Looking for an apartment to rent in Kensington? We’ve rounded up some of the places currently available in the area. What do you think of them?
3-Bedroom Duplex on Ocean Parkway
Rent: $3,250, plus broker’s fee
Details: If you’re looking for a lot of space, this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom duplex (pictured above) could be a good option. There are some new touches (including a package of appliances that are currently being installed), plus some outdoor space with a balcony, though the openness of the second-floor space may be a bit too loft-like for anyone hoping for privacy.
Contact: Listed by Halstead’s Gene Keyser, 718-613-2018
2-Bedroom on Beverley Road
Rent: $2,375, plus broker’s fee
Available: July 1
Details: If you want to make the most of summer, this 2-bed, 2-bath apartment’s private terrace is just the thing. It’s on the 10th floor, is 300 square feet, and faces west, so you’ll be able to eat dinner with friends while watching the sunset. On the inside, the kitchen is a bit narrow, and you can’t have pets, but there’s enough space for a dining room table.
Contact: Listed by CitiHabitat’s Guichard Cadet, 917-742-5494
1-Bedroom on Ocean Parkway
Rent: $1,550, plus broker’s fee
Details: Not a lot of details in the listing yet, except that it’s in a co-op building, but it’s not a bad price, so it might be worth following up and checking it out in person.
Contact: Listed by CitiHabitat’s Guichard Cadet, 917-742-5494
1-Bedroom on Hinckley Place
Rent: $1,400, listing says no broker’s fee
Available: June 15
Details: The photos show a very newly renovated space, and the listing notes you can have a kitty — if you’ve got one, you’ll be conveniently located to a new place where you can buy cat chow. You’ll also be within walking distance of all the new businesses opening along Church Avenue.
Contact: Listed by agent Ernesto Cabrera, 917-204-1632
Hey Neighbors! We are having a BBQ on Monday, Memorial day! Burgers, sausages, dill-potatoes salad, cucumber salad. Come on by. No whole pig- but lots of good fun.
They’ve got a lot of great outdoor seating, so if the weather holds out, it should be a nice option!
Photo of a Hamilton’s burger via Yelp
It seems every family needs two kinds of grocery stores: A small store within walking distance of your home stocked with bread, milk, and an array of goods needed for last-minute recipes; and a large supermarket at which to do weekly bulk shopping.
Lucky for us, Kensington has a variety of both.
• Most stores, big and small, could use a face-lift.
• With few exceptions, the fruit and vegetable selection is only adequate.
• Even small stores have a surprisingly large variety of foods labeled in languages other than English.
• Some stores, big and small, target specific cross-sections of our neighborhood.
• Most stores also have a surprisingly eclectic beer selection.
Memorial Day is this Monday, May 27. Whether you plan to make it a solemn day of remembrance or celebrate extra time with family at the beach, make sure you know what’s closed in the area.
Info on schools, government offices, parking, and sanitation via nyc.gov:
Government offices and courts are closed.
There is no mail delivery.
All NYC public schools are closed.
Alternate side parking is suspended. You don’t have to pay the parking meter.
No garbage or recycling pickup. If Monday is your garbage day, put out your garbage after 5pm Monday evening. If Monday is your recycling day, wait until next week to put out your recycling.
Hey, we’ve got a holiday weekend coming up! Arguably the very best holiday weekend, even. Labor Day? Big whoop. Memorial Day is where it’s at. And what better way to kickoff the summer than by gathering friends and family, and grilling up some burgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob at Prospect Park? But before you pack up your coolers and head over, brush up on the Park’s rules and guidelines:
Barbecuing is only permitted in designated areas.
Open fires, ground fires, and propane use are prohibited.
Tents and canopies are not permitted.
Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from trees and overhead branches.
Fires must be contained in grills that are raised at least two feet above the ground.
Do not use trash barrels or picnic tables as grill stands.
Do not move picnic tables.
Clean up afterward. Don’t dump hot coal or ashes at the base of a tree, on the ground, or in the Lake.
Instead, deposit in Hot Coal Bins, or wrap extinguished coals in foil and leave in a trash can.
Three people were sent to Lutheran Hospital in, thankfully, stable condition after a car crash on Albemarle at East 4th Street overturned an ambulette at about 9:50am today, a spokesman for the FDNY tells us.
