Friday, April 29, 2016


All times, until Monday, May 2nd:
  • Coney Island-bound F platform at Ditmas Av is closed for renovation.
    • For service to this station, take the F to 18 Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound F.
    • For service from this station, take the F to Church Av, and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.

From Friday, April 29th, at 11:45 p.m., until Monday, May 2nd, at 5:00 a.m.:
  • Coney Island-bound F trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy. Take the G instead. 
    • Transfer between F and G trains at Smith-9 Sts, 7 Av, or Church Av.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


UPDATE: Michael Yam has been found. He is unharmed. He was on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Alert issued Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 9:10 a.m.

A Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert has been issued for Michael Yam, a 24-year-old Asian male from Brooklyn, New York. He suffers from autism, is unable to communicate, and may be in need of medical attention.

Description: He is 6'2" tall, weighs 112 pounds, and has black hair and black eyes.

He was last seen in Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Wednesday, April 27th, at approximately 1:00 p.m.

He was wearing a gray hooded shirt, blue jeans, and a name tag on a lanyard with his photo on it.

If you see him, call the NYPD Missing Person Squad at (800) 577-8477, or call 911.

To view this message in American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, or Yiddish, go to


UPDATE: Michael Yam has been found. He was unharmed. He was on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Alert issued Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 9:10 a.m.

A Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert has been issued for Michael Yam, a 24-year-old Asian male from Brooklyn, New York. He suffers from autism, is unable to communicate, and may be in need of medical attention.

Description: He is 6'2" tall, weighs 112 pounds, and has black hair and black eyes.

He was last seen in Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Wednesday, April 27th, at approximately 1:00 p.m.

He was wearing a gray hooded shirt, blue jeans, and a name tag on a lanyard with his photo on it.

If you see him, call the NYPD Missing Person Squad at (800) 577-8477, or call 911.

To view this message in American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, or Yiddish, go to

Wednesday, April 27, 2016



Annual Memorial Day Concert
Monday, May 30th, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A free Memorial Day concert at Green-wood Cemetery will feature the ISO Symphonic Band, founded in 1995 to sponsor talented students throughout New York City and led by the band’s founder and conductor Brian P. Worsdale.

The featured works will be by Green-Wood’s permanent residents: Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, and many others.

Local vendors will be selling food and drink throughout the day.

Although the concert is free, it will be helpful for gauging response if people register here. Optional donations would be appreciated.

At 5:00 p.m., immediately after the concert, a special Memorial Day trolley tour with Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman will show highlights of Green-Wood and veteran connections.

Fee for trolley tour: $15 for members of Green-Wood and Brooklyn Historical Society; $20 for nonmembers.

Because seating is limited, making reservations is recommended. Please click here for trolley tour tickets. Green-Wood trolley tours are fully accessible and ADA compliant.

These events will take place rain or shine.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


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, April 28th, for Holy Thursday (Orthodox),
  • Friday, April 29th, for Good Friday (Orthodox), and
  •  Saturday, April 30th, for Passover.

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


বন্ধন: Festival of Cultures
Saturday, April 30th, 7:00 p.m.

Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts, Inc. (BIPA)

Festival of Cultures

  • Samba drumming by musical group Batala
  • Chinese dancers: Color of Winds
  • Sri Lanka dance
  • Indian Folk dance
  • Doong contemporary dance
  • Bangladesh singers: Mamnunul Hoq, Shamim Siddique, and Mahbuba Alam Shoma
  • Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts performance

Shahana Hanif will be the emcee for the night. Admission is free.

This program is funded by Councilmember Brad Lander through the Department of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Immigrant Initiative.

For more information, call Annie Ferdous at (917) 674-4746, Selima Ashrat at (917) 673-1105, or Nilofar Jahan at (347) 237-1628.

Event location
P.S. 230
1 Albemarle Road
Kensington, Brooklyn


Two Brooklyn food coops were featured on French television this past Saturday--Windsor Terrace Food Coop and Park Slope Food Coop.

The sixteen-minute, French-language documentary opens at Windsor Terrace Food Coop and spends three minutes there with volunteer workers and shoppers. It then segues to Park Slope Food Coop. At 12:55, the focus moves to Satur Farm on the North Fork of Long Island, where a lot of the greens sold at Windsor Terrace Food Coop are grown.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop is at 825 Caton Avenue, on the corner of E. 8th Street, in Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn. New members are always welcome to join.

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

Monday, April 25, 2016


An arrest was made this morning in the case of the armed criminal who was wanted for attacking mainly senior citizens. Twenty minutes after a tip was reported to the Crime Stoppers hotline, the NYPD arrested 64-year-old Clarence Jones on Lincoln Place in the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn for allegedly committing eight armed robberies and assaults.

