Sunday, August 18, 2019

KORNER CLOSED FOR VACATION


Korner Pizzeria will be closed for vacation from Monday, August 19th, through Sunday, September 1st. It will reopen on Monday, September 2nd. 

Korner has been family-owned and family-operated since 1966.

The restaurant won a Golden Slice Award from Eater in July 2016. See the Eater article "The Neighborhood Pizzeria Hall of Fame Presents: The Golden Slice Awards."

Location
Korner Pizzeria
226 Church Avenue

corner of E. 3rd Street
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 853-3755 or (718) 633-9828

https://www.facebook.com/kornerpizzeria

SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT SMALL BUSINESSES!
 

HOWL-O-WEEN BARK BLOCK PARTY FOR DOGS, KIDS, AND ADULTS


Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party
Sunday, October 20th, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Owooooooooooooooo!! It's a block party, an animal adoption event, and a fund raiser all in one...it's Sean Casey Animal Rescue's 12th Annual Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party!

The fun-filled, family-friendly party will span all of E. 3rd Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue, where the rescue is located.


Admission is free.

This year, the Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party will take place on Sunday, October 20th, from noon to 5:00 p.m. 

Enjoy games, contests, prizes, and activities for kids and pups alike, including face painting and tattoos at the Goblins & Ghouls parlor and Smooch-a-pooch at the Doggie Kissing Booth.

Watch live performances, visit animal welfare information booths, eat delicious food and sweets, and buy tickets for more than fifty raffle prizes.

Find your new furry best friend with help from adoption specialists at the rescue's biggest adoption event of the year.

More information will be available soon.

Location
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street

between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
on the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington

(718) 436-5163
nyanimalrescue @ yahoo.com

http://nyanimalrescue.org
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NY637.html
https://www.facebook.com/SeanCaseyAnimalRescue


Saturday, August 17, 2019

STREET RENAMING CEREMONY FOR LOCAL FIREFIGHTER WHO DIED ON 9/11

Street Renaming Ceremony
Friday, August 23rd, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The block of E. 3rd Street between Caton Avenue and Albemarle Road will be renamed in honor of firefighter Michael Leopoldo Bocchino, who died in the line of duty on September 11, 2001, the day of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Mr. Bocchino lived on that block of E. 3rd Street for his entire life, until he met his untimely death at the age of forty-five.

A twenty-two-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York, Mr. Bocchino was engaged in valiant fire and rescue operations at the World Trade Center when he died. He was chief's battalion aide with Engine Company 240, Battalion 48, 1307 Prospect Avenue in Windsor Terrace.

The street renaming ceremony will be held on Friday, August 23rd, at 1:00 p.m., at the corner of Caton Avenue and E. 3rd Street.

November 25, 1955-September 11, 2001

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

PARKING RULE CHANGE FOR THIS THURSDAY



Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Thursday, August 15th, for Feast of the Assumption.

All other regulations, including parking meter regulations, will be in effect. Those are only suspended on these major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.




Wednesday, August 7, 2019

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED FOR THREE DAYS


Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Sunday, August 11th, Monday, August 12th, and Tuesday, August 13th, for Idul-Adha (Eid Al-Adha).

All other regulations, including parking meter regulations, will be in effect. Those are only suspended on these major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.



Monday, August 5, 2019

FREE GUIDED TOUR OF THE NIGHTTIME SKY


Stargazing
Thursday, August 8th, at twilight
Thursday, September 5th, at twilight

Join astronomers Joe Delfausse and Faissal aka Md. Halim from the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York City at Avenue C Plaza for a free guided tour of the stars, the planets, and the moon. They'll bring their high-powered telescopes to the event this Thursday, August 8th, when it gets dark outside, and again on September 5th.

This is the second year they'll be visiting our neighborhood.  At other times, they're busy showing off the heavens at the High Line, Lincoln Center, Carl Schurz Park, Grand Army Plaza, and other fabled New York City green spaces.


The event will be hosted by The Kensington Stewards, managers of Avenue C Plaza and Kensington Plaza.

