Monday, October 16, 2017

PARKING CHANGES ON DIWALI





Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended this Thursday, October 19th, for Diwali.

Parking meter regulations will not be suspended.

Street cleaning will be suspended.


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

TOUR OF PARK SLOPE/WINDSOR TERRACE ARTISTS' STUDIOS (FREE)


Park Slope/Windsor Terrace Artists Open Studio Tour
Saturday, November 18th, noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 19th, noon to 5:00 p.m.

More than thirty artists in Windsor Terrace and Park Slope will be opening their homes and studios and inviting the public in to have a look.

Park Slope/Windsor Terrace Artists, a collective of visual artists living and working in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace, has held an annual open studio tour since 2013. It's become a great neighborhood tradition. The tour brings people from all over the metropolitan area to discover the artists' skill and artwork.

This year’s open studio tour will take place on Saturday, November 18th, from noon until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 19th, also from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Artists on this year’s tour include Brooklyn cityscape painters, photographers, sculptors, and printmakers.


Susan Greenstein
Susan Greenstein and her husband, Phil Desantis, are showing their paintings, prints, and cards at 229-A Windsor Place.


Nancy Doniger
Nancy Doniger, at 7 Windsor Place, is exhibiting with her husband, the sculptor Eric Jacobson. Nancy is a  children's book illustrator and regularly contributes editorial art for The New York Times.


Joy Makon
 Joy Makon will be showing her elegant watercolors at 41 Fuller Place (between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue).

The tour will also feature creative ceramics artists who make earthenware limited edition, one-of-a-kind, functional pots and large sculptural vessels. Caryn Kreitzer, at 16 Temple Court (off Seeley Street), is currently creating cups and impressive oval platters as well as beautiful bowls.

To plan your tour, check the website artspswt.com, which will update information and show a map of the participating artists as the tour approaches. The map is downloadable. Most of the studios will offer map printouts that you can pick up and carry with you.

The website also has a directory of the artists that's set up to be fun to browse. Use it as a planning tool to choose the studios that are most likely to interest you.

There is no charge to the public for this tour, and all are welcome. For more information, contact Tom Keough at tomkeough @ tomkeoughartist.com or at (718) 768-6171.


                                                  -- submitted by Tom Keough

Park Slope/Windsor Terrace Artists

website https://artspswt.com
blog https://parkslopewindsorterraceartists.wordpress.com


Sunday, October 15, 2017

ROBBERY AT SANTANDER BANK AGAIN

Santander Bank at 234 Prospect Park West was robbed of $1,300 on Saturday, October 14th, at about noon. The armed robber handed a note to a teller, and the teller handed her the money.

Nobody was physically injured.

The thief is described as black, female, and wearing a scarf and glasses. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

A security camera photo of the robber is posted at http://brooklyn.news12.com/story/36599853/police-seek-suspect-in-brooklyn-bank-robbery.

PUERTO RICO AND MEXICO RELIEF ITEMS NEEDED


Occupy Kensington (OK) is continuing to help El Grito de Sunset Park collect items for disaster relief for Puerto Rico and Mexico. Yesterday, OK members drove another carload of donations to the drop-off point in Sunset Park.

Bring the items that you're able to donate to 309 E. 5th Street, just north of Church Avenue in Kensington, and leave them on the front stoop of the house.

Only donate these items:
  • Gas canisters
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Large trash bags
  • Battery-operated fans
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries of all types
  • Large candles
  • Extension cords
  • USB car chargers for phones
  • Insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets
  • Water filters
  • Tarps
  • Lighters
  • Utility knives
  • Duct tape
  • Work gloves
  • Rubber boots
  • Battery-powered drills
  • First aid kits
  • Latex gloves
  • Neosporin
  • Cold medicine
  • Tylenol/Advil
  • Immodium/Pepto bismol
  • EmergenC/Airborne
  • Baby wipesA&D cream for diaper rash and burns
  • Condoms
  • Shaving razor blades and shaving cream

These two additional items are more difficult to find, but they're also greatly needed:

  • Solar-powered generators
  • Water filtration systems

Saturday, October 14, 2017

SHOULD THE ALBEMARLE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION SHUT DOWN AFTER 44 YEARS OF SERVICE?



Albemarle Neighborhood Association Community Meeting
Thursday, October 19th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

The end of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) may be near. Should it disband--come to a screeching halt--after serving the neighborhood for forty-four years?

At the ANA's next community meeting, the guest speaker will be Denise Lalande-Phipps, Director of The Kensington Family Shelter. She will discuss current activities and issues at the shelter.

