Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
June 1, 2007 -Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque
Corio - West Broadway & Grand
$20, Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm
June 3, 2007 - Mode Merr returns to Marion's for it's annual fashion & burlesque brunch! Marion's Continental 354 Bowery @ W. 4th St
12:30pm & 2pm seatings
*reservations strongly encouraged* $25.00 pris fixe includes brunch, cocktail & the show!
Many more June performances can be found here!
347 Madision Ave
My name is Carter Evans and I'm a reporter for Channel 9. We're working on a story on the peeping tom we read about on your site. Right now, we're not getting much information from Police. Can you please put us in touch with some of the witnesses or victims who have posted on your site? This story will be running on our 10pm newscast tonight, 5/30.Thanks-Carter
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
1. We know this building and are surprised that a 2 bedroom is so cheap... $1600 on E7th & Cortelyou (2 bed). It's smack in the middle of both the Q at Cortelyou and F at Ditmas although a bit of a walk to both but the bus is on the corner. (It's also listed by owner so no fee, woo-hoo!)
2. 387 E. Fourth at Beverly Road 2 bedroom for $1700. Certainly closer to the F at Church Ave. and boasts a terrace! We think this is a cute street and literally one block from the famed McDonald 24 hour market and the less then fabulous Rite Aid.
3. 151 E 4th Street (Near Ft. Hamilton) 2 bedroom for $1900. We think this is a little high but you're right by the train as well as the new thai tonys plus the library and the exxon station is super close for beer or slushies.
Plethora of other listings here.
(On a side note we'd be pumped for a pool so we don't have to ride all the way to Sunset Park or Red Hook).
1. This building is on the Ocean Pkwy 'service road' b/w Church Ave and Caton. Is it two apartments combined as one or were pre-war apartments really made this large? 179 Ocean Pkwy 3 bedroom 2 bath - $685 Maint: $1200
2. This is technically Windsor Terrace but know some residents consider themselves Kensingtonians. Regardless, this apartment has obviously had some updates.... Are the updates right for the pre-war art deco classic that this building is? 30 Ocean Pkwy 3 bedroom 2 bath - $679 Maint: ?
(There is a 2 bedroom for sale in this building for $449 that needs some work as well as a 1 bedroom for $399 that has had some updates)
3. This is aew construction that we don't really love since it is sorta suburban in look and feel. Kensington Townhouses (E7th St. & Beverly) 3 bedroom 2 bath - $649 Maint: $222 + $63
All listings can be found at NYTimes.com within real estate. We had orginally linked there but discovered links to that site do not work... all updated now!
4th Annual terraNOVA Collective presents: soloNOVA Arts Festival
Monday, May 28, 2007
Here OTBKB took a look around Kensington and witnessed what we've known for a while... the apartment stock down Ocean Pkwy is pretty nice as is the mix of the people you'll find living in these buildings. MID CENTURY MODERN IN KENSINGTON (OTBKB - 3/8/07)
A more recent post, and one you can certainly use this summer, is Built Environment. BE takes a bike ride down Ocean Pkwy to Brighten Beach (then a few other places). We've written about this ride before and love it. You'll see lots of different enclaves of Brooklyn as you peddle past and can stop for a bite mid-way at DiFara's which is certainly the best pizza in Brooklyn. RIDE TO THE SEA (Built Environment - 5/25/07)
On May 4, between 1:30 and 2 in the morning, we had a peeping Tom (wearing only a pair of bikini briefs) climb up onto the burglar bars of the bathroom window of our apartment (which is on the ground floor). He pushed the top of our window down so that he could peer in on X in the bathroom getting ready for bed. When X heard the window move she looked over to see him staring at her but he was not scared off when she initially started yelling.
Approximately two weeks later a peeping Tom was in the courtyard of the same building where our neighbor Z saw him. Z is also on the ground floor but faces the courtyard whereas we are on a side street. Z saw him directly in front of her bedroom window which was unfortunately open at the time (thankfully though she too has burglar bars). Z saw him outside her window in the courtyard completely naked with a paper bag over his head (w/ eyeholes punched out) masturbating. Z yelled through the window that she would be calling the police and he eventually went away.
