Friday, June 14, 2019


The Rolling Stones are bringing their No Filter tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and you can win two tickets to see them.

They'll be performing "Sympathy For The Devil," "Paint It Black," "Brown Sugar," "Miss You," "It’s Only Rock N Roll," and many more.

The tickets, valued at $500, are for Monday, August 5th, at 8:00 p.m.

Enter to win by purchasing ten raffle tickets for $10, 30 for $25, 75 for $50, or 200 for $100. Tickets can be purchased at Sean Casey Animal Rescue or

The raffle winner will also receive two Rolling Stones VooDoo Lounge t-shirts. 

The drawing will be held on July 21st at 6:00 p.m. The winner, who doesn't have to be at the drawing to win, will be notified by phone and e-mail. The prize can then be picked up at Sean Casey Animal Rescue, or it can be mailed.

All proceeds will be used to benefit Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Brooklyn's non-profit, no-kill shelter. It's located at 153 E. 3rd Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue, in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.


Church Avenue Spring Street Fair
Sunday, June 16th, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Church Avenue Spring Street Fair will feature food, games, rides, and shopping. Presented by Meteor Festivals, the street fair will take place on Sunday, June 16th, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It'll run from McDonald Avenue to E. 3rd Street in Kensington.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Paint Outside the Box
Saturday, June 15th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Paint on heavy paper with abandon at "Paint Outside the Box." Guided by neighborhood artist Diana Sanzone, participants will use washable tempera paints and sponges on an 8-foot easel to create murals with their neighbors.

This event is free and open to the public. All materials will be supplied at no charge to participants. The workshop is for adults and children. 

Avenue C Plaza
Avenue C at McDonald Avenue, near the northeast corner of the intersection
Kensington, Brooklyn

Monday, June 10, 2019


                                 Community Board 7 Public Meeting
                     Wednesday, June 19th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The regular monthly public meeting of Community Board 7 will be held on Wednesday, June 19th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The 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 15, 2019
5. Presentation: New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection on worker rights
6. Public comment
7. Committee reports:

    A) Ad Hoc Committee on Census 2020 (No Vote Required)
       1) Planning for June 12th job fair with Community Board 7 and Congressmember Nydia Vel
       2) Outreach plan for 2020 census

    B) Ability and Access Committee (No Vote Required)
       1) Presentation by NY Connects on programs for those who require long-term services and support needs

    C) Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness Issue (No Vote Required)
       1) Discuss plans for a town hall meeting
       2) Follow-up on plans to meet with shelter managers

    D) Public Safety Committee (Vote Required)
       1) Liquor license application with alterations and change in method of operation for Urban Soccer Brooklyn Holding, LLC d/b/a/ Socceroof, located at 14 53rd Street, 3rd floor
       2) New liquor license for Liberty Belle LLC, an excursion vessel to be docked at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, located at 80 58th Street

    E) Land Use/Landmarks Committee (No Vote Required)
       1) Review of the 2018 town hall meeting discussing the impact of the Industry City rezoning application and community needs assessment reports

    F) Transportation Committee
       1) Presentation by the Department of Transportation about electric vehicle fast-charging stations in Community District 7
       2) Presentation by the Department of Transportation on the Fort Hamilton Parkway protected bike lane
       3) Presentation by the Economic Development Corporation on its proposal for a one-way conversion on 1st and 2nd avenues from 39th to 58th streets

8. Elected officials/representatives
9. District Manager’s report
10. Chairperson’s report
11. Old business
12. New business
13. Public comment
14. Adjournment

Meeting location
Community Board 7 Office
4201 4th Avenue
entrance on 43rd Street
Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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


Sunday, June 9, 2019


Upstander Demo
Saturday, June 15th, noon to 2:00 p.m.

Someone is being harassed. It may be you. Or it may be someone nearby.

If you're at the receiving end of harassment--because of your gender, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, nationality, etc.--a workshop at Avenue C Plaza on Saturday, June 15th, from noon to 2:00 p.m., will teach you verbal, emotional, and physical techniques to equip you to face hate and violence through the use of de-escalation skills and basic self-defense.

Or you may be a bystander who becomes an upstander, a witness to harassment who decides not to look away or stand by and watch but, instead, uses safe methods to change the nature of the confrontation.

