Monday, September 18, 2017


Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Thursday, September 21st, and Friday, September 22nd, for Rosh Hashanah.

Parking meter regulations will not be suspended.

Street cleaning will be suspended.

Friday, September 15, 2017


Financial Foundation Educational Program
Sunday, September 17th, 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

A free financial workshop, presented at Borough Park Library by Brooklyn Financial Center, will cover
  • Increasing cash flow
  • Debt management
  • Building a strong foundation
  • Proper protection
  • Building wealth
  • Asset accumulation
  • Retirement planning
  • Wealth preservation

The number of seats that will be available is limited. RSVP on Eventbrite for this free event.

Borough Park Library
1265 43rd Street at 13th Avenue
(718) 437-4085
Borough Park, Brooklyn

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Bicycle Helmet Giveaway
Sunday, September 17th, 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Bicycle helmets are going to be given away at 18th Avenue/Gravesend Park. The exact location is 18th Avenue and 56th Street.

The New York City Department of Transportation, along with New York City Councilmember David G. Greenfield, will give them away on Sunday, September 17th, between 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Helmets are available for children and for adults. Adults over the age of 18 who receive a helmet must sign a waiver. For a child under the age of 18 to get a helmet,
a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the waiver.
Helmets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. 

You must be present to get a helmet. Nobody will be allowed to pick up a helmet for someone else. Before it can be given to you, you will be shown how to properly fit and wear it.

In New York City, 74% of fatal crashes involved a head injury. 97% of the bicyclists who died were not wearing a helmet.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Thieves are rummaging through cans and bags in Windsor Terrace and Kensington that are filled with paper to recycle. The cans and bags are put outdoors the night before the Sanitation Department is scheduled to collect the paper.

Discarded mail is the target of the thieves. Foil them by shredding papers containing personal information before you put them in your paper recycling bags or cans and then outdoors. Using a cross-cut paper shredder is preferable.

The types of papers that include personal information are Social Security statements, credit card and bank and other financial statements, pre-approved credit card applications, ATM receipts, utility bill account numbers, medical records, store register receipts with your partial credit card numbers, mailing labels, pay stubs, etc.

The thieves seem to be operating at night, so you might want to wait until the morning of the collection to put your paper recycling by the curb.

Report trash tampering incidents to the Department of Sanitation by calling 311 or by filling out the form on the department's website. The department won't deal with individuals rummaging through the recycling, but it does want to be informed when a vehicle is involved in the theft.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Captain David A. Wall

66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 14th, 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.

This month, the meeting will be held on September 14th, the second Thursday of the month, rather than the usual third Thursday, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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.

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

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


Uni + HYPOTHEkids
Wednesday, September 13th, 4:00 p.m.
Read a curated collection of books at a portable reading room and explore specimens through microscopes and magnifying glasses at a portable science lab.

EXPLORE programming developed in partnership with Harlem-based non-profit, HYPOTHEkids, for their STEAM the Streets Initiative. Uni Project participation made possible courtesy of NYC DOT with funding from The Charles H. Revson Foundation. 

The free, kid-friendly event, hosted by The Kensington Stewards (, will take place at Avenue C Plaza, at the intersection of Avenue C and McDonald Avenue in Kensington.


Bake Sale to Benefit Sean Casey Animal Rescue
Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Support Sean Casey Animal Rescue by buying sweet treats at their bake sale. While you're enjoying the goodies, feel free to spend time with a rescued animal: walk a dog, cuddle with a cat, or talk to a bird. If one wins your heart, apply to adopt it!

The bake sale will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All of the proceeds will be used to benefit the day-to-day needs of Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

Everyone who can donate bake goods is invited to bring them to the shelter on the day of the bake sale, between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

About Sean Casey Animal Rescue

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 New York City’s homeless animals since 1998.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
near the Windsor Terrace - Kensington border
(718) 436-5163
nyanimalrescue @


Monday, September 11, 2017


Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting
Thursday, September 14th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The guest speaker at the next Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) community meeting will be a representative from the 66th Precinct. Discussion will focus on issues of interest and importance to the neighborhood, including any issues that you would like to talk about. 

At ANA's June meeting, community members brought up several long-standing complaints about car, electric bike, and non-powered bike traffic problems as well as trash problems. These concerns prompted ANA to invite the precinct to be this month's guest speaker.

