07/17/14 11:31am

Sponsored By New York Aquarium.

The New York Aquarium is building a world-class shark exhibit set to open in 2016.

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that New York is a city of islands. It has 520 miles of coastline — more than Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined. Brooklyn alone, projecting outward from the Southwestern corner of Long Island, is mostly surrounded by water: the East River, the Upper and Lower New York Bay, Jamaica Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Three things you might know about the waters surrounding Brooklyn:

1. The waters around Brooklyn are rich with marine life. In fact, they were once, like, buy-a-brownstone rich, with 12-inch oysters and six-foot lobsters.

2. Back when explorers like Giovanni da Verrazzano and Henry Hudson (of bridge and river fame, respectively) sailed into New York Harbor, sturgeon were so abundant that the fish were considered hazardous to boat passage.

3. Today, despite decades of unchecked use, the New York seascape still hosts everything from whales, to seals, to more than 338 species of fish.

Most New Yorkers don’t even think about this rich marine life living just off their shores. The New York Aquarium is trying to change that, helping residents and visitors understand these vital waters, and protecting them from growing threats, including expanded shipping, dredging, overfishing, and energy development.

Back on its feet (or flippers) after Hurricane Sandy, the aquarium is also working on transforming itself for the future, and you can be a part of it. Check out the plans, which include a thrilling new exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks! You don’t have to be buy-a-brownstone rich to lend a hand. Donate today.

07/14/14 1:31pm

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Sponsored By Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc.

Let Gotham show you how getting NYC home insurance is fast, friendly, affordable, and easy.

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You don’t have to be unusually careless for something to go wrong in your home. Apartment insurance can help cover you when your momentary lapses of reason, or just plain bad luck, turn into major headaches.

Let’s say you go around the corner to pick up your laundry, and you leave your apartment door unlocked for just a couple of minutes…potential burglary. Or you tell yourself you’ll clean the toaster oven next time…potential fire. Or you fall asleep while filling the bathtub…potential flooding. Leading to, potentially, thousands of dollars of damaged or stolen property.

Hopefully, none of these things will happen to you. But if they did? Gotham Brokerage can help you find the right insurance to cover you and your belongings in case of life’s little disasters. It’s super-fast to sign up, and costs a lot less than you would probably think. Contact Gotham today to get a quote… It will be the smartest thing you do all day.

07/11/14 5:30pm

As far as Brooklyn neighborhoods go, Brooklyn Heights is tiny, a wedge bordered by Cadman Plaza and its busy series of parks, walkways, and municipal buildings to the east, the Brooklyn Bridge to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, and the East River to the west. It’s just about 15 blocks tall and five blocks wide. The role it plays in Brooklyn’s history, and in the popular imagination, looms much larger. Its lovely, tree-lined streets and spectacular homes have been the setting for television series and movies as varied as The Patty Duke ShowThe Cosby Show, and Moonstruck.

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Presented By Douglas Elliman.

The only way to truly understand Brooklyn is to walk its streets, see its homes, meet its people, and understand its ebb and flow. Never before has looking for a home in Brooklyn been this exciting.

Stop by Elliman’s Brooklyn Heights office located at 156 Montague St.

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Over the years Brooklyn Heights has been home to more than its fair share of artists and writers, including Salvador Dali, Richard Wright, H.P. Lovecraft, and Truman Capote. Bob Dylan paid tribute to the neighborhood’s then-bohemian character when he wrote “Tangled Up in Blue” in 1975, singing, “I lived with them on Montague Street / in a basement down the stairs. / There was music in the cafés at night / And revolution in the air.” (more…)

07/08/14 11:31am

Sponsored By New York Aquarium.

The New York Aquarium is building a world-class shark exhibit set to open in 2016.

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Every day, we hear about all the cool stuff Brooklyn has to offer. You know what it doesn’t have enough of, though? Sharks.

Fortunately, there’s something we Brooklynites can do to rectify this situation. By donating to the ongoing renovation of the New York Aquarium, you will be helping to bring to Brooklyn a massive shark exhibit called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! The plans for the exhibit call for a jaw-dropping, 500,000-gallon tank that will allow visitors to watch several species of sharks and rays. How cool is that?

The transformation of the aquarium won’t be confined to the interior. Outside, a gorgeous, ocean-inspired art installation will wrap the building in a “shimmer wall” made up of tens of thousands of reflective tiles that ripple with the wind like waves on the sea.

You can help make this vision a reality by donating a personalized tile on the virtual version of the shimmer wall on the New York Aquarium website. With your donation, you will be joining your Brooklyn neighbors in helping to bring the aquarium to the next level. More important, you will be doing your part to bring sharks to Brooklyn — finally.

06/30/14 11:31am

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Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization. BRIC's brand-new 40,000-square-foot cultural complex opened October 3.

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Bushwick resident Chris Federico is an actor, writer, and producer who was looking to expand his horizons. He found what he was looking for when he started taking classes at BRIC last year to become a Certified Community Producer. After studying editing, field production, studio production, and digital motion graphics, Federico has added a few more hyphenates to his name: video editor, sound crew, and production assistant.

As a Certified Community Producer, Federico now has access to BRIC’s equipment and cutting-edge production facilities, plus the opportunity to produce specials for Brooklyn Free Speech TV — all for free. We sat down with the self-professed coffee addict at BRIC House’s on-site café, Hungry Ghost, to hear about his experiences.  (more…)

06/26/14 1:31pm

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Sponsored By Whale Square Realty.

