Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Travel baseball for the youngins

I wish someone would tell us about an adult baseball league around here (neighborhood blog league anyone?), but if you're looking to get your little slugger in the batter's box, checkout the SFX Huskies.

Here's the (3-2) pitch from Steve Reiser:
Kensington resident and SFX Youth Sports board member, Steve Reiser, is pleased to announce that the SFX Huskies will begin trying out new players aged 7-15 for its travel baseball program beginning next Saturday, January 10 at the SFX gym located at 752 President St, off of 6AV. Click here for info or email me directly at for more details. SFX Youth Sports also has an instructional program for all players that do not make one of the Huskies teams. No child is turned away!
Getting your own kid involved in a competitive baseball team now is probably our only chance at grooming some players for a successful Mets pennant bid in 10 years. So please, for the good of the city, consider this.

Monday, December 29, 2008


So we've been getting a lot of your emails asking us to help peddle your used lawn chairs. On the internet, there's no shortage of people looking to take stuff off your hands, but let's face it, no one wants to shlep out to Greenpoint to trade commemorative plates for a sockful of nickels.

Enter KensList. Keep your eye on the new box on the right for local classifieds. Want something posted to KensList? Drop an email to the address below and let us know. Your ad will see facetime from real locals, just like you. You should use this feature to buy, sell, or trade goods or services, to meet people for specific purposes, or really, for anything you'd use any other classifieds service for. Except this one is all Kensington, all the time.

Click through if you see anything you like, and drop us a line if you have anything you think people would like to see.

UPDATE: Send listings to

UPDATE 2: The address above is now correct, thanks Greg.

Restaurant Wars: Round 4 Wrap-up

After a bit of a holiday break, we're back on task and ready to wrap up Round 4.

Operators of Yen Yen Chinese Restaurant: on behalf of the food-eating people of the village of Kensington, we order you to accept this worthless bauble graciously, and furthermore to display it prominently for all to see. Failure to comply will result in a shunning the likes of which has not been seen since the original Persian Restaurant Wars of the early 7th-century. Congratulations are in order.

Next up: Continental Indian. Nominate in the comments. Restaurant wars continues. There can be only one.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

Whichever of the many available holidays you observe, not the least of which is Festivus, may we wish you a peaceful and happy one. No matter how you celebrate the season, or even if you don't celebrate it at all, you can probably still appreciate this clip, which sums it all up pretty perfectly.

From the good folks at the Kensington Blog, Happy Festivus.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gallerie du Kensingtön

As you can see, there's a slideshow with a couple of neighborhood pictures going on the right hand side now. This is the new Gallerie du Kensingtön.

Here's the deal - email neighborhood photos to the address at the top right and we'll add them to the stream. Get your name in lights! We'll turn this into a hood full of Ansel Adamses yet. Thanks for contributing!

Kensington: Now and Then

Church Avenue East West (thanks, Jeff) from E5th.

(click pictures to see enlarged versions. See for more vintage brooklyn photography!)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Restaurant Wars, Round 4: Chinese Food

Chinese Food in Brooklyn can run the full gamut from succulent strips of Peking duck to Ramen Noodles microwaved in Soy sauce. Somewhere in between lies the options we have available in Kensington. Vote in the poll on the right for your favorite Chinese Restaurant in Kensington. Turnabout is fair play, so it's time for us to read their fortunes for once.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ask Kensington: Can you recommend a good real estate broker?

It's that time again. A new Kensingtonian is about to join our ranks... but he needs your help.

Jason asks:
I'm looking to move to Kensington next month... I'm wondering if you can recommend one or more good brokers for apartments in the area.
So we're putting this one up knowing full well that we're opening the comments up for lots of shameless self-promotion and possibly some pretty scathing complaints. Please, behave yourselves.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Skating at the other Wollman Rink.

People new to the area may not know that there's a second, lesser known Wollman Rink in NYC and it's right in the heart of Prospect Park, between the lake and the concert grove.
Regular Schedule
Mondays 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 6 p.m.; 7 – 10 p.m.
Sundays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 6 p.m.

