Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Residential Parking Forum

Please join Council Member Bill de Blasio, Community Board 7, Friends of Church Avenue, KWT Neighbors, and the Windsor Terrace Alliance to share your ideas on Residential Parking Permits in a community forum!
Date/Time: Wednesday March 26, 2008, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: Shepherds Hall at Holy Name Church
245 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Details: Residential Parking Permit Forum
RSVP: To RSVP please

Sunday, February 24, 2008

KWT CSA 08 Season Sign up

Check out the KWT blog for full post and form. Here is a little of the info?
2008 SEASON: 24 weeks, for all shares except flowers, which will be 22 weeks (end at Halloween).
First pickup: Sat June 14
Last pickup: Sat Nov 22 (weekend before Thanksgiving)
Half-shares will get assigned A or B week and come for a "full" pickup, every other week (instead of getting half the amount, every week).
If you are not able to make your share pick-up, you are welcome to have a friend pick up your share. No prior notice is required, just tell them to check in under your name.
From Last Exit (NY Times, 2/3/08)
BROOKLYN WAS MINE Edited by Chris Knutsen and Valerie Steiker.
232 pp. Riverhead Books. Paper, $15.

Vapnyar’s excursions into Brooklyn’s innards are as enjoyable as the Ethiopian-born Dinaw Mengestu’s impressions of the scruffy Kensington neighborhood, where he found that “the haphazard gathering of immigrants ... had turned it into a place that even someone like me, haunted and conscious of race and identity at every turn, could slip and blend into.”

Around 300K - Open House (Today)

414 Albemarle Rd, #1H
Open House Schedule: 2/24/2008 - 1pm to 4pm
$314K, Maint. $372
Info: Recently renovated Co Op, All stainless steel appliances, Corian countertops, Large ceramic D sink, Hardwood floors throughout, High Ceilings, Updated electrical breaker, (separate kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room), Recessed lighting in ceilings

Where the locals at?

Local NicEvents, a stationary and event designer, is part of an event at Kimera today! It was also yesterday but we were away and didn't have time to post it. Anyway, here are the details:
Kimera on Atlantic from 12-5pm today February 24th

The Stationary & Skirt Event at Kimera:
• See, touch, and even try on Kimera's unique bridesmaid dresses
• View NicEvents' stationery up-close-and-personal
• Taste scrumptuous wedding cakes
• Envision your entire event design
• Decide on your custom invitations
• Explore the idea of a custom wedding dress

Upcoming Weekend (3/1) Service Changes - F

Can anyone make heads or tails of this? Does this mean we'll have to get off the F at 7th to a shuttle bus then back on at Jay? Or does it just mean the people at the stops affected have to use the shuttle?

Free shuttle buses replace F G trains between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and 7 Av
Weekend, Mar 1 – 3, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon
How will this affect my trip?
• Transfer between the A F G trains and shuttle buses at Hoyt Schermerhorn Sts
• For service to/from Bergen, Carroll, and Smith-9 Sts transfer between theF G trains and local shuttle bus at Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts or transfer between F trains and local shuttle bus at 7 Av.
•F trains run between 179 and Jay Sts and then replace theCto Euclid Av; theF also runs from 7 Av to Stillwell Av, southbound and from Stillwell Av to 4 Av, northbound.
• D trains run on the R track between Pacific and 36 Sts.
Best way to Manhattan
Take the F to 4 Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound D running on thelocal track to West 4 St and transfer back to the F.
Best way to Brooklyn
Take the F to West 4 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound D to 4 Av. Transfer to a shuttle bus to 7 Av where F service to Coney Island is available.
Note: Coney Island-bound F trains leaving 7 Av skip 15 St-Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton Pkwy. A shuttle train at 7 Av will serve 15 St-Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton Pkwy, southbound.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

It's a Dog's World - Classes

Puppy Class for dogs 5 months and younger
Every Tuesday, starting March 4 at 7:30 for 5 consecutive weeks
Every Thursday, starting March 6 at 7:00 for 5 consecutive weeks
Every Sunday, starting March 16 at 11:00 for 5 consecutive weeks

Basic Obedience Class for dogs 6 months and older
Every Wednesday, starting March 5 at 7:30 for 5 consecutive weeks
Every Thursday, starting March 6 at 8:30 for 5 consecutive weeks
Every Sunday, starting March 2 at 12:30 for 5 consecutive weeks

Church Ave gets Falafal?!

We heard this rumor months ago and it seems to be true! A new sign went up for a store front on Church Ave near Korner Pizza saying 'Falafal Fusion' Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. The windows are still covered w paper but the new fancy awning seems a sign of good things to come.

Proposed Reno of Vanderbilt Playground

WT Alliance has posted pictures and commentary on the proposed renovation of the Vanderbilt Playground in Prospect Park. Renovation of Vanderbilt Playground

Friday, February 8, 2008

Local Crime

WOW! We just got this and are pretty alarmed. Anyone else know more?

Last night around 2:30am there was an argument between a group of people on McDonald, directly across from Foodtown and a group of individuals in a car. At once, there was one gunshot. More yelling and then the car peeled out, down Albemarle. It was overheard that the car, a white escalade, had Conneticut plates. Cops arrived within two minutes of the 911 call. It appears the victim was only shot in the arm.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

From the Inbox

I saw that they tore down the two houses next to the giant lot on Caton between East 7th and 8th, and read that there was a discussion about the project with the community (which I didn't know about, sadly). I would REALLY like to see the project built with commercial space on the ground floor - there are only the four stores on Caton and the nursery, and wondering if you could put up a post asking if anyone else in the hood would also like to see some stores at that location, and see if anyone has the contact info for the developer. I know who he is, but have no idea how to reach him. Generally it's a good return for him since stores could provide income for his project, and might bring some added amenities to the neighborhood that are sorely lacking due to the randomness of the zoning on Caton
Any opinions or info out there about the space discussed above on Caton?

Old Familiar way- Of Montreal

Made by a local Kensington girl... enjoy!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Under $300K

Just missed the open house this weekend but for $279 and the location (on a quiet corner off Church Ave and Ocean Pkwy) worth a call.
$279000 First Showing Perfect Location Open house Sunday 12-1.45

Major Accident at Church & Ocean

On our way home tonight we noticed a lot of police activity and traffic delays at the intersection of Church Ave and Ocean Pkwy specifically at the on ramp of the Prospect Expressway. At 4pm groceries were strewn all over the street and there were ambulances galore. At about 8pm we heard it finally cleared up. In fact 1010WINS highlighted it on the traffic report. No word on what officially went down... anyone out there got the scoop?

House of the Day

We love these brick attached houses over near Dahill. This one looks like its had some updates.

Valentine's Event at Estelle

Saturday February 9, 2008
From 12pm to 4pm
Have your picture taken in our staged old fashionPhoto Studio.You will be given a free printed portrait as aValentine Gift.
From 8pm to 11pm
Join us, others and no so significant others for aSaturday evening mingle with music. YOU DONT HAVE TO B ESINGLE TO MINGLE
Estelle is located in Kensington/Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn
3011 Fort Hamilton Parkway between east 2nd and east 3rd street
F train to Fort Hamilton Parkway front of the train
Exit 5 on Prospect ExpresswayRsvp via e-mail at

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Upcoming - Free Skate!

Winter School Holiday Free Skate at Prospect Park
Come skate for free all day on Friday, February 15 at Wollman Rink in Prospect Park! Admission to the rink will be free, with ice skate rentals available for $6.

Skating hours:
Friday Feb. 15th: 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Other special holiday skating hours are:
Feb. 18 - 21 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 – 6 p.m.
Feb. 22 - 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 – 6 p.m., 7 – 9 p.m.

Missing Bus Stop?

From the Inbox:
Apparently, the B67 bus stop on the corner of E. 2nd and McDonald (across the street from Shalomi car shop) no longer exists. The drivers don't seem to know anything about it, and all they tell me is that the sign has been taken down.
Anyone know what happened?

Weekend Event at Estelle

There is a weekend Valentine's event at local shop Estelle this Sat. We hear there will be a photo booth and a 'single and mingle' thing. More details to come...

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Kensington Stories

From Ron at Kensington Stories. One which we're sure many people can relate to....
A School for our Son (Kensington Present)
Note: The following account is about our private struggle to get my son into a decent school. We started “public” and then looked “private”. We lived in Fort Greene Brooklyn at the time, so our options were not as varied as here. Please just try to laugh and not get depressed. Because like my Mom used to say; “at the end it will all work out”.