Sunday, April 30, 2017


Reflections on the Small but Mighty Activist Coffee Hour
Monday, May 1st, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

With ten Small but Mighty Activist Coffee Hours under its belt, Hootenanny Art House is inviting the community to reflect on the Coffee Hour.

If you've participated in any of the Coffee Hours, you're invited to share your experiences and your thoughts about it and brainstorm on how to move forward. If you haven't participated yet but would like to be part of this, you're also welcome.

At the Coffee Hours, neighbors (adults and children) have joined together for political action: writing postcards, using scripts to make phone calls, and signing petitions about the political, economic, and social issues of today's America.

Tomorrow's meeting, however, is a planning meeting, with no prepared actions. RSVP on the event's Facebook page.

Hootenanny Art House
426-428 15th Street
between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West (closer to 8th Avenue)
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 369-0528 

"We feel strongly that it is a crucial time to stand as a community united for peace and justice, committed to welcoming and protecting people of all colors, genders, religions and sexual orientations. We are also strongly committed to protecting the earth for our children and their children’s children." -- Hootenanny Art House


Church Avenue Street Fair
Sunday, May 7th, noon to 6:00 p.m.

At the annual Church Avenue Street Fair, delight in a day of

Raffle prizes include tickets to the Kings Theatre for The O'Jays + The Temptations Review as well as prizes and gift certificates from local businesses. Winners will be announced throughout the day.

Rain or shine, the fair will run on Church Avenue, from Coney Island Avenue to Argyle Road, on Sunday, May 7th, from noon to 6:00 p.m.

For the latest updates, go to the BID’s event page at or The BID will have a booth at the fair between E. 10th Street and Stratford Road. If you want more information, call the BID at (718) 282-2500, ext. 79290. Or send an e-mail to info @

The Church Avenue Street Fair is co-sponsored by the 70th Precinct Community Council. The sponsors are CAMBA, Con Edison, Flatbush Optical, HoneyDew Drop Childcare Services, MetroPlus Health Plan, ModernMD Urgent Care, and Prospect Gymnastics.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Growing Houseplants from Cuttings with Susan Braverman
                Saturday, April 21st, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Learn how to start vigorous new houseplants expertly from cuttings. Start or increase your plant collection without spending any money!

In this free, interactive workshop led by Susan Braverman, participants will learn how to

  • make cuttings using various methods,
  • root cuttings in water/soil, and
  • care for their plants.

Each participant will take home two potted plants and a how-to guide on cutting propagation. Supplies for the class will be provided.

Adults and families are welcome to attend.

Limited space. Call 718.686.9707, or register online at Free.

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.

This program is made possible by ZipCar.  

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


          Organizing Meeting of New York State District 17 For Progress
                      Sunday, April 30th, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Although Senator Simcha Felder is registered as a Democrat, he has caucused with the Republicans in the New York State Senate since he was first elected in 2012. In the 2016 election, he ran on three party lines: Democratic, Republican, and Conservative.

Some of his constituents have formed New York State District 17 for Progress and are trying to meet with him to discuss his positions and his voting record. Their wish is that he would align himself with the Senate Democrats, not the Republicans, to help progressive legislation get passed.

Another option is replacing him with a progressive candidate on the Democratic ticket in the 2018 election.

New York State District 17 for Progress is having an organizing meeting on Sunday, April 30th, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue, by Avenue K. Check in at the security desk, and then go upstairs to the 4th floor Board Room.

Below is the tentative agenda for the meeting.

Senator Felder represents New York State Senate District 17, encompassing Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Flatbush, Kensington, Madison, Midwood, and Sunset Park.

Tentative Agenda
  • Actions since last time
       March 30 Rally at New York State Senator Simcha Felder’s office
       Attempts to set up meetings about specific issues
       Meetings to find an opposition candidate

  • Groups we are / should be working with
       TrueBlue NY
       Love Trumps Hate Sunset Park
       Ditmas Civic
       Indivisible Brooklyn
       Issue-based groups (WHARR, Healthcare Events, NY  Health Campaign, TransAlt)

  • Lobbying Felder about various causes
       Hold Felder + Chief of Staff to their word of meeting with constituents
       Point person for each issue attempting to set up 3-4 person, in-person meetings
       Voting Reform
       New York Health Act
       Ocean Parkway Speed Limit

  • Structure of Felder’s office
       Chief of Staff, Brooklyn / Albany, others

  • Voter Education Efforts
       Schools, Religious, Community organizations
       Similar to voting 101-type events, but reach into groups

  • Voter registration efforts
       Research into where to register
       Organizing registration effort


                                  GreenWoodstock 2017
                       Sunday, June 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The entertainment lineup for GreenWoodstock 2017 has been announced. It features

GreenWoodstock, Greenwood Playground's free annual outdoor festival, is now in its eighth year of offering Crafts, Bargains, and Music. The combination community marketplace and live music festival includes vendors, local musicians, singers, and dancers.

