Wednesday, February 20, 2019

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED TOMORROW





Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Thursday, February 21st, for snow removal.

All other regulations, including parking meter regulations, will be in effect. 


Monday, February 18, 2019

66TH PRECINCT (KENSINGTON, BOROUGH PARK, MIDWOOD) PUBLIC MEETING IS THIS WEEK

66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Public Meeting
Thursday, February 21st, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Crimes and other policing matters in Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood can be reported by the public at the upcoming 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.

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, February 21st, 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

COMMUNITY POLICE WILLL MEET WITH KENSINGTON AND DITMAS RESIDENTS


Community Safety Meeting with Kensington's and Ditmas' "Beat Cops"
Wednesday, March 6th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) for the 66th Precinct's Sector D (Kensington and Ditmas) will meet with residents at a community safety meeting on Wednesday, March 6th, 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.

Location

P.S. 889 / M.S. 890
21 Hinckley Place
between E. 8th Street and Coney Island Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn

Friday, February 15, 2019

F TRAIN NOT RUNNING BELOW CHURCH AVE. ON THIS LONG WEEKEND


From Friday, February 15th, at 9:45 p.m., until Tuesday, February 19th, at 5:00 a.m., F trains will follow their usual route between 179th Street and Church Avenue (and vice-versa).

But because of track maintenance, F trains won't stop at any stations between Church and Stillwell avenues (and vice-versa). Instead, free shuttle buses will provide alternate service, operating between Church and Stillwell avenues.

Transfer between F trains and shuttle buses at Church Avenue.

The shuttle buses will 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. 

For direct service between Coney Island and Manhattan/Downtown Brooklyn, take the D, N, or Q train instead. Transfer at Stillwell Avenue for the D, N, Q, or bus or at West 8th Street for the Q or bus.

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED ON MONDAY



Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Monday, February 18th, for Washington's Birthday (Presidents Day).

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.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

CANCELED BECAUSE OF SNOW: PUBLIC MEETING OF COMMUNITY BOARD 7 THIS MONTH



CANCELED BECAUSE OF SNOW

Community Board 7 Public Meeting
Wednesday, February 20th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The regular monthly board meeting of Community Board 7 will be held on Wednesday, February 20th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Board meetings are open to the public.

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 January 19, 2019

5. Presentation: Director of Horticulture – Presentation on recent ongoing perimeter pruning & tree planting at Greenwood Cemetery
6. Public Comment
7. Committee Reports:
   A) Ad Hoc Committee on Census 2020 (No Vote Required)
      1) Purpose, mission, vision of the Ad Hoc Committee on Census
      2) Current highlights of Census 2020
      3) General feedback on future planning
      4) Future activities & timeline
      5) Next steps & assignments
   B) Economic Development-Waterfront Committee (No Vote Required)
      1) Presentation from the Waterfront Alliance regarding the Waterfront Edge Design guidelines.
   C) Membership & Attendance Committee (Vote Required)
      1) Discussion of a complaint concerning a board member’s behavior at a public meeting and potential disciplinary action
   D) Parks Committee (No Vote Required)
      1) Presentation by EDC & NYC Parks on Bush Terminal Piers Park – Update on The maintenance of the park, programming and future capital projects slated
for the park
   E) Transportation Committee (Vote Required)
      1) Discussion on request from Industry City to place planters on 39th Street
between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
      2) Updates on MTA projects in the district
      3) Presentation by LIME on their shared bike and scooter program
8. Elected Officials/Representatives
9. District Manager’s Report
10. Chairperson’s Report
11. Old Business
12. New Business
13. Public Comment
14. Adjournment



Location
Community Board 7 Office
4201 4th Avenue
entrance on 43rd Street
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

phone: (718) 854-0003
fax: (718) 436-1142
communityboard7 @ yahoo.com
website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/brooklyncb7/index.page

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

HALF-PRICE ON ALL TICKETS AT NITEHAWK CINEMA ON PROSPECT PARK WEST


A 50% discount on all weekday tickets (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) is available for all of February at Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park. Get the discount by entering the code NitehawkLovesU when you make your online ticket purchases.

The discount applies to first-run films but not to special screenings. You can get the discount multiple times throughout the month.


Film far at the seven-theater multiplex, which opened in December, includes blockbusters, family-friendly movies, art-house movies, independent films, and foreign films.

Nitehawk's intended audience is 18 years old or older. But children who are age 6 or older are allowed to attend when they're accompanied by an adult. Each adult can be accompanied by up to 3 children.

Audience members who are age 13 or older can attend any appropriately-rated matinee showtime that starts before 6:00 p.m. Anyone who's under 18 years old won't be admitted to a show after 6:00 pm without a guardian. 

The seven theaters have different numbers of seats. Combined, they have 650 seats. The largest theater seats 194 people.
 
