Saturday, October 31, 2015


Windsor Terrace/Park Slope Artists'
Open Studio Tour 2015
Saturday, November 7th, and Sunday, November 8th, noon to 6:00 p.m.

Thirty-three Windsor Terrace and Park Slope artists will open their studios to the public on Saturday, November 7th, and Sunday, November 8th, from noon to 6:00 p.m., for the 3rd annual Open Studio Art Tour and Sale. Tour the studios at no charge. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Visit active Brooklyn artists, speak to them about their work, and discover art that you'd like to purchase directly from its creator for yourself or as a gift for the upcoming gift-giving holidays.

On display in the artists' studios will be traditional and contemporary paintings, artwork with a social commentary, children's book illustrations, photography, collage, pottery, including functional pieces, sculpture, and more, at a variety of prices.

View samples of the artists' works here  and download a printable tour map.

Contact information for each artist and details about the tour and sale are on the Open Studio Tour website.

Friday, October 30, 2015


Halloween Party at The Adirondack
Saturday, October 31st, 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

The Adirondack, a neighborhood bar featuring an all New York State draft list, will have a party on Halloween featuring
  • a costume contest,
  • prizes,
  • drink specials, 
  • a Wes Craven movie marathon, and
  • "sweet, spooky sounds," courtesy of DJ Kyle Brown from 9:00 p.m. until midnight.

The movie list tentatively includes
  • Deadly Friend,
  • The Hills Have Eyes,
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street,
  • Wes Craven's New Nightmare,
  • The Serpent And The Rainbow,
  • The People Under The Stairs,
  • Scream,
  • Scream 2, and
  • Scream 3.

Admission is free.

To get to The Adirondack, take the F or G train to the Fort Hamilton Parkway station. Get out at the Reeve Place-Prospect Avenue exit (back of Coney Island-bound train, front of Queens-bound train).

The Adirondack
1241 Prospect Avenue
between Greenwood Avenue and Reeve Place
Windsor Terrace

(718) 871-0100
theadirondackbar @ 

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Windsor Terrace Food Coop Open House
Saturday, November 7th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Windsor Terrace Food Coop will be holding an open house during one of its regular shopping days, for the entire day. You're all invited, whether you're a member or not.

Here is an opportunity for non-members to walk into the coop and step into a world of fresh, high-quality, mostly organic food that more than 460 coop members have been enjoying since the coop opened in March.

At the open house, listen to music, have some refreshments, enter the raffle to win a free-range turkey, ask questions about the coop and membership, and shop. Your purchases support local agriculture. 

The coop is member-owned and operated. Its members share your interest in nutritious, tasty food, good health, and building community.

Some of the products that are sold at the coop are lettuce, peppers, and other vegetables; apples, pears, and other fruit; milk, yogurt, and other dairy; pasta, cookies, honey and other packaged foods; granola, nuts, and other bulk foods; and eggs. And more!

Bring a bunch of bags with you to carry your purchases home in.

Credit cards are accepted.

Current shopping hours at the coop are Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 p..m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More hours will be added soon.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop
825 Caton Avenue, corner of E. 8th Street
Windsor Terrace, across the street from Kensington

e-mail: windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com

Monday, October 26, 2015


66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, November 12th, 7:30 p.m.      

Meet Captain Kenneth Quick and Kensington's cops at this week's 66th Precinct Community Council meeting.

Captain Quick, the Commanding Officer of the Kensington - Borough Park - Midwood precinct, will update the community on the latest crimes in our neighborhood and what is being done about them.

A precinct's Community Council provides a critical interface between citizens and the police through regular monthly meetings. Take advantage of this opportunity to bring crime issues to the precinct's attention. You can also find out about the many different programs available that may be of interest to you.

The meeting is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

The 66th Precinct's meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month from September through June, with the date of the November meeting being an exception.

