Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Structural improvements will cause the G train to be rerouted from Friday, November 24th, at 11:30 p.m., until Monday, November 27th, at 5:00 a.m., and from Friday, December 1st, at 11:30 pm., until Monday, December 4th, at 5:00 a.m.

The G train won't stop between Hoyt-Schermerhorn streets and Church Avenue. Trains will run every 20 minutes between Bedford-Nostrand avenues and Hoyt-Schermerhorn streets.

The G will skip the Bergen Street, Carroll Street, Smith-9th streets, 4th Avenue-9th Street, 7th Avenue, 15th Street-Prospect Park, Fort Hamilton Parkway, and Church Avenue stations. Take the F train instead.

Transfer between the A train and the G train at Hoyt-Schermerhorn streets. Transfer between the A train and the F train at Jay Street-MetroTech.

The G will operate in these two sections:
1. between Court Square and Bedford-Nostrand avenues and
2. between Bedford-Nostrand avenues and Hoyt-Schermerhorn streets, every 20 minutes.

Transfer at Bedford-Nostrand avenues to continue your trip.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Coat Drive
Wednesday, November 29th through Wednesday, December 6th

Donated coats keep tens of thousands of New Yorkers warm every winter. Sycamore Bar will be accepting donations of new or gently-used coats for adults and children in all styles, colors, and sizes.

Bring in a coat (or coats) on a Wednesday (November 29th and December 6th) and you'll get a pint of Lionshead on the house.

Sycamore is a participant in the 29th annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Last year, New York Cares distributed 109,000 coats to families who needed them. This year, they'd like to increase that number to 125,000.

If you can't get to Sycamore or if you don't have a coat that you can donate, you can still help put coats on needy New Yorkers. Donate $20 to purchase a new coat by texting COAT to 41444 or give online.

Sycamore's open hours are
Mondays through Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Fridays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com

Sunday, November 19, 2017


                                   Free Photos with Santa 
                 Sunday, December 3rd, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bring your kids to Foodtown of Kensington to get their photo taken with Santa Claus. Santa and a professional photographer will visit Foodtown on Sunday, December 3rd, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Santa will be delighted to have his photo taken with all of the kids who go to see him. Free photos and digital images will be available immediately after each photo session ends.

Foodtown of Kensington
382 McDonald Avenue
near Albemarle Road
Kensington, Brooklyn 


Q-Train Queer Party
Thursday, December 7th, 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Q-Train, Ditmas Park's only queer party, will feature
  • queer bingo hosted by Allegra Spread at 8 p.m.,
  • DJ GoGo Gadget spinning music at 10 p.m., and
  • live, late-night performances by Violent Tendency.

No cover charge.

Board the Q-Train on the first Thursday of every month.

Sycamore Bar
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Election Review 
Sunday, November 19th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

From Occupy Kensington:

Join us this Sunday to discuss the recent election results and what they could mean for the fight back against Trump and for building the socialist left, both inside and outside the Democratic Party.

We'll be joined by Ethan Anderson, a Brooklyn Socialist Alternative member who spent the week before the vote in Minneapolis campaigning for Ginger Jentzen, a socialist who topped the poll in the first round with 38% but ultimately lost after second and third preferences were counted (they have ranked choice voting).

In Brooklyn Jabari Brisport got 29% of the vote in his run against incumbent city councillor Lori Cumbo - the highest vote yet for a Green Party council candidate.

Nationally the Democrats did well and so did DSA (Democratic Socialists of America), and Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution group.

Will this success mean an increasing shift away from fighting Trump now to focussing on the 2018 mid-terms? Is that the best way to stop the Trump administration? How do we build successful genuine community based anti-corporate candidacies? Does it matter if they are inside or outside the Democratic Party?

Come discuss all these questions and more with us this Sunday.

309 E. 5th Street (private house)
between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road
Kensington, Brooklyn

Friday, November 17, 2017


Gifts from local residents will make the winter holidays--Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa--a warmer experience for the families living in our local homeless shelter.

This is the third annual winter holiday gift drive for The Kensington Family Shelter. The local volunteers of Give Me Shelter BK have put together wish lists based on the ages of the children and the number of children, mothers, and fathers.

The hope is that each child will receive three toys.

It's also hoped that each parent will receive one gift--a fragrance, lotion, or bath and body set.

Toys can be ordered directly from the Amazon wish list at

Gifts for the parents can be ordered directly from the Target wish list at or the Amazon wish list at

If you'd rather buy gifts for the children or the adults locally or in another neighborhood or from another online vendor, mark the item on the Target or Amazon list as purchased so that it doesn't get bought twice. Mark it on Target by clicking "already purchased?" and on Amazon by clicking "Buying this gift elsewhere?" 

And if you buy a gift for an adult locally or in another neighborhood or from another online vendor, sign up at under "women's perfume, lotion or bath and body set" or "men's fragrance or lotion set" to show that the gift has been purchased.

Gifts bought locally or elsewhere can be brought to the shelter or shipped there. For shipping, the address is
The Kensington
Attention: Uniquia Parker
385 McDonald Avenue
Brooklyn NY, 11218
Gifts have to be at the shelter by December 15th because volunteers will be wrapping them the next day.

Spread cheer!


Next Thursday, November 23rd, on Thanksgiving Day, alternate side of the street parking regulations and parking meter regulations will both be suspended.

Parking meter regulations are only suspended on major legal holidays. Those holidays are New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


 Triple Paste Project playing jazz (6) in 4K

Live Jazz
Tuesday, November 21st, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Triple Paste will be back at Church Bar playing two sets of jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s as well as originals.

The musicians are Kensington and Windsor Terrace residents Eric Pakula on sax, Katie Down on ukulele, voice, and flute, Arnold Hammerschlag on trumpet, Leo Sidran on drums, and Arthur Kell on bass.

Triple Paste will perform at Church Bar on Tuesday, November 21st, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Church Bar menu (beer, wine, cocktails, food)

Church Bar
416 Church Avenue
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone (718) 435-2574 

Thursday, November 16, 2017


From 9:45 p.m. on Friday, November 17th, until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, November 20th, Queens-bound F and G trains will not stop at the Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street stations because of track maintenance.

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

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


P.S. 130 Winter Bazaar
Saturday, December 9th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The P.S. 130 PTA will hold its 7th annual Winter Bazaar, where local crafters and artisans sell their new and unique gifts, jewelry, crafts, and more.

Other features of this community event are

  • photos with Santa,
  • music every hour, including by the P.S. 130 band,
  • celebrity chili cook-off,
  • baked goods, and
  • Scholastic Book Fair.

Date: Saturday, December 9th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

P.S. Upper School
713 Caton Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn


Community Board 12 Monthly Public Meeting
Wednesday, November 29th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12's monthly public meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 29th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The meeting, as always, is 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 at the beginning of the meeting. You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

For example, you may be concerned about any of these issues:
  • pedestrian 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, or
  • street and sidewalk conditions.

Ordinarily, general meetings of Community Board 12 are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from September through June, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Amico Senior Center.

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.

The goal of a community board is to help resolve issues involving pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, housing, land use and zoning, outdoor lighting, potholes, sanitation, libraries, crime, police presence, social services, rodents, trash collection, public litter baskets, street and sidewalk conditions, etc.

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
The Kensington Family Shelter

385 McDonald Avenue
between Albemarle Road and Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn

Community Board 12
phone: (718) 851-0800
fax: (718) 851-4140
e-mail: bk12 @

Chairperson: Yidel Perlstein
District Manager: Barry Spitzer


General Meeting of New York Senate District 17 for Progress
Sunday, November 19th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Learn about New York Senate District 17 for Progress' focus for the upcoming legislative session in Albany. Help the grassroots group build its strategies for promoting and lobbying on behalf of issues that are important to residents of District 17.

The neighborhoods in District 17 are Borough Park, Midwood, and Brooklyn Chinatown and parts of Sunset Park, Kensington, Bensonhurst, and Gravesend.

Since 2012, State Senate District 17 has been represented by Simcha Felder. Right after he was first elected, the registered Democrat informed his constituents that he would be caucusing with the Republicans, not with his own party. That political stance advantages the Republican Party in the Senate.

