Friday, May 31, 2013

GET YOUR CAR OUT OF THE WALGREENS LOT


Walgreens
 
On or about next Wednesday, June 5th,

construction will begin on what will be Walgreens and Key Food
at 289 Prospect Avenue.

Cars won't be allowed to park in the parking lot
or anywhere else on the property anymore.
If anyone parks a car there anyway, it'll be towed away
at the owner's expense.

AIR QUALITY IS OFFICIALLY NOT GOOD

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued this notification today, May 31st, at 3:25 p.m.:
"The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued Air Quality Health Advisories for New York City until 11:00 p.m. today, May 31st, and from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1st.

Active children and adults and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.
For more information, visit the National Weather Service website at http://www.1.usa.gov/16w10Sq or the Department of Environmental Conservation website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/aqi/aqi_forecast.cfm."

Thursday, May 30, 2013

THE UNENDING BATTLE OF CAR VERSUS CAR AND CAR VERSUS PEDESTRIAN

AN UPDATE IS POSTED AT "ALBEMARLE ACTIVISM BRINGS SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS"

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Speeding cars and crash-prone intersections were on residents' minds nearly exclusively at the Community Board 12 meeting on Tuesday: almost every speaker--and there were a lot of them--focused on the hazards of crossing a street or standing on a sidewalk.

Two major trouble spots they pointed out are Beverley Road at E. 2nd Street (speeding cars and a crash-prone intersection) and the entire stretch of Albemarle Road from Ocean Parkway to McDonald Avenue (also speeding cars and multiple crash-prone intersections).

Just last week, the driver of a Honda Civic, who is believed to have gone through the stop sign on E. 4th Street, crashed into an ambulette on Albemarle Road, knocking it on its side, trapping its patient inside for twenty minutes, and causing it to hit a parked SUV. The hurst tool ("jaws of life") was used to extricate the patient from the vehicle. The ambulette passenger and two other people were taken to a hospital. Residents say that the crash on Albemarle prior to this one involved seven vehicles. 

Meanwhile, Eve, mother of the owner (Benny) of the recently-opened Beverley Pizza and Cafe on E. 2nd Street at Beverley Road, was struck when a car on Beverley turned right onto E. 2nd too quickly and hit a parked car, which hit another, which hit another, and so on. One of the parked cars ended up on the sidewalk where Eve was standing, not far from the pizzeria. Eve, walking with the assistance of a cane, spoke at the community board meeting.

Fairly recently, the Department of Transportation (DOT) did traffic studies on these long-problematic locations and determined that no traffic-calming measures were needed. Our City Councilmember, Brad Lander, has asked DOT to study Albemarle again, and the agency has agreed to do it in July.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MASSAGE THERAPIST NEARBY

Olga Kuchukov
Massage Therapy
917 842 8246
Deep Tissue
Sports
Energy
24-hour cancellation policy
olgaa68 @ yahoo.com
Jaya East Yoga is one of the places where Olga offers massage therapy.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

TEMPORARY GALLERY ON FHP


The "For Rent" sign is still attached to the fence in front of 3021 Fort Hamilton Parkway, but until a long-term tenant is found, the storefront will temporarily function as a gallery named "Fort Hamilton."

The current exhibit is "Silhouettes," curated by Christopher Aque and Anissa Mack and featuring Becca Albee, Lucas Blalock, Daniel Bozhkov, Carter, Steffani Jemison, Em Rooney, Lauren Silva, Matt Taber, and Carmen Winant. The show opened on May 18th and will run through June 16th. Open hours are Saturdays and Sundays, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The building, located between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets in Windsor Terrace, was purchased by the Chaousy family in the 1950s. They ran Chaousy's Pharmacy in the storefront. 

Then it became Miss Janet's Dance Studio, fondly remembered by long-time residents until that moved to Church and E. 4th, and then it was Zyl-Art, where eyeglasses and sunglasses got decorated. That was until the mid-1990s.

Last May, a family member sold the building to Richard A. Prins.

For more information or appointments, e-mail info @ fort-hamilton.info.

NEW DROP BOX FOR CLOTHING ON FORT HAMILTON PARKWAY

UPDATE: The box was there for a day or two or three, and then it wasn't there.