A neighbor on the Kensington Facebook group notes that a car may have run a stop sign, which has led to a long conversation on that page about whether this stretch of Albemarle should have a traffic light.
According to the site CrashStat, which maps crash data that involves cars verus cyclists and pedestrians, Albemarle between McDonald and Ocean Parkway is fairly dangerous for pedestrians, compared to local roads that run parallel to it that do have traffic lights. The site shows that on this stretch, two cyclists and nine pedestrians were struck between 1995-2008, including one incident that resulted in a pedestrian’s death at Albemarle and East 3rd in 2004.
You can make a traffic light request online, and the Department of Transportation says they will look at the request within 12 weeks. You can also reach out to Community Board 12 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-851-0800 to see if they can help, if you feel that traffic lights would make this stretch safer.
Photo via NYCityAlerts
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and the heat over the past few days has given us a hint of what’s to come. It’s also given us an appetite for ice cream! We’ve rounded up some of the places in the neighborhood where you can grab a cone — if we missed any of your favorites, let us know in the comments.
While walking in the steamy afternoon heat yesterday, we passed this very welcoming sign outside of Moondos Grill at 424 Church Avenue at E 5th St. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to stop in for a scoop, but those sorbet and ice cream options sound pretty tasty. Has anyone tried them?
Derby Fit, the challenging workout on roller skates, is back at Greenwood Playground this summer on Saturday mornings. You don’t need to know how to skate like a pro, but you do need to be able to get around without holding onto anything. Here’s how it works:
A typical Derby Fit class consists of 10-15 minutes of jogging and dynamic movement to warm up, followed by land drills to build the muscles used in skating. Then skates are put on for 1-1.5 hours of skating drills. All drills are non contact and focus on skating fundamentals and cardio endurance.
The first session is on June 1 at 9am. The 8-week session costs $165, but drop-in classes are also available at $30 per class. Registration ends on Friday, May 24. Contact Shana at email@example.com for more info.
Has anyone done it in the past? What did you think?
Photo via FoGP
The lovely annual Memorial Day concert at Green-Wood Cemetery is a great way to spend the holiday — you’re in a beautiful setting, on what is looking like will be a nice day, listening to great music:
The concert features the ISO Symphonic Band, founded in 1995 to sponsor talented students throughout New York City and led by ISO’s inimitable founder and conductor Brian P. Worsdale. Each year we feature the works of Green-Wood’s permanent residents Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, and many others.
People generally bring blankets or folding lawn chairs to sit on, and they will have food and drink for sale. The concert is on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at 2:30pm, and it’s free (though you can make a donation to help keep the concerts free in the future).
Following the concert, Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman will lead a special trolley tour (tickets are $5 for Historic Fund members, $10 for non-members), and they may sell out, so grab them while you can!
Photo via Green-Wood Cemetery
According to the city’s 311 system, the two sinkholes that we spotted last week, one on Caton and one on East 2nd, will be looked at by the DEP. After we filed our service requests, we got a follow-up:
The City inspected the condition you reported and asked the Department of Environmental Protection to address the issue.
Let us know if you notice that they’ve been repaired. And if you see any others in the area, do report them to 311, either by phone or online.
Do you love your local library? Think it could use $10,000 to make it even better? The Charles H. Revson Foundation and The Brian Lehrer Show‘s NYC Neighborhood Library Awards will give $10k to five exceptional branches whose patrons, staff, local elected officials — and anyone else — can share how much their library means to them.
Everyone is welcome to fill out the contest entry form until Monday, July 1. Especially with the proposed 36% budget cuts to libraries this year, the Brooklyn Public Library system could use the support.
The Kensington branch is shiny and new — but perhaps there are still things needed there? The Windsor Terrace branch got support from Participatory Budgeting for new computers, but we’d bet patrons would like to see some additional improvements there, as well. So help give back what your branch has given to you, and let’s see if we can win this thing.
A school bus crash on East 5th and Avenue C this morning at about 7:30am injured six people, the FDNY tells us.
Four people were seriously hurt, and were transported to Kings County, Lutheran, and Maimonides hospitals, one suffered minor injuries, and another was taken to a hospital by Hatzolah.
The FDNY was unable to provide the ages of those injured, or to note the cause of the crash.
We hope everyone involved is okay. If we hear any additional information, we will update.