Tuesday, July 28, 2015


The widespread presence of high toxins in Prospect Park Lake from blue-green algae (BGA) blooms has been confirmed. These toxins can be harmful to people and to animals. Stay out of the lake, and keep children and pets out of it and away from it. Keep dogs away from Dog Beach too.

If people or animals are exposed to a bloom, wash the skin with soap and water or rinse thoroughly with clean water.

When the blooms are widespread, as they are in Prospect Park Lake, they can affect either the entire lake, a large portion of the lake, or most to all of the shoreline.

Blue-green algae is cyanobacteria. A BGA bloom can make water look like pea soup or like green, blue, or red paint. Or, mats of blue or green pond scum can be floating on the water surface or might have accumulated along the shoreline.

Photos of toxic blue-green algae blooms are posted on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) here.

The possible effects of the toxins on living creatures are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin or throat irritation, allergic reactions, or breathing difficulties. The toxins can also affect the liver and nervous systems if a lot of water is swallowed.

Read more about this on the DEC's website.

If you believe you have been exposed to a bloom and are experiencing symptoms, get medical help immediately and contact the New York City Department of Health.


Transportation Committee Meeting
Monday, August 3rd, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Transportation Committee of Community Board 7 will meet on Monday to consider placing fifteen speed humps in Windsor Terrace on these streets:
  • Windsor Place,
  • Terrace Place,
  • Sherman Street,
  • Seeley Street,
  • Vanderbilt Street,
  • Prospect Avenue,
  • 18th Street,
  • 19th Street, and
  • Kermit Place.

The meeting will be held on Monday, August 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. in Shepherd's Hall at Holy Name Church, 245 Prospect Park West, between Prospect Avenue and Windsor Place. Enter Shepherd's Hall through the parking lot next to the church.

This will not be the last meeting on this issue.

Friday, July 24, 2015


Adoptapalooza in Prospect Park
Saturday, August 1st, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

                             PERFECT PETS IN PROSPECT PARK

                           The Alliance for NYC’s Animals Hosts
                            Brooklyn’s First-Ever Adoptapalooza
                                – a Mega-Pet-Adoption Event -

                            Saturday, August 1st – Rain or Shine

On Saturday, August 1, rain or shine, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Prospect Park will become the pet adoption capital of the borough, as the Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance), in partnership with The Petfinder Foundation, presents Adoptapalooza, a mega-pet-adoption event, being held for the first time in Brooklyn. More than 150 lovable cats and dogs and kittens and puppies will be available for adoption inside the park at Bartel-Pritchard Square (15th Street and Prospect Park West).

All animals for adoption have been spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Adoption fees vary by group.

Fifteen different Alliance Participating Organizations, including pet shelter and rescue organizations, will be on site-–each offering very special animals in search of their forever homes.Confirmed shelters and rescue groups include Animal Care Centers of NYC, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF), ASPCA, Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, Empty Cages Collective, Husky House, K9Kastle, Linda's Cat Assistance, Long Island Greyhound Connection, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Posh Pets Rescue, Rebound Hounds Res-Q, Windsor Terrace - Kensington's Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Waggytail Rescue, and Zani's Furry Friends.

Brooklyn’s Adoptapalooza will provide an afternoon of fun for people of all ages. In addition to pet adoptions, this family-friendly event will feature free personalized pet tag giveaways and free photo-ops for pets and their people. Dog licensing by the NYC Department of Health and pet preparedness tips from NYC’s Emergency Management will also be available.

The Petfinder Foundation, which provided significant financial support for Brooklyn’s Adoptapalooza, is the event’s premiere sponsor. Other sponsors include PetFirst Pet Insurance, Purina One and Just Right by Purina.

Jane Hoffman, president of the Alliance, said, “Every year, Adoptapalooza, our mega-pet-adoption-event, helps raise awareness about why it’s so important to adopt from a rescue group or shelter. Many of the homeless animals in shelters and rescue groups in New York have had a tough journey and the Alliance is committed to giving them a chance to find a safe and happy home. We are thrilled to bring Adoptapalooza to Brooklyn for the first time.  We know that Brooklynites will open their hearts and homes to these wonderful pets.

