Friday, October 18, 2019

COMMUNITY BOARD 12 MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (BOROUGH PARK, KENSINGTON, MIDWOOD)


Community Board 12 Public Meeting
Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12 (representing Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, October 29th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The board's monthly meetings are open to the public. 

If you have any concerns, questions, solutions, needs, or problems that you'd like the community board to address, arrive at the meeting before 7:00 p.m. and sign up to speak during the public comment period. You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

Some issues you may be concerned about are

  •     pedestrian and bicyclist safety,
  •     traffic congestion,
  •     housing,
  •     land use and zoning,
  •     construction sites,
  •     outdoor lighting,
  •     potholes,
  •     sanitation,
  •     libraries,
  •     crime,
  •     police presence,
  •     graffiti,
  •     social services,
  •     rodents,
  •     trash collection,
  •     public litter baskets, and
  •     street and sidewalk conditions. 


This month, the public meeting of Community Board 12 will be on the fifth Tuesday, but they're normally held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from September through June, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., subject to change.

Every neighborhood in New York City is represented by an all-volunteer community board, which serves as the neighborhood's liaison to city agencies. Board members are appointed by the neighborhood's city councilperson and the borough president.

Community Board 12's committees are

  •         Planning, Zoning Variances and City Map
  •         Education, Library, Cultural Affairs
  •         Sanitation & Environmental Protection
  •         Fire, Safety & Police
  •         Health & Social Services
  •         Housing & Buildings
  •         Legislation
  •         Parks, Capital Projects & Site Selection
  •         Transportation & Franchises
  •         Youth & Community Development


Meeting location
Amico Senior Center
5901 13th Avenue, 3rd floor
corner of 59th Street
Borough Park, Brooklyn

Enter the building on 59th Street. The meeting room is accessible by elevator.

Community Board 12's office is at 5910 13th Avenue.
phone: (718) 851-0800
fax: (718) 851-4140
e-mail: bk12 @ cb.nyc.gov

https://twitter.com/BrooklynCB12
https://www.facebook.com/BkCB12


EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT CRIME AT THE 72ND PRECINCT PUBLIC MEETING FOR WINDSOR TERRACE AND SUNSET PARK


                  72nd Precinct Community Council Public Meeting
                   Tuesday, November 19th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Residents of Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park and police officers will discuss past crimes and what the precinct is doing to prevent future crimes
at the 72nd Precinct Community Council's monthly meeting. Learn what types of crime have been taking place, their frequency, why they happen, and how to prevent them.

The public is invited to voice its concerns about criminal activity: armed robberies, rape and other forms of sexual assaults, home break-ins, burglaries in local stores, bank robberies, drivers who are speeding or breaking other laws, stolen bicycles, package theft, and any other crimes.

Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park lie within the boundaries of the 72nd Precinct. Everyone who lives or works within those boundaries is invited to attend Community Council meetings. Contact the Community Affairs officers at (718) 965-6326 if you have any questions.


Meetings of the 72nd Precinct Community Council typically take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The next one will be held on Tuesday, November 19th, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting location
Marian Center

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York

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72nd Precinct contact information
Phone number: (718) 965-6311
web page: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/72nd-precinct.page
CompStat report (crime statistics): http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/crime_statistics/cs-en-us-072pct.pdf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYPD72Pct
Facebook page for 72nd Precinct:  https://www.facebook.com/NYPD72pct
Facebook page for 72nd Precinct Community Council: https://www.facebook.com/72nd-Precinct-Community-Council-1611883092371304


BOOK SALE, BAKE SALE, MUSIC, AND DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR


Book Sale, Bake Sale, Music, and Drag Queen Story Hour
Saturday, October 19th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit Friends of Cortelyou Library's annual fall book sale to help raise funds for the library this Saturday, October 19th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In addition to the book sale, there will be a bake sale, music, and, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Drag Queen Story Hour.

Donations of baked goods are welcome and can be brought to the library on October 19th.

