Saturday, August 19, 2017


Flatbush Stands Together
Monday, August 21st, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Flatbush stands together. NYS District 17 for Progress stands in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville and across America against all forms of racism and hate.

Join NYS District 17 for Progress at Newkirk Plaza B/Q station (map) on Monday, August 21st, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30pm. Bring signs and placards.

Organized in collaboration with the offices of Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams.

Progressive constituents of Brooklyn's New York State Senate District 17 banded together this year to stand up for progressive issues and legislation.

The district encompasses Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Flatbush, Kensington, Madison, Midwood, and Sunset Park. Simcha Felder is its State Senator.


Argyle Yarn Shop will donate 25% of the profits it makes today (Saturday, August 19th) and tomorrow (Sunday, August 20th) to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Argyle Yarn Shop
288 Prospect Park West
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(347) 227-7799
argyleyarnshop @

Friday, August 11, 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 Tuesday, August 15th, for Feast of the Assumption.

Parking meter regulations and all other parking regulations will not be suspended.
Parking meter regulations are only suspended on the major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.



A low rate of the synthetic pesticide Anvil 10+10 (Sumithrin and piperonyl butoxide) will be sprayed next week in 

part of Brownsville, City Line, Crown Heights, Ditmas Park, East New York, Farragut, Greenwood Heights, Kensington, New Lots, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park South, Remsen Village, Rugby, Spring Creek, Starrett City, Weeksville, Windsor Terrace, and Wingate.
The affected zip codes are
parts of 11203, 11207, 11208, 11212, 11215, 11217, 11218, 11219, 11220, 11225, 11226, 11232, 11234, 11236, 11238, and 11239.
The pesticide will be sprayed from trucks for the purpose of reducing the number of adult mosquitoes and minimizing the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus and Zika Virus.

Spraying will begin at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15th, and finish at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16th. If the weather isn't conducive to spraying during those hours or if the equipment malfunctions, spraying will be delayed until Wednesday, August 16th.

The boundaries of the spraying area are
  • 4th Avenue to the West;
  • Ocean Parkway, Prospect Park West, Eastern Parkway, Mary Pinkett Avenue, Lenox Road, Nostrand Avenue, East New York Avenue, Remsen Avenue, Lenox Road, East 98th Street, Riverdale Avenue, New Lots Avenue to the North;
  • Schenck Avenue, Hendrix Creek to the East; and
  • Belt Parkway, Paerdegat Basin, Ralph Avenue, Ditmas Avenue, Avenue D, Flatbush Avenue, Albemarie Road, Church Avenue, 14th Avenue, 39th Street, Fort Hamilton Parkway, 53rd Street to the South.

Watch a truck spraying pesticide in 2012 at

Before spraying begins and while it's taking place, take precautions to minimize your direct exposure. Also, reduce your exposure to mosquitoes, the carriers of West Nile Virus.

Stay indoors and keep your pets indoors during spraying.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) explains that 
West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause viral encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or viral meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). 

West Nile virus is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. A mosquito becomes infected by biting a bird that carries the virus. You or your child cannot get West Nile virus from a person who has the disease. 

West Nile virus is not spread by person-to-person contact such as touching, kissing, or caring for someone who is infected.

 New Yorkers can take steps to protect themselves during West Nile virus season by reducing the presence of mosquitoes in their surroundings, and safely using insect repellent.

DOH has published the 44-page "Comprehensive Mosquito Surveillance and Control Plan 2017" and posted it here.

For more information about West Nile virus, contact the New York City Citizen Service Center, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 311. Or check the DOH website at