Saturday, March 28, 2015

GREEN YOUR BLOCK WITH A FREE TREE


Tree Giveaway
Sunday, April 12th, noon to 2:00 p.m.

Take a free tree home from Kensington's Compost for Brooklyn, one of the community organizations that has partnered with New York Restoration Project (NYRP) as part of the MillionTreesNYC initiative.

Through NYRP, hundreds of free trees are given to New Yorkers nearly every weekend during the spring and fall. Over the years, tens of thousands of trees have been given away. Click here to read more about the current giveaway, which is exclusively featuring fruit trees.

To qualify for a free tree, you must agree to

  1. plant the tree in one of the five boroughs,
  2. plant the tree in the ground of your yard and not along streets, in city parks, in containers, or on terraces, balconies or roofs, and
  3. keep the tree properly watered and maintained.

With your tree, you'll be given a planting and care guide, and a brief tree care workshop will be held at the tree giveaway event.

To reserve a free tree ahead of time, register at https://www.nyrp.org/green-spaces/tree-giveaway when the registration link gets posted (approximately two weeks before the event).

If registration is already full by the time you try to register, go to the event anyway--a limited number of trees will be available for drop-ins on a first-come, first-served basis at the beginning of the event. 

If you do reserve a tree, you'll have to pick it up within the first hour of the event (between noon and 1:00 p.m.). After 1:00 p.m., any reserved trees that haven't been picked up will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Compost for Brooklyn 
corner of Newkirk Avenue at E. 8th Street 
Kensington, Brooklyn 
compostforbrooklyn @ gmail.com  
https://twitter.com/CompostBrooklyn/ 
http://compostforbrooklyn.org/ 
https://www.facebook.com/compostforbrooklyn?fref=nf

Friday, March 27, 2015

FARMING SEASON BEGINS IN WINDSOR TERRACE


The first work day of the season will be held at Prospect Farm tomorrow, March 28th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in to help prepare the farm for the growing season.

Prospect Farm welcomes new members. The cost of membership is $25 per year, and a work commitment is required.


Prospect Farm
1194 Prospect Avenue, between Seeley and Vanderbilt streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
e-mail: prospectfarmbk @ gmail.com

Take the F or G train to the Fort Hamilton Parkway subway station, and exit onto Prospect Avenue.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

MORE FOOD AND MORE NEWS FROM THE FOOD COOP



Update to the update: Credit cards and debit cards can't be accepted this weekend.

Update: The credit card processing company has had some technical difficulties. It hopes to have the problem resolved by 6:00 p.m. on Friday.
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Credit and debit cards will be accepted for payment this weekend at the Windsor Terrace Food Coop.

Twice as much food will be on hand as last weekend, when everything sold out on opening day. Look for the addition of oranges, pineapples, more types of berries, organic potatoes, multi-colored eggs, and dairy products (milk, eggs, yogurt).

Shopping hours this weekend will be

  • Friday, March 27th, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
  • Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and
  • Sunday, March 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bring bags to carry your food home in.

To become a member, go to the coop's website for instructions on joining by mail, in person, or online.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop
825 Caton Avenue, corner of E. 8th Street 
windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com 
http://www.windsorterracefoodcoop.com 
https://twitter.com/WTFoodCoop
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Windsor-Terrace-Food-Coop-Inc/118978878257944?sk=timeline

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GOT MILK? YES--AT THE FOOD COOP.


Refrigerators are in place at the Windsor Terrace Food Coop...so starting this weekend, members will be able to buy organic eggs, milk, half and half, yogurt, and cheese. 

Credit and debit cards will be accepted for payment.

The shopping schedule for this weekend:

  • Friday, March 27th, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
  • Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and
  • Sunday, March 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bring bags to carry your food home in.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop
825 Caton Avenue, corner of E. 8th Street 
windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com 
http://www.windsorterracefoodcoop.com 
https://twitter.com/WTFoodCoop
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Windsor-Terrace-Food-Coop-Inc/118978878257944?sk=timeline

WE'VE GOT TO GET OURSELVES BACK TO THE GARDEN*


Welcome, spring! The reopening of the East Fourth Street Community Garden is just a few days away. Its open hours from April through October will be


  • Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,
  • Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and
  • whenever the garden gate is open.