Light refreshments will be provided by Foodtown and ANA. 

Members and non-members of ANA are welcome to attend all ANA community meetings. Admission is free.

Meeting location
Flatbush Jewish Center
Hanid Room
327 E. 5th Street
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 and are open to the public. They 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.

New members are welcome to join. This strengthens ANA's impact. Membership is open to everyone who resides in or owns a business in the geographic area ANA that serves:

  • northern border: the north side of Caton Avenue
  • southern border: the south side of Beverley Road
  • western border: the west side of McDonald Avenue 
  • eastern border: the east side of Ocean Parkway

An individual or family membership costs $20 per year. Associate Membership dues for business owners cost $25 per year.

Meetings are held in March, April, May, June, September, October, and November.


From Friday, September 15th, at 11:45 p.m., until Monday, September 18th, at 5:00 a.m., F trains will operate between 179th Street and Church Avenue, as usual.

However, F trains won't be stopping at any stations between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue.

Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service, operating between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue, with this exception: from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, some of the shuttle buses will only operate between Church Avenue and Kings Highway.

You can transfer between F trains and shuttle buses at Church Avenue. The shuttle buses will then stop at Ditmas Avenue, 18th Avenue, Avenue I, Bay Parkway, Avenue N, Avenue P, Kings Highway, Avenue U, Avenue X, Neptune Avenue, and West 8th Street. 

If you want direct service between Coney Island and Manhattan/Downtown Brooklyn, take the N or Q train instead. 

  • Transfer between N and Q trains and buses at Stillwell Avenue. 
  • Transfer between Q trains and buses at West 8th Street.
  • Transfer between N and F trains at 4th Avenue-9th Street.

Saturday, September 9, 2017


Hootenanny Art House 10th Anniversary Celebration
with Pete Sinjin and Friends
Sunday, September 24th,11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hootenanny Art House is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of its opening in September 2007.
"Hootenanny is a community family gathering place with music, art, yoga and dance classes for kids and the folks who love them."

Join founders Pete Sinjin and Kira Smith at The Bell House for music with singer/songwriter/music teacher Pete Sinjin and friends, along with dancing, art, a cake, and special surprises.

The sing-along is open to all ages. The price of a ticket is $15; children under age 1 are admitted free.

Doors will be opened at 10:30 a.m.

If you bring a stroller with you, park it outside of The Bell House (or leave it in your car) so that there's enough space inside to accommodate everyone.

Event details:

The Bell House
149 7th Street
between 2nd and 3rd avenues
Gowanus, Brooklyn


                      Pack 187 Brooklyn Cub Scouts Open House
                   Friday, September 15th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Join Pack 187 Brooklyn Cub Scouts at its annual open house. Pack 187 is a year-round family program designed for boys in kindergarten through 5th grade (ages 5 through 10). The program emphasizes leadership, learning about the community and the environment, family, character, and citizenship. 

Kindergarteners = Lions
1st graders = Tigers
2nd graders = Wolves
3rd graders = Bears
4th and 5th graders = Webelos


Meetings are held on Friday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets, Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn.

Pack 187 Brooklyn Cub Scouts @pack187brooklyncubscouts


Casalinga Sicilian Kitchen re-opened yesterday. That's all I know!

Casalinga Sicilian Kitchen
3007 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 854-3462 

Friday, September 8, 2017


Gay Green-wood
Saturday, October 7th, noon to 2:00 p.m.

Green-Wood celebrates LGBT History Month with a special trolley tour illuminating permanent residents who have made a lasting impact on American culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Visit the graves of important LGBT figures, including the co-writer of "It’s Raining Men," Paul Jabara; the sculptor of Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain, Emma Stebbins; activists Drs. Emery Hetrick and Damien Martin; and Broadway lyricist Fred Ebb, among others. Tour-goers will mark each grave with a rainbow flag.

The tour will be led by the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, a cultural heritage initiative that is documenting LGBT historic sites of significance throughout New York City.

The project team, historic preservationists Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, Jay Shockley, and Amanda Davis, will be joined by Green-Wood’s Manager of Preservation and Restoration, Neela Wickremesinghe, who will share the ways these sites are preserved through restoration and preservation efforts.

Tickets for the tour cost $25 each for members of Green-Wood Cemetery and Brooklyn Historical Society and $30 each for non-members. Purchase tickets here.

