Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Live Irish Music

Thursday, June 30th, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00-ish p.m.

If you enjoy the sometimes lively, sometimes sweet sounds of Irish music, go to Shenanigans Pub this Thursday night. And if you play or sing, you're invited to join in.

The musicians might entertain in the backyard area if the weather is good (no rain).

Shenanigans Pub

802 Caton Avenue, at the corner of E. 8th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn

(718) 633-3689

Monday, June 27, 2016


                                                         video courtesy of the NYPD

A man comes up behind a woman in an attempt to rape her. He attempts to lift her dress and pulls at her underwear as he pulls her down to the sidewalk. They struggle. He strikes her repeatedly while she continuously kicks him. He flees.

The attempted rape, shown on a neighbor's surveillance video, took place on the sidewalk in front of 586 16th Street, about halfway between Prospect Park Southwest and 11th Avenue, at about 3:50 a.m. yesterday (Sunday, June 26th).

The attacker is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s. He has curly black hair, is around 5-feet-11-inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds, and was wearing a blue t-shirt and slacks.

"Officials on Monday said they believe that the man lives in the neighborhood and that he may have spotted his victim at a nearby deli minutes before the attack," according to the New York Post.

Anyone with information about the perpetrator or the crime is asked to text 274637 (CRIMES) and then enter TIP577, or send a tip to Crime Stoppers online, or call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). For Spanish, call 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). All calls are confidential.

Additional information
Windsor Terrace - Kensington Patch

Friday, June 24, 2016


Live Music
Saturday, June 25th, 8:00 p.m. to midnight

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
country, soul, rock 'n' roll, folk, and originals
Gerry McCord: guitar and vocals
Buddy Grecco: harmonica, vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar
Susan Kaessinger: vocals, guitar, percussion

White Trash Acres
10:00 p.m. to midnight
old time rock 'n' roll

no cover/no minimum

773 Lounge
773 Coney Island Avenue
between Cortelyou and Dorchester roads
Kensington, Brooklyn


Coney Island-bound F trains will run express
from Jay Street-MetroTech to Church Avenue
                Weekends, from 11:45 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday,
                                          until Jul 11

Trains will stop at 7th Avenue.

No Coney Island-bound F trains will stop at Bergen Street, Carroll Street, Smith-9th streets, 4th Av-9th Street, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Parkway.

For service to these stations, take the F to 7th Avenue or Church Avenue and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.

For service from these stations, take the F to 7th Avenue or Jay Street-MetroTech and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.

Note: No G trains will stop at these stations during this time.


No G trains will stop between
Hoyt-Schermerhorn streets and Church Avenue
Weekends, from 11:45 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday,
until Jul 18

A and F trains will provide alternate service. 

No  G trains will stop at Bergen Street, Carroll Street, Smith-9th streets, 4th Avenue-9th Street, 7th Avenue, 15th Street-Prospect Park, Fort Hamilton Parkway, and Church Avenue. Take the F instead.

• Transfer between the A and G trains at Hoyt-Schermerhorn.
• Transfer between the A and F trains at Jay Street-MetroTech.

G trains operate in two sections:
1. Between Court Square and Bedford-Nostrand avenues
2. Between Bedford-Nostrand and Hoyt-Schermerhorn, every 20 minutes.

• Transfer at Bedford-Nostrand to continue your trip.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting
Thursday, June 23rd, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At the Albemarle Neighborhood Association's (ANA) last community meeting of the season, the guest speaker will be Denise Lalande-Phipps, Director of the Kensington Family Shelter. The shelter is located on McDonald Avenue, across the street from Foodtown. Ms. Lalande-Phipps will discuss issues pertaining to the shelter and to our community.

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

Members of ANA as well as non-members are welcome to attend all ANA community meetings. Admission is free. 

Weather permitting, the meeting will be held outdoors on Albemarle Road, between E. 4th and E. 5th streets. Bring a chair to sit on. 

If there is any possibility of rain, the meeting will be held in the Flatbush Jewish Center, 327 E. 5th Street, at the corner of Church Avenue. 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.

Monday, June 20, 2016


There's a new bar in town. Hinterlands Bar, located on Church Ave. near E. 8th Street, had its soft opening last night.

Hinterlands serves beer, wine, and cocktails. It'll also serve some food once the kitchen is up and running.

Open hours are 5:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. The grand opening party will take place this Thursday, June 23rd.

Co-owners Sharlene Frank Wellington and her husband Stuart Wellington are old hands at this type of venture. She owns Sharlene's Bar in Prospect Heights and was a manager at Commonwealth in Park Slope, where Stuart bartended until a week ago.

For the meantime, only cash can be accepted until the credit card system gets set up. [June 21st: The credit card system is up and running.]

Good luck, folks!