Last November another incident involving a peeping Tom occurred just a few houses down from the incident detailed above and the police did not take a report! (In fact the police did not take a report on the first sighting of the peeping Tom detailed above. It was not until the second incident that the 66 started taking reports and investigating!) A little after 11 p.m. 'Tom' appeared completely naked wearing a bandana around his face (uncovering only his eyes) and pressed himself against the glass of a bay window on the front porch (lights on, curtains open) while two families looked on in total shock. Afterwards he ran down the street and disappeared almost instantly.
*While we do not know for sure that all incidents involved the same individual, we assume this may be the case.
early to mid 30s
Eastern European features (high cheekbones, slightly wide-set eyes)
blond/light or brown/sandy wavy hair
approx. 6 feet tall and 200 pounds
If you have any information on this man please get in touch with Detective Dawson at the 66th Precinct at (718) 851-5611. ***Please note that when the first incident occurred at a building on E4th St, the police refused to take a report. It was not until the second incident, also on East 4th St, that the 66 would file a report. If you become (or have been) a victim of a similar crime in our area, please insist that they file a report.***
An artist who makes a living (By Nica Lalli - The Brooklyn Paper, 5/26/07)
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
We still take some solace in the fact that he actually got a response. We're maintaining our stance to bombard them w requests for improved service on our line! We'll ask First and Court who he contacted and upload as soon as we get the info.
Anyone got any info. on the kids trespassing into PS 230?
We love all local business and this shop on Church Ave. recently peaked our interest. We have to admit though we'd noticed it just stopped by the other day. We found a plethora of hip Nike and Rize gear from the regular uptowns to some $1500 kicks. The store is called Simply The Truth and is located at 63 Church Ave. Recently the store celebrated its one year anniversary and had a party with the neighboring barber shop featuring Ralph McDaniels from The Bridge... we're bummed we missed it!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
217 E. Houston St. New York, NY 10002
June 29th 10:30 PM - @ Galapagos (w/ Normandy and Spirit Marines)
70 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, New York 11211
July 7th 8:00 PM - Union Hall (w/ Tacks the Boy Disaster and Via Audio)
702 Union St., Brooklyn, New York
(in case you're not sure of what all this means, check out Ola Podrida's myspace page and read the 'about' section)
The evening started with a few residents airing their discontent with recent parking violations that were going unnoticed. The 66 officers (Wright and Cohen) gave suggestions on steps to take to get these issues corrected. (One was calling the precinct directly at (718) 851-5611 rather then calling 311). A couple people also spoke about the unlicensed and unregistered vehicles on Church Ave and Story St. The officers were clear that these vehicles should have been getting towed and promised to look at that area immediately. Another women in attendance discussed her issue with local kids entering the newly renovated playground at PS 230 through her yard. The playground recently received a violation (because of a lock?) and is as of yet unopened (although complete). Kids have been hopping the fence through her yard and the officers promised some police presence at that location in the afternoons after school.
Later Brennan spoke about some of the current legislation he is working on as our representative. Much of what he spoke about was in regard to the recent NYC school funding issue as well as the legislation for changing the building code. Someone had a question about local improvements which he dodged well but noted some historic projects he's worked on with the DNA specifically. We're sure Brennan is a super busy guy, the work he's doing certainly seems to be for the greater good of many residents within NYC but it's our small opinion that our little corner of Brooklyn could use a bit more attention.
All and all we felt the night was productive and certainly the 66 officers being in attendance allowed for some positive and constructive dialogue. We hope to follow up on progress with the unlicensed vehicles and trespassers next week. We'll see how well they follow through.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Its now that we'd like to remind you ... Dahill Neighborhood Assoc. is meeting Weds. evening at PS 230 Annex at 8. Go! Ask for signs and some freakin' garbage cans... maybe even tell your neighbors to start a tree planting campaign. (We'll post some of our 'clean up after your dog' signs tomorrow so you can see the difference).