This new drop box for clothing is next to the E. 2nd Street side of
Chino's Corner Deli at Fort Hamilton Parkway and E. 2nd Street.

The drop box was placed by SpinGreen. Its decal is in the upper left corner.
"We are a Green social enterprise that cares for the planet, environment, and people. We are an American woman-owned clothes recycling company. We collect post-consumer textiles to keep them out of landÔ¨Ālls and give people in America and around the world a chance to have wearable clothing."

SpinGreen collects and recycles shirts, dresses, pants, jackets,
socks, skirts, and other clothing, shoes, and toys made of textiles.

A CLEARER PHOTO OF FOOK CHUN LO, MISSING FROM BROOKLYN

photo from 2011

The NYPD issued a Missing Senior Notification at 9:30 tonight for Fook Chun Lo, a 71-year-old Asian man. Mr. Lo was last seen in the vicinity of 77th Street and 21st Avenue in Brooklyn yesterday, dressed in a yellow jacket, black pants, and black dress shoes. 

He is described as 5'3" tall, weighing 115 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He is reported to be in good mental and physical condition. If you see him, please call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or go to http://WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM and submit a tip online.

KARAOKE

Saturday night karaoke will return to Shenanigans next Saturday, June 1st, from 10:00 p.m.-ish to closing time-ish.

Shenanigans Pub
802 Caton Avenue, at E. 8th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 633-3689

Saturday, May 25, 2013

MISSING SENIOR CITIZEN: FOOK CHUN LO

photo taken in 2011

The NYPD issued a Missing Senior Notification at 9:30  tonight for Fook Chun Lo, a male, Asian, age 71, last seen in the vicinity of 77th Street and 21st Avenue in Brooklyn yesterday wearing a yellow jacket, black pants, and black dress shoes.

He is described as standing 5'3" tall, weighing 115 pounds, and having gray hair and brown eyes. He is reported to be in good mental and physical condition. If you see him, call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or go to the Crime Stoppers website at http://WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM to submit a tip online.

TWO SOLARIZING SESSIONS COMING UP

UPDATE: THE JUNE 4TH SESSION HAS BEEN POSTPONED
DUE TO A CONFLICT.




free Solarize Brooklyn sessions

Saturday, June 1st, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Cortelyou Library
1305 Cortelyou Road at Argyle Road

Tuesday, June 4th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Flatbush Library
22 Linden Boulevard, between Flatbush and Bedford

Friday, May 24, 2013

JUICE PEDALER'S LONGER DAYS

Juice Pedaler's newer, more expanded hours, as of Tuesday, May 28th, are
  • Mondays through Fridays, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JuicePedaler

COMMUNITY BOARD 12'S AGENDA

The City of New York
Brooklyn Community Board 12

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013

7 P.M. TO 8 P.M.

PS 230

1 ALBEMARLE ROAD

(BETWEEN MCDONALD AVENUE AND DAHILL ROAD)

A G E N D A



1.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

2.      PUBLIC SESSION

3.      ADOPTION OF MINUTES

4.      CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS – YIDEL PERLSTEIN

5.      TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE REPORT – SANDY ABOULAFIA

6.      VARIANCE COMMITTEE REPORT – DAVID SHLOMOVICH

7.      OLD BUSINESS

8.      NEW BUSINESS

9.      ADJOURN


Public Session: Residents are given three minutes each to request assistance, ask questions, make statements, offer suggestions, or follow up on items from previous meetings. When you get to the meeting, sign the attendance sheet and also fill out a short form describing what you want to speak about. If, by chance, you don't get called on to speak, let the board know that you signed up.

COMMUNITY BOARD 12 RETURNS TO KENSINGTON!

Community Board 12 will meet
in
Kensington
on
Tuesday, May 28th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

in
the P.S. 230 upper school auditorium
at
1 Albemarle Road
between McDonald and Dahill.

Please go to the meeting and tell the board
about any problems in Kensington
that need to be taken care of.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

BROOKLYN COMMUNE BABY ARRIVES

Heartfelt congratulations
to mom Eugenie Woo and dad Chris Scott
on the birth of their son Caleb,
who entered the world tonight at 6:45.

Wishing you health and happiness.