Holiday Hours
Christmas/New Year’s
Dec. 24 -25: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 6 p.m.
Dec. 26 - 27: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 6 p.m.; 7 – 10 p.m.
Dec. 28 -31: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 2 - 3: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 6 p.m.; 7 – 10 p.m.
Jan. 4: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 – 6 p.m.
For more information on this most hallowed of incredibly dangerous passtimes, visit Let me know how it goes. I'll be inside next to the fire. Wrapped in 6 blankets.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ask Kensington: Any good gyms in the area?

Here's another question we couldn't answer (and we're feeling pretty guilty about that).

Emily asks:
I'm looking for a good gym in Kensington - I know of Curves on McDonald Avenue and that's pretty good but what else is there in the area? Suggestions, please!
Please, help a neighbor out. Put down your dumbbells and head to the comments section.

Weekend F Service

179 St-bound F trains skip Ft Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park, and 4 Av
Weekend, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Dec 20 - 22

For service from these stations, take a Coney Island-bound
F to 7 Av or Church Av and transfer to a 179 St-bound F.

For service to these stations take the
F to 7 Av or Smith-9 Sts and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.
This seems to happen a lot.

Festivus (or how I learned to stop worrying and love Kensington)

(Duncan airs a grievance on the Festivus pole)

Festivus was a big hit! About 60 people came through Visions throughout the night and it was great to meet everyone. The Festivus pole allowed residents to air various and sundry grievances about Kensington and affairs in their personal life. Many thanks to everyone for coming out, and also to the staff at Visions for accomodating us (especially Jill who we know does not read this blog, despite assurances otherwise). Hopefully our next event will be even more successful! Any late winter holidays we should be celebrating together? February 24th is International Pancake day, a breakfast-themed Kensington event may be in order. Any thoughts?

Click here
for more Festivus pictures at Flickr.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Festivus is upon us!

Oh day of days! Festivus is here! Please join us at Visions Bar and Restaurant at 8pm tonight and meet everyone!

We are expecting a great turnout and are looking forward to meeting some folks in the neighborhood. We hope you are too. Be prepared to air your grievances about your family, friends, neighbors, and Kensington at large.

K-town hits NY Post houses of the week

From NY Post:
Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1½ Square feet: 1,200. This Avenue C duplex co-op might be far from Alphabet City, but with plenty of space, a new washer/dryer and a convenient location near public transit, it has a lot to offer. There's also a spiral staircase and a lower-level rec room. Agents: Gina Castellano and Matthew Powers, Prudential Douglas Elliman, 718-840-2006 and 718-840-2000

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Restaurant Wars, Round 4

Restaurant Wars, Round 3 was sort of like watching a bunch of third-graders take on Usain Bolt and a cannonball in the hundred meter dash. Yummy Taco and El Gavilan practically crossed the finish line before the other runners were done clumsily tying their shoes. But Kensington has spoken. Yummy Taco, who narrowly defeated the more authentic (and more expensive) El Gavilan, is apparently the favorite on this list. May they wear their beautiful one-of-a-kind badge , recast from the bronze codpiece of Hector of Troy, with pride for the rest of their days.

And now, on to the nominations for Round 4

There's no shortage of Chinese options within the boundaries of Kensington, so there's probably no need to branch out. Sound off in the comments with your nominations for local Chinese restaurants!

Local Library Round-up

Basic Computer Classes - Kensington Library
We all know someone who needs this class. Intended for adults with little or no experience operating computers. It can be anyone from your hunting-and-pecking Aunt Ethel to your literally-afraid-of-the-machine Grampa Bill.

Tuesday, Dec 16 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Dec 17 at 10:30 AM
Tuesday, Jan 20 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Jan 21 at 10:30 AM
Tuesday, Feb 24 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Feb 25 at 10:30 AM
Resume Writing Workshop - Windsor Terrace Library
If you're like most people (read: me), your resume probably needs work. This class can't hurt.

Monday, Jan 5 at 1 PM
Skills Training and Employment Project - Windsor Terrace Library
Get help with job and career information, resumes, cover letters and interview preparation. Note: this is not an actual job. You will not be paid.

