Thursday, April 30, 2015


Rock out for 154!
Friday, June 19th, 7:30 p.m.

"Rock out for 154!," a benefit for P.S. 154, will feature Charles Bissell of The Wrens (indie rock), Palomar (indie pop), The Big Bright (New Wave Nocturnes, 80s Lullabies, Noir-sette Music), White Collar Crime (art-punk), and Emmanuel May Pazavekmi (rock 'n' roll). Read about all of the acts on Union Hall's website.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30. This event is for ages 21 and up.

A ticket costs $20, plus a $4.46 service fee. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Pick them up at the Will Call window at Union Hall on the day of the event. Bring your photo ID and credit card of purchase.

Union Hall
702 Union Street, near 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


The Day of the Child Festival
Sunday, May 3rd, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate traditional culture from around the world at The Day of the Child Festival this Saturday at P.S. 230, presented by The Singing Winds.

Experience a bit of what it would be like to visit Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, France, Poland, Ukraine, Yemen, India, Bangladesh, China, and more. Don't miss the free activities for all ages, including crafts, games, music, dance, and storytelling.

Event location
P.S. 230
1 Albemarle Road, between McDonald Avenue and Dahill Road

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Residents of New York City Council District 39 voted for five out of thirteen proposed projects to determine how City Councilmember Brad Lander should spend $1.5 million of the discretionary funds in his budget. These are the seven winning projects in this year's participatory budgeting vote:
1. A/C for PS124 Cafeteria ($200,000) -- 1442 votes
2. 146/MS 448 Innovative Gym Renovation ($225,000) -- 1200 votes
3. PS 179 Auditorium Renovation ($230,000) -- 1196 votes
4. Make Union Street and 9th Street Greener ($150,000) -- 1100 votes
5. Four Safer Intersections on Hicks Street ($300,000) -- 1077 votes
6. Technology for Local Arts Non-Profits ($90,000) -- 1027 votes
7. New Drainage along Path in Prospect Park ($200,000) -- 997 votes

The cost of those seven projects adds up to $1,395,000. That leaves $105,000 unallocated out of the original $1.5 million. If another $145,000 can be "found," the 8th-highest vote-getter can be implemented:
8. Park Slope Library Storytelling Garden ($250,000) -- 936 votes


Free Concert in the Garden
Saturday, May 2nd, 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

Tune in to a free concert of music from around the world and a sing-along for children of all ages, featuring Classy Jazz, Dirty Waltzes, and Ukulele Sing-alongs. The performers will be Trio Four Today, Cesar, Sing-along with Katie, and Dirty Waltz Project.

East Fourth Street Community Garden
179 E. 4th Street
between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace / Kensington

Monday, April 27, 2015


Plant Sale
Sunday, May 3rd, noon to 4:00 p.m.

Compost for Brooklyn (C4B) will be selling flowers (coleus, petunias, marigolds, salvia), basil, and herbs on Sunday. All proceeds will be used to benefit C4B and its community activities. 

Compost for Brooklyn
Newkirk Avenue and E. 8th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn
website: Facebook:

A community composting project and native plant garden
in Kensington, Brooklyn


The G train will run every 20 minutes in the late evening--beginning at 11:00 p.m.--from Monday, April 27th, through Thursday, April 30th, and again from Monday, May 4th, through Thursday, May 7th.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Q Train, a Queer Party 

Thursday, May 7th, 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. 

Bingo at 8:00 p.m. in the lodge, hosted by
interdisciplinary performing artist 

DJ GoGo Gadget at 10:00 p.m.

steamy late-night performances on the bar by
drag performer

Sycamore Bar's LGBTQ party is held on
the first Thursday of every month.

no cover

Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop 
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn 
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com 

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Spring Clean-up
Sunday, April 26th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join the Ocean Parkway Garden Association, a community-based gardening organization, for its spring clean-up of Ocean Parkway from Caton Avenue to Church Avenue. Activities include mulching tree beds and weeding along the bike path side of the block. Tools will be provided, and refreshments will be available.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


A two-alarm fire broke out this morning in the basement of the house at 276 Windsor Place (between 11th Avenue and Terrace Place). The house is currently undergoing renovation. The fire in the two-story, single-family home began at about 10:40 or 10:45 a.m.; FDNY had it under control within fifteen to twenty-five minutes.