Meeting location
Office of Community Board 12
5910 13th Avenue, at 59th Street
Borough Park, Brooklyn

66th Precinct Community Council e-mail: 66precinctcc @

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Annual Harvest Hootenanny (The Hoot) 
Sunday, October 25th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The lineup for Sunday's Harvest Hootenanny has been announced:

  • All day: Barking Cat Crafts (free)
  • All day: Kingsbay Y Crafts And Archery (free)
  • 11 until there are no pumpkins left: Pumpkin Painting ($5)
  • 11:30 to 12:30: Giggling Ghosts and Silly Songs, with Robin Bady; for toddlers, in the tot lot 
  • 12 to 2: Face Painting and Glitter Tattoos ($5) 
  • 3:15: Halloween Parade, with prizes for Scariest, Sassiest, Best Homemade, Best Superhero, Most Creative, and Cutest. 

Music and Dance

Raffle Prizes: Raffle tickets cost $2 per ticket or $10 for 6 tickets.

Admission to The Hoot is free, and it's open to the public. A donation of $5 per family is suggested.

Greenwood Playground is located on E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue. It's near the Fort Hamilton Parkway subway station for the F and G trains.

Follow Friends of Greenwood Playground
Facebook: Friends of Greenwood Playground
Instagram and Twitter: @FOGP1
Hashtag them in your photos: #FOGPFUN

Friday, October 23, 2015


Lego Class
Saturday, October 31st, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Children ages 4 and up will create spooky, Halloween-appropriate Lego scenes, using Lego spider webs, cauldrons, wands, witches' hats, broomsticks, rats, snakes, and frogs. Each child will take home one build at the end of the class.

The drop-off class, scheduled for the day of Halloween, will cost $20. To register, send an e-mail to Eleanor Rogers, the instructor, at rodgers_eleanor @

Lark Cafe
1007 Church Avenue
between E. 10th Street and Stratford Road
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn 
(718) 469-0140
 e-mail: info @ larkcafe . com\


Annual Fundraising/Adoption Event 
Hosted by Sean Casey Animal Rescue & The Hamilton Dog House
Show off your little one's outfit in our "Best Costume" contests! 
*Contests will take place at the 8th Annual Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party.

PRIZES FOR TOP 3 IN EACH CATEGORY! Win gift certificates to Barnes & Noble, Toys R' US, Toby's Pizza and more! To enter, sign up with one of the event volunteers between 11am and 1pm. $10 to Enter.

As usual, proceeds to benefit the animals of the Sean Casey Animal Rescue. 
For more information about the event visit the Facebook invite event page.
Baked Goods & Confections
Treats & baked goods, BBQ and more!

Stop by for lunch---or a treat! We'll have a BBQ going with meat and veggie options for low prices and delicious hot pretzels generously supplied by Hamilton's of Windsor Terrace! Plus, delicious sweets from the bake sale. One word: YUM
Animal care vendors for your little furry loved ones!

Meet Dapper Dawg Groomer, Brooklyn Bark, Pet Haven Animal Hospital and more. 

Get pet care tips and receive free goodies!
Try to win one of our many awesome raffle prizes!

The RAFFLE is baaaaack. WIN prizes from local eateries, name brand designers and pet-friendly services. 

There's truly something for everyone! Cosmetics, books, gift certificates and more!

October 25 2015

WHEN: October 25, 2015 

155 E 3rd St. _Btwn Ft Hamilton Pkwy _ Caton Ave_ WHERE: 
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
155 East 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218
(Btwn Fort Hamilton Pkwy & Caton Ave)
Please RSVP to the event by clicking the button to the right. 
Please note if you do not have a Facebook account, you are not required to RSVP by email response. We greatly appreciate those that do have Facebook accounts, to kindly RSVP to the Facebook event page. Since the majority of our attendees do have Facebook accounts, this helps us in estimating the amount of food, drinks, etc. Thank you in advance.

More people in attendance directly benefits the animals of Sean Casey Animal Rescue in a multitude of ways. We'd very much appreciate you sharing the Facebook event and inviting all your friends.
Remember-sharing is caring, and our animals can't get enough of your love!
Happy Howl-O-Ween Header
Sean Casey Animal Rescue Logo
If you have any questions about volunteering for this event, please contact

If you would like to sponsor the event, please contact to receive our SCAR Howl-O-Ween Event Sponsorship Opportunities package which outlines how to benefit from becoming a Friend, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Presenting Sponsor!