Vendors sell flea market and stoop sale items, handmade crafts, and artisanal items. The cost of a space is $40; a table and two chairs costs an additional $20. Food vending is not permitted.
For information and to register, send an e-mail to dari.litchman @

The festival is presented annually by Friends of Greenwood Playground (FoGP), with all proceeds benefiting the playground.

Greenwood Playground is located on E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue, in Windsor Terrace, one block from the Windsor Terrace - Kensington border (map).

Friday, April 28, 2017


Dinner under the Stars
Friday, May 5th,  6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Jews and Muslims will share in a "Dinner under the Stars" at Flatbush Jewish Center in an effort to create bridges between local communities. The synagogue will be hosting guests from the Bangladesh Islamic Center on Cortelyou Road.

A catered Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) dinner will be followed by a lively evening service. Out of respect for the dietary needs of both communities, a vegetarian meal will be served. Child-friendly options will be available. 

To accommodate the guests--who need to leave by 7:45 p.m. for evening services--dinner will start at approximately 6:15 p.m. The Kabbalat Shabbat will start at 7:45 p.m.

The cost for adults is $18 for members and $20 for non-members. For children over five years old, the cost is $6.

Register via PayPal. Or contact the office by phone at (718) 871-5200 or e-mail at office @

* When you register, note if you have any dietary restrictions.

Flatbush Jewish Center
327 East 5th Street, corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn

phone: (718) 871-5200
fax: (718) 871-5204
e-mail: office @


                          Occupy Kensington General Meeting
                       Sunday, May 7th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Occupy Kensington will hold its next general meeting on Sunday, May 7th, from 7:30 p .m. to 9:00 p.m.

Join other local activists at Occupy Kensington meetings and share strategies and opportunities for getting involved.

The meeting will be in a private house at 309 E. 5th Street, just north of Church Avenue, in Kensington.

About Occupy Kensington
Occupy Kensington is a community-based movement that stands in solidarity with other Occupy, 99% and liberation movements in New York City, across the country and around the world.

Occupy Kensington
occupy11218 @



                                                         photo courtesy of Renata S.

Stephen DiBrienza, lawyer and former New York City councilmember for the 39th District, is reluctantly relocating his office. He's moving to 161 E. 4th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue (map).

For the past twenty-five years, Mr. DiBrienza has occupied an office at 2903 Fort Hamilton Parkway (corner of E. 4th Street). According to a sign in his window, pictured above, he is being forced to move from this building due to the greed of the new landlord."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


A CSA that's new to Brooklyn is offering a Late Spring Share, starting next week. The pick-up location is Founders Workspace at 553 Prospect Avenue, near the corner of 10th Avenue.

The share is for six weeks of weekly deliveries. A "share" is a membership or subscription in the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

The first delivery will be on Thursday, May 4th, and the final one will be on Thursday, June 8th. Pick-ups are on Thursdays from noon to 6:00 p.m.

The vegetables are grown by Pete's Greens, a certified organic, four-season, vegetable farm in Vermont. Pete's Greens grows vegetables according to the season, year-round.

The weekly delivery is a box of five to seven types of farm-fresh vegetables, including fresh greens. In the spring, a box will contain
  • tender greens like kale, chard, Asian greens, and spinach;
  • hearty potatoes, carrots, and beets;
  • storage onions and fresh onions;
  • young radishes, parsnips, and salad turnips; and
  • head lettuce, cucumbers, baby fennel, and more.

Each week, CSA members also receive a newsletter with storage tips, recipes, and news about the farm.

A share costs $25 per week. Sign up now to receive one free introductory delivery: pay $125 for six weeks of deliveries instead of $150. Pay with either a credit or debit card.

Pick-up location
Founders Workspace
553 Prospect Avenue, near the corner of 10th Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(917) 821-4489
hello @


Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Donated toiletries and hygiene products for children and adults are being collected for the families in The Kensington Family Shelter. Only the items that are listed below are needed now. Nothing else can be accepted because of the limited amount of storage space.

Toiletries have to be in unopened packages. Items in regular and travel sizes are welcome. 

Requests for donated items remain in effect until Catherine and Tracy send out an updated e-mail. They are neighborhood residents who have volunteered to serve as liaisons between the shelter and the Kensington and Windsor Terrace neighborhoods.
For babies

  • Baby Soap
  • Baby Lotion
  • Baby Conditioner
  • Baby Bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Socks

For adults

  • Men's and women's deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Combs
  • Brushes
  • Razors
  • Soap/Body Wash

All items can be dropped off at the shelter any day before 8:00 p.m. Mark them "Attention: Uniquia." Or mail them to The Kensington, Uniquia Parker, 385 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218. The shelter is between Albemarle Road and Church Avenue, across the street from Foodtown.