Three firefighters were treated at Methodist Hospital and three at Maimonides, according to the Daily News. Oxygen was administered to a cat and a dog at the scene of the fire; they live in the house next to the one that caught fire.

106 firefighters and 25 units (fire engines, ladder trucks, and any other needed vehicles) were dispatched, the standard number for two-alarm fires.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


The Pavilion is going to close. It will be torn down and apartments will be built--or it won't be torn down but it will get converted to apartments.

In either case, the property that the theater is on, or the property that the one-story building next to it (formerly Circles restaurant) is on, or both properties will be the site of a six-story luxury residential building with twenty-four condominiums as well as a retail space, a theater, and a 16-car parking garage.

The theater is located on Prospect Park West, between 14th and 15th streets (Block 1103, Lot 37).  Lot 37 (187-191 Prospect Park West) is being merged or reapportioned with Lot 42 (192 Prospect Park West). It lies within the Park Slope Historic District, a national historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The application filed today with the Department of Buildings states that it's for a new building.

  • Job types: New Building
  • Enlargement proposed? No
  • Facade alteration? No
  • Filing includes Lot Merger / Reapportionment:   Yes
  • Quality Housing: Yes
  • Landmark:   Yes
  • Enclosed Parking?   Yes
  • No. of parking spaces:  16

The owner is Hidrock Realty.The architect is Morris Adjmi Architects.

A little history of the theater:
In my earliest memory, I am five years old, coming home from the Sanders Theater in Brooklyn. I am with my mother and we have just seen The Wizard of Oz. The year is 1940. In the safe darkness of the movie house I’ve seen emerald castles and a lion that talked and a road made of glistening yellow bricks. But in memory all of that is a blur. In memory, my mother takes my hand and the two of us are skipping all the way home singing “because because because because because!”   Pete Hamill
The Sanders Theater opened in 1928, under the ownership of The 15th Street Amusement Company. It was named for its owners, Harry and Rudolph Sanders. Prior to that, the Marathon Theater, a nickelodeon also owned and operated by Harry and Rudolph Sanders (1908 to 1927), stood on that spot. When the Marathon was torn down, the Sanders was built.

The once-vibrant Sanders laid empty from 1978 to 1996, to the despair of its neighbors. Would it become a co-op? Would it become stores? In 1996, it became the Pavilion Theater, owned by Norman Adie and John and Phil Castaldi.

Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. acquired the Pavilion from Pritchard Square Cinema in February 2005. They used the nine-screen digital theater as a digital cinema test site and a showcase for its integrated digital cinema technology.

Hidrock Realty bought the theater's property and the property next to it (192 PPW) in 2006. In 2010, Cinedigm stated that they didn't need to use the Pavilion for that purpose anymore because the technology had been widely adopted. In the first quarter of 2010, they decided that they would sell the theater. In June 2010, they classified it as a "discontinued operation."

See "Cinema Treasures" for some history of the theater based on contributors' recollections.

সার্বজনীন কর্মশালা: AVENUE C PLAZA

সার্বজনীন কর্মশালা: AVENUE C PLAZA
বুধবার, 29 এপ্রিল, 2015, সন্ধ্যা 7:30 থেকে সন্ধ্যা 9:00

P.S. 179 Cafeteria, 202 Avenue C
Kensington, Brooklyn


Taller Publico: Avenue C Plaza
Miercoles, 29 de abril de 2015, 7:30 p.m a 9:00 p.m.