Your sponsorship will help us continue to serve New York City's animals in need. These animals depend on the support of generous individuals and businesses to find "furever" homes. Our annual Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party is a community event that is attended by animal lovers and neighborhood families in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Every year, thousands of people are expected to attend Howl-O-Ween Bark. It is Sean Casey Animal Rescue's primary fundraiser that allows our staff to cover the shelter's operating expenses. 
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Thursday, October 22, 2015


Free Installation Program for
 Free Smoke Alarms/Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Sunday, October 25th, and Thursday, October 29th

To help New York City residents keep safe, combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms are being handed out for free on a "first-come, first-served" basis at several locations around the city. When you receive the alarm, submit a request to have it installed in your home.

Combination alarms are a necessity because a carbon monoxide (CO) detector can't detect smoke, and a smoke alarm can't detect carbon monoxide. CO is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating. CO poisoning can lead to death.

By law (passed in April 2014), all new and replacement alarms installed must use a non-removable, non-replaceable battery that lasts a minimum of ten years. Alarms must make an audible sound that indicates that the battery--and, therefore, the alarm--is dying.

Alarm giveaway locations closest to Kensington and Windsor Terrace:

Sunday, October 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Engine 255/Ladder 157 station house
1367 Rogers Avenue
between Foster Avenue and Farragut Road

Thursday, October 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Corner of 53rd Street and 13th Avenue

Thursday, October 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Corner of Avenue J and East 16th Street


Windsor Terrace Safe Streets, via Lisa Perlmutter, has reported the latest news on Windsor Terrace's proposed speed humps.
Community Board 7 (CB 7) announced during its monthly meeting this evening (Wednesday, October 21st) that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has postponed its proposal for fifteeen speed humps in Windsor Terrace.
The DOT has decided to conduct a more complete study of the entire area to include consideration for stop lights, stop signs, two- to one-way traffic routing, and other traffic calming measures. The timing of the study is to be decided; CB 7 will contact the DOT to request this information.

It was also shared that had a vote been called, voting would have been for the humps proposed for Vanderbilt Street and Seeley Street between Prospect Avenue and Prospect Park Southwest, as those blocks demonstrated the most consensus and support for the humps.

Lastly, it was also shared that the DOT has a backlog of over 140 humps, so had the humps been approved, it would have been at least two years until installation anyway.

Windsor Terrace Safe Streets applauds the DOT's responsiveness to the community's desire for comprehensive and appropriate traffic calming measures and looks forward to their prompt completion of the study with their recommendations.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


                 Halloween Costume Contest in Brooklyn for Kids and Pets!
                             Sunday, October 25th, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Prizes for top 3 in each category--win gift certificates to Barnes and Noble, Toys R' US, Toby's Pizza, and more!

Contests will take place at the 8th Annual Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party to benefit the Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

On Sunday, October 25th, from noon to 5:00 p.m., at 153 E. 3rd Street,
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue.

To enter the contest, sign up at the party with one of the event volunteers between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The fee to enter the contest is $10.

For more information on the event, visit Facebook.

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Harvest Hootenanny
Sunday, October 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Harvest Hootenanny, the 9th annual celebration of fall at Greenwood Playground, will welcome the season with music, dance, arts and crafts, and the 3rd Annual Halloween Parade, with prizes in several costume categories.

Friends of Greenwood Playground (FOGP) have arranged a solid block of entertainment, including the Cynthia King Dancers, musicians John Montagna and Brooklyn Bass Daddy, Debbie Deane, and Jennifer Milich, and storyteller Robin Bady. The entertainment schedule will be announced soon.

In addition, the festival will offer arts and crafts with Barking Cat Studio, face painting, pumpkin painting, glitter tattoos, a bake sale, and a raffle.

A donation of $5 per family is suggested.

Bring, if you can, canned food and non-perishable items to donate to the Food Bank for New York City. Go to their website to see what they need.

For updates about this event and announcements about others,
follow FOGP's Facebook page.


 Friends of Greenwood Playground is "a community group dedicated to bringing great programs for kids and families to our fantastic local playground. Our entire operation is volunteer-run." 

