Friday, January 31, 2014

NEARBY F AND G STATIONS SKIPPED ON WEEKENDS

From Friday, January 31st, at 11:45 p.m. until Monday, February 3rd, at 5:00 a.m., Coney Island-bound F trains and Church Avenue-bound G trains will skip these neighborhood stations:

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

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

For service from these stations, take the F or G to 7th Avenue or Smith-9th streets and transfer to a
Coney Island-bound F or Church Avenue-bound G. 


These changes will take place every weekend in February through June 24th, the final Monday of the month.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

THE COST OF HOUSING HAS BEEN GOING UP, UP, UP

Occupy Kensington Meeting
Wednesday, January 29th, 8:00 p.m.

at 309 E. 5th Street
a little north of Church Avenue
Kensington

From Eleanor of Occupy Kensington:

With house prices and rents seemingly endlessly rising, tonight we'll discuss rent control, public housing, and affordable housing quotas. Are there viable mechanisms to keep this city a workable option for working families, or will the market drive us all out?

Also, the National Labor Relations Board court hearing on Golden Farm was scheduled to take place this morning, and someone will report on it.

F AND G TRAIN IMMEDIATE CHANGES

Some southbound F trains are running express from Jay Street to Church Avenue.

Some southbound G trains terminate at Bedford-Nostrand Avenue because of ongoing signal problems at Ditmas Avenue.

MEET UP WITH OTHER SELF-EMPLOYED KWT RESIDENTS

Prospect Park South Networking Group
Wednesday, February 12th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30-ish p.m.

Self-employed local folks: meet each other, exchange information, share hits and misses, strategize, and be encouraging in a newly-formed networking group for residents of Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Midwood, and Ditmas Park.

If you are
  • an owner of a small bricks-and-mortar business ,
  • an owner of a microbusiness,
  • a sole proprietor,
  • an independent contractor,
  • a freelancer,
  • a service provider who works at home or is "headquartered" at home,
  • a service provider who rents a small office space to work in, or
  • any other kind of self-employed person,
this group is for you.

The first meet-up is just two weeks away. Ideas for discussions at future meet-ups will be welcome. Bring your business card with you to distribute.

Lark Cafe will be offering a happy hour drink special with $5 beer and $6 wine for people participating in the meet-up.

Join the networking group and RSVP for the February 12th event at 

Meeting location
Lark Cafe
1007 Church Avenue
between E. 10th Street and Stratford Road
Brooklyn
http://www.larkcafe.com/index.html
 
in the meeting room to the left of the entrance.

ASP SUSPENDED ON WEDNESDAY, 1/29/14

Alternate side of the street parking regulations (for street cleaning) are suspended today--Wednesday, January 29th)--to facilitate winter weather preparations and snow removal, the Sanitation and Transportation departments announced this morning.

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

Monday, January 27, 2014

TUESDAY'S PARKING RULES--1/28/14

Alternate side of the street parking regulations (for street cleaning) will be in effect tomorrow (Tuesday, January 28th).  

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

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY AT SYCAMORE BAR AND FLOWER SHOP


Sycamore Bar and Flowershop
1118 Cortelyou Road
 between Stratford Road and Westminster Road
Brooklyn

(347) 240-5850  sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com
 http://sycamorebrooklyn.com
https://www.facebook.com/sycamore.brooklyn

UPDATE #1 ON FIRE DOWN BELOW ON E. 3RD STREET

The FDNY is battling fires in Con Ed manholes on E. 3rd Street, between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road.

The entire block has been closed off. Most of the homes are without electricity. Also affected are homes on E. 3rd between Albemarle Road and Caton Avenue.

The FDNY had been going door-to-door to check for carbon monoxide when the second manhole caught fire.

Advice: unplug all appliances that have a compressor, such as a refrigerator, in case of a power surge.

Thanks, CEM and MMA, for the info. 