Now leasing 2,000- to 80,000-square-foot retail and work spaces located in the heart of Brooklyn’s new Sunset Park Waterfront District.

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The former Whale Oil Company headquarters at 14 53rd Street on the Sunset Park waterfront has gotten a new lease on life as office space for creative and tech businesses. The 1940s-era industrial building, Whale Square, offers 400,000 square feet of space spread across seven stories. The first floor has 20-foot ceilings, and the third floor has 50,000 square feet of column-free space, making the building ideal for an open office or workplace. The owners are finishing a $5 million renovation that will transform the building into a hub for creative, tech or fashion companies.

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06/25/14 1:31pm

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Sponsored By MySpace NYC.

Home is our business; Brooklyn is our home

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335 Carroll Street, a five-story warehouse conversion in Carroll Gardens, is officially on the market. Myspace NYC is offering 30 rentals, including studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as five duplex units. Most of the units come with two bathrooms, and 15 of the 30 apartments include private outdoor space with spectacular views of Brooklyn and the Manhattan skyline. Outdoor spaces start at 50-square-foot balconies.

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The expansive layouts are paired with modern, top-of-the-line interior details created by Durukan Design. Open kitchens — outfitted with Bosch appliances — feature unique touches like marble tile backsplashes and wood detailing. Reclaimed wood is used throughout the construction. Each apartment comes with ample closet space, as well as washers and dryers. And large windows with high ceilings give units an open, spacious feel. 335 Carroll also offers such common area amenities as a gym, a children’s play room, and a media room.

Check out tons of interior photos of the new development after the jump. (more…)

06/17/14 11:31am

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Sponsored By The O'Connell Organization.

The O'Connell Organization is a family owned and operated real estate development business with over 150 properties in New York State.

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Red Hook is a funky neighborhood full of history, and a favorite place for photographers and artists to visit. We sent one photographer out on a beautiful Spring day to snap a few pictures.
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06/11/14 11:31am

Flatbush Avenue is one of the longest streets in Brooklyn. It runs from the Manhattan Bridge all the way to the Rockaways. It’s a very old route that started as a Native American path and became a road in Colonial times — even becoming the target of a strategic roadblock during the Revolutionary War.

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Presented By Douglas Elliman.

The only way to truly understand Brooklyn is to walk its streets, see its homes, meet its people, and understand its ebb and flow. Never before has looking for a home in Brooklyn been this exciting.

Stop by Elliman’s Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene office located at 664 Fulton St.

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Flatbush today is no quaint colonial trail. Recently, Flatbush has been undergoing a sea change, thanks to an influx of luxury high-rises in Downtown Brooklyn and the seismic impact of the new Barclays Center at Flatbush and Atlantic.  

Downtown Soaring Upward

Crossing the Manhattan Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn used to mean leaving skyscrapers behind, driving down a Flatbush flanked by low-slung retail and residential buildings of little distinction. No more. Now the visitor to Brooklyn is greeted at the gate by the new additions to Brooklyn’s once modest skyline, residential and commercial skyscrapers built over the past decade that tower over their neighbors and offer magnificent views of Manhattan and the southern half of Brooklyn.  (more…)

06/10/14 11:31am

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Sponsored By The O'Connell Organization.

The O'Connell Organization is a family owned and operated real estate development business with over 150 properties in New York State.

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For a limited time, a vintage trolley car will be on display at the Red Hook Stores building on the Red Hook Waterfront. This particular trolley car is known as a PCC (President’s Conference Committee) car. Commissioned by the Electric Railway President’s Conference in 1929, the PCC was designed to compete against the automotive bus. Addressing rider complaints about about trolleys — too slow, noisy, and uncomfortable — the PCC was an attempt at creating a sleeker, more modern car.

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06/09/14 11:31am

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Sponsored By Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc.

Let Gotham show you how getting NYC home insurance is fast, friendly, affordable, and easy.

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Everything about moving to a new place seems to take too long. Searching for an affordable rental, getting approved for a mortgage or by a co-op board, waiting for the cable guy. And then you have to deal with getting apartment insurance?

Fortunately, that’s the one part of your move that you can get out of the way in as little as 20 minutes. That’s the amount of time it typically takes Gotham Brokerage to line up apartment insurance for their clients.

Gotham Brokerage is a New York-based, family-owned company, and they know NYC apartment owner and renter needs better than anybody else. This means they can quickly determine the right kind of plan and coverage. If you’ve been putting off getting your apartment insured because you thought you didn’t have the time, now you know: It will take less time than it took to get your couch up the stairs, and probably cost less than the tip for the movers.

06/04/14 11:31am

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Sponsored By Karen Chien Inc.

Karen Chien Inc brings luxury residential interior design to apartments, lofts, and townhouses in NYC.

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Karen Chien is the face behind Karen Chien Inc, the esteemed interior design company based in New York City. Chien, who got her start working for interiors icon Thomas Britt, started her firm in 2005 with the goal to deliver personalized, custom service to clients. This Dumbo resident has since worked on such projects as a penthouse loft in her own neighborhood, as well as a Brooklyn loft and apartments in Park Slope and the Upper East Side. (See examples of her work here.) Below, she shares her insights on starting her own firm, when to hire an interior designer, and her most memorable project. (more…)