Hinterlands Bar
739 Church Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 633-0550
hinterlandsbar @ gmail.com

Saturday, June 18, 2016


Vigil for Orlando
Queer and Trans People
Sunday, June 19th, 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A yoga and meditation practice, accompanied by live sound, will be dedicated to the victims and survivors of the violence in Orlando. It will be held tomorrow (Sunday) from 5:15 to 6:30.

The practice will be led by Regina, with support from Shri Devi and Nicolette. Yumi Tomsha will provide live sound. Arrive by 5:00 to make sure that the class can begin on time.

Group counseling/a support group will follow from 6:30 to 7:30, with Glenn Zermeno, LCSW, RYT.

An Open Level Class will be offered to allies from 6:45 to 8:00, led by Regina.

Donations are requested. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida.

Third Root is on the ground level. The main entrance has one step. The wheelchair- and scooter-accessible entrance has no steps. Call ahead to arrange for someone to open the door.

The Community Room, where most programs occur, is accessible for wheelchairs and scooters, as is the upstairs private treatment room.

The bathroom is not wheelchair- or scooter-accessible. As a stop-gap measure, accessible restrooms are available at Flatbush Food Co-Op,1415 Cortelyou Road.

Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Road
between Cortelyou and Dorchester roads


                                  Meditation for Orlando
                  Sunday, June 19th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Jaya Yoga East will open its studio tomorrow (Sunday) for a free community call to meditation in response to last weekend's massacre in Orlando of forty-nine members of the LGBTQ community.

Join your neighbors in bringing forth collective healing energy in an effort to create a more compassionate world.

The meditations will take place in fifteen-minute segments, with five-minute breaks in between. Chant, sit in silence, read poems, and read the names of the dead.

Jaya's teachers and directors Carla and Ramit will lead the meditations.

Drop in at anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. for one or more fifteen-minute sessions.

1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. opening meditation/chant
1:15 to 1:20 break
1:20 to 1:35 meditation
1:35 to 1:40 break

1:40 to 1:55 meditation
1:55 to 2:00 break

2:00 to 2:15 meditation
2:15 to 2:20 break
2:20 to 2:35 meditation
2:35 to 2:40 break
2:40 to 2:55 meditation
2:55 to 3:00 closing chant

Jaya Yoga East
2902 Fort Hamilton Parkway, at the corner of E. 4th Street
Phone: (718) 788-8788
E-mail: namaste @ jayayogacenter.com
Website: http://www.jayayogacenter.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jayayogacenter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jayayogacenter

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


And then there was one.

In 2012, after the closing of Key Food, Windsor Terrace got its second greenmarket. Residents could shop at the Windsor Terrace-P.S. 154 Greenmarket on 11th Avenue on Sundays and at the Bartel-Prichard Square Greenmarket on Wednesdays.

But as of this past Sunday, June 12th, the Windsor Terrace Greenmarket is gone. Its hours, however, live on at Bartel-Prichard Square.

The Bartel-Prichard continues to be open on Wednesdays, and it's now also open on Sundays. The hours on Sundays are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., year-round. The Wednesday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., through December 18th.

You can bring food scraps to be composted on Sundays between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Bring textiles for recycling on Sundays too, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Purchases can be paid for with cash, EBT/Food Stamps, debit cards, credit cards, WIC Vegetable and Fruit checks, and FMNP checks.

The Bartel-Prichard Square Greenmarket is on Prospect Park West at 15th Street, inside the entrance of the park (map)


Community Board 14 Annual Reception
Wednesday, June 22nd, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Join Community Board 14 at its annual reception and awards presentation. Help them welcome the new community board members.

They'll also be presenting CB 14 Service Awards, given in recognition of outstanding public servants and community leaders.

Refreshments will be served.

Community Board 14 serves Flatbush, Midwood, and parts of Kensington.

Make your reservation by calling (718) 859-6357 or by sending an e-mail to info @ cb14brooklyn.com.

Community Board 14 District Office

810 East 16th Street
between Avenue H and the Long Island Railroad
phone: (718) 859-6357

fax: (718) 421-6077
info @ cb14brooklyn.com

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


                 66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
                     Thursday, June 16th, 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, the last one until September.

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.

Monday, June 13, 2016


Be part of a free evening of family-friendly Shakespearean merriment in the garden. Performances of scenes from the comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will take place on Monday, June 20th (summer solstice), at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 25th, at 7:00 p.m.

The production’s cast is made up entirely of garden members and includes a few children as the littlest fairies. The performance features music by Joel Shatzky and vocal performances by Ilana Abramovitch and Lisa Guernsey.

The event includes a summer-themed children's craft table at 6:30 and a cookie pot-luck table. Bring ten cookies with you to share with others.

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

Saturday, June 11, 2016


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

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. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church rectory, 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 4th and E. 5th streets will be the location.

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


Kensington Youthmarket
  Saturdays through November 19th, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A full range of fresh fruit and vegetables is being sold on Saturdays at a greenmarket by the Windsor Terrace Library. Grains and honey are among the items added this year. Everything sold here is fresh, high-quality, and grown on regional small farms. 