Location 
Cortelyou Library
1305 Cortelyou Road at Argyle Road

Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, New York
(718) 693-7763
https://www.facebook.com/cortelyoulibraryfriends

 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

CELEBRATE LIFE AT DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD) IN KENSINGTON


Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, October 26th, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebratory holiday to remember the dead. Celebrate it in Kensington with arts, crafts, performances, altar exhibitions, and the lighting of candles at the communal ofrenda (shrine), alongside mariachi bands.

Performances by


Dance performances by
  • P.S. 164 -Piecitos Danzantes
  • P.S. 230
Hosted by Casa Cultural.

Location
Avenue C Plaza
Avenue C at McDonald Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn, New York

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH: THE INTERSECTION OF BEVERLEY ROAD AND E. 2ND STREET


Car drivers and truck drivers are injuring and killing pedestrians and bicyclists on a regular basis in Kensington and Windsor Terrace. We have to be vigilant about our own safety, of course, but we also need our elected officials, our community boards, the NYPD, and the Department of Transportation to protect us.

One example of their failure to do that is the intersection of Beverley Road and E. 2nd Street. After conducting a traffic study there in 2013, the Department of Transportation determined that no traffic-calming measures were needed. They were wrong.

Neighbor Shermin Shakiri has created a petition about that intersection: "SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AT E2 STREET & BEVERLEY ROAD." It's posted at https://www.change.org/p/mayor-bill-de-blasio-safety-precautions-at-e2-street-beverley-road.

A car hit Shermin's mother there. A driver on Beverley Road turned right onto E. 2nd Street too quickly and hit a parked car. That car hit another car, which hit another car, and so on. One of the parked cars ended up on the sidewalk where Shermin's mother was standing and caused serious injuries.

Please sign the petition and please share it. It says
My name is Shermin Shakiri and I was born on November 28, 1982 and lived at the corner of E2 Street and Avenue C at the time. I live on E2 and Beverley Road my entire life.

I have been reporting the dangerous corner of Beverley Road and E 2 Street for many years to the City. My mother was a pedestrian struck by a vehicle there in 2011 and my brother-in-law was a pedestrian struck there in 2017 requiring surgical procedure.

There is no stop sign, NOR a painted crosswalk for pedestrians. Cars that drive down Beverley mostly speed on that curve and are going to result in a deadly accident one day (GOD FORBID).

I am going to start a petition for a stop sign and painted crosswalk as well as 2 speedbumps on that curve. THIS HAS URGENCY. I hope that all my fellow neighbors see this as a huge safety threat and help in me trying to obtain the attention of the CITY & DOT.

Thank you for your time. I will follow-up to advise on the process in a few days. Please feel free to share to any pages in our area!--

Monday, October 14, 2019

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTIES AT SYCAMORE BAR


Halloween Costume Partie2
Saturday, October 26th, 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 31st, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Double the fright and double the fun: two Halloween costume parties at Sycamore Bar this month will include music by DJ Gogo Gadget, dancing, free drinks, and two costume contests, each one with a prize of a $50 bar tab.

The party on Saturday, October 26th, starts at 10:00 p.m., and the costume party is at midnight. The Thursday, October 31st, party starts at 9:00 p.m., with a costume party at 11:00 p.m.

Location
Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com
http://www.sycamorebrooklyn.com
https://www.facebook.com/sycamore.brooklyn
https://twitter.com/SycamoreBklyn

Saturday, October 12, 2019

FREE LIVE MUSIC IN KENSINGTON PLAZA




Music on the Plaza
Sunday, October 13th, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This Sunday's free live music performance in Kensington Plaza will be the second presentation in the Music on the Plaza series. 

Latin, Flamenco, and classical guitarist Tomas Rodriguez will be accompanied by Grammy-nominated percussionist Urbano Sanchez. They'll play music from Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, West Africa, and more.

From Tomas' website:
Through his original compositions and interpretations of other works, Mr. Rodriguez seeks to define a new sound for the Spanish guitar that includes explorations of African rhythms as well as lesser-known pieces in Latin American and Spanish guitar repertoire.