“The Alliance is also grateful to our generous premiere sponsor, the Petfinder Foundation, and to PetFirst Pet Insurance, Purina One and Just Right by Purina, whose support was critical in bringing Adoptapalooza to Brooklyn,” Hoffman added.

"The Petfinder Foundation loves New York City's pets!," added Petfinder Foundation Executive Director Toni Morgan. "We are always looking for ways to raise awareness of the wonderful, lovable animals that shelters and rescue groups have waiting for homes, and we're thrilled to bring so many of these fantastic pets to Brooklyn. Brooklynites are some of the most dedicated pet owners on the planet, so Brooklyn and Adoptapalooza are a match made in heaven!"

“PetFirst is proud to be a part of Brooklyn’s Adoptapalooza! We love helping dogs and cats find their forever home and making it easy for them to receive the vet care they deserve with PetFirst pet insurance. PetFirst is happy to provide pet insurance coverage for all dog and cat owners in New York City,” said Clint Lawrence, PetFirst Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

“Purina ONE is excited to sponsor the Adoptapalooza event this year because our brand is dedicated to making positive differences in the lives of dogs. Through our partnerships with animal shelters across the country, we provide smart nutrition solutions to help shelter dogs look and feel their best as they wait for their forever homes. We also provide resources to help change perceptions of shelter dogs and ultimately increase adoptions,” said Eric Willis, Brand Director of Purina ONE. “To demonstrate the positive differences smart nutrition can make, we’ll be at the event inviting dog owners to take the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge, as well as distributing Purina ONE samples and coupons to attendees.”

“Just Right by Purina is thrilled to be a part of Adoptapalooza and we are excited to help hundreds of people find the pet that is right for them,” said Julia Pitlyk, Just Right marketing associate. “Equally as important as finding the right pet for you is finding the food that is right for your pet. At Just Right, we combine owners’ firsthand knowledge of their dogs with Purina’s nutritional expertise to deliver food tailored to each dog’s unique nutritional needs.”

For more information, please visit
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® at http://www.animalalliancenyc.org.


The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. We are supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receive no government funding. Since our founding in 2003, we have remained committed to transforming New York City into a community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org

                                 About the Sponsors

The Petfinder Foundation assists the 12,000+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Petfinder Foundation helps adoption organizations find homes for the pets in their care through its Sponsor A Pet, Disaster and Emergency Response, Quality of Life and other programs. Since its founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more about the Petfinder Foundation, please visit www.petfinderfoundation.com.

PetFirst Pet Insurance is the leading pet insurer in North America for animal welfare organizations.  PetFirst Pet Insurance offers easy-to-understand lifelong coverage for dogs and cats and 30-days of insurance for adoptions. PetFirst’s comprehensive coverage is unique in the industry providing simplified policies with coverage for hereditary, chronic and breed-specific conditions with no per diagnosis limits.  PetFirst offers pet insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through animal welfare agencies as well as other partners.  PetFirst polices are underwritten by American Alternative Insurance Corporation (Munich Re) which is rated by A.M. Best as A+.  Additional services are underwritten by Lloyd’s.  For more information about PetFirst pet insurance, visit www.petfirst.com or call 877-894-7387.

Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Fina Pizza's hours of operation are
  • Mondays through Thursdays, 5:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 10:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, noon to 9:00 p.m.

Fina Pizza  
3007 Fort Hamilton Parkway  
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington
(718) 854-FINA (3462)
finapizzabar @ aol.com

Keep up with Fina at 
website http://www.finapizzabar.com
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Parkway Pharmacy has been serving the neighborhood since 1980. Its pharmacists, Gene Roberts, RPh (Registered Pharmacist) and head pharmacist, and Adam Siegel, are knowledgeable, interested in the well-being of their customers, and dedicated to providing excellent service.

In addition to the standard items that pharmacies stock, Parkway sells medical supplies, including walkers, crutches, canes, shower benches, and wheelchairs. The latter can also be rented.

Conveniences that Parkway Pharmacy provides include
  • a notary public,
  • a bill payment center,
  • a Kodak Picture Kiosk,
  • an ATM,
  • free use of a blood pressure machine,
  • five-cent photocopies,
  • a hand sanitizer dispenser, and
  • a water cooler, which is especially useful in this hot weather.

