Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CANCELLATION OF MEET & GREET AT PROSPECT PARK


The Meet & Greet scheduled for tonight in Prospect Park has been canceled because of the weather. It will be rescheduled.

PARKING RULES FOR THIS WEEK

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will continue to be suspended, as they were on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and today to facilitate snow removal. They'll be suspended on Thursday, January 29th, Friday, January 30th, and Saturday, January 31st.

Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout New York City.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WHICH FOODS DO YOU WANT THE FOOD COOP TO SELL?



What do you want the Windsor Terrace Food Coop to sell? Fruit? Beverages? Dairy products? Paper goods?

Which days do you want the coop to be open? (It will probably be open one day during the week and one day on the weekend.)

In preparation for the first Windsor Terrace Food Coop members meeting, the coop board is asking members to fill out a short survey. The issues raised in the survey will be the focus of the meeting. Click here to fill it out.

The members meeting will be held on Monday, February 2nd, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Holy Name Church's Parish Hall at 245 Prospect Park West.

ANIMAL RESCUE CALENDAR PRICE DRASTICALLY REDUCED

If you don't have a 2015 calendar yet--or if you have one but you'd like to support Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR) by buying another one--you can order one from SCAR at the greatly reduced price of $10. The stars of the 12 Tails calendar are twelve SCAR "graduates"--rescued animals who found permanent, loving homes through Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

Order the calendar on eBay for $10 (plus $8 for expedited shipping in a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope). Proceeds will be used to support the shelter.

Calendar photographed and copyrighted by Kimberly M. Wang | Eardog Productions, Calendar Design by Adam Dalton | Adzn Design Studio, Campaign and Digital Design by The Brigade.

CLOSINGS AND WARNINGS UPDATED FOR TUESDAY MORNING

Alternate side of the street parking is suspended today and tomorrow.

All New York City public schools will be open tomorrow. After-school activities will occur as scheduled.

New York City subway and bus service resumes today with limited service at 9:00 a.m. A full Sunday schedule will begin at noon.


The travel ban for all New York City roads is lifted as of 7:30 a.m. today. All residents are allowed to travel on New York City roadways.

All MTA and Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels reopened today. Roads are slick.

Port Authority bus service and PATH train service resume at 9:30 a.m. today.

Parks reopen at 11:00 a.m. today. Use caution. Paths can be slippery, snow cover can cover frozen lakes and bodies of water, and branches may have fallen. If you see a fallen branch, call 311.

These Brooklyn recreation centers will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today with limited staffing: St. John’s, Sunset Park, McCarren. All recreation centers will resume their regular schedules at 3:00 p.m. today.

MTA Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Railroad, and Staten Island Railroad resumed today with limited service, operating today on a Sunday schedule.

New Jersey Transit train service resumes today as of 10:00 a.m. New Jersey Transit bus service resumes today at 11:00 a.m. Trains and buses will operate on a weekend schedule.

Amtrak service will operate between New York and Albany. Amtrak Northeast Regional and Acela Express service will continue to operate on a reduced schedule between New York and Washington. Service remains suspended between New York and Boston.

Monday, January 26, 2015

CLOSINGS, WARNINGS, AND OTHER WINTER WEATHER NEWS

New York City courts closed at 3:00 p.m. today and will be closed on Tuesday.

New York City parks and recreation centers will close this afternoon at 6:00 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice. Heavy ice and snow can cause hazardous conditions in parks, including falling branches and treacherous frozen park paths. On Tuesday morning, NYC Parks will provide an update on parks conditions.

MTA subways and buses, Metro North, and Long Island Railroad will run on their regular schedules until 7:00 p.m. Limited service after 7:00 p.m. No subway, bus, or commuter rail service after 11:00 p.m.

As of 11 o'clock tonight (Monday), until further notice, New York City roads can be used only by emergency vehicles. Drivers of non-emergency vehicles that are on the road may be subject to a fine. Last year, stalled and stuck vehicles prevented ambulances, fire trucks, and other emergency vehicles from getting to their destinations in sometimes-life-threatening situations.