Kick back for a while on one of the plaza's benches on a cool, crisp autumn day or breathe in the music filling the plaza as you're passing through. Tomas and Urbano will be there from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location
Kensington Plaza
114 Beverley Road (in front of Walgreens)
between McDonald Avenue and E. 2nd Street)
Kensington, Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

FOR SALE CHEAP: LOTS OF USED BOOKS

Used Book Sale 
Sunday, October 20th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

PS 130 PTA to Hold Fifth Annual Used Book Sale

By Sally Skinner

October 11, 2019

Brooklyn, NY – The PS 130 PTA is holding its Fifth Annual Book Sale on Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm at the PS 130 Lower School, located at 70 Ocean Parkway.

The Book Sale is open to the public and will feature a huge array of books for babies, children, and adults. All books are $2 or less.

The PTA welcomes donations of gently used books in good condition from the community. They can be dropped off at the back door of 70 Ocean Parkway (entrance on East 5th Street) on Saturday, October 19, between 9am and 12pm. We are sorry, but no donations can be accepted on the day of the sale. Donations are tax deductible.

"This event is a wonderful way for the community to support PS 130, and for PS 130 to support the community," said PS 130 PTA Vice President of Fundraising Lisa Jackson Zelznick. "By allowing neighbors to donate books that we sell at a very reasonable price, we are promoting reading, literacy, and sustainability in the community while also raising funds to support important PTA initiatives, like professional development, direct support to classroom teachers, and improving the school library.”

All funds raised will be used to support the PS 130 PTA. Baked goods, drinks, and assorted snacks will be available for purchase.

Contact

Sally Skinner
Co-Chair, Book Sale
ps130flea @ gmail.com

AGENDA FOR COMMUNITY BOARD 7 OCTOBER PUBLIC MEETING (WINDSOR TERRACE AND SUNSET PARK)


                           Community Board 7 Public Meeting
                Wednesday, October 16th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 

The regular monthly public meeting of Community Board 7 will be held on Wednesday, October 16th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The following is the proposed agenda:

1. The Pledge of Allegiance
2. Opening of the meeting
3. Adoption of the agenda
4. Adoption of the Minutes of the Board Meeting of September 18, 2019
5. Presentation: The Healing Center
6. Public Comment
7. Committee Reports:
A) Ad Hoc Committee on Census 2020 (No Vote Required)
                 1. Updates, thinking through priorities, and deciding on the next step
B) Capital & Expense (Vote Required)
                1. F.Y. 2021 Capital & Expense Priorities
C)  Education/Youth (No Vote Required)
                1. Update on school construction projects in the district 
                2. Presentation and discussion with Make Space for Quality Schools on District 15 rezoning engagement and research
D) Housing Committee (No Vote Required)
1. Updates on affordable housing projects by the Fifth Avenue Committee  
E) Land Use/Landmarks Committee (No Vote Required)
1. Update of October 03, 2019 Speak Out 
8. Elected Officials/Representatives
9. District Manager’s Report
10. Chairperson’s Report
11. Old Business
12. New Business
13. Public Comment
14. Adjournment

Meeting location
Community Board 7 Office
4201 4th Avenue
entrance on 43rd Street
Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY 11232

phone: (718) 854-0003
fax: (718) 436-1142
e-mail: bk07 @ cb.nyc.gov
website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/brooklyncb7/index.page
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED JAILS: PRESS CONFERENCE IN KENSINGTON


Press Conference to Oppose New Jails
Friday, October 11th, 2:30 p.m.

A press conference to demonstrate immigrant opposition to the new jails will take place this Friday, October 11th, at 2:30 p.m., at Avenue C Plaza, located at the intersection of Avenue C and McDonald Avenue in Kensington.

A message from DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving):

As many of us know, Rikers Island is inhumane and a torture chamber for thousands of people. After many years of organizing by impacted communities, Rikers was supposed to close. Yet, Mayor de Blasio and New York City Council is pushing a $10 Billion Rikers expansion plan to build 4 borough based jails. They claim this plan will allow them to close Rikers.
However, the plan does not legally guarantee Rikers will close. The only guarantee is that there will be 4 New Rikers and 4 new opportunities that lead to increased policing and criminalization, which lead to more imprisonment for communities of color, and increased detentions and deportations for immigrants.