Location
Avenue C Plaza
near the northeast corner of the intersection of Avenue C and McDonald Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn 
https://www.facebook.com/avecplaza

A SOCIAL EVENT WITH THE 66TH PRECINCT


National Night Out Against Crime, 66th Precinct
                     Tuesday, August 6th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy free food, drinks, ice cream, rides, games, and giveaways at the
nation's 35th Annual National Night Out Against Crime. Meet leaders and personnel from the 66th Precinct (Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) and interact with neighbors, community members, and local businesses who share the common goal of partnership and safety.

Join the 66th Precinct, the 66th Precinct Community Council, and Community Board 12 for this year's National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 6th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is held annually on the first Tuesday in August.

For more information, contact the 66th Precinct Community Affairs Office at (718) 851-5601.

The National Association of Town Watch introduced National Night Out--America's Night Out Against Crime--in 1984. The night's goals are to
  • heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,
  • generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts,
  • strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and
  • send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

In the 1970s, in a grass-roots movement that preceded the creation of National Night Out Against Crime, people in several communities participated in an effort to deter crime by turning on their porch lights, sitting outside, and talking with their neighbors.


Location
In front of the 66th Precinct
5822 16th Avenue
between 58th and 59th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

CONDOS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT HISTORIC SITE ON MCDONALD AVENUE




Construction of a new residential building has begun in the vacant lot at the northeast corner of McDonald Avenue at Fort Hamilton Parkway in Windsor Terrace. The lot had been unused for more than a decade, since the passing of the last member of the family that had owned it.

Twelve condo units plus off-street parking will occupy the space at 271 McDonald Avenue, also known as 3127 Fort Hamilton Parkway. The three-story building will be 30 feet tall.

The owners and developers are 3127 Ft. Hamilton LLC and 79 Locust Ave. LLC; they purchased the property in December 2016.

An LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) is an unincorporated business. It's made up of one or more people who are members--not shareholders or partners--and they have limited responsibility for the business's obligations and liabilities.

The Manker Family


Frank Manker + Sons - Flowers 
Photo by John D. Morrell, December 15, 1958
Collection of the Brooklyn Historical Society


In the photo above, the six-story co-op apartment building at 243 McDonald Avenue is visible. It and the apartment building next to it at 221 McDonald were erected in 1953 on the former site of some of the greenhouses owned by the Manker family.

For more than seventy-five years, the Manker family owned property in Windsor Terrace on which they built greenhouses. Around 1914, they opened a floral retail store near the corner of McDonald Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway. Their multi-generational family business began in 1889 and endured into the late 1960s.


https://www.picclickimg.com/d/w1600/pict/360660561244_/BROOKLYN-MAP-1929-WINDSOR-TERRACE-MIDWOOD-Art.jpg
Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, 1929
E. Belcher Hyde Map. Company, Publisher
Lower left corner: Manker greenhouses

The 1929 map above shows five of the family's greenhouses. They're not only on McDonald Avenue but also on the west and east sides of E. 2nd Street.

The family owned and lived in the two-story house next to the corner lot, at 3119 Fort Hamilton Parkway. A driveway whose entrance is on McDonald Avenue is still standing behind the lot, and a detached garage still stands behind the house.

In the July 24, 1915, edition of The American Florist, Frank Manker Sr. is cited as "one of the leading growers of Brooklyn."

The 1916 edition of Florist & Nursery Exchange reports that the author paid a visit to
"the firm of Chas. Manker, Gravesend ave. [now McDonald Avenue] and Fort Hamilton ave. [now Fort Hamilton Parkway], So. Brooklyn. Mr. Manker has been here since 1889, and now owns the ground on which he started. His glass amounts to 30,000 sq. ft. Two years ago he erected a show house or conservatory at the corner of the two avenues, where a retail business is done in connection with Greenwood Cemetery opposite, also with the residents around.
There is a brisk trolley service along Greenwood ave. to Coney Island, and to 16th ave. The neighborhood is building up, and Mr. Manker finds the rates on his property mounting steadily." 

