Thursday, August 31, 2017


Movie Screening: Sugar
Friday, September 8th, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Kick off Kensington’s fall season with a free movie outdoors at Avenue C Plaza.

On Friday, September 8th, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., The Kensington Stewards will screen Sugar, the story of Miguel "Sugar" Santos, a 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic whose great pitching arm earns him a tryout on a minor league baseball team in Iowa.

Not the standard sports movie, Sugar highlights what it’s like to arrive in a new country where baseball is the only thing that’s not brand new. Said Slate, "Sugar…give(s) American viewers a sense of how our country must seem to a newly arrived immigrant, without caricaturing or condescending to either guest or host."

The 114-minute long color movie is rated PG-13. Released in 2009, the movie is In Spanish and English. Consult the "Parents Guide" here.

Seats will be provided but not popcorn.

Avenue C Plaza, a public pedestrian plaza, is located at the intersection of Avenue C and McDonald Avenue in Kensington.


Hamilton's writes
"Dear Customers and Friends,
We are sorry to say that we can no longer allow dogs on our patio- inside or outside the perimeter. We LOVE dogs, but unfortunately we had one too many incidents. The last one was when our employee was bitten. She's fine thank goodness!

Thanks for understanding."

2826 Fort Hamilton Parkway
southeast corner of E. 4th Street 
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn (one block from Kensington)
(718) 438-0488
hamiltonbkny @ 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Opening Reception for an Art Exhibition by Dan Drossman
Saturday, September 9th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Brooklyn artist Dan Drossman's drawings and paintings will be exhibited at the recently re-opened Prospect Range Performance Hall. An opening reception for the artist will be held on September 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Prospect Range is a community gallery and performance space in Windsor Terrace. The gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Drossman exhibit will run through Sunday, September 24th.

Drossman's work

"uses elements of graffiti, cartooning, and abstraction to create dynamic, comical, and sometimes dark images that reflect the artist's struggle with a lifetime of chronic back pain.
His process is both cathartic for him and accessible to his audience through a deft use of line, color, and other formal elements.
Works range in size from small to large and employ marker, acrylic, charcoal, and mixed media materials on paper and canvas."

Other exhibition and performance events will be scheduled at Prospect Range throughout the fall.

For further information, contact Dexter Strong Buell at
Prospect Range Performance Hall, 1226 Prospect Avenue, between Reeve Place and Vanderbilt Street, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.


Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Friday through Sunday, September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, for Idul-Fitr/Eid Al-Fitr. Parking meter regulations and all other parking regulations will not be suspended.

Alternate side of the street parking regulations, parking meter regulations, and all other parking regulations will all be suspended on Monday, September 4th, for Labor Day.

Parking meter regulations are suspended on these major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


Church Avenue Sessions Presents
A Night of Pakistani Song
with Salamat Ali, Roy Nathanson, and Eric Alabaster
Saturday, September 9th, 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Musician and Brooklyn native Eric Alabaster will curate a night of classical Pakistani song with Salamat Ali, Roy Nathanson, and guests.

In Midwood (also known as "Little Pakistan"), Alabaster's studio (also dubbed Eric Ki Bethak, or, "Eric's Place") is a hub for social gatherings and a space for sharing traditional music and knowledge within the Pakistani and South Asian community. Alabaster is a drummer, composer, tabla player, and music educator.

Vocalist and composer Salamat Ali, a former professor of music at National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi, Pakistan, is now based in the United States, along with his life partner, the renowned vocalist Azra Riaz. He has worked in television and radio, and his career has taken him to concert venues throughout the world.

Roy Nathanson is an American saxophonist, composer, bandleader, actor, and teacher. He became the leader and principal composer of the Jazz Passengers, a six-piece group that he founded with Curtis Fowlkes in 1987. The band has toured Europe, the United States, and Canada and played at major festivals and has recorded eight albums since its debut release.

Admission price: $15 per adult, $7 per child

Event location
Flatbush Jewish Center
327 East 5th Street, corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 871-5200
fax: (718) 871-5204
office @


Saturday, August 26, 2017


Howl-o-ween Bark Block Party
Sunday, October 22nd, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Q104.3 DJ and animal lover Maria Milito will host Sean Casey Animal Rescue's Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party this year. Maria's new podcast on the classic rock station is called "Maria's Mutts and Stuff." The podcast topic today is "Maria Milito Takes on Dog Thieves." 