Senior citizens get a 10% discount on purchases.

The store accepts coupons.

On Parkway Pharmacy's website, you can register to
  • send a new prescription (Bring the doctor's prescription to the pharmacy when you pick up the medication.),
  • request refills of prescriptions that you can either pick up or have delivered by foot, FedEx, UPS, or USPS,
  • transfer your prescriptions from another pharmacy, and
  • review your active and non-active prescriptions.

Parkway supports RefillRx Mobile for iPhone and Android. Refill a prescription with one tap. Download here.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are all accepted at Parkway.

For a Spanish-language version of the website, click on "Ver en Espanol" in the upper-right corner of the home page.

Open hours:
Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed 

Parkway Pharmacy
531 Church Avenue, at the northwest corner of Ocean Parkway
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 436-5501
fax: (718) 437-9490
online e-mail: https://parkwaypharmacyny.com/contact.php
website: https://parkwaypharmacyny.com


Thursday, July 16, 2015


Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Friday, July 17th (tomorrow), and Saturday, July 18th, for Eid Al-Fitr.

All other parking regulations, including those for parking meters, will be in effect.

Monday, July 13, 2015


The Singing Winds in Albemarle Playground
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon
July 7th through August 6th

Free activities for all ages
  • Papier mache, crafts, games, and puppet-making
  • Tae Kwon Do with Minh Luong
  • Storytelling with Jill Reinier
  • Summer gardening with Mira Rubens

Jill Reinier, the founder of The Singing Winds, is the Parent Coordinator at P.S. 230.

Albemarle Playground is located on the west side of McDonald Avenue, between Albemarle Road and Caton Avenue and behind P.S. 230, in Kensington, Brooklyn.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


                             "Brooklyn By Name" Trolley Tour
                    Saturday, August 15th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bergen, Schermerhorn, Martense, Havemeyer, Berry, and Tompkins are names of some Brooklyn streets, subway stations, and parks. They came from influential and powerful 19th-century Brooklynites who are buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.

Expert tour guide Ruth Edebohls will lead a tour of the burial sites of these people. Learn about their lives, their businesses, and their families and how they become powerful enough to have a street named after them.

Cost: $15 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and the Brooklyn Historical Society; $20 for non-members.

Green-Wood trolley tours are fully accessible and ADA compliant.

Reservations are recommended. Order tickets online here

Meet inside the main gate of Green-Wood at 25th Street at 5th Avenue. Take the R train to 25th Street and walk up the hill one block and into the cemetery. Free parking is available.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Free Reading by Poets and Writers
Saturday, July 11th, 3:30 p.m.

Regina Porter, Joel Shatzky, John Rearick, and Betsy Housten
in the
East Fourth Street Community Garden
179 E. 4th Street
between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace / Kensington

Weather report: zero chance of precipitation.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Church Bar is hiring bartenders ASAP.

Position Requirements:
  • friendly, energetic, and professional, 
  • must be able to multitask,
  • willingness to work a flexible schedule with open availability, including weekends and holidays, and
  • experience working in a fast-paced NYC restaurant (minimum 2 years).

A New York City food protection certificate is a big plus.

Bring your resume, and have references ready upon request. Don't apply by e-mail.

Church Bar

416 Church Avenue
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 435-3027



Saturday, July 4, 2015


The Kensington Youthmarket returns for its fifth year of supplying our neighborhood with farm-fresh produce. The market will be open on Saturdays, from July 11th to November 21st, opening at 8:00 a.m. and closing at 4:00 p.m. The opening time is an hour earlier than it was last year.

The high-quality food is grown on regional small farms. It includes tomatoes, corn, peaches, apples, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, cilantro, basil, parsley, radishes, beets, carrots, green pepper, red onions, yellow onions, scallions, zucchini, yellow squash, romaine lettuce, and more.

Payment can be made with cash, EBT cards, debit cards, credit cards, WIC checks, and FMNP checks

The farm stand will be set up on Fort Hamilton Parkway, at the corner of E. 5th Street, along the side of the Windsor Terrace Library.