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Last week, little Caleb's parents
received this well-deserved award
for their consistent community-building
and their philosophy of giving.

"In honor of Brooklyn Commune's
generosity to our community"

NO ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING ON MONDAY

Alternate side of the street parking regulations (that allow for street cleaning) and parking meter regulations will be suspended on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th. 

The Department of Transportation says that Memorial Day is a major legal holiday and that "On major legal holidays, stopping, standing and parking are permitted except in areas where stopping, standing and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (e.g., "No Standing Anytime")."

FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT NOW

"The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning citywide until 5:30 PM. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

For the latest information visit: http://www.weather.gov/nyc."

TWO LOCAL LAW ENFORCERS HONORED

Two of the twenty recipients of the Kings County District Attorney's 23rd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards who were recognized for "their bravery, diligence, dedication to the job, and involvement in the community" are

Auxiliary Deputy Chief Anthony ChristoDeputy Chief Christo began his volunteer service as an NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer in December 1972. Citing a desire to “serve as the eyes and ears of the NYPD”, Deputy Chief Christo completed the Auxiliary training course and was assigned to the 66th Precinct in Borough Park.

He excelled in assisting uniformed officers with crowd control, traffic control, crime prevention, and patrol. Over the years, Deputy Chief Christo received many promotions, beginning in 1975 when he was promoted to Auxiliary Sergeant, up until 2001, when he was promoted to his current rank of Auxiliary Deputy Chief.

He works with uniformed officers in the recruitment and retention of Auxiliary Officers in Brooklyn South, which currently maintains the largest auxiliary membership, citywide. Deputy Chief Christo has assisted in deploying Auxiliary Officers to high crime areas, sensitive locations, houses of worship, Prospect Park, and the Summer Concert Series.

He also played a significant role in leading local officials to rename Shore Road and 74th Street in honor of Linying Gong, the first Asian-American female Auxiliary Police Captain in Brooklyn South, who passed away after a lengthy illness.

Detective Mike Cleary – Known as the “Sheriff of Windsor Terrace,” Detective Cleary retired from the police force this past March after 22 years on foot-patrol duty, serving the community of Windsor Terrace in the 72nd Precinct. Detective Cleary was born and raised in the neighborhood he was later charged with protecting. Everyone in the neighborhood knew him. 

Detective Cleary would gather information from residents and merchants as he walked his beat, stopping at local businesses to hear what was going on in the community. He would get complaints to look into, such as graffiti in the area, burglaries and robberies. Everyone came to him to inform him of crimes they witnessed, and trusted Detective Cleary to take care of them. He made everyone in the neighborhood feel safe.  

Detective Cleary joined the NYPD in 1985, starting out in Harlem’s 28th Precinct. He nearly lost his life after five years on the job when, in August 1990, Detective Cleary and his partner were chasing a suspect who suddenly pulled a submachine gun on them and pulled the trigger. The cops’ lives were saved because the safety was on and the gun would not fire.

Detective Cleary returned to Windsor Terrace the following year. He tried to help troubled kids. Instead of arresting kids for graffiti, he would make them wash their tags off with hot water and write essays about what they did wrong. He once brought a local teacher’s daughter home after catching her drinking in a park with other kids, instead of arresting her.  

Detective Cleary would often adjust his tours to chase crime trends. Recently, when a thief was snatching tires and rims around 4:00 AM, Detective Cleary told his captain that he would like to begin his tours before dawn. 

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The text above is a portion of a press release issued by the Kings County District Attorney's Office of Public Information.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

CHECK OUT MCDONALD HARDWARE SUPPLY

McDonald Hardware Supply, 493 McDonald Avenue, between Church Avenue and Avenue C, is a fully-stocked plumbing, electric, and hardware supply store that also stocks all those other items that make a hardware store indispensable and so interesting to browse.

 painting supplies

roofing supplies

COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY FOR CHURCH AVE., EAST OF CIA

The Church Avenue BID (Business Improvement District) is looking for volunteers who are community-minded and appreciate cleanliness to help with the Saturday, June 1st, graffiti clean-up, cleaning, and weeding on Church Avenue between Coney Island Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.

Details…

  • The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. outside of Downtown Natural on Church Avenue and E. 17th Street. Volunteers can pick up supplies and the BID's brand-new t-shirts there.
  • At 2:00 p.m., they'll head to the annual post-clean-up BBQ in a backyard on Buckingham Road.
  • Kids are welcome to participate, as long as they're supervised by an adult.
  • Cleaning up together can be fun and useful at the same time!

To register for the clean-up, e-mail the BID at info @ churchavenue.org or call (718) 282-2500, ext. 63237.

Lauren Elvers Collins, Executive Director, Church Avenue BID, http://www.churchavenue.org, provided KARMABrooklyn with this information.

"FOOTNOTE," THE MOVIE

Movie Night: "Footnote"
Sunday, May 26th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

"Footnote," an award-winning Israeli comedy (Best Screenplay Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival) tells a tale of competition between father-and-son, professors in the Talmudic Research Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for recognition of their work. Which is more important: public recognition or family ties?

107 minutes. Rated PG. Released in 2011. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

6:30 p.m.: Chinese food dinner. $10.
7:00 p.m.: movie.

Flatbush Jewish Center 
327 E. 5th Street
corner of Church Avenue  Kensington, Brooklyn

phone: (718) 871-5200
fax: (718) 871-5204 
e-mail: fandstjc  @  verizon.net
http://www.flatbushjewishcenter.org
https://www.facebook.com/FlatbushJewishCenter 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

66TH PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING THIS WEEK

66th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Thursday, May 23rd, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo will report on crime in the 66th Precinct, where he is the Commanding Officer, at this month's meeting of the 66th Precinct Community Council. That will be a good time for members of the public to bring crime issues they're concerned about to his attention.

Also take this opportunity to learn about programs offered by the precinct and the NYPD.

The meeting is open to the public.
Normally, the 66th Precinct Community Council meets on the third Thursday of the month, but this month, the third Thursday fell on the Jewish holiday of Shavuoth.

Meetings take place 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 further details, call the precinct at (718) 851-5601. 

Meeting place:
Community Board 12 office
5910 13th Avenue, between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn
Community Council officers:
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

BANGLADESHI STREET FAIR IN EARLY JUNE


8th Annual Bangladeshi Street Fair
Sunday, June 9th

presented by
Church McDonald Bangladeshi Business Association

Monday, May 20, 2013

HERE COMES THE SUN (POWER)

Solarize Brooklyn
Wednesday, May 22nd, 7:30 p.m., All Souls Bethlehem Church
Saturday, June 1st, 10:30 a.m., Cortelyou Library

The community-based movement Solarize Brooklyn is going to be bringing solar power to Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and Flatbush. Participants in the program, which ends on June 30th, will receive a discount. The program is available for one- to four-family homes, coops, and condos.

Attend a free community education session at either All Souls Bethlehem Church or the Cortelyou Library to find out
  • if you're a good candidate for solar power,
  • the various incentives that are offered,
  • how much money solar power can save you,
  • if it's better for you to lease or buy,
  • if there are upfront charges, and
  • who else in the neighborhood is interested in converting together to solar power.

These education sessions are scheduled for 

Wednesday, May 22nd, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
at 
566 E. 7th Street
between Cortelyou Road and Ditmas Avenue

and

Saturday, June 1st, 10:30 a.m. to noon
at 
1305 Cortelyou Road
between Argyle and Rugby roads


Solarize Brooklyn
website: http://www.solarizebrooklyn.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SolarizeBrooklyn
e-mail: solarbrooklyn @ gmail.com
Google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/solarize-brooklyn-kwtf
Solarize Brooklyn: KWTF Sign Up Form: http://goo.gl/r2Mr7

WALGREENS (WT) CONSTRUCTION STARTS SOON

Construction will begin later this week or early next week, reports Walgreens' representative for the Windsor Terrace site. The Department of Buildings has approved Walgreens' application to build. Nevcon Contracting of Mount Vernon, New York, has been selected as the contractor. Walgreens is still waiting for a few insurance and other permits to be issued.

Signs alerting car owners about when to relocate their cars will be posted well in advance of construction.


Thank you for the information, Ryan Lynch.