Can you volunteer to help for an hour or two on the day of The Hoot? FOGP needs help with set-up, clean-up, and everything in between. Send them an e-mail at greenwoodplayground @ to let them know what times you will be available.

Greenwood Playground is on E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue, near the F and G Fort Hamilton Parkway station.

Friday, October 16, 2015


Public Meeting: Plan for Public Plaza at Avenue C
Thursday, October 22nd, 6:30 p.m.

Residents and neighbors who live or work near Avenue C and McDonald Avenue: you are invited to a public meeting to learn more about the proposed pedestrian plaza and art for the plaza surface. 

The flyer above shows the proposed pedestrian plaza's location--where there is currently an empty, unused, unattractive concrete triangle (upper right). 

The plaza's amenities, including moveable tables and chairs, umbrellas, planters, a granite block, and flexible bollards are shown on the bottom right of the flyer. 

In the middle left is the artwork for the plaza surface. The painting, which would cover the entire surface of the plaza, is called "Pond Island." The proposal by neighborhood artist Anney Fresh was selected from twenty-two entries submitted to the art competition.

If you would like more information about the plaza or the meeting, send an e-mail to Dorothy Le from Neighborhood Plaza Partnership at DLe @ the or call her at (212) 757-0915, extension 125.

The proposed plaza is a joint project of the Kensington Stewards and the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership (NPP). The Stewards and NPP would manage the plaza and keep it clean.

The Kensington Stewards is a group of volunteers who live in Kensington and got together a few years ago to work on community beautification and quality-of-life projects: creating Kensington Plaza, protecting trees on Church Avenue with metal tree guards, planting daffodils and other flowers around the trees, and holding community "sidewalk clean-up days."

Neighborhood Plaza Partnership (NPP), a program of The Horticultural Society of New York, is working with The Kensington Stewards. With their professional guidance, the proposed plaza would be clean, green, and well-managed. 

Meeting location
P.S. 179 Cafeteria
202 Avenue C, between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets


Jamaica-bound F trains will run express from Neptune Avenue to Smith-9 streets from 11:45 p.m. on Friday, October 16th, until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, October 19th.

They'll bypass Avenue X, Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway, Avenue I, Ditmas Avenue, Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street.

Use these travel alternatives:

  • For service to Avenue X, Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway, Avenue I, and Ditmas Avenue, take the F to Kings Highway, 18th Avenue, or Church Avenue and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.
  • For service from Avenue X, Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway, Avenue I, and Ditmas Avenue, take the F to 18th Avenue, Kings Highway, or Neptune Avenue and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.
  • For Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street, take the G instead. Transfer between trains at Church Aenue, 7th Avenue, or Smith-9th streets.

Note: Manhattan-bound platforms at Avenue X and Ditmas Avenue are closed for renovation.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


The lively photo exhibit "Greetings from Coney Island!" is now hanging on the walls of Steeplechase Coffee. It will be up until December.

Exhibitor Jennifer Walkowiak--a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, but now a resident of Brooklyn--is a live music and event photographer. She also photographs parties and weddings and shoots personal portraits. Her work has been published in the Albuquerque Alibi, The Denver Westword, and

Two more of Jenni's talents are singing and playing acoustic guitar. Check out one of her videos on YouTube: Christina Perri's "Human."

See many examples of her photography work on these sites: 
instagram: @iamjwphotography

Steeplechase Coffee
3013 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, a block from Kensington
phone: (347) 799-2640


Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Installing Speed Humps in Windsor Terrace: 
Notes from Community Board 7's Transportation Committee Meeting

Notes by Lisa Perlmutter
Community Board 7 member, Windsor Terrace Safe Streets member, parent, and Windsor Terrace resident 
October 13, 2015 

As in August, everyone was agreed that traffic speed in Windsor Terrace was a problem; many of the same opinions and perspectives were shared. The net net is that this proposal was not a list of speed humps the DOT was planning to install but rather a list of locations in the study area where a speed hump COULD be installed. 

Community Board 7 wants to hear block by block preferences about speed humps, so each block should rally support on their block for the humps and submit petitions/letters to CB7 which greatly values this information to help guide voting decisions. 

