Sunday, July 15, 2018


                               Free SAT Test Prep Workshop
                              Thursday, July 19th, 7:00 p.m.

Nick Raschella will run a free SAT test prep workshop at Terrace Books. He'll review each section of the test and will also review tips and strategies for test day.

Nick, who helps run the family bookstore business, worked at Kaplan Test Prep for fifteen years. During that time, he taught, trained, and supervised teachers and programs across the country. His test expertise includes the SAT, SHSAT, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT.

If you'd like to attend this free workshop, scheduled for Thursday, July 19th, at 7:00 p.m., send an RSVP to Nick at raschella @ or call him at (646) 481-7325.

Terrace Books
242 Prospect Park West
between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 788-3475


Ditmas Lit
Wednesday, July 18th, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Iris Cohen, Alice Kaltman, and Edward Mullaney will read their prose and Thiahera Nurse will read her poetry at the next installment of the Ditmas Lit reading series.

Host Sarah Bridgins' guest co-host will be Lena Valencia of HiFi Reading Series fame.

Admission is free.

About Ditmas Lit
Ditmas Lit is a monthly reading series dedicated to showcasing a diverse range of emerging and established writers in all genres. On the third Wednesday of every month, people gather for a drink at Hinterlands Bar to listen as poets, essayists, fiction writers, and storytellers share their work.

Hinterlands Bar
739 Church Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 633-0550
hinterlandsbar @

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


The 66th Precinct's newly-assigned Neighborhood Coordination Officers ("beat cops") met with Misaskim and Shomrim Brooklyn South Safety Patrol "to learn about the community they will serve, and the unique needs of the residents."

See for photos of the officers at Misaskim headquarters and with Borough Park Shomrim.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


                                    Dismantling Injustice
                  Saturday, July 14th, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Coalition for Women Prisoners, New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, and Correctional Association of New York will host "Dismantling Justice."

The free public education event will be held at the Kensington Library on Saturday, July 14th, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The hosts write

"Join us for a public education event on the injustice and incarceration systems in NY. Hear from experts - people who have survived incarceration - about New York's injustice system, and how you can join the movement for change.

The injustice system in New York is damaging to people, families, and communities – disproportionately Black and Latinx people and other people of color.

Driven by, and perpetuating, an ongoing legacy of racism, the system carries out a paradigm of punishment and vengeance instead of helping to bring true safety, healing, or repair.

As some examples: survivors of domestic violence – rather than getting support – are traumatized and harmed further by predatory prosecutions and draconian prison sentences.

Solitary confinement is inflicted on a massive scale, with people being subjected to months, years, and decades of this devastating practice.
The number of older people behind bars has more than doubled and continues to grow, swollen by policies—including senseless parole denials—that favor punishment over public safety.

You will learn about these and other aspects of New York's injustice system. You will also be introduced to a new tool highlighting the particular experiences of women in solitary confinement in New York prisons and jails. And you will learn how you can join with other community members to push for change!"

Kensington Library
4207 18th Avenue

between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 436-0545

Sunday, July 8, 2018


Green Thumb Open Garden Day at Prospect Farm
Saturday, July 14th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00  p.m.

Prospect Farm will have an "open house" for the public to enjoy a day of free activities. Visit Prospect Farm on Saturday, July 14th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for such activities as a demonstration of composting and a scavenger hunt.

Compost can be dropped off at the farm on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

About Prospect Farm
"Since March 2010, Prospect Farm has been a community project development toward producing healthy local food as an alternative to industrial food. Our objective is diversity in food production and membership. We are slowly creating healthy soil through our community composting project and farm without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides."

"Prospect Farm is a community association with membership open to all. Members improve and farm the land and sustain ties with local residents, businesses and organizations. We support the Brooklyn Food Coalition and other initiatives for food sovereignty and food justice."

Prospect Farm
1194 Prospect Avenue (map)
next to the Seeley Street Bridge
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

prospectfarmbk @

Friday, July 6, 2018


Prospect Expressway will have lane closures from 11:00 p.m. tonight (Friday) until 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

From exit 4 to exit 5, only one southbound lane will be open. From exit 5 to exit 3, only one northbound lane will be open.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Free Yoga Classes
Mondays, July 9th through August 13th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Free outdoor yoga classes will be offered at Avenue C Plaza for teenagers through seniors. No previous yoga experience is necessary to participate in them.