Jones' alleged victims were women ranging in age from their 70s to the 90s as well as a few people younger than that who stumbled upon the crime scenes. He allegedly followed them home and then either hit, choked, or pistol-whipped them and robbed them. 

He was armed at various times with a gun, a knife, and a box-cutter. The attacks occurred in several neighborhoods in Brooklyn and in Queens and the Bronx.

The attack in our neighborhood occurred on Ocean Parkway near Beverley Road on Saturday, March 26th, in the daytime, just like the others. After following an 83-year-old woman into the building she lives in, he allegedly knocked on her door, then hit her in the face with a hard unspecified object.

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce had said earlier that "Jones has 19 prior arrests and spent 14 years in prison for the exact same crime." He was released on parole in 2014.


Kensington Connection: Network with Your Peers
Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A free arts, activism, and community organizing networking and careers panel will happen this Wednesday, April 27th, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The event will take place in Kensington, Brooklyn, in Khan's Tutorial.

Featured panelists are Prachi Patankar, Shehab Chowdhury, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Shama Rahman, and Shahana Hanif.

The Feringhees, a Bangladeshi American rock band, will be on hand to perform.

The program is organized by Kensington, Brooklyn native Hasiba Haq, and it is supported by Arts & Democracy and New York City Councilmember Brad Lander.

All are encouraged to attend, especially young desi/brown/bengali students who are interested in community, arts, and activism work.

                                               -- submitted by Shahana Hanif

Event location
Khan's Tutorial
188 Dahill Road, 2nd floor
between Church Avenue and Louisa Street
Kensington, Brooklyn

Saturday, April 23, 2016


As of today, the Kensington Dog Run is fully funded!
With much excitement, we are happy to share the news that the Kensington Dog Run at the Prospect Park Parade Ground will be fully-funded this year!

The project was made possible with allocated funds via Participatory Budgeting from Council Member Mathieu Eugene of District 40 and via Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams' capital allocations. The balance of the funds needed will be covered by Council Member Brad Lander of District 39.

Once the City budget passes at the end of June, the Prospect Park Alliance and the Parks Department will work together to develop a design for the new dog run. They’ll then put out a call for bids from contractors, select a contractor, and sign an agreement. Once the contractor is on board, construction can begin!

Thanks to everyone who voted for the dog run in Participatory Budgeting this year and to all of the residents for their ongoing support. This is a huge victory for the neighborhood!

Sal Garro, President
Kensington Dog Run Association
Thank you to the Kensington Dog Run Association for devoting so much time and effort to making a dog run a reality for the neighborhood's dogs and their human companions.



Tim Monti-Wohlpart, a Windsor Terrace resident and New York-born adoptee, has launched an urgent petition to advocate for the human and civil rights of New York born adoptees who were placed via "closed" adoptions. He and the more than 1,000 people who have already signed in support are appealing for a return to a "CLEAN" version of the New York Bill of Adoptee Rights (A2901B).

To see the details of the Internet petition and sign it, please visit

The preferred "CLEAN" version of the New York Bill of Adoptee Rights would have given New York-born adult adoptees (18+) access to their original birth certificates so that they could seek out their birth parents and confirm their medical history and heritage.

Currently, when adoptees appeal to courts for help with medical history, they are routinely denied. Some have died.

Birth parents would have been able to complete non-binding "contact preference" forms at any time to designate their openness to contact from adoptees.

Unfortunately, the New York Bill of Adoptee Rights got amended last June by the Assembly Codes Committee, which includes local District 44 Assemblymember James Brennan.

The changes to the bill include proposals for a bureaucratic, costly process, involving judges who are on the record as being hostile to any adoption reform. That could result in redaction of original birth certificate information. Adoption rights advocates feel that the changes made to the bill do not properly honor the human and civil rights of New York-born adult adoptees.

To see the details of the Internet petition and sign it, please visit

Anybody from any location in the world can consider and sign (and comment, if they wish) on this initiative. It is also possible to keep your name from being posted publicly on the website if you choose, though your name would be included in the initial petition delivery that will likely take place by the end of next week (the week of April 25th).

Those who agree with the petition are encouraged to sign it as quickly as possible for the best chance for your name to be counted in the first petition delivery.  Later petition deliveries are possible, depending on how the appeal may progress after a first delivery.

In addition to Assemblymember James Brennan, the bill's main sponsors--David Weprin (New York State Assembly - Queens) and Andrew Lanza (New York State Senate - Staten Island)--have been contacted and will receive the petition.

Tim Monti-Wohlpart plans to be present at Sean Casey Animal Rescue on Saturday (April 23rd) and Sunday (April 24th), starting at 11:00 a.m. Tim would like the public to know that when a human being is adopted in New York, they often receive less information about themselves than owners receive about their own adopted pets.

You are invited to stop by to discuss adoptee rights and meet with Tim. The rescue is at 153 E. 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218, between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway. Tim thanks Sean Casey Animal Rescue for the opportunity to be present there.

