Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson will be in Coney Island tomorrow night to hear residents’ concerns about safety and the justice system.
The summit is open to any and all Brooklyn residents, and will be a town-hall style, allowing attendees to ask questions of the borough’s top prosecutor and share their concerns. It’s the second such event Thompson has done, following one in Brownsville over the summer.
The meeting will take place at Liberation Diploma Plus High School, 2865 West 19th Street. It begins at 6:30pm and lasts until 9pm.
The next meeting of the 62nd Precinct Community Council will be held Tuesday, October 21, 7:30pm at the precinct stationhouse, 1925 Bath Avenue, corner of Bay 22nd Street.
The community is invited to attend. For additional information, call (718) 236-2501.
The New Utrecht Reformed Church will be holding its fall Thrift Sale, this Friday, October 17 from 4pm-8pm, and Saturday, October 18 from 10am to 3pm., in the parish house, next to the historic sanctuary on 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street.
In keeping with its tradition of twice annually opening its doors to savvy shoppers, the large selection with great prices includes clothing, linens, shoes, books, toys, handbags, jewelry, electronic items, small household appliances and house ware.
Proceeds benefit restoration of the sanctuary structure, which dates from 1828. The New Utrecht Church was founded in 1677.
More information on the history of the church and the early history of Brooklyn is available from the Friends of Historic New Utrecht at (718) 256-7173 or by emailing email@example.com.
A new community garden is coming to the neighborhood with a special focus on flood resilient vegetation, but before its grand opening celebration next weekend they’re looking for your help getting roots in the ground this Sunday.
The garden is being built by a recipient of the COJECO Blueprint Fellowship on land owned by the Shore Parkway Jewish Center (8885 26th Avenue), where the very excellent SNAP to Grow! Urban Farm is also located.
The lot is one that was flooded during Superstorm Sandy, and the soil is still filled with salt. The Blueprint Fellow, Laura Vladimirova, a former editor of Bensonhurst Bean, is going to be teaching those that come about resilient plants and techniques to mitigate damaged, salt-logged soils.
Come get your hands dirty, learn something, and make the community a more beautiful, resilient place!
Photo by Elle Spektor
Community Board 11 will hold its next meeting tomorrow, October 7 at 7:30 pm at the Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 1740 84th Street.
The Board serves as a local conduit to the government of New York City, representing neighbors’ needs and concerns. If you have a problem with a city agency or quality of life issue, the Board exists to relay your concerns and spur action.
There will be time to hear residents’ concerns and discuss various committee reports, and elected officials may be in attendance.
For additional information, call (718) 266-8800.
The following was sent to us by Community Education Council 21:
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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium Education Department and Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst Program invite you to participate as they conduct a shoreline survey of various types of marine debris, work to keep our local beach free of debris by picking up trash and contribute to a healthy ocean that both people and wildlife can benefit from.
The event will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday, September 27, at the beach at Kaiser Park, near West 33rd Street and Bayview Avenue. The event is recommended for ages six and up. An adult must accompany children between the ages six and 14 at all times.
All participants must complete and sign a photo release form and a volunteer waiver upon checking in for this event. Both of these types of forms can be found on the NYA Education webpage at www.nyaquarium.com/nyaeducation. Youth ages six to 17 must have a parent or guardian sign the volunteer waiver on their behalf.
To sign up, fill out the registration form by going here.
For your safety: wear work gloves (consider bringing your own), closed-toed shoes, sun screen, and a sun hat. Please bring water to keep you hydrated. During the cleanup event, do not pick up or collect needles for any reason — notify the site leader who will collect it safely.
Golden (l) and Kemmerer (r)
Republican State Senator Marty Golden is facing a Democratic challenge on ballots this November, this time from Bay Ridge’s James Kemmerer.
The 12-year incumbent pol, who lost most of Bay Ridge but comfortably won the district as a whole with a 16-point margin, will debate his opponent tonight at the Bay Ridge Community Council’s “Great Debate.”
Kemmerer confirmed his candidacy to Bensonhurst Bean in May, backed by the Bay Ridge Democrats, a progressive Democratic club. He’s a small business owner who has lived in Bay Ridge for about a decade. So far, his campaign has depicted Golden as a target of the Moreland anti-corruption commission in the pocket of developers and big business. Kemmerer is running as the good government candidate, and is pushing public financing of elections.
It’s the first debate between the two. When challenged in 2012 by Andrew Gounardes, the debate turned feisty; with a lot of the same people backing Kemmerer, there’s a good shot tonight’s debate will be similarly informative and exciting.
The event takes place at Holy Angels Catholic Academy, 337 74th Street, at 7:30pm.
Correction (1:59pm): The original version of this article erroneously stated that James Kemmerer has “lived in this website for about a decade.” That was a mistake. James Kemmerer does not, and likely has never, lived in a website – this one, or any other. He lives in Bay Ridge. He previously lived in Pennsylvania, which is certainly less interesting than living in a website, but definitely more factual and infinitely more possible.
The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Mark Treyger:
Council Member Mark Treyger and NYC Parks Department are hosting the final free movie in the park event of the year on Saturday with a showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on the big screen at Kaiser Park in Coney Island. The movie will begin once it gets dark, so residents are urged to bring a chair or blanket and arrive at around 7:30 p.m. The park is located at the intersection of Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue in Coney Island and the event is free and open to all residents. In addition, the Parks Department will have a barbeque grill available so that children can make their own s’mores.
“This is a great chance for the community to enjoy one last movie in the park event before the outdoor weather comes to an end for the year. Come on out to Kaiser Park this Saturday for this great free event, and be sure to bring your family, friends and neighbors. My thanks to the Parks Department for their help putting together one more event as we conclude a wonderful summer of movies in the park in southern Brooklyn,” said Council Member Treyger.
This marks the second movie night that Council Member Treyger has hosted at Kaiser Park this year, in addition to two other screenings that he held in the northern portion of the district with Council Member David Greenfield. Based on the popularity of these events and the feedback from residents, Council Member Treyger plans on working with NYC Parks to host more of these free movie nights throughout the district next summer. Please contact his office at (718) 307-7151 for more information about Saturday’s showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
Today marks 13 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks. In addition to visiting the 9/11 Memorial site, the Wall of Remembrance in Coney Island, and pledging to do a good deed, here are some ways to honor the memory of those who were lost and those who helped on that day:
- The Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial Committee is hosting its annual memorial and candlelight vigil at Bill Brown Park, Avenue X and Bedford Avenue, at 7pm, rain or shine.
- State Senator Martin Golden will host two memorials: in Marine Park, at Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, at 6pm, and then at 7:30pm on the American Veterans Memorial Pier at Shore Road and Bay Ridge Avenue.
- The September 11 Family Group is holding a ceremony at 9/11 Memorial Square in Asser Levy Park at 4pm. The park is at Ocean Parkway and Surf Avenue, by the Brighton Beach – Coney Island boardwalk.
- The Children of Abraham Peace Walk returns to Cobble Hill at 6pm, starting at Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes at 236 Kane Street.
- At 7pm, Brooklyn Heights’ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church are hosting their annual public interfaith memorial service on the Brooklyn Promenade at Montague Street.
- Bargemusic will hold a free Memorial Concert at 8pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, led by violinist Mark Peskanov and featuring music by Bach, Haydn, Schubert, and more. No reserved seating; doors open at 7:30pm.
Do you know of a local memorial service that we missed? E-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com or let us know in the comments.