Several events are scheduled for the open season, including flea markets and children's events. Check the garden's calendar for the dates.

East Fourth Street Community Garden 
179 E. 4th Street 
between Caton Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Windsor Terrace / Kensington 
http://eastfourthstreetgarden.tumblr.com  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/246036418909475

* "Woodstock," by Joni Mitchell 

PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT; A SCHOOL FUND RAISER


3rd Annual Card Party
Friday, May 1st, 7:00 p.m.

Have fun and raise funds at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy's third annual card party. Food, games, and prizes await you in Shepherd's Hall.

Tickets cost $15 each and have to be purchased in advance. You can buy them in the school office or at Holy Name Rectory (245 Prospect Park West, between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue) or Immaculate Heart of Mary Rectory (2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway, between E. 4th and E. 5th streets).

Shepherd's Hall is at 241 Prospect Park West, between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue, in Windsor Terrace.

FOOD COOP'S OPEN HOURS THIS WEEKEND


Friday hours have been added to the Windsor Terrace Food Coop's schedule. The shopping schedule for this weekend is
  • Friday, March 27th, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
  • Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and
  • Sunday, March 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bring bags to carry your food home in.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop
825 Caton Avenue, corner of E. 8th Street 
windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com 
http://www.windsorterracefoodcoop.com 
https://twitter.com/WTFoodCoop
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Windsor-Terrace-Food-Coop-Inc/118978878257944?sk=timeline

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

25 CENTS MORE AND WE CAN'T EVEN GET ON THE BUS


A request for feedback on local bus service...
Hi,
I'm gathering feedback on a section of the B67 and B69 weekday bus routes for Community Board 7 which is looking into the possibility that the current bus schedule may be inadequate to handle demand. Feedback is needed by this Friday 3/27/15.


The routes in question are the Kensington to Downtown Brooklyn direction on the stops between the Ave. C/McDonald Ave. stop and the 7th Ave./19th St. stop from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
My experience has been that these buses (primarily filled with middle schoolers) fill up quickly at either Church Ave. or Albemarle, leaving kids and adults behind at the stops and regularly skipping all the stops between the Ave. C and 19th St. stops.

If you take these routes during these times or if you have a kid who takes them, I would appreciate your feedback (and theirs) on the experience. All responses will be forwarded to the Community Board.

Thanks in advance,
Lauren
--
Lauren Elvers Collins
lauren.collins00 @ gmail.com

Monday, March 23, 2015

VENDORS AND VOLUNTEERS, REGISTER NOW FOR GREENWOODSTOCK


Folks who are interested in being vendors or volunteers at the 6th annual Greenwoodstock on Sunday, May 3rd, should contact Friends of Greenwood Playground at greenwoodplayground @ gmail.com. The event features all-day entertainment, handmade goods, stoop sale items, and representatives from community organizations.

A vendor space costs $30. A table and two chairs, if you need them, cost another $20. 

Greenwood Playground is on E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue, in Windsor Terrace, a block from Kensington.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SOLD OUT! FOOD COOP CLOSED TOMORROW


The early bird gets the food: the peppers and potatoes, the apples and asparagus, the beets and bananas, the spinach and shallots, the turmeric, garlic, and ginger, and everything else in the store were snapped up by an unexpectedly large crowd of happy coop members.

And so, the Windsor Terrace Food Coop will NOT be open tomorrow after all because there's nothing left to buy!

Next weekend, if everything goes as planned, a refrigerated case will be installed, and dairy products will be sold.

The coop will be open next weekend (March 27th, 28th, and 29th) on Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday. More information will be posted here when it's available.

Windsor Terrace Food Coop
825 Caton Avenue, corner of E. 8th Street
windsorterracefoodcoop @ gmail . com
http://www.windsorterracefoodcoop.com
https://twitter.com/WTFoodCoop


Friday, March 20, 2015

GRAND OPENING TOMORROW FOR THE WINDSOR TERRACE FOOD COOP


UPDATE: The Windsor Terrace Food Coop will NOT be open tomorrow (Sunday). All of the food was purchased today.