The 10th Annual Howl-o-ween Bark Block Party will take place on Sunday, October 22nd, from noon to 5:00 p.m. It will feature live music, raffles, food, BBQ, hula hoops, crafts, games, science, and vendors.

Pet contests include Best Costume, Trickiest Pet, and Sassiest Singer.

This event provides an opportunity for everyone to meet the animals that are ready and waiting to be adopted.

All of the proceeds from the event will be used to benefit SCAR’s Critical Care Program and the shelter's day-to-day needs.

Volunteers are needed to help with planning and pre-show activities and on the day of the party. If you or anyone that you know can volunteer, contact Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR) by sending an e-mail to mariab.scar @

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 E. 3rd Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
on the Windsor Terrace - Kensington border
(718) 436-5163
nyanimalrescue @



Warning from FIDO - Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners:
"A dog has died presumably of rat poison, judging by the disappearance of clotting factor in the blood. Their frequent walks were taken along Prospect Park West between Bartel-Pritchard Square and 11th Street. Please use caution."

In addition, keep dogs away from Prospect Lake because of the presence of a high level of toxins from blue-green algae.

Friday, August 25, 2017


F and G trains local service
Friday, August 25th, 11:45 p.m. to Monday, August 28th, 5:00 a.m.

                                               F train

Manhattan-bound F trains will skip the Ditmas Avenue, Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9 Street stations.

For service to those stations, take the F to Church Avenue, 7th Avenue, or Smith-9th streets and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.

For service from those stations, take the F to 7th Avenue, Church Avenue, or 18th Avenue and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.

Note: No G trains will stop at Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street during this time.

                                               G train

No G trains between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Av. Service operates in two sections.

A and F trains provide alternate service.

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

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

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

• Transfer at Bedford-Nostrand avenues to continue your trip

Thursday, August 24, 2017


A man approached a two-year-old boy as he sat alone on the front steps of his house. As the man spoke to the boy and gestured for him to come closer, an older child stepped out of the house and onto the porch. The possible would-be kidnapper walked away.

This scenario took place this morning (Thursday, August 24th) at about 8:00 a.m. on 36th Street, near 12th Avenue, on the Kensington/Borough Park border.

A surveillance video of the incident is posted on the Twitter page of Myles Miller, PIX 11 News.

If anyone has information about this to share with the police, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477), visit, or text 274637 (CRIMES) and then enter TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers can call (888) 57-PISTA (74782).


Rosh Hashanah Dinner
                          Wednesday, September 20th, 7:15 p.m.

Join your neighbors for a catered Rosh Hashanah dinner at Flatbush Jewish Center. Kid-friendly and vegetarian options will be available.

The dinner will be held on Wednesday, September 20th, at 7:15 p.m., following the 6:30 p.m. evening service.

The cost of the dinner is
  • $20 for an adult who is a member,
  • $22 for an adult who isn't members;
  • $6 for a child over the age of five, and
  • a $48 family flat rate for two adults and big children.

Register for the dinner via PayPal or by calling the Center office at (718)-871-5200 or sending an e-mail to office @

When you register, include information about any dietary restrictions you have.


Flatbush Jewish Center
327 E. 5th Street, corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 871-5200
fax: (718) 871-5204
e-mail: office @ 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Community Board 7 Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 13th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Regular monthly board meetings of Brooklyn Community Board 7 will resume on Wednesday, September 13th, at 6:30 p.m.

Board meetings are open to the public. Two Public Comment periods are provided for people who live or work within the boundaries of Community Board 7 (agenda items 5 and 11).

Windsor Terrace, East Windsor Terrace, South Park Slope, Greenwood Heights, and Sunset Park are included in Community Board 7.
The following is the proposed agenda:

1.    Pledge of Allegiance
2.    Opening of the meeting
3.    Adoption of the agenda
4.    Adoption of the Minutes of the Board Meeting of June 21, 2017
5.    Public Comment
6.    Elected Officials and Representatives
7.    District Manager’s Report
8.    Chairperson’s Report
9.    Old Business
10.  New Business
11.  Public Comment
12.  Adjournment

This month, the meeting will not be held at the Board office. Instead, it will be held at the Marien Heim Senior Housing complex.
Meeting location
Community Room
Marien Heim Senior Housing complex
4520 4th Avenue
between 45th and 46th streets
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Community Board 7
Jeremy Laufer, District Manager
4201 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11232

office hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

phone: (718) 854-0003
fax: (718) 436-1142
e-mail: bk07 @


What appears to be a City Marshal's abrupt closure of Kensington Fitness at 202 Caton Avenue has taken its paid-up members by surprise.