The entry points out that he has two large span-roofed greenhouses. It also mentions that three of his sons were also in the floral business.

Philip Manker is listed in The Commercial Register, New York, of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Richmond, and the Bronx and Vicinity, 1919-1920 at 3119 Fort Hamilton Avenue as "Manager, Greenwood Avenue, Brooklyn."

An obituary in The New York Times of March 25, 1967, reads 
"Philip Manker, a florist for 58 years, who retired in 1965 from his shop at 3127 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, died yesterday at Lutheran Medical Center. He was 74 years old and lived at 9108 Colonial Road, Brooklyn. Surviving are his widow, the former Katherine Krauss; a son, Alfred W.; a brother, Charles, and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Krauss and Mrs. Lillian Podlesney."

Philip's son Alfred still lived at 3119 Fort Hamilton Parkway when he died in 2005 at the age of 86. The corner lot had served as his backyard, a bower with a rivulet and a small footbridge traversing it.

After his passing, the bower was leveled and the property put up for sale, selling in 2005 for $1,400,000, in 2014 for $2,200,000 and in 2016 for $2,900,000.

Long-time neighborhood residents have fond memories of buying flowers at Manker's for First Holy Communions, Mother's Day, weddings, and funerals at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church as well as for corsages for teenage girls' birthdays.

STREET FAIR TO CELEBRATE PAKISTANI INDEPENDENCE DAY


Brooklyn Mela for Pakistani Independence
Sunday, August 18th, 12:30 p.m.

Celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Pakistan's independence in 1947 from Great Britain at the Brooklyn Mela (Sanskrit for “gathering”). The festival, first held in 1990, is held in Midwood, where New York City’s largest Pakistani community lives.

Highlights of the mela for adults and children are Pakistani cuisine, handicrafts, boutiques, children’s entertainment, and entertainment by Pakistani pop artists.

Pakistani American Merchants Association organizes the Brooklyn Mela.

Location
Coney Island Avenue
between Foster Avenue and Avenue H
Midwood, Brooklyn

Monday, July 29, 2019

GROUND HAS BEEN BROKEN FOR THE KENSINGTON DOG RUN IN PROSPECT PARK

Prospect Park Alliance press release

Paw-some! Kensington Dog Run Groundbreaking


July 29, 2019
Today, Prospect Park Alliance joined elected officials and community members for a "paw-some" occasion for Brooklyn's Backyard's four-legged friends.
Alliance President Sue Donoghue, Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner Marty Maher, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Members Brad Lander and Dr. Mathieu Eugene broke ground on the new Kensington Dog Run at the Prospect Park Parade Ground.

The dog run, located in the Parade Ground along Coney Island Avenue, includes 7,000 square feet of fenced-in space, separated areas for large dogs and small dogs, and features an innovative canine-friendly turf, a first for a New York City park.
The surface is low maintenance, and durable, and boasts superior drainage thanks to a porous backing which allows rainwater and dog waste to flow through the material. The turf also incorporates an antimicrobial agent woven into its fibers that reduces the need for detergents or deodorizers.

The dog run also will feature benches made of reclaimed wood from downed park trees. Additional enhancements include waste-receptacles, water fountains and new plantings of trees and dog waste-resistant shrubs.
The $405,000 project was funded by Borough President Adams and City Council Members Lander and Eugene, and advocated by local groups Brooklyn FIDO and the Kensington Dog Run Association. The Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Ditmas Park, Flatbush and Midwood areas are home to about 20,000 canines, according to a 2015 report by the NYC Department of Health. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2020.

“Prospect Park Alliance is excited to create this new amenity for the benefit of our four-legged friends and our community,” said Sue Donoghue, President of Prospect Park Alliance. “As a dog parent myself, I look forward to having this great new space where dogs and neighbors can come to exercise and mingle.”
  