Asparagus, broccoli, chicory, blueberries, strawberries, and more, more, more are in transit to the Windsor Terrace Food Coop for its Grand Opening. 49 boxes of fruit and vegetables will greet coop members when the door opens tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Over the next few weeks, additional products will be offered.

This weekend's open hours are Saturday, March 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 22nd, also from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Credit cards, debit cards, and cash will normally all be accepted, but this weekend, the coop won't be ready to accept credit or debit cards. So, bring cash.


Only members will be permitted to shop at the coop. Members are entitled to participate in discussions on coop policies and directions, vote for Board Members, and vote on any policy changes. Almost 400 people have become members by paying the $100 membership fee.

The Windsor Terrace Food Coop is located at 825 Caton Avenue, on the corner of E. 8th Street (across from Shenanigan's). On-street parking is available.

Bring bags with you to put your purchases into and carry home.

Thank you to the good folks who worked so hard for the past two-and-a-half years to make a food coop in our neighborhood a reality!

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If you'd like to become a member...

You can send or bring your membership application (see below) and a $100 check to
     Windsor Terrace Food Coop
      825 Caton Avenue
      Brooklyn, NY 11218
making the check payable to Windsor Terrace Food Coop.

Or you can go to Juice Box Wine Shop at 1289 Prospect Avenue and give them the membership application below and a $100 check. 

Or go to the food coop's website at www.WindsorTerraceFoodCoop.com and follow the instructions to pay online to become a member.


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Application for Membership

Windsor Terrace Food Coop



Name____________________________



Address___________________________



Phone_____________________________



Email Address__________________________


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

https://twitter.com/WTFoodCoop

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SNOW IS EXPECTED ON THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 6:00 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, March 20th), through 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21st. Snow will begin falling tomorrow morning and continue throughout the day.

The snow will intensify in the afternoon, and the heaviest snowfall is expected during the Friday evening rush hour.

Late tomorrow evening, the snow will taper off, with an expected accumulation of 4 to 6 inches. Be cautious. Be prepared for limited visibility and slippery travel conditions.

So far, alternate side parking rules haven't been suspended for the impending snowstorm.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

JOYFUL DANCE AND MUSIC CONCERT BY BANGLADESH INSTITUTE OF PERFORMING ARTS



Family Evening of Bangla Dance and Music
Saturday, March 21st, 6:30 p.m.

The talented and energetic dancers and singers of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) will present a spring concert of Bangla dance and music in Kensington this Saturday. BIPA welcomes people of all ages to what is sure to be an exciting event. The free concert will be held in P.S. 230's Upper School.

The program will include a performance by BIPA, vocalists, a lap steel guitar recital, and Bangla folk songs. In addition, the winners of BIPA's Children's Art Competition, held at P.S. 230's Lower School on March 7th, will be given their prizes. 

Kensington resident Annie Ferdous founded the non-profit BIPA in 1993 for the purpose of promoting and preserving Bangla culture and traditions outside of the mother country.

Event location
P.S. 230 Upper School auditorium
1 Albemarle Road
between McDonald Avenue and Dahill Road
Kensington, Brooklyn

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NEW COMMANDER OF THE 66TH PRECINCT WILL BE AT THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING


66th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Thursday, March 19th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This month, the 66th Precinct Community Council will meet at a different location than usual: Friends Field, 1310 E. 4th Street at Avenue L.

The public is invited to listen to Captain Kenneth Quick, the precinct's new commanding officer, give an update on the latest crimes in our community and what is being done about crime in general. Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo, the departing commander, will also be at the meeting.

There will also be an opportunity to bring any crime issues or other policing issues you may have to the precinct's attention. You can also find out about the many different programs available that might interest you.

The 66th Precinct Community Council meets at 7:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. For further details, meeting times, or information, call them at (718) 851-5601.


The council's e-mail address is 66precinctcc @ gmail.com.

JOB AVAILABLE AT BATATA


Batata is looking for a capable, multi-tasking, spirited person to join their staff. E-mail them at batatabk @ gmail.com for more information.

Batata Pita Bar
3021 Fort Hamilton Parkway
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
(347) 599-1260

Stay informed about Batata via
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http://www.batatabk.com

SESAME STREET'S BOB WILL PERFORM IN CONCERT HERE

Bob of Sesame Street in Concert
Sunday, April 19th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Singer and actor Bob McGrath of Sesame Street and singer/songwriter Pete Sinjin of Hootenanny Arts House will perform in Windsor Terrace at a fund raiser for the P.S. K280 PTA. The money raised will help support the school's music, art, and enrichment programs.

The concert starts at 2:00, but get there when the doors open at 1:00 for a raffle and a bake sale.

The ticket price is $10 for an adult (age 13 or older) and $5 for a child (age 12 or under). All tickets are general admission and can be purchased here.

The concert will take place at P.S. K280 at 500 19th Street. Use the entrance near 10th Avenue. The building also houses Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, and it's the former home of Bishop Ford High School.

Monday, March 16, 2015

VENDORS WANTED FOR GREENWOODSTOCK


Peace. Love. Music. Crafts. Bargains.

Friends of Greenwood Playground (FoGP) will hold its 6th annual "Greenwoodstock" on Sunday, May 3rd. It's a community market and live music festival with local performers and artisans.

FoGP is looking for vendors to sell stoop sale items and handmade craft items (no food vendors). Registration will open soon, so if you're interested in participating, send an e-mail to greenwoodplayground @ gmail.com.

Volunteers are also needed at the event. Use that e-mail address for volunteering too.

Greenwood Playground is on E. 5th Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue, in Windsor Terrace, a block from Kensington.

SPICY (BUT NOT HOT) INDIAN COOKING CLASS



Secrets of Healthy Indian Cooking
Sunday, March 22nd, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Chef Mukti Banerjee will teach students how to prepare these dishes:
  • Coastal shrimp Curry (Shrimp with coconut, cooked with aromatic Indian spices)
  • Kashmiri lamb Kabob (Minced lamb with marinated masala)
  • Mung Lentil curry (Small mung lentil cooked with peas and coconut)
  • Dahi Okra (Okra cooked with onion, ginger and yogurt masala)
  • Pulao (Basmati rice with carrots, peas, onion, and cashews)

You'll be given printed copies of the recipes, but it's a good idea to bring a notebook to write cooking tips in.
 
The fee for the three-hour class is $90 per person.


Mukti’s Kitchen (operated by Mukti Banerjee)
816 Beverley Road, near E. 9th Street
Brooklyn
(917) 703-3998
muktiskitchen @ gmail.com

SKIPPED STATIONS ON THE F TRAIN THIS WEEKEND


Jamaica-bound F trains will run express from Avenue X to Smith-9 streets from 11:45 p.m. on Friday, March 20th, until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22nd.

They'll skip Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway, Avenue I, Ditmas Avenue, Fort Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and 4th Avenue-9th Street.

Use these travel alternatives:

For service to 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
Avenue U, Avenue P, Avenue N, Bay Parkway, Avenue I, and Ditmas Avenue, 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-9th streets.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

PISCES PARTY TONIGHT


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Pisces Party
Sunday, March 15th

Tarot readings from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Happy Hour prices all night long for Pisceans.
 
Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop 
1118 Cortelyou Road
between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
Flatbush - Ditmas Park, Brooklyn 
 
(347) 240-5850
sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail . com 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

TUNEFUL TROLLEY TOUR OF GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY



Musical Trolley Tour of Green-wood Cemetery
Saturday, March 21st, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tour guide and songbird Marge Raymond will belt out the tunes of some of Green-wood Cemetery's resident composers, singers, and musicians, including

Ticket price: $15 for members of Green-Wood Cemetery or Brooklyn Historical Society; $20 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets online here.
Green-Wood's trolley tours are fully accessible and ADA compliant.