Green-Wood trolley tours are fully accessible and ADA compliant.

To accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility device on the trolley, advance arrangements must be made. Call (718) 210-3080, ext. 1.

Portions of the tour take place outside the trolley and may require exiting the vehicle on multiple occasions. Contact the Historic Fund for more information.

The inclement weather policy is here.


Victims of Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico have an immediate need for clothing, diapers, toiletries, and food. Occupy Kensington is helping El Grito de Sunset Park collect essential items for these people. The electrical power outage that hit Puerto Rico could last for up to six  months.

These items are needed:

  • new packs of socks, underwear, and T-shirts (no used items),
  • diapers,
  • toiletries (including bandages and gauze, shampoo, toilet paper, sponges, and hand sanitizer), and
  • nonperishable, ready-to-eat food, such as granola bars and crackers.

Leave donated items on the stoop of 309 E. 5th Street, between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road. Occupy Kensington members will deliver them to El Grito de Sunset Park's collection point on Monday afternoon and on a regular basis after that, as needed.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Citizens Committee for New York City has announced its September grant winner, "The Singing Winds: Storytelling from Around the World." The group, founded in 2011, also won grants in 2012 and 2013.

Reflecting the cultural diversity of Kensington, Brooklyn, through storytelling, dance, music, and crafts, The Singing Winds features traditional folklore from the many cultures and languages of Kensington's residents.

Hosted by P.S. 230, The Singing Winds presents professional artists and community groups in live performances that bring to life the characters that have entertained and educated children for centuries.

Programs are either free or low-cost.

The Singing Winds needs volunteers of all ages and cultural backgrounds. For more information about its projects, visit its website.

e-mail: thesingingwinds @

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


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

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

No cover charge. 

Catch 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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


72nd Precinct Community Council Meeting 
Tuesday, September 19th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The next meeting of the 72nd Precinct Community Council will take place on Tuesday, September 19th, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Marien Heim Senior Center, 4520 4th Avenue, between 45th and 46th streets, in Sunset Park.

Crimes committed in the 72nd Precinct, their frequency, why they happen, and what the precinct is doing to prevent future crimes will be discussed at the meeting.

Council meetings are a place for members of the public to give voice to their concerns about crime. Tell the officers what's on your mind: armed robberies, sexual assaults, home break-ins, stolen bicycles, package theft, speeding cars, or any other crimes.

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

The meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month; this month, however, the meeting date has been changed to accommodate the New York State Primary Election, which will take place on the second Tuesday.


Charity Cut-a-Thon
Monday, September 18th, noon to 4:00 p.m.

Nicole at From Head to Toe, a salon in Park Slope, will host a Cut-a-Thon to benefit Sean Casey Animal Rescue's Critical Care Program.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue willingly takes in animals who are in dire medical condition. They do it simply because they believe that it must be done. Few rescues try to save animals who are critically ill or injured.
Getting a haircut at the salon between noon and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 18th, will help support current and future ill and injured animals. From Head to Toe will donate the entire proceeds to the rescue's Critical Care Program.

Haircuts are available for everyone and for all ages. Book a haircut with Nicole by calling (718) 499-9609. Prices: kids $25, men $35, women $50.

From Head to Toe is located at 453 7th Avenue in Park Slope, between 15th and 16th streets.


About Sean Casey Animal Rescue

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 New York City’s homeless animals since 1998.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
near the Windsor Terrace - Kensington border
(718) 436-5163
nyanimalrescue @


Sunday, September 3, 2017


Sweet Action Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Saturday, September 9th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, September 10th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A free poetry reading at the East Fourth Street Community Garden will feature members of Brooklyn poetry collective Sweet Action. An open mic will follow the readings, so bring your poetry with you.

Sweet Actions members who will be reading their poetry include Emily Blair, Marietta Brill, Julie Hart, AKaiser, Sara Emily Kuntz, Dell Lemon, Cory Nakasue, Sarah Passino, Abby Sayre, and Judy Schneier.

The event will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9th. The rain date is the next day at the same time.

The East Fourth Street Community Garden
173 E. 4th Street
between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn 

Saturday, September 2, 2017


Real-time train arrival displays have now been installed in all stations serving the G subway line. Train arrival information is displayed on easy-to-read LCD display screens.

The new LCD displays use beacon technology. This involves placing four low-energy Bluetooth beacons on each train set and two receivers on each platform.

