Friday, November 30, 2018


From Friday, November 30th, at 9:45 p.m., until Monday, December 3rd, at 5:00 a.m., F trains will follow their usual route between 179th Street and Church Avenue (and vice-versa).

But because of track replacement, F trains won't stop at any stations between Church and Stillwell avenues (and vice-versa). Instead, free shuttle buses will provide alternate service, operating between Church and Stillwell avenues.

Transfer between F trains and shuttle buses at Church Avenue.

The shuttle buses will stop at Ditmas Avenue, 18th Avenue, Avenue I, Bay Parkway, Avenue N, Avenue P, Kings Highway, Avenue U, Avenue X, Neptune Avenue, and West 8th Street. 

For direct service between Coney Island and Manhattan/Downtown Brooklyn, take the D, N, or Q train instead. 

  • Transfer between D, N, and Q trains and the buses at Stillwell Avenue. 
  • Transfer at Stillwell Avenue for the D, N, Q, or bus or at West 8th Street for the Q or bus.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Vendors Market/Holiday Boutique
Sunday, December 9th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Unique items will be sold by a wide variety of vendors. 

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8), Seniors (grades 9-10), and Ambassadors (grades 11-12) of troop 2804 will host the event and also sell baked goods.

Admission is free.

For more information or to reserve a table, e-mail mercycayes @ or call (646) 209-1803.

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Monday, November 26, 2018


Community Board 12 Public Meeting
Tuesday, November 27th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12 (representing Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) will hold its monthly public meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 27th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The board's monthly meetings are 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 (agenda item 2). You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

Some issues you may be concerned about are

  •     pedestrian safety,
  •     traffic congestion,
  •     housing,
  •     land use and zoning,
  •     construction sites,
  •     outdoor lighting,
  •     potholes,
  •     sanitation,
  •     libraries,
  •     crime,
  •     police presence,
  •     graffiti,
  •     social services,
  •     rodents,
  •     trash collection,
  •     public litter baskets, and
  •     street and sidewalk conditions. 

Agenda for the November 27th meeting
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Public Session 
  3. Chairman's Remarks - Yidel Perlstein
  4. District Manager's Remarks - Barry Spitzer
  5. Old Business
  6. New Business
  7. Attendance
  8. Adjourn

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.

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.

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
  •         Legislation
  •         Parks, Capital Projects & Site Selection
  •         Transportation & Franchises
  •         Youth & Community Development

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

Enter the building on 59th Street. The meeting room is accessible by elevator.

Community Board 12's office is at 5910 13th Avenue.
phone: (718) 851-0800
fax: (718) 851-4140
e-mail: bk12 @

Sunday, November 25, 2018


Albemarle Neighborhood Association Community Meeting
Thursday, November 29th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Two guest speakers are scheduled to appear at next week's meeting of the Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA). They are Robert Carroll, our New York State Assemblymember, or his representative and Bert S. Matthew, Vice President of the Kensington branch of Sterling National Bank. 

All Kensington residents, whether or not they're members of ANA, are invited to attend and participate in this free meeting. 

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 29th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Flatbush Jewish Center.

As usual, Foodtown and ANA will provide free refreshments.

ANA will not meet again until March 2019.

Meeting location 
Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center 
Hanid Room
327 E. 5th Street 
at the 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 down to the basement 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 meets five times a year. Its meetings are free and are open to the public.

Meetings 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.


P.S. 130 Winter Bazaar and Auction
               Saturday December 8th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

At P.S. 130's eighth annual Winter Bazaar, vendors will sell new goods for the winter shopping season.

The holiday market, open to the public, supports local artisans and provides a place for a communal gathering. From jewelry to home d├ęcor, paper goods to beauty products, families and neighbors can shop locally for unique gifts.

The event now includes the first Winter Bazaar Auction, featuring summer camps. Bid from Monday, December 3rd, to Saturday, December 8th, at 2:45 p.m.

Other activities will include live music by P.S. 130 parents, a chili cook-off, baked goods and treats, hot beverages, a Scholastic book fair, a photo booth with Santa, free arts, crafts, and games for kids, and more.

