Wednesday, September 23, 2020

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING ONE-DAY SUSPENSION


Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Monday, September 28th, for Yom Kippur. All other parking regulations will remain in effect.

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

 

KIDS' MASK GIVEAWAY

 

Kids Mask Giveaway
Saturday, September 26th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Reusable, machine-washable face masks for children will be given away at Thomas J. Cuite Park (aka Froggy Park) on Saturday, September 26th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or until supplies run out.
 
The masks are sized for children ages three through twelve, with a limit of two masks per family. 
 
Friends of Thomas J. Cuite Park will distribute the masks. Guidelines for social distancing, mask wearing, and sanitizing will be in effect.

Location
Thomas J. Cuite Park (Froggy Park)
19th Street, between 11th Avenue and Seeley Street
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Friday, September 18, 2020

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENSION FOR HOLIDAY

 

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Saturday, September 19th, and Sunday, September 20th, for Rosh Hashanah. All other parking regulations will remain in effect.

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

 

Friday, September 11, 2020

66TH PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING ONLINE NEXT WEEK

Deputy Inspector James King

66th Precinct Community Council
Monday, September 14th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 
The 66th Precinct Community Council will hold its September meeting online via Zoom on Monday, September 14th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The last Community Council meeting was on January 16th.
 
The meeting is free, and it's open to the public.
 
Join the Zoom meeting by clicking this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78984381543?pwd=cUQ0bHFZUnRUcVA5ZmFZRnVvT1hqZz09.

The meeting ID is 789 8438 1543, and the Passcode is U7f9n3.

At the meeting, the public can report crimes in Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood as well as any policing matters.

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 essential.

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 monthly from September through June.

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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

Thursday, September 10, 2020

POSTPONED: SUBMISSION TO THE LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION ABOUT GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY'S FORT HAMILTON PARKWAY RESIDENCE AND GATEHOUSE

Green-wood Cemetery, Fort Hamilton Parkway, Gatekeeper's Residence and Visitor's Cottage

Green-wood Cemetery, Fort Hamilton Parkway Entrance,
Gatekeeper's Residence and Visitors' Cottage
 

Update, September 10, 2020: The meeting has been postponed.It will be held at a later date.
 
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Brooklyn Community Board 7 Land Use/Landmarks Committee
Tuesday, September 15th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 
Brooklyn Community Board 7's Land Use/Landmarks Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 15th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to talk about "Greenwood Cemetery Fort Hamilton Residence and Gatehouse submission to the Landmarks Preservation Commission." 
 
The meeting will be held online via WebEx. Register at any time prior to the start of the meeting by clicking on https://nyccb.webex.com/nyccb/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec3fd4c61b8d4983eee2619608f74a88d. In the middle of the page, click "Register," fill out the form, and then click "Submit." A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you, along with a link to join the meeting.
 
The sole agenda item is "Greenwood Cemetery Fort Hamilton Residence and Gatehouse submission to the Landmarks Preservation Commission."

From Green-Wood Cemetery:

"Green-Wood Cemetery is finishing an interior restoration of both the Gatehouse and the Residence at the Fort Hamilton Park entrance. In doing so, there are two exterior modifications that require approvals from the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Community Board.

1. In making the public bathrooms in the Gatehouse ADA-compliant, Green-Wood must raise the landing at the entrance door in order to install a ramp. Architect, Josh Brandfonbrener, will present designs for the ramp to the Community Board.

2. Green-Wood would like to add a section to the fence in the backyard of the residence. The fence, which will match the existing fence, would partition the yard and create an opening in the existing fence that currently separates the yard from adjacent burial space. Plans for the fence will be presented to the Community Board." 


The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Fort Hamilton Parkway Entrance as a landmark in 2016.
 
The Caretaker's Residence and the Visitor's Cottage (the gatehouse) at the entrance are shown in the  photograph above, taken soon after they were completed in 1877. Architect Richard Michell Upjohn (1828-1903) designed the brownstone buildings in the High Victorian Gothic style. In the visitors' cottage, visitors to the cemetery were able to rest after their travels.
 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING UPDATE

 

 

Update: After Labor Day, the alternate side parking reform that went into effect on June 29th will remain in effect. Through Friday, September 18th, residential side streets will continue to be cleaned only once a week.
 
Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended for Rosh Hashanah on Saturday, September 19th.
 
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Alternate side parking regulations for street cleaning will be suspended for Labor Day on Monday, September 7th.
 
Labor Day is a major legal holiday. On major legal holidays, stopping, standing, and parking are permitted, except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (for instance, “No Standing Anytime”).
 
Parking meter regulations are suspended on major legal holidays. The major legal holidays are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
 
On all other holidays, street cleaning rules are suspended, but other regulations remain in effect. 
 
Through Saturday, September 5th, when alternate side parking is in effect, residential side streets that have multiple alternate side parking days will only be cleaned--with vehicles required to be moved--on the latest day in the week on each side.
 
Throughout the summer, cleanliness conditions will be assessed to determine whether to extend or modify the rules after Labor Day.
 
On Sundays, alternate side parking isn't in effect, and you don't have to pay parking meters.

For information on recent changes to alternate side parking rules, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/alternate-side-parking.shtml#reform.
 
The 2020 alternate side parking calendar is here.

Monday, August 31, 2020

SPRAYING FOR WEST NILE VIRUS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

 

Pesticide Spraying
Thursday, September 3rd, 8:30 p.m. to Friday, September 4th, 6:00 a.m.

To reduce mosquito activity and the danger of West Nile virus, pesticide will be ground-sprayed from trucks between 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 3rd, and 6:00 a.m. on Friday, weather permitting.


In case of rain, high winds, or equipment malfunction, spraying may be delayed.


The neighborhoods to be sprayed include parts of Borough Park, Gowanus, Greenwood Heights, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and Windsor Terrace.

 

These Zip Codes will be affected: parts of 11204, 11215, 11217, 11218, 11219, 11225, 11232, and 11238.

 

Bordered by 4th Avenue to the west; Atlantic Avenue to the north; Classon Avenue, Washington Avenue, and Flatbush Avenue to the east; and Parkside Avenue, Ocean Parkway, Fort Hamilton Parkway, Dahill Road, 45th Street, Fort Hamilton Parkway, and 39th Street to the south. 

 

"West Nile virus can infect humans, birds, horses and other mammals. People who are older than 60 have the highest risk of becoming severely ill. There is increasing evidence that people with weakened immune systems are also at higher risk."

 

Stay indoors during spraying, and keep your pets indoors too. The spray will use a very low rate of Anvil® or DeltaGard®, containing the active ingredients sumithrin (Anvil) or deltamethrin (DeltaGard) for adult mosquito control.

 

For additional information about West Nile virus, transmission, prevention, symptoms, testing, and treatment and the risks to children, pregnant women, and pets, see the New York City Department of Health website at www.nyc.gov/health/wnv.


Thursday, August 27, 2020

72ND PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL WILL RETURN TO WINDSOR TERRACE

 

72nd Precinct Community Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 8th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
The 72nd Precinct Community Council will meet on Tuesday, September 8th, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Brooklyn Prospect Elementary School. People who live in or work in Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park are invited to attend.
 
The Commanding Officer, Captain Ernesto Castro, who was appointed to the 72nd Precinct earlier this year, will be at the meeting, along with the Neighborhood Coordination Officers. Join the discussion about the types of crime that have been taking place, their frequency, why they happen, and what the police and the public can do to help prevent them.

Newly-assigned Community Affairs Officer Susan Alexander will also attend the meeting. She replaces Officer Sean Spencer, who was on the job for six years. The phone number for Community Affairs is (718) 965-6326.
 
Mask-wearing is required, and social distancing must be practiced.

Meetings of the 72nd Precinct Community Council typically take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
 
The Community Council hasn't met in person in Windsor Terrace since November 2019. At the regularly-scheduled monthly meeting, residents--particularly those living in the southwestern portion of Windsor Terrace (north of Caton Avenue and west of Ocean Parkway)--reported their concerns about a variety of issues, including group assaults, groups of people armed with guns and/or knives, home and car break-ins, and package theft.
 
