Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Yikes. Hope everyone is ok.
Students posing for class pictures outside a Brooklyn Yeshiva took a terrifying fall through a shaft Friday after a grate suddenly collapsed, police sources said.
The children, ages 10 to 12, were standing outside the Yeshiva Shaare Torah at Ocean Parkway and Church Ave., when the grate inexplicably gave way, officials said.
The 15 to 20 students students tumbled some 15 feet down the apparent airshaft, sources said.
The Kensington school is the elementary and middle school of the Yeshiva Shaare Torah.
From the Village Voice:
And according to the Bangla newspaper Weekly Thikana, increasing numbers of Bengali immigrants are turning to gambling to supplement their income.
In the article translated into English by The New York Community Media Alliance, the paper claims illegal gambling joints have popped up in basements and the backs of grocery stores in Kensington, Brooklyn (also home to some great Bengali food) and various Queens neighborhoods, including Jackson Heights and Ozone Park. (read the whole story)
Being somewhat ignorant of Bangladeshi culture, I'm not sure what their preferred games of chance are, but if it's just guessing coin flips or something maybe I'll head down there and try and make back my rent.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Albemarle Neighborhood Association will hold its community meeting on Thursday, May 21st at the Flatbush & Shaare Torah Jewish Center, 237 E. 5th Street (corner Church Ave.). The meeting will start at 7:00 pm (sharp).This meeting is open to the public. Thanks to the couple people who sent this in.
Our guest speaker for the meeting will be Assemblyman James Brennan, who will discuss a range of topics of interest to our community.
As during this past year, Foodtown will supply refreshments for the meeting.
We look forward to seeing everyone on May 21st at 7 pm.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
I spoke with Connie this evening, and she is starting with a standard diner menu, using all fresh ingredients. Each day she will have 6 specials and she plans to have a Sunday brunch menu as well. The hours, to start, will be 6 am - 6 pm. She understands the need for evening hours and plans to expand hours in a few months. The restaurant has a bright and inviting new paint job. Once she gets the permits, she plans to have outdoor seating on the E 5th St side of the building as well.Other reports indicate that Connie is interested in possibly hosting some live music as well, which most people would find welcome. Personally, we'll be happy if the coffee and soup aren't cold, like some other cafe's in the area whose names rhyme with "Baroque Candy Virus."
Please come and support this much appreciated newcomer to the slowly expanding Kensington-Windsor Terrace dining scene. Connie has lived in this neighborhood her whole life, and looks forward to meeting everyone, and hearing suggestions from her neighbors.
Update! We got an on the scene report:
We had breakfast there on opening day, and enjoyed it very much. My kids had pancakes with apples and cinnamon, and with chocolate chips. Next time they want the banana pancakes. Thank goodness for choices! The adults had delicious eggs with all the accompaniments (potatos, toasts and bacon!) The staff is friendly, attentive, and it was wonderful to see so many people from the neighborhood coming in on the first day. - JThanks, J!
Connie's is located on the corner of Church Avenue and E. 5th Street.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Many of you have noticed that work on digging it up began almost immediately after this rally.
Maggie of WKAG writes:
Actually it was a great coincidence...I had requested it a few times over the last couple of years with no response, thus the rally. Unbeknownst to me, they just happen to be getting around to doing it this past Monday. Brilliant timing!!!
Also attached is a pic of some guerilla gardeners seedbombing our Church Ave nemesis at 31-35 Church Avenue. Stop by in a few weeks and see how we're bloomin'!
Someone has a real problem with Sean Casey Animal Rescue
If you're a guy with a Lonsdale Jacket, this young lady would like a word with you
Kensington is getting a Yoga studio and they need instructors
Free Kittens, sans sharpie-on-cardboard sign
40 Tehama St. Family Garage sale on Saturday
Auto Tech needed for local gig
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I'll let the quality speak for itself.
Thanks for sending this in, Rahul. This is great.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Unfortunately, the same guy who wrote the article disagrees.
In a separate piece written a couple days later for an 'edgy' news blog called The Exiled, this guy claims to have knowingly written what he considers an inaccurate representation of the neighborhood for Time Out New York.
You'll notice he doesn't claim to have written an article preaching the truth about what he saw only to be denied by his editor. He fully admits to distorting what he saw, presumably because while he objects to the existence of the Real Estate Hype Machine, he doesn't mind profiting from it. Journalistic integrity, it seems, is in short supply at the Harvey Estate.I filed a smoothed over narrative of what I saw—Bengalis, Hispanics and Hasids, chattering away amongst themselves in ancient dialects. I left out the trash filled yards, chop shops and nasty eyed stares from the locals. But a questioning email came back from my editor: where are the boutiques, cafes and charming restaurants? My answer, that there weren’t any, didn’t cut it with him.