And following that, ANA's fate will be determined. Due to a lack of participation and volunteerism, its continued existence is uncertain. If you want to voice an opinion on this subject or have questions or suggestions or thoughts or ideas that might save it, please attend the meeting.

Foodtown and the ANA will provide refreshments after the meeting.

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

The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Meeting location 
Flatbush Jewish Center 
Hanid Room
327 E. 5th Street 
at the corner of Church Avenue 
Kensington, Brooklyn 

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.

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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.


Friday, October 13, 2017

P.S. 130'S FUN FALL FEST

P.S. 130 PTA to Hold Annual Fall Fest Celebration!
by Ashley Kreamer Colao, Lisa Jackson Zelznick,
and Allieson Book

The P.S. 130 PTA is holding its Annual Fall Fest on Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the P.S. 130 Upper School, located at Caton Avenue and E. 7th Street.

Fall Fest is open to the public. Come to Fall Fest and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same!

There will be fun activities for the entire family to enjoy, including a haunted house, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, pony rides, Lego activities, henna tattoos, face painting, and live music.

Admission to Fall Fest is free. Many of the activities are also free: craft tables, Brooklyn Game Lab games, and Battle Lab (battling with soft foam swords).

Some cost $1 each: the bounce houses, the haunted house, and the pony rides. Tickets for those activities can be purchased at Fall Fest for $1 each. A ten-ticket wristband entitles children to unlimited turns in a bounce house.
Using tickets allows children to participate in these activities without having to handle money.

We are especially grateful to Brooklyn Game Lab and Wingspan Arts, who will be running the Battle Lab and an art table for free, and Abigail Palanca of Compass Realty, a third-generation Windsor Terrace resident who has stepped forward to sponsor our event.

We have an amazing array of goodies to raffle, thanks to Alden Moves, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Barking Cat Studio, Brooklyn Commune/Butterfunk Kitchen, Della/Juice Box, Der Pioneer, Handy Matt Construction, and The Kings Bay Y. Be sure to get your raffle tickets early!

Baked goods, drinks, and assorted snacks will be available for purchase. Get your Halloween costumes at our gently-used costume sale.

All funds raised will be used to support the P.S. 130 PTA.

"This event is a wonderful way for the community to support P.S. 130, and for P.S. 130 to support the community," said P.S. 130 PTA Co-President Lisa Jackson Zelznick.

"Fall Fest is an opportunity to celebrate the season and our community; we are excited to provide a day of fun for our neighbors while also raising funds to support important PTA initiatives, like professional development, direct support to classroom teachers, and improving the school library."

Contact:
Ashley Kreamer Colao and Lisa Jackson Zelznick, Co-Presidents
Allieson Book, VP Fundraising 
info@ps130pta.org

JOHN WILKES PAINTINGS ON EXHIBIT AT PROSPECT RANGE


John Wilkes Exhibit
Saturday, October 14th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 15th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

John Wilkes' paintings of the Gowanus Canal will be on exhibit at Prospect Range this weekend. Wilkes paints on photographs he takes of the canal at night.

Prospect Range owner Dexter Buell says about Brooklyn painter John Wilkes
His exhibition of paintings based on photographs of the Gowanus Canal area at night is a continuation of his last SOLD OUT show at the Range last year.

In this body of work John's preoccupation with the scarred and beautiful terrain of our own local superfund site remains his focus even as his palette deepens. He has discovered even more subtle variations of light and gesture in these paintings.

Wilkes' paintings can be viewed on both Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm.

About Prospect Range
Prospect Range is a performance/community space dedicated to the creative talents of artists, and their families, living and working in the central Brooklyn diaspora.

Since 2009, the Range has served this community of creative people, and their families through performance, exhibitions, and performing arts education.

Location

Prospect Range
1226 Prospect Avenue
between Vanderbilt Street and Reeve Place
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(917) 776-6834
info @ prospectrange.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/prospectrange
https://twitter.com/prospectrange
http://www.prospectrange.com


F TRAIN REROUTED THIS WEEKEND


F train service will be rerouted in Manhattan and Brooklyn from tonight, Friday, October 13th, at 10:30 p.m. until Monday, October 16th, at 5:00 a.m.

In Brooklyn, D trains will replace F trains between Jay Street-MetroTech and Stillwell Avenue.

For information about the F train rerouting in Manhattan, click here.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

ART EXHIBIT AT WINDSOR TERRACE LIBRARY BY LOCAL ARTIST (FREE)


Alan Braverman’s Drawings and Paintings: The Opening Reception
Saturday, October 21st, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The drawings and paintings of Kensington resident Alan Braverman will be on display at Windsor Terrace Library. His work covers a range of subjects. 

Alan will host an opening reception for the exhibit on Sunday, October 21st, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 

Alan is a retired high school teacher and Early Resolution Counselor who was employed by the New York City Department of Education.

Location
Windsor Terrace Library
160 E. 5th Street
corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 686-9707

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PARKING RULES FOR TWO JEWISH HOLIDAYS





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, October 12th, for Shemini Atzereth and on Friday, October 13th, for Simchas Torah.

Parking meter regulations will not be suspended.

Street cleaning will be suspended.


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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

COMMUNITY BOARD 7 MONTHLY MEETING AGENDA FOR OCTOBER

Monthly Board Meeting of Community Board 7 
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
Community Board 7 (CB 7) will hold its regular monthly Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 18th, at 6:30 p.m. CB 7 represents Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park, East Windsor Terrace, South Park Slope, and Greenwood Heights.

The meeting will take place in the board office at 4201 4th Avenue. The entrance to the building is on 43rd Street.

Residents are welcome to attend the meeting. The public has two opportunities to comment: before the committee reports and other reports are given and again after them.

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 September 13, 2017
5.     Adoption of the Minutes of the Public Hearing of October 11, 2017 – BSA Application #2017-265-BZ 318-320 54th Street
6.     Adoption of the Minutes of the Public Hearing of October 11, 2017 – F.Y. 2019 Capital & Expense Budget Priorities
7.     Public Comment
8.     Committee Reports:
A)    Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness Issues
1)     Discussing community concerns about resident’s behavior around the Park Slope Women’s Shelter
B)     Capital & Expense Budget Committee
1)     F.Y. 2019 Capital & Expense Budget Priorities
C)     Education Committee
1)     Charter Schools
2)     Follow up on ongoing construction
3)     A conversation on renaming a local school for Antonia Pantoja
D)    Health Committee
1)     Presentation by Lisa Bova-Glick from NYU Langone Medical Center on Alzheimer’s disease and support programs
E)     Land Use/Landmarks Committee
1)   An Application for the reinstatement and extension of a previously granted but expired variance for the continued use of 318-320 54th Street for assembly and storage of venetian blinds as well as the existing roof business sign
F)     Transportation Committee
1)   Upland Connectors proposal (bicycle lanes) for 43rd, 44th, 57th and 58th Streets.
2)   Street co-naming for Michael Moussa at the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and 21st Street
9.    Elected Officials Representatives
10.  District Manager’s Report
11.  Chairperson’s Report
12.  Old Business
13.  New Business
14.  Public Comment
15.  Adjournment

Saturday, October 7, 2017

TOURS AND ACTIVITIES AT PROSPECT FARM--WINDSOR TERRACE'S COMMUNITY FARM


Prospect Farm Open House
Saturday, October 14th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At Prospect Farm's fall Open House, adults and children can tour the farm, purchase baked goods, join in a sing-along, plant bulbs, and participate in a scavenger hunt.

The open house will take place on Saturday, October 14th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It's free and open to the public, although donations are always welcome.

Prospect Farm is currently collecting autumn leaves. Bring yours to the farm on any Saturday (including October 14th) between 11:00 a.m. and noon. You can also bring food scraps at that time for composting.


Prospect Farm is located at 1194 Prospect Avenue in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, just below the Seeley Street overpass.

About Prospect Farm

"Prospect Farm is a non-profit, cooperative project in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, that is working together to grow food in a formerly vacant lot, owned by Tom Angotti and Emma Matos, with the mission toward creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm that can serve our community.

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."


Location

Prospect Farm
1194 Prospect Avenue

between Seeley and Vanderbilt streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
e-mail: prospectfarmbk @ gmail.com
website: http://prospectfarm.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ProspectFarmBK

Subway directions: take the F or G train to the Fort Hamilton Parkway subway station. Exit at the Prospect Avenue end of the station.


Friday, October 6, 2017

RENOWNED KLEZMER MUSICIANS IN CONCERT IN KENSINGTON


                                     Night of the Klezmer Virtuosi:
Andy Statman Klezmer Ensemble 
and
Jake Shulman-Ment's Midwood
              Wednesday, October 25th, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
 
Andy Statman Klezmer Ensemble and Jake Shulman-Ment's Midwood will bring klezmer music to Flatbush Jewish Center's monthly music series, "Church Avenue Sessions."