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
As our incomes have grown a bit and we've started to think of family and yard etc. we're realizing the dream here is harder to attain.... But it's not just in Brooklyn, those friends in the Heights just bought a house in Long Island that we think is nice but certainly out of the range we would want to pay. Many of our friends are starting their families in one bedrooms. We increasingly find ourselves envious of those who had the forethought to go a little over their means for a bigger place years ago. We're also a little surprised about the types of people moving into those hipper hoods we left behind (I didn't realize I-bankers wanted to be in Brooklyn!). Generally we love were we will and are happy those who surround us within our immediate community are similar to us in terms of priorities, community, etc.
We love it here and have no plans of leaving but often wonder depending on our next step were we will go... Even if we do make a good profit on this could we afford anything else close by that will have a little more space? An article in the Brooklyn Paper from Saturday explores Brooklyn's turn around and many of the individuals who made it happen. It also touches a bit on the concerns we're sure many of us share.
Brooklyn’s desirability is encouraging intense growth that brings more people, more cars and some of the very urban ills that borough residents hoped were in the past.
The drastic population influx could give way to Manhattan-style residential density. Love them or hate them, projects like Atlantic Yards and all the new residential towers in Downtown Brooklyn are happening because developers think there is a market for the thousands of units of housing and tens of millions of square feet of office and retail space.
Many of the people who “saved” Brooklyn can’t afford to live there anymore.
Who Saved Brooklyn? (5/19/07 - Brooklyn Paper)
ROCK OF AGES
What does your final resting place say about you? Do you want your tombstone to reflect how you lived your life? Martha Teichner looks at the design of tombstones through the ages, from modest to extravagant, from monumental monuments in granite and marble to the latest high-tech options.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, in association with WiFi Salon and Nokia, is providing free WiFi access in selected parks. There are currently 17 designated wireless internet hotspots throughout the city available to laptops, PDAs, and other internet-ready devices for those who have no internet access or, simply, individuals who enjoy some fun in the sun.Our hot spots in Prospect Park include the Boathouse and the Picnic House. Sweet! Now we can spend our days on the laptop outside rather then in some stuffy coffee house we don't have anyway!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
This old beauty is near Coney Island Ave. We had noticed it many times the first about 2 years ago when it seemed to have rat poison signs posted on the fence and doors. Later we saw a box spray painted near the door w a line through it. We had assumed this meant it was primed for demo (*sigh*).
Today when we passed we saw the doors and windows wide open and a dumpster. We asked the guys removing old newspapers and other household items into the dumpster what the deal was. One claimed to be the owner and a GC who said he wasn't sure of the next step. Here's the run-down.
Will you sell it? Not sure...
Will you restore it? Maybe...
Seems it'll need a ton of work, how are the original details? In tact...
Well what about the rats? No rats...
But it'll take at least a couple hundred G's to get it working again, could you sell it for much? I'm a GC with some time on my hands now...
But it's been sitting for so long, how long was it vacant? Seven years...
Why'd you wait so long? Didn't have time before...
The owner/GC said he'd be back Sunday so maybe we'll stop in and see if he'll let us take a look around. We're super curious about what lies within it's old sturdy brick walls. (She's still got the old iron stars screwed in the outer side wall which makes us wonder if anything has ever been done in there). Here's to hoping this old gal can come back to life with it's original moldings and touches in tact (if they are in fact still there).
Letters to the Liquor Board were sent from the Temple, School and ANA opposing the issuance and opening of the Old Brick Oven Cafe.
During the next meeting ANA President, Larry Jayson, is going to put together a certificate presentation to the Doe Fund workers cleaning up Church Ave. (Readers: This is a very worthy recognition and we hope you attend to convey your support!)
TREES, TREES, TREES - The city planted 3 new trees on the corner of Albemarle and E2nd. ANA will be requesting more in hopes of getting the whole street lined!!!
Post office has received mixed reviews on the ongoing improvements. Some say service is great - 10 minutes or less. Some say line is out the door without relief. Who's right??? (Readers: Please stop by de Blasio's office to sign service kiosk petition!)