“This project is the culmination of several years of engagement and advocacy by the community, and we are thrilled to be breaking ground on this new amenity. I was proud to allocate funding for this project along with my colleagues Council Member Brad Lander and Council Member Mathieu Eugene, so that our canine companions can enjoy a new, state-of-the-art space. The  forward-thinking sustainable design features incorporated into this project should serve as a model for future parks projects going forward. I want to thank Prospect Park Alliance for their steadfast partnership in this endeavor, and I know I speak for the entire surrounding community when I say that I eagerly await the grand opening of the new Kensington Dog Run,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.

“I’m thrilled to be here celebrating the pawsome groundbreaking of Kensington’s Dog Run,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “We would like to thank Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Councilman Mathieu Eugene for helping fund this project. Also the Kensington Dog Run Association who worked their tails off advocating for the idea throughout the participatory budgeting process and made this all paw-sible. The dog run is a testament to participatory budgeting and we hope everyone and their pups are excited as we are for this to come to life!”

“I want to thank our community partners in the Prospect Park Alliance and members of the Kensington Dog Run Association for helping to make this day possible,” said Council Member Mathieu Eugene. “Today’s groundbreaking is not only a significant upgrade to the Parade Ground, it is an important example of how, by working together, we are able to invest in the future of our borough. I am honored to allocate funding for this wonderful project, and it is my hope that through strong community partnerships we will continue to improve our green spaces.”

“Sometimes it’s Parks business to make sure dogs can do their business,” said Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Martin Maher. “This project is a great collaboration between  community advocates including CB14, the Kensington Dog Run Association and FIDO, as well as our dedicated elected officials. This project is an example of great design and project management by the Prospect Park Alliance, and will be a fantastic asset to the community.”

In addition to the dog run, Prospect Park is a haven for dogs, offering acres of green space for off-leash hours (5 am–9 am and 9 pm–1 am) at the Long Meadow (except ballfields), Nethermead and the Peninsula. Dogs can also beat the heat and go for a swim at the beloved Dog Beach, which the Alliance restored in 2017. Learn more at prospectpark.org/dogs.

Friday, July 26, 2019

NEIGHBORHOOD POLICE WILL MEET WITH KENSINGTON AND DITMAS RESIDENTS


                                Community Safety Meeting
         with the Police Officers Assigned to Kensington and Ditmas
                 Wednesday, August 14th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) and the Steady Sector Officers who work with them in the 66th Precinct's Sector D (Kensington and Ditmas) will meet with residents at a community safety meeting on Wednesday, August 14th, at 7:00 p.m. The doors will be opened at 6:30 p.m. to serve refreshments.

The NCOs are Police Officer Viviane Perrone (phone: (917) 863-5169, e-mail: viviane.perrone @ nypd.org) and Police Officer Karol Smiarowski (phone: (917) 826-6569, e-mail: karol.smiarowski @ nypd.org.

For the past few years, the NYPD has divided precincts into sectors as part of its new policing model, which it calls "community policing." The four sectors within the 66th Precinct are Sector A or Adam, Sector B or Boy, Sector C or Charlie, and Sector D or David.

The boundaries of Sector D are Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue to the north, Coney Island Avenue to the east, 18th Avenue and Avenue F to the south, and McDonald Avenue and 37th Street to the west.

The officers will update the community about public safety issues in the neighborhood. They'll answer your questions and listen to your concerns, complaints, and suggestions about assaults and robberies on the street, home burglaries, packages stolen from porches and lobbies, street safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and any other issues that you have.

Meeting Location
Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center
Hanid Room
327 E. 5th Street
at the corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn

Enter the synagogue via the ramp on E. 5th Street. Use the stairs or the wheelchair-accessible elevator to go down to the basement to the Hanid Room.

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66th Precinct
phone: (718) 851-5611
5822 16th Avenue
between 58th and 59th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYPD66Pct or @66precinctcc


Thursday, July 25, 2019

KENSINGTON BANGLA MELA: NEW DATE ANNOUNCED FOR THE STREET FAIR


Kensington Bangla Mela 
Sunday August 4th, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 
Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) and South Asian Cultural Collective (SACC) have rescheduled the annual street fair, "Kensington Bangla Mela," which had been canceled because of extremely hot weather.
 