Klezmer is the traditional Jewish instrumental music that originated in the 17th century in Eastern Europe. It portrays many emotions, many states of mind, and many states of being. Itinerant Jewish musicians played this music on occasions ranging from weddings to holidays.

Master clarinetist Andy Statman studied with legendary klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras. Statman played a major role in the rediscovery of klezmer music in the 1970s.

In 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a National Heritage Fellowship, the highest recognition in the United States for excellence in traditional and folk art.

Violinist Jake Shulman-Ment began playing the violin when he was just three years old. His klezmer violin studies began at the age of twelve, under the tutelage of the noted Alicia Svigals. He is one of the leaders of a younger generation of klezmer musicians.

The session will start be on Wednesday, October 25th, at 7:30 p.m.

The price of admission to the session is $15 per adult and $7 per child (under age 16).

About Church Avenue Sessions
Church Avenue Sessions was founded by guitarist and composer Yoshie Fruchter. The monthly music series, hosted by Flatbush Jewish Center, focuses on showcasing Brooklyn-based musicians, regardless of genre. All ages are welcome to attend.

About Flatbush Jewish Center 
Flatbush Jewish Center (officially Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center) is a Conservative synagogue offering programming and traditional egalitarian services for families, adults, and children. The congregation was organized in 1921; the synagogue has been in the same location since 1924.

Location

Flatbush Jewish Center
327 East 5th Street

at the corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 871-5200
fax: (718) 871-5204
office @ flatbushjewishcenter.org
http://www.flatbushjewishcenter.org
https://www.facebook.com/FlatbushJewishCenter

 

GAY GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY TOUR

Gay Green-wood Cemetery Tour
Saturday, October 7th, 12:00 p.m. 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.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

PARKING RULES FOR COLUMBUS DAY


Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Monday, October 9th, for Columbus Day.

Parking meter regulations will not be suspended.

Street cleaning will be suspended.


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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ALZHEIMER'S INFORMATION AND STRATEGIES FOR CAREGIVERS (FREE)


Alzheimer’s Disease and Support for Family Caregivers
Thursday, October 5th, 6:30 p.m.

Community Board 7's Health Committee and NYU Langone Health will present information and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related types of dementia.


If you're helping out or caring for a relative with a memory disorder, you will also be able to learn about

  • ways to adjust to the "new normal,"
  • strategies to get support so you can continue to carry out the responsibilities of work and family life,
  • suggestions for alleviating the stress of caregiving, and
  • resources that can make a difference in your day-to-day life.

The free meeting is open to the public. It'll take place on Thursday, October 5th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Board 7 office, 4201 4th Avenue. The entrance is on 43rd Street.

For more information, call Community Board 7 at (718) 854-0004 or send an e-mail to bk07 @ cb.nyc.gov.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

IMMIGRATION WORKSHOP WILL TELL PEOPLE THEIR RIGHTS



 Immigration Workshop
Thursday, October 5th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

All New York City residents, including undocumented immigrants, can access most of the city's services. They can attend school, use the healthcare system, and more.

City employees will not ask them about their immigration status, unless it is necessary to ask them so that the employees can do their jobs.  City employees must keep everyone's immigration status information confidential. 

The NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs will provide a presentation in the Kensington Library about the resources that are available for immigrants who live in New York City.

Resources for New York City's immigrants include

  • IDNYC
  • ActionNYC--Free legal services
  • NYCItizenship--Free citizenship help
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Child Care
  • Emergency food and shelter
  • Public Safety
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Protection from discrimination

Location 

Kensington Library
4207 18th Avenue
between Ocean Parkway and Seton Place
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 436-0545
http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/locations/kensington

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED FOR SUCCOTH


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, October 5th, and Friday, October 6th, for Succoth.

Parking meter regulations will not be suspended.

Street cleaning will be suspended.


QUEER PARTY TIME THIS WEEK

Q-Train Queer Party
Thursday, October 5th, 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Q-Train, Ditmas Park's only queer party, will feature 
  • queer bingo hosted by Allegra Spread at 8 p.m.,
  • DJ GoGo Gadget spinning music at 10 p.m., and
  • live, late-night performances up on the bar by Clara Coquette.

No cover charge. 

Catch the Q-Train on the first Thursday of every month.

Location
Sycamore Bar
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com
http://www.sycamorebrooklyn.com
https://www.facebook.com/sycamore.brooklyn
https://twitter.com/SycamoreBklyn