He goes on to persecute a similar article that ran in the Daily News a couple weeks ago, citing Kensington as a best-value neighborhood. I'm sure most of you remember it, and the fact that it mentioned this here blog. Although we were very appreciative of the exposure, the article characterized us as a "local watchdog", which I don't think we have ever tried to be. Matt Harvey took issue with this, and us, as well.
Even without the rebrand, The Daily News piece is dubious. It reads in part, “The neighborhood also has its own watchdog. Two friends run kensingtonbrooklynblog.com to monitor growth…” When I was scrambling for a cluster of hipsters to write about for Time Out, I had breathed a sigh of relief on finding a post on the very same. Entitled “where the cool kids go,” it seemed just what I needed to write about the alternative Kensington. The cool kids were all at “Jerbar,” a brand new hipster bar with a “speakeasy vibe,” right smack in the middle of Church Avenue’s Bengal grocers. It took me about a minute to realize that Jerbar was a turgid fantasia cooked up by the overzealous anonymous flaks [sic] behind the site. The bar doesn’t exist.
The problem here isn't that we're insulted. Matt Harvey can feel free to call us as many misappropriated words as he likes. But one thing we can't brook is hypocrisy, and in this case, his knows no bounds. Matt, if you were that insulted by the assignment, you shouldn't have cashed your check. Since you did, you should have kept your mouth shut about it in other media.
If you're annoyed, feel free to contact the editors at TONY at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know they should be wary about procuring Matt Harvey's services again. There's no place in the world of journalism for a guy that can't even stand up for his beliefs. While you're at it, let them know that Kensington may not be perfect, but no one here is interested in trying to fleece TONY readers into thinking so.
For reference, the Exiled piece in its entirety is reproduced right here. We refuse to link to either of the pieces in question.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Come one, come all!!!! This Sat, May 9th at 10 a.m. SHARP!!! Meet us at the TRIANGLE in the middle of Church Avenue just 3 blocks west of McDonald (at Story Court) for a fifteen minute rally and photo shoot!
We need your support! Please bring all of your friends and family!!! The more the merrier!!! It will only take a few minutes to sign the petition and smile for the camera. Also, just for fun, we might seedbomb the lot! Hope you can join us. It will be short and sweet!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The 2nd concert in the Ditmas Park Concert Series is this Sunday, May 10, featuring Janus, an intriguing trio who creates new sounds for the flute, viola, and harp. Thank you for listing this in your calendar and on your website or blog.
Sunday, May 10
4:00 pm Janus
Temple Beth Emeth
83 Marlborough Rd at Church Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226
B/Q to Church Avenue
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Visions Restaurant/Bar writes:
We are excited to let you know about our New Menu featuring excellent new dishes and a vegetarian menu.We're not sure if "Jazz Jam Sessions" means anyone can show up with their accordion and go to town, but at the very least you'll see some talented musicians do their thing.
Please see the menu below.
Come and celebrate Mother's Day with your Friends at Visions. Excellent Brunch from 11am - 3:00 pm
Fixed Mother's Day Dinner Menu starting at 5:00 pm - Please call for reservations - 718-282-3388
See menu below
Starting Wednesday May 6th, 2009 Visions Restaurant will be featuring Weekly Jazz Jam Sessions
THE JUSTIN WERT TRIO, Justin Wert - Guitar, Dave Speranza - Bass, Nick Anderson - Drums
1/2 Prices Drinks from 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
We look forward to seeing you soon,
-Your friends at Visions Restaurant and Bar
Visions is located at 752 Coney Island Ave at Cortelyou in beautiful Kensington, Brooklyn.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
KensList for their marketplace needs, which I'm sure you can all agree is a terrible idea. But until we get 100% adoption rate, we'll highlight items of local interest.
Can anyone out there fix sunglasses?
Someone is hiring a Vet Tech for evening and weekend hours.
Got a hankerin' to feed some feral cats?
Assistant Art Specialist needed.
Countless items no one else wants for sale.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
FS: 414 Albemarle Rd - Open house Sunday! - $289kSee the rest of this ad and many others at KensList now.
Sunday May 3rd, 12pm to 2pm
$289,000 1 br 1.0 ba 900 sqft Coop
This is probably the best Home for sale in Kensington today. The location is Perfect. Quite street, yet close to transport, 24 hour shopping. 10 minutes walk & you are sitting & watching by the lake in beautiful Prospect Park. This 4th floor corner home can be easily converted to a 2 bedroom, (I have done so in the past). There is lots of Pre-war detail...
Friday, May 1, 2009
From KWT Neighbors:
I just popped my head in and met the new owner, Connie, who is a lifelong resident of K'ton and used to manage Faro's further down Church. Betsy and Chris, the old owners, quietly sold to her. She's reopening in a few days.Opinions on the place run the gamut, but hopefully injecting some new blood will bring improvement. I've always had a soft spot for Faros' pancakes, but I've noticed that this place always seems to be sparkling clean.