P.S. 179 Cafeteria, 202 Avenue C
Kensington, Brooklyn 


Spring Library Gardeners Orientation
Saturday, April 25th, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Join in on an information session about the Windsor Terrace Library's garden. Learn about opportunities for volunteers to help plant and maintain the garden outside of the library as well as the lobby houseplants. Limited opportunities for vegetable plots or earth boxes are also available in the library's community garden.

Adults and families are welcome at the orientation. No registration is necessary.

The library is partially accessible.

Windsor Terrace Library 
160 E. 5th Street, off Fort Hamilton Parkway 
Brooklyn, NY 11218  
(718) 686-9707 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


A man followed a woman from the F train Church Avenue station to her home by E. 2nd Street and Greenwood Avenue. He grabbed her buttocks while they were out in the street. He then ran away.

He is described as a 25-year-old Asian. He is about 5’5″ tall, weighs 150 pounds, has black hair, and was wearing a black jacket and jeans.

The crime occurred on Friday, April 3rd, at about 3:20 a.m.

Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).


To continue working toward the goal of getting a dog run in Kensington, the Kensington Dog Run Association is asking people to sign a petition to Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President. The petition reads as follows:
"The Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Ditmas Park, Flatbush, and Midwood areas of Brooklyn are the home of a growing population of dogs and their owners. We are proposing an area suggested by the Parks Administration to be assigned as a closed-­in dog run. We ask the community for your support to help make the Kensington Dog Run a reality."
The fenced-in dog run would be in the Parade Ground near Caton Avenue and Coney Island Avenue.

Previous posts:
A Possible Dog Run in Kensington
The Dog Run: The Next Step in Moving Forward


Windsor Farms Market, the Key Food that will open soon in Windsor Terrace, has posted photos on its Facebook page of the work being done on its interior. The market is billed as a "specialty grocery store."

Depicted in the photos are

Windsor Farms Market 
589 Prospect Avenue, between 11th and 10th avenues 
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn 
(718) 788-0323 
windsorfarmsmarketplace @ 

Monday, April 20, 2015


The Key Food that has been long-awaited by Windsor Terrace residents will open soon under the name Windsor Farms Market. Some of the items it will stock are fresh produce, seafood, deli, bakery, prepared foods, cheeses, and gourmet pizza and pasta.

It and Walgreens are occupying the space at 589 Prospect Avenue, formerly the site of a Key Food that closed in 2012.

Windsor Farms Market
589 Prospect Avenue, between 11th and 10th avenues
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 788-0323
windsorfarmsmarketplace @

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Prospect Farm will celebrate Earth Day by opening the farm to the public for tours, gardening, composting demonstrations, children’s activities, music, and food. Celebrate community. Celebrate local food production.

The event will take place rain or shine. Donations are welcome but not required.


About Prospect Farm
Prospect Farm is committed to producing healthy local food as an alternative to industrial food, improving the soil and building community. We farm cooperatively and strive for diversity in food production and membership. We farm without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides and create healthy soil through our community composting project.

Prospect Farm is a non-profit, cooperative project begun in March 2010 and is located on land owned by Tom Angotti and Emma Matos. We support the Brooklyn Food Coalition and other initiatives for food sovereignty and food justice.

Become a Member ($25/year)
Become a Friend and Supporter ($100/year)


Prospect Farm 
1194 Prospect Avenue, between Seeley and Vanderbilt streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
prospectfarmbk @


The Windsor Terrace Library is one of the top 10 finalists for the "Bike The Branches Book Display Contest." Vote for the Windsor Terrace branch's display here.
The House of Windsor proudly presents its submission for the Bike the Branches Book Display Contest. We wanted our display to reflect Curious George’s inquisitive nature. Our display includes books, music CDs and DVDs all about Curious George, bikes and of course our collection in general.
Taking inspiration from the original book about the curious monkey, we recreated the scene where George first sees the mysterious yellow hat. The yellow hat is what sets the stage for the events that follow. Like George’s adventure through the city, we hope patrons will also become a little curious about our branch in our beloved borough of Brooklyn as they Bike the Branches.