Tuesdays, 11 AM
No session on:
December 23, 2008
December 30, 2008
For a full list of events at the local libraries, click here! From what I understand they also have rooms full of books that you can just take home for free? Anyone have any more information on this? It sounds too good to be true.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ask Kensington: Which drycleaner won't ruin my clothes?

It's time for another installment of our award winning* Ask Kensington series!

Liam asks:
So after having yet another dress poorly pressed (you could see the marks) and a hem ripped open at our 3rd attempt at a drycleaner... I'm wondering if you could post a recommendation forum of some kind so the good citizens of kenisngton can recommend a good spot?

Thanks very much!
Anyone have a particular drycleaner with which they've had continued success? Let Liam known in the comments!

* Most awards pending and/or completely fabricated

Kensington: Now and Then

Northeast corner of Church & Coney Island Avenue.

(click pictures to see enlarged versions. See for more vintage brooklyn photography!)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Opossum Kingdom?

So word on the street is we have an opossum population right here in Kensington. Local Brendan tipped us off to these cute little marsupials after snapping a shot of this critter on Albemarle Road. Though this photo looks a little gruesome, in all likelihood this thespian of the animal kingdom is very much alive and out rummaging through your garbage or chasing tasty rats into the safety of your home right now. I, for one, welcome our pointy-snouted overlords.

Friday, December 12, 2008

NYC Icy on thin ice?

A reader writes:
NYC ICY is offering soups for the winter because NOBODY is going in there. Let's not let another great local business fail. They offer gourmet ices and sherbets. They have sophisticated flavors like Grapefruit basil ice, Apricot Ginger etc but also stuff kids like such as Fire Engine Red Ice. The Sherbets are really good too but no Ice Cream per se. They sell it by the pint which is great to bring to a dinner party and the flavors change all the time. The owners live in the neighborhood. Business has been SO SLOW that they are thinking of closing for at least the season. I heard they are offering soups. It would be great to get people to start going there before we lose yet another business over here.
I personally stand guilty of not patronizing this local business, but it was only due to ignorance. I only saw it for the first time three days ago and got this email yesterday. It sounds delicious, different, and the sort of thing we should support. Yelpers seem to agree that it's a fine establishment. So go buy some water ice! Or some soup! It is your civic duty to bolster the local economy in this time of recession.

NYC Icy can be found near the corner of Church Avenue and Coney Island Avenue.

Proactively solving the graffiti crisis

No one likes graffiti.

Well, graffiti 'artists' like it. But their opinions don't count much. Train robbers like robbing trains too.

Back to graffiti, we have to ask ourselves why we hate it so much. It's annoying, illegal, and can make otherwise nice places look like dumps. When we see it, we rage inside. Why, we wonder, would anyone waste their time with such a thing? Who, we ponder, might this Vegeta person be? And what, we muse silently, can we do to stop him?

Almost nothing.

You can hope to stop defacers in the act by attempting to be in the right place at the right time, but unless you're armed with something stronger than harsh language, you may find yourself alone and freshly mocked. There's nothing less threatening to the average criminal than the phrase "Hey, you! Cut that out!"

Alternately, you can fill out a Graffiti Report form that the city of New York has so kindly made available to us. I have no personal experience with the effectiveness of said report, but in the best case scenario, someone comes along a couple weeks later and makes a new blank sheet of paper for someone to tag.

Or you could accept the fact that, like jaywalking and music piracy, graffiti is here to stay.

There's an upside to this. Qualified acceptance allows us a measure of control. Why should we be content that the surfaces throughout Kensington be covered in meaningless scrawls? If we must have it, then we should demand the best. Let the journeyman can-wielder drift down to Midwood to ply his lesser craft. In Kensington, we should settle for nothing less than art. This can be accomplished by fillling out this Graffiti Report Card and taping it up next to local defacements. If we can't stop them, we can at least shame the bad ones into leaving the best urban easels open for their betters.