The landlord of 202 Caton Avenue, Caton Avenue Realty LLC, has legal possession of the premises as of Friday, August 18th, as the notice of Marshal's Legal Possession shows. Justin Grossman, the City Marshal who signed the notice, works in the Office of Eviction Services. 

Health clubs in New York are licensed by the New York Department of State. They're required to have a bond, letter of credit, or certificate of deposit that will be payable to any customer if the club goes out of business before the customer's contract for services expires or if the club doesn't provide a refund to the customer after cancelling the customer's contract.

Dan Campanelli, Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Robert Carroll, has contacted the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. If you are affected by the closure, financially or in any other way, call Dan at (718) 788-7221. He will send you a complaint form to fill out.

Or fill out the Attorney General's Consumer Frauds Bureau Online Complaint Form first (, submit it online, and then call Dan to tell him that you've filled it out. He'll add your name to the list of complainants that he's maintaining.

If you paid by credit card, contact the card issuer to see if you can get a full or pro-rated credit.

Hat tip to Kiri.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Adirondack Beat
Saturday, September 9th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

DJ Kyle Brown will spin rhythm & blues, soul, girl groups, oldies, instrumentals, and more on 45 rpm vinyl at The Adirondack on Saturday, September 9th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Admission is free. 

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

Subway directions to The Adirondack: Take the F or G to the Fort Hamilton Parkway station. Exit at the Reeve Place-Prospect Avenue end of the station (the back of the Coney Island-bound train or the front of the Queens-bound train).

Adirondack Beat normally takes place on the first Saturday of the month, but in September, the first Saturday will be on a holiday weekend (Labor Day).

Event location

The Adirondack
1241 Prospect Avenue
between Greenwood Avenue and Reeve Place
Windsor Terrace
(718) 871-0100
theadirondackbar @

Monday, August 21, 2017


The families in The Kensington Family Shelter would appreciate having the items listed below donated to them. Requests for donated items remain in effect until Catherine and Tracy send out an updated e-mail.

Tracy and Catherine are neighborhood residents who have volunteered to serve as liaisons between the shelter and the Kensington and Windsor Terrace neighborhoods.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We hope that you have enjoyed a fun-filled, relaxing, and rejuvenating summer! This email includes an updated list of ongoing needs for the Kensington Family Shelter, as well as a special ask for back-to-school.

Back-to-School Event

We are happy to let you know that Volunteers of America will provide backpacks and school supplies for all the school-age children who live at The Kensington. Therefore, we will focus this donation drive on their parents, who are also heading back to school, back to work, or entering training programs.

The shelter staff is hosting a Back to School, Back to Work Fashion Show on September 9th, and will recognize those parents who are starting jobs, school, or training programs. These items will be gathered into care packages for the adults. Please consider donating anything from this list, and please be sure it arrives by Wednesday, September 6 (address below).
  • Single-ride MetroCards (no one wants to miss work or class because they don’t have the cash for the train--these cost $3 and are available only at vending machines)
  • Small notebooks
  • Packages of pens and pencils
  • Breath mints
  • Pocket packages of Kleenex
  • Pocket-size hand sanitizers
  • Small umbrellas

In addition, career wear for women and men are needed. Any very gently used, office-appropriate clothing is welcome. Please package neatly and label the contents (i.e., 2 men’s suits {size 42 long} and 3 ties; 3 women’s blouses, size 12; etc.)

Additional Donation Needs

Due to storage constraints exacerbated by your generosity, shelter staff have asked that ONLY THESE ITEMS in new/unopened condition be donated at this time:

Baby Items

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

Adult hygiene (full or travel size welcome; supplies needed for women and men)

  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Razors
  • Soap/body wash

All items can be dropped off any day before 8:00 pm at the shelter, Attn: Uniquia Parker or mailed to the Kensington Family Shelter, 385 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218.

It’s been nearly 2 years since the shelter opened, and we remain grateful and humbled by our community’s ongoing generosity and kindness. Stay tuned for future opportunities to help.

Tracy & Catherine

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Bike Smart
Tuesday, August 29th, 11:00 a.m. to noon

Join Bike New York for a free, fun, interactive presentation designed to teach young people that cycling is a fun and healthy activity. It will also teach them that biking has rules that they should know, respect, and follow.

The session will take place on Tuesday, August 29th, from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Registration is not required. 

The "Bike Smart" session is intended for children in the 3rd grade and up.


Kensington Library
4207 18th Avenue

between Ocean Parkway and Seton Place
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 436-0545


Winston Reid, missing

Silver Alert issued 8/20/17 at 3:10 PM.

The NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for the disappearance of Winston Reid, pictured above. He is a 74-year-old Black male from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

Description of Mr. Reid: 6'1" tall, 190 pounds, with a beard and short hair. Last seen wearing black hat, green polo shirt, shorts, and black sneakers.

Last seen on August 19th at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the area of East 21st Street and Dorchester Road, Brooklyn.


If you see him or know where he is, call the New York Police Department (NYPD) by dialing 9-1-1.

To view this message in American Sign Language (ASL), العربية, বাঙালি, 中文, Français, Kreyòl Ayisyen, Italiano, 한국어, Polski, Pусский, Español, اردو or ייִדיש :

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Flatbush Stands Together
Monday, August 21st, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Flatbush stands together. Ditmas Civic stands in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville and across America against all forms of racism and hate.

Join Ditmas Civic at Newkirk Plaza B/Q station (map) on Monday, August 21st, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30pm. Bring signs and placards.

Organized in collaboration with the offices of Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams.


Argyle Yarn Shop will donate 25% of the profits it makes today (Saturday, August 19th) and tomorrow (Sunday, August 20th) to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Argyle Yarn Shop
288 Prospect Park West
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(347) 227-7799
argyleyarnshop @

Friday, August 11, 2017


Alternate side of the street parking regulations--normally in effect on weekdays and Saturdays so that streets can be cleaned--will be suspended on Tuesday, August 15th, for Feast of the Assumption.

Parking meter regulations and all other parking regulations will not be suspended.
Parking meter regulations are only suspended on the major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.



A low rate of the synthetic pesticide Anvil 10+10 (Sumithrin and piperonyl butoxide) will be sprayed next week in 

part of Brownsville, City Line, Crown Heights, Ditmas Park, East New York, Farragut, Greenwood Heights, Kensington, New Lots, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park South, Remsen Village, Rugby, Spring Creek, Starrett City, Weeksville, Windsor Terrace, and Wingate.
The affected zip codes are
parts of 11203, 11207, 11208, 11212, 11215, 11217, 11218, 11219, 11220, 11225, 11226, 11232, 11234, 11236, 11238, and 11239.
The pesticide will be sprayed from trucks for the purpose of reducing the number of adult mosquitoes and minimizing the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus and Zika Virus.

Spraying will begin at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15th, and finish at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16th. If the weather isn't conducive to spraying during those hours or if the equipment malfunctions, spraying will be delayed until Wednesday, August 16th.

The boundaries of the spraying area are
  • 4th Avenue to the West;
  • Ocean Parkway, Prospect Park West, Eastern Parkway, Mary Pinkett Avenue, Lenox Road, Nostrand Avenue, East New York Avenue, Remsen Avenue, Lenox Road, East 98th Street, Riverdale Avenue, New Lots Avenue to the North;
  • Schenck Avenue, Hendrix Creek to the East; and
  • Belt Parkway, Paerdegat Basin, Ralph Avenue, Ditmas Avenue, Avenue D, Flatbush Avenue, Albemarie Road, Church Avenue, 14th Avenue, 39th Street, Fort Hamilton Parkway, 53rd Street to the South.

Watch a truck spraying pesticide in 2012 at

Before spraying begins and while it's taking place, take precautions to minimize your direct exposure. Also, reduce your exposure to mosquitoes, the carriers of West Nile Virus.

Stay indoors and keep your pets indoors during spraying.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) explains that 
West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause viral encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or viral meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). 

West Nile virus is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. A mosquito becomes infected by biting a bird that carries the virus. You or your child cannot get West Nile virus from a person who has the disease. 

West Nile virus is not spread by person-to-person contact such as touching, kissing, or caring for someone who is infected.

 New Yorkers can take steps to protect themselves during West Nile virus season by reducing the presence of mosquitoes in their surroundings, and safely using insect repellent.

DOH has published the 44-page "Comprehensive Mosquito Surveillance and Control Plan 2017" and posted it here.

For more information about West Nile virus, contact the New York City Citizen Service Center, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 311. Or check the DOH website at