FIRE DOWN BELOW ON E. 3RD STREET

The FDNY is battling fires in Con Ed's manholes on E. 3rd Street, between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road. One house has been taped off. As you can imagine, electrical service is sparse.

FIREWORKS TONIGHT. NOT ALL LOUD, POPPING SOUNDS WILL BE GUNSHOTS.

The fireworks display in New York Harbor tonight, east of Liberty Island, will start at approximately 8:40 p.m. If the weather is lousy, the display will take place tomorrow night instead, still at 8:40 p.m.

It's the kickoff for this Sunday's Super Bowl.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

MONDAY'S PARKING RULES--1/27/14

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended citywide tomorrow, Monday, January 27th, to facilitate winter weather preparations and snow removal.

Payment at parking meters will remain in effect citywide.

DISTRICT MANAGER LEAVES COMMUNITY BOARD 12

After more than ten years as District Manager of Brooklyn Community Board 12, Wolf Sender is leaving for a job with newly-elected Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson. Starting on February 3rd, Mr. Sender will "oversee Jewish affairs."

Anyone considering applying for the job of District Manager can learn about the job's responsibilities on pages 52 to 55 of 2010 Handbook for Community Board Members. The Brooklyn Borough President's website sums up the job: 
The District Manager
Each Community Board has its own office, District Manager and staff. The District Manager and the Board staff are hired by a Community Board and serve at the Board's pleasure.
The District Manager establishes an office, hires staff, and implements procedures to improve the delivery of City services to the district. District Managers play many different roles. They are complaint takers, municipal mangers, information sources, community organizers, mediators, advocates and much more.

The main responsibility of the District Office is to receive and resolve complaints from community residents.

Many Board offices have assumed the responsibility of providing additional services. These might include assisting with Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Forms, Housing Assistance Applications, Half-Fare applications, etc. They also process permits for block parties, street fairs, etc.

In addition, some offices may handle special projects, including organizing tenants and merchants associations, coordinating neighborhood cleanup programs, publicizing special events, and more, depending on community needs.

Each community board is given an annual budget that pays for personnel (the District Manager and full-time and/or part-time staff), rent (if charged), supplies, and mailings.

The majority of a board's budget--each board gets about $200,000 per year--is spent on personnel. In 2012, for example, CB 12 spent $152,574 on salaries. Mr. Sender's annual salary was $107,446. Lucille Mauro, Community Assistant, was paid $31,036. And Community Service Aide Ann Marie Honan earned $14 per hour and was paid $14,092.

Community Board 12 rents office space at 5910 13th Avenue, between 59th and 60th streets.
phone: (718) 851-0800
fax: (718) 851-4140
e-mail: bk12 @ cb . nyc . gov
http://www.brooklyncb12.org

Friday, January 24, 2014

SATURDAY'S PARKING RULES--1/25/14

Alternate Side Parking Regulations will continue to be suspended throughout New York City tomorrow (Saturday, January 25th) to facilitate snow removal.

Payment at parking meters will remain in effect tomorrow.

Alternate Side Parking Regulations are expected to go back into effect on Monday, January 27th. The Department of Transportation is encouraging car owners to move their cars in preparation for normal Monday parking rules.

BROOKLYN COMMUNE'S CHEF WILL SERVE AT LINCOLN CENTER

The James Beard Foundation counts Brooklyn Commune's Chris Scott as one of New York’s finest chefs.

The Foundation has invited Chef Chris to perform his cooking magic for the Greens (the Foundation's group of foodies under 40) and Hang Set (Jazz at Lincoln Center’s group of jazz fans under 40) when the two groups get together at Lincoln Center for an evening of food and jazz.

The first part of the evening will be a reception, followed by a concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The concert's hosts will be alto saxophonist, bandleader, and composer Kenny Garrett & The Music of Mulgrew Miller, the late pianist. 

