Saturday, September 22, 2018


Curbside collection of electronics will be available upon request in Southern Brooklyn as of Monday, October 1, 2018, for residents of 1-9 unit buildings.

This free curbside pick-up service is already available in Northern Brooklyn and on Staten Island. It started as a pilot program on Staten Island in October 2016.

Since January 1, 2015, New York City residents have not been permitted to put electronics in the regular trash or with their recycling. They could only be disposed of by transporting them to an electronic waste collection site or through a manufacturer's free take-back program. Manufacturers of computers, televisions, and other electronics are required to accept their products for recycling under New York State law through free take-back programs.
Items eligible for pick-up include CRT televisions, LCD televisions, monitors, laptops, electronic keyboards, electronic mice/pointing devices, fax machines, document scanners, printers, and other computer peripherals.

It's advisable to erase all computer hard drives and clear your private information before putting them out at the curb.

Other eligible items are VCRs, digital video recorders, DVD players, digital converter boxes, cable/satellite receivers, video game consoles, computer/small scale servers, other TV peripherals, portable digital music players, and other portable devices.

A maximum of twenty items, including no more than five TVs, can be picked up per request.

Schedule a pickup by the Sanitation Department at Put your E-Waste at the curb after 4:00 p.m. the night before.

Pickups will be done weekdays (Monday through Friday), except on city holidays. Pickups can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance.

DSNY employees won't ring your doorbell, and they won't go into your house to pick up items; you have to put the items out at the curb. 

Buildings with 10 or more units can continue to enroll in ecycleNYC free at; three free service options are available, depending on the the number of units in the building.

Thursday, September 20, 2018



Brooklyn, 1978. Ed Koch was mayor, Saturday Night Fever was the soundtrack of the summer, and a garbage-filled lot on East Fourth Street was being cleaned up, bag by bag, day by day, by a band of committed neighbors on a mission. Forty years later, we celebrate the tenacity and vision of the community members who made and still make the East Fourth Street Community Garden what it is today: a place of respite and reflection, of education and conservation. 
On Saturday, September 22nd, come out for a free, event-packed anniversary party thats been 40 years in the making! We start the day at 9 AM with a meditation class by Jaya Yoga, surrounded by the beauty of the gardens flowers and trees. Our celebration’s official opening ceremony is at 10 AM, as we honor the local veterans who gave the garden its identity as a memorial garden.
Childrens activities begin at 10:30 AM, with a singalong class led by Joanne Riel, whose musical play will encourage children and their families to explore expression, creativity, and learning through music and movement. Joanne will sing some children’s favorites, multicultural music, and songs from her CD, Flying Teapot. 
And speaking of kids, the garden will also have face painting and sidewalk chalk drawing—and a children’s gardening workshop at 2 PM.
Our CSA partner, Garden of Eve, sponsors a fermentation class with Chef Cheryl Paswater at 11 AM. This class is hands-on and for all levels of cooking, so bring a glass jar and some veggies to transform into delicious treats you'll enjoy for weeks to come. Put some summer in a jar on the first day of fall! Craving something sweet? We’ll be selling baked goodies too, while supplies last. And at 11:30 AM, one of our garden volunteers conducts a workshop on indoor composting—with a twist. This class, open to kids and adults, will demonstrate how to compost food scraps indoors using a worm bin. You’ll never look at a worm the same way again.
At noon, we’re visited by local tribal belly dance troupe Witchmaste, whose shimmies and undulations will mesmerize the crowd on this autumnal equinox. Before you know it, you’ll be trying out some new moves yourself—Witchmaste encourages audience participation.
We’ll also have a beer-brewing workshop starting at noon. Held in front of the garden’s hop garden, the workshop will go through the entire process to make a batch of homebrew and include a discussion of ingredients, creating beer recipes, and growing your own hops!
At 2:30 PM, we switch to quieter fare, as poets reading under the Sweet Action banner share their sublime works on the garden’s lawn. Founded in 2014, Sweet Action creates a welcoming space for a diverse group of women, non-binary, and LGBTQIA poets.
We close out the day’s celebration with a return engagement by the Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective at 3:30 PM. (A garden never can have enough bluegrass!) The BBC’s second studio album, Volume 2, features local bluegrass talents. We’re pleased to have the Collective back for its second September concert in a row.
But the festivities don’t end then. Come back on Sunday, September 23rd, for some gentle qigong at 10 AM. Its simple sequence of flowing movements, breathing techniques, self-massage, and guided meditation will help promote feelings of balance, relaxation, and renewal. Our practice will be led by Marisa Carroll, Certified Healer-Within Qigong Practice Leader, The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.
Then at 4 PM, we are happy to present an opening reception for the garden’s third annual art show,“Jewel Box,” featuring works by Eric Boucourt, Deborah Morris, and Tom Brown. Come enjoy a delightful afternoon with your neighbors, some yummy nibbles, and a trove of artworks to uncover along our lovely shade garden path.
The East Fourth Street Community Garden, located between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue, has served the neighborhoods of Windsor Terrace and Kensington for 40 years. All events at the garden are FREE; check our upcoming events at or on our Facebook page.


A list of what the families currently living in the Kensington family shelter need has been compiled by the neighborhood residents who serve as volunteer liaisons between the neighborhood and the shelter.


Hello neighbors,

We hope you all had a wonderful summer.

Now that everyone is back from vacation, we have checked in with the Kensington family shelter on current needs and are passing along those requests to you.

Halloween costumes: The shelter is accepting new and used costumes for boys and girls, infant through size 14. Please make sure the costumes have been laundered, or if they are not washable that they do not have any pet fur or hair on them since some children at the shelter have allergies. They can be dropped off at 385 McDonald Avenue, attention Uniquia, between now and October 15th.

Harvest Party captain: We traditionally host a party for the shelter kids around Halloween. This year's monster mash will be on Saturday, October 27th. We would love to have one or two captains helm this event and be responsible for planning food and entertainment and overseeing it on the day of the event. We will, of course, help you put out the call for the necessary donations and helpers. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to givemeshelterbk @ with CAPTAIN in the subject line.

Budgeting tutor: The shelter is seeking someone to lead a periodic household budgeting workshop for clients who will be moving out. Ideally, the volunteer will have some experience providing this kind of assistance. If you are interested in speaking with the shelter about this opportunity, please send an e-mail to givemeshelterbk @ with BUDGET in the subject line and a sentence or two about your experience/expertise, and we will put you in touch.

Diapers: The shelter always needs diapers (and wipes!). Sizes 4, 5, and 6 are needed most urgently and can be dropped off at 385 McDonald Avenue, attention Uniquia. If you are interested in doing a diaper drive for the shelter, please let us know at givemeshelterbk @

Cooking items: The shelter provides cooking demonstrations for the clients. They are seeking one large crock pot/slow cooker in good condition and a hot plate with two burners. If you have one to donate, please send an e-mail to givemeshelterbk @ with COOKING in the subject line.

Move-Out Packages: The good news is that families are moving out of the Kensington shelter and into more permanent housing all the time. While the city provides vouchers for basic furniture, there's a lot more that they need. With your help, we have been able to put together housewarming packages for them to take to their new apartments. We've created an Amazon wish list with the needed items. You can order and ship directly from Amazon, or buy similar items elsewhere and ship or drop them at the shelter, attention Uniquia Parker. Here's the link:

Thanks to all of you for your continued generosity. It means a lot to the shelter staff, and to us, that your willingness to help has not waned over time. In the coming weeks, we will be getting together shelter holiday plans and reaching out.

Catherine and Tracy

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Two teenagers mugged a teenager who was walking alone on the Prospect Expressway bridge at Fort Hamilton Parkway a few afternoons ago. They punched him in the face, choked him, and robbed him of the cell phone that was in his pocket.

They're shown on the Wanted poster above for assaulting a transit worker in The Bronx in June by punching him in the face and throwing a bottle at him. The MTA has distributed the posters widely throughout the subway system.

On Fort Hamilton Parkway, from the corner of E. 5th Street by the dog run and across the bridge to the bottom of the pedestrian footpath where Ocean Parkway meets E. 7th Street, two thefts, one assault, and three robberies have been reported to the police so far this year, according to CompStat 2.0.

  • Robbery  03/08/18   6:00 AM 
  • Robbery  06/17/18   10:00 PM 
  • Assault    06/12/18   4:00 PM 
  • Theft      06/26/18   12:00 PM
  • Theft      07/01/18   1:00 PM
  • Robbery  09/13/18    4:00 PM 

The NYPD officers--or Neighborhood Coordination Officers--who patrol Windsor Terrace will meet with residents and business owners on September 27th to discuss neighborhood safety. This is a good place to ask questions, express your concerns, and make requests.

The meeting will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Rectory, 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 5th and E. 4th streets. Link to a KARMABrooklyn blog post here for more information.


A Windsor Terrace resident was robbed last week while sitting in Seeley Park. It's the park located between Seeley Street and Vanderbilt Street and between 19th Street and the west side (southbound side) of the Prospect Expressway.

The NYPD officers--known as Neighborhood Coordination Officers--who patrol Windsor Terrace will meet with residents and business owners on September 27th to discuss neighborhood safety. This is a good place to ask questions, express your concerns, and make requests.

The meeting will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Rectory, 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 5th and E. 4th streets. Link to a KARMABrooklyn blog post here for more information.


From 9:45 p.m. on Friday, September 21st, to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, September 24th, D trains and free shuttle buses will replace F trains between Jay Street-MetroTech and Stillwell Avenue in Brooklyn.

D trains will run via the F in both directions between Jay Street-MetroTech and Kings Highway.

F trains will run between Jamaica-179th Street and Lexington Avenue-63rd Street, and via the Q express to/from Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center (skipping DeKalb Avenue, days and evenings), and via D the to/from Stillwell Avenue.

For direct service between Stillwell Avenue and Manhattan/Downtown Brooklyn, take the F or Q instead.

• Transfer between D trains and buses at Kings Highway.
• Transfer between F and Q trains and buses at Stillwell Avenue.

Station Shuttle Bus StopBus Stop
Kings Hwy DMcDonald Av at Kings HwyB82
Avenue UMcDonald Av at Avenue U
Avenue XShell Rd at Avenue X (to Stillwell Av)B4
McDonald Av at Avenue X (to Kings Hwy)
Neptune AvShell Rd at Neptune Av (to Stillwell Av)
W 6 St at Station Entrance (to Kings Hwy)
West 8 St QSurf Av at W 8 StB36
Stillwell Av F, N, Q Surf Av at Stillwell Av

Monday, September 17, 2018


Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Monday, September 24th, and Tuesday, September 25th, for Succoth.

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.

Sunday, September 16, 2018


                                       photo by Faissal aka Md. Halim

Thursday, September 20th, 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand. Stargazing Thurs., Sept 20, starting at 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm with two knowledgeable astronomers from the Amateur Astronomers Ass'n of NYC. They will bring you the night sky up close and personal, answering all your questions, in English and Bengali.

The moon, stars and Mars, Jupiter, Venus and perhaps Saturn, will stick in your eye through two high-powered telescopes. At their last visit (June 21) kids ran home to bring their entire families.

Hang out with the neighbors. An event for all ages. And it's FREE! A true community happening.

At Avenue C Plaza, on McDonald Avenue ½ block below Church Ave.

Friday, September 14, 2018


Free Paper Shredding
Saturday September 22nd, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Protect yourself from thieves who want to steal your identity. Get your confidential and sensitive paper documents shredded for free at an AARP Operation Stop Scams event.

Shred financial and legal documents, such as IDs, bank statements, deposit slips, checks, credit card statements and receipts as well as documents bearing account numbers, birth dates, passwords, PINs, signatures, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and any other items that include names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.

Bring up to three grocery bags of documents to be shredded. Metal, plastic, and other materials can damage the shredder, so they won't be accepted. The shredding truck will stay on site for the time scheduled or until it reaches capacity. 

For additional information, call (866) 227-7451 or go to

Ditmas Junior High School 62
700 Cortelyou Road at E. 7th Street

Kensington, Brooklyn


Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Wednesday, September 19th, for Yom Kippur.

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, September 12, 2018


UPDATE: The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 


66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 13th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Report crimes and other policing matters in Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood at this week's 66th Precinct Community Council meeting. 

The 66th Precinct's commanding officer, Captain David Wall, will update residents on recent crimes in those neighborhoods, but the input of people who live within the boundaries of the precinct is essential. 

At the meeting, the public can learn about the various programs available to the community through the precinct. 

The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It's free, and it's open to the public. 

Boundaries of the 66th Precinct:

The purpose of the 66th Precinct Community Council is to provide the critical interface between citizens and police through regular monthly meetings. Meetings are normally 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, Brooklyn

To get to the meeting, take the B16 bus to 13th Avenue at 56th Street and walk three blocks along 13th Avenue to 59th Street. To return home, take the B16 on 14th Avenue (schedule).


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


Community Board 7 Monthly Public Meeting
Wednesday, September 26th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The regular monthly board meeting of Community Board 7, representing Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park, will be held on Wednesday, September 26th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the board office, located at 4201 4th Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The entrance is on 43rd Street.

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

Members of the public are invited to comment on any issue during the Public Comment periods (items 5 and 13 on the agenda). Some issues you may be concerned about are

  •     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, and
  •     street and sidewalk conditions.

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 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 June 20, 2018
5. Public Comment
6. Committee Reports:

   A) Public Safety Committee (Vote required)
       1. New liquor license application for Starway 2826 LLC located at 225 47th Street

   B) Transportation Committee (Vote required)
       1. Presentation by the MTA on the 59th Street Station elevator project
       2. Speed hump request for 28th Street between 3rd and 4th avenues
       3. Speed hump request for 45th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues
       4. Speed hump request for East 5thh Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue

   C) Asian Affairs Committee
       1. Discussion on 8th Avenue BID
       2. Discussion on public safety
       3. Discussion on traffic congestions on 8th Avenue
       4. Discussion on sanitation issues

   D) Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness Issues (Vote required)
       1. Establishing a Mission Statement for the committee
       2. Creating short and long term goals, including assessment of the current homeless status in our district
       3. Support Introduction #0915 requiring DHS to submit quarterly reports to Council Members and local community boards the number of shelters, supportive housing and cluster sites in each district
       4. Discuss and adopt revised mission statement
       5. Prioritize goals and set a timetable
       6. Assign volunteers to work in specific areas
       7. Arrange the next committee meeting

   E) Education/Youth Committee
       1. Presentation by LEEP Charter school on a proposed public charter school for Sunset Park
       2. Presentation by Brooklyn RISE on a proposed charter school in the CB7 community
       3. Presentation by Envision Preparatory Charter School for a proposed charter school in the CB7 community
       4. Presentation by CEC15 on the D15 Diversity Plan

   F) Economic Development-Waterfront Committee Meeting
       1. Presentation by the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation on their Industrial Apprenticeship training program
       2. Review of outcomes from CB7 public hearing and Land Use committee meeting in 2012 regarding Liberty View Plaza

7. Elected Officials and Representatives
8. District Manager’s Report
9. Chairperson’s Report
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Public Comment
13. Adjournment

Monday, September 10, 2018


"At J.Crew, we’re celebrating the simple, optimistic principle that as unique individuals, we’re also better together. Here, meet the Sean Casey Animal Rescue crew! They’re an NYC-based shelter that helps rescue and rehabilitate unwanted animals and find them safe and happy homes—and they’re just one of the crews inspiring us right now."