The fair will be held on McDonald Avenue in Kensington, Brooklyn, between Church Avenue and Avenue C, on Sunday, August 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Admission to the fair is free, and all members of the public are invited to attend.

The mela will showcase Bangladeshi cultural heritage, food, clothing, and children's activities. Performances will include Bangladeshi dance and songs by the members of BIPA and SACC.

Location
McDonald Avenue
between Church Avenue and Avenue C
Kensington, Brooklyn
 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

EVENING ON THE GREEN NEW DEAL FOR WINDSOR TERRACE AND PARK SLOPE


Windsor Terrace/Park Slope Evening on the Green New Deal
Thursday, July 25th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Windsor Terrace/Park Slope Neighbors for A Green New Deal (aka Green New Neighbors) and the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture will host "Windsor Terrace/Park Slope Evening On The Green New Deal."

Green New Neighbors supports the Green New Deal as a "road map for a healthier, more democratically cooperative, equal and kind, American political economy."

The Sunrise Movement will make a presentation on the issues. An organization of young people, the Sunrise Movement is "a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process."

The event is scheduled for Thursday, July 25th, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Space is limited to 120 people. Send an e-mail to info @ greennewneighbors.org to reserve a seat.

To learn more about Green New Neighbors, visit its website at www.greennewneighbors.org.

Event location
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West

between 1st and 2nd streets
Park Slope, Brooklyn


Saturday, July 20, 2019

FREE SELF-DEFENSE AND DE-ESCALATION WORKSHOP

            Self-Defense and De-escalation Workshop with Pop Gym
                      Monday, July 22nd, 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Pop Gym will lead a free self-defense and de-escalation workshop at the Kensington Library on
Monday, July 22nd, from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Learn introductory self-defense skills that will keep you feeling safe and promote a dialogue of understanding.

Learn tips and techniques on how to de-escalate a situation for yourself and for others, meaning how to safely intervene when someone is being harassed.

All ages are welcome to participate in the workshop.

Wear clothing that's comfortable to stretch and sweat in.

Pop Gym offers free workshops in New York City on topics including self-defense, fitness, safe spaces, body positivity, and more. Pop Gym believes that everyone should have access to skills that are necessary for their safety and well-being.

This program is sponsored by Change Agents, a Brooklyn Public Library initiative modeling empathy, inclusiveness, mutual respect, and understanding for the benefit of New York City youth.

Location
Kensington Library
4207 18th Avenue
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 436-0545
https://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/kensington
 


FREE ADULT ART CLUB: WATERCOLOR COLLAGE


                            Adult Art Club: Watercolor Collage
                        Tuesday, July 23rd, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Explore your creative side while listening to relaxing music in this free two-part craft exploring color and texture. Use watercolors to stain various papers and then repurpose them in a collage design of your choosing. All materials will be provided, but you can also bring your own.

The art club will meet on Tuesday, July 23rd, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The library is fully accessible.

This library is open on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location
Kensington Library
4207 18th Avenue
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 436-0545
https://www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/kensington


Friday, July 19, 2019

CANCELED: STREET FAIR/KENSINGTON BANGLA MELA

UPDATE: The Kensington Bangla Mela that was to be held tomorrow (Saturday, July 20th) has been canceled due to the insanely hot weather. A new date will be announced.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

COMMUNITY BARBECUE FOR THE WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD

                                    Community Barbecue
                Sunday, September 29th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A community barbecue is held annually for all residents of the neighborhood, with Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish as its host.
The event features barbecue food, games, inflatable rides, raffles, and a DJ.

This year, the barbecue will take place on Sunday, September 29th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 per person.
After September 24th, no tickets will be sold. Children under the age of three must be accompanied by an adult and will be admitted free.

You can purchase tickets in the rectory during office hours: Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The rectory is located next to the church at 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 4th and E. 5th streets.

BBQ location
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School schoolyard
3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

NEW MEXICAN RESTAURANT LOCATED NEXT TO THE F TRAIN


Cena, the new Mexican restaurant in Windsor Terrace, plans to open this Monday morning, July 22nd, with full coffee service and pastries. In the meantime, it's having a soft opening through this weekend.