Some key outcomes from the discussion: 

A study had been requested and conducted on the intersection of Windsor and 8th Avenue. DOT will be installing a traffic light there in February 2016. Later in the discussion, DOT pointed out that one of the negative results of traffic lights is that cars may speed to beat the yellow. 

DOT also acknowledged that some of their studies were completed prior to the closing of Prospect Park to traffic; they agreed this might have some impact on the results and may do some follow up studies as appropriate. 

In response to general concerns about speed humps, DOT said they have yet to have a structural engineer report structural damage to buildings or water mains from speed humps; noise and quality of life issues were raised by some in the audience.

Due to installation timing, any speed humps would be installed in 2016, so there is still time to collect input. Humps are 3 feet for non-school locations and 4 feet for school locations. 

A representative from Brad Lander’s office pointed out that federal traffic studies are based on volume while city studies are based on speed, so some disconnect. It was also noted by DOT that the city follows federal standards for stop signs and traffic lights. 

Where a speed study had been done, the 85th %ile speed was noted, as this is a key determinant of speeding problems for the DOT (said in simple terms, 85 of 100 drivers are going at that speed or lower; note NYC now has a 25 mph speed limit). 

The 15 speed hump locations were discussed one by one:

NOTE: a speed hump is also planned for 11th Avenue between Sherman St and Windsor Pl in front of PS 154. Since this is a school location, not up for CB voting.

#1: Windsor Place between 11th Ave and PPSW 
Uphill slope with a traffic light at end of block. Considered a school block and is therefore not up for CB voting. Should not have been on the map. 

#2: Sherman Street between 11th and Terrace Pl 
This is a school location and therefore not up for CB voting. Should not have been on the map. Downhill increases speeds, but stop sign at bottom at Terrace. 

#3: Terrace Place between PPSW and Prospect Ave 
Speed study not yet conducted, so removed from agenda. Request entered that a light be installed at Sherman instead of speed humps. 

#4: Seeley Street between PPSW and Prospect Ave
85th %ile speed: 31mph 
Much discussion about Seeley and why it it is two way and Terrace Pl is one way considering how narrow Seeley is. Only thoroughfare that goes from cemetery to park.

Humps on Seeley very close together - due to inability for them to be placed anywhere else on Seeley, but they will relook at that to reconfirm, specifically near 18th Street.

A woman spoke of her 17 year old son who was killed on Seeley years ago. Traffic study indicated not enough traffic at Seeley and PPSW for a light. 

#5: Vanderbilt Street between PPSW and Prospect Ave
85th %ile speed: 27 mph 
Very well crafted response by block resident. They have measured and don’t see how a hump is possible at the Prospect end of the block but are ok with that due to the proposed hump #6 below. 

They studied accident reports and most accidents are cars driving from Terrace/Seeley and turning onto Vanderbilt (less coming from the other direction on Prospect). The block is prepared to collect signatures. 

#6: Prospect Ave between Seeley St and Vanderbilt St
85th %ile speed: 27 mph 
See comments for #5 above. Question raised why not have a light at that intersection? Vanderbilt resident had the answer: not enough traffic volume per federal guidelines. 

#7: 18th Street between Seeley St and Terrace Pl 
85th %ile speed: 23 mph (done Dec 2014, one month after speed limit dropped) 
Resident noted this street is uphill with a stop sign at Terrace. No significant support of a speed hump on this block. 

#8: 19th Street between Vanderbilt St and Seeley St 
Removed from map/agenda as DOT is looking into a safety project in the area that will be announced next year. A signal will be put in at 19th and 10th Ave near Bishop Ford at the top of the off ramp (much crowd delight at this announcement). 

#9: Seeley St between McDonald Ave and 20th St (there was a typo on the agenda) 
8th %ile speed: 29 mph
Assumption that many comments about Seeley would continue to apply here. 20th and Seeley has a 4-way stop sign.

#10: Vanderbilt St between McDonald Ave and East 2nd St
85th %ile speed: 21 mph (done Jan-April 2015)
No significant support of a speed hump on this block.

#11: Kermit Place between Ocean Pkwy and East 8th 
CB7 member and resident noted it was a very short street with a lot of traffic backing up.

Thank you, Lisa, for taking these notes and distributing them.