The system uses the existing wireless network in the stations and cloud computing. The receivers communicate with Bluetooth devices in the first car and last car of the train set.

When a train enters a station and when it leaves it, the technology uses the train's arrival and departure time to estimate when the train will get to its next stop. It displays that arrival time on the LCD display screens.

Altogether, 296 subway stations now have countdown clocks on platforms and/or on mezzanines near station entrances.
Displays at all lettered line stations will be installed by the end of 2017.

Friday, September 1, 2017


EzraGuitar Open House
Sunday, September 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

EzraGuitar's Fall Open House Back Yard BBQ next weekend will feature a children's art gallery that will be open all day, free private guitar trial lessons for adults for the whole day and for children in 2nd grade and higher, a free kids group guitar trial class for pre-K to 1st graders at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., a free family concert at 3:00 p.m., and a free cookout.

The school's offerings include lessons, concerts, workshops, week-long intensives, summer camps, holiday break camps, after-school arts enrichment program, and more. 

Maoz and Leilah Ezra founded the classical guitar conservatory in 2008.

Ezra Guitar
785 Coney Island Avenue
between Cortelyou Road and Dorchester Road 
Ditmas Park-Kensington, Brooklyn 
(718) 434-2103 
info @


This weekend service notice for the G train covers 11:30 p.m. on Friday, September 1st, to 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5th.

  • No G trains will operate between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Avenue. Service will operate in two sections. A and F trains will provide alternate service.
  • The G train will not stop at the Bergen, Carroll, Smith-9 Sts, 4 Av-9 St, 7 Av, 15 St-Prospect Park, Fort Hamilton Parkway, and Church Avenue stations. Take the F train instead.
    • Transfer between the A and G trains at Hoyt-Schermerhorn.
    • Transfer between the A and F trains at Jay St-MetroTech.
  • G service will operate in two sections: 
    • Between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs, and 
    • Between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn, every 20 minutes. 
    • Transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs to continue your trip.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Movie Screening: Sugar
Friday, September 8th, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Kick off Kensington’s fall season with a free movie outdoors at Avenue C Plaza.

On Friday, September 8th, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., The Kensington Stewards will screen Sugar, the story of Miguel "Sugar" Santos, a 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic whose great pitching arm earns him a tryout on a minor league baseball team in Iowa.

Not the standard sports movie, Sugar highlights what it’s like to arrive in a new country where baseball is the only thing that’s not brand new. Said Slate, "Sugar…give(s) American viewers a sense of how our country must seem to a newly arrived immigrant, without caricaturing or condescending to either guest or host."

The 114-minute long color movie is rated PG-13. Released in 2009, the movie is In Spanish and English. Consult the "Parents Guide" here.

Seats will be provided but not popcorn.

Avenue C Plaza, a public pedestrian plaza, is located at the intersection of Avenue C and McDonald Avenue in Kensington.


Hamilton's writes
"Dear Customers and Friends,
We are sorry to say that we can no longer allow dogs on our patio- inside or outside the perimeter. We LOVE dogs, but unfortunately we had one too many incidents. The last one was when our employee was bitten. She's fine thank goodness!

Thanks for understanding."

2826 Fort Hamilton Parkway
southeast corner of E. 4th Street 
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn (one block from Kensington)
(718) 438-0488
hamiltonbkny @ 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Opening Reception for an Art Exhibition by Dan Drossman
Saturday, September 9th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Brooklyn artist Dan Drossman's drawings and paintings will be exhibited at the recently re-opened Prospect Range Performance Hall. An opening reception for the artist will be held on September 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Prospect Range is a community gallery and performance space in Windsor Terrace. The gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Drossman exhibit will run through Sunday, September 24th.

Drossman's work

"uses elements of graffiti, cartooning, and abstraction to create dynamic, comical, and sometimes dark images that reflect the artist's struggle with a lifetime of chronic back pain.
His process is both cathartic for him and accessible to his audience through a deft use of line, color, and other formal elements.
Works range in size from small to large and employ marker, acrylic, charcoal, and mixed media materials on paper and canvas."

Other exhibition and performance events will be scheduled at Prospect Range throughout the fall.

For further information, contact Dexter Strong Buell at
Prospect Range Performance Hall, 1226 Prospect Avenue, between Reeve Place and Vanderbilt Street, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.