  • Ross Barkan, Democratic candidate in 2018 for State Senate District 22, will talk about the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference (IDC)--a group of eight Democratic senators who are in a coalition with the Republican senators. Barkan will also talk about running as a progressive in South Brooklyn.
  • See the initial draft of the group's mission statement. This will be the last opportunity to attend a meeting, which will make you eligible to vote on the mission statement.
  • Discuss what the group will focus on in the upcoming legislative session. Name the most important or immediate problems in your lives and which issues you'd want the group to focus on.
  • Hear about the various projects that people in the group have been working on. Volunteer to help, if you can.

The meeting is free and open to the public and will be held on Sunday, November 19th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

1016 Beverley Road
between Coney Island Avenue and Stratford Road

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Kensington Flea @ FJC 
Sunday, December 3rd, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

An upcoming flea market at Flatbush Jewish Center will sell gently-used books, clothing, housewares, electronics, toys, baby items, and more. Shop there on Sunday, December 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., for holiday gifts or for gifts for yourself.

Formerly named the "Sisterhood Flea Market & Bazaar," the event is now a project of the entire Flatbush Jewish Center community. It's been renamed "Kensington Flea @ FJC." 

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Captain David A. Wall
66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, November 16th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Meet the 66th Precinct's commanding officer, Captain David Wall, at the next meeting of the 66th Precinct Community Council. 

Captain Wall will update residents of Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood on recent crimes in those neighborhoods. He will also provide information about what the police are doing to deter crime and arrest criminals.

This is an opportunity to bring crime-related issues to Captain Wall's attention. The meeting is free and open to the public.

In addition, you can find out about various programs that are available through the precinct.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Community Council provides the critical interface between citizens and police through regular monthly meetings. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, from September through June. The Community Council does not meet in July or August.

Meeting location
Community Board 12 Office
5910 13th Avenue
between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park 
B16 bus to 13th Avenue at 56th Street; return on 14th Avenue (schedule)


Contact information for the 66th Precinct:
phone: (718) 851-5611 
e-mail: 66precinctcc @
5822 16th Avenue
between 58th and 59th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn

Monday, November 13, 2017


Events on this week's community calendar:

Regrow Puerto Rico Benefit Reception, tonight (Monday, November 13th)

72nd Precinct Community Council Public Meeting, Tuesday, November 14th

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Meeting, Wednesday, November 15th

Community Board 7 Public Meeting in Windsor Terrace, Wednesday, November 15th

Bake Sale for The Kensington Family Shelter, Friday, November 17th

Diaper Drive for The Kensington Family Shelter, Friday, November 17th

Bake Sale for Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Saturday, November 18th

Art Auction, Saturday, November 18th (bid online this week)

In Concert: Music from Appalachia and the Nation of Georgia, Saturday, November 18th 


©2017 Flatbush Jewish Center

Church Avenue Sessions Music Series
Saturday, November 18th, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The monthly music series "Church Avenue Sessions" at Flatbush Jewish Center will feature performances by The Brother Brothers and Ilusha Tsinadze. The session will take place on Saturday, November 18th, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The Brother Brothers is an acoustic duo playing Appalachian folk and bluegrass on cello, guitar, and 5-string fiddle.

Ilusha Tsinadze is a singer and guitarist whose music is based on that of his native country of Georgia.

Beer, wine, and soda will be available for sale, along with some complimentary snacks.

The cost of admission is $15 per adult and $7 per child under 16.

About Flatbush Jewish Center
Flatbush Jewish Center, a Conservative synagogue offering programming and services for families, adults, and children, serves the Windsor Terrace and Kensington communities and offers traditional egalitarian services.

Event location
Flatbush Jewish Center
327 East 5th Street, corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 871-5200
fax: (718) 871-5204
office @ 

Saturday, November 11, 2017


                 La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Meeting
             Wednesday November 15th, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

La Leche League meetings
are free and open to all breastfeeding and pregnant parents, moms, babies, grandmothers, and women interested in breastfeeding or chestfeeding. The next meeting in Windsor Terrace will be held on Wednesday, November 15th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The doors will be opened at 10:50 a.m.

Some of the topics that are frequently covered are
  • How can I get breastfeeding off to a good start?
  • How do I know if my baby is getting enough?
  • How often should I expect to feed my baby?
  • What does a "typical" feeding look like?
  • What is paced bottle feeding?
  • How can I work with family and others' expectations about feeding my baby?
  • What about solids?

Bring your babies and your thoughts, questions, feelings, and experience to share with others. La Leche League embraces all kinds of families and feeding arrangements.

The group is free of charge. Check the calendar to keep updated on the meeting schedule and other news and to confirm the meeting time and location.

If you have questions prior to Wednesday's meeting, call or text (929) 276-2131 today.

Meeting location
577 Prospect Avenue

between 10th and 11th Avenues
Windsor Terrace 


Regrow Puerto Rico Benefit Reception
Monday, November 13th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

A benefit to help rebuild the still-devastated Puerto Rico will feature live music by Grammy award-winning jazz musician Arturo O'Farrill and his sons Zach and Adam.

Hors d'oeuvres will be prepared by Puerto Rican guest chef Santana Benitez. Wines and Harlem Blue Wheat Ale will be provided. 

The suggested donation is $50, but any amount will be appreciated. The proceeds will be donated to #RegrowPuertoRico to help rebuild sustainable agriculture.

Butterfunk Kitchen and the Church of the Holy Apostles are the hosts.

Brooklyn Commune

601 Greenwood Avenue
at the corner of Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace

Friday, November 10, 2017


From 11:45 p.m. on Friday, November 10th, until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, November 13th, Queens-bound F and G trains will not stop at the Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street stations because of track maintenance.

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

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

This change will be repeated on the weekend of Friday, November 17th, through Monday, November 20th.


Press Release – for Immediate Release

P.S. 130 PTA to Hold 5th Annual Art Auction

By Ashley Kreamer Colao, Kate Fermoile, Gretchen Nealon, and Lisa Jackson Zelznick

November 9, 2017

Brooklyn, NY – The P.S. 130 PTA is holding its 5th Annual Art Auction on Saturday, November 18, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Lark located at 1007 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 

Bidding is open to the public and will be entirely online at: beginning November 11, 2017 at 9:00am. Bidding will end promptly at 9:00pm on November 18. All proceeds will benefit the P.S. 130 PTA, a Title I school in Brooklyn serving over 800 students.

The auction will feature more than 80 works of art donated by a range of local and nationally recognized artists, including: 

  • William Mortensen, the last of the great pictorialist photographers, recently with retrospectives in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle;
  •  Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh, who contributed original vocal and narrative composition to the video essay Grosse Fatigue, created in collaboration with artist Camille Henrot, which was a recipient of the 55th Venice Biennale’s Silver Lion award and has since exhibited at The New Museum, The Guggenheim and The Museum of Modern Art;
  • Julie Peppito, recipient of the 2001 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for sculpture;
  • Scott Teplin, whose work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (NYC and San Francisco), The New Museum, The Walker Art Center, and The New York Public Library; and
  • Harvey Wang, who has exhibited widely at museums, including the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the New York Historical Society, and the Museum of the City of New York.

There is a suggested $10 donation at the door, drinks and snacks will be served thanks to event sponsors: Wine & Spirits, Le Paddock, Brooklyn Commune, and the Windsor Terrace Food Coop. Childcare is available for a small fee just down the block at Alden Moves. 
 "This event is a wonderful way for artists and art lovers to support P.S. 130, and for P.S. 130 to support the arts community," said P.S. 130 PTA Co-President Lisa Jackson Zelznick.

"The Art Auction is an opportunity to celebrate and continue our tradition of arts enrichment at P.S. 130; we are excited to provide a network of collectors for artists, while also raising funds to support important PTA initiatives, including our Art Box program, which provides Kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms with an Art Box and Art Caddy stocked with art-making materials that are available for self-directed play time."


Ashley Kreamer Colao and Lisa Jackson Zelznick, Co-Presidents
Kate Fermoile and Gretchen Nealon, Event Co-Chairs
info @