Brownstowner gives the Facebook group a shout

From Brownstowner:
A few weeks ago, the NY Times did a story on 30-something native Park Slopers who found one another through Facebook. Well, that's not the only nabe represented in that digital world. Kensington residents have started their own Facebook group, with 578 members (at the time of this posting) celebrating "Brooklyn's best kept secret." Discussion topics include best restaurants in the area, doctors and "that guy that walks backwards," in which 19 people posted 42 comments. (Read whole story)
Hey, how about that! For the record, we're at 650 members and counting. Looks like we have a lot more people in our group than other neighborhoods. Good for us. Here's hoping we all get to meet each other at Festivus.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Free Flu Shots Next Week

From Councilman de Blasio's office:
Free Flu Shots Available at Councilmember de Blasio's District Office Next Week

Brooklyn – Flu shots are an important safety precaution as we head into winter. Free flu shots will be available on December 15th from 10am-1pm at Councilmember Bill de Blasio's District Office (2907 Fort Hamilton Parkway). Please email Sarah Figuereo-Rey at to sign up. Please RSVP to ensure enough flu shots will be available. Must be 18 years or older to receive the flu shot. Open to all Brooklyn residents. Please contact Sarah Figuereo-Rey at 718-854-9791 if you would like more information.
So if you're younger or older or just can't pass up a deal this good, contact Sarah now!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Restaurant Wars, Round 3

In a bout reminiscent of Wepner/Ali, Korner Pizza went the distance against Little Tonino's but couldn't hang on for the win. Congratulations to Little Tonino's, who, for their trouble, will take home this valuable bronze star graphic , a form of currency in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

And now, on to Round 3!

Break out your giant nacho hats, Kensington. Restaurant Wars just went south of the border. Vote in the poll on the top-right of the page on your favorite Mexican food option in Kensington. Don't let anyone tell you that you have to go for the most authentic option, either -- if Yummy Taco is your thing, then vote your conscience. But make sure you tell us why in the comments section.

Kensington: Now and Then

Northeast corner of Church & McDonald.

(click pictures to see enlarged versions. See for more vintage brooklyn photography!)

Monday, December 8, 2008

News of the Boring

Through our many clandestine sources (namely, the facebook group) we have discovered that the boring 99 cent store that took over the lot formerly rented by Joe & Joe's Pizza will reopen as an even more boring T-Mobile store.

Hopefully this information is wrong and we'll discover in a week that it's really going to be a combination Tatoo Parlor/Burlesque House.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Meet Ali

You may have noticed something shiny and new in the heart of Kensington. 46 days ago, a man named Ali trundled his stainless steel cart to the northwest corner of Church and McDonald and set up shop. Smiling widely while grilling his chicken, he opines that his native Afghanistan offers the best food in all of Asia, because they keep their recipes simple and cook more of the animal at once. Ali has spent much of his 2 years in the United States working at Middle Eastern restaurants (including Gyro King), but recently decided that going into business for himself was wiser. We have to agree. The lamb and chicken were both succulent and flavorful, the pita was fresh and grilled ever-so-lightly to add that crucial razor-thin layer of crispness, and the white/hot sauce combination was perfect. At $3.50 for an overloaded gyro or $5 for platter with rice and a drink, the one-two punch of taste and value is pretty extraordinary. So the next time you're emerging from the subway at Church & McDonald, wondering, as we all do, what you're going to do for dinner that night, swing by and see Ali. You may find yourself coming back for more than just the food.

Stay connected with the Kensington Facebook Group

At around 600 members and growing, the Kensington Facebook Group is a great way to stay in touch with locals. It will be used to announce and remind about upcoming events and you can use post threads of your own about whatever might be on your mind. You may even see a few of your neighbors on there. Post neighborhood pictures and news (don't forget to let the blog know too, though!), questions, comments, or just say "here I am!"

If you're already a Facebook member, click here and then click 'join this group'. If you aren't a Facebook member, now is a great time to sign up. It's a free and useful way to stay in touch with folks you know and meet ones you don't.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Kensington Kitties adoption wagon world tour

If you're in Park Slope today buying christmas ornaments made out of recycled hybrid mopeds, stop by the Kensington Kitties wagon and meet some of the cats and kittens they have available for adoption. They need good homes, but a dollar or your pocketful of change always helps too. Click here for more information.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Volunteer with GALLOP

GALLOP, a New York City-based nonprofit corporation offers therapeutic riding lessons to individuals with disabilites at the historic Kensington Stables in the East Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn, near Prospect Park.