As a result of the complaints, a special follow-up meeting was held two weeks later, and some of the issues were addressed.
 
Meeting Location
Brooklyn Prospect Windsor Terrace Elementary School
3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
 
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72nd Precinct
830 4th Avenue
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 965-6311
Facebook, 72nd Precinct: https://www.facebook.com/NYPD72pct/

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

THE CRAFT SALON'S AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES THIS FALL WILL BE OUTDOORS

 

The multi-faceted, multi-talented artist Dari Litchman will offer after-school crafts classes for kids outdoors in Kensington this fall.

Crafting will include two weeks of sewing, two weeks of fibers, two weeks of clay, and two weeks of paper.

The Craft Salon will operate from Monday, September 7th, through Friday, October 30th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The fee is $480 for eight weeks for one class. All of the supplies for one class are included in the fee.

Classes are for kids ages eight and up of all genders, with four kids in each class.

Each child will be able to make up one missed class.

The setting is on Ocean Parkway, between Church Avenue and Beverley Road. A canopy will be used for sun and/or drizzle.

Wearing a mask is mandatory.

An indoor bathroom that can be used safely will be available.

Parents or other caregivers will bring the kids to the class and pick them up at the end of the class.

To register or to ask for additional information, write to Dari at dari@thecraftsalonstudio.com.

 

Monday, August 24, 2020

SAVE THE POST OFFICE: A DAY OF ACTION

 
Save the Post Office: A Day of Action
Tuesday, August 25th, 6:00 p.m.

Join Occupy Kensington and the national movement to Save the Post Office on Tuesday, August 25th, at 6:00 p.m., at the Kensington Post Office.

This is a Day of Action to make three immediate demands to save our public postal service:

  • Provide at least $25 billion in emergency COVID funding for the postal service.
  • Stop the mail slowdown policies introduced by Postmaster General DeJoy and permanently reverse the delays.
  • Ensure public confidence in voting-by-mail by providing all necessary resources for the timely delivery of election mail.

Bring signs that say, for example,

  • #SaveThePostOffice
  • We need $25B for the post office in emergency relief.
  • Stop post office cutbacks.

Wear a mask and bring hand sanitizer. Keep your mask on, maintain social distance, and sanitize your hands, as needed, to protect each other.
 
US Mail Not for Sale is a worker-led campaign that brings together labor unions, elected officials, member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, community supporters, and the public to fight plans to sell the public Postal Service to the highest bidder.

Location 
Kensington Post Office
419 McDonald Avenue
between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road
Kensington, Brooklyn
 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS ABOUT REOPENING NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS




Reopening New York City Schools
Monday, August 24th, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (English)
Tuesday, August 25th, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Wednesday, August 26th, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Chinese)
 
New York City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca and Brooklyn Community Board 7 are co-sponsoring virtual town hall meetings to discuss the reopening of New York City schools.  Representatives from the Department of Education will be available to answer questions.

The virtual town hall meetings will be held in English, Spanish, and Chinese (one language each day) on the following days from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.:

 
Click on English, Spanish, or Chinese to get to the registration page.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

RALLY TO SAVE THE USPS

Rally to Save the Postal Service
Saturday, August 22nd, 11:00 a.m.

The United States Postal Service is constitutionally mandated to serve all Americans, whoever we are and wherever we live. The postal system serves us in useful and critical ways that no other public or private organization has duplicated: it picks up and delivers local, national, and international correspondence, bills, checks, prescription medications, food, clothing, greeting cards, magazines, books--and absentee and other mail-in ballots.
 
The post office was created as a nonpartisan agency. Funding it adequately, allowing postal employees to work overtime rather than leaving mail and packages sitting in the station at the end of the day, and not removing sorting machines are all essential to the functioning of our nation and its institutions, especially during a pandemic that is keeping millions of Americans socially distanced and away from enclosed spaces, including polling sites.
 