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Warning for Brooklyn and southern Queens from midnight tonight through 5:00 a.m. tomorrow and for The Bronx and Northern Queens from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. tomorrow.

All New York City public schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th. After-school programs, PSAL (Public Schools Athletic League), and adult education programs have been canceled. Regents scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed until Thursday, January 29th.

Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended throughout the city on Tuesday, January 27th (tomorrow), and Wednesday, January 28th, to facilitate snow removal. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the city.

Garbage collection, recycling collection, and organics collections will be suspended on Tuesday.


The Brooklyn Public Library system will be closed on Tuesday.

SCHOOLS CLOSED TUESDAY

All New York City public schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th. After-school programs and PSAL (Public Schools Athletic League) have been canceled. Regents scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed until Thursday, January 29th.

PARKING RULE SUSPENSION EXTENDED

The New York City Department of Transportation and the Department of Sanitation have announced that alternate side parking regulations will be suspended throughout the city through Wednesday, January 28th, to facilitate snow removal.

Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the city.

For more information, see http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/alternate-side-parking.shtml.

MISSING PERSON: ALYSSA VILLAREAL

Alyssa Villareal, missing person
Alyssa Villareal, a 28-year-old white female, has been missing since Thursday, January 22nd, at 12:30 p.m.

Alyssa is 5'4" tall and weighs 115 pounds. She wears brown glasses. She was last seen in front of her home at 1145 40th Street in Brooklyn, New York, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 12th Avenue, dressed in light-colored shorts, a grey waist-length jacket, and black boots. 

She is from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She got her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, in 2014.

Anyone who has information about Alyssa is asked to either call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS, submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then enter TIP577.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SCHOOLS CLOSED TOMORROW (MONDAY)


Tomorrow (Monday, January 26th), schools will
be open for the regular school day, and schools
will administer Regents exams as scheduled. 
But in anticipation of a blizzard, all

  • school field trips, 
  • after-school programs,
  • PSAL (Public Schools Athletic League), and
  • evening adult education programs

will be canceled.

It's "likely" that schools will be closed on Tuesday.
The final decision will be made on Monday.

BLIZZARD CAUSES PARKING AND TRASH-COLLECTING SUSPENSIONS

Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended throughout the city tomorrow, Monday, January 26th, and Tuesday, January 27th, to facilitate snow removal.

Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the city.

For more information, see http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/alternate-side-parking.shtml.

Garbage collection, recycling collection, and organics collections will also be suspended on Monday and Tuesday.

EXTREME SNOW AND WIND: A BLIZZARD IS GOING TO HIT US TOMORROW


The National Weather Service has issued a citywide Blizzard Warning which is in effect from Monday, January 26th, at 1:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. A Snow Alert will be in effect as of Monday at 12:01 a.m.

The blizzard is described as "crippling and potentially historic."

The current forecast calls for an accumulation of 20-30 inches of snow, with locally higher amounts possible and snowfall rates of up to 2-4 inches per hour late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Northern winds of 30 to 40 mph are forecast with gusts of up to 65 mph possible. Temperatures in the lower 20s are expected, with visibilities of one quarter mile or less at times.

For more information visit www.weather.gov/nyc.

MISSING TEENAGER: TZVI STOLZENBERG

Missing since Thursday, January 22nd, at 5:55 a.m., from in front of New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan
  • Name: Tzvi Stolzenberg
  • Gender: male
  • Skin color: white
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height: 6 feet tall
  • Weight: 160 pounds
  • Wearing black dress shoes, a grey jacket, and black slacks

His home address is 721 East 9th Street, Brooklyn.

Tzvi was also missing for a few days in September 2012. He has depression and schizophrenia. He does not have his necessary prescription medication with him.