At the cooking demonstrations, expand your repertoire by learning how to prepare a dish from one or more items being sold there. The demonstrations are given every week from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Now in its sixth year, the Kensington Youthmarket is a smaller version of New York City's greenmarkets. Through GrowNYC, it's operated by young people from the neighborhood.

In previous years, the youthmarket didn't open until July...so this year, we have an additional month of shopping. It'll be open every Saturday until the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Cash, EBT cards, debit cards, credit cards, WIC checks, and FMNP checks. are all accepted as payment.

Location: Fort Hamilton Parkway at E. 5th Street, alongside the Windsor Terrace Library

The Kensington Youthmarket is brought to you by GrowNYC
in partnership with NYC Council Member Brad Lander

Friday, June 10, 2016


Community Board 7 Meeting
Wednesday, June 15th, 6:30 p.m.

The regular monthly Board Meeting of Community Board #7 will be held on Wednesday, June 15th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Board Office, located at 4201 4th Avenue (entrance on 43rd Street).

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 May 18
5.      Adoption of the Minutes of the Public Hearing of June 13
6.      Public Comment
7.      Committee Reports:
A)     Education
1)      Discussion on proposed resolution calling on Community Education Councils 15 and 20 to prioritize school construction in the Sunset Park Community.
B)     Economic Development (Tabled)
1)      Discussion on vending activities in Community District 7
C)     Transportation (Tabled)
1)      Presentation by Department of Design & 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.
3)      Proposal from Open Source Gallery for murals on the wall of the Associated Supermarket at 5th Avenue & 17th Street and two murals on the wall of the Prospect Expressway on 3rd Avenue & Prospect Avenue.
D)     Public Safety
1)      Cabaret license application for Sunset Den, Inc. located at 960 3rd Avenue.
E)      Parks
1)      Presentation by the Department of Parks & Recreation concerning the design of adult fitness equipment in Sunset Park.
F)      Land Use
1)      Site selection for a new proposed 300 seat primary school at 4302 4th Avenue (Old Police Pct.) and an adjacent vacant lot.
G)     Executive (Tabled)
1)      Update by the Fifth Avenue Committee and the Brooklyn Public Library on Sunset Park Library Project.
8.      Elected Officials Representatives
9.      District Manager’s Report
10.    Chairperson’s Report
11.     Old Business
12.    New Business
13.    Public Comment
14.    Adjournment


G Train Service Changes
Friday, June 10th, 11:45 p.m. to Saturday, June 11th, 8:00 p.m.

No G trains will run between the Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Ave. stations later tonight and tomorrow. A and F trains will provide alternate service.

The G will not stop at these stations:
  • Bergen St.,
  • Carroll St.,
  • Smith-9th Sts,
  • 4th Ave.-9th St.,
  • 7th Ave.,
  • 15th St.-Prospect Park,
  • Fort Hamilton Parkway, and
  • Church Ave.
At those stations, take the F train instead.


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, June 13th, for Shavuot.

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

Thursday, June 9, 2016


Zoning Variance Committee Public Hearing
Wednesday, June 15th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

At a Public Hearing to be held by Community Board 12's Zoning Variance Committee, four properties will be discussed. One property is in Kensington on 36th Street, and one is near Kensington on 38th Street. The other two are deeper into Borough Park.

At 7:30 p.m., the applicant will present a plan for the property at 1128 36th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Minna Street: to build a six-story mixed community facility and commercial building by the Sleep Inn hotel. The applicant is requesting two special permits.

The next and final agenda item is 1147 38th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 12th Avenue. This applicant seeks an amendment of the previously-approved variance and a plan, approved in 2010 and amended in 2011, for lot 52. The proposal seeks to approve a modified but substantially similar Group 3 school at the premises.

Meeting place
Community Board 12 office
5910 13th Avenue
between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn
phone number: (718) 851-0800
fax: (718) 851-4140
bk12 @ cb.nyc.gov


Sunday, June 5, 2016


Coney Island-bound trains will skip Bergen St, Carroll St, and Smith-9 Sts
from 11: 15 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6th, through Friday, June 10th.

For service to those skipped stations, take the to 4 Av-9 St and transfer to a Jamaica-bound .

For service from those skipped stations, take the to Jay St-MetroTech and transfer to a Coney Island-bound .

Note: No service will be available at those stations during these times.

No trains will stop between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Church Avenue, BUT
trains and Shuttle free shuttle buses will provide alternate service 
from 11: 15 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6th, through Friday, June 10th.

trains will operate between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs.

Shuttle Buses will make all stops between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn, connecting with the at Jay St-MetroTech.

* trains will make train stops between Bergen St and Church Av.
• Transfer between trains and Shuttle buses at Bedford-Nostrand Avs.
• Transfer between trains and Shuttle buses at Jay St-MetroTech.