MUSIC AMONG THE GRAVESTONES


 Memorial Day Concert at Green-Wood Cemetery
May 27th, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bring a blanket to sit on, relax, and enjoy the free performance as ISO Symphonic Band founder and conductor Brian P. Worsdale leads the band--a sixty-two-piece wind, brass, and percussion ensemble--through patriotic songs, a tribute to Glenn Miller, and music by some of Green-Wood’s "permanent residents": Broadway lyricist Fred Ebb, nineteenth-century composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, singer-songwriter Paul Jabara, and others. Also performing will be guest vocalist and program co-host Maggie Worsdale

Food and refreshments will be available to purchase.

Even though the concert is free, you need to register. Use the Ticket Information box on the registration page. 

Meet inside the main gain at 25th Street at 5th Avenue. To get there, take the "R" train to 25th Street (Brooklyn) and walk up the hill one block and into Green-wood Cemetery.


Free parking is available.

When the concert ends, experience a special trolley mini-tour of the highlights of Greenwood--such as DeWitt Clinton’s bronze statue, Battle Hill, and the Civil War Soldiers’ Lot--led by Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman.

The cost of the tour is $5 for members of The Green-Wood Historic Fund and $10 for non-members. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended.

Questions? Call (718) 210-3080.

Historic Green-Wood Cemetery
25th Street at 5th Avenue
http://www.green-wood.com

Sunday, May 19, 2013

DON'T RIDE DRUNK

Conflicting newspaper articles report that the passenger who a train struck last night as it approached the Prospect Park West-15th Street station was allegedly intoxicated, standing between subway cars on a moving G train, and urinating when he fell onto the tracks. The train either ran over him or clipped him. His arm might have been severed.

The man and his girlfriend were transported to Lutheran Medical Center and New York Methodist Hospital to be treated.

FREE CAT AND DOG ADOPTION


Free Adoption of Cats and Dogs
Saturday, June 1st, and Sunday, June 2nd

At free adoption events throughout New York City, hundreds of homeless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens will be on the lookout for the angels who will take them home and love them. Every animal has already been spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.

The Alliance for NYC’s Animals will host "Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days" in more than fifty shelters and rescue groups. Adoption is free for everyone who qualifies; Maddie’s Fund® (www.maddiesfund.org) is paying all of the expenses.

Two Brooklyn locations are
  • Sean Casey Animal Rescue, 153 East 3rd Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue.
    • Free adoption hours: Saturday, June 1st, and Sunday, June 2nd, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Animal Care & Control Brooklyn Animal Care Center, 2336 Linden Boulevard.
    • Free adoption hours: Saturday, June 1st, and Sunday, June 2nd, from noon to 7:00 p.m.

The cats and dogs vary in age, breed, color, and size. Some are in perfect health, and others are living with treatable, manageable medical conditions.


To find out more and to see a complete list of adoption locations, click here for the website of The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

About The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and no-kill shelters to offer important programs and services to save the lives of NYC's homeless animals. It receives no government funding. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org

EFFORTS CONTINUE TO MAKE THE G TRAIN MORE RIDER-FRIENDLY

G Train Improvement Strategy Meeting
Monday, May 20th, 6:30 p.m.

The MTA agreed in February to conduct a full line review of the G train after riders, politicians, and grassroots transit advocate groups publicly protested the line's performance. At the end of June, the review will be made public.

The Riders Alliance took on the issue of improving G train service and has been working on it over several months. The group will meet tomorrow evening to talk about what needs to be done so the review accurately reflects G train riders' problems. The meeting is open to everyone.

Four changes the Riders Alliance is encouraging the MTA to implement are:
  • Add free out-of-system [above-ground] transfers to the J/M at Broadway and to the nine subway lines [2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R] at Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center from Fulton Street.
  • Increase train frequency at rush hours and late nights.
  • Improve communication with riders, especially when there are delays and service changes.
  • Reopen station exits that have been closed for decades.

Send an RSVP to the meeting on the Riders Alliance website. Snacks will be served.

Meeting Location:
UnionDocs
322 Union Avenue
four blocks from the Metropolitan Avenue G stop
Brooklyn


Do you have access to the G train?
Help the Riders Alliance campaign to advance G train service
by filling out their survey,
whether you use the G or you avoid it.