If you have any information about Tzvi,

  • call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS
  • or log onto Crime Stoppers 
  • or send a text to 274637(CRIMES) and then enter TIP577
  • or call Detective Claude Jeanpierre at (718) 851-5554
  • or call Detective Borough Brooklyn South at (718) 287-3239.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

FREE DETOX, CLEANSE, AND WEIGHT LOSS WORKSHOP


                   Free Detox, Cleanse, and Weight Loss Workshop
                     Sunday, January 25th, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In this free detox, cleanse, and weight loss workshop with Family of Light co-owner Alaknanda Nabar, learn what causes a toxic build-up in your body on a daily basis and how to naturally remove those toxins from your body.


Learn how to manage your weight and health. Support and balance your body with essential oils and plant-derived products by avoiding a toxic load, strengthening your immune system, and increasing metabolism and life energy.

A gift will be raffled off at the end of the workshop.

Reserve a seat by clicking on this link. If you have any questions, call (347) 587-9344 or send an e-mail to support @ familyoflight.center.

Family of Light Holistic Center
717 Coney Island Avenue, between Cortelyou Road and Slocum Place (map)
(718) 928-7771
http://www.familyoflight.center
https://www.facebook.com/FamilyOfLightHolisticCenter

Friday, January 23, 2015

NEW VISION FOR PROSPECT PARK


UPDATE: CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED.


Meet the Prospect Park Alliance President
Wednesday, January 28th, 7:00 p.m.

Join Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in meeting and greeting Sue Donoghue, the new president and park administrator of the Prospect Park Alliance. On Wednesday, January 28th, at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Donoghue will present her vision for Prospect Park. She will also participate in a Q&A session with the public.

Ms. Donoghue earned a Master of Public Administration at New York University, was an assistant commissioner at NYC Parks for six years, and is, along with her children and her dog, an active user of Prospect Park.

The event will take place in the Picnic House in Prospect Park at 40 West Drive.

About the Prospect Park Alliance

In partnership with the City of New York, the Prospect Park Alliance preserves and maintains Prospect Park, a place that receives more than million visits per year.

It is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1987 after Prospect Park suffered deterioration and decline. The Alliance preserves the natural environment, restores historic design, and provides public programs and amenities for the Park.

CANCELED: F TRAIN STATION SKIPS, JANUARY 23RD TO 26TH


UPDATE: This planned service change has been canceled.

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From Friday, January 23rd, at 11:45 p.m. until Monday, January 26th, at 5:00 a.m., Jamaica-bound F trains will run express from Neptune Avenue to Smith-9th Street. The F will not stop at

  • Avenue X,
  • Avenue U,
  • Avenue P,
  • Avenue N,
  • Bay Parkway,
  • Avenue I,
  • Ditmas Avenue,
  • Fort Hamilton Parkway,
  • 15th Street-Prospect Park, or
  • 4th Avenue-9th Street.

For service to Avenue X, Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway, Avenue I, and 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 Neptune Avenue and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.

For
the Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street stations, take the G instead. Transfer between trains at Church Avenue, 7th Avenue, or Smith-9 Street.

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED AS A SNOWSTORM HEADS OUR WAY

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Brooklyn and the rest of New York City, starting tonight at about midnight and continuing until tomorrow (Saturday) at 6:00 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Hazardous travel conditions are predicted, along with low visibility of a half-mile or less and a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Three to five inches of snow and ice might accumulate.

The New York City Department of Transportation and the Department of Sanitation have announced that alternate side parking regulations will be suspended citywide tomorrow--Saturday, January 24th--to facilitate the snow's removal.

Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the city.

For more information, see http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/alternate-side-parking.shtml.

GRAND OPENING OF NEW CAFE TOMORROW


A new cafe will open in Windsor Terrace tomorrow (Friday, January 23rd) on the site formerly occupied by Juice Pedaler and, before that, Lonelyville Coffee.