For more information, send an e-mail to info @

P.S. Upper School Gymnasium
713 Caton Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Windsor Terrace - Kensington, Brooklyn

Friday, November 23, 2018


Bandhan: Festival of Cultures
Sunday, December 2nd, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) and South Asian Cultural Collective (SACC) will jointly present the show "Bandhan: Festival of Cultures" on Sunday, December 2nd, at 6:00 p.m.

Performers will include Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts, Golden Rooster Ensemble, and Phoenix Dancers.

Admission is free. BIPA will host the event, which is open to everyone and is child-friendly.

The program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with our City Councilmember Brad Lander.

Annie Ferdous (917) 674-4746
Mamnunul Haq (917) 856-6975

P.S. 179
202 Avenue C
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Kensington, Brooklyn

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Coat Drive
Saturday, December 1st, to Wednesday, December 12th

Donated coats keep more than 100,000 New Yorkers warm every winter. Bring a coat (or coats) to Sycamore Bar + Flowershop from Saturday, December 1st, to Wednesday, December 12th, where they'll accept new or gently-used coats for adults and children in all styles, colors, and sizes.

When you bring in a coat (or coats), you'll get a free shot, with a choice of whiskey, tequila, vodka, gin, or rum well shot.

Sycamore is a participant in the 30th annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Last year, New York Cares distributed 109,000 coats to families who needed them. This year, they'd like to donate even more.

If you aren't able to get to Sycamore or if you don't have a coat to donate, you can still help put coats on needy New Yorkers. Through Monday, December 31st, a donation of $20 will purchase a new coat. To donate, text COAT to 41444 or give online.

Sycamore's open hours are

  • Mondays through Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Fridays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

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

Monday, November 19, 2018


Meet Santa Claus  on Church Avenue
Saturday, November 24th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Meet Santa Claus and get a goodie bag on Church Avenue on Small Business Saturday, November 24th, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Santa will be in Brooklyn that day at Honeydew Drop Playhouse, 1113 Church Avenue, between Stratford and Westminster roads.

Enjoy Santa, holiday music, specials, freebies, and family activities in various Church Avenue and Flatbush Avenue shops, including

  • Brooklyn Dental Center, 789 Flatbush Avenue: dental exam, radiographs, cleaning for $100 (normally $150)
  • Drugs Care Pharmacy, 1001 Church Avenue: specials
  • Progreso II Unisex Beauty Salon, 1215 Church Avenue: candy


  • Andrews Coffee Shop, 901 Church Avenue: candy
  • Downtown Natural Market, 1701 Church Avenue: treats
  • Flatbush Latin Grill, 1902 Church Avenue: free can of soda or water with purchase of every meal (not individual items)
  • Golden Krust, 1617 Church Avenue: 10% discount on ANY purchase from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Yah Suh Nyce, 1205 Church Avenue: free treats for kids, while supplies last


  • Honeydew Drop, 1113 Church Avenue, from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m.: meet Santa, goodie bags, Shop Local tote bags
  • Modells, 2101 Church Avenue: specials
  • Prospect Gymnastics, 1023 Church Avenue: free open play from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Cricket Wireless, 931 Flatbush Avenue: 25% off all accessories and $10 off activation

The event will be hosted by Church Avenue Business Improvement District and Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District and sponsored by Honeydew Drop Playhouse.

Friday, November 16, 2018


                                                  Winter Fair
                    Saturday, December 8th, noon to 4:00 p.m.

All are invited to P.S. 154's annual Winter Fair on Saturday, December 8th, from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Admission is free. $1 tickets for games, crafts, food, and treats.

Visit Candy Land and enjoy food and treats, a silent auction, crafts, games brought to you by lead sponsor Brooklyn Game Lab, and a small business Holiday Market.

Stomping Ground Photo will offer family sessions. The 40 session fee will go to the school. Sessions will begin prior to the event. Advance sign-up is required at


P.S. 154
1625 11th Avenue
between Windsor Place and Sherman Street
Windsor Terrace

pta_info @ 

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended tomorrow (Friday, November 16th) for snow operations. All other regulations, including those for parking meters, will remain in effect.


