Wednesday, October 30, 2019

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND FLEA MARKET IN NOVEMBER



Holiday Craft Fair and Flea Market
Sunday, November 24th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Flatbush Jewish Center’s annual Holiday Craft Fair and Flea Market will be held on Sunday, November 24th, from
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Local artists and craftspeople will sell an array of fine art, ceramics,
precious metal and stone handmade jewelry, tote bags, mugs, hand-dyed silk scarves and other fabric pieces, and other items they've created, including painted rocks, crocheted hats, and sweaters for humans and pets.

Vendors include


Vendors can register online here. The registration form includes prices for several table shapes and sizes. Two chairs are provided per vendor space, and additional chairs cost $10 each. Registration is due by November 8th, and full payment is due by November 18th.

Registration can also be done by using the paper form here. Print it, fill it in, and mail it.

Vendor tables and chairs can be paid for via PayPal here or by writing a check made payable to Flatbush Jewish Center and mailing it to Flatbush Jewish Center, 327 East 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218. Attn: Vendor Payment

Location
Flatbush Jewish Center
327 E. 5th Street
corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn, New York
https://flatbushjewishcenter.org/ 

NO ASP ON ELECTION DAY





Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Tuesday, November 5th, for Election Day. All other regulations, including parking meter regulations, will be in effect. Those are only suspended on these major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

AGENDA FOR TONIGHT'S PUBLIC MEETING WITH COMMUNITY BOARD 12


Community Board 12 Public Meeting
Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12 (representing Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) will hold its next meeting tonight, Tuesday, October 29th, 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 (item 4 on the agenda). You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

Some issues you may be concerned about are


  •     pedestrian and bicyclist 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. 

This month, the public meeting of Community Board 12 will be on the fifth Tuesday, but they're 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 @ cb.nyc.gov

https://twitter.com/BrooklynCB12
https://www.facebook.com/BkCB12

ASP SUSPENDED ON FRIDAY FOR ALL SAINTS DAY


Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Friday, November 1st, for All Saints Day. All other regulations, including parking meter regulations, will be in effect. Those are only suspended on these major legal holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Friday, October 25, 2019

NEIGHBORHOOD DETECTIVES WORKSHOP: EXPLORE LOCAL HISTORY (FREE)


Neighborhood Detectives Workshop
Saturday, October 26th, 12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

History is all around us, and life is filled with changes. Explore our neighborhood's local history and learn about a variety of online resources that can help us understand how New York City's diverse neighborhoods have changed over time.

Participants will make a collage of photographs based on local history.

All ages are welcome to participate in the free workshop.

J.D. Arden, reference and genealogy librarian at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan, will host the program.

Location
Cortelyou Library
1305 Cortelyou Road
at Argyle Road
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, New York 
 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

STAYING ALIVE (AND UNINJURED) ON THE STREETS OF KENSINGTON: A SAFE STREETS TOWN HALL


Kensington Safe Streets Town Hall
Monday, November 18th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

From New York City Councilmember Brad Lander:
"Together with New York State Assemblymember Robert Carroll, I'll be hosting a town hall meeting with the New York City Department of Transportation on Monday, November 18th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at P.S. 889/M.S. 890 at 510 Coney Island Avenue (between Turner and Hinckley places) to talk about all the recent crashes and focus on what more can and must be done to make Church Avenue, Coney Island Avenue, Ocean Parkway, and all our streets safer.

The latest changes at Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway which were recently implemented after over a year of conversation don't appear to have made much difference.

I expect the Department of Transportation to discuss the changes at Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway, steps they are taking at Church and Coney Island avenues, and to listen to the community about what needs to be done to make Coney Island Avenue a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike. 

I'll also give an update on the Reckless Driver Accountability Act. By the November 18th town hall, I expect to have some progress to report (and expect to be held accountable if I don't)."

Councilmember Mathieu Eugene of City Council District 40 will also participate.



Location
P.S. 889/M.S. 890
510 Coney Island Avenue
between Turner Place and Hinckley Place
Kensington, Brooklyn,  New York

Friday, October 18, 2019

COMMUNITY BOARD 12 MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (BOROUGH PARK, KENSINGTON, MIDWOOD)


Community Board 12 Public Meeting
Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12 (representing Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, October 29th, 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. You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

Some issues you may be concerned about are

  •     pedestrian and bicyclist 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. 