Once its full schedule is underway in a few weeks, Cena will be open early on weekdays and will serve coffee, espresso, locally-sourced pastries (Colson Patisserie), and made-to-order breakfast tacos and sandwiches for eating in or taking out.

In the afternoons and evenings, it'll offer a mix of traditional Mexican entrees, tacos, burritos, chile rellenos, salsa macha wings, fresh soups, salads, and Cena Familiar (Family Supper).

On the weekends, it'll serve an extended breakfast menu, including chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. 

Cena hasn't announced its hours yet.
 

Location
Cena
601 Greenwood Avenue
corner of Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
phone: (929)337-6666
e-mail: info @ cenabrooklyn.com
website: https://cenabrooklyn.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cenabrooklyn


BOOK SWAP AND OPINION-GATHERING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF FROGGY (CUITE) PARK


Windsor Terrace Neighborhood Book Swap and Visioning Event
Saturday, July 20th, 10:00 a.m. to noon

Swap books with your neighbors in Froggy Park this Saturday, July 20th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Bring up to three books to donate that are in good condition and take home an equal number. Books for all ages and in all genres are welcome.
 
Any books that remain at the end of the event will be donated to a local charity.
 
Free treats and giveaways will be provided.

The hosts of the event are Friends of Thomas J. Cuite Park (the park's official name) and Partnerships for Parks. 
 
In addition to the book swap, the Friends will be soliciting thoughts and ideas from attendees about the future of the park. Over the next few months, they'll continue to collect ideas from the community, after which they'll present to their elected officials people's vision for their local park.

Location
Thomas J. Cuite Park (aka Froggy Park)
19th Street and 11th Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(map)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

DOG RUN GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 29TH


                  Kensington Dog Run Groundbreaking Ceremony
                    Monday, July 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The anticipated date of completion for the Kensington Dog Run at the Prospect Park Parade Ground is summer 2020. Construction began in June.

Join the members of the Kensington Dog Run Association for the groundbreaking ceremony at the Prospect Park Parade Ground on Coney Island Avenue at Kermit Place (map), on Monday, July 29th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The enclosed dog run is an example of a successful grassroots effort. A few years ago, dog owners in the neighborhood started talking with each other about wanting a nearby dog run, so neighborhood dogs could reap the rewards of exercising, socializing, and breathing fresh air.
 
They talked as individuals, they met as a group, they formed the Kensington Dog Run Association, they became a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, they collaborated with the Parks Department and the Prospect Park Alliance, they built community support, and they searched for and secured funding.
 

The cost of the dog run is being covered by Participatory Budgeting funds from Councilmember Mathieu Eugene of District 40 and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams' capital allocations, with the balance coming from Councilmember Brad Lander of District 39.

Previous blog posts about the Kensington Dog Run, dating back to 2015, are here.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

FUN AND CULTURE AT A STREET FAIR



                                
UPDATE: The Kensington Bangla Mela has been canceled due to the insanely hot weather. A new date will be announced.

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                                         BIPA TVC 

Kensington Bangla Mela 
Saturday July 20th, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) and South Asian Cultural Collective (SACC) are organizing the annual street fair, "Kensington Bangla Mela," in Kensington, Brooklyn, at Church and McDonald avenues, on Saturday July 20th, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The fair is free, and it's open to all members of the public.

The mela will showcase Bangladeshi cultural heritage, food, clothing, and children's activities. Performances will include Bangladeshi dance and songs by the members of BIPA and SACC.

Location
McDonald Avenue
between Church Avenue and Avenue C
Kensington, Brooklyn

Monday, July 15, 2019

GREENMARKET MOVES FROM WINDSOR TERRACE LIBRARY TO ALBEMARLE PLAYGROUND


Kensington Youthmarket, a greenmarket operated in Windsor Terrace by young folks since 2011, has moved to a new location. Formerly located next to the Windsor Terrace Library, which is currently closed for renovations, it's now located in front of Albemarle Playground on McDonald Avenue, between Albemarle Road and Caton Avenue.