On Saturday, May 9th, ride in Brooklyn Public Library's 3rd Annual Bike the Branches. The bike ride is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The ride will be followed by a closing celebration from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.--a block party at The Plaza at Central Library (at Grand Army Plaza), with food vendors, live music, activities, and awards.
Tours for bike riders to participate in include
  • Citi Bike Tour,
  • Galleries, Museums, and Maker Spaces Tour,
  • Literary Brooklyn Tour,
  • Then and Now Tour, and
  • Waterfront Tour,
with more tours to be announced.

Register for Bike the Branches here. Registration fees are
  • $20 per adult ($10 per senior, age 65 and up),
  • $10 per child,
  • $40 per family of up to two adults and three children,
  • $100 per team of up to 10 people.

The money raised will be used for direct support of Brooklyn Public Library to help provide vital services, programs, and resources. 

Windsor Terrace Library's hours of operation:
Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday
Windsor Terrace Library 
160 E. 5th Street, off Fort Hamilton Parkway 
Brooklyn, NY 11218  
(718) 686-9707 

Friday, April 17, 2015


Flea Market
Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The spring flea market and its dollar bargain table will return to the East 4th Street Community Garden on April 25th and 26th. Buy gently used goods at low prices and support the garden.

The flea market will be canceled in the event of rain.

From April through October, the garden is open on 
  • Wednesdays, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
  • Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and
  • Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and
  • whenever the garden gate is open.

East Fourth Street Community Garden
179 E. 4th Street
between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace / Kensington

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Brooklyn Commune is hiring a dishwasher and a line prep cook. Go to the restaurant to apply; ask for Chef Chris Scott.

Brooklyn Commune
601 Greenwood Avenue
corner of Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace
(718) 686-1044
e-mail: feedme @


Join Cynthia King Dance Studio for its 2015 Spring Production of "ROUND TRIP" on April 24th at 7:00 p.m., April 25th at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and April 26th at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
"ROUND TRIP" is a refreshing compilation of original choreography performed by dancers of all ages. Audiences will experience a unique tour around the globe and through time as dancers promenade in the plains, jeté through the jungle, and boogie down in Brooklyn.
The ticket price is $32. Only a few tickets remain. Purchase them online (, by phone (718-488-1624), or in person through Kumble Theater Box Office, One University Plaza, LIU Campus in Brooklyn. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Parks and Environment Committee of Community Board 7
Monday, April 27th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

West Nile Virus and spraying will be discussed at a meeting of Community Board 7's Parks and Environment Committee.

From the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) website:
West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or 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 mosquitos in their surroundings, and safely using insect repellent.
DOH has published the 41-page "Comprehensive Mosquito Surveillance and Control Plan 2015" 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 phone by calling 311. Or check the DOH website at

Meeting location   Community Board 7 Board Room
4201 4th Avenue (entrance on 43rd Street)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

phone: (718) 854-0003
fax: (718) 436-1142
e-mail: communityboard7 @

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


The Pitta family is closing the family-owned, family-operated Pitta Funeral Home and selling its properties after 65 years of service to Kensington. They haven't set a date for closing the business.

The family owns three adjacent properties: 300 McDonald Avenue (the funeral home itself, next to Pet Haven Animal Hospital), 10 Caton Avenue (Brooklyn's Famous Car Wash), and 19 Dahill Road (the house next to the car wash).

Joseph John Pitta founded the business. He was still its owner at the time of his death in October 2013. Mr. Pitta was waked there; his funeral mass was at Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Sixth Annual Greenwoodstock Festival
Sunday, May 3rd, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Musicians, singers, dancers, homemade crafts, raffle prizes.... In other words, the fun and enjoyment that is Greenwoodstock is coming around again. Get ready for One Day of Peace, Love, and Music.

Play Music Band, The Erstwhiles, Brooklyn Bass Daddy, Cynthia King Dancers, Mark Allen Berube, Debbie Deane, and Paul Decoster will donate their considerable talent and time to entertain you--their neighbors--throughout the day and make you happy.