J. Crew's new ad campaign shines a well-deserved spotlight on Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Brooklyn's beloved no-kill shelter responsible for rescuing, saving, and successfully putting up for adoption thousands of animals over the years.

The ad campaign singles out unique and inspiring groups, businesses, and organizations. Sean Casey Animal Rescue is notable for taking in animals regardless of their age, breed, health--including those in dire medical condition--or any other category as well as finding suitable, loving homes for them.

The rescue has become a community institution where neighbors of all ages volunteer to walk dogs, help at fund raisers and other events, and lend assistance in any way they're able to for the sake of the animals and their temporary guardians.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill shelter specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, and small mammals. The rescue has been serving homeless animals since 1998.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn
Support local, independent small businesses!


Used Book Sale
Sunday, September 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Gently-used books for all ages, especially books for older children, will be sold at P.S. 130's 4th Annual Used Book Sale. Each book will sell for $2.00 or under. Most will be priced at $1.00 or less.

Baked goods will also be sold.

The money that's raised will be used to support the school's literacy programs and to grow its lower and upper school libraries.

P.S. 130 Lower School Cafeteria
70 Ocean Parkway
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn 

Enter through the schoolyard at the corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and E. 5th Street.

Sunday, September 9, 2018


Build a Block Meeting, Sector A, 72nd Precinct
Thursday, September 27th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Residents and business owners in Windsor Terrace, Greenwood Heights, and South Slope are invited to a "Build a Block" neighborhood safety meeting with their police precinct's Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs).

Join Detective Daniel McGrath and Police Officer Francis Ghanney, whose beat is Sector A of the 72nd Precinct, as they update the community about neighborhood safety and crime on Thursday, September 27th, at 6:30 p.m.

Tell the officers your concerns and complaints, ask questions, and offer suggestions.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for refreshments.

In April 2016, the NYPD divided the 72nd Precinct into four sectors as part of a new policing model--known as "community policing"--to connect police and communities. Until that time, the precinct had been comprised of eight sectors. As a result of the change, additional officers were assigned to the precinct.

Contact information for the officers:
  • Detective Danny McGrath: (917) 853-2601, daniel.mcgrath @ 
  • Police Officer Francis Ghanney: (929) 343-7645, francis.ghanney @

Meeting location
Immaculate Heart of Mary Rectory
2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 5th and E. 4th streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

72nd Precinct contact information
Phone number: (718) 965-6311  web page: CompStat report (crime statistics):

Friday, September 7, 2018


Kensington Neighborhood Assembly for Participatory Budgeting
Wednesday, September 26th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

At the Kensington Neighborhood Assembly for Participatory Budgeting (PB), learn how PB works and how it benefits our neighborhoods. Share ideas you may have for spending $1.5 million to make the neighborhoods in City Council District 39 (Councilmember Brad Lander's district) even better places than they already are.

You can also share your ideas online at

Projects can fall into any of these categories: Education, Parks and Environment, and Arts and Culture. Details about the projects that have been funded since the 2012 fiscal year are listed here.

P.S. 230
1 Albemarle Road
between McDonald Avenue and Dahill Road
Kensington, Brooklyn


Community Board 12 Public Meeting
Monday, September 12th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12 (representing Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) will hold its next meeting on a different day of the week than usual.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12th, 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 at the beginning of the meeting (agenda item 2). You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

Some issues you may be concerned about are

  •     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, and
  •     street and sidewalk conditions. 

Agenda for the September 12th meeting
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Public Session 
  3. Chairman's Remarks - Yidel Perlstein
  4. District Manager's Remarks - Barry Spitzer
  5. Zoning Report - 2084 60th Street - David Shlomovich 
  6. Adoption of Minutes (June)
  7. Old Business
  8. New Business
  9. Attendance
  10. Adjourn

General meetings of Community Board 12 are normally held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from September through June, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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 @