President Trump and Postmaster General DeJoy should be supporting the health and well-being of our postal system. Public protest, an American tradition and a mainstay of our treasured democracy, persuaded the Postmaster General to walk back some of his harmful edicts, but he said they're only temporarily suspended, not reversed. Demand DeJoy's removal from his position. We deserve a better Postmaster General, one who believes in the agency that's in his or her care and will help it thrive.

Join a grassroots, neighbor-led, peaceful, non-violent, socially distanced, masked rally in support of our postal system on Saturday, August 22nd, at 11:00 a.m. local time. The number of participants is limited because of the pandemic, so for the rally at the Kensington post office, sign up here.
 
Rallies have been scheduled at hundreds and hundreds of post offices. You can see a complete list of them on the map here.
 
Signs and slogans are posted here.
 
Location
Kensington Post Office
419 McDonald Avenue
between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road
Kensington, Brooklyn
 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

OCEAN PARKWAY COMMUNITY LITTER CLEANUP SCHEDULED

 
Update: On Saturday morning, if it's raining at 8:00 or 8:30, the community cleanup will be rescheduled for Sunday, August 30th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
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Ocean Parkway Cleanup
Saturday, August 29th, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Neighborhood residents who don't like the unsightly, unhealthy litter on their streets will continue working together to remove it from the Ocean Parkway service road and pedestrian mall on the east side of Ocean Parkway later this month.

Meet up with the Ocean Parkway Cleanup Crew and The Kensington Stewards on the east side of Ocean Parkway (the side near E. 7th Street) at the intersection of Church Avenue. From there, everyone will work their way south to Avenue C.

The Sanitation Department and the Parks Department will loan some cleanup supplies (grabbers, brooms, etc.), but bring your own cleanup tools, if you have any. The Sanitation Department will pick up the filled trash bags shortly afterward.

This cleanup event will take place on Saturday, August 29th. Drop in to help for however long you can between 9:00 a.m. and noon.

In addition to this and the two previous organized group efforts, people have been picking up litter on their own or with a friend or two. All efforts are appreciated!

Wear a face mask to protect each other from COVID-19, and wear gloves to protect your hands from any litter you might handle.

Invite adults and children from the neighborhood to join in on this ongoing community project.

Ocean Parkway Cleanup and The Kensington Stewards are grassroots groups working toward the betterment of Kensington.

Ocean Parkway Cleanup
https://www.facebook.com/groups/324239235266854/

The Kensington Stewards
https://www.facebook.com/groups/318994119465752/


ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED THIS SATURDAY


Alternate side parking regulations for street cleaning will be suspended for Feast of the Assumption on Saturday, August 15th.

Through Labor Day, when alternate side parking is in effect, residential side streets that have multiple alternate side parking days will only be cleaned--with vehicles required to be moved--on the latest day in the week on each side.

For information on recent changes to alternate side parking rules, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/alternate-side-parking.shtml#reform.

The 2020 alternate side parking calendar is here.

 

Monday, August 10, 2020

LIBRARY PARTIALLY REOPENS MORE BRANCHES TODAY

Ten more Brooklyn Public Library branches reopened for grab-and-go lobby service today, joining the seven that reopened on July 13th. The seventeen libraries now offering lobby service are

To protect yourself and others, wear a mask, socially distance yourself from the staff and other patrons, and respect the limit on the number of patrons allowed into the lobby. Masks are required for patrons and staff.

Leave the library as soon as you've finished picking up or returning items.

Hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays and from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Patrons can pick up items in the lobby that they've placed on hold. Return bins are available in the lobby.

Browsing, in-person reference, and computer use aren't available, but online services for programming, e-books, research databases, and classes are. 

Any material you check out won't gather fines. Neither will items checked out before the closures began.
 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

COMMUNITY GARDEN ON E. 4TH STREET IS OPEN AND IS ACCEPTING SOME FOOD SCRAPS


The East Fourth Street Community Garden has reopened to the public on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon. 

