Monday, July 28, 2014

RELIEVE OVERCROWDING AT P.S. 130 AND DO IT FAST, WHILE RETAINING THE SCHOOL'S DIVERSITY

A proposal for P.S. 130....
Thanks for helping us spread the word about our new petition!

As you know, a new school (K437) will open on Caton Ave. in September 2015 just a couple of blocks from PS 130. There is a petition (written by PS 130 parents) in support of using the elementary portion of the new building to create a split site for PS 130 (upper school in the new building, lower school in the older PS 130 building).


Part of the new K437 building is already set aside for much-needed middle school seats and District 75 seats--our proposal will have no effect on that plan.

We believe that this split-siting model (which has worked well for our neighbor, PS 230), along with sensible rezoning, will
1) help relieve overcrowding at BOTH PS 154 and 130 (each is over capacity--154 at 137%, 130 at 138%);
2) preserve PS 130's racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse student body (PS 130 is currently the most diverse school in School District 15); and
3) make immediate use of the new facilities at K437 rather than slowly phasing in one grade level at a time (as would be done with a brand-new elementary school). 
You can read the petition and sign on if you're in agreement. ALL neighborhood residents over the age of 18 are eligible to sign! 

Petition to "Support PS 130 Upper and Lower School"
Meema (parent of a rising 2nd grader at PS 130)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

CHAND RAAT BAZAAR 2014


Chand Raat Bazaar
Sunday, July 27th, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Celebrate the last day of the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting, at the 6th annual Chand Raat Bazaar. When the new moon is seen, welcome Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, and the arrival of Eid Al-Fitr, the day of breaking the fast.

The bazaar will feature fashion, jewelry, clothing, arts and crafts, henna painting, face painting, and games. Guests will include celebrities, elected officials, and religious and community leaders.

Admission to the bazaar is free.

American Council of Minority Women** hosts the event. Women established the American Council of Minority Women in 2005 for the empowerment, development, protection, and promotion of human rights of women in the United States, and particularly in New York, in the social, legal, educational, and economic sectors.

1090 Coney Island Avenue
between Foster Avenue and Avenue H
Kensington

Friday, July 25, 2014

THE ALL-AGES DANCE-ALONG (FREE)


"Groovin' in Greenwood"
Saturday, July 26th, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A free event presented by
Cynthia King Dance Studio
and
Friends of Greenwood Playground

Dance performances
Raffle
Dance-along: Dance along with Cynthia King Dance Studio's students.

For people of all ages
Free

Get a preview of today's fun event with the photos of Groovin' in Greenwood 2013 on Facebook.

Greenwood Playground
E. 5th Street
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Greenwood Avenue
Windsor Terrace (one block from Kensington)

Friends of Greenwood Playground
(347) 497-3490
contact:

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING BREAK NEXT WEEK

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will be suspended citywide next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday--July 28th, 29th, and 30th--for Idul-Fitr.

All other parking regulations, including those for parking meters, will remain in effect on those days. 

Alternate side parking is not scheduled to be suspended again until Friday, August 16th, for the Feast of the Assumption.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME IN THE 72ND PRECINCT (FREE)


National Night Out 2014 Against Crime Across America
Tuesday, August 5th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The 72nd Precinct's observance this year of the 31st National Night Out Against Crime will feature
  • live music and a DJ,
  • free food and drinks from local restaurants,
  • lectures on crime prevention, fire safety, the FBI, and EMS, and
  • giveaways for kids.

It will be held in Sunset Park, at 44th Street and 6th Avenue, by the park entrance at the soccer field.

The National Association of Town Watch introduced National Night Out--America's Night Out Against Crime--in 1984. The night's goals are to
  • heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,
  • generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts,
  • strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and
  • send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
In the 1970s, before the creation of National Night Out, people in several communities participated in a grass-roots effort to deter crime by turning on their porch lights, sitting outside, and talking with their neighbors.

For more information or to learn about participating, sponsoring, and/or volunteering, contact the 72nd Precinct Community Council.

The event is held annually on the first Tuesday in August.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FIRST MEETING OF VISION ZERO TASK FORCE FOR COMMUNITY BOARD 7 (FREE)

Vision Zero Task Force
Tuesday, July 22nd, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Board 7's Vision Zero Task Force will set its goals tonight at its first meeting. The temporary committee, chaired by Joan Botti, will aim to further the mission of the Vision Zero Action Plan in ways that are specific to the neighborhoods within Community Board 7.

The public is welcome to attend meetings of Community Board committees.

Vision Zero is Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to use enforcement, education, and engineering to completely eliminate pedestrian and cyclist traffic fatalities throughout New York City within ten years.

The city agencies partnering with City Hall in this effort to save lives are Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of Transportation, New York Police Department, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

The NYPD and the Department of Transportation have been tasked to "Develop borough-wide safety plans in close coordination with community boards, community organizations, and the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit."