The next ANA meeting will be on Albemarle Rd between E4th and E5th outdoors. That's right it's the annual outdoor meeting! It will feature a local physician and the pharmacist from Silverod to discuss medical and pharmaceutical services.
(Thanks to Scott for the info and rundown!)
Three trees were planted in the front and side of 114 Albemarle Road (near East 2nd). We made a request for this location a few weeks ago but are pretty sure the requests were out there much much earlier since it usually takes at least 6 months to get one.
If you'd like to make a request for a tree (either in an existing or new spot) stop by de Blasio's office for the form. Once you get the building or home owner to sign the form return it to de Blasio's office so CB 12 can approve it at the next meeting. Yippee for green!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
1 - Albemarle Neighborhood Association Meeting
Flatbush & Shaare Torah Jewish Center
327 East 5th St.
(Assembly representative Jim Brennan will be speaking!)
2 - Brooklyn for Barack/ Kensington-Ditmas for Obama
Private home on East 8th Street
(Organizational meeting for the Walk for Change action on June 9th)
Okay veggie eaters the deadline to participate in the Kensington/ Windsor Terrace Community Supported Agriculture 'group' is quickly approaching (June 1st). Here's what you gotta do to get in on this. (If you want the official run down go here).
1. Decide what you want!
Full vegetable share: $475
Half vegetable share (picked up alternate weeks): $245
Full Egg share (1 doz): $95
Half egg share: $50
Full Flower Share : $145
Half Flower Share: $80
Full Fruit Share: $245
Half fruit share: $125
"Mega Combo Share" (one of all shares every week): $925
"Variety Pak Share" (half-share of everything, picked up alternate weeks): $485
2. Go here and print the form (circle what you want or note it since it didn't print out on ours).
3. Write check for amount found in #2
4. Get envelope and insert form, check and post.
5. Send envelope to: Garden of Eve, PO Box 216, Aquebogue NY 11931
6. Email: email@example.com to get on the listserve for updates etc.
7. June 9th pick up your food at the E4th Community Garden (Pick ups will be Sat.)
9. Continue 7 and 8 for 24 weeks (last pick up Sat. before Thanksgiving)
Lastly, we want to give the organizers - Bill, Gina, and Susan (did we forget anyone?) a big thank you for making this happen in the K/WT! We're sure it was a TON of work and sincerely appreciate your commitment and hardwork.
We're sure you've all heard about the red hawks of Central Park West Pale Male and Lola who almost lost thier nest a few years ago. Well it seems one of thier kids (those crazy hipsters) have high-tailed it to Brooklyn. (Insert funny joke here about how even red tailed hawks have been priced out of upper Brooklyn or Manhattan) Anyway, one is mating and living close by in Greenwood Cemetary. City Birder has been kind enough to post the run down of the soap opera that has been the red hawk's Brooklyn life.
Gothamist beat us to the punch on the review of Thai Tony's which is fine by us since we like to see the hood get a little press. You can find the full review here. Make sure to comment at Gothamist and tell the people about good ole Kensington/ Lower Windsor Terrace. (You could also mention that we need more restaurants!)
3019 Fort Hamilton Parkway
(near East 2nd Street)
1. Bring the V local to Brooklyn and run the F express
(We think this G thing is kinda silly. As one reader said yesterday all the people at local spots will need to switch trains to get to Manhattan. Doesn't seem fair to us.)
2. More regular service during rush hours and less weekend service changes. (And if you are gonna have service changes on the local use the damn express track, its there!)
3. Run the B67 more frequently.
Transit Chief Plans to Ask Riders to Grade Subway and Bus Lines (NY Times 5/15/07)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Spotted this 'Stop Work Order' at the new development at 503 Beverly Rd (at corner of E5th & Beverly). We know there have been lots of these orders posted at the many many new 'luxury' condos rising through the hood but its the first one we've actually seen. Does anyone know the cause of the stop order?
We got de Blasio's newsletter in the mail today which reminded us of our conversation with Tom re: the post office petition. de Blasio is asking for additional federal funds for a finicial location for the post office. Essentially this 'service' outpost would allow people to buy stamps, boxes, envelopes etc. We are sure this would be a welcome addition to the lovely Kensington post office since it could certainly cut down on that famous line. If you'd like to sign the petition run by de Blasio's office at 2907 Fort Hamilton Pkwy.