Community Board 12 General Meeting
                    Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12's monthly general meeting will be held tonight, Tuesday, April 25th, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

If you have any concerns, questions, solutions, needs, or problems that you'd like the community board to address, arrive at the meeting before 7:00 p.m. and sign up to speak during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

General meetings of Community Board 12 are normally held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from September through June, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Amico Senior Center.

Every neighborhood in New York City is represented by an all-volunteer community board, which serves as the neighborhood's liaison to city agencies. Board members are appointed by the neighborhood's city councilperson and the borough president.

The goal of a community board is to help resolve issues involving pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, housing, land use and zoning, outdoor lighting, potholes, sanitation, libraries, crime, police presence, social services, rodents, trash collection, public litter baskets, street and sidewalk conditions, etc.

Community Board 12's committees are

    Planning, Zoning Variances and City Map
    Education, Library, Cultural Affairs
    Sanitation & Environmental Protection
    Fire, Safety & Police
    Health & Social Services
    Housing & Buildings
    Parks, Capital Projects & Site Selection
    Transportation & Franchises
    Youth & Community Development

Meeting location
Amico Senior Center
5901 13th Avenue, 3rd floor
at the corner of 59th Street
Borough Park, Brooklyn

Community Board 12
phone: (718) 851-0800
fax: (718) 851-4140
e-mail: bk12 @
Chairperson: Yidel Perlstein
District Manager: Barry Spitzer

Monday, April 24, 2017


Mom's Night Out
Wednesday, April 26th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Barking Cat Studio's next Mom's Night Out is this Wednesday, April 26th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Join Wine Ambassador Liz Howng and Barking Cat's Karen Merbaum for a fun evening of wine tasting and art making. Taste six delicious wines and make hand-painted wine glasses.

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. The fee for the event is $55. Call (718) 686-1132 to register.

Barking Cat Studio, Arts & Crafts for Everyone!
219 Greenwood Avenue
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Brooklyn, NY 11218

(718) 686-1132
karen @

create •  discover • think • imagine 

Winner 2016 Red Tricycle
Most Awesome Art Class in NYC!


Friday, April 21, 2017


May Day Rally and Speak-out
Friday, April 28th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Speak out on workers' rights, climate change, healthcare reform, immigration reform, and any other pressing issues of the day at Occupy Kensington's May Day Rally and Speak-out

Hear neighborhood activists speak about the campaigns they are involved in to make Kensington a Hate Free Zone, make New York a true sanctuary city, guarantee healthcare for all in New York State, and save the environment.

Meet on Friday, April 28th, at 6:00 p.m. in Kensington Plaza.

Kensington Plaza
at the intersection of Church Avenue and Beverley Road, in front of Walgreens
Kensington, Brooklyn

About Occupy Kensington
OCCUPY KENSINGTON is a community based movement that stands in SOLIDARITY with other Occupy, 99% and Liberation Movements in New York City, across the country and around the world.


Thursday, April 20, 2017


Workshop on Just and Safe Communities
and Open Meeting of Occupy Kensington
Monday, April 24th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Broken Windows policing has proved to be controversial and polarizing in its theory and practice. A free workshop on alternatives to Broken Windows policing will be led by organizers from El Grito de Sunset Park.

In addition to a discussion, attendees will engage in activities for exercising analytical thinking in resolving neighborhood situations that promote justice.

El Grito is a community organization resisting injustices and fighting for human rights through participatory defense, civic engagement, and documenting the experiences of marginalized communities.
The workshop will be followed by a brief open meeting of Occupy Kensington, the host of the event.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Workshop and meeting location
P.S. 130 Upper School cafeteria
713 Caton Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn

About Occupy Kensington
OCCUPY KENSINGTON is a community based movement that stands in SOLIDARITY with other Occupy, 99% and Liberation Movements in New York City , across the country and around the world.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


The sale of Girl Scout cookies in our neighborhood has been delayed, but the cookies are well worth the wait.

IHM Girl Scout Trooop 2700 will sell the cookies in front of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Saturday, April 29th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

IHM Brownie Troop 2662 will sell them in front of Thai Tony's on Saturday, May 6th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program goes to Girl Scouts of Greater New York (the local Girl Scout Council) and the neighborhood troop.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn 


Thai Tony's
3019 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn

Find the location of cookie sales in other neighborhoods by entering a zip code here.


