Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Live Irish Session Music
Thursday, June 2nd, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Musicians playing traditional Irish music will perform at Shenanigans Pub this Thursday.

Shenanigans Pub
802 Caton Avenue, at the corner of E. 8th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 633-3689


UPDATE: The meeting will take place at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church rectory, 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 4th and E. 5th streets.

72nd Precinct Community Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 14th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The June meeting of the 72nd Precinct Community Council will take place in Windsor Terrace, rather than in its usual meeting place in Sunset Park.

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School's Windsor Terrace Middle and High School at 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway will be the location. The school (formerly Immaculate Heart of Mary School) is between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets.

Everyone who lives or works within the boundaries of the precinct is invited to attend Community Council meetings. Contact the Community Affairs officers at (718) 965-6526 if you have any questions.

Elections for the Community Council will be held at this meeting. To be eligible to nominate someone and to vote, you must have attended four meetings within twelve months (not including April and May).

Translators from English to Spanish and Chinese will be available at the meeting.

Capt. Emmanuel Gonzalez has been the Commanding Officer of the precinct since March of this year.

The Community Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month, from September through June, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Its usual meeting-place is Marien Heim of Sunset Park Senior Housing.

72nd Precinct House
830 4th Avenue
between 29th and 30th streets
Sunset Park
phone: (718) 965-6311
website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/precincts/precinct_072.shtml
CompStat report (crime statistics): http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/crime_statistics/cs-en-us-072pct.pdf


Assemblymember Jim Brennan working with neighbors
to beautify Kensington Plaza in its early days

In the following press release, our long-time Assemblymember Jim Brennan (44th Assembly District) announces that he won't be running for State Assembly again.

Jim has been wonderfully responsive to our neighborhoods' needs. We're sorry to lose this excellent, effective, and caring ally whose door is always open. Thank you, Jim, for your years of service. We wish you the best of luck.


May 31, 2016
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am writing to let you know I will not be seeking re-election to the New York State Assembly after thirty-two years in office.

I am deeply grateful for the support you have shown me during this time and it has been an honor and an inspiration to be in public service. I am proud of all the good things my office and staff have done in collaboration with the thousands of wonderful people I have had the chance to represent. They include:
  • Saving ten community organizations, institutions, or major programs from collapse or closure over the years, sometimes more than once;
  • Helping thousands of individuals through our offices;
  • Leading the successful fight to downzone nearly every neighborhood in the district, to protect the community from predatory developers and preserve the quality of life through low and medium density zoning;
  • Designating millions to subway facilities, schools, parks, hospitals, and community service and housing programs;
  • Sponsoring forums, workshops, neighborhood resource and service fairs to help people and keep them informed.

In the State legislature, I am proud of what I accomplished:
  • I chaired four Committees;
  • There are 95 Brennan laws on the books of the State of New York;
  • I won three national awards for my legislative work, and,
  • I worked full-time with no outside compensation.

My office will remain open through December 31 to provide service, and once again, my deepest thanks for the chance to serve. I remain,

Your Proud Servant,   

Assemblymember Jim Brennan

Thursday, May 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 Monday, May 30th, for Memorial Day.

Parking meter regulations will also be suspended. 


Silver Alert issued today, May 26th, at 11:45 a.m.

A Silver Alert has been issued for Joseph Pauyo, an 81-year-old black male from East 19th Street and Albemarle Road in Brooklyn. Mr. Pauyo has dementia and diabetes and may be in need of medical attention.

Description: 5'7" tall, 170 pounds, gray hair. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt, brown pants, and a brown baseball cap. Mr. Pauyo wears a medic alert bracelet and uses a walker.

Last seen leaving the Crown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Haring Street and Avenue U in Brooklyn at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25th.

If you see Mr. Pauyo, call 9-1-1.

To view this message in American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, or Yiddish, please visit http://on.nyc.gov/1ZlUYf1.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


                           Gay Green-Wood Trolley Tour
                      Sunday, June 12th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate the 20th Brooklyn Pride Week (June 5th through 11th) with an LGBT-themed trolley tour of Green-Wood Cemetery.