Monday, May 14, 2007
We've been waiting for the official word on the Culver station improvements since a bit came out in the New York rags earlier this year. When we met Andrew Inglesby at a meeting de Blasio coordinated for F train riders in Kensington he was tight lipped. We don't want to start any more rumours but missed this from the Real Deal (G line extension benefits Brooklynites) when it was published back in March.
Here's another great document to check out if you're interested in the increase in ridership within the borough and how the Community Counsel for Services proposed to change it back in November 2003. Make sure you look at slide 21!
There are probably some of you out there who wonder why we continue to post this info. Honestly, because we think something happening here is not on the up and up. Explain to us why on a quiet residential street cars and mini-vans (without license plates and scratched off VIN numbers) are allowed to park day after day with no consequence? Here's what we found today:
1. Six vehicles parked in front of 58 Church Ave with no plates or out of state plates (pictured above)
2. A white mini-van and grey Camry on Story St. (no plates, no VINs)
3. A beige Chevrolet parked at the intersection of 36th St & Church Ave (no plates, didn't check VIN)
4. Various vehicles without plates in front of the 'auto' shops at 45 and 49 Church Ave. (didn't check VINs)
We try to stay hip to the happenings in and around the hood. We tend to notice lots of press on so called gentrifying "affordable" neighborhoods in Brooklyn that include us, Prospect Lefferts Gardens and well us and PLG. (Sorry but we just don't think a $1 million dollar brownstone in WT keeps out enough riff raff and those "Victorian" homes are obviously a bitch to heat). We keep tabs on the hood mainly b/c we know Mark and some of his buds from PLUS (Prospect Lefferts United for Services) have been organized for awhile now and like to know what is next and basically what we can emulate. Well today we saw this....Get Down and Dirty on Lincoln Road.
PLUS (and PLG residents) organized a planting event... We want a planting event, someone organize a freakin' planting event!!!! All of you people who said you wanted a greener Kensington well by gosh DO SOMETHING! We're in the mist of trying to get a tree and graffiti survey (and form sign up) thing to happen on Church, as well as keeping this damn blog going, and calling the parks department about maybe getting some evening events at Greenwood Playground. (Yes, we ARE patting ourselves on the back as we write this). Kensingtonians this is to you - don't just comment, organize to re-vitalize.
*Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want help organizing or the people to contact. And just so you know, we'd like to beautify Church Ave.(b/w Ocean Pkwy & McDonald). It needs it and there are plenty of empty tree 'spots' as well as the little dead one you see above in front of Friendlys.
Ever wonder about that weird sign across from the Subway with the fake flames depicting a brick oven? Yeah, us too! Which is why we were glad to find this in the in-box today.
I took my mother-in-law there for Mothers day and was suprised at how good the food is. Like the Old Brick, this is run by Albanians and even had a special menu for members of the Albanian Soccer Team with what I assume were home country-type dishes. They have been in the area for around 4 years but renovated some months ago to very good effect. They have a liquor license and a nicely furnished lounge when you walk in, with the restaurant in the back that included an outdoor area.
My husband and I had chicken noodle soup, which was clearly freshly homemade and tasted it. I also had an excellent green salad - something that can be done so poorly - this was fresh, well presented, and dressed with a sharp, lively vinaigrette. Both my shrimp cocktail (with their own recipe cocktail sauce) and my husband's seafood pasta were extremely fresh and tasty.
The wait staff is part of the family, not professional, but charming and friendly.