It's open every Saturday through November 23rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cash, SNAP/EBT, Debit/Credit, WIC, & Senior FMNP coupons are all accepted.

In addition to providing neighbors with a source of farm-fresh produce, Kensington Youthmarket is a source of employment for young people, providing them with seasonal employment and valuable job experience, educating them about health, nutrition, the environment, and regional agriculture.

Youthmarket Suppliers
The youthmarket sources all of its food from Greenmarket Co., a wholesale distribution service offered by GrowNYC. Greenmarket Co. is designed to bring the freshest, highest-quality, regionally-grown farm products to the New York City community. Youthmarket’s produce is grown by the following farms:

  • Bittner-Singer Orchards – Appleton, NY
  • Castle Valley Mill – Doylestown, PA
  • Dagele Brothers Produce – Florida, NY
  • Davenport Farms – Stone Ridge, NY
  • De Meyer Farm – Hilton, NY
  • Emmi and Sons – Baldwinville, NY
  • Farmer Ground Flour – Trumansburg, NY
  • Handsome Brook Farm – Various locations throughout New York
  • Heilig Orchards – Mullica, NJ
  • Hot Bread Kitchen – New York, NY
  • Larchmont Farms – Elmer, NY
  • LynOaken Orchards – Medina, NY
  • Madura Farms – Pine Islands, NY
  • Maine Grains – Skowhegan, ME
  • Mead Orchards – Tivoli, NY
  • Muzzarelli Farms – Vineland, NJ
  • Myers Produce – Craftsbury, VT
  • Pastore Orchards – Elm, NJ
  • Platte Creek Maple Farm – Saugerties, NY
  • Primordia Mushroom Farm – Lenhartsville, PA
  • Prospect Hill Orchards – Milton, NY
  • Radicle Farm Company – Newark, NJ
  • Red Gate Grocer – Moravia, NY
  • Reeves Farm – Baldwinsville, NY
  • Robert M. Olive – Hammonton, NJ
  • Row by Row – Hurley, NY
  • Satur Farms – Cutchogue, NY
  • S &SO – Florida, NY
  • Satur Farms – Calverton, NY
  • Small Axe Peppers – Bronx, NY
  • The Kitchen Garden – Sunderland, MA
  • Tremblay Apiaries – Van Etten, NY
  • Trapani Farms – MIlton, NY
  • Upstate NY Growers and Packers – Clinton, NY
  • Wilklow Orchards – Highland, NY
  • Whalen Farms – Shamong, NJ

Youthmarkets are organized in collaboration with community-based partners. Kensington Youthmarket's partner is New York City Councilmember Brad Lander.

TREAT YOUR DOG TO A BATH AT SEAN CASEY ANIMAL RESCUE'S GREAT DOG WASH


Great Dog Wash
Saturday, August 3rd, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, August 4th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bring your canine companion for a bath at Sean Casey Animal Rescue on the first weekend in August. The folks at Brooklyn Bark - Dog Walking and Pet Care will give your dog a refreshing, sudsy, pleasant-smelling bath--and Charlee Bear treats!

The suggested donation is $20, though a donation in any amount will be appreciated. Or, you can go the front of the line by buying a Fast Pass in advance for $25 (plus a $2.25 fee).

All proceeds from this fund raiser will benefit Sean Casey Animal Rescue's adoption van street-worthy again.

Being a dog is a lot of work--running around, barking, and being taken for a walk can wear a pooch down. In addition, protecting their human companions is a huge responsibility. So, naturally, dogs look forward to some down time. A relaxing bath will rejuvenate these doggies.

The Great Dog Wash will take place on Saturday, August 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, August 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill shelter that has saved the lives of countless dogs, cats, and other furry and non-furry creatures.

Location
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 @ yahoo.com

http://nyanimalrescue.org
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/NY637.html
https://www.facebook.com/SeanCaseyAnimalRescue