The two approaches combined offer unique and critical options for keeping ourselves and our fellow New Yorkers as safe as possible and mitigating violence.

Zola Z Bruce, the Associate Director of Communications and Impact at Brooklyn's Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), will lead the workshop.
-- The Kensington Stewards

Avenue C Plaza
Avenue C at McDonald Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn

Friday, June 7, 2019


Toxins are flourishing in Prospect Park Lake. The toxins--Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)--are reported to be "widespread or lakewide." 

Every year, starting in June, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) notifies the public about these HABs. Bear in mind that some bodies of water that have HABs may not have been reported to DEC, so avoid contact with floating mats, scums, and discolored water.

The specific HABs in Prospect Park Lake are blue-green algae blooms or BGA (cyanobacteria). They can make water look like pea soup or like green, blue, or red paint. Or, mats of blue or green pond scum may be floating on the water surface or may have accumulated along the shoreline.

Photos of the various appearances that the toxic blue-green algae blooms can have are posted on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website. 

When the blooms are widespread, as they currently are in Prospect Park Lake, they can affect either the entire lake, a large portion of the lake, or most to all of the shoreline.

Prospect Park Lake is monitored for blooms every week. Adults, children, and dogs should not go into the lake or near the shoreline. If you or a pet have been in contact with a HAB, rinse thoroughly with soap and water or just with clean water, if that's all that's available to you.

If you believe you have been exposed to a bloom and are experiencing any symptoms, get medical help immediately and also contact  the New York City Department of Health.

Possible effects of the toxins on living creatures are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin or throat irritation, allergic reactions, and breathing difficulties. The toxins can also affect the liver and nervous systems if a lot of water is swallowed. Read more about this on the DEC website.

The DEC offers this advice and more:
  • Swimmers should be concerned about HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms) in any lake in which they are considering swimming.
  • Never drink untreated surface water, whether or not algae blooms are present.
  • The New York Freshwater Fishing Guide advises anglers to avoid eating fish caught from areas that have the thick paint-like or pea soup-like coloration characteristic of cyanobacteria blooms.
  • HABs cells can stick to animal fur and become concentrated when the animal cleans itself.

Prospect Park Alliance is going to create a natural filtration system that would stem the growth of algae blooms.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


On Sunday, June 9th, and Monday, June 10th, alternate side of the street parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended for Shavuot.

Parking meter regulations and all other regulations will be in effect.

On most holidays, when alternate side parking rules are suspended, rules for parking meters remain in effect. They are only suspended on these major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Sunday, June 2, 2019


Community Safety Meeting
with Police Officers Assigned to Kensington and Ditmas
Wednesday, June 5th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) assigned to the 66th Precinct's Sector D (Kensington and Ditmas) will meet with residents at a community safety meeting on Wednesday, June 5th, at 7:00 p.m. The doors will be opened at 6:30 p.m. to serve refreshments.

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 @
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.


Christ Apostolic Church
622 Cortelyou Road at E. 7th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn


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

Twitter: or @66precinctcc


"Build the Block" Neighborhood Policing and Summer Safety Meeting
Wednesday, June 12th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Doors Open at 6:00 for Refreshments

The Neighborhood Coordination Officers assigned to the 72nd Precinct's Sector A (Windsor Terrace, Greenwood Heights, and Park Slope) will meet with residents and business owners at the next "Build the Block" neighborhood policing and safety meeting.

Join Detective Specialist Daniel McGrath and Police Officer Francis Ghanney at Church of the Holy Apostle on Thursday, March 21st, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as they update the community about public safety issues in Windsor Terrace, Greenwood Heights, and Park Slope, answer your questions, and listen to your concerns, complaints, and suggestions.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for refreshments to be served.

Contact information for the officers:
  • Detective Specialist Daniel McGrath: (917) 853-2601, daniel.mcgrath @
  • Police Officer Francis Ghanney: (929) 343-7645, francis.ghanney @

Meeting location
Church of the Holy Apostle

612 Greenwood Avenue
between Prospect Avenue and E. 7th Street
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

72nd Precinct contact information
Phone number: (718) 965-6311
web page:
CompStat report (crime statistics):

Friday, May 31, 2019


From Tuesday through Thursday, June 4th through 6th, alternate side of the street parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended for Idul-Fitr (Eid-Al-Fitr).