Friday, April 22, 2016


Church Avenue Street Fair
Sunday, May 1st, noon to 6:00 p.m.

End Spring Break with a bang on May 1st at the annual Church Avenue Street Fair! The fair runs from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Church Avenue, between Coney Island Avenue and Argyle Road.

Experience the $1 Restaurant Hour; live dance, gymnastics, and music performances and interactive activities; free raffle to win high-end sunglasses; a kids birthday party at a local studio; dance classes; theater tickets; and more; fun introduction to finance workshops for kids aged 8 to 11; and lots of rides and shopping!

For the latest updates, go to the BID’s Facebook page or stop by the BID’s table at the fair. They’ll be between E. 10th Street and Stratford Road.

The event is co-sponsored by the 70th Precinct Community Council and sponsored by CAMBA, Downtown Natural Market, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Flatbush Optical.


Girl Scout Cookies for Sale
Saturday, April 23rd, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

East 2nd Street Stoop Sale
107 E. 2nd Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue
Windsor Terrace
If you have allergies, check the Girl Scout Cookies
2015-2016 Food Allergen Guide.


Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Saturday, April 23rd, for Passover. 

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016


The man pictured on the Wanted poster and the surveillance camera is being sought by police for attempting to rape a jogger at knifepoint in Prospect Park. The crime occurred near the Prospect Park West entrance at Garfield Place on Wednesday, April 20th, at 5:10 a.m.

The perpetrator approached the 23-year-old victim, who was alone, from behind and threw her to the ground. She fought back and so did he. After the attack, the victim was in Methodist Hospital in stable condition with a laceration on one of her fingers that required stitches. She has been released from the hospital.

The perpetrator is a black male, 5'10" tall, weighing 180 to 290 pounds. He has short hair and a goatee, and he was wearing a black t-shirt, black pants with white lettering on one pant leg, and black sneakers with white bottoms.

Anyone with any information about the crime or the alleged perpetrator should call Detective Alex Fernsmith at (718) 230-4421 or Detective Borough Brooklyn South at (718) 287-3239.


Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID) will honor Kensington resident Mamnunul Haq for his work and civic activities at its 47th annual fund raising dinner on Sunday, May 1st, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Mamnun is being honored for his work as a civic leader in the Bangladeshi community of Kensington and surrounding neighborhoods, his years of work on Brooklyn Community Board 12 and Participatory Budgeting, and his work in the Section for Health Equity, NYU Department of Population Health, where he provides research support for the Diabetes, Research, Education, & Action for Minorities (DREAM) Project.

Also being honored are Domestic Workers United (DWU); David Pechefsky, CBID President 2015; Muslim Community Network; and Green-Wood Historic Fund.

The public is welcome to buy tickets to the dinner or have an ad published in the journal. The deadline for providing material for the journal is April 25th. Costs are listed on the last page of the invitation above.

Event location
The Bell House
149 7th Street
between 2nd and 3rd avenues

Sunday, April 17, 2016


ZBTB, Zac Brown Tribute Band
Saturday, May 7th, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Holy Name Fundraising Committee presents ZBTB, the Zac Brown Tribute Band.

Tickets are available now. The price of a general admission ticket is $40 per person plus $3.19 for processing. Beer, wine, soda, and snacks are covered by the ticket.

Purchase tickets from Eventbrite, Holy Name Rectory, or Farrell's Bar & Grill.

Event location
Shepherd's Hall
Holy Name of Jesus Church
245 Prospect Park West 
between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 768-3071
fax: (718) 369-2039 

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Monthly Meeting of Community Board 7
Wednesday, April 20th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Board 7 will meet in the Board Office, 4201 4th Avenue. The entrance is on 43rd Street. The meeting is open to the public.

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 March 16, 2016
5. Public Comment
6. Committee Reports:
    A) Education
       1) Presentation by the New Foundations Charter Middle School
       2) Overcrowding in the district – Discussion with stakeholders on next course of action
       3) Report on the proposed elementary school on 3rd Avenue and 59th Street
    B) Housing
       1) Screening of the documentary "My Brooklyn," followed by a panel discussion on how development patterns reshape a neighborhood
    C) Transportation
       1) Speed hump request for 44th Street, between 5th and 6th avenues
       2) Speed hump request for East 4th Street, between Greenwood Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
7. Elected Officials Representatives
8. Chairperson’s Report
9. District Manager’s Report
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Public Comment
13. Adjournment


Free Cone Day
Thursday, April 21st, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Carvel welcomes ice cream season with its annual Free Cone Day on Thursday, April 21st, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Limit of one cone per customer. You'll be charged for any toppings you want.

Customers will get a free junior soft serve cone filled with your choice of vanilla, chocolate, or OREO® cookie-inspired ice cream made with real OREO® cookie pieces at participating Carvel stores.

