Residents of the Court House Apartments, located on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street, are right next to some of the best, most exciting neighborhoods in Brooklyn — Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill. That means they also are steps away from some of the best local restaurants in the borough, which line the main drags of Atlantic Avenue, Court Street and Smith Street. It’s pretty easy to eat well, every night of the week, without traveling more than a few blocks from the Court House Apartments. Here’s a dining guide for the week that showcases seven of the many excellent restaurants nearby. (more…)
You know how on Sundays you panic because the weekend’s almost over, and you didn’t do everything you wanted to do? August is kind of like the Sunday of months. Summer will be over before you know it, and maybe you haven’t yet had that perfect summer night — basking in the ocean breeze, a cold beer in your hand, watching some fireworks.
This is where the New York Aquarium comes to the rescue. They’re throwing an after-hours experience called NYA@Night on Friday, August 15, from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. (more…)
We say this as a friend: You need to get out of the city for a couple of days. We mean, Brooklyn is great and all, but we are prescribing you a therapeutic dose of green trees, fresh country air, and chirping crickets.
Here’s the problem with having a beautiful home. When you finally manage to get away for a much-needed vacation, you can’t stop thinking about your house and how empty it is. No one’s there to enjoy your renovated kitchen, the furniture and art you so carefully picked out, the high ceilings and the way the light comes in your living room in the afternoons. Your poor home has no one to love it as much as you do.
This is where onefinestay comes in. You list your home on their website, let them know when you’re going to be away, and you can be earning extra income while they handle all the details back home. What’s great is that you don’t really have to do anything — onefinestay offers a full turnkey service. The company manages everything from marketing, insurance and cleaning to management and maintenance.
If you’re interested in finding out how to become a onefinestay host, visit onefinestay.com/hosts. In the meantime, check out some of onefinestay’s lovely Brooklyn listings below. (more…)
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.
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.
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 Show, The Cosby Show, and Moonstruck.
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…)
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.
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…)
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.
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.
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…)