Thursday, January 30, 2020


The recently-created Newkirk Community Garden is open most weekends, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.

The garden is giving new life to the spot that was "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."

Newkirk Community Garden
736 E. 8th Street (at Newkirk Avenue)
Kensington, Brooklyn, NY 11230
phone: (347) 903-7297
contact form

Monday, January 27, 2020


UPDATE: Agenda received on January 28th at 12:51 p.m. and added to post. Minutes not yet received.
Community Board 12 Monthly Public Meeting
Tuesday, January 28th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Community Board 12, representing Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood, will hold its next meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 28th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

These monthly meetings are open to the public.

So far, Community Board 12 has not yet distributed or posted the agenda for tomorrow's meeting or the minutes of last month's meeting.

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 session. You'll have three minutes to present your topic.

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., but are 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
Community Board 12 Office
5910 13th Avenue
between 59th and 60th streets
Borough Park, Brooklyn


phone: (718) 851-0800
fax: (718) 851-4140
e-mail: bk12 @

Saturday, January 25, 2020


Housewares Swap
Sunday, February 2nd, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

At YogaSole's first Housewares Swap, you can trade housewares that you no longer want, need, or are tired of for items that your neighbors don't want or need anymore.

Items should be clean and in good usable condition. Bedding, dishes, glassware, vases, table linens, decor, pillows, and candle holders will all be accepted.

Because of space limitations, bring your items in a box that's no bigger than 16 inches.

YogaSole will donate leftover items to Housing Works, Animal Care Centers of NYC, or Nazareth Housing.

In addition, reusable tote bags that are new, clean, and sturdy will be collected to give to shelters and non-profit organizations that work with individuals and families facing housing challenges. They're being collected in anticipation of the citywide plastic bag ban going into effect on March 1st.

YogaSole's statement on community:
We proudly serve as a community gathering space and neighborhood yoga studio in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.

In addition to leading and hosting local community events, we collect yoga mat rental fees as a fundraiser for the White Hawk Foundation. Their mission is to protect and preserve the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica as part of the movement to promote rainforest conservation worldwide.
254 Windsor Place
at the corner of 11th Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 635-1958
info @

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Bangobondhu Children's Festival 2020:
Art Workshop and a Guide to Draw "Father of the Nation"
Saturday, January 25th, noon to 3:00 p.m.

Bangobondhu Children's Festival 2020 will present Art Workshop and a Guide to Draw "Father of the Nation," in celebration of the 100th birthday of Bangobondhu, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of independent Bangladesh.

The event will take place on Saturday, January 25th, from noon to 3:00 p.m., at 118 Beverley Road in Kensington, Brooklyn.

Children up to age eighteen are welcome to participate. Bring your own coloring books. Paper will be distributed.

Submit an essay/PowerPoint presentation/project display (English/Bangla) on one of the six subjects listed on the flyer above. Submit it either online or on the day of the workshop.

Full details are online at

Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) is the host.

118 Beverley Road
between McDonald Avenue and E. 2nd Street
Kensington, Brooklyn

Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Friday, January 24th, and Saturday, January 25th, for Lunar New Year's Eve and Lunar New Year. All other parking regulations will remain in effect.

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

Excerpted from National Geographic:
"though it is known to some in the West as Chinese New Year, it isn’t just celebrated in China. the date of the lunar new year depends on the phase of the moon and varies from year to year. Today, Spring Festival is celebrated in China and Hong Kong; Lunar New Year is also celebrated in South Korea, Tibet, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and places with large Chinese populations."

Thursday, January 16, 2020


        Sean Casey Animal Rescue's Mardi Gras Party and Fund Raiser
                 Tuesday, February 25th, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

What promises to be another fabulous benefit for Sean Casey Animal Rescue has just been announced. Sean Casey Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill shelter that has been saving the lives of countless dogs, cats, and other furry and non-furry creatures for many years.


Sean Casey Animal Rescue is bringing the Big Easy to the Big Apple!

Animal lovers and merrymakers from all over the NYC community are invited to attend a colorful and celebratory Mardi Gras Party at Shenanigans Pub in Kensington, Brooklyn! 

Come celebrate Fat Tuesday with a Southern/Cajun buffet dinner, Louisiana-style King Cake and Mardi Gras-inspired Cocktails. Food and drink so good you'll feel you're in a Brooklyn Bayou!

We are thrilled to have the fierce and fabulous Fiona St. James as the emcee for the evening's festivities!

There'll be lotsa contests and entertainment, including:

  • Doubloon and bead tosses, exciting raffles and a Super 50/50·       
  • “Can You Stand the Heat” Hot Sauce Contest sponsored by PSP Brooklyn. 
  • Mardi Gras-inspired Minute To Win It Challenges 
  • Win prizes: Sean Casey Animal Rescue T-shirts, gift cards, gourmet Louisiana treats, plus one lucky person will win the privilege of naming an animal at the Rescue.

DJ John will spin the perfect Mardi Gras playlist, with a generous mix of rock and dance classics.

Plus, we will present live entertainment by jazz & blues songstress Gina Healy and Brooklyn’s favorite jester, Happy the Clown!
The $30 Fun Ticket covers the Admission Fee, plus you'll enjoy a delicious Southern/Cajun Buffet and traditional King Cake. Upon your entrance we'll adorn you with a mask and strands of beads AND you'll receive 5 raffle tickets.
It's going to be a really fun night....don't miss it!  All proceeds support Sean Casey Animal Rescue's Critical Care Program.
A big thank you to our friends Brooklyn Bark Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for sponsoring this event! 

You must be 21 to attend.
Thank you: Marisha Chinsky, Dean Keim, Jobbi Eagle, James Palacio AKA Fiona St. James, Aaron Love Pesin, Gina Healy, PSP Brooklyn, Susan Cassano and our friends at Shenanigans Pub with a special shout out to Seth

The party will take place on Tuesday, February 25th, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Buy your Fun Tickets through Ticketleap here.

Shenanigans Pub
802 Caton Avenue
corner E. 8th Street
Kensington, Brooklyn, NY 11218


Sean Casey Animal Rescue is located at 153 E. 3rd Street,
between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway, on the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington in Brooklyn.

(718) 436-5163
nyanimalrescue @


Planned electrical improvements this weekend will affect F train service from Friday, January 17th, at 9:45 p.m., through Monday, January 20th, at 5:00 a.m.

From 179th Street to Church Avenue, F trains will run normally. 

But F train service between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue will be replaced by free shuttle buses. Transfer between F trains and shuttle buses at Church Avenue.

Shuttle buses running between Church Avenue and Stillwell Avenue will make the following stops: Ditmas Avenue, 18th Avenue, Avenue I, Bay Parkway, Avenue N, Avenue P, Kings Highway, Avenue U, Avenue X, Neptune Avenue, and West 8th Street.

However, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, some of the shuttle buses will only run between Church Avenue and Kings Highway.

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

In Manhattan, transfer between the F train and the Q train at 34th Street-Herald Square.

In Brooklyn, transfer between the Q train and buses at Stillwell Avenue or West 8th Street.

Station Shuttle Bus StopBus Stop
Church Av | McDonald Av at Church Av B67
Ditmas AvMcDonald Av at Ditmas Av
18 AvMcDonald Av at 18 Av
Avenue IMcDonald Av at Avenue I
Bay PkwyMcDonald Av at Bay Pkwy
Avenue NMcDonald Av at 24 Av (to Stillwell Av)
McDonald Av at Avenue N (to Church Av)
Avenue PMcDonald Av at Avenue P
Kings HwyMcDonald Av at Kings Hwy
Avenue UMcDonald Av at Avenue U
Avenue XShell Rd at Avenue X (to Stillwell Av)B4
McDonald Av at Avenue X (to Church Av)
Neptune AvShell Rd at Neptune Av (to Stillwell Av)
Neptune Av at W 6 St (to Church Av)B68
W 8 St Surf Av at W 8 StB36
Stillwell Av | Surf Av at Stillwell AvB36

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


66th Precinct Community Council Monthly Public Meeting 
           Thursday, January 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, Deputy Inspector James King, 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, January 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

Monday, January 13, 2020


Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended on Monday, January 20, 2020, for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday. All other parking regulations will remain in effect.

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2020


Public Hearing on Rezoning 312 Coney Island Avenue
Thursday, January 30th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Community Board 7 will hold a public hearing about the rezoning of 312 Coney Island Avenue (map) on Thursday, January 30th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at P.S. 130 Upper School at 713 Caton Avenue, NOT at the community board office.

The two items on the agenda are

  • Application #C200092 ZMK – 312 Coney Island Avenue. Change from a C8-2 District to an R8A District bounded by Ocean Parkway, Park Circle-Machate Circle, Coney Island Avenue, Caton Place, and a line 150 feet easterly of East 8th Street.
  • Establish within the proposed R8A District a C2-4 District bounded by Ocean Parkway, Park Circle-Machate Circle, Coney Island Avenue, Caton Place, and a line 150 feet easterly of East 8th Street.

"Zoning Amendments Sought for 13-Story Building at 312 Coney Island Avenue in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn," published on New York YIMBY on December 26, 2019, reports that the proposed thirteen-story structure would contain 210 residential units with parking for 36 vehicles, the International Baptist Church and its school, commercial retail space, and "unspecified community facilities."

The zoning application is posted on the Department of City Planning's website here. Milestones and Actions in the procedure for applications that affect land use can be viewed there.

In "Zoning Resolution of the City of New York," community facilities fall within Use Groups 3 and 4. Use Group 3 "serves educational needs or provides other essential services for the residents;" specific allowable uses are described on pages 5 and 6. Use Group 4's specific allowable uses are described on pages 6 through 9 and include "recreational, religious, health, and other essential services for the residents."

The website Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination has details about the City Environmental Quality Review for this application. In December 2019, the Department of City Planning determined that the proposed project would not have a significant adverse impact on the environment.

If city agencies don't approve the proposed building, the developer has stated that a hotel will be built instead. The building would also include the church, its school, and medical offices.

"Repositioning the asset to reflect the evolution of Windsor Terrace" will "add to the area’s steady growth," New York citybizlist wrote on July 18, 2018.

Meeting location
P.S. 130 Upper School
713 Caton Avenue
between E. 7th and E. 8th streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn


Regular Monthly Board Meeting of Community Board 7
Wednesday, January 15th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The regular monthly Board Meeting of Community Board 7 will be held on Wednesday, January 15th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CB 7 covers Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park.
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 December 18, 2019
5. Committee Reports:
   A) Land Use/Landmarks Committee (vote required)
      1. Committee reports and recommendations
      2. Review coordinated response
      3. Board primer and comment process
   B) Sanitation/Environment Committee (no vote required)
      1. Presentation from the Department of Sanitation on the Make Compost, Not Trash campaign in CB7 district
6. Elected Officials/Representatives
7. District Manager’s Report
8. Chairperson’s Report
9. Old Business
10. New Business
11. Public Comment
12. Adjournment

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

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020


Korner Pizzeria is open on Tuesdays again. It had been closed on Tuesdays since last summer, but now it's back to being open seven days a week.

In 2017, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams presented Korner with a Certificate of Recognition "for 51 years of service as a Brooklyn Cornerstone Business."

Korner has been family-owned and family-operated since 1966. It won a Golden Slice Award from Eater in July 2016. See the Eater article "The Neighborhood Pizzeria Hall of Fame Presents: The Golden Slice Awards." 

Korner Pizzeria
226 Church Avenue, corner of E. 3rd Street
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 853-3755