GALLOP is always in need of volunteers to help out with our program in ANY way! No horse experience is necessary, but it does help. We provide all the training you will need. We need people to help out at the stable with the horses and riders during lessons. Also, we have tons of "behind the scences", such as office work, fundraising, grant writing, etc. (more info)

A Festivus for Kensington Facebook fiasco

For anyone who is a member of the Kensington Facebook group and received multiple annoying invites to this event, we apologize on behalf of the sad, lonely Facebook software engineer who was playing Minesweeper instead of doing proper quality assurance. This event is still happening, and there seems to be quite a bit of interest, but the RSVP list keeps resetting and then it re-invites everyone to, I am sure, their extreme annoyance.

So, we removed the event from Facebook and are re-adding it. We hope that A) this will be the last invite you receive and B) you still plan to come out and meet everyone!

Update: Deleting and re-adding the event seems to have worked out the kinks. See you at Festivus!

Holiday Fundraiser for Sean Casey Animal Rescue

The Sean Casey Animal Rescue invites you to join them and the Open Mic Project for a night of live music, raffles and contests at our holiday party. Come celebrate a successful year of rehabilitation and adoption of a record number of orphaned animals.
We rescued over 2,000 animals in 2008 and we are aiming high for 2009. But we need your help and support to continue our work. 100% of the $20 cover charge will go directly to the rescue.
Join the Sean Casey Animal Rescue for this event at 9pm on Friday December 12th, 2008 at The Old Carriage Inn - 312 7th Ave (between 7th & 8th St.) in Park Slope.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

F-trains getting makeover?

From Control Geek:

I was waiting for the F subway at 15th Street/Prospect Park Brooklyn this morning and a brand new train came in! Apparently they were testing it, it had the automated announcements and everything: To keep people from boarding, they were opening the doors on the wrong side. (More, including pictures)

This is a little old, but it's news to me. Apparently they've been testing these on occasion for a little while now. They have the automated announcements and light-up maps and the whole shebang. Anyone else seen these or have any more info?

Ask Kensington: How safe is the 18th Ave F stop?

We've been getting some questions in our inbox over the past week or so that we probably aren't the most qualified to answer. We're hoping you can provide some insight to others in the community. So here's looking at you in our first installment of Ask Kensington.

April from Bushwick asks:
I am really struggling with a decision about where to move and am looking for advice on whether living on Ocean Parkway and 18th ave is ok. I live in Bushwick now so don’t expect perfect safety. I’m just wondering what the F train at 18th ave is like during normal times of day on into the evening around 11pm.
Sound off in the comments section and help a fellow Brooklynite out.

Update: April has decided to move to the area. "Thanks for responding! It is so hard moving into a brand new neighborhood, but I like what I see so far."

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Festivus for Kensington!

People of Kensington, clear your schedules for Thursday, December 18th, 2008.

From 8pm to 12 Midnight, please join Frank, Estelle, Steve, and Jake for A Festivus for Kensington at Visions Restaurant and Bar on the corner of Cortelyou and Coney Island Ave. This will be a no cover charge holiday event for locals and anyone else who wants to come.
  • Half-price beers, 2-for-1 martinis, 20% off appetizers
  • Feats of Strength
  • The Airing of Grievances
  • Festivus Miracles both big and small
Bring your friends. Bring your neighbors. Bring that old guy that lives on E.2nd with the big train-robber moustache that keeps trying to get my girlfriend to come inside for coffee. (Seriously, I love that guy, does anyone know him?)

Let's wrap up 2008 with a bang.

