Kensington

The patron of Prospect Park: Business owner cleans up park for free

Picture of Prospect Park volunteer cleaners
New York Daily News
08/23/2011

A business owner who lives in Kensington is pitching in to help tackle cash-strapped Prospect Park's trash problem.

Armando Gonzalez, the owner of Sunshine Best Cleaning Inc., recently wrote to Mayor Bloomberg offering to send professional cleaning crews into the park free of charge.

Gonzalez, 55, made the offer after reading an article in the Daily News about how budget cuts made it harder for the city to maintain its parks - leaving them marred with piles of garbage. Read more »

Dome Playground Clean-Up: A Success and a Real Good Time

The Kensington Prospect
08/08/2011

Threats of a thunderstorm did not keep the more than 30 volunteers away from the Sunday, August 7 activities at Dome Playground’s “Clean It, Paint It, Fix It!” afternoon. The first official event sponsored by Friends of Dome Playground (friendsofdomepark [at] gmail [dot] com), a good cross-section of neighbors and users, both kids and adults, showed up to scrape and paint the handball court’s walls a lovely cement gray, and rake the cigarette butts off the lawn. Read more »

Help clean-up Dome Playground on Sunday, August 7th

Last year, Borough President Marty Markowitz and I were able to allocate $900,000 in city funds to renovate Dome Playground. When I brought together residents from Kensington and Borough Park in March to discuss their visions for how that money could be used, I was thrilled with the result. Over fifty people came to the meeting and sent a clear message to me and the Parks Department: this is our park and we want to make it better. Read more »

Dept. of Health to spray for mosquitoes in part of Brooklyn tonight

Map of spray area

**Update: The spraying has been moved to Thursday evening due to inclement weather.**

I have received word that the Department of Health will be spraying for mosquitoes tonight, starting at 8:15 P.M., in some areas around Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery (see the map at the right of this page and the DOH announcement linked to below for details). They are doing so to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus this summer. Read more »

Fresher food coming to NYC

I hope you are hungry, because today is a good day for New Yorkers who care about their food. We’ve learned a lot recently about the importance of improving our food system, supporting regional farms and businesses, and making sure that everyone has access to fresh, healthy food. I wanted to share some recent developments that bring us closer to that goal. Read more »

A few thoughts after my shiva visit to the Kletsky's

Earlier this week, I visited the family of Leiby Kletsky, the 8-year-old boy from Borough Park who was so brutally and senselessly kidnapped and murdered last week (something I hope will be the hardest shiva call that I will ever have to make).

No words can ease or describe the grief, or heal the wounds, but -- like so many people I've talked to -- I've been thinking about it constantly for the past week, and wanted at least to write down some of what I've been feeling.
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Brooklyn farmer's market, The YouthMarket, operated by local teens

New York Daily News
07/18/2011

Students are teaching Brooklynites to eat healthfully at a new farmer's market in Kensington.

The Youthmarket on Fort Hamilton Parkway and E. Fifth St., open every Saturday through Oct. 29, is the latest GrowNYC stand to sprout up in the five boroughs. Read more »

About Shop Local

Dear Friends,

Local, independently owned businesses are a hallmark of our community, an essential part of the urban landscape, and an appealing and vital part of the 39th District’s neighborhoods.

Small business owners frequently live in the community and remain invested in our neighborhoods economically and socially. Small business owners frequently provide jobs to local residents, take the "high road" in how they relate to neighbors, workers, and the environment, and also have a proud record of supporting local not-for-profit groups. Read more »

Youth-run greenmarket opens in Kensington/Windsor Terrace this Saturday

Looking for locally−grown, fresh fruits and vegetables? You’re in luck! Tomorrow is opening day for a new Youthmarket farm stand in Kensington/Windsor Terrace.

Youthmarket, a program of GrowNYC, is a network of youth-run farm stands where local teens sell fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables grown by area farmers. In response to a request from neighborhood residents, I am pleased to partner with GrowNYC to bring Youthmarket to our community this summer: Read more »