Chris Scott and his wife, Eugenie Woo, co-own Brooklyn Commune. They've fashioned the restaurant into an enjoyable and comfortable place to eat delicious food, and they've made it an active, contributing member of the community since its opening in 2010.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

F AND G SUBWAY LINES RUNNING AGAIN

8:45 p.m.: Service has resumed at all of the stations on the F and G subway lines in Brooklyn, but delays will most likely go on for at least a little while.

9:43 p.m.: Oops--not quite at all of the stations. Southbound F trains are running express from Bergen St to Church Av. G train service is running with delays in both directions.

PERSON PINNED IN CAR UNDERNEATH TRUCK





FRIDAY'S PARKING RULES--1/24/14

Alternate side of the street parking regulations (for street cleaning) will remain suspended on Friday, January 24th, to facilitate snow removal.

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

NO F OR G SUBWAY NOW BETWEEN JAY STREET AND KINGS HIGHWAY

A signal problem possibly due to a power outage at the Church Avenue station has caused these service changes, as of 6:21 tonight (Thursday):

  • No F train service between Jay St-MetroTech and Kings Hwy in both directions.
  • Some F trains running on the D line between Jay St-MetroTech and W 4 St in both directions.
  • F shuttle train service operating between Kings Hwy and Stillwell Av in both directions.
  • No G train service between Church Av and Bedford Av-Nostrand Avs in both directions.
  • For downtown Brooklyn service, customers are advised to use the B57, B61, B67 or B69 buses.
  • For F train, customers are advised to use B6, B8, B9, B35 buses to nearby R or Q  trains.
  • For G trains, customers are advised to use B38, B52 or B54 buses.
  • Allow additional travel time.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

CAFE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR EVENTS


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NOW AVAILABLE
FOR PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE EVENTS 

Juice Pedaler is a cafĂ© space available for private and semi-private events. Choose between our beautiful backyard garden with a full deck and steps down to a yard or our indoor space with a working fireplace…or choose both!

We can accommodate a variety of events, including:

  • evening birthdays, anniversaries, private dinners, and surprise parties,
  • intimate weddings,
  • corporate events and meetings,
  • book signings,
  • acoustic music showcases and record release parties,
  • gallery openings (lots of potential for creative installations),
  • bridal and baby showers,
  • photo and film shoots, and
  • launch parties.

*Our indoor space accommodates 10 to 50 people.*

*Our outdoor space accommodates 10 to 75 people.*

*Wi-fi is available.*

The sound system is compatible with iPad, iPod, and iPhone.

No kitchen facilities are available, but outside caterers are welcome.

E-mail info @ juicepedalernyc . com for more information.

Juice Pedaler
154 Prospect Park Southwest

Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, NY 11218
phone: (718) 871-7500

e-mail: info @ juicepedalernyc . com 
https://store.juicepedalernyc.com
https://www.facebook.com/JuicePedaler 

THURSDAY'S PARKING RULES--1/23/14

Alternate side of the street parking regulations for street cleaning will remain suspended on Thursday, January 23rd, to facilitate snow removal.

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WEDNESDAY'S PARKING RULES--1/22/14

Alternate side of the street parking regulations for street cleaning will remain suspended on Wednesday, January 22nd, to facilitate snow removal.

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

NO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS OR PSAL TODAY

Notification from the New York City Department of Education

Because of weather conditions,
  • after school programs and
  • PSAL activities
have been canceled for today, Tuesday, January 21st.

That's it. No other changes to the school schedule have been made as of 1:00 p.m.

SNOWFALL PREDICTION: 8 TO 12 INCHES

From the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM):

  • Hazardous Travel Advisory in effect today and Wednesday.
  • Wet, slick sidewalks.
  • Roadways could quickly turn icy.
  • 8 to 12 inches of snow accumulation through Wednesday.
  • Dangerously cold temperatures through Friday.

Drivers
  • Drive slowly.
  • Monitor weather and traffic.
  • Use major streets or highways.
  • Keep the name and number of at least one local towing service handy.

Pedestrians
  • Avoid slippery surfaces.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Maintain a heightened awareness of cars, especially when crossing intersections.

Click here to read the press release (PDF) from the Office of Emergency Management.

Monday, January 20, 2014

EXPECT TO HEAR A HELICOPTER

The helicopter and the flight areas

A helicopter will be flying at low altitudes over northern New Jersey and New York City from Tuesday, January 21st, through Monday, January 27th. It will be conducting aerial surveys in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII.

The flyovers will occur only during daylight hours. They're estimated to take about three days to complete. This process is a normal part of security and emergency preparedness.

TUESDAY'S PARKING RULES--1/21/14

This notification was issued by the NYC Department of Transportation a few minutes ago:
Alternate side of the street parking regulations (for street cleaning) will be suspended on Tuesday, January 21st, to facilitate preparation for the snowfall.

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

ADDITIONAL SNOW PREDICTED

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning citywide from noon on Tuesday, January 21st, until 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22nd.

The current forecast calls for 6-10 inches of snow (instead of 2 to 4) accompanied by strong winds. For updates please visit: http://www.weather.gov/nyc.

STORM WATCH ISSUED

Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Brooklyn and the other boroughs, effective through Wednesday at 6:00 a.m.

Tuesday's forecast: Cloudy. Snow will fall mainly in the afternoon, with an accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. The temperature will be brisk and much colder, with a near-steady temperature around 20. North winds will hit 15 to 20 miles per hour. The chance of snow is 80 percent.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Snow will fa mainly in the evening, with an additional light snow accumulation. Conditions will be windy, with lows around 11. North winds will be stronger at 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. The chance of snow is 80 percent, with wind chill values as low as 5 below.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

STABBINGS IN OCEAN PARKWAY APARTMENT LAST NIGHT

Two men were stabbed last night during a family dispute at 315 Ocean Parkway in Kensington. They are in stable condition with lacerations to their legs.

The attack took place sometime prior to 10:55 p.m. The six-story apartment building is on the block between Beverley Road and Avenue C and is closer to Avenue C.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

SIX HOURS OF HOT MUSIC AND HOT FOOD


Swing-A-Ling
Sunday, January 19th, noon to 6:00 p.m.

Winter Warmer
Hot Music and Hot Food
Swing-A-Ling and Flatbush Food Court

Sycamore Bar and Flowershop
1118 Cortelyou Road

 between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
Brooklyn

(347) 240-5850

THE JUKEBOX ROMEO'S VARIED MUSICAL TASTE


The Jukebox Romeo
2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


The Jukebox Romeo spins Nu Disco, R&B,
Soul, and Old Skool Hip Hop
every 2nd and 4th Saturday. 

Free.

Sycamore Bar and Flowershop
1118 Cortelyou Road

 between Stratford Road and Westminster Road
Brooklyn

(347) 240-5850 
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com
 http://sycamorebrooklyn.com https://www.facebook.com/sycamore.brooklyn

SOUPS AND FLAVORED CORNBREAD--ON DIFFERENT SUNDAYS--AT SYCAMORE

 
Flatbush Food Court 
Sycamore Bar's outdoor food series with drink specials
An adventure in eating

Sunday, January 19th, noon to 6:00 p.m. 
--Soup from Rama's Roti Shop --
oxtail soup, fish soup, and corn soup

Sunday, January 26th, noon to 6:00 p.m.
--Jack's Chedbred-- 
Jon's Boxcar Chili
and
four flavors of cornbread:
original, jalapeno, maple bacon, raspberry preserves


 Sycamore Bar and Flowershop
1118 Cortelyou Road
 between Stratford Road and Westminster Road
Brooklyn

(347) 240-5850 
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com
 http://sycamorebrooklyn.com
https://www.facebook.com/sycamore.brooklyn

MONDAY'S PARKING RULES--1/20/14

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Monday, January 20th. All other parking regulations, including those for parking meters, will remain in effect.

Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929. The federal holiday is observed annually on the third Monday in January. 

Download the 2014 alternate side parking calendar here.

MORE OPEN HOUSES AT LITTLE NEST COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL

Little Nest Preschool, 2014-15 Open Houses
Wednesday, January 29th,
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
and
Sunday, February 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Little Nest has added a third and fourth Open House to its schedule. These informal meet-and-greets will provide two opportunities for parents to chat with the staff and visit the classrooms. Parents are welcome to bring their child/children, if they'd like to.

Applications for the 2014-15 school year will be available at the Open Houses. You can also ask about available seats for the 2013-14 year (moving from another location led to the school having some empty seats).

RSVP to gabby @ littlenestpreschool . com and include the date of the Open House you'll be attending.

If you can't get to either Open House, call them so they can accommodate you at another time.

Little Nest Community Preschool
511 Church Avenue

between E. 5th Street and Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 484-0033

Thursday, January 16, 2014

MISSING TEEN: GOLDY MONGES


Goldy Monges has been missing since Saturday, January 11th, at about 7:00 p.m. She is from Midwood in Brooklyn and was last seen at a residence on East 7th Street, between Avenue L and Avenue M, in Midwood, near the Washington Cemetery.

Goldy is a fifteen-year-old white female who is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has long blonde hair that's shaved on the left-hand side. She no longer wears her hair in the style shown in the photo.

She is in good physical health. She was wearing a grey jacket, a black and red shirt, black pants, and grey boots when she was last seen.

Anyone who has any information about her is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip by either logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) and then entering TIP577.

RULES TO LIVE BY: THE WINDSOR TERRACE FOOD COOP'S PROPOSED BY-LAWS

UPDATE: MEETING CANCELED BECAUSE OF SNOW. WILL BE RESCHEDULED.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop
Monthly Community Meeting 
Tuesday, January 21st, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m 

Creating the Coop: What We Need to Do to Become Legal 

Creation of the Windsor Terrace Food Coop is moving right along, and its proposed by-laws are ready for the community to discuss.

Since the by-laws are still in the  proposal stage, this meeting will be the perfect time for the community to suggest changes and expansions and accept them or not. This is the first step toward the food coop becoming incorporated, and that is fundamental to becoming operational.

Modest refreshments will be provided.

If you can't get to the meeting but you would like to help create a community experience, send an e-mail to
windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com and get on the growing list of like-minded neighbors. 

Meeting location:
Knights of Columbus Hall 
1511 10th Avenue
between Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street 
Windsor Terrace

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 The proposed by-laws

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MEXICAN FOOD NOW ON EAST 7TH STREET

Today is the Grand Opening of Tacos El Catrin, a taqueria and Mexican food restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks. Customers are welcome to call for a reservation or just walk right in. Take-out and delivery are available.

Payment via Visa and MasterCard (and cash, of course!) are accepted.

Tacos El Catrin
265 E. 7th Street
between Church Avenue and Friel Place
Kensington
phone: (347) 915-0350 and (347) 915-0351

http://www.tacoselcatrin.net/ 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Tacos.el.catrin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tacoselcatrin

"LUNCH 'N LEARN": JEWISH STUDIES AT HUMMUS GARDEN

Lunch 'n Learn:
Exploring the Daily Prayers and Prayer-book
Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m.

A brand-new weekly series from Chabad of Windsor Terrace will explore the Talmud, Kabbalah, and Hasidism in the comfortable environment of Hummus Garden, the new kosher vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant on Fort Hamilton Parkway.

Chabad writes "Join us as we draw from the wisdom of Talmudic sages, the Kabbalah and Chassidic Masters, deriving pertinent lessons for life's daily challenges."

Everyone is welcome to become a part of this learning experience, regardless of prior knowledge or background.

The suggested donation per discussion is $5.00.

Meet at
Hummus Garden
3021 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets 
Windsor Terrace-Kensington 
(718) 686-1011
HummusGarden @ gmail . com
http://www.myhummusgarden.com 
menu: http://www.myhummusgarden.com/#!menu/c24tf

Hosted by Chabad of Windsor Terrace