Classes will be held on Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th and on August 6th and 13th.

Enough mats to accommodate twenty-five people will be available at no cost. Reserve a mat by sending an e-mail to avecplazabk @ Participants are welcome to bring their own mats.

Avenue C Plaza is the cement triangle located on the eastern side of McDonald Avenue where it intersects with Avenue C.

A grant from Citizens Committee for New York City has made the free yoga classes possible, with help from Arts & Democracy and Bend & Bloom Yoga.

The Kensington Stewards, mangers of Avenue C Plaza and Kensington Plaza, will produce the event.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


66th Precinct Neighborhood Policing Meet and Greet
Wednesday, August 1st, 7:00 p.m.

The 66th Precinct will have "beat cops," officially called Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs), within the next few weeks. The 66th's NCOs will be introduced to the public at JHS 62 on Wednesday, August 1st, at 7:00 p.m.

The doors will be opened at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served before the meeting begins.

The NYPD has been dividing precincts into sectors for the past few years as part of its new policing model, known as "community policing."
The 66th Precinct has been divided into four sectors: Sector A or Adam, Sector B or Boy, Sector C or Charlie, and Sector D or David.

This meeting is for the entire 66th Precinct, not for an individual sector. Attendees will meet and speak with the NCOs assigned to all four of the 66th Precinct's sectors.

A flyer will be handed out at the meeting that shows the boundaries of each sector as well as contact information for the NCOs in each sector.

RSVP for the meeting by Wednesday, July 25th, by calling
Community Affairs Officers Priscilla Colon or Thomas Kukla at (718) 851-5601 or by sending an e-mail to Thomas.kukla @ or Priscilla.colon @

The school is accessible for people with disabilities. For accommodations for any disability, contact Officer Colon at
(718) 851-5601 or Priscilla.colon @ by Friday, July 27th.

Junior High School 62 Ditmas (JHS 62)
700 Cortelyou Road
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn

Enter the school on E. 7th Street.

Monday, July 2, 2018


                     Free Outdoor Qigong Class with Marisa Carroll
                 Sunday, July 8th, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

The ancient practice of qigong is a simple sequence of flowing movements, breathing techniques, gentle self-massage, and guided meditation to help promote feelings of balance, relaxation, and renewal.

Participate in a free outdoor session of qigong this Sunday, July 8th, from 11:00 a.m. to 11: 45 a.m. The session is open to the public and will meet on the lawn in the East Fourth Street Community Garden.

The practice will be led by Marisa Carroll, Certified Healer-Within Qigong Practice Leader, The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.

East Fourth Street Community Garden
173 E. 4th Street

between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace


An urgent fund raising appeal has been issued by Sean Casey Animal Rescue. The rescue needs to replace its malfunctioning air-conditioning/heating system. Keeping animals cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather is about their survival.

Dear friends,

During this first heatwave of summer 2018 we find ourselves in a crisis. Our central heating/air-conditioning system is failing -- leaving us to rely on back-up units to keep our shelter at a tolerable temperature for our precious animals.
We have the central system being serviced now but the repair will be a temporary fix as the system is just too old and must be replaced. We estimate the cost for the new replacement system at $15,000.00.

If you are able to give, please consider a donation at this time as this is an urgent and time sensitive situation. Our furry and not so furry babies are counting on all of us!

To Donate: Click here to visit our Network for Good Fundraising Page.

We also have a mobile adoption van that cannot be used because the air-conditioning unit is not working so if there is a surplus this is where it will be utilized.

Please share this urgent fundraising appeal and help us reach our goal. No donation is too small and, as always, we appreciate everyone's support!

Sean Casey and Staff

PS If you would prefer to send a check our mailing address is:

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3 Street
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Please Click Here to Donate.

Thursday, June 28, 2018


Alternate side of the street parking regulations and parking meter regulations will be suspended on Wednesday, July 4th, for Independence Day.

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


Due to expected high temperatures and high heat indices, NYC cooling centers will be open tomorrow, Friday, June 29th, through Monday, July 2nd. The high temperatures for the next four days are expected to be 91, 88, 92, and 85. 

The at-risk groups are people who do not have or use air conditioning and are older, have chronic medical or psychiatric conditions, misuse drugs or alcohol, or take certain medications.

Cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities, such as libraries, community centers, senior centers, and NYCHA facilities that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

To find the nearest cooling center and its hours of operation, call 311 or visit Cooling center information will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 29th.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


Albemarle Neighborhood Association Community Meeting
Thursday, June 28th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

The last community meeting of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association until September will be held on Thursday, June 28th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Members and non-members alike are invited to attend the free meeting.

The main topic will be the future of ANA, with the emphasis on the needs of the community.

Foodtown and ANA will provide refreshments for the meeting.

The meeting will be held outdoors on Albemarle Road, between E. 4th and E. 5th streets. Bring a chair with you to sit on.

If there is any possibility of rain, the meeting will instead be held indoors in the Flatbush Jewish Center, 327 E. 5th Street, at the corner of Church Avenue. Enter the synagogue via the ramp on E. 5th Street. Use the stairs or the wheelchair-accessible elevator to go downstairs to the Hanid Room.

About Albemarle Neighborhood Association

Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) is the oldest neighborhood association in Brooklyn. Since its founding in 1973, it has worked to advance Kensington's quality of life.

ANA's meetings are free. They are open to the public.

Meetings provide a place for Kensington's residents to address safety, security, and quality of life issues. ANA helps create a safe and stable neighborhood by working closely with its members, other neighborhood residents, city agencies, and elected officials to address key issues.

Monday, June 25, 2018


Sing-along Fundraiser for KIND and RAICES
Saturday, June 30th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To raise money for legal assistance for immigrant children, KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) and RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) will host a family sing-along at Hootenanny Art House.

Special guest Tony Soll, music teacher at Brooklyn Friends, will lead the sing-along. 

The event will be on Saturday, June 30th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The suggested donation is $20 per family; any amount above that is welcome. Donate in advance here (if possible or at the door, if necessary.

If at least $2500 is raised, a donor will match $1000, along with a corporate match of $1500. You are welcome to donate even if you can't make it to the event in person.

KIND trains lawyers to represent immigrant children at no cost in connection with their proceedings. They fight for kids to have fair, appropriate treatment while in the immigration system and work to give children the social services necessary to address the traumas associated with these situations.

RAICES provide free and low cost legal services to immigrant children and is focused on reunification via a bond fund. Even with the news today that the policy of separating families will be reversed, organizations like KIND and RAICES will still need significant funding to assist families torn apart.

Hootenanny Art House
426-428 15th Street
between Prospect Park West and 8th Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn 

Friday, June 22, 2018


Flatbush Jewish Center Celebrates Pride
Saturday, June 23rd, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Flatbush Jewish Center will have a Pride Shabbat and a festive Pride Shabbat kiddush lunch on Saturday, June 23rd. Services will begin at 9:30. Lunch will follow at noon or 12:30. 

The Center is proud to be a community that is safe, open, and inclusive for everyone.


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


Community Board 12 Board Meeting
Monday, June 25th, 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 and in a different location than usual.

The meeting will be on Monday, June 25th, 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 6). 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 June 25th meeting:
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Adoption of Minutes (May)
  3. Chairman's Remarks - Yidel Perlstein
  4. Variance Committee Report - David Shlomovich 
    1. Physical Culture - 1571 McDonald Ave.
    2. Cheder School - 323 Elmwood Ave.
    3. 39 Group Inc. - 3901 9th Ave.
    4. HASC Center - 120 Avenue M
  5. District Manager's Remarks - Barry Spitzer
  6. Public Session
  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
Community Board 12 Office
5910 13th Avenue
between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn

Monday, June 18, 2018


After twenty-one years of teaching dance, first at Terrace Dance Studio and then at Dance with Betty, Christina Kane-Durbin is opening her own studio.

Christina's Dream Dance Studio will offer classes for all ages, starting at age three, and specialize in tap, ballet, hip hop, point, lyrical, jazz, and acrobatics.

Zumba classes will be available for adults. 

Classes might begin during the second week in July. Check the studio's Facebook page for the tentative schedule.


Christina's Dream Dance Studio
2903 Fort Hamilton Parkway
northwest corner of E. 4th Street
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(917) 627-8105

Christinasdreamdance @


66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, June 21st, 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. 

Matters to bring to Captain Wall's attention include
  • men exposing themselves to women in public,
  • men following women in the street,
  • adults who aren't accompanied by a child entering playgrounds where that is forbidden,
  • responsiveness by the precinct to phone calls reporting crimes,
  • pedestrian safety when crossing Church Avenue at Ocean Parkway and the Prospect Expressway and other intersections,
  • bicyclists on e-bikes and manual bikes riding on sidewalks, and
  • package theft.

