Monday, December 31, 2007

Local Car Service Recommendations?

It's New Year's Eve! Many of us will be in need of a car service late night so start recommending people! We like the place on McDonald off Church across from Astoria Federal...
For a People in Pain, a Reason to Dance (NY Times)
About 300 people make up the Darfurian community that has sprouted in Kensington over the last several years. Only about 20 are women, and many of the men, Mr. Hashim included, drive taxis for a living, despite their professional background in Sudan, where many were civil engineers.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Shock in Pakistani Enclaves in New York (NY Times)



Anguish in Brooklyn Over Bhutto Assassination (NY Times)

Along Coney Island Avenue on Thursday, there were those who did not know whether to believe early rumors that Ms. Bhutto had been attacked and sought out fellow immigrants for confirmation. At a community center on Coney Island Avenue that helps South Asian immigrants, a woman wearing a black headscarf leaned against a door frame, numb, she said, from the news.
“She was a mother, she had children,” said the woman, who declined to give her name because her culture frowns upon women conversing with unfamiliar men, she said.

F Weekend

WEEKEND SUBWAY GUIDE
F: Coney Island-bound trains skip Fourth Avenue, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy between 12:01 a.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday

Kensington Stories

The next time you’re walking from the subway on Church Avenue, make sure to make a left into the "Deal 99 Cent Store". Take out that two dollars you have in your pocket, and hand it to the lady in the ticket booth on the side where that guy sells all the hats and gloves. She will probably not smile and give you a small "Admit One" ticket.
The Beverly By Ron Lopez

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Church Ave Addition?

Is there any news out there about 505 Church Ave (next door to Old Brick)? It looks like the sign has been removed and the gate down for a few days/ weeks (its the holidays and we haven't been as observant!).

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Petition for 81 Ocean Pkwy

From the Inbox:

The residents of 81 Ocean Parkway have been involved in a lengthy negotiation process about the development of 22 Caton Place. A promise from the developer, witnessed by Bill deBlasio, was made last year to include ample space (16 feet) between 22 Caton and 81 Ocean Parkway. Since then, the developer Daniel Rokeach has donated $50,000 to the city council and filed plans which allow for only half that space. The city council now no longer remembers that promise, nor can locate records of that promise. We're asking councilman Bill deBlasio to keep our neighborhood livable and asking people of the neighborhood to sign the petition.


Less Than 300K

FSBO
$279,000 (maint. $608) -1 BR Co-op w/ Terrace; 350 Ocean Pkwy at Ave C

Friday, December 21, 2007

Neighborhood News/ Events

NEARBY NEWS:
Little Toninos pizza across from Greenwood Playground has been shut down because they didn't pay their taxes. The rumor around the hood is they won't be reopening and Dancewave wants to expand into that space for a larger administrative office space. Local parents are hoping for another pizza parlour or food option since the location is so close to the playground and a perfect spot for a snack, lunch or dinner. Anyone out there interested in the space? We here the realtor is Peretti.


NEARBY EVENTS: (Noone has emailed us about anything in Kensington Proper but these are all right over the border...)
Santa Event at Hamilton Dog House!
Santa is coming to the Hamilton Dog House on East 3rd and Ft. Hamilton Parkway on December 22 from 12 pm - 3pm. Please bring your pets and/or children for a photo with Santa!! Photos will be $5.00 and all proceeds will go to benefit NYAnimal Rescue There will be refreshments for pets and owners alike.

Estelle w Liberty
Liberty Sunset Nursery from Red Hook will be selling Christmas wreaths, trees and other beautiful plants in front of Estelle every day until December 25th. Hot cider and warm drinks on Saturday and Sunday!!!!
Estelle: 3011 Ft. Hamilton Pkwy between E. 2nd and E. 3rd

Juice Box Wine & Spirits (From the owners: the first shop specializing in boutique wines and artisanal spirits in wonderful Windsor Terrace)! Drop by their grand opening bash on Saturday December 22 from 4-8pm
Juice Box: 1289 Prospect Ave. between Greenwood Ave. and Reeve Pl.

Silent Solstice Disco
Sat, Dec 22, sundown (4:30pm-7pm)
Rustic Arbor on Lullwater in Prospect Park, BK
FREE to all - bring liquid offering, mug & radio headphones

Support Trees!

This is from the KWT:
The city planning commission will be voting in January on AmendmentN-080081@2ry. They are looking for community input. If you would like to read about this amendment here is the link:http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/street_tree_planting/index.shtml

This proposed street tree planting amendment supports MayorBloomberg's PlaNYC goals for increased street tree canopy, air quality improvement, and storm water management.Please send your letters of support for more trees to be planted in both commercially zoned and residentially zoned locations as soon as possible.
Letters can be sent to:
City Planning Commission Calendar Info Office
22 Reade Street
Room 2E
New York, NY 1007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Welcome to donje' photography!

FROM THE DP TEAM:
We just launched our NEW WEBSITE http://www.donjephotography.com/ and wanted to introduce ourselves to the neighborhood by offering a unique opportunity to get Family Portraits. Professional In-Home Portrait Session$150

Each session you get:
· An hour of shoot time
· Inside/Outside, you pick
· Backdrop or no backdrop, your choice
· We also do pets :)
· As many photos as we can take, you choose 10 great photos that we will give you on CD in high quality Jpeg format. This means you have no obligation to buy prints through us; they're yours (this is a rare opportunity with any photographer)!
· This offer is available on all sessions booked by December 31, 2007 for January 2008.
Here is an opportunity to capture your family for a great price with great results. Give us a call with any questions and/or to set up an appointment 347-406-7886!!! *Our offer is good for Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Ditmas Park and the surrounding areas of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Estelle w Liberty

Liberty Sunset Nursery from Red Hook will be selling Christmas wreaths, trees and other beautiful plants in front of Estelle every day until December 25th. Hot cider and warm drinks on Saturday and Sunday!!!!

Estelle: 3011 Ft. Hamilton Pkwy between E. 2nd and E. 3rd

Monday, December 17, 2007

Foodtown Reno

We hear renovations at local supermarket Foodtown are in full swing though when we stopped in less than a week ago didn't notice much change. We've been told this is because current reno is happening behind the scenes within the basement and storage areas. Anyone know what exactly is happening back there?

Less Than 300K


Abandoned Homes

We got an email from a local resident about a concern over 2 empty homes near the vacant lot off Caton and East 7th. We're pretty sure the developer of the Caton Place condos bought a row of homes across from the building going up near Kensington Stables, could these also have been snapped up by the same developer and left empty in anticipation for another new construction? We imagine these will see the wrecking ball if the proposed project for the lot on Caton is approved but don't have any real info. Regardless, this still doesn't necessarily answer the concern from local residents and aren't sure what we can do in the meantime....

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

PLUS a new one is up at Kensington Stories By Ron Lopez
Horseradish, Hockey and the Wolfman

Santa Event at Hamilton Dog House!

Santa is coming to the Hamilton Dog House on East 3rd and Ft. Hamilton Parkway on December 22 from 12 pm - 3pm. Please bring your pets and/or children for a photo with Santa!! Photos will be $5.00 and all proceeds will go to benefit NYAnimal Rescue There will be refreshments for pets and owners alike.

Hamilton Dog House and RESCUE!

In case you're in the market for a dog, cat, lizard or bunny check out the Hamilton Dog House and talk to Sean about the rescue animals! Currently they have a 4 month old pit bull mix named Brooklyn (on the left), a 6 year old Lhasa Apso, a rat terrier and a whole bunch of kittens. Here's is Sean's Resue site on PetFinder.

Currently Sean and the team over at the HDH also have a cat that was brought to them on Saturday. The former owners of Jimmys Deli on Ft. Hamilton and E 4th left the cat behind. It had been at least 2 weeks since the former owner's of Jimmys moved out and the people who lived above the store heard the cats cries and where able to get the landlord to come by and let them in to get the cat. The cat was brought to HDH and is now being treated over at Pet Haven. It will be available for adoption this week.

Lastly, Sean is always on the look out for volunteer dog walkers for a few of the pups at HDH. If you're interested stop in and offer to help out! We're planning to start walking Brooklyn w our own dog this week since he is an energetic puppy who needs some exercise. Even if its only around a few local blocks or a good half loop in Prospect Park the dogs would love it!

New WT Wine Store

From the Inbox:
You may already know this, but that wine store in lower WT (on Prospect Ave.) actually did materialize -- it's called Juice Box. It looks like they're still setting up, but they have a sign up and might already be open.

Playground of Sound - Winter Session

From Michael Harren at Playground of Sound.... After a highly successful pilot session of music classes at the Honeydew Drop Playhouse, I have decided to offer a full length session in Windsor Terrace/Kensington. Each class is 45 minutes of physically active fun with a wide variety of instruments, props and movement activities.

Here's the schedule, now at two locations:
Honeydew Drop Playhouse
1113 Church Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Saturdays at 9:15 and 10:15
Jan 19- March 22
**includes 30 minutes of playtime after class**

Flatbush Jewish Center
E 5th St (at Church Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Mondays at 9:15 and 10:15
Jan 14-March 17

The Winter session is 10 weeks long. Classes are mixed age and open to children from birth to four years of age. Tuition is $230.00 (additional siblings $180.00) and includes The Bunny Collection book and CD.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Kensington Gift Guide

1. Get a portrait of you, the family or the dog by one of our local photographers. donje photography or Rebecca Wilde.

2. Buy a Tot Stop T-shirt from local resident Jessica who started the company.

3. Try a hey punkin! onsie or t-shirt from local Mom and business creator Heather. She even has an East 4th collection based on Kensington!

4. Get a gift certificate from Nail's Plus on Church Ave.

5. Buy some yummy and delicious stocking stuffers at Dan's Select Meats

6. Buy a work of art from one of the local artists... What about Adam Welch or Maggie Tobin? We totally dig their work. (Check out the blog roll for other local artists)

7. Buy Kesington neighbor san.drine's single for a pal.

8. Buy Anya Ulnich's book Petropolis for anyone! (It was on our must read list before we knew she lived in Kensington).

9. Stop by Estelle (on Fort Hamilton) for artisan goods and knick knacks.

10. Buy the dog or cat a treat at Hamilton Dog House (on Fort Hamilton) or It's a Dog's World located on Coney Island Ave.

11. Check out this interesting jewelry from local designer Kari Beth

12. Take someone to race slot cars at Buzz-A-Rama. Need info? Try askperri AT aol DOT com Perri is better known as Buzz.

Got more to add? Put it in comments and we'll updat the list next week!

F train Report Card - No Surprise

F line gets a C-minus (Brooklyn Paper)
“I would have given it a D. For the last six months it was horrible,” said Joyce Hardy Smith, who complained about delays and wait times.
But most riders were a little more generous than Smith.
The grades for 21 categories include:
• Adequate room on board at rush hour: D.

• Reasonable wait times: C–.
• Minimal delays during trips: C–.
• Sense of security on trains and stations: C–.
• Station announcements easy to hear: D.
• Metrocard machines: B– (highest grade).
These results, though less than glowing, are typical of the entire system and are therefore not necessarily a useful tool for comparing the lines against each other.
Of the 11 subway lines, only the 42nd Street shuttle got into B territory (B–) and no line failed (the C train got the lowest grade, a D).
In general, F riders were harshest about crowding (surprise) and the PA announcements.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Need some K-town gear?

We don't know of anyone else that promotes Kensington t-shirts so if you're looking for a holiday gift for a true K-town supporter try cafepress.com (this is the Kensington page).

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Reminder: Newcomer's Shabbat

Newcomer's Shabbat
The Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center warmly invites the entire community to join us the Newcomer's Shabbat- featuring our family friendly 'short and sweet' service. Oneg Shabbat will follow with refreshments.
When: December 14,2007 at 7:00 PM
Where: 327 East 5 St (corner of Church Avenue)
For more information call (718)871-5200

Nearby Obedience Classes

From Marion at It's a Dog's World:
It's a Dog's World , located at 593 Coney Island Avenue, near Beverley Road will be holding:
5 WEEK PUPPY AND BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASSES STARTING THE WEEK OF JANUARY 13TH

CLASS SCHEDULE:
Sundays at 11am Puppy
Sundays at 12:30pm Basic
Tuesdays at 7:30 Puppy
Wednesdays at 7:30 Basic
Thursdays at 7:00 Puppy
Thursdays at 8:30 Basic

4 DOG LIMIT PER CLASS
INSTRUCTORS USE STATE-OF-THE ART, GENTLE TRAINING TECHNIQUES
Go to http://compliantdog.com/Classes.html or call 718-684-5568 for more information about the classes!

Maybe Marion can teach some bad dog owners on E2nd how to keep their dog on a leash! : )

Post Office Consumer Advocate

We've tried to go to the post office 3 times in the last week and been turned off by the long lines and complaints we've gotten wind of through the yahoo group. Luckily we got a helpful hint from a neighbor!
If your local Postmaster hasn't been successful in solving your problem and you have already been in touch with someone from the Post Office's Consumer Affairs office the next step to take is to contact:
Consumer Advocate
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington DC 20260-2200
I also found an email address for the Post Master General... I sent an email there yesterday myself and haven't received a reply, but the email didn't bounce so I suspect that it's a good address: pmgceo@usps.gov

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

New Wine Shop (Disclaimer WT)

So we have no real info (and it is technically WT) but noticed the small commercial space behind the old laundry mat had lots and lots of boxes of wine, a wine 'cooler' and a large bottle of champagne in the window. Could lower WT be getting a new store or is this space just being used as a storage? Anyone out there got the info? (Address: 1289 Prospect Ave.)

From the In-Box

Hello Fellow Kensingtoners,
I live in the vicinity of Avenue C and E. 2nd Street, not too far from To-B-Thai restaurant. Over the last several months, I have noticed a disturbing trend on E. 2nd Street between Avenue C and Beverly Road. Some of our neighbors on E. 2nd Street between Avenue C and Beverly Road allow their big and unfriendly dogs to be on the side walk without leashes. In particular, I have had run-ins with a very large bulldog and another dog whose breed I don't know. I fear for the safety of my small children when we walk down E. 2nd Street, because these dogs immediately jump and snarl when a stranger, a stray cat, or another dog walks by. Even worse, it sometimes appears that their owners are too weak to control them adequately.

Leash laws people! Here's a link to Parks in NYC and the hours allowed for dogs to be off-leash. We're fans of the Nethermead in Prospect Park when off-leash hours are in affect starting in the Spring. Here are a few rules to remind local dog owners:
-Dogs must be on a leash (no more than six feet long) at all times, except in dog runs and designated off-leash areas at prescribed times.
-You must pick up after your dog and dispose of the waste in containers provided throughout the park.
-You must prevent your dog from chasing birds, squirrels, and other animals.
-Dogs are never allowed in playgrounds, zoos, swimming pools/facilities, bathing areas/beaches*, fountains, ballfields, or on basketball/handball/tennis courts.

From Church Ave F Stop

From the Inbox:
I saw this coming home last week. So funny! They ripped off the 'P' and switched the two words to provide a meaning totally the opposite of the originally intended one!

Yvette Hosts a Tele-Town Hall Meeting

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke hosts a Live Telephone Town Hall Meeting For Residents in the 11TH Congressional District
(located in central Brooklyn – Borough Park, Brownsville, Brooklyn Heights, Caroll Gardens, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, South Crown Heights, Cobble Hill, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Kensington, Midwood, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Weeksville, Windsor Terrace & Wingate)
DATE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007
TIME: 7:30PM
PARTICIPANT CALL IN #: 1-866-447-5149 -- pin number is # 13319
The live ‘tele-town hall,’ provides an additional forum for residents of the 11th congressional district to hear directly from their Congresswoman and to communicate their thoughts, concerns, and questions about federal issues that are important to them. Topics for discussion include The War in Iraq, the Environment, ENDA, No Child Left Behind, Immigration, and Gun Violence

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Monday, December 10, 2007

Important Info!

From 1010 Wins:
Police: Two Men Posing as Cops Rob Brooklyn Grandmother
Officials said one of the men said he was a police officer and the other a detective and that they were both on official business. The grandmother allegedly let the men in her home on 17th Street in Windsor Terrace around 11 p.m. after the fake detective said he needed to speak to her grandson. Once inside the men robbed the home stealing cash and jewelry, police said. The two men allegedly held the grandmother and her grandson at gunpoint, but they were not hurt. The grandson said he didn't know the two fake cops. Police are still searching for the suspects.

Gentle Reminder

From the inbox:
There was a car alarm going off for quite some time in the middle of the night on E. 4th St., between Church & Albemarle!

Okay people! It's been proven that these loud alarms don't deter criminals from breaking into your car or stealing your stuff. Loud alarms that repeat and go off for hours at a time should be removed. If you really want a deterrent get a LoJack or another device that tracks your car. Especially if the alarm is sensitive enough to go off from a Harley or bus going by.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

New Donuts & Bagels

We hear the Grand Opening sign was added to the new shop on McDonald south of Church. We'll be interested to hear how the donuts, bagels and coffee are so make sure to let us know!

Santa Photos

Here's a cute one from donje photography taken at the event held this past Saturday at Estelle. We did some local shopping at Estelle this weekend then headed over to the new Hamilton Dog House for some doggie treats.

Where the locals at?

OVERCAT graces you all with their impassioned drum and guitar corpsecorp tomorrow! Including $2 mugs of beer how can you go wrong?
Monday, Dec 10@ MAGNETIC FIELDFREE!
Overcat is Roger Murdock and Kensington guy, Dave Rick
Magnetic Field is 97 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

Where the Locals at?

Sunday, December 9th
5:30 pm
Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus presents their winter concert at St. Augustine's Church, 6th Avenue and Park Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
From Local Steve who is involved:
We are doing the Gloria by Randol Bass, 4 Renaissance motets, the Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, Hodie by Z.R. Stroope, and John Rutter's famous Gloria, featuring an eight piece brass ensemble who will also perform works of Gabrielli. I'm on organ. Come on out, it should be spectacular.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

REMINDER: Santa Photos at Estelle!

Local photographers at donje photography are coordinating w Agnes at Estelle for Santa photos this Saturday from 11:30 – 1:30 at Estelle on Ft. Hamilton. Anyone who shows up will get a free 4x6 courtesy of Estelle and donje’ photography!

donje is also promoting a holiday special of a home portrait session for $150
(1 hour). You'll get a disc with the images but prints will be an additional cost (or you can download and order them yourself). Also additional prints of the Santa shoot at Estelle will be for sale at their regular prices (check http://www.donjephotography.net/)

REMINDER: Winter Festival at Greenwood Playground

Winter Festival at Greenwood Playground
Saturday, December 8, 2007
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Live Performances!
10:30 a.m. Storytelling by Ms. Cindy Brolsma
11:00 a.m. P.S. 230 Chorus, led by Dan Schorr
11:45 a.m. Ms. Nemer’s 4th grade class from P.S. 130, led by Helen Sorenson

Crafts Tables!!
Holiday cookie decorating
Origami snowflakes with P.S. 230 teachers
Face painting & crafts with the Honeydew Playhouse
A special winter craft with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Education Department

Brownstoner profiles Residence at WT

Brownstoner: Condo of the Day: The Residence at Windsor Terrace
This new condo on the Windsor Terrace-Kensington border hit the market a couple of months ago, with Corcoran touting its “elegance, affordability and style.” How so? The eight units evidently have seven-foot windows, crown molding, Jacuzzis and “luminous white marble counter tops”; in terms of affordability, the pricing is a touch higher than at other new developments in the area, like Park Circle. Two-bedrooms are asking between $509,000 and $560,000, or around $575 to $600 a square foot. (At Park Circle, which is about seven blocks away and has larger units, prices are running in the mid-$400 to mid-$500-a-foot range.)

Here is the Corcoran listings for the Ft. Hamilton property.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Where the locals at?

Matt Marks (mattmarksmusic.blogspot.com) and a couple other Kensingtonians are putting on a far-out awesome concert in Brooklyn Heights this Friday night.
Ensemble de Sade strives to revolutionize the relationship between performer and audience. While the standard deviation from the traditional concert modes has been to relax the boundaries between performer and audience, Ensemble de Sade seeks an intensification of the boundaries, an increase of the tension between the two opposing sides. The underlying hostility will become the basis for a new expression, one that exposes and utilizes the thinly concealed expressions of masochism and sadism inherent in all performance settings.

Music by: Michael Nyman, John Zorn, Krzysztof Penderecki, and featuring a radical imagining of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire
http://www.ensembledesade.com
Ensemble de Sade is:
Caleb Burhans - violin/viola, Mellissa Hughes - voice, Bill Kalinkos - clarinet, Kelli Kathman - flute, Amir Kohrospour - piano, Matt Marks - horn, Kevin McFarland - cello, James Moore - guitar, John Pickford Richards - viola, Wil Smith - organ. Featuring Sara Katzoff as the Mistress of Ceremonies
Friday December 7th at 8:00pm
First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn Heights
124 Henry St. Brooklyn NY
$10 Suggested Donation

Request from NY Post

FYI
I am working on a story for tomorrow about the impact this whole subprime mortgage plan could have on city homeowners. I want to focus on Kensington and find a subprime mortgage holder who might benefit from having their rates frozen, and someone else who might not benefit from the current proposal.

I'd really appreciate it if you could mention it on the blog. My work email is
jolshan@nypost.com

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Kashruth Class at Shaare Torah

Kashruth class at the local Shaare Torah Jewish Center.
Rabbi Segal has been putting together topics for some time so expect some great information along with interesting discussions. There will be four sessions on the following Thursdays beginning at 8PM: January 3, 10, 24, and 31.
Kashruth: Fad Diet, Asceticism, Elitism, or ....?
Topics will include: 1) Why and How do Jews keep Kosher? 2) Can I keep a Kosher home without keeping a Kosher stomach?----Maintaining our Kosher standards while eating out. 3) Eco-Kashruth, Fad or Obligation? 4) Which foods require Rabbinic certification?
Four sessions are scheduled, however, if further interest is expressed, additional classes can be added. All are welcome! Please RSVP to lordofbk@yahoo.com.
Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center
327 East 5 Street - Brooklyn, NY 11218 (718-871-5200)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Daily News Takes a Look at Battle w AF over Trees

Here is the update to the Astoria Federal Savings petition requesting Astoria Federal plant a tree or put planters either with a tree or plant near the entrance of the bank (or if blocking sidewalk, then a few small planters along the wall of the bank) in an attempt to bring some green to McDonald Avenues and Church Avenues. The marketing department said no. First they said they didn't have the staff to clean the planters and this was a project that they had no interest in whatsoever. Then they said they did have the staff but that they had tried planters in that corner previously and people had filled it with "unmentionables," making this request an"unreasonable" one. (Several long time residents have stated they never saw any planters on that corner.) Astoria Federal Resists the Push for Trees (NY Daily News)

Here is contact from AF (VP of marketing) email address:BEdwards@astoriafederal.com
If you are interested in dropping a note, call or email to the following which could be equally as effective.
The CEO can be reached through:
Corporate Offices: Astoria Financial Corporation
One Astoria Federal Plaza
Lake Success, NY 11042-1085
Telephone : (516) 327-3000
e-mail : ir@astoriafederal.com

Happy Hanukkah!


Anyone else notice there is a new shiny menorah on the Caton over pass overlooking Prospect Expressway? Happy Holidays.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Need Gifts?

We'll be posting a comprehensive list of some locals and their wears soon but if you're in need of a gift or two check out our new local store Estelle on Ft. Hamilton. We hear she has some beautiful and moderately priced gifts and ornaments available right here on the border of Kensington. (The three ornaments in the picture were all purchased at Estelle).

Where the locals at? #6

New silkscreen prints by Kensington artist Maggie Tobinavailable at rico (372-384 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Where the Locals at? #5

From the comments on our almost ready to publish Kensington Gift Guide:
Tot Stops is for hip kids everywhere. Created by two Brooklynite Moms, Illustrator Selina Alko and designer Jessica Sequinot (Kensington Resident), Tot Stops brings the energy and electricity of New York City to high-quality, home-grown t-shirts made in America. Reinventing the souvenir t-shirt with designs from New York illustrators and artists and keeping it sweatshop-free, Tot Stops takes the t-shirt to a new level.
For Moms & Dads, Aunts & Uncles, Grandparents & friends, Tot Stops tees make a perfect gift for anyone who loves New York and wants to celebrate artistry, diversity and quality.
Stores: Scaredy Kat 229 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215
Maggies Threads 411 Seventh Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215
Capucine 20 Harrison St. New York, NY 10013
Orange Blossom 180 Lincoln Pl. Brooklyn, NY 11217
For wholesale or to buy direct contact jessica@totstops.com or TotStops.com
E-commerce site coming soon!

Where the Locals at? #4

Jonathan Blum (local Kensingtonian) is having his annual storefront studio sale next weekend (Fri.-Sun., December 7th, 8th, and 9th) from 11-7 p.m. in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He will have a large selection of monoprints, collages, and oil paintings available at affordable prices, and, of course, his famous apple cider (spiked or virgin) will be served. And this year, his storefront will be open every weekend from 12-8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, through December. Except for the weekend of his studio sale, he will be selling in Union Square on Saturdays and Sundays.

Newcomer's Shabbat

The Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center warmly invites the entire community to join us the Newcomer's Shabbat- featuring our family friendly 'short and sweet' service. Oneg Shabbat will follow with refreshments.
When: December 14,2007 at 7:00 PM
Where: 327 East 5 St (corner of Church Avenue)for more information call (718)871-5200

Ron's got a new one up...

Kensington Stories by Ron Lopez
Silk Dreams at 90 Church

Kensington Holiday Gift Guide

We're compiling our first annual Kensington Holiday Gift Guide. We need info on you and your wears if you live in Kensington and sell somewhere else, have a store in Kensington, are part of a special show and are resident of Kensington or just want to send us local ideas or a link to a local. We think you get the picture... send 'em today b/c the gift guide is coming this week! K(B)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Where the locals at? #3

Hey Punkin! A local neighbor and Mom began a cool t-shirt and gift card business right here in Kensington. Check out Heather and her Hey Punkin! stuff every Saturday and Sunday at the Brooklyn Indie Market at Smith St. and Union.

(Heather's stuff is also part of the Brooklyn sampler posted earlier this week).

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

From the Inbox

Here's what we got:
Just a heads up on a small ongoing neighborly battle here. The management at the Caton Towers has been using the sidewalk on East 7th St (near Freil Pl) as a dumping area for their weekly trash pickup. That's fine and all however some weeks the pile of garbage is literally 10' high and takes up the entire sidewalk forcing pedestrians out into the street. Besides all that it smells bad, it's a reason why all the stray cats stick around in that area, and rats routinely dig through this mountain o' trash. I called the Department of Sanitation last night after the trash was there for two days without being picked up and they told me that they could do nothing since they haven't done anything wrong. They agreed that it is unsightly and a detraction for us who live on the street but legally they can't do anything. They suggest that the neighbors start to complain directly to the building management and ask them to buy a container and use a private carting company.
Any Caton Tower residents out there w some connection to management who can help out your neighbors on Freil and E7th?

Where the locals at? #1

One local's (David Rick) band playing Friday!
THE MARTINETS (& The Vesties)
Friday, November 30@ MAGNETIC FIELD
97 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
8pm, 7 bucks

His other project OverCat has a cool new website and an upcoming gig at Magnetic Field December 10th.

Where the locals at? #2

Congratulations to Kensington natives Suzanne Meehan & Yasmin Gur, proprietors of the popular Windsor Terrace cafĂ©, Crossroads! They are in the mist of opening a kiosk in Brooklyn Heights, chock-full of coffee and pastries. We hear its in Borough Hall and was a spot they 'won' from the city. Now if only they'd set their sights closer to home and open a place in Kensington…

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Save the Date

The Winter Carnival at Greenwood Playground will be held next Saturday December 8th. Details, schedule and thanks to those who are donating goods to come....

Brooklyn Sampler - Got Kensington

We just got word the Brooklyn Sampler, a curated a box of goods made by Brooklynites, includes work by two Kensington neighbors! Heather Mullen has included her one of a kind hey punkin! onesies and Naomi Strom, one half of the jewelry-making team of wabisabi brooklyn, included earrings, rings and necklaces in the box. Check out the details of the box and these talented lady's at the linked sites.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Local Spots for a Tree

If you're like us and get into the holiday season there are a few places in these parts to get a tree as well as some trimmings. We highly recommend Shannon Florist at 3380 Fort Hamilton Pkwy and not only bought our tree their last year but used them for our wedding. Shannon Florist is a family run business that has been in the neighborhood for many many years. We also like the florist on Caton Ave at E7th St. In years past they have used the lot across the street to store and sell Christmas trees. Currently they have many winter plants on display as well as poinsettia.
New one posted at Kensington Stories.... The Buick, By Ron Lopez

Local Review: To-B-Thai

Recent review of To-B-Thai at Beverly off Church Ave (down the block from Walgreens).

My meal Saturday night in Kensington, at the unpretentious To-B-Thai, was like falling in love, but less complicated and more satisfying. You know what I mean. We started with a crisp yet succulent Mango Salad, followed by the most sublime excuse for Curry Puffs that have ever fallen from heaven. Seriously. I was tingling in places that haven’t tingled in decades. It was only the strict restraint of my dining companions that prevented me from ordering two more plates of puffs and retreating to a private table. Gratefully, I succumbed to their guidance and held off until my Pad Kee-Mow arrived. How can I possibly convey the ecstasy of these noodles? Is meltingly firm even possible? Fresh basil, a brisk kiss of cilantro, and a squeeze of lemon gently lift this dish out of the realm of the merely lascivious and into the sublime. If it weren’t for the gasps of pleasure coming from the next table, I might have been self-conscious about my dining experience; instead, the small room was soon infused with a buzzy contentment.
If you will not do it for me (and you should; I am a nice person, and as deserving of good luck as anyone,) then do it for yourself. Support this fine family restaurant to insure that Kensington will continue to have Thai that I maybe wouldn’t die for, but might just kill.

After we take a cold shower we're ordering from To-B-Thai!

Monday, November 26, 2007

A little over $300K

From craigslist:
To good to be true? No interiors so we're wondering if it needs a lot of work or the maintenance is super high. We've heard these buildings are nicely maintained and we like Dahill since its off the main drags bus routes.

Donje Photography


Local photographers donje photography have beautiful cards for sale at new store Estelle. The cards similar to the images above are all taken in local gardens and streets as well as Prospect Park. Go check out more of their work on display at Thai Tonys.

Music Together at Cynthia King

Music Together winter session at local Cynthia King Dance Studio begins December 3rd.
From the email:
This 10-week session includes a 2-week winter break, from 12/22 through1/4, where there are no classes. This was arranged with families whotravel during the winter holidays in mind. So if you're planning to beout of town during the winter holidays it's not a concern; you can still register for Music Together without missing any classes! The complete session runs from 12/3 through 2/24 (that's 10 weeks ofclasses plus the 2 weeks off mentioned above). To register, visit our website: www.mtparkslope.com and click the"Register Online" button.

Classes are Monday and Weds. and are billed as mixed age.

Daily Kensington Pix


Dan's Select Meats

We got the following email from a friend of Russian decent about Dan's Select Meats (250 Church Ave). We'd never tried the store thinking it was mostly meat (and we're veg) until her recommendation and this weekend tried the potato dumplings and Baltica. Let's just say we will definitely go back. Below is her recommendation!

Select Meats is always hopping. In addition to, well, meats, the store sells a variety of Russian-produced foods and foods that people from the former Soviet Union like to eat. And drink.

Let's begin with Russian beer. They sell a couple of brands of Russian beer - I'm most familiar with Baltica - a great beer, in my opinion. Look for numbers on Baltica labels. The numbers indicate alcohol content: Baltica 2, for example, has 4.7% alcohol; Baltica 9 has 8% to get you drunk. All this is explained right here: http://www.baltikabeer.com/brands1-5.php Select Meats also carries non-alcoholic Baltica, for those who are into that sort of thing.

What goes best with beer? Cold-smoked mackerel! "Skumbrija" in Russian. These are the foot-long golden whole fish that you see in the lower left-hand corner of the deli counter. These are ready to eat - just lop off the head and the tail, and slice up! If you don't feel like lopping off heads, look for a large bin of packaged "fish jerky." There are several types of salted dried fish to munch on when you drink your Baltica.

If you need a quick dinner, pick up a bag of hand-made dumplings (Pelmeni) from the corner freezer. They have veal, pork, chicken, potato, and (maybe, I'm not sure), cheese and cherry dumplings. Veal dumplings are my favorite! Dump them in boiling water, and when they float up to the surface, they're done. Eat them with sour cream or butter and cracked black pepper. There are many different brands in the freezer - the store owners can recommend some (I trusted them, and the dumplings were in fact great). By the way, people who work at the store are friendly to a fault, love to help out, and speak great English. Just ask, don't be shy.

You can find every conceivable pickle at Select meats (pickled cucumbers, tomatoes, muchrooms, cheremsha (pickled wild garlic), even watermelon). Can't vouch for canned/jarred ones, but the bulk semi-pickled cucumbers and sauerkraut (in the back of the store in big plastic buckets) are great!

There are various salamis and cheeses - since we only have lived here for 3 weeks, I haven't bought any yet, but generally salami and cheese at Russian stores are fine! Russians love their salami and cheese.

Sweets, in no particular order: cookies that are shaped like nuts with chocolate condensed milk frosting in the middle,white multi-layered "Napoleon" cake, sunflower halva, poppy seed rolls, chocolate covered cheesecake bars (Syrok) that my daughter adores (in the ice-cream case by the door) By the way, the brown bear on the bar's wrapper is a Soviet cartoon version of Winnie-the-Pooh. Peaple w children or those in need of treats - I totally recommend Russian chocolate candy (sold bulk from glass bins above the deli counter), for birthday party favors! Cool-looking wrappers and mostly good chocolates.

They sell prettily packaged tea, too.

Generally speaking, the place is totally not forbidding, clean, and people who work there are happy to explain things to you. Go to Select Meats!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hamilton Dog House - NOW OPEN

We just happen to be walking to Greenwood this morning and noticed a sign in the old Tutti Frutti that the Hamilton Dog House is now open! Go check it out and give us a run down!

Here's what we got from Sean:
We had a soft opening this Friday because we are still under construction. We are taking requests on the kinds of dog/cat food the neighborhood uses. We will be having Grand Opening in a few weeks when the new sign is up. Construction on the adjacent adoption center is going to begin this Monday.

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Foodtown Strike - Resolved?

We got word the Foodtown strike is over... can anyone pass on the details?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

No F Express until 2012 (maybe), Church Ave Gets G bone

MTA Gives Brooklyn Board Bad News About Smith-9th St. Closure, F-Train Express (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
NYCT officials also said that the F Train will not be getting express service until at least 2012, when the Culver Viaduct rehabilitation will be complete. The severely deteriorated Culver Viaduct is the short elevated stretch that carries the otherwise-underground F and G trains over the Gowanus Canal.
“There will be no impediment to implementing the F express once the viaduct is complete,” said NYCT spokesperson Lois Fendler. “We’re looking at it, but we’re nowhere near finishing budgets or anything.”

The G train will be permanently extended to Church Avenue and the dour Fourth Avenue station will get a complete overhaul as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $250-million repair of elevated portion of the tracks between Carroll Gardens and Park Slope.


To begin with, the G train, which runs along the same tracks as the F between Bergen Street and Smith-Ninth Street, will be permanently extended to Church Avenue. Originally, the MTA said the line would add stops at Fourth Avenue, Seventh Avenue, 15th Street, Fort Hamilton Parkway and Church Avenue only until the repair work to the viaduct was completed in 2012.

But now the agency says that the direct underground link between Greenpoint and Kensington — by way of Park Slope —will be permanent.

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Closer to home....?

We're always happy to hear of new amenities and conveniences south of the park. We typically bike up the hill for a retail or restaurant fix but are more then happy to do it here. Actually we've found plenty of places to go along Coney Island Ave and in other enclaves a short bus ride or bike ride from Kensington. Many of you have probably already heard that the times in mid-Brooklyn are a changin' and big box and smaller retailers are realizing their is a population here. Of course, we have our very own Estelle which opened up a week ago as well as a few shops on Cortelyou but another Brooklyn blog brings news of Canal Jeans and Shakespeare book sellers at the 'Junction' (where Nostrand meets Flatbush). We've never ventured out that way but remember the old store down in SOHO so will definitely give it a try.
Brooklyn Junction blog (Canal Jeans)
Ditmas Park blog (see business roll on the right)
Estelle's Grand Opening (Kensington blog)

The Hunt - Simone in WT

This week's real estate section did a Hunt piece on a couple that moved into a studio at the Simone. We know its not in Kensington (above our borders a bit in WT) but thought it was interesting regardless. The Hunt - Life Lessons Learned (NY Times, 11/25/07).

Anyway, we liked the article b/c its main point "A goal to spend less and get more led to Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace." is why we ended up in Kensington! We looked at spaces 1/2 or even 1/4 the size in other more hip hoods but realized space and safety (and general convenience easy walk to the F train or quick bus to Q) outweighed the "prime" Brooklyn location. We like being close to the park and a short bicycle ride away from a variety of restaurants when we need them. We also like that we're not killing ourselves over a huge rent/ mortgage. Of course, its all about what's important to you individually but have made a lot of friends here who had the same idea which is also nice.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

New Addition for Children's Music Classes

Playground of Sound Specially Priced Pilot Session
Honeydew Drop Playhouse at 1113 Church Avenue
December 1- 22

The session is four weeks long and will meet Saturday mornings at 9:15. Mixed age classes are open to children from birth to four years of age. Tuition is $60.00 and includes four classes, Lion Collection book and CD, and a half hour of playtime in the Honeydew Drop playroom after class. This is a special price to get things started down here in Kensington/ Ditmas Park area!

The creator of these classes, Michael Harren, just started putting together a website ( http://www.playgroundofsound.com/ ), which includes information about the classes he offers on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. If you want to know more about the material he uses, there is more information at http://www.themusicclass.com/
Depending on demand, he will be offering 10 week sessions at Honeydew and at the Flatbush Jewish Center on E5th St. at the corner of Church Ave. starting in January!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Meat Workers Strike at Foodtown

We have gotten a few emails in regards to the meat workers strike at Foodtown. We have not spoken to the owners nor the workers but here is excerpts from a few emails.

The meat packers at Foodtown have been working for a month without a contract. The owners have hired non-union temp employees to replace them. So if you're concerned about amenities at FT, you should also be concerned about the working conditions of the people that bring you those amenities. I went over and talked to the strikers yesterday morning and they were really happy to get support. Being on strike is hard, one woman is pregnant, another I talked to has been working as a meat packer for 38 years and retires in one year but is still on strike. They are asking for decent health care and maintenance of benefits.

I usually shop at Foodtown every single day. This week, however, I refuse to cross a picket line. From their side, the owners are behaving unfairly, and even locked them out when they tried to return to work. I know there are two sides to every story, so I'd be interested in hearing what the owners have to say.

FROM FOODTOWN:
There are 5 people from the Meat Department Union that are on strike. The other people on the strike line do not work for Foodtown. The attached document is the flyer that we are handing out to our shoppers that explains some of the big issues (see below). As you know, we are a family run business and are very thankfull of the hard work of all our associates. We are working hard to resolve this and negotiations have been ongoing forthe last week, even right now, as we speak.
From the attachement:
THE UNION has refused to bargain with the company for all stores. For the last 6 months, and many meetings, the union would only talk about 2 stores that we have in The Bronx.
In fact, we have put forward to the union, a fair proposal. Once agreed to, it includes:
• Wage increases and fully paid health insurance.
• A 401 K retirement plan that the union has agreed to with other employers.
One main issue has been that the Union Pension funds are short over $ 600 MILLION dollars in total, and the union wants the company to pay over $ 3 MILLION to make up the difference,
even though we had no involvement in the management of the funds.
We will continue to work hard towards reaching a fair contract for our workers.

More coverage on FT Meat packers on strike in Bay Ridge: Foodtown Meat Department on Strike

Estelle's Grand Opening


Here are a few pictures from Estelle's Grand Opening Party last Friday. (Thanks to donje' photography for the photo contribution). We hope you support our new local store and add it to your holiday shopping extravaganza on Friday!
Kensington Stories By Ron Lopez
Still Giving Thanks After All These Years

Monday, November 19, 2007

Daily Kensington Pix

Ditmas Ave. F stop By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Kensington Stories

Ron just added another one... Sam Goldfeather

From the In Box

Here's an Improvement Tip we got from the In Box:
Tell the D.O.T. to ENFORCE the LOCAL TRUCK ROUTE. The HUGE tractor trailer trucks that consistently use Caton Ave. b/c its deemed a LOCAL TRUCK Route are NOT LOCAL TRUCKS. They are using the route as a THROUGH TRUCK ROUTE to get to the airport because it's easier for them but, in doing so, are creating INTOLERABLE NOISE and FUMES for residents that live on Caton Ave!! That is a tip for improvement of this neighborhood. It is a very big problem that needs to be addressed.

Anyone know how to get this message to DOT?

Vote for Ola!

Local Band Ola Podrida was greeted with a nice surprise this morning! The band and Kensington residents are nominated for a Plug Independent Music Award for Best Americana Album (they're basically to music what the Independent Spirit Awards are to film). OP is up against some pretty heavy hitters and says they "no illusions of victory and am honestly just extremely happy to find our name alongside some of my favorite bands and songwriters". Oh so what! It's a public vote to determine the winner so we here at Kensington (Brooklyn) are shamelessly petitioning for every body's local vote for OP. Need something to do let us here at your neighborhood blog direct your attention:
http://www.plugawards.com/general_vote.php
...and click on the "Americana Album of the Year" tab to vote.

Astoria Federal - Community Minded?

We noticed on AF's website today when looking for a contact about the big NO to trees (and the unlocked evening ATM door) that they have a community affairs division. Surprisingly (can you hear the sarcasm) there are currently no community events planned or happening in Brooklyn. Hey Astoria Federal how about acting like nice neighbors and first, sweeping your corner once a day then second, taking some of your cash and putting out a planter or two (as well as a garbage can) at the corner of McDonald Ave & Church. We'll never bank w you and hope other Kensington folk also take their business to banks that aren't associated w AF!

Anyone know anyone to email the link to by the way....

Sunday, November 18, 2007

From the Inbox - Buzz Open

The grate was up and the place was open. Buzz-a-rama. The lights were on and Buzz was there. I went in and asked if he was keeping regular hours. He said Saturdays 2 to 7 and Sundays 2 to 6.

We here at Kensington (Brooklyn) would like to organize a neighborhood get together at the ol' Buzz-a-Rama in the new year... any idea how we get in touch w Buzz to make it happen?

Daily Kensington Pix

Alone By Rebecca Jane Wilde

Astoria Federal - BIG NO to Planters/ Trees

Our local petitioner (Petition for Trees Sent to Astoria Fed.) got word from the marketing department at Astoria Federal -they are not interested in planting trees or adding planters.
Here's what we got:
AF said don't want to water them and they don't have the "resources" to clean the garbage in the tree planters if and when it collects. They just have "no interest in that at all." I told her that that was not a very neighborly approach considering they own such a large corner of the neighborhood . I asked her where she lives (Long Island) and asked her if she has trees on her commercial strip (um, yes). I also informed her that the city will go ahead and plant trees in front of their property if the community wants it (which the community does). And she said, that is fine, then the city will take care of them. I informed her that AF will have to water and clean the planters but the only difference is that the community forced them to comply with our wishes instead AF making the gesture to be a good neighbor.
We've heard some neighbors are also concerned that the main door to the bank is not locking in the evening. (Even after repeated complaints to the bank's management). AF also does not use it's 'resources' to clean in front of the bank or even add garbage cans near the main entrance (which Walgreen's did that helped cut down on litter). We got word there may be some local outreach to Commerce asking for a shuttle bus to bring elderly residents to its bank at Park Circle. We're all for it... besides these minor cosmetic complaints know many neighbors have been appalled at the service they receive at AF which was 'aired' to management at a recent ANA meeting this year.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Bake Sale & Jazz at WT Library TODAY

From the Friends of WT Library:
The Friends Group of the WT Library is looking for a few good volunteers to bake/buy some treats to sell at our bake sale on Nov.17. If you think you can whip up some cookies, brownies, pies, cakes, flan or other treats please let us know. We have very limited options in terms of picking up the treats before the sale. The ideal option is for the volunteer to drop off the goodies the day of the sale…and buy some other goodies to enjoy and support the library.

We hope to see you on Saturday, Nov. 17. The sale begins at 11 a.m. There is also a terrific jazz concert on the same day.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Estelle: Grand Opening - Saturday!

Estelle is celebrating it's official grand opening this weekend! The store being opened by local resident Agnes will sell artisan made goods including knick knacks and house wares. We've gotten a few sneak peaks and are very excited about the addition to the neighborhood. Photos and details to come.

Estelle
Fort Hamilton Pkwy (b/w E2nd & E3rd Sts)
Saturday - Grand Opening
11am - 6pm

ANA Meeting Run down

Albemarle Neighborhood Assoc. (ANA)
Year end meeting 11/15 at Shaare Torah
The ANA meeting this evening included some local officers from the 66. The officers from the 66 were full of information and helpful. We were told in the last 28 days there has been only one robbery but a large number of car burglaries. We also had the chance to speak directly w Officer Cohen who assured us that although there were complaints of the phone at the 66 not being answered w any regularity the response through 911 and 311 is always prompt. Unfortunately, there is one desk cop who deals with the 66 line, the 311 complaints and walk ins. We have to say the 66 has always been very responsive to community complaints (we were lucky enough to meet Cohen and his team at a Dahill Neighborhood Assoc. meeting last Spring). That being said the recent robbery on Greenwood and E5th St is not in the 66 borders but we have noticed an officer stationed at the Playground the last 3 evenings on a scooter.

Other ANA news included the news that the next meeting in March will be a membership meeting. We plan on assisting the ANA do some outreach to the newer neighbors and another local was enlisted to get the group online. All and all a very productive and positive move forward.

The ANA has been in existence in this 'hood for over 30 years. The ANA was the local group that hosted Foodtown for its outreach meeting to the community regarding its renovations as well as many other local businesses like the Old Savoy (which is now student housing) and Walgreens. ANA was also instrumental in petitioning deBlasio and other local representatives to get the DOE Fund on Church Ave. Keep the March meeting in mind and come out to support the community (annual dues by the way are a whooping $12 and used to cover copying costs and refreshments at the meetings).

Old Brick


From the inbox:
Just wanted to let you and the readers of the blog know we went to Old Brick w some neighborhood friends last Friday night and had a great experience. I'd never been there before and didn't know the owners but we thought we'd give it a try and were glad we did. The food was awesome and the owners Eddie and Mike were really nice. They even asked if they could take some pictures of us to include on the website they are creating b/c they want to reach out to the entire community. I said to them I was always sort of hesitant to go in b/c I heard it was a social club and they laughed and said no its just friends and family who are coming to support the business. The food they said is actually all their Grandmother's recipes that they have to call back to Macedonia to get! Also both Mike and Eddie we learned live in the neighborhood with their families so I hope you can post this in support. Also I've attached a few pics from Mike (I asked him to send them to me for the blog which he had heard about). Hope you'll post in support of a good local restaurant since I know we are so in need of them. (Try the goulash, burekas or chevapi kebab when you go). I'm pretty happy to have tried Old Brick and think the readers of the blog would like it too.
X from Albemarle
I know what we're doing this weekend!

ANA Meeting TONIGHT (w/ 66)

Put it on the calendar and come down!
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
6.30 pm (sharp)
Flatbush & Shaare Torah Jewish Center
327 East 5th Street (corner of Church Ave)

Captain Thomas Gleavy, Executive Officer, 66th Precinct, will discuss crime in our community and statistical data regarding the neighborhood. (Maybe we can also discuss w him the numerous emails we have received about the lack of response and the fact that the phone rings endlessly a majority of the time when people call).

ANA will also be raffling off two turkeys donated by Foodtown for the upcoming Holiday!

Hamilton Dog House - Opening Soon

We got a little worried b/c we haven't seen much happening at the old Tutti Frutti but got a message from Sean that in fact the New Hamilton Dog House associated w his rescue organization, Sean Casey Animal Rescue (http://www.scarnyc.org/), will be opening in 2 weeks!
Here's the email we received:
We plan to have the supply section open in 2 weeks. Construction is almost finished and we are just awaiting delivery of the computers and shelves.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Taping happening yesterday (and today?) down by Church Ave & McDonald. Anyone asked to be an extra?
New one on Kensington Stories By Ron Lopez
The Legend of Mike the Greaser
Back in the 80’s there was a building on the south side of Church Avenue between East 5th and East 4th street. It was just called “SUPERMARKET” As far as I remember it only opened up when it was dark outside, and the hours of operation were very sporadic.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Falafel for Church Ave.?

We heard the old cell phone place down the street from Korner Pizza (near the florist) will be a Falafel joint. If this is true we here at K(B) will start rejoicing... the neighborhood, in our tiny opinion, is in desperate need of some eating options including middle eastern. Anyone know if this tip is true?

Coffee on Ditmas!

From the inbox:
On my way home last night from the Ditmas Ave F train stop, I noticed a new coffee shop on Ditmas. I didn't catch the exact streets, but it's on the short walk between the subway and Ocean Parkway on Ditmas Ave, on the south side of the street. The awning is orange. It's pretty shiny and bright and clean inside plus they have pastries, cookies, coffee, and SEATS!

Anyone got the deal on this place? A name, the cross streets, the owners....

Update: Gayana's Bakery & Cafe

Monday, November 12, 2007

Local FSBO on 8th & Caton

Local house for sale:
I purchased a lovely row house 10 years ago which it is located on E. 8th Street off the corner of Caton. We have restored it with great love and attention to detail. New floors, remodeled kitchen, two remodeled baths, three bedrooms, one of which is an enormous master bedroom, formal dining room, curved staircase, nice living room and a basement complete with a tiki bar and workout room with laundry facilities. The yard I have done over time and between the herbs, flowers and trees feels like Tuscany when we dine al fresco by candle light under the trees in the summer...the deck is where we have our evening meals in the summer and fall. The roof is newly resealed and the walls are freshly painted in modern colors. The house is a treasure. The price is $678K and we have no broker. The reason we are moving is that we have to relocate to the west coast in early 2008. Any assistance you may be able to provide with getting the word out would be most appreciated.
There's the word. Any interest parties email us at K(B) and we'll forward the contact info.