Carvel is encouraging customers to support the American Red Cross National Day of Giving, which falls on April 21st. Until supplies run out, Carvel will offer a $1 coupon book worth more than $20 in savings throughout the day. All proceeds will go toward a $20,000 donation to support American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Carvel has been partnering with American Red Cross since 2012.

203 Church Avenue
corner of E. 2nd Street
Kensington, Brooklyn

Thursday, April 14, 2016


The 2016 winning Participatory Budgeting projects were announced today.

One winning Capital Project for Kensington and Windsor Terrace (and other neighborhoods):
  • Bus Clocks on B67/B69: Know When Bus Arrives! -- bus clocks at twelve stops along McDonald Avenue, 7th Avenue, and Flatbush Avenue
Two winning Programming Projects within Kensington and Windsor Terrace:
  • Translation Equipment for Multi-Lingual Schools -- to use in schools in or very near Kensington and Windsor Terrace: P.S. 130, P.S. 131, P.S. 179, P.S. 230, M.S. 839
  • Overnight Book Drops at Three Library Branches -- to be placed at the Windsor Terrace branch and two other branches
Two Capital Projects for Kensington and/or Windsor Terrace that didn't win:
  • New Dog Run in Kensington: Areas for Big and Small Dogs -- at the Parade Ground
  • Replace painted cross-hatch with concrete on PPSW -- at 16th Street

The winners on the Capital Projects Ballot:
  1. New “Lake Mess Monster,” an Aquatic Weed Harvester ($140,000) – 1692 votes
  2. Year-Round, Freeze-Resistant Drinking Fountains ($175,000) – 1541 votes
  3. Bus Clocks on B67/B69: Know When Bus Arrives! ($240,000) -- 1533 votes 
  4. Create Teen Space at Carroll Gardens Library ($350,000) – 1321 votes
  5. West Brooklyn Community HS Portable Laptop Lab ($105,000) –1275 votes
  6. Mobile Studios" for Artists and Orgs in Gowanus ($150,000) – 1122 votes
  7. Curb Extension & Safer Crossing- Carroll Park ($150,000) –- 1115 votes
  8. Retrofit 75 Auditorium Lights for Safety at PS 282 ($200,000) – 1024 votes
The winners on the "Programming" Ballot:
  1. Translation Equipment for Multi-Lingual Schools ($25,000) – 1891 votes
  2. Music Equipment for Three Senior Centers ($5,000) – 1618 votes
  3. Overnight Book Drops at Three Library Branches ($24,000) – 1388 votes

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, April 14th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.     

Meet Captain Kenneth Quick and several of his officers at this month'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.

The purpose of each precinct's Community Council is to provide a critical interface between residents and the police through regular monthly meetings. Residents have an opportunity to bring crime issues to the precinct's attention and can also find out about the many different programs available.

Community Council meetings are 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.

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

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

Monday, April 11, 2016


Tree Giveaway
Saturday, April 16th, noon to 2:00 p.m.

Reserve a free tree online (one per address) and pick it up on April 16th at Compost for Brooklyn in Kensington.

Choose the one you want from among these types of trees: Serviceberry, Eastern Redbud, American Plum, and River Birch.

To qualify for a tree, you have to agree to

  • plant the tree in one of the five boroughs,
  • keep it properly watered and maintained, and
  • plant it in the ground in a front yard, back yard, community garden, community center, or schoolyard; do not plant it on a street, in a city park, in a planter or container, or on a terrace, balcony, or roof.

To claim your tree and take it away, arrive at Compost for Brooklyn by noon.
A tree will be considered unclaimed if the person who reserved it has not picked it up by 1:00. 

Any trees that are not claimed will be given away between 1:00 and 2:00 on a first-come, first served basis to anyone who shows up. Trees that nobody reserved will also be given away. 

Online registration for the American Plum is full, but a limited number of them will be available at the event on a first-come, first-served basis. If American Plum is the best tree for your space, arrive early and wait on the walk-up line in hopes of getting one.

The day before the event, you will be notified via a final confirmation e-mail if your application has been approved.

Event details are subject to change. Check here for any changes before showing up.

Compost for Brooklyn
Newkirk Avenue and E. 8th Street

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting
Thursday, April 14th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thomas Kukla, Crime Prevention Officer at the 66th Police Precinct, will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA). Officer Kukla will discuss issues of interest and importance to our neighborhood.

Members of ANA as well as non-members are welcome to attend all ANA meetings. Admission is free to this and all other ANA monthly meetings. 

Light refreshments will be provided (free) by Foodtown and ANA.

Meeting location
Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center

327 E. 5th Street 
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.


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 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:

  • north: the north side of Caton Avenue
  • south: the south side of Beverley Road
  • west: the west side of McDonald Avenue 
  • east: 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.