Tour guide Phil Desiere--who leads tours of Greenwich Village, Central Park, and other New York City sights--will illuminate stories of Green-Wood's "permanent residents" who were openly gay, including "It’s Raining Men" co-author Paul Jabara, and others who were probably gay or bisexual, like Violet Oakley, a member of a "Boston marriage."

You'll also visit the final resting places of those who contributed to LGBT culture in fun, surprising ways, including Louis Comfort Tiffany, the artist and businessman whose fancy New York City atelier is the namesake of gay novelist Truman Capote’s smash hit, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Thanks to the New York City LGBT Historic Sites Project, LGBT graves in Green-Wood will be marked with a rainbow flag for the entire month of June.

$15 for members of Green-Wood and Brooklyn Historical Society/$20 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 trolley tour will take place rain or shine.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Sycamore's 7th Annual Crawfish Boil
Sunday, May 22nd

$30 for a large box of crawfish, a pint of beer, and a side. Food by Gaddy Lane, beer from Threes Brewing.

Purchase tickets online herethrough Brown Paper Tickets. Ticket price: $32.04 with service fee. Choose the serving time you want--1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., or 5:00 p.m.

The event will take place in Sycamore's garden, rain or shine.

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Morning and evening rush hours might see half of the current F trains running express in both directions between Church Avenue and Jay Street-Metrotech, starting in fall 2017. 

The F express would stop at the 7th Avenue station, but it would skip the Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, 4th Avenue-9th Street, Smith Street-9th Street, Carroll Street, and Bergen Street stations. Those stations would still be serviced by the F local.

The MTA has completed a feasibility study and analysis of establishing an F express service in Brooklyn. Its 37-page report, "Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn," includes the results of its study as well as its recommendations.

The report preliminarily recommends that an F express service should be implemented after the end of the Culver station project in early fall 2017, based on what the MTA has determined is a net savings in passenger travel time. 

The agency is now looking for feedback about it from the public.

The MTA study was conducted at the request of F train riders and elected officials in Brooklyn who use the line to commute into Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan. But Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York City councilmembers Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, and several New York State Senators have already spoken out against the proposal. (Brooklyn Patch)

The study analyzes a two-way peak period express service between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech, with half of the F trains operating express during rush hours and half of the F trains--along with the G trains--operating local.

Due to ridership demand falling within New York City Transit's loading guidelines and rolling stock and track capacity constraints, no additional overall F service would be added, meaning that should an express be implemented, local stations between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech would have 50% less peak F service. 

Among the key findings of the study are the following:
  • Express riders during the morning peak hour would save on average 3.4 minutes. Local riders would lose on average 1.3 minutes. The net travel time benefit would be 27,000 minutes. The maximum northbound travel time savings would be 7.3 minutes. However, more riders would experience longer travel times as ridership is heavier between Church Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech.
  • An express service could lead to some operational improvements, as southbound F express trains would no longer be delayed by terminating G trains discharging at Church Avenue and by G trains originating at Church Avenue.
  • F express trains would be slightly more crowded than current F trains, although still within NYC Transit's loading guidelines, while the F locals would be less crowded. There would also be increased stair crowding at a couple of local stations due to larger evening exit surges per train.

So, F local riders would experience longer wait times for less crowded trains, and riders with access to F express service would see reduced travel times for more crowded trains.


Adirondack Beat
Saturday, June 11th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

DJ Kyle Brown spins oldies, instrumentals, soul, and doo-wop on 45 rpm vinyl at The Adirondack on the first Saturday of each month, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This month is an exception: he'll be there on the second Saturday instead.

During Adirondack Beat, draft beers are $1 off and well drinks cost $4. The neighborhood bar focuses on New York State craft beer, featuring beer on tap, bottled, and canned, cocktails, and snacks.