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

The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 21st, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It's free, and it's open to the public.

The notice from the Community Council that's at the top of this blog post says that the following meeting will be on September 21st. That's a Friday. They probably meant that they'll meet on September 20th, a Thursday.  

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 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


Public Meeting of Community Board 7
Wednesday, June 20th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:0 p.m.

The next public meeting of Community Board 7 is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20th, at 6:30 p.m., in the board's office at 4201 4th Avenue, in Sunset Park. The entrance to the building is on 43rd Street.

The public is invited to comment on any agenda item and any other issue during the Public Comment period (items 7 and 14on the agenda below).

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 May 16, 2018
5. Adoption of the Minutes of the Public Hearing of June 04, 2018
6. Presentation: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
7. Public Comment
8. Committee Reports:
      A) Education Committee (No Vote Required)
           1) Presentation by the School Construction Authority on the new school buildings in District 15
      B) Immigration Committee (No Vote Required)
           1) Presentation by NY Immigration Coalition on the Greenlight NY: Driving Together Campaign
      C) Land Use/Landmarks Committee
           1) M1 Hotel text amendment (N 180349 ZRY) – Introduce a special permit under the jurisdiction of the City Planning Commission for new hotels, motels, tourist cabins, and boatels in light manufacturing (M1) districts citywide.
      D) Membership & Attendance Committee
           1) Committee will review the attendance record or Marcela Mitaynes
     E) Parks Committee
           1) Update on all current NYC Parks Department capital projects in the district
           2) Discussion on the NY Harbor Foundation/Billion Oyster project proposal: A pilot community boating program at Bush Terminal Park
      F) Public Safety Committee (No Vote Required)
           1) Liquor license application for Explosion 21 Bar Corp. located at 369 39th Street
     G) Sanitation & Environment Committee (No Vote Required)
          1) Presentation by Drew Weber concerning ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York
      H) Transportation Committee (Vote Required)
          1) Sunset Park street infrastructure plan – 1st to 3rd Avenues from 39th to 45th Streets
          2) Update from MTA on R tunnel construction, schedule & impact on 4th Avenue
          3) Speed hump proposed for 41st Street between 7th & 8th Avenues
9. Elected Officials Representatives
10. District Manager’s Report
11. Chairperson’s Report
12. Old Business
13. New Business
14. Public Comment
15. Adjournment

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Church Avenue Street Fair
Sunday, June 17th, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Eat, play games, go on rides, and shop at the 66th Precinct Community Council's Church Avenue Street Fair this Sunday, June 17th, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The fair will be on Church Avenue in Kensington, from McDonald Avenue to East 3rd Street, rain or shine.

For more information, call (718) 444-6028 or send an e-mail to info @

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Friday, June 15th, through Sunday, June 17th, for Idul-Fitr (Eid Al-Fitr).

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.

Saturday, June 9, 2018


Paint outside the Box
Sunday, June 10th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Use washable, tempera paints and sponges to paint on heavy paper with abandon. Paint on an 8' easel to create murals with your neighbors. Neighborhood artist Diana Sanzone will guide the mural-making.

All materials will be supplied at no charge.

The workshop is for adults and children.

Avenue C Plaza
Avenue C at McDonald Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn


"Build the Block" Neighborhood Policing and Safety Meeting
Thursday, June 14th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Neighborhood Coordination Officers who patrol Sector A (Windsor Terrace, Greenwood Heights, and South Slope) of the 72nd Precinct, will meet with residents and business owners in those three neighborhoods at the next "Build the Block" neighborhood policing and safety meeting. 

Join Detective Specialist Daniel McGrath and Police Officer Francis Ghanney at P.S. 10 on Thursday, June 14th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as they update the community about public safety issues in the neighborhood, answer your questions, and listen to your concerns, complaints, and suggestions.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. when refreshments will be served.
Possible issues of concern are
  • assaults and robberies on the street,
  • home burglaries,
  • packages stolen from porches and lobbies, and
  • street safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Meetings between the 72nd Precinct's Neighborhood Coordination Officers and the public began in July 2016.

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

Meeting location
P.S. 10
511 7th Avenue
between Prospect Avenue and 17th Street
Park Slope, Brooklyn