebook.com/compostforbrooklyn

SAMO LIVES ON FORT HAMILTON PARKWAY




Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1960-1988
Fort Hamilton Parkway at E. 2nd Street
Windsor Terrace/Kensington, Brooklyn

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born and raised in Brooklyn.
He is buried in Green-wood Cemetery, just a few blocks away from this corner.
 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

FRIGHTENING MOVIE AT BABBO'S TOMORROW NIGHT

Movie: "Don't Look Now"
Thursday, October 25th, 8:30 p.m.
Come, be enchanted, be horrified by Nicolas Roeg's eerie film "Don't Look Now", starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.

Based on Daphne du Maurier's story of the same name, the 1973 film was praised by Roger Ebert as "one of the great horror masterpieces, working not with fright, which is easy, but with dread, grief and apprehension."


Filmed on set in beautiful Venice, the film won the BAFTA award for Best Cinematography.
                                                                 --Leonora Stein, owner of Babbo's Books

1973. 110 minutes. Rated R. 

The suggested donation is $5. Or, admission is free with the purchase of the book ($16).

Ages 18 and up are welcome.

RSVP, if possible, at https://www.facebook.com/events/377312189013839.

Babbo's Books
242 Prospect Park West, between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 788-3475
e-mail: admin @ babbosbooks.com
www.babbosbooks.com

SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

REMINDER TO TELL IT TO THE SANIT GUY


Thursday, October 25, 7 pm to 8 pm

Guest speaker:
Ignazio Terranova
Community Affairs Office
New York City Department of Sanitation

Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting
at
University Place
385 McDonald Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn, NY

ALTERNATE SIDE RULES FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Alternate side of the street parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended on  Friday, October 26th, and Saturday, October 27th for Idul-Adha. All other parking regulations, including those for parking meters, will be in effect.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS SUNDAY AT THE DAFFODIL DIG


HOWLLOWEEN PARTY FOR PEOPLE AND PETS


5th Annual Howlloween Block Bark Party
Sunday, October 28th, noon to 5:00 p.m.

food, beverages, and desserts

music, raffles, and pet costume contest

Dress your pet in a costume!
Dress yourself in a costume!

All proceeds benefit Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
on the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington
(718) 436-5163
nyanimalrescue [at] yahoo.com
 

SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES.

Monday, October 22, 2012

NEW BLOG ABOUT GOLDEN FARM EMPLOYEES

Kensington Community Supporting Justice For Golden Farm Workers is the name of the newly-created blog that supports Golden Farm employees in their long-standing wage, hour, and benefits battle against their employer, Sonny Kim. Mr. Kim is scheduled to sit down with the employees' union next week. The meeting between the employer and the union was mandated by the National Labor Relations Board after it certified the results of the employees' vote in favor of unionizing with Local 338 of the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Union, United Food and Commercial Workers (RWDSU/UFCW).

NATURE IN RED AND GREEN

Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets

JUICE PEDALER HAS JUICE

The juice and coffee at Juice Pedaler are ready to be served. Open hours this week for the combination bike shop and juice bar are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Next week, opening time will be earlier. The bike shop offers sales, service, and rental. Juice Pedaler had its soft opening in August.

Juice Pedaler
154 Prospect Park Southwest, between Vanderbilt and Seeley streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

phone: (718) 871-7500
info @ juicepedalernyc.com
website: https://store.juicepedalernyc.com/

TELL IT TO THE SANIT GUY

These recycling baskets aren't in Kensington.
Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting on Sanitation
Thursday, October 25th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The public litter baskets
on street corners fill up and overflow too quickly; they're full again the day after they're emptied. People are putting their household garbage in these baskets; they should get ticketed. Businesses are putting their commercial garbage in them; they should get ticketed. The baskets need to be emptied more often. We need more of the litter baskets with the narrow openings that household and commercial garbage can't fit into. More baskets are needed near schools, libraries, and bus stops.


Those are some sanitation issues that residents might like to bring up at Thursday's meeting of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association. The Department of Sanitation will send a representative from its Community Affairs Office to that meeting. Ignazio Terranova will talk about the department's efforts to keep Kensington's sidewalks and streets clean, answer your questions, and listen to your complaints (and compliments).


Other issues the Sanitation Department deals with that you might have questions or comments about are snow removal, recycling, and street cleaning.


The meeting is free. All members of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) and all non-members are invited to attend. Foodtown and the ANA will provide refreshments.


The ANA will meet in the 4th floor student lounge at University Place, the student housing building at 385 McDonald Avenue, between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road, across the street from Foodtown. The meeting room is wheelchair-accessible.

VENDORS WANTED FOR HOLIDAY BAZAAR AT PS 130

PS 130 PTA Annual Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 8th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Needed: crafters and artisans

Winter crafts, local vendors, music, food, performances by students, and pictures with Santa will be featured at the annual holiday bazaar of the PS 130 PTA (The Parkside School).

Crafters and artisans are needed to sell new items. The user fee for a table is $30.00 for a single and $40.00 for a double. To reserve a single or a double and get an application and a vendor agreement, send an e-mail to info @ ps130pta.com. No used items or food or beverages can be sold by vendors.

PS 130 
70 Ocean Parkway
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
http://ps130brooklyn.com/