Well thanks for the tip! We've never been but have always been curious so this is good to know. Anyway, we love tips so send 'em along to email@example.com.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
We have to say although we've found the rents on Church Ave to be a bit outta whack for the hood our research has been limited. Friends in the real estate biz have reminded us that in commercial space there is always negotiation. Which brings us back to the lack of general fun sorts of amenities here Kensington. Sure, we can get our nails done, go to a diner for pancakes, eat some damn good samosas or get dishwasher liquid for 99cents but, if we wanna hang in a local joint all day w our laptop sipping tea we hop on a train. Yesterday we were craving some middle eastern and rode up to 7th Ave. Most weekend nights we hang with friends in Brooklyn but when we're doing stuff with local friends or have people come to us we generally stay in. There aren't too many places to go out to eat or to sit and have coffee or to even swig a beer (yes we've tried Dennys and it does have some panache!). Recently we had a long talk w a long time resident (just someone who found it affordable and easy to live here back in the late 90s). He said that he wasn't sure if a commercial biz would be able to thrive here and we totally disagreed. Here were our points.
1. In the last 3 years (since we've been here) although the neighborhood is maintaining is diversity and affordability it is also having a huge influx of people like us who are professional and getting priced out of the neighborhoods we rented in. (As an example our building was only 19% owner occ. when we moved in and now over 70% w 2 more on market). Many of us commute in and out to jobs further 'north' in Brooklyn or the city and want some stuff to do when we get home. Many of us have irregular hours and are looking at places to frequent while we work from home just to break up the monotony
2. Concern about the hours before 5pm is a tough call but we took a look around and noticed there are in fact a lot of people here during the day many of which are looking for a good place to grab a sandwich or coffee. Just within a 6 block radius there are five schools (PS 130, PS 230, PS 230 Annex, PS 179 and IS 62). Many of these teachers ride up to Terrace Bagels for their lunch. There is also a nearby train station (F at Church & F at Ft. Hamilton) as well as 3 bus lines. There has got to be at least a few MTA workers looking for lunch. We also have a Post Office (ahhh Kensington Post Office) and many commercial businesses down McDonald. Let's not even mention the truck traffic (they have to eat some place right?) or those construction workers from all the recent development. We also gather from the amount of babies we see being strolled around there are a ton of Moms and Dads looking for a meeting spot outside the nearby library or Greenwood Playground.
3. The selection is limited so a little diversification would probably get a lot of support. We already have a Thai place and still people seemed to flocked to Tonys this past week because it had sit down service. Besides now 2 Thai restaurants, we have 3 Chinese, 3 Mexican, 3 pizzerias, 2 Pakistani/ Bengali and 2 diners. (We're forgetting a few probably like Ambrosia but are they open these days?).
We're not sure what would do well, we sure know what we would like... Maybe something like the Windsor Cafe or an Olive Vine or a sandwich place with vegetarian selection and how about Cuban? We think a lot of people are just looking for a place to get out of their houses/apartments... did we tell you how many people we saw at Thai Tony's? The real estate market isn't changing any time soon in Brooklyn and as more and more people get priced out of trendier hoods they'll head here. While we frequent and love the places we have there are a ton of spaces available for rent on what are already bustling commercial strips. If you've got the capital and are looking for something off the beaten path that could eventually blow up as this hood gets busier we'd say negotiate and let us know for some free press.
We seem to spend a lot of time in Lower Windsor Terrace - the library, Greenwood Playground, Ft. Hamilton for Thai etc. We also kinda of consider lots of WT as part of our hood though the real WT/ Kensington border is at Caton. We're pretty sure there are lots of people who feel the same and notice our neighborhood yahoo group is K & WT. For these sorts of reasons we were thrilled to see the NYTimes profile Windsor Terrace in the 'Living In' column.
Less ‘Precious’ Than the Slope? Certainly Cheaper (NY Times 5/13/07)
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Guest speaker for the general meeting will be New York State Assemblyman Jim Brennan. The Assesmblyman will discuss the F train elevator and other issues of importance to the community.
Albemarle Neighborhood Association
May 17, 7.30pm
Flatbush & Shaare Torah Jewish Center
327 East 5th St.
Friday, May 11, 2007
I spoke to the owner of the development on Ft. Hamilton and East Third. They have not rented to Dunkin Donuts. They would not be opposed to renting to Dunkin Donuts but at this point nothing has been put on the market officially.
(If you can't tell Dubya is holding a cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee in this pic).