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Councilman Mark Treyger asked us to spread the word about this free family ice-skating event at Abe Stark Skating Rink this Thursday.

The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until 1:00 p.m., giving kids a little something to do over the spring break. The rink is located at 1902 West 19th Street in Coney Island.

Community Board 11 with hold its monthly general meeting Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m., at Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare (1740 84th Street).

There are two public hearings on the agenda:

  • 6602 New Utrecht Avenue - The applicant is seeking to extend the term of an existing variance for 10 years
  • 6106 16th Avenue - The applicant is seeking a proposed enlargement to an existing school building

If you live near one of these locations and have concerns about their application, attend the meeting to be heard.

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 more information, call (718) 266-8800.



The New Utrecht Reformed Church will be holding its Spring Thrift Sale, this coming Saturday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the parish house, next to the historic sanctuary, located at 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


The Kings County American Legion Band, led by Irwin Meyer. Source: Facebook

The Kings County American Legion Band, led by Irwin Meyer. Source: Facebook

UPDATE: This event has been canceled.

Original post:

The Kings County American Legion Headquarters Band will perform a free concert this Sunday, March 16 at the New Utrecht Parish House, 18th Avenue and 84th Street. The concert, conducted by the indefatigable Irwin Meyer, begins at 2:30 p.m.

Steeped in history and diversity, these days the band is actually a concert band and a marching band rolled into one. Its members are musicians from the John Philip Sousa Band, the Goldman Band, a number of the famed big bands of the 1940s, as well as professional musicians, students, mechanics, teachers, police officers and health care professionals.

The concert is open to the public. To learn more, call (718) 256-7173.

I wonder if there's a policy about taking trees on the subway... (Source: NYRP/Flickr)

I wonder if there’s a policy about taking trees on the subway… (Source: NYRP/Flickr)

The New York Restoration Project, a non-profit dedicated to building greenspaces and the lead partner of the MillionTreesNYC initiative, is going all out this spring with a huge giveaway of 12,000 trees distributed directly to residents throughout New York City.

Here are some details from the group:

NYC home and property owners can choose from over 90 events where they can pick up trees to bring home and plant in their front or back yards. Participants can visit to check out dates and locations and find out more. They can register online approximately two weeks in advance, to reserve a tree. If registration is full, a limited number of trees is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the event. We’re offering popular tree species, including various dogwood, fig, magnolia and serviceberry trees to New Yorkers. Aside providing cleaner air, planting trees has many benefits, including enhanced curb appeal, offset of climate change, cooler temperatures, and more.

Giveaways are scheduled between March and May for Marine Park, Coney Island, Gravesend, Borough Park, Bay Ridge and elsewhere – so there’s no shortage of nearby locations to pick one up in the coming months. Just check their schedule and register in advance.

The MillionTreesNYC program is a public-private initiative. Seventy percent of the trees will be planted in parks and public spaces, while 30 percent are being given to private organizations, homeowners and community groups. More than 800,000 trees have been distributed to date.

ridersThe Riders Alliance, an advocacy organization for subway and bus riders, is launching an initiatve to bring together Southern Brooklyn straphangers to demand improved public transportation services.

To kick off the initiative, they’re holding a brainstorming session on March 27, at 7:00 p.m., at the Homecrest Presbyterian Church (1413 Avenue T). It’s an any-idea-goes kind of event.

The group has been going neighborhood to neighborhood since it formed in 2012 and setting up local, grassroots coalitions to advocate for improved service.

From their website:

We believe that lawmakers respond best to their own constituents, and that an organized group of local residents, trained and empowered to demand results, fills an important gap in transit advocacy, helping win the sustainable, long-term funding needed to fix public transit in New York.

You can sign up to attend  here. There’ll be snacks.

City Councilman Vincent Gentile invites residents who have questions about their property taxes and how to appeal them to a presentation and Q&A on “How To Appeal Your Property Taxes,” this Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. inside the auditorium of William McKinley Intermediate School, 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway (enter on the 74th Street side of the school).

Have your questions about your property taxes answered by the Hon. Kirk P. Tzanides, a commissioner of the New York City Tax Commission.

To learn more, call Gentile’s office (718) 748-5200.


The Coney Island History Project and Urban Neighborhood Services are hosting a slideshow presentation by Charles Denson titled “The History of Coney Island’s West End and the Presence and Contributions of African Americans in Coney Island from the 1600s to the Present.”The slideshow will feature never-before-seen images from Charles Denson’s archive and photos that he took in the 1970s.

U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Coney Island’s first African American Congressman, will be a special guest.

“The West End of Coney Island is a vibrant and resilient community that’s survived many challenges over the last few decades,” said Coney Island History Project director Charles Denson. “I grew up there and documented the wave of urban renewal in the 1960s and 1970s that transformed our community and changed the lives of its residents. This slide show will tell the story of the area going back to 1600s.”

I, for one, have always been kind of curious about the West End, which sticks out from the rest of Southern Brooklyn both figuratively and in terms of demographics and culture. It’ll be interesting to check this out.

Here’s one of Denson’s great photos from that era:


The Year of the Horse, often observed with a traditional Dragon Dance,  will be celebrated at David A. Boody-I.S. 228. Source: Wikipedia

The Year of the Horse, often observed with a traditional Dragon Dance, will be celebrated at David A. Boody-I.S. 228. Source: Wikipedia

David A. Boody Intermediate School for Magnet Studies-I.S. 228 students along with professional entertainers will gather on stage for its fifth annual Lunar New Year celebration, in honor of the “Year of the Horse,” February 13 at 6:00 p.m. inside the school’s auditorium, 228 Avenue S.  Admission is free and Chinese food will be available.

The school’s Chinese Dancers, who have performed throughout the city, will headline the event — which will be narrated in English and Chinese — along with student musicians, the Hip Hop Dancers, Cheerleaders and famous Chinese Dance Troupe.

Boody’s Gravesend native Principal Dominick A. D’Angelo said that the celebration is one of the highlights of the school year. “This is an immigrant neighborhood,” he said. “When I was young, the immigrants were Italian. Now, many of them come from China. We want to honor the heritage of our new neighbors and share with them the joy and beauty of Lunar New Year.”

From our friends at the Federation of Italian-American Organizations’ (FIAO) Beacon Center:

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