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

Event location

The Adirondack
1241 Prospect Avenue
between Greenwood Avenue and Reeve Place
Windsor Terrace
(718) 871-0100
theadirondackbar @ gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/The_Adirondack 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theadirondack/


Live Irish Session Music
Thursday, May 19th, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Musicians playing traditional Irish music will perform at Shenanigans Pub this Thursday.

Shenanigans Pub
802 Caton Avenue, at the corner of E. 8th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 633-3689

Monday, May 16, 2016


Monthly Meeting of Community Board 7
Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Board 7 will meet in the Board Office, 4201 4th Avenue, for its regular monthly board meeting. 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 April 20, 2016
5. Public Comment
6. Committee Reports:

       1) Presentation by Department of Design and Construction on proposed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway section between 29th to 39th Streets
       2) Presentation by the Economic Development Corporation on the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector
   B) Economic Development
       1) Discussion on vending activities in Community District 7
   C) Executive
       1) Update by the Fifth Avenue Committee and the Brooklyn Public Library on Sunset Park Library Project
7. Elected Officials and Representatives
District Manager’s Report
9. Chairperson’s Report 
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Public Comment
13. Adjournment

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting
Thursday, May 19th, 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 next meeting of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA). Officer Kukla will discuss crime issues in our neighborhood and other issues that are important to our community.

Office Kukla had been scheduled to speak at the April meeting, but he wasn't able to attend. 

A discussion about the Brooklyn Half Marathon and its effect on local traffic is also on the agenda. The race is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st, at 7:00 a.m. The course starts near the Brooklyn Museum, goes past the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, circles around Grand Army Plaza, enters Prospect Park, takes a loop around the park, exits from the southwest corner onto Ocean Parkway, and ends at the Coney Island boardwalk.

Members of ANA as well as all other neighborhood residents are welcome to attend ANA's monthly meetings. Admission is free. 

Foodtown and ANA will provide refreshments, which will be served after the meeting.

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 that ANA 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.

Friday, May 13, 2016


Music in the Garden
Saturday, May 21st, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Ukuladies and Don Rodríguez Gómez Rosa will perform in the East Fourth Street Community Garden for its third annual free spring concert.

The Ukuladies is a group of relatives--fraternal twins, an aunt, and a tap-dancing cousin--who were tutored by various uncles and an occasional grandmother. They'll play cowboy love songs, Ruth Wallis medleys, favorites from the 1930s and 40s, and original hits.

Don Rodríguez Gómez Rosa is a Dominican-born and New York–raised songwriter who captures, enhances, and documents translanguaging experiences through analog and digital technologies.

His current Web-based musical, "Translanguaging Displays," is a collaboration with Sydney, Australia; Shanghai, China; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Guayama, Puerto Rico; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Prague, Czech Republic; Madrid, Spain; Florence, Italy; and Monterrey, Mexico. It will go live next month, on June 23rd.


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



 Fig Tree Potting Workshop with Susan Braverman
 Saturday, May 21st, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In this free hands-on workshop, Horticultural Therapist Master Susan Braverman will teach people how to grow a fig tree. During the workshop, you'll pot a sapling to take home. Fig trees thrive in small space and in containers.

Adults and families are welcome to attend. Supplies will be provided. Space and supplies are limited. Click here to register or call the library at
(718) 686-9707.

About Susan Braverman
Susan Braverman is a Horticultural Therapist Master and founder of Urban Oasis, a rehab program that includes an inner city farm, two greenhouses and a farmers market. In a partnership between the nonprofit GreenWorks Team and Brooklyn Public Library, she has worked with neighborhood residents and people with disabilities on community gardening projects.


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

This branch is partially accessible.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Zumba Class
Friday, May 13th, 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Blitz Dojo is hosting its first Zumba class tomorrow for people ages 16 and up. The class is free (a $5 donation is suggested). The class lasts for 45 minutes. Arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.

Make a reservation because space is limited. To reserve a spot, call Blitz Dojo at (718) 851-2425 or send an e-mail to blitzdojo @ gmail.com. 

Blitz Dojo is a martial arts and fitness school for children, teenagers, and adults. It specializes in pre-karate classes for children from ages three to seven, karate for children, grappling, kickboxing/MMA for adults, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for adults, cardio kickboxing for people who enjoy working out to music, and personal training.

Blitz Dojo
412 Church Avenue
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 851-2425
e-mail: blitzdojo @ gmail.com
https://twitter.com/blitz_dojo  https://www.instagram.com/blitzdojo/

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


                                          Kids Clothing Swap
                          Saturday, May 14th, 10:00 a.m. to noon

to the kids clothing swap any clothing that is for children aged 0 to 5 and has been gently used and laundered. Only bring clothing that you think someone would like to re-use. Leftover clothes will have to be carted away.

If you have any questions about this event, send an e-mail to Sarah Kooperkamp at sjkooperkamp @ gmail.com.

Event location
Church of the Holy Apostles (basement)
612 Greenwood Avenue
between Prospect Avenue and E. 7th Street
Windsor Terrace


                 66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
                     Wednesday, May 18th, 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, which is being held this month on a Wednesday instead of a Thursday.

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.

Normally, the 66th Precinct's meetings are 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 @ gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016



Kensington Road Milling Schedule
Wednesday, May 11th, and Thursday, May 12th

Wednesday, May 11th
McDonald Avenue, from Church Avenue to Cortelyou Road

contractor milling at night

Thursday, May 12th
McDonald Avenue, from Church Avenue to Cortelyou Road

contractor milling at night

About three weeks after milling, paving will begin.

Milling is the noisy process of grinding off the top layer of asphalt or the surface of a roadway in preparation for paving it.

The night before a street is scheduled to be milled or paved, the Department of Transportation is supposed to post tow-away/no parking signs on both sides of the street. Notice is also posted on the Department of Transportation's Brooklyn Milling and Paving Schedule.

Milling and paving schedules can change if the weather or an emergency prevent work from being done. To find out about any changes in the schedule, call 311 from Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 8, 2016


                                 Community Resource Fair
                   Thursday, May 12th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Meet representatives of more than fifty city and state government agencies, cultural institutions, community organizations, and service providers at this free community resource fair.

Hear about the special programs, incentives, and services that Brooklyn, New York City, and New York State can offer.

The fair will be hosted by Assemblymember Jim Brennan and community partners Maria Nunziata, the principal of P.S. 130, and Michael Perlberg, the principal of M.S. 839.

Event location
The Parkside Educational Complex
713 Caton Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn

Saturday, May 7, 2016


The Magic of JoeCus Pocus
Saturday May 21st, 2:30 p.m.

Magician JoeCus Pocus will entertain children with his free magic show at The Sicilian on Saturday, May 21st, at 2:30 p.m. JoeCus Pocus has performed at The Sicilian before as well as at Coney Island, street fairs, school events, and private parties.

The Sicilian
229 Prospect Park West 
between Windsor Place and 16th Street 
Windsor Terrace 
(718) 788-1050 
thesicilian1938 @ gmail.com http://www.thesicilian1938.com https://www.facebook.com/TheSicilian1938

Friday, May 6, 2016


Bike the Branches
Saturday, May 7th

At the Windsor Terrace Library:
    • Storytime @10:30am-11am(Birth-18 mo.): Dora the Explorer invites children ages 0-5 for a very special storytime. This special Saturday program will include rhymes, songs, and a Dora read-aloud.
    • Sidewalk Art @11:30-12pm(Ages 6+)
    • Kids Create @12pm-12:30pm
    • Bubbles @ 1pm (Birth-18 mo.)
    • How to Write & Draw Comics @ 2pm-4pm (Ages 15+)
    • Erik’s Reptile Edventures @3-4pm(Ages 6+) Learn about and handle LIVE reptiles and amphibians such as Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, Frogs and Salamanders.

For more information, visit http://misc.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/btb/.

Register now for Bike the Branches 2016! Experience Brooklyn and its 60 library branches in a whole new way. Join Brooklyn Public Library on Saturday, May 7th, for Bike the Branches, an all-day event to benefit the libraries.

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