Parking meter regulations and all other regulations will be in effect.

Thursday, May 30, 2019


Screening of The Homestretch
Sunday, June 2nd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A free screening of The Homestretch, a documentary film that follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future, will take place at The Church of the Holy Apostles on Sunday, June 2nd, at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take the audience on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects viewers deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. The film provides a powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless, and building a future in America today.
A discussion with the filmmaker (and parishioner) Kirsten Kelly will follow the screening.

The Homestretch has not been rated. It runs for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The Church of the Holy Apostles
612 Greenwood Avenue
between Prospect Avenue and E. 7th Street
across the street from Brooklyn Commune restaurant
Windsor Terrace
(718) 871-1615

info @

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


On Monday, May 30th (Solemnity of the Ascension), alternate side of the street parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended.

Parking meter regulations and all other regulations will be in effect.


Community Board 12 Public Meeting
Tuesday, May 28th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12 (representing Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) will hold its monthly public meeting tonight, Tuesday, May 28th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Adoption of April Minutes
  3. Public Session
  4. Chairman's Remarks - Yidel Perlstein
  5. District Manager's Remarks - Barry Spitzer
  6. Old Business
  7. New Business
  8. Attendance
  9. Adjourn

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 (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. 

Public 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., subject to change.

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 @

Friday, May 24, 2019


On Monday, May 27th (Memorial Day), alternate side of the street parking (street cleaning) regulations and parking meter regulations will be suspended.

Stopping, standing, and parking are permitted except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (e.g., "No Standing Anytime").

These rules apply on major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. On all other holidays, only street cleaning rules are suspended, and other regulations remain in effect.

Thursday, May 16, 2019


Flea Market, Seedlings Sale, Free Qigong, and Free Pilates
Saturday, May 18th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A two-day sidewalk sale in front of the East Fourth Street Community Garden will offer books, clothing for adults and kids, housewares, toys, and knickknacks. Baked goods too.

Sunday's free events inside the garden:

  • 10:00 a.m.: Practice gentle qigong. Its simple sequence of flowing movements, breathing techniques, self-massage, and guided meditation will help promote feelings of balance, relaxation, and renewal. The practice will be led by Marisa Carroll, Certified Healer-Within Qigong Practice Leader, The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.
  • Noon: Bring a mat for a Pilates workshop conducted by Emily Wexler to foster your holistic sense of wellness and power. Her clients have ranged in age from ten to ninety-seven and have come from diverse experiences and backgrounds.
In addition to her artistic work and practicing and teaching Pilates, Emily teaches Dance History/Theory/Criticism & the Poetics of Movement and Metaphor at the University of The Arts in Philadelphia, Long Island University in Brooklyn, and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

All of the flea market proceeds will be used to fund expenses and programs at the garden, which is tended and operated by volunteers.

Events at the garden this season will include

  • an exclusive showing of the award-winning documentary Cranberry Lake, hosted by its creator (and garden member), Zoya Baker,
  • a return engagement by Joanne Riel, whose musical play will encourage children and their families to explore expression, creativity, and learning through music and movement, and
  • a puppet show by WonderSpark Puppets, followed by a finger-puppet-making workshop.

The East Fourth Street Community Garden, located between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue, has served the neighborhoods of Windsor Terrace and Kensington for forty years.

All events at the garden are free; look for upcoming events on its Tumblr blog or its Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Deputy Inspector James King, Commanding Officer, 66th Precinct

Brooklyn's 66th Precinct has a new Commanding Officer (CO), Deputy Inspector James King. DI King has been the Commanding Officer of the 61st Precinct (Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay) for the past two years.

Meet Inspector King tomorrow night at his first meeting with the public. The 66th Precinct Community Council meeting will take place on Thursday, May 16th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Community Board 12 office, 5910 13th Avenue. Read more about it here.

Deputy Inspector David Wall, who has been the CO of the 66th Precinct since January 2017, has been transferred to the 70th Precinct.