Elk's menu will feature sandwiches made exclusively for them by Brancaccio's Food Shop, coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, pastries from Park Slope's Colson Patisserie, and sweets from Ovenly and Magpies Bake Shop.


Breakfast and lunch options will include sandwiches, bagels, scones, tea bread, cookies, doughnuts, and much more.

The family-friendly café will host activities for children in its back garden. But until the weather allows that, they'll have story-times, songs, and hot chocolate indoors.

Elk's owner is Kari Browne, the owner of Lark Cafe in Ditmas Park.


Sandwich menu
  • smoked salmon, red onion, capers, and spicy mascarpone  $9
  • marinated flat iron steak with sweet onions  $9
  • ham and fontina cheese with gherkins and grain mustard  $8.50
  • roasted eggplant, mozzarella, and pesto  $8.50
  • grilled cheese  $7

Elk's open hours tomorrow are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Elk Cafe

154 Prospect Park Southwest
between Vanderbilt and Seeley streets 
across from the Vanderbilt Street Playground in Prospect Park
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(718) 853-5500
http://www.elkcoffee.com
https://www.facebook.com/elkcoffee

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CANCELED: F TRAIN STATION SKIPS, JANUARY 23RD TO 26TH


UPDATE: This planned service change has been canceled.

---------------------------------------------------------------

From Friday, January 23rd, at 11:45 p.m. until Monday, January 26th, at 5:00 a.m., Jamaica-bound F trains will run express from Neptune Avenue to Smith-9th Street. The F will not stop at

  • Avenue X,
  • Avenue U,
  • Avenue P,
  • Avenue N,
  • Bay Parkway,
  • Avenue I,
  • Ditmas Avenue,
  • Fort Hamilton Parkway,
  • 15th Street-Prospect Park, or
  • 4th Avenue-9th Street.

For service to Avenue X, Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway, Avenue I, and 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 Neptune Avenue and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.

For
the Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street stations, take the G instead. Transfer between trains at Church Avenue, 7th Avenue, or Smith-9 Street.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DOT'S PROPOSALS THROUGH THE EYES OF COMMUNITY BOARD 7

Site plan for PS/IS 437 at 701 Caton Avenue


Community Board 7 summarized what transpired at the January 8th meeting between the Windsor Terrace and Kensington communities and the Department of Transportation.
"On January 8, Councilman Brad Lander and Community Board 7 sponsored a meeting at PS 130 to discuss the Department of Transportation's plans to improve safety on Caton Avenue and surrounding streets. This corridor is a truck route and will soon be home to PS/IS 437, located between East 7th and East 8th Streets, which is scheduled to open in September, 2015.

The Community Board and Councilman have called on the Department of Transportation to conduct a safety study for Caton Avenue between McDonald Avenue and Coney Island Avenue. The study was made even more urgent by a recent pedestrian fatality on East 7th Street and Caton Avenue. The Community Board has long called for more school crossing guards on this dangerous street.

The Department of Transportation's plan includes reducing traffic lanes, adding turning bays, pedestrian islands, lower school speed limits, curb extensions, high visibility crosswalks and retiming lights. DOT's plan can be reviewed at this link.

Community Board 7 has also called for speeding up pedestrian countdown clocks on Caton Avenue and a safety study for McDonald Avenue, as well as more school crossing guards, district-wide.  Community Board 7's Transportation Committee also expects to review DOT's Truck Route study in the near future."


TRAFFIC STUDY UPDATE AT TONIGHT'S COMMUNITY BOARD 7 MEETING

Community Board 7 Monthly Meeting
Tonight
Wednesday, January 21st, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Board 7's Vision Zero Task Force will report to the public at this month's board meeting. This report will be welcome, in light of the death of pedestrian Mohammad Naiem Uddin, continued collisions, and more near misses within the district's boundaries.

A heightened awareness of hazardous traffic conditions in the area has led concerned members of the community to form two grassroots groups, Windsor Terrace Safe Streets and KWT Safe Streets.

