Tuesday, September 17, 2019

BILLIARDS AND GAMES NIGHT


Billiards and Games Night
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Play billiards and games on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Flatbush Jewish Center's 2nd floor pool room.

BYOB, and bring $5 to cover pizza/snacks.

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

66TH PRECINCT POLICE WILL MEET WITH THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK




66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Public Meeting
Thursday, September 19th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

The public can report crimes and other policing matters in Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood at the upcoming 66th Precinct Community Council meeting.


The 66th Precinct's commanding officer, Deputy Inspector James King, will update residents on recent crimes in those neighborhoods, but the input of people who live within the boundaries of the precinct is also 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 19th, 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
(map)

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).

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Contact information for the 66th Precinct:
phone: (718) 851-5611
5822 16th Avenue
between 58th and 59th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn
e-mail: 66precinctcc @ gmail.com
website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/66th-precinct.page
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYPD66Pct or @66precinctcc


Sunday, September 15, 2019

DEADLY FUNGUS HAS INFECTED PATIENTS AT KENSINGTON NURSING AND REHAB CENTER


Deadly fungus Candida Auris has infected or is being carried by at least thirty-nine patients at Palm Gardens Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. A year ago, that number was six.

The skilled nursing facility is located at 615 Avenue C, at the corner of E. 7th Street, in Kensington, Brooklyn.

Patients either picked up the yeast-like fungus at Palm Gardens or already had it when they transferred there from another facility, such as one patient who contracted it at Maimonides Medical Center.

Medicare rates Palm Gardens as below average on health inspections, below average on staffing, and average on quality measures. But that doesn't mean that the pathogen isn't also present in higher-rated facilities.

Infection is rare in healthy people.
"Patients who have been hospitalized in a healthcare facility a long time, have a central venous catheter, or other lines or tubes entering their body, or have previously received antibiotics or antifungal medications, appear to be at highest risk of infection with this yeast.

"Specialized laboratory methods are needed to accurately identify C. auris. Conventional laboratory techniques could lead to misidentification and inappropriate management, making it difficult to control the spread of C. auris in healthcare settings."
            Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Candida Auris is a global problem. It lives on the skin as well as inside the body and spreads easily. It is contracted by either direct contact between people or contact with contaminated surfaces.

It causes serious infections, is often multi-drug resistant, is difficult to identify, and has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes.
"Symptoms might not be noticeable because patients infected with C. auris are often already sick in the hospital with another serious illness or condition. The symptoms of C. auris infection depend on the body part that is affected. For bloodstream infections, the most common symptoms are fever and chills."
             Virginia Department of Health

In the U.S., the fungus was first detected in 2015. In New York State, 396 people are known to be infected and 496 are carriers of the fungus but haven't exhibited symptoms at this time.
"We detected 51 clinical and 61 screening cases. All but 1 of the clinical cases from New York were diagnosed in NYC: 21 from 7 hospitals in Brooklyn, 16 from 3 hospitals and 1 private medical office in Queens, 12 from 5 hospitals and 1 long-term acute care hospital in Manhattan, and 1 from a hospital in the Bronx. One clinical case was identified in a western New York hospital in a patient who had recently been admitted to an involved Brooklyn hospital.

Of the 51 clinical case-patients, 31 (61%) had resided in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) immediately before being admitted to the hospital in which their infection was diagnosed, and 19 of these 31 resided in skilled nursing facilities with ventilator beds (VSNFs); 1 (2%) resided in a long-term acute care hospital; 5 (10%) had been transferred from another hospital; and 4 (8%) had traveled internationally within 5 years before diagnosis."

"Candida auris in Healthcare Facilities, New York, USA, 2013–2017" National Institutes of Health

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

WINDSOR COFFEE IS READY FOR THE CHANGE OF SEASONS


The owners of Windsor Coffee are welcoming everyone back after a great summer. You'll notice that they have some new additions, including a swing sign, window logo, and solar shades to manage the morning glare.

In addition to serving fine hot and cold Oslo coffee specialties and a selection of gourmet teas, they are straddling the seasons with cold brew, hot chocolate, and pumpkin spice lattes.

They continue to offer delicious baked goods from La Bagel Delight and Colson Patisserie.

Stop by and enjoy their offerings while supporting a neighbor-owned and operated local, independent, small business.

Location
Windsor Coffee
144 E. 4th Street, Windsor Terrace
just north of Fort Hamilton Parkway, next to Hair Care by Yolanda

Friday, August 30, 2019

PARKING RULE CHANGES FOR LABOR DAY



On Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day), alternate side of the street parking (street cleaning) regulations and parking meter regulations will be suspended.

Stopping, standing, and parking are permitted except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (e.g., "No Standing Anytime").

These rules apply on major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. On all other holidays, only street cleaning rules are suspended, and other regulations remain in effect.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

WINDSOR TERRACE LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR KIDS



Two children's programs formerly held in the temporarily-closed Windsor Terrace Library will resume in September in other venues. 

Babies & Books will again be offered at the JCC Brooklyn Windsor Terrace, 1224 Prospect Avenue, corner of Vanderbilt Street, starting on Thursday, September 12th, at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Time with Miss Cindy will again meet at the Church of the Holy Apostles at 612 Greenwood Avenue, between Prospect Avenue and E. 7th Street. It'll be held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. on September 17th and 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, November 19th and 26th, and December 3rd, 10th, and 17th.


Children from ages 0 to 4 usually attend both programs, although Babies & Books usually tends toward ages 0 to 2 while Toddler Time caters to ages 2 to 4.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

COOLING CENTERS ARE OPEN BECAUSE OF HIGH TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY


A heat advisory is in effect for New York City through Thursday, August 22nd, at 8:00 p.m. 

Cooling centers are open in all five boroughs today and will also be open tomorrow--Thursday, August 22nd. The National Weather Service has issued the heat advisory for New York City. High heat and humidity are in the forecast, with heat index values in the mid-90s.
 

A severe thunderstorm watch is also in effect. This afternoon may bring thunderstorms, with some possibly severe. Heavy rainfall and damaging winds are possible.

In addition, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for New York City on August 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

You can stay informed by following @NotifyNYC on Twitter or visiting NYC.gov/NotifyNYC.

New York City's cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities, such as libraries, community centers, and senior centers. They're open to the public during heat emergencies.


To find a cooling center, including accessible facilities closest to you, call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder at NYC.gov/beattheheat.

Don't leave pets or children in a car. Temperatures rise quickly--even with the windows down--and can be deadly. Call 911 if you see a pet or child in a hot vehicle.


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 be hosted again by Q104.3 DJ Maria Milito. It 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 "Firefighter Michael Bocchino Way." Firefighter Michael Leopoldo Bocchino 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
e-mail: 66precinctcc @ gmail.com
website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/66th-precinct.page
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/NYPD66pct/posts/?ref=page_internal
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