Monday, May 13, 2019


66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Public Meeting
Thursday, May 16th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

The public can 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 also 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, May 16th, 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

Sunday, May 12, 2019


Community Board 7 Monthly Public Meeting
Wednesday, May 15th, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The regular monthly public meeting of Community Board 7 will be held on Wednesday, May 15th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the board office.

Board meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are given two opportunities to speak during the meeting (items 6 and 13 on the agenda below).

This 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 17, 2019
5.    Presentation by Dare to Run

6.    Public Comment
7.    Committee Reports
   A) Ability and Access (no vote required)
      1. Updates on the committee's internal budget request and MTA NYC Transit ADA discussion
      2. Mission and goals of Ability and Access Committee in 2019
      3. Establish sub committees to address issues related to employment, special education, meetings, and community outreach; Schedule upcoming meetings
   B) Ad Hoc Committee on Census 2020 (no vote required)
      1. Presentation by U.S.Census Bureau on upcoming job opportunities
   C) Economic Development-Waterfront (Vote required) 
      1. Presentation by NYC EDC on excursion vessel activity at Pier 4, Brooklyn Army Terminal
   D) Ability and Access with Education/Youth Committees (no vote required)
      1. Discussion with parents and students on their experiences with special education
      2. What are the next steps?
   E) Personnel/Internal Budget Committee (no vote required)
      1. Updates on personnel work
      2. Updates on internal budget
8. Elected Officials & Representatives
9. District Manager's Report
10. Chairperson's Report
11. Old Business
12. New Business
13. Public Comment
14. Adjournment

Community Board 7 Office
4201 4th Avenue
entrance on 43rd Street
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

phone: (718) 854-0003
fax: (718) 436-1142
communityboard7 @


Friday, May 10, 2019


The free dancercise workshop for older adults (people ages fifty and over) is back. "While listening to soothing tunes, you will be exposed to light movement, stretching, strengthening, breathwork, and self-massage techniques."

The new venue for the workshop is the P.S. 130 Lower School, across the street from its former meeting place, the Windsor Terrace Library.

The time that the class begins has also changed. At the library, it met on Mondays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It still meets on Mondays, but it now meets from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The P.S. 130 Lower School is located between Ocean Parkway, Fort Hamilton Parkway, E. 5th Street, and Caton Avenue. To get to the class, enter the school through the E. 5th Street entrance.

The class hadn't been held since the library closed for renovations at the beginning of February.

Thursday, May 9, 2019


Weekend Service Notice for the F Train

Electrical improvements will be made on the F line from 9:45 p.m. on Friday, May 10th, to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11th.

Jamaica-bound F trains will run express from Avenue X to Smith-9 Streets, skipping Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway, Avenue I, Ditmas Avenue, Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street.

Travel alternatives:

  • For service to Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway, Avenue I, or Ditmas Avenue, take the F to Kings Highway, 18th Avenue, or Church Avenue and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.
  • For service from these stations, take the F to 18th Avenue, Kings Highway, or Avenue X and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.
  • For Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street, take the G instead. Transfer between trains at Church Avenue, 7th Avenue, or Smith-9 Streets.


M.S. 839 Spring Silent Auction
Friday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

The M.S. 839 PTA will hold a spring silent auction fund raiser --open to the public--featuring a live karaoke band, food, and an open bar on Friday, May 10th, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

The karaoke band is The Occasionalists, a Brooklyn-based group that often plays at benefits for causes that they believe in. The Occasionalists are John Marshall, Barry Stelboum, John Allgood, and Mark Vincent.

The school is located at 713 Caton Avenue, between E. 7th and E. 8th streets, but the event will be held at Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street (at 6th Avenue) in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

If you have any questions or want to volunteer to help, write to

Friday, May 3, 2019


Volunteer Clean-up of Thomas J. Cuite Park
Saturday, May 4th, 10:00 a.m. to noon

Friends of Thomas J. Cuite Park invites neighborhood adults and children to clean up Thomas J. Cuite Park (Froggy Park) and playground tomorrow between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

The park is at 19th Street, between 11th Avenue and Seeley Street.

The flower beds and playground flooring tiles will be weeded and the leaves around the fencing will be raked. The city will provide tools and gloves for your use.

The clean-up will take place if the weather is misting or sprinkling but not in a heavy rain.
This is an annual event of "It's My Park," presented by Partnership for Parks, a joint program of NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation.