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 would think people who work for insurance companies would be the most careful people in the world. But one of Gotham Brokerage’s own — who prefers to remain nameless — had this story to share about her own narrowly averted apartment disaster.

“I almost flooded my apartment today!” she writes. “The landlord had turned off our water for an hour for maintenance. I completely forgot about it. So when I turned on the faucet and no water came out, I just left — totally forgetting to turn it back off. Luckily my daughter was home and heard the water running. I’d hate to think what would have happened if she hadn’t been home.”

Lots of us have stories of close calls like this — the time we forgot about oil heating up on the stove or when our upstairs neighbor locked himself out while his bathtub was running. Fortunately, if things go bad, apartment insurance from Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc can help you replace your belongings and cover the cost of repairs. Gotham knows NYC apartment owner and renter needs better than anybody else, which means they can help