Thursday Bar Trivia

Any Quizzo fans out there? A fortnightly pub trivia event kicks off tomorrow night (12/4) at 9pm sharp at Visions Bar & Restaurant, near the corner of Coney Island and Cortelyou. Come alone to meet people or come with a couple friends and play as a team. General knowledge questions will be pop-cultural as well as scholarly, so everyone can contribute something to a team. As veterans of many bar trivia nights, we challenge each and every one of you to come out and prove your worth for the chance at no less than a $50 gift certificate and a round of polite applause for the winners. The flyer I'm seeing here also says half-price beers and select apps for the duration of the game, so it shouldn't put too much of a dent in the old wallet. Also, if you've been looking for a good burger in Kensington, this is your place. Manny (the Monday bartender) tipped us off to this fine slab of Salisbury and I haven't stopped thinking about it all week.

Our brains are booked for Pete's Candy Store tonight, but I think we'll have something left in the tank for any and all local challengers.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What, the F?

For the second year in a row, the MTA is asking for feeback on the various subway lines so they can analyze the resulting report, sort of shrug, half-smirking, and throw it into a drawer marked "ignore at all costs."

It's that time of year again. Grab a report card at your F-train station of choice and complain about crowded, late trains. Of course, there's always the chance you're happy with F Service. If this is the case, lavish praise at your discretion. No matter what we all write, you can count on it resulting in a fare hike.

Update: reader Joy points out that rather than spend time filling something out and then not bothering to mail it, you can opt to fill the rider report card out online, by clicking here. Thanks Joy!

Restaurant Wars, Round 2

The votes are in and the tribe has spoken. After meeting some stiff resistance early on from To B Thai, Am-Thai pulled away from the pack and is now worthy of being coronated "Best Thai food in Kensington." Congratulations, Am-Thai! Allow us to present you with this bronze star graphic which can be bartered for fresh water in the event of nuclear apocalypse.

We'd also like to note that this week's Yelp - Brooklyn newsletter included some nice words about runner-up To B Thai.
If you happen to be kicking around Kensington, Marcus V recommends 2 B Thai for "inexpensive, awesome Thai food on a quiet corner in an unpretentious neighborhood."
And now, on to round 2.

Best neighborhood pizza is a topic of conversation that has historically lead to fisticuffs in taverns and brothels the world over. We expect nothing less now. Vote for your favorite pizzeria in the poll on the right and then use the comments section below to arrange times and places to fight about it. I personally prefer Little Tonino's and will meet anyone who says different in front of Walgreen's at 3pm. Bring nunchucks.

Nominations for Restaurant Wars, Round 3

We need your help. As we look toward round 3 of Restaurant Wars, we're realizing that we can't decide which establishments should be included and which should not. We need you to comment with your nominations for notable Mexican restaurants in the Kensington delivery area.

Make your nominations for the Mexican restaurant category in the comments section now!

Falafel Fizzle?

Falafel Fusion appears to be out of business after less than a year.

From Andrea @ Local birding:

Falafel fusion is out of business. Saw a "for rent" sign on the gate today. So bummed!! They had the best food.

The food here was pretty good in our opinion, and they put some effort into branding and menus, etc. It's a shame to see it go, when plenty of inferior restaurants seem to just keep chugging along. Let's hope something decent takes its place!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Won't someone please think of the horses?

From Brooklyn Paper:
City seeks ‘stable-izing’ effect in Kensington
By Sarah Portlock
The city moved forward with rezoning an eight-square-block area near the Kensington Stables — a move that concerned locals hope will protect the area from large-scale development encroaching on their turf. (read whole story)
So it seems like the folks at Community Board 7 have scored a pretty major victory for people who want to see a limit on building heights in this 8-block area. Apparently large-scale development has been spooking the horses at the stables. Then again, maybe they just need to teach their horses to not be so scared all the time. Maybe some sort of alfalfa-based hypnosis regimen.

End of the boom?

Two years ago, the Windsor Terrace/Kensington section of Brooklyn was one of the brightest spots in the emerging Brooklyn real estate market.

The neighborhood was fast becoming a magnet for writers, artists and growing families priced out of more established areas such as Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.

However, the wave of speculative residential development that started in Windsor Terrace/Kensington during the boom has now been stopped in its tracks by the squeeze on lending. The financial meltdown has — at least for the near term — left several half-built condos and empty lots in its wake. (read whole story)
What do you think this means for the rest of us, other than a bunch of unfinished eyesores dotting the neighborhood?