Join us as immigrant communities to say NO to 4 New Rikers and demand the investment of the $10 Billion into our communities to build community mental health centers, build more schools to reduce overcrowding, improve public housing, fix our subways, build real housing for homeless New Yorkers, and jobs programs. These are investments we need in our communities to thrive and prevent people from being incarcerated in the first place.

We cannot claim to be a sanctuary city, demand Abolish ICE and end concentration camps and allow for the building of 4 New Rikers. We are pushing City Council to vote NO on building 4 new Rikers and reinvest money into our communities.

Call your City Council members and urge them to vote NO to the new jails plan. You can look up your City Council member here: https://council.nyc.gov/find-my-district.
Sample Phone Call Guide:
"Hello. My name is ______ , and I live in _______ which is in Councilmember ______ district.

As a resident of this city, I need you to vote No on the plan to build 4 new Rikers in the boroughs, with $11 Billion Dollars.

Rikers Island needs to be closed. The conditions are horrible and inhumane. When the city wanted to open Rikers, they said it would be a modern, humane jail. The same is being used to build the 4 new Rikers. There is NO such thing as a humane jail.

The $11 Billion Dollars need to be spent on our local schools, hospitals, housing and jobs to actually prevent people from being sent into prisons.

Can you, Councilmember ______ commit to voting against the plan?"

If they don’t commit to voting no, ask
"Can you commit to delaying the vote? There are many concerns about this plan, including no legal guarantee to close Rikers."

Brad Lander is the City Councilmember for District 39, which covers Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Waterfront, and Gowanus. His office's phone number is 718-499-1090.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN IN KENSINGTON


Newkirk Community Garden is giving new life to the garden spot that had been "Compost for Brooklyn, A community composting project and native plant garden in Kensington, Brooklyn" from 2010 to 2018.

From the garden's website:
"We are revitalizing the garden at Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn for our neighborhood, where green space is severely lacking. By improving access to the garden, we hope to make a space where people create deeper connections with each other and with the neighborhood."

Location
Newkirk Community Garden
736 E. 8th Street at Newkirk Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn, NY 11230
phone: (347) 903-7297
contact form http://www.newkirkgarden.com/index.html#form1-e
http://www.newkirkgarden.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1958333187626429
https://www.instagram.com/newkirkcommunitygarden





Saturday, October 5, 2019

DRIVING ALERT FOR THE BROOKLYN MARATHON

full marathon course
half marathon course

                    NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon
                             Saturday, October 19th, 7:00 a.m.

Parking, driving, bicycling, and walking problems always accompany the
NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon. 

This year, the races, organized by New York City Runs, Inc., will be on Saturday, October 19th, starting at 7:00 a.m. Half marathoners will have 4 hours and 30 minutes to complete their race, and marathoners will have 6 hours and 35 minutes for theirs.

The race kicks off at the Brooklyn Museum on Eastern Parkway. It'll travel through Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Windsor Terrace, and Kensington, and it'll finish in Prospect Park.

From Machate Circle (also known as Park Circle), runners will go south along Ocean Parkway. Half marathon runners will turn around at Quentin Road and full marathon runners will turn around just after Avenue P.

After the turnaround, runners will run north on Ocean Parkway to Prospect Park. At Machate Circle, they’ll enter the park and run nearly the entire way around it along East Drive and West Drive before crossing the finish line on Center Drive.

Friday, October 4, 2019

POLICE PRECINCT PUBLIC MEETING FOR WINDSOR TERRACE AND SUNSET PARK RESIDENTS


72nd Precinct Community Council Public Meeting
Tuesday, October 8th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At the 72nd Precinct Community Council's monthly meetings with the public, residents and police officers discuss past crimes and what the precinct is doing to prevent future crimes. Learn what types of crime have been taking place, their frequency, and why they happen.

Members of the public are invited to voice their concerns about crime and tell officers what's on their minds: armed robberies, rape and other forms of sexual assaults, home break-ins, burglaries in local stores, bank robberies, drivers who are speeding or breaking other laws, stolen bicycles, package theft, and any other crimes.

Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park lie within the boundaries of the 72nd Precinct. Everyone who lives or works within those boundaries is invited to attend Community Council meetings. Contact the Community Affairs officers at (718) 965-6326 if you have any questions.


The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 8th, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meetings of the 72nd Precinct Community Council typically take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Meeting location
Marien Heim Senior Center
4520 4th Avenue
between 45th and 46th streets
Sunset Park, Brooklyn 

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72nd Precinct contact information
Phone number: (718) 965-6311
web page: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/72nd-precinct.page
CompStat report (crime statistics): http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/crime_statistics/cs-en-us-072pct.pdf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYPD72Pct
Facebook page for 72nd Precinct:  https://www.facebook.com/NYPD72pct
Facebook page for 72nd Precinct Community Council: https://www.facebook.com/72nd-Precinct-Community-Council-1611883092371304

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING





Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended on Wednesday, October 9th, for Yom Kippur. All other regulations, including those for parking meters, will remain in effect.
 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

OPEN HOUSE WITH ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS AT PROSPECT FARM

Prospect Farm Open House
Saturday October 19th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The annual Open House at Prospect Farm is a community gathering that celebrates the end of the growing season. It's free, and it's open to the public.

Activities and events for all ages have been planned, including composting demonstrations, bulb planting demonstrations, tours of the garden, music, a scavenger hunt, a crafts sale, and a baked goods sale.

The Open House will be held on Saturday, October 19th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Prospect Farm is a non-profit, cooperative project in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, that has been working together since 2010 to grow food in a formerly vacant lot. 

Location
Prospect Farm
1194 Prospect Avenue, (by the Seeley Street Bridge) 
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
prospectfarmbk@gmail.com
https://prospectfarm.org/ 
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ProspectFarmBK/posts/?ref=page_internal 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

FREE OUTDOOR QIGONG MEDITATION SESSION


Qigong Meditation Session
Saturday, October 5th, 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. 

Froggy Park will host a free 45-minute outdoor morning session of qigong meditation with Marisa Carroll, a certified healer-within qigong practice leader. The session will run from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. this Saturday, October 5th.

Qigong is an ancient moving meditation practice that includes simple flowing exercises, calming breathing techniques, gentle self-message, and guided meditation, with the goal of promoting feelings of balance, relaxation, and renewal.

The meditation is open to people at all levels of experience and those with no experience.

You don't need to bring anything with you for the meditation. 

Location

Thomas J. Cuite Park (aka Froggy Park)
19th Street and 11th Avenue

Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

NYPD'S NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATION OFFICERS AND A HOMELESS OUTREACH REPRESENTATIVE WILL MEET WITH KENSINGTON RESIDENTS


                     Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting
                  Thursday, October 10th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Guest speakers at next week's meeting of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association will be


All residents of Kensington, whether or not you're members of ANA, are invited to attend and participate in this free meeting and ask questions about issues that affect you and your neighborhood.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 10th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Flatbush Jewish Center.

Foodtown and ANA will provide free refreshments.

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


FUN FALL FEST, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, AT P.S. 130


                                              Fall Fest
                    Sunday, October 6th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fall Fest, a tradition for the Kensington and Windsor Terrace community since 2012, is always jam-packed with fun and adventure. The
annual event at the P.S. 130 Upper School is open to all, and it will feature
  • haunted house "The Parkside Ghoul,"
  • bounce houses,
  • pony rides,
  • pumpkin decorating,
  • mask-making,
  • face-painting,
  • free arts and crafts,
  • henna tattoos,
  • Brooklyn Game Lab and icnbrooklyn game tables,
  • LEGO activities,
  • live music, and
  • a performance by Ballet Folklorico Mexicanos Unidos.

Baked goods, beverages, and other goodies will be available for purchase, with funds going to support the PTA.

Fall Fest will take place on Sunday, October 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Haunted House preview tours will be offered on Saturday, October 5th, at 7:40 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. $4 per ticket.

Location
P.S. 130 Upper School
E. 7th Street, from Kermit Place to Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn