One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is here–FIDO‘s Bark the Herald Angels Sing in Prospect Park!
This Saturday, December 14 from 7:30-10am, the off-leash advocates and their furry friends will gather beside the Picnic House for hot chocolate, hot mulled cider, and coffee, plus carols and a visit from Santa.
FIDO says they’ll be providing songbooks with “dog-centric lyrics,” so stop by, enjoy a hot drink and a howl, and wish neighbors and their pups a
hairy Merry Christmas.
Photo by flyover
This week is going to be a rough one. Details on service changes via MTA.info:
Coney Island-bound F trains run express from Jay Street-MetroTech to Church Avenue
Night, 11:45pm Monday, December 9 to 5am Tuesday, December 10
No Coney Island-bound service at Bergen Street, Carroll Street, Smith-9th Street, 4 Avenue-9th Street, 15th Street-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Parkway. For service to these stations, take the F to 7th Avenue or Church Avenue and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F. For service from these stations, take the F to 7th Avenue or Jay Street-MetroTech and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.
No G trains between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets and Church Avenue. Trains run every 30 minutes between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avenues
Nights, 10:30pm to 5am, Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13
Service operates in two sections: Between Court Square and Bedford-Nostrand Avenues, and between Bedford-Nostrand Avenues and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets.
There’s also no G service at Bergen Street, Carroll Street, Smith-9th Streets, 4 Avenue-9th Street, 7 Avenue, 15 Street-Prospect Park, Fort Hamilton Parkway, and Church Avenue. Take the F instead, noting other service changes. Transfer between G trains at Bedford-Nostrand Avenues, between A and G trains at Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets, or between A and F trains at Jay Street-MetroTech.
Sometimes scheduled changes get cancelled. Check MTA.info for the latest updates.
Kensington Stables‘ Walker Blankinship posted on the barn’s Facebook page this afternoon asking neighbors to protest Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio‘s attendance of NYCLASS‘s Animal Heroes of NYC Awards & Fundraiser this evening. Says the post:
A group of concerned horse people from across the city are outraged. NYCLASS supported by Mayor-elect DeBlasio is raising millions of dollars in the name of “saving horses”. NOT ONE HORSE HAS BEEN HELPED.
What they spend their donors money on is lobbying and for a prototype of a tourist trap jalopy. In the meantime there are thousands of horses in real need in this country. Over 100,000 horses are sent to slaughter each year.
Tonight a dinner ticket for $500 would save a horse from slaughter.
The $450,000 “vintage” electric car for tourists would save nearly 1000 horses from slaughter.
It is outrageous that the wealthy donors of NYCLASS get the Mayor-elect’s ear and their lobbyists get rich while the horses of America suffer cruel deaths.
One part of De Blasio’s campaign platform was banning horse-drawn carriages in NYC, in favor of eco- and tourist-friendly cars with an old-timey look.
The fundraiser will take place at the Hippodrome (1120 Avenue of the Americas between W 43rd and W 44th Streets in Manhattan), and protests are beginning at 5:30pm. For more information, contact BHorsetamer@aol.com.
Do you stand with Kensington Stables on this, or do you support the efforts of NYCLASS and de Blasio?
Photo by Julian Schroeder
According to the 72nd:
The victims are contacted by a caller who states that they work at a utility company and are collecting money that is past due. The caller informs the victim that they can avoid having their utility service disconnected if they immediately pay the past due amount using a Green Dot MoneyPak card that can be purchased at a local store.
The caller instructs the victim to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card in a specified amount and provides the victim with a phone number to be called back when the MoneyPak has been obtained.
The victim purchases a Green Dot card at a local store and proceeds to call back the number they were given. The victim is instructed to scratch off and read the MoneyPak card serial number to the perpetrator.
Once the scammer has the Green Dot MoneyPak serial number they are able to transfer funds onto a prepaid debit card. The victim has now lost their money.
Scammers also spin a tale involving the Internal Revenue Service, telling victims that they owe “back taxes, fees or fines to the IRS, and if they don’t immediately pay up with a MoneyPak card, they will be arrested or deported.”
It’s important to note that Green Dot MoneyPark cards themselves are not illegal. When dealing with any kind of financial transaction, though, it’s a good idea to keep a few crime prevention tips in mind:
*Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
*Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.
*Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
*Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.
*Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by MoneyPak
For more information, contact the 72nd Precinct Community Affairs department at 718-965-6326.
Image via Green Dot MoneyPak
Are you a prizewinning portmanteau-maker or an alliterative ace? Lend your skills to the community on Tuesday, December 17, when neighbors are invited to throw their name ideas into the ring for the food co-op planned for our area.
The naming meeting will take place from 7-8:30pm at Knights of Columbus Hall (1511 10th Avenue between 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest).
What do you think would be the best name for the co-op, which is expected to open by September of next year?
Thanksgiving is over–now on to the rest of the holidays! Here’s where you can nab a Christmas tree in the neighborhood, and on the outskirts.
- Shannon Florist & Nursery (3380 Fort Hamilton Parway between Bills Place and Chester Avenue) has trees, and is open 8am-5pm Monday through Saturday and 8am-2pm on Sundays.
- J&L Landscaping (702 Caton Avenue between E 7th and E 8th Streets) has large Fraser Firs and Balsam Spruces, and is open 7:30am-6:30pm seven days a week.
- Immaculate Heart of Mary (2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway between E 4th and E 5th Streets) will have wreath and Poinsettia sales with Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 187, although they don’t have trees, December 7, 8, 14, and 15.
- Brooklyn ARTery (1021 Cortelyou Road between Coney Island Avenue and Stratford Road) has organic Fraser firs from Houle’s Tree Farm, which will be available from 10am-10pm seven days a week. Farmers Patrick and Billy of Houle’s will also be offering delivery services.
Taking a cue from his public, the 66th Precinct‘s Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo has made safe vehicle travel a higher priority and set up a new precinct traffic hotline: 718-851-3414.
Traffic safety, conditions, vehicle issues, and 311 follow-through will now get the full attention of Officer Matthew Cronin, a traffic safety specialist, and Sergeant Lesley Charles. The officers will be out on traffic patrol during the day and busily returning hotline phone calls at night.
DI Deddo announced the new development at the November Community Council meeting, as well as last week’s Community Board 12 meeting. Complaints voiced at those meetings, as well as October’s Community Council meeting, include:
• A car service whose drivers double- or triple-park, blocking access to one neighbor’s driveway. She said the drivers in question refuse to move, hang out in front of her house until late, leave garbage behind, and urinate on the curb.
• Another woman complained she had to negotiate access to her driveway because the ambulette belonging to a new doctor’s office parks there from 7am-5pm every day. In addition, she said, it honks its horn all day while waiting to pick up patients.
• A complaint about cars double-parked in front of bus stops, which means the bus driver has to drop off passengers in the middle of the street instead of at the curb.
• A woman called the police when she discovered her car had flat tires. They gave her air, but the next day, she says she found her front tires had been stabbed.
“We don’t talk about traffic enough,” DI Deddo said at the October precinct Community Council meeting. He said the precinct had issued 65 summonses for traffic violations on October 3 at Avenue J, Church Avenue, and other locations.
We’re pretty set right in the neighborhood this week, but some distant changes might still affect your commute. Details on service changes via MTA.info:
No F trains at B’way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway and York St. Free shuttle buses, D, and J trains provide alternate service.
Late Nights, 10:15 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Dec 2 – 6
F Trains run via the A in both directions between W 4 St and Jay St-MetroTech. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes: Between B’way-Lafayette St and East Broadway, stopping at 2 Av and Delancey St, and between York St and Jay St-MetroTech.
G trains run every 30 minutes between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs
Late Nights, 10:45 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Dec 2 – 6
Service operates in two sections: Between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs, and between Bedford-Nostrand and Church Avs.
Sometimes scheduled changes get cancelled. Check MTA.info for the latest updates.
Happy Thanksgiving, dear neighbor!
We’d like to thank you for your kindness and generosity, and for being a loyal reader of and contributor to our neighborhood news site. Together, we have kept an eye on what’s going on in the neighborhood, raised money for charity, and celebrated the people that make our community what it is. We could not do it without you, and it would be much less fun without your ideas for stories, tips and comments. Keep them coming!
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Here is up-to-date information from the 66th Precinct for burglaries committed last week in Kensington sectors G (Beverley Road to Avenue F; 37th Street to Coney Island Avenue) and K (Caton Avenue to Beverley Road; 37th Street to Coney Island Avenue). Police report there were no robberies, grand larcenies, or assaults. The 70th Precinct is investigating a stabbing that occurred on Avenue F and East 3rd Street on November 21, and according to a source, the police know who the suspect is.
Burglary: 3 vs 7 (last year in the same period)
Wednesday, November 20, 2pm
Ocean Parkway between Caton Ave and Albemarle Rd
A thief pushed open an office door and took a laptop while the victim went out to buy new supplies, police say. The complainant told police he’d locked the door, but the lock malfunctioned and the door wasn’t locked tight.
Wednesday, November 20, 3:30pm
Dahill Road between Church Ave and Ave C
A 59-year-old man told the police that a man he’d never seen before tricked him to go to the rear of his commercial vehicle, which he’d just driven to Dahill Road. According to police, a second man, who the victim says he also didn’t know, got into the vehicle and took the $4,000 cash the complainant had just withdrawn from the bank.
Friday, November 22, sometime between 1:30am-3pm
East 2nd Street between Caton Ave and Albemarle Rd
Police say a thief gained entrance to a man’s apartment through a rear window and took a laptop, cologne, money, shoes, and liquor.
The Department of Environmental Protection is urging New Yorkers to reuse and/or properly dispose of their cooking oil this Thanksgiving (and really, all other days of the year), and help keep sewer lines open and functioning as they should.
The DEP recently released their Cease the Grease campaign, which highlights the issues with and alternatives to pouring cooking oil down your sink. Or toilet. Has anyone ever taken a pan into the bathroom to pour its contents down a toilet?
In any case, they suggest instead either pouring the grease into a sealable, non-recyclable container and throwing it out with your regular trash, and/or using the grease to cook other items–which aside from being green, can enhance food’s flavor. They also ask that you wipe out your pots and pans with a paper towel before washing them.
These steps will keep sewer lines from backing up, leading to a happier Thanksgiving (and, again, all other days of the year) for everyone. Bon appetit!
With the $74 million Lakeside project in Prospect Park set to open in just a few weeks, the Prospect Park Alliance and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation have announced prices, hours, and more details about the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center.
The two rinks feature more than 31,000 square feet of total surface (a 5,000-square-foot covered rink and an open-air elliptical rink that’s over 16,000 square feet) that will be available for hockey games, event rentals, lessons, and for people to just skate on.
The year-round skating and recreational facility will be operated by Upsilon Ventures, which also manages the ice skating facilities, holiday market, and more at Bryant Park.
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