As you'll see on the proposed agenda below, residents who attend board meetings are given two opportunities for public comment. Don't be shy!

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 on December 17, 2014 
5. Public Comment 
6. Committee Report: Vision Zero Task Force 
7. Acknowledgement of Elected Officials & Elected Officials Representatives 
8. Chairperson’s Report 
9. District Manager’s Report 
10. Old Business 
11. New Business 
12. Public Comment 
13. Adjournment


Meeting location:
Community Board 7 Board Room
4201 4th Avenue (entrance on 43rd Street)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
phone: (718) 854-0003
fax: (718) 436-1142
e-mail: communityboard7 @ yahoo.com
http://www.brooklyncb7.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Community-Board-7/195263140637225


This post was originally published on this blog on January 9th.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WHO CREATED THE WINDSOR TERRACE FOOD COOP'S FACEBOOK PAGE?



Some thoughtful person created a Facebook page for the Windsor Terrace Food Coop, and the coop's board members would like to hear from that person so that the page--which they like--can be updated.

If you did this good deed or know the person who did it, please let the board know by contacting them at windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop 
windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com 
http://www.windsorterracefoodcoop.com

Thanks to coop board member Jack O'Connell for the information.

The plan is to open the food coop in March. The first meeting of coop members will be on Monday, February 2nd. Click here for details about the meeting.

CALENDAR STILL AVAILABLE (AT REDUCED PRICE)

If you haven't bought a 2015 calendar yet, you're in luck: the first calendar from Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR) is still available at the reduced price of $15. The stars of the 12 Tails calendar are twelve SCAR "graduates"--rescued animals who found permanent, loving homes through Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

Order the calendar on eBay for $15 (plus $8 for expedited shipping in a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope). Proceeds will be used to support the shelter.

Calendar photographed and copyrighted by Kimberly M. Wang | Eardog Productions, Calendar Design by Adam Dalton | Adzn Design Studio, Campaign and Digital Design by The Brigade.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

FREE YEMENI ARTS AND CULTURAL EVENT IN KENSINGTON


The Singing Winds:
Storytelling from Around the World
presents

The Girl in the Egg
Stories, Poetry, Music, and Dance from Yemen 
Saturday, January 24th, 2:00 p.m.

Free admission. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/SingingWinds and singingwinds.org or call (718) 564-5983.

About The Singing Winds
The Singing Winds is a new storytelling series featuring traditional folklore from the many cultures and the many languages spoken by the people who live in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Hosted by P.S. 230, the Singing Winds storytelling series features both professional artists and community groups in live performances that bring to life the characters that have entertained and educated children for centuries.



Event location:
P.S. 230 Lower School
Multimedia Room
425 McDonald Avenue, between the post office and the bank
Kensington, Brooklyn


Thanks to Jill Reinier, director of The Singing Winds, storyteller, and teaching artist for the information and for the work she does.

CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS AT IHM



Mardi Gras Mass and Celebration
Sunday, February 8th, 11:45 a.m.

After the 11:45 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, join your neighbors in a buffet lunch with raffles, 50/50, games, and DJ music in the IHM gym.

The buffet will consist of stuffed shells, chicken jambalaya, chicken fingers, Mardi Gras salad, boneless spare ribs, eggplant rollatini, broccoli oreganato, creole pasta with sausage, shrimp in a light cream sauce, bread, salad, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and dessert.

The cost is $15 per adult, $10 per child, $40 for a family of two adults and two children, and $5 for each additional child in the family under the age of twelve.

Fill out the above form and convey it with payment via cash or check to Immaculate Heart of Mary Rectory by Monday, February 2nd.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church 
2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway 
between E. 4th and E. 5th streets 
Windsor Terrace, one block from Kensington website: http://www.ihmbrooklyn.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Immaculate-Heart-of-Mary-Roman-Catholic-Church/1432137603707177