COVID-19 precautions: Masks and gloves must be worn when handling the compost cans. No more than ten people will be allowed in the garden at a time. Stay six feet away from other people.

Only certain types of food scraps can be dropped off during the garden's open hours. The scraps are used in its composting program.

Before going to the garden, chop your food scraps into chunks that are smaller than your hand. 

Carrying your food scraps to the garden in a reusable and rinsable container means that you won't have a plastic bag that you'll need to get rid of.

At the garden, deposit your food scraps in the metal cans in the back compost area. Cover the food scraps with browns from the "browns bins" next to the metal cans.


From the garden's page on composting:

What materials can I drop off? 

Okay to bring:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • coffee grounds and tea bags
  • egg shells
  • food-soiled paper towels or napkins
  • bread and grains (nothing with oil!)
  • shredded newspaper or brown paper

Not okay to bring:

  • meat or fish scraps
  • anything with fats, grease or oil
  • cheese or dairy products
  • twisty ties, rubber bands, fruit stickers
  • non-compostable materials such as Plastic, Metals or Glass
  • pesticide-treated plants, grass clippings, pest-infested plants
  • BioBags

Location 
East Fourth Street Community Garden
173 E. 4th Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
https://www.facebook.com/groups/246036418909475/
https://eastfourthstreetgarden.tumblr.com/

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY TEMPORARILY CLOSED BECAUSE OF STORM DAMAGE



Update at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6th:
Our diligent staff has been hard at work the last two days clearing felled trees and making sure our grounds are safe. Following their efforts, we're pleased to announce Green-Wood is reopened to visitors starting today!

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Update at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5th:
Thank you, friends, for your patience and understanding while we work to survey and clean our 478 acres.

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Posted today by Green-wood Cemetery:

Due to damage sustained as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias, and out of caution for the safety of our visitors, Green-Wood will be closed to the public until further notice to allow our grounds crew to clear debris. 

Updates will be posted on the cemetery's Facebook page.

Monday, August 3, 2020

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES RESUME


Alternate side of the street parking rules will resume on Monday, August 3rd, and will be in effect through Saturday, September 5th.

When alternate side parking is in effect, residential side streets that have multiple alternate side parking days will be cleaned--with vehicles required to be moved--only on the latest day in the week on each side, through Labor Day.

For information on recent changes to ASP rules, see https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/alternate-side-parking.shtml#reform.

The 2020 Alternate Side Parking Calendar is available here.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

NO WEEKEND F TRAINS FROM CHURCH AVE. TO CONEY ISLAND UNTIL DECEMBER 21ST


On the F subway line, work on the signal modernization project continues to take place every weekend, weather permitting, through December 21, 2020, with the exception of the weekends of October 9th-12th, 16th-19th, and 23rd-26th and the weekend of November 27th-30th (Thanksgiving).

F trains run between 179th Street and Church Avenue. They do not run between Church Avenue and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue.

Customers traveling between Church Avenue and Coney Island can use D, N, and Q trains and local buses to complete their trip. Free shuttle buses are not available. 

Work begins on Fridays at 9:45 p.m. and ends at 1:00 a.m. Then, from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., the subway system is closed to clean and disinfect the trains and the stations. Stations reopen on Mondays at 5:00 a.m.

PASTRAMI SANDWICH POP UP AT DELLA RESTAURANT & BAR



Pastrami Pop Up at Della
Saturday, August 8th, noon to 6:00 p.m.

Get a delicious Friedman's pastrami sandwich with fresh rye bread from baker Jared Batson outside of Della Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, August 8th, between noon and 6:00 p.m.

The pastrami is made from premium Wagyu (Japanese beef cattle) brisket supplied by D'Artagnan. 

All proceeds will be donated to Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United States.

Location
Della Restaurant & Bar
1238 Prospect Avenue
at Reeve Place
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

(718) 633-0249
info @ DellaRestaurant.com
https://www.dellarestaurant.com
https://www.facebook.com/dellarestaurant
https://www.instagram.com/dellarestaurant