                                        (click flyer to enlarge)

Post the "Know Your Rights" Flyer
Saturday, April 22nd, 7:00 a.m. to noon

Occupy Kensington (OK) is organizing a mass posting of its "Know Your Rights" flyer throughout Kensington.

To provide our immigrant neighbors with crucial information about their legal rights in case they have contact with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the police, OK has developed an informational flyer in English, Spanish, and Bengali. 

Additional people are needed to post the flyer. Add your name and e-mail address to the sign-up sheet here. Participate at any time that's convenient for you on Saturday, April 22nd, between 7:00 a.m. and noon.

To view the map of the seven areas in Kensington where flyers will be posted, click here. 

OK will contact you about where to pick up flyers and tape and will tell you who else will flyer in the same area so that you can coordinate efforts. 

About Occupy Kensington
Occupy Kensington is a community-based movement that stands in solidarity with other Occupy, 99%, and liberation movements in New York City, across the country, and around the world.

Occupy Kensington
occupy11218 @


Captain David A. Wall

66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, April 20th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Meet the 66th Precinct's commanding officer, Captain David Wall, at the next meeting of the 66th Precinct Community Council.

Captain Wall will update residents of Kensington and Borough Park on recent crimes in the two neighborhoods. He will also provide information about what the police are doing to deter crime and arrest criminals.

This is also an opportunity to bring crime-related issues to Captain Wall's attention.

In addition, you can find out about various programs that are available through the precinct.

The Community Council provides the critical interface between citizens and police through regular monthly meetings. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, from September through June. The Community Council does not meet in July or August.

Meeting location
Community Board 12 Office
5910 13th Avenue
between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park


Contact information for the 66th Precinct:
phone: (718) 851-5611 
e-mail: 66precinctcc @
5822 16th Avenue
between 58th and 59th streets
Borough Park


Flea Market and Seedlings Sale
Saturday, April 22nd, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 23rd, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

From the East Fourth Street Community Garden:
Coming soon to a sidewalk near you! This Saturday, April 22, from 9am to 2pm, and Sunday, April 23, from 10am to 2pm, come on by the East Fourth Street Community Garden while you’re out running your weekend errands.

At the garden's annual Spring Flea Market, you’ll find a great selection of household goods to buy, including books, toys, and clothing. And if you’ve skipped breakfast or lunch, you'll be happy to see an assortment of baked goods. (Mmm, muffins!)

This year the garden is again pleased to offer flats of gorgeous seedlings—including flowers, herbs and veggies—for your spring planting. After a seemingly endless winter, you could make your window box so happy!

All flea market proceeds go to meet the garden's expenses and will help fund this year’s roster of expanded event programming, which will feature a diverse range of concerts, educational and culinary workshops, and readings at the garden. More details on those events as the season progresses.

You can find the garden on East Fourth Street, between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway in the Windsor Terrace/Kensington section of Brooklyn. We hope to see you!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Carvel Free Cone Day
Thursday, April 27th, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Get a free junior soft serve cone at Carvel on its annual Free Cone Day. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, and Cookie Butter ice cream, made with Lotus Biscoff cookies (crispy spice cookies from Belgium). The latter flavor will be available for a limited time--just through May 28th.

This year, Free Cone Day will take place on Thursday, April 27th, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at participating Carvel locations.

Each customer will be served one free cone. No purchase is required. Toppings will be available, but customers will have to pay for them.

Carvel is partnering for the sixth year with the American Red Cross to support the charity’s annual Giving Day. While supplies last, Carvel will offer a $1.00 coupon book worth more than $20.00 in Carvel savings, with all of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

203 Church Avenue
corner of E. 2nd Street
(718) 438-9501

For other locations, see


Community Board 7 Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 19th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The regular monthly board meeting of Community Board 7 will be held on Wednesday, April 19th, at 6:30 p.m., at the board's office at 4201 4th Avenue in Sunset Park. The entrance is 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 March 22, 2017
5. Public Comment
6. Committee Reports:
A) Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness Issues
1) Discussion on 49th Street Shelter Operations and Community Advisory Committee with Samaritan Village
B) Health Committee
1) Presentation by Mark Rybakov – Independence Care System (Long term managed care services)
2) Presentation by Dr.Gavin – NYU/Lutheran (Emergency Department Services)
C) Membership & Attendance Committee
1) Martha Kamber
2) Carmen Rey
D) Parks & Environment Committee
1) Sunset Park Recreation Center Entrance Project
E) Public Safety Committee
     1) Safety issue at large commercial parties along the waterfront
F) Youth Committee
     1) Presentation from the Boricua Festival on the Dr. Antonia Pantoja Leadership and Service Award
    2) Possible Youth Resource Fair in the fall
7. Elected Officials Representatives
8. District Manager’s Report
9. Chairperson’s Report
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Public Comment
13. Adjournment