Advance tickets are sold online on the theater's website. If you have a seating preference, line up at the theater more than thirty minutes prior to showtime.


Assigned seating will be made available sometime in the future.

General admission tickets cost $13 for adults and $10 for children and seniors (age 60 and older). 

First-run shows Mondays through Fridays begin at around 3:30 p.m., with the last show starting at around 10:00 p.m. On the weekends, brunch begins at around 11:00 a.m. Midnight screenings are offered on Fridays and Saturdays.
 
Full food and beverage service is available in all seven theaters and includes vegan and gluten-free menus. The food isn't kosher.

The theater has ADA-compliant elevators.


A bar on the second floor provides a view of Prospect Park.
Location
Nitehawk Prospect Park
188 Prospect Park West
between 14th and 15th streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

718) 384-3980
https://nitehawkcinema.com/prospectpark

https://www.facebook.com/nitehawkprospectpark 

CANCELED DUE TO THE WEATHER -- 72ND PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL WILL MEET WITH WINDSOR TERRACE AND SUNSET PARK RESIDENTS


72nd Precinct Community Council Public Meeting
Tuesday, February 12th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At the 72nd Precinct Community Council's monthly meetings with the public, residents and police officers discuss crime and find out what the precinct is doing to prevent future crimes from occurring. Learn what types of crime have been taking place, their frequency, and why they can happen.

Members of the public are invited to voice their concerns about crime and tell officers what's on their minds: armed robberies, sexual assaults, home break-ins, burglaries in local stores, bank robberies, drivers who are speeding or breaking other laws, stolen bicycles, package theft, and any other crimes.

Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park are 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 next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 12th, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location
Marien Heim Senior Center
4520 4th Avenue
between 45th and 46th streets
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

OPEN HOUSE ON VALENTINE'S DAY AT WINDSOR TERRACE FOOD COOP


Windsor Terrace Food Coop Valentine’s Day Open House
Thursday, February 14th, 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Non-members and members are invited to
the Windsor Terrace Food Coop's Valentine's Day Open House.

That day, the coop will open at 2:00 p.m. instead of the usual 4:00 p.m. Normal hours of operation are


  • Mondays, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, closed
  • Wednesdays, closed
  • Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Opened in March 2015, the Windsor Terrace Food Coop sells fresh organic fruit and vegetables from local farmers, dairy products, meat, locally-made breads, beverages, packaged goods, items sold in bulk, and "home, health, and beauty aids." Click here for a more complete description of the variety of products sold at the coop.

The one-time membership fee for the member-owned and member-operated food coop is $100 for one shopper, $175 for a family, and $60 for a student or a senior (age 65+). Membership is free for EBT recipients.

Members work one two-hour shift every fifth week, with a variety of work options available, including cashiering, receiving deliveries, stocking shelves, serving on a committee, and more.

When you shop, bring shopping bags with you to carry your purchases home in.


Location
Windsor Terrace Food Coop
825 Caton Avenue
corner of E. 8th Street
on the Windsor Terrace - Kensington border


phone: (718) 972 4600
e-mail: admin @ windsorterracefoodcoop.com

Friday, February 1, 2019

NO ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY


Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Monday, February 4th, for Lunar New Year's Eve and Tuesday, February 5th, for Lunar New Year.

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.


PROGRESS REPORT ON HOLDS AND PROGRAMS WHILE WINDSOR TERRACE LIBRARY IS CLOSED


Progress is being made with the Windsor Terrace Library's plans for holds and programs while it's closed for a year or more for renovations.

As previously promised, bookmobile service will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., starting next Tuesday, February 5th.

Also, starting in March, holds on items can be placed at the bookmobile.

The Monday dancercise program for older adults, Miss Cindy’s Tuesday story time, and Thursday’s Babies and Books program will all resume during the first week of March at other locations.


Stay tuned for exact start dates and location details, once they're finalized. 

F AND G TRAIN CHANGES FOR THIS WEEKEND


F and G Weekend Service Notice
 

 Because of track maintenance from Friday, February 1st, at 9:45 p.m. until Monday, February 4th, at 5:00 a.m., Queens-bound F and G trains will skip three stations in Brooklyn: Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street.

For service to these stations, take the F or G to 7th Avenue or Smith-9th streets and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F or Church Avenue-bound G.

For service from these stations, take the F or G to 7th Avenue or Church Avenue and transfer to a Queens-bound F or G.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

FUND RAISER FOR IMMIGRANT FAMILY'S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

            
         Fund Raiser for Immigrant Family’s Legal Defense Fund
              Sunday, February 10th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Occupy Kensington is raising legal defense funds for a Brooklyn-connected, immigrant family that fled Central American political repression in fear for their lives, with small children in tow. Their case could not be more typical or dire. A member of their family who has a debilitating disease is being detained in a distant state, where his health and weight are rapidly deteriorating.