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

Monday, July 21, 2014

OPEN HOUSE AT BROOKLYN PROPER (FREE)


Brooklyn Proper Open House
Tonight: Monday, July 21st, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Complimentary food and drinks tonight at Brooklyn Proper, "a seasonally inspired bistro" whose food "is simple, rustic and healthful focusing on fresh,seasonal flavors sourced from local farms and markets." (Social Fix Brooklyn)

Brooklyn Proper
471 16th Street
between Prospect Park West and 10th Avenue
Windsor Terrace

(917) 502-5966
info @ bkproper.com
http://www.brooklynproper.com
https://www.facebook.com/bkproper

"RETURN TO EDEN": A PREVIEW OF AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS AND PRINTS (FREE)



Special One-night Preview Exhibition of
"Return to Eden"

Paintings and prints by visiting Bangladeshi artist
Nasima Khanam Queenie
in her 7th solo art exhibition

Thursday, July 31st, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The preview will be in the home of
Annie Ferdous
131 Chester Avenue
between Church Avenue and Louisa Street
Kensington, Brooklyn

For more information,
contact Annie Ferdous at
(917) 674-4746
annie @ bipainc.com

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"FROZEN" TO BE SHOWN (FREE)


Free Family Movie Night: Frozen
Sunday, July 20th, 8:00 p.m.

The Walt Disney Studios' movie Frozen is
"a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom."
Rating: PG. Length: 1 hour, 42 minutes. 

Location: Greenwood Playground, on the handball courts behind the basketball courts. 

The audience will be admitted starting at 8:00 p.m. The movie will be shown once it gets dark enough outside--between 8:30 and 9:00.

Bring chairs and/or blankets so you won't have to sit on the ground. Bring snacks, if you want to.

This and all other Friends of Greenwood Playground events are free.

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

Friends of Greenwood Playground
(347) 497-3490
contact:

Friday, July 18, 2014

THE MUSIC OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN IN KENSINGTON (FREE)


Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration
Sunday, August 16th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Oscar Andy Hammerstein III will host a free celebration of the musical partnership of his grandfather--lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II--and composer Richard Rodgers. The critically- and popularly-acclaimed duo wrote the words and music to South Pacific, The Sound of Music, State Fair, The King and I, Oklahoma!, and Carousel. Songs from those musicals will be performed by Broadway Pops International.

They were awarded thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards, and two Emmy Awards for their work.

The program is suggested for ages 5 and up. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kensington Library 
4207 18th Avenue
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
Kensington, Brooklyn
(718) 436-0545

Thursday, July 17, 2014

LUNCH FOR KIDS AND TEENS (FREE)


A free lunch is served Monday through Friday in locations throughout New York City to children who are eighteen years old or younger. Residency in New York City isn't required.

Locally, the meal is available at P.S. 130 through August 29th, P.S. 217-Colonel David Marcus School through August 22nd, and the Kensington Library through August 29th. Lunch is served from 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Summer Meals Program is run by the New York City Department of Education. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the meals are based on USDA nutrition guidelines.

No application is necessary to get a meal. Just go!

P.S.130, The Parkside School 
70 Ocean Parkway
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
(718) 686-1940
http://ps130brooklyn.com

Kensington Library  
4207 18th Avenue 
between E. 2nd and E. 3rd streets
(718) 436-0545 
http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/locations/kensington

P.S. 217, Colonel David Marcus School
1100 Newkirk Avenue
between Coney Island Avenue and Westminster Road
(718) 434-6960
http://ps217brooklyn.org

PUNCHED IN THE FACE ON THE F TRAIN

photo taken by an eyewitness

An eyewitness took this photo of the suspect in an assault that took place on a southbound F train at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 7th. The suspect went over to his victim and proceeded to hit him in the face several times with his hands.

The attack continued until the victim, a 44-year-old deaf, mute man, got off the train at 18th Avenue. The suspect stayed on the train. The victim was treated at Maimonides Hospital for lacerations to his bottom lip.

The suspect is described as a male black who is in his 50s and is between 5'9" and 6' tall. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and black sneakers.

Anyone who can provide any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, or submit it to the Crime Stoppers website, or text it to 274637(CRIMES) and then enter TIP577.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HEALTH FAIR IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Cortelyou Summer Fun Health Fair
Sunday, July 20th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the first annual Cortelyou Summer Fun Health Fair, meet local practitioners of
  • Reiki,
  • music therapy,
  • art therapy,
  • acupuncture,
  • massage,
  • herbology,
  • nutrition, and
  • aromatherapy.

Savor homemade vegetarian foods and delectable vegan desserts (desserts from Kensington's Brooklyn Rose Vegan Bakery).

Buy raffle tickets for chances to win unique prizes.

Activities will be provided for children.

The admission fee will be $5 for an adult and $5 for a family.

For more information, contact
Teri Gorbea
(917) 478-7589
tagorbea @ earthlink.net 
OR
Dany In
(718) 687-2351
danyeighty @ gmail.com

Cortelyou Early Childhood Center will host the fair in its annex at 386 Marlborough Road, between Cortelyou and Dorchester roads, in beautiful Brooklyn.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SEAN CASEY'S DOGS ARE WILLING TO TAKE PEOPLE OUT FOR WALKS (FREE)


Let a dog rescue you
from a lack of fresh air and exercise
through
the Sean Casey Animal Rescue's People Walking Program!

Get walked at
Sean Casey Animal Rescue  
153 E. 3rd Street 
between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue
Windsor Terrace, near Kensington

(718) 436-5163
or
551 39th Street
between 5th and 6th avenues
Sunset Park

(347) 599-1500 




e-mail:
info @ nyanimalrescue.org 

website:

SCAR adoptable pets on Petfinder: 

Twitter:

SUPPORT LOCAL INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

KUNDALINI YOGA INTRODUCTORY CLASS (FREE)



Free Introductory Class to Kundalini Yoga
Monday, July 14th, 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

A free introduction to Kundalini yoga, with Rita London. Space is limited, so RSVP right away to info @ mynamasteyoga.com.

After the free class, people are welcome to sign up for the four-week series, to be held on Sundays from 11:35 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on July 20th, July 27th, August 3rd, and August 10th.

The fee for the series is $60. Single/drop-ins cost $18.
 

My Namaste Yoga of Kensington 
Wilhyn Larsen, Owner 
482 Coney Island Avenue, 2nd Floor 
entrance on Church Avenue, using the red door and red stairs

(347) 533-6226
www.mynamasteyoga.com https://www.facebook.com/Namasteyogakensington
Info @ mynamasteyoga . com

Saturday, July 12, 2014

CALMING THROUGH KUNDALINI YOGA



Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
Sundays, from 11:35 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
July 13th, July 20th, July 27th, and August 3rd

Namaste Yoga will offer a four-week series of kundalini yoga and meditation, starting tomorrow, July 13th. If you miss a scheduled class, you can use
August 10th for a make-up day.

Fee: $60 cash; $65 if payment is made by credit card. 

My Namaste Yoga of Kensington 
Wilhyn Larsen, Owner 
482 Coney Island Avenue, 2nd Floor
entrance on Church Avenue, using the red door and red stairs. 

(347) 533-6226 
www.mynamasteyoga.com  
https://www.facebook.com/Namasteyogakensington
Info @ mynamasteyoga . com

THE FRESH GOODNESS OF FRUIT AND VEGGIES AT KENSINGTON GREENMARKET


Kensington Youthmarket
Saturday, July 12th to Saturday, November 22nd,
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kensington Youthmarket starts its fourth season of selling huge, fresh produce today.

The farm sells fresh, high-quality food from regional small farms...peaches, kale, cabbage, basil, parsley, beets, green pepper, onions, yellow squash, romaine lettuce, corn, and so much more.

It's located on Fort Hamilton Parkway at E. 5th Street by the library.

Pay with cash, EBT cards, debit cards, credit cards, WIC checks, and FMNP checks.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CRAFTS AND GAMES FOR KIDS, TEENS,AND ADULTS (FREE)


The Singing Winds presents free activities for children, teenagers, and adults this month.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays through Thursday, July 31st,  from 10 a.m. to noon, Cynthia Fortozo works with children on papier mâché, crafts, games, and making puppets.

Adults and teens are invited to participate in crochet and needlework projects.

Storytelling by Jill Reinier begins at 11:30 a.m. The Singing Winds features traditional folklore from the cultures and languages spoken by Kensington residents.

Events presented by The Singing Winds are always worth engaging in.

The activities take place at Albemarle Playground. The playground is on McDonald Avenue, between Albemarle Road and Caton Avenue, and behind P.S. 230, where The Singing Winds has given many entertaining and educational performances over the years.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ROLLER SKATING AND USE OF EQUIPMENT (FREE)


Roller Skating
Saturday, July 12th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Let the good times roll! Roller skate for free, using Skate Truck NYC's safety-certified roller skating equipment, safety pads, and helmets. Skate Truck NYC will provide everyone with free lessons. All ages/all generations are invited to roll together.

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

Friends of Greenwood Playground
(347) 497-3490
e-mail: greenwoodplayground @ gmail.com 

TOXIC HATE GRAFFITI HAS GOT TO GO

Hate

Hate painted over.

From Kim, a Kensington neighbor:
a call for awareness and an end to hate graffiti

Personally as a Muslim American, I have lived peacefully in Kensington for over 3 years now. I have never experienced any religious discrimination except in the form of this hate crime--specifically, these hateful messages which have been repeatedly written on the two USPS storage boxes along Ocean Parkway.

When I first noticed these hateful messages, it was disconcerting, but perhaps like many, I figured it would be taken care of sooner of later. Now after so many repeated incidents and over such a long period of time I believe its only right to bring the person or people responsible for this to justice.The dedicated police officers of precinct 66 made sure the hateful writing was removed from both storage boxes and are investigating this hate crime further.

This is the month of Ramadan, but I don't want people to think that's the only reason this happened. As I stated before, this is a recurring problem. It is only now being handled appropriately because someone cared enough to report it to the proper authorities. The USPS has also been contacted, since these storage boxes are their property, but there is no update from them as of yet. 

Regardless of religious affiliation, this situation is important to all residents of Kensington. Not only are these messages atypical of our neighborhood but they also discredit our reputation for being a diverse and harmonious community. I hope that by spreading awareness we can put an end to this chronic crime. 

Best,
Kim