Greenwoodstock will happen at Greenwood Playground on E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue, in Windsor Terrace (one block from Kensington).
Rain date: Saturday, May 9th


Church Avenue Street Fair
Sunday, April 26th, noon to 6:00 p.m.
A fun-filled, action-packed day of rides, games, vendors, and special events will be yours at the annual Church Avenue Street Fair. The event will extend from Coney Island Avenue to Argyle Road.

Special Events
  • 1:00 to 2:00: At the Chicken-on-Church food competition, chefs from Am-Thai, Anarkali, Downtown Natural, El Acuario Restaurant, Golden Krust, Hunger Pang, Mallenche, and Shayna's will each prepare a chicken dish and submit it to a panel of judges. At the BID table between E. 10th Street and Stratford Road at 1:15, the judges will taste the dishes and choose a winner.

More Events
  • All day: Print your own t-shirt with Medina Silk Screening from designs created exclusively for the BID. T-shirts will be provided while supplies last. Or you can bring your own plain white t-shirt. Location:
    between Coney Island Avenue and E. 10th Street
  • All day: A temporary compost drop-off point will be set up by Q Gardens. The Q Gardens team consists of a handful of local residents who have spent the past two-and-a-half years working with the MTA to reclaim the overgrown lot behind the Church Avenue B/Q train station. Just last month, they began clearing the land for the lot’s transformation into a community garden. They'll be at the fair with a composting bin to collect food scraps and to answer questions about their project. Location: between Coney Island Avenue and E. 10th Street
  • All day: FDNY interactive fire safety exhibit. Location: not yet chosen
  • All day: NYPD electronics registration. Location: not yet chosen
  • 2:00: See a showcase by ALDEN MOVES Dance Theater. Location: E. 10th Street
  • 2:30: Zumba with Wendy Ann Powell. Location: E. 10th Street
  • 3:00: Acrobatics by Prospect Gymnastics. Location: E. 10th Street
  • 3:45: Children's Concert by Children's Corner. Location: the corner of Stratford Road and Church Avenue
For the full line-up of events and for updates, visit the Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) at its website, Facebook page, and Twitter account, call (718) 282-2500 x79290, or send an e-mail to katiem @


Money will be spent on projects in Kensington and Windsor Terrace if enough people vote for them.

City Councilmember Brad Lander has allocated $1.5 million from his discretionary fund to finance the projects that the most people in his district vote for. You can vote for up to five of the thirteen projects.

Voting is open to residents who are age fourteen or older. You don't need to be a registered voter to vote in participatory budgeting. When you go to vote, bring with you an ID, a utility bill, or another document that shows your address.

If you have any questions about Participatory Budgeting, call Councilmember Lander’s office at (718) 499-1090.

The possible projects for Kensington and Windsor Terrace are:

P.S. 179 Auditorium Renovation
P.S. 179 is a title 1 school with 1,000 students; 45% of them are English Language Learners. The renovation would make a decrepit auditorium functional with a wireless sound system, new curtains, and a refurbished stage.

Location: 202 Avenue C, between E. 2nd and E 3rd streets, Kensington
Cost: $230,000

Windsor Terrace Stormwater Greenstreet
Inclusion of a greenstreet enhancement to a pedestrian refuge to capture stormwater, calm traffic, provide stewardship partnership opportunities (like with nearby P.S. 154), and beautify the area.

Location: Prospect Park SW and 16th Street, Windsor Terrace
Cost: $80,000

Water Service for Thomas Cuite Park
Restore water service to the water fountain in Thomas Cuite Park by excavating the street and replacing broken pipes. This local park has a playground and grassy area, located near the Prospect Expressway.

Location: 11th Avenue and 19th Street, Windsor Terrace
Cost: $350,000

Vote at the Windsor Terrace Library (160 E. 5th Street at Fort Hamilton Parkway) on Saturday, April 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or at the P.S. 230 Upper School (1 Albemarle Road at McDonald Avenue) on Sunday, April 19th, also from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.