Green-wood Cemetery
500 25th Street, at 5th Avenue
Brooklyn
(718) 210-3080
info @ greenwoodcemetery.org
http://www.green-wood.com
https://www.facebook.com/historicgreenwood


SAFETY UPDATE FOR ALBEMARLE ROAD BY BRAD LANDER


Albemarle Neighborhood Association Community Meeting
Thursday, March 19th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Albemarle Neighborhood Association (ANA) will open its spring 2015 season of community meetings at the Flatbush Jewish Center, with City Councilmember Brad Lander as guest speaker.

The focus of his presentation will be issues of importance to our neighborhood, including an update on the Albemarle Road speed humps. Approved by the Department of Transportation in December 2013, the two speed humps (humps, not bumps) will be placed between McDonald Avenue and Ocean Parkway to make speeding drivers slow down.

Read about the full safety plan for Albemarle Road at Albemarle Activism Brings about Action on Improving Safety.

Do you have any other issues you'd like Councilmember Lander and/or ANA to address?

Foodtown and the ANA will provide light refreshments for free at the meeting.

All of ANA's community meetings are free and open to the public.

Meeting location
Flatbush & Shaare Torah Jewish Center
327 E. 5th Street
at the corner of Church Avenue
Kensington, Brooklyn

A wheelchair-accessible entrance is on the ground floor of Flatbush Jewish Center.

BOOKS ON SALE AT ARGYLE YARN SHOP


At Argyle Yarn Shop's book sale today and tomorrow (Saturday, March 14th, and Sunday, March 15th), get 40% off all books, booklets, magazines, and print patterns. Lantern Moon needle cases will also be 40% off.

Sales of non-yarn items are final; they can't be returned or exchanged. This sale offer can't be combined with any other sale offer.

The shop's open hours are Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 7:00 p.m.

Online shopping is now available.

Argyle Yarn Shop
288 Prospect Park West
near 18th Street
Windsor Terrace
(347) 227-7799
info @ argyleyarnshop.com 
http://argyleyarnshop.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Argyle-Yarn-Shop/266391510057439

HOME BUYERS AND SELLERS, TALK TO A REALTOR AND A BANKER AT HAMILTON'S (FREE)

Home Buying and Selling
Wednesday, March 25th, 6:00 p.m.

Haley Magnett, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with the Corcoran Group, and Gabi Feuer, Assistant Vice President of the Residential Mortgage Division at Sterling National Bank, will be at Hamilton's on March 25th.

Haley will answer your questions about real estate. If you're a current or potential home buyer or seller, she'll help you figure out how much the home is worth in today's environment. Gabi will provide you with information about mortgages and interest rates.

The hosts will provide light bites and wine.

If you want to participate, e-mail an RSVP to Haley.magnett @ corcoran.com by Sunday, March 22nd.

Hamilton's
2826 Fort Hamilton Parkway
southeast corner of E. 4th Street 
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn (one block from Kensington)
(718) 438-0488
hamiltonbkny @ gmail.com 

Friday, March 13, 2015

FREE "MARKETING RESOURCES FAIR" FOR BUSINESS OWNERS; HOW TO MARKET YOUR BUSINESS


Marketing Resources Fair
Wednesday, March 18th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

From the Church Avenue BID:

Join the Church Avenue BID, in partnership with Council Member Mathieu Eugene, for our “Your Business.Your Brand.” breakfast event taking place from 9am to 11am at El Acuario (1217 Church Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11218, Btwn Argyle Rd & Westminster Rd).  

Breakfast will be provided! This event is open to the public.
This FREE Marketing Resources Fair will include vendors such as: 
Some of the great door prizes include: 
$400 In Web Designing & Email Marketing For Your Business (Courtesy of Codacity)
$200 In Free Expert Marketing Consultations (Courtesy of Main Street Complete)
$250 In Marketing/Promotion Video Production Consultation & Workshop (Courtesy of EEC Productions)
It’s your business, it’s your brand- don’t miss the chance to learn how to maximize marketing opportunities for your business.
RSVP 
For more information, contact:  Divine Muragijimana 
P: 718-282-2500 x79295 
E: divineM@churchavenue.org
www.churchavenue.org