We Are All One Community: Unite Against Hate
Friday, November 16th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

From Kensington Stewards and Occupy Kensington:
Many of us are deeply concerned by a climate of escalating hate.
Last Friday, an African American woman was brutally stabbed on the subway steps at the Church Avenue/East 18th Street station by a white man who was reportedly shouting racist and misogynist slurs at her.

Only a few weeks ago, a local synagogue was defaced by antisemitic graffiti.
This seems to reflect a trend toward increased anti-immigrant, racist, misogynistic, anti-LGBTQ sentiment and religious bigotry, which we see nationwide and even in New York City.

This is not who Kensington is. For years, we have been a neighborhood made richer by our amazing diversity, where longtime residents of different races, faiths, and national origins have lived, worked, played, and worshipped in close proximity and supported one another as neighbors.

Now is the time for us to stand up and let everyone know we are united against bigots. Our love and respect for one another is far more powerful than their hate.

Join Kensington Stewards and Occupy Kensington on Friday, November 16th, at 5:30 p.m. at Kensington Plaza (located in front of Walgreens at Beverley Road and McDonald Avenue) to bring a message of unity and neighborly love: "We Are All One Community. Unite Against Hate."

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


UPDATE, December 2nd:
The tree lighting ceremony has been rescheduled for Friday, December 7th, at 6:30 p.m.


Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 6th, 6:30 p.m.

All ages are welcome to come share the Christmas spirit at the 4th Annual Windsor Terrace/Holy Name Father’s Guild Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 6th. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m.

Snacks, cookies, baked goods, hot cider, and hot chocolate will be sold.

Bring your own ornament to decorate the tree or purchase one at the event.

Enjoy live rock and roll holiday music from FULL DISCLOSURE, a performance by Park Slope Performing Arts, and a photo with Santa for a fee.

All proceeds will benefit the Holy Name Father’s Guild Youth Sports program.

Our Lady's Field
entrance on Windsor Place, between Prospect Park West and Howard Place
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn


A Snow Alert goes into effect on Thursday, November 15th, at noon. 

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended citywide to facilitate winter weather preparations and snow removal. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the city.

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is coordinating with New York City Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation on snow-clearing protocol, and all relevant city agencies have been notified.

DSNY will continue to monitor forecasts and will provide updates as the snow approaches.

All winter weather information and information about the City’s response to the storm is on the city’s Severe Weather website at or at 311.

You can sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency notification system, to receive phone calls, text messages, and e-mail alerts about severe weather events and emergencies.

Sign up by calling 311, going to, or following @NotifyNYC on Twitter.

The DSNY Snow 101 FAQ is available online here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Community Safety Meeting with Kensington's "Beat Cops"
Thursday, December 6th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) for the 66th Precinct's Sector D (Kensington) will meet with residents at a community safety meeting on Thursday, December 6th, at 7:00 p.m. The doors will be opened at 6:30 p.m. to serve refreshments.

This is the first community meeting the officers will hold since they began patrolling Sector D in July.

The NCOs are Police Officer Viviane Perrone (phone: (917) 863-5169, e-mail: viviane.perrone @ and Police Officer Karol Smiarowski (phone: (917) 826-6569, e-mail: karol.smiarowski @ They've replaced the previous NCOs for Sector D, Shawney Chow and Joel Ramirez.
For the past few years, the NYPD has divided precincts into sectors as part of its new policing model, which it calls "community policing." The four sectors within the 66th Precinct are Sector A or Adam, Sector B or Boy, Sector C or Charlie, and Sector D or David.

The boundaries of Sector D are
Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue to the north, Coney Island Avenue to the east, 18th Avenue and Avenue F to the south, and McDonald Avenue and 37th Street to the west.

The officers will update the community about public safety issues in the neighborhood. They'll answer your questions and listen to your concerns, complaints, and suggestions about assaults and robberies on the street, home burglaries, packages stolen from porches and lobbies, street safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and any other issues.

The Kensington Family Shelter
385 McDonald Avenue
between Church Avenue and Albemarle Road
Kensington, Brooklyn


Monday, November 12, 2018


66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Thursday, November 15th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Report crimes and other policing matters in Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood at the upcoming 66th Precinct Community Council meeting. 

The 66th Precinct's commanding officer, Captain David Wall, will update residents on recent crimes in those neighborhoods, but the input of people who live within the boundaries of the precinct is essential. 

At the meeting, the public can learn about the various programs available to the community through the precinct. 

The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It's free, and it's open to the public. 

Boundaries of the 66th Precinct:

The purpose of the 66th Precinct Community Council is to provide the critical interface between citizens and police through regular monthly meetings. Meetings are normally 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, Brooklyn

To get to the meeting, take the B16 bus to 13th Avenue at 56th Street and walk three blocks along 13th Avenue to 59th Street. To return home, take the B16 on 14th Avenue (schedule).


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


From the P.S. 130 PTA:
P.S. 130 PTA to Hold 6th Annual Art Auction on 11/17 | Bidding Is Live

The P.S. 130 PTA is holding its 6th Annual Art Auction on Saturday, November 17th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Lark Cafe, located at 1007 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, between E. 10th Street and Stratford Road (map).

Bidding is open to the public and will be entirely online at, beginning today, November 12th, at 9:00 a.m. Bidding will end promptly at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17th.

All proceeds will benefit the P.S. 130 PTA, a Title I school in Brooklyn serving over 800 students.

The auction will feature great deals on more than eighty works of art donated by a range of local and nationally-recognized artists, including
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto, a contemporary Japanese photographer whose esoteric practice explores memory and time, 
  • William Mortensen, the last of the great pictorialist photographers, recently with retrospectives in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, 
  • Julie Peppito, recipient of the 2001 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for sculpture, 
  • Scott Teplin, whose work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (New York City and San Francisco), The New Museum, The Walker Art Center, and The New York Public Library, and 
  • Harvey Wang, who has exhibited widely at museums, including the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the New York Historical Society, and the Museum of the City of New York. 
There is a suggested $10 donation at the door. Drinks and snacks will be served thanks to event sponsors Wine & Spirits, Le Paddock, Butterfunk Kitchen, and the Windsor Terrace Food Coop. 
Childcare is available for a small fee just down the block from Lark Cafe at Alden Moves. Details are in the flyer posted above. 
This event is a wonderful way for artists and art lovers to support P.S. 130 and for P.S. 130 to support the arts community. 
The Art Auction is an opportunity to celebrate and continue our tradition of arts enrichment at P.S. 130. We are excited to provide a network of collectors for artists while also raising funds to support important PTA initiatives, including our Art Box program, which provides Kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms with an Art Box and Art Caddy stocked with art-making materials that are available for self-directed play time.
For more info, contact:

Ashley Kreamer Colao and Lisa Jackson Zelznick, Co-Presidents
Karyn Anonia, Kate Fermoile, and Gretchen Nealon, Event Co-Chairs
info @


Saturday, November 17th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Play bingo at a fund raiser for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Girl Scouts. The event is open to everyone, not just scout families.

Admission costs $5 per person, which includes two boards and one seat. Bingo chips, special cards, markers, and additional boards can be purchased at the event.

Hot dogs, snacks, drinks, and baked goods will be sold. Coffee will be free.

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Ditmas Lit Reading Series
Wednesday, November 14th, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Jaclyn Gilbert,Gabrielle Moss, Paige Taggart, and Kem Joy Ukwu will read from their work at the next installment of the Ditmas Lit reading series on Wednesday, November 14th, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Jaclyn Gilbert's first novel, Late Air, will be published by Little A on November 13th.

Gaby Moss's book Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction was published in October by Quirk Books.

Paige Taggart is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Or Replica and Want for Lions, and five chapbooks.

Kem Joy Ukwu's short-story collection Locked Gray/Linked Blue was one of the finalists for the 2016 New American Fiction Prize and published by Kindred Books, of Brain Mill Press, in 2018. 

Admission is free.

About Ditmas Lit
Ditmas Lit is a monthly reading series dedicated to showcasing a diverse range of emerging and established writers in all genres. On the third Wednesday of every month (but on the second Wednesday this month), people gather for a drink at Hinterlands Bar to listen as poets, essayists, fiction writers, and storytellers share their work.

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