This month, the public meeting of Community Board 12 will be on the fifth Tuesday, but they're 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 @ cb.nyc.gov

https://twitter.com/BrooklynCB12
https://www.facebook.com/BkCB12


EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT CRIME AT THE 72ND PRECINCT PUBLIC MEETING FOR WINDSOR TERRACE AND SUNSET PARK


                  72nd Precinct Community Council Public Meeting
                   Tuesday, November 12th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This month's meeting of the 72nd Precinct Community Council will be in Windsor Terrace. Normally, it meets in Sunset Park, so let's take advantage of it coming to our neighborhood.

Residents of Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park will get together with police officers to discuss past crimes and what the precinct is doing to prevent future crime at the 72nd Precinct Community Council's monthly meeting. Learn what types of crime have been taking place, their frequency, why they happen, and how to prevent them.

The public is invited to voice its concerns about criminal activity: armed robberies, rape and other forms of sexual assaults, home break-ins, burglaries in local stores, bank robberies, drivers who are speeding or breaking other laws, stolen bicycles, package theft, and any other crimes.

Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park lie within the boundaries of the 72nd Precinct. Everyone who lives or works within those boundaries is invited to attend Community Council meetings. Contact the Community Affairs officers at (718) 965-6326 if you have any questions.


Meetings of the 72nd Precinct Community Council typically take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The next one will be held on Tuesday, November 12th, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting location
Marian Center

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

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72nd Precinct contact information
Phone number: (718) 965-6311
web page: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/72nd-precinct.page
CompStat report (crime statistics): http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/crime_statistics/cs-en-us-072pct.pdf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYPD72Pct
Facebook page for 72nd Precinct:  https://www.facebook.com/NYPD72pct
Facebook page for 72nd Precinct Community Council: https://www.facebook.com/72nd-Precinct-Community-Council-1611883092371304


BOOK SALE, BAKE SALE, MUSIC, AND DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR


Book Sale, Bake Sale, Music, and Drag Queen Story Hour
Saturday, October 19th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit Friends of Cortelyou Library's annual fall book sale to help raise funds for the library this Saturday, October 19th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In addition to the book sale, there will be a bake sale, music, and, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Drag Queen Story Hour.

Donations of baked goods are welcome and can be brought to the library on October 19th.

Location 
Cortelyou Library
1305 Cortelyou Road at Argyle Road

Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, New York
(718) 693-7763
https://www.facebook.com/cortelyoulibraryfriends

 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

CELEBRATE LIFE AT DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD) IN KENSINGTON


Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, October 26th, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebratory holiday to remember the dead. Celebrate it in Kensington with arts, crafts, performances, altar exhibitions, and the lighting of candles at the communal ofrenda (shrine), alongside mariachi bands.

Performances by


Dance performances by
  • P.S. 164 -Piecitos Danzantes
  • P.S. 230
Hosted by Casa Cultural.

Location
Avenue C Plaza
Avenue C at McDonald Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn, New York

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH: THE INTERSECTION OF BEVERLEY ROAD AND E. 2ND STREET


Car drivers and truck drivers are injuring and killing pedestrians and bicyclists on a regular basis in Kensington and Windsor Terrace. We have to be vigilant about our own safety, of course, but we also need our elected officials, our community boards, the NYPD, and the Department of Transportation to protect us.

One example of their failure to do that is the intersection of Beverley Road and E. 2nd Street. After conducting a traffic study there in 2013, the Department of Transportation determined that no traffic-calming measures were needed. They were wrong.

Neighbor Shermin Shakiri has created a petition about that intersection: "SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AT E2 STREET & BEVERLEY ROAD." It's posted at https://www.change.org/p/mayor-bill-de-blasio-safety-precautions-at-e2-street-beverley-road.

A car hit Shermin's mother there. A driver on Beverley Road turned right onto E. 2nd Street too quickly and hit a parked car. That car hit another car, which hit another car, and so on. One of the parked cars ended up on the sidewalk where Shermin's mother was standing and caused serious injuries.

Please sign the petition and please share it. It says
My name is Shermin Shakiri and I was born on November 28, 1982 and lived at the corner of E2 Street and Avenue C at the time. I live on E2 and Beverley Road my entire life.

I have been reporting the dangerous corner of Beverley Road and E 2 Street for many years to the City. My mother was a pedestrian struck by a vehicle there in 2011 and my brother-in-law was a pedestrian struck there in 2017 requiring surgical procedure.

There is no stop sign, NOR a painted crosswalk for pedestrians. Cars that drive down Beverley mostly speed on that curve and are going to result in a deadly accident one day (GOD FORBID).

I am going to start a petition for a stop sign and painted crosswalk as well as 2 speedbumps on that curve. THIS HAS URGENCY. I hope that all my fellow neighbors see this as a huge safety threat and help in me trying to obtain the attention of the CITY & DOT.

Thank you for your time. I will follow-up to advise on the process in a few days. Please feel free to share to any pages in our area!--

Monday, October 14, 2019

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTIES AT SYCAMORE BAR


Halloween Costume Partie2
Saturday, October 26th, 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 31st, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Double the fright and double the fun: two Halloween costume parties at Sycamore Bar this month will include music by DJ Gogo Gadget, dancing, free drinks, and two costume contests, each one with a prize of a $50 bar tab.

The party on Saturday, October 26th, starts at 10:00 p.m., and the costume party is at midnight. The Thursday, October 31st, party starts at 9:00 p.m., with a costume party at 11:00 p.m.

Location
Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com
http://www.sycamorebrooklyn.com
https://www.facebook.com/sycamore.brooklyn
https://twitter.com/SycamoreBklyn

Saturday, October 12, 2019

FREE LIVE MUSIC IN KENSINGTON PLAZA




Music on the Plaza
Sunday, October 13th, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This Sunday's free live music performance in Kensington Plaza will be the second presentation in the Music on the Plaza series. 

Latin, Flamenco, and classical guitarist Tomas Rodriguez will be accompanied by Grammy-nominated percussionist Urbano Sanchez. They'll play music from Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, West Africa, and more.

From Tomas' website:
Through his original compositions and interpretations of other works, Mr. Rodriguez seeks to define a new sound for the Spanish guitar that includes explorations of African rhythms as well as lesser-known pieces in Latin American and Spanish guitar repertoire.

Kick back for a while on one of the plaza's benches on a cool, crisp autumn day or breathe in the music filling the plaza as you're passing through. Tomas and Urbano will be there from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location
Kensington Plaza
114 Beverley Road (in front of Walgreens)
between McDonald Avenue and E. 2nd Street)
Kensington, Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

FOR SALE CHEAP: LOTS OF USED BOOKS

Used Book Sale 
Sunday, October 20th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

PS 130 PTA to Hold Fifth Annual Used Book Sale

By Sally Skinner

October 11, 2019

Brooklyn, NY – The PS 130 PTA is holding its Fifth Annual Book Sale on Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm at the PS 130 Lower School, located at 70 Ocean Parkway.

The Book Sale is open to the public and will feature a huge array of books for babies, children, and adults. All books are $2 or less.

The PTA welcomes donations of gently used books in good condition from the community. They can be dropped off at the back door of 70 Ocean Parkway (entrance on East 5th Street) on Saturday, October 19, between 9am and 12pm. We are sorry, but no donations can be accepted on the day of the sale. Donations are tax deductible.

"This event is a wonderful way for the community to support PS 130, and for PS 130 to support the community," said PS 130 PTA Vice President of Fundraising Lisa Jackson Zelznick. "By allowing neighbors to donate books that we sell at a very reasonable price, we are promoting reading, literacy, and sustainability in the community while also raising funds to support important PTA initiatives, like professional development, direct support to classroom teachers, and improving the school library.”

All funds raised will be used to support the PS 130 PTA. Baked goods, drinks, and assorted snacks will be available for purchase.

Contact

Sally Skinner
Co-Chair, Book Sale
ps130flea @ gmail.com

AGENDA FOR COMMUNITY BOARD 7 OCTOBER PUBLIC MEETING (WINDSOR TERRACE AND SUNSET PARK)


                           Community Board 7 Public Meeting
                Wednesday, October 16th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 

The regular monthly public meeting of Community Board 7 will be held on Wednesday, October 16th, 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 September 18, 2019
5. Presentation: The Healing Center
6. Public Comment
7. Committee Reports:
A) Ad Hoc Committee on Census 2020 (No Vote Required)
                 1. Updates, thinking through priorities, and deciding on the next step
B) Capital & Expense (Vote Required)
                1. F.Y. 2021 Capital & Expense Priorities
C)  Education/Youth (No Vote Required)
                1. Update on school construction projects in the district 
                2. Presentation and discussion with Make Space for Quality Schools on District 15 rezoning engagement and research
D) Housing Committee (No Vote Required)
1. Updates on affordable housing projects by the Fifth Avenue Committee  
E) Land Use/Landmarks Committee (No Vote Required)
1. Update of October 03, 2019 Speak Out 
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 @ cb.nyc.gov
website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/brooklyncb7/index.page
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED JAILS: PRESS CONFERENCE IN KENSINGTON


Press Conference to Oppose New Jails
Friday, October 11th, 2:30 p.m.

A press conference to demonstrate immigrant opposition to the new jails will take place this Friday, October 11th, at 2:30 p.m., at Avenue C Plaza, located at the intersection of Avenue C and McDonald Avenue in Kensington.

A message from DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving):

As many of us know, Rikers Island is inhumane and a torture chamber for thousands of people. After many years of organizing by impacted communities, Rikers was supposed to close. Yet, Mayor de Blasio and New York City Council is pushing a $10 Billion Rikers expansion plan to build 4 borough based jails. They claim this plan will allow them to close Rikers.
However, the plan does not legally guarantee Rikers will close. The only guarantee is that there will be 4 New Rikers and 4 new opportunities that lead to increased policing and criminalization, which lead to more imprisonment for communities of color, and increased detentions and deportations for immigrants.

Join us as immigrant communities to say NO to 4 New Rikers and demand the investment of the $10 Billion into our communities to build community mental health centers, build more schools to reduce overcrowding, improve public housing, fix our subways, build real housing for homeless New Yorkers, and jobs programs. These are investments we need in our communities to thrive and prevent people from being incarcerated in the first place.

We cannot claim to be a sanctuary city, demand Abolish ICE and end concentration camps and allow for the building of 4 New Rikers. We are pushing City Council to vote NO on building 4 new Rikers and reinvest money into our communities.

Call your City Council members and urge them to vote NO to the new jails plan. You can look up your City Council member here: https://council.nyc.gov/find-my-district.
Sample Phone Call Guide:
"Hello. My name is ______ , and I live in _______ which is in Councilmember ______ district.

As a resident of this city, I need you to vote No on the plan to build 4 new Rikers in the boroughs, with $11 Billion Dollars.

Rikers Island needs to be closed. The conditions are horrible and inhumane. When the city wanted to open Rikers, they said it would be a modern, humane jail. The same is being used to build the 4 new Rikers. There is NO such thing as a humane jail.

The $11 Billion Dollars need to be spent on our local schools, hospitals, housing and jobs to actually prevent people from being sent into prisons.

Can you, Councilmember ______ commit to voting against the plan?"

If they don’t commit to voting no, ask
"Can you commit to delaying the vote? There are many concerns about this plan, including no legal guarantee to close Rikers."

Brad Lander is the City Councilmember for District 39, which covers Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Waterfront, and Gowanus. His office's phone number is 718-499-1090.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN IN KENSINGTON


Newkirk Community Garden is giving new life to the garden spot that had been "Compost for Brooklyn, A community composting project and native plant garden in Kensington, Brooklyn" from 2010 to 2018.

From the garden's website:
"We are revitalizing the garden at Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn for our neighborhood, where green space is severely lacking. By improving access to the garden, we hope to make a space where people create deeper connections with each other and with the neighborhood."

Location
Newkirk Community Garden
736 E. 8th Street at Newkirk Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn, NY 11230
phone: (347) 903-7297
contact form http://www.newkirkgarden.com/index.html#form1-e
http://www.newkirkgarden.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1958333187626429
https://www.instagram.com/newkirkcommunitygarden