Join Occupy Kensington for a fund raiser featuring music and refreshments on Sunday, February 10th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Learn more about the immigrant family and donate to the defense fund for their legal costs and bond. Enjoy the company of hopeful and determined activist neighbors.

If for any reason you are unable to attend, you can donate to the family's defense fund through GoFundMe.


Fund Raiser location
private house
309 East 5th Street
between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road
Kensington, Brooklyn

Occupy Kensington's e-mail address is occupy11218 @ gmail.com.

THE LIONS AND DRAGONS DANCE CELEBRATES THE LUNAR NEW YEAR (FREE)


The Lions and Dragons Dance
A Children’s Celebration of the Lunar New Year
 Friday, February 8th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Singing Winds will present "The Lions and Dragons Dance – A Children’s Celebration of the Lunar New Year" on Friday, February 8th. 2019 is the Year of the Pig.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Lion Dance, Fan Dance, Kung Fu, music, and stories from China. With a special presentation by the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute, "The Lions and Dragons Dance" will introduce you to some of the legends and traditional customs associated with this ancient celebration.

This free event is recommended for all ages. The audience is invited to wear red to celebrate.

Doors will be opened at 6:00 p.m. for food, crafts, and activities. "The Lions and Dragons Dance" will start at 7:00 p.m.

Location
P.S. 230 auditorium
1 Albemarle Road
between McDonald Avenue and Dahill Road
Kensington, Brooklyn
 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

AGENDA FOR COMMUNITY BOARD 14 PUBLIC MEETING IN FEBRUARY


Regular Monthly Meeting Of Brooklyn Community Board 14
               Monday, February 11th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 


                                         Agenda
1. Call To Order
2. Minutes
3. District Manager’s Report
4. Chairman’s Report
     a) Report from the Nominating Committee
     b) Nominations from the Floor

5. Topical Committees – Reports And Items:
     a)
Education, Libraries and Cultural Affairs
     b) Transportation
     c) Youth Services
     d) Human Services

     e) Public Safety
     f) Community Environment
6. Public Session
7. Adjournment


If you would like to speak during the public session (item 6 on the agenda), call the Community Board 14 District Office at (718) 859-6357 to register. Or register on the evening of the meeting.


Meeting Location
Public School 249 (The Caton School)
18 Marlborough Road
between Caton and Church avenues

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Community Board 14 is located at 810 East 16th Street. Phone: (718) 859-6357, fax (718) 421- 6077, e-mail: info @ cb14brooklyn.com, website: www.cb14brooklyn.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

LEGO CAMP DURING PRESIDENTS' WEEK


Presidents' Week Lego Camp
Tuesday, February 19th, through Friday, February 22nd
mornings and afternoons

Eleanor Rodgers will offer Lego Camp during Presidents' Week from Tuesday, February 19th, through Friday, February 22nd, at The Church of the Holy Apostles, 612 Greenwood Avenue, between Prospect Avenue and E. 7th Street, in Windsor Terrace.

Register your child for any day (or days) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Extended hours will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (see below).

For the first two hours of the day, kids will work in teams to build large-scale projects, followed by a break for lunch and a run-around at Greenwood Playground (weather permitting). The last hour will be spent adding smaller details to the scenes and pulling them all together to create one giant scene to photograph and show to parents at pick-up.

From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., kids can help destroy the creation and sort and pack the Lego, hang out and play, or build their own smaller Lego project.

The camp will be loosely based around the story of The Lego Movie 2.

On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, kids will build a classic Lego city using a mixture of building from instructions with Lego sets and designing their own buildings. This will be Bricksburg, the city Emmet lives in in The Lego Movie (1). 

On Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., sign your child up to go to Eleanor's apartment after camp (Albemarle Road and E 5th Street) to watch The Lego Movie (1). 

On Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., register your child for a group trip to the Nitehawk Theater to see The Lego Movie 2. Or you can pick them up at 3:00 p.m. and join the group at the theater.

On Thursday and Friday, the morning will be spent building scenes from Lego Movie 2: Apocalypseburg and planets and characters from the Sistar system.

On Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., sign up your child to watch a movie at Eleanor's apartment (either Lego Batman or Lego Ninjago).

On Friday, camp will end at 3:00 p.m. with no extra hours.

Cost:
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: $60
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: $90
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: $25
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: $35 (movie ticket included)

Siblings get 33% off the cost.

Register here or contact Eleanor at eleanorlego @ hotmail.com.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

OCEAN PARKWAY GREEN SPACE UPGRADE; REZONING IN EAST WINDSOR TERRACE


Ocean Parkway Pedestrian Bridge - Parks Upgrades;
Rezoning International Baptist Church Property and Other Stable Brooklyn/East Windsor Terrace Locations
Wednesday January 23rd, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

From New York City Councilmember Brad Lander
The New York City Parks Department will discuss potential upgrades to the two green spaces on either side of the Ocean Parkway Service Road.

Last year Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and I allocated $650,000 to refurbish the sitting area on East 8th Street and the park on Sherman Street, and at this meeting the Parks Department will update us on their plans and listen to your suggestions for how to improve these spaces.

We will also share updates on the different development projects in the "Stable Brooklyn" area, including the rezoning of nearby 57 Caton Place, and the preservation of Kensington Stables.

We will have a presentation from the developers of 312 Coney Island Avenue (where the International Baptist Church is located). They will present a new proposal to rezone the property and build a mixed-use development with residential units. The presentation is not part of formal land use review process. Instead, this community meeting is an opportunity to offer feedback on the proposal before a rezoning application is filed.
 
I understand that there are many different development projects underway in this part of the neighborhood, so we will have time to share updates, think holistically about the broader issues and needs facing the area, and talk about how neighbors can be involved.

Please RSVP by emailing Catherine Zinnel in my District Office at czinnel @ council.nyc.gov.

Meeting location
P.S. 130 Upper School
713 Caton Avenue

between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn
 

AGENDA FOR TONIGHT'S COMMUNITY BOARD 12 MEETING


Community Board 12 Public Meeting
Tuesday, January 22nd, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12 (representing Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) will hold its monthly public meeting tonight, Tuesday, January 22nd, 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 2). 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 January 22nd meeting
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Public Session
  3. Adoption of December Minutes
  4. Chairman's Remarks - Yidel Perlstein
  5. District Manager's Remarks - Barry Spitzer
  6. Appointment of the 2019 Nominating Committee - Yidel Perlstein
  7. Vote on the Rezoning Application for 600 McDonald Ave.
  8. Vote on the Co-naming Proposal of the Triangle at Dahill Road, 17th Avenue and 42nd Street in Honor of Giorgio Perlasca 
  9. Old Business
  10. New Business
  11. Attendance
  12. 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
Amico Senior Center
5901 13th Avenue, 3rd floor
corner of 59th Street
Borough Park, Brooklyn

Enter the building on 59th Street. The meeting room is accessible by elevator.

Community Board 12's office is at 5910 13th Avenue.
phone: (718) 851-0800
fax: (718) 851-4140
e-mail: bk12 @ cb.nyc.gov

https://twitter.com/BrooklynCB12
https://www.facebook.com/BkCB12


Sunday, January 20, 2019

BUILD ON THE PROGRESSIVE WAVE WITH OCCUPY KENSINGTON

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From Occupy Kensington

Let’s Build on the Progressive Wave!

 

Join Us to Shape a Fresh Activist Agenda for 2019.

 

Sunday January 27 @ 7:30
309 E5th St

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

2019 is already shaping up to be a year of grave challenges and hopeful opportunities. The progressive wave that swept a solid Democratic majority into Albany for the first time in years opens up new opportunities to push forward a people's agenda. Meanwhile, the plight of our brothers and sisters seeking refuge in this country, as well as our own citizens and noncitizens living under threat of racism and poverty, cries to us out for redress.

Given the new landscape of state-level politics, Occupy Kensington would like to propose adding to our foci — while still remaining at the ready to address immigration or white supremacist issues arising in Kensington. Join us to discuss this and more Sun. Jan 27th at 7:30, 309 E. 5th Street  5th Street.

Three proposed areas of focus:

Housing crisis: There is a fresh opportunity and urgent need to review rent laws in Albany. Middle class and poor families alike in our neighborhood, across lines of race and citizenship status, live under the stress of rapidly rising rents.

Amazon’s invasion of NYC: The proposed corporate headquarters in Queens includes a deal that not only will suck up much needed tax dollars, placing them in the pockets of the richest corporate mogul on the planet, but will also act as a gentrification juggernaut — which connects directly to the housing crisis. It also relates to the less publicized, ongoing efforts to rezone nearby Sunset Park's industrial district (in which Amazon was at one point interested) — with the inevitable loss of industrial jobs and displacement of longtime residents through higher rents.

Healthcare: Stakes couldn't be higher. The New York Health Act has already passed the State Assembly four years in a row. Grassroots pressure is needed to ensure State Senate passage and Gov. Cuomo's (not-so-easy-to-get) signature. Passage in a state the size of New York would reverberate throughout the nation. Canada's healthcare system became inevitable when a single province (Saskatchewan) passed its own, successful, single-payer plan.

Don’t Miss: Eye Witness Report on
Refugee Crisis at the Border
by Sofya Aptekar
(Second Half of the Meeting)
 Occupy Kensington · 309 East 5th street · Brooklyn, NY 11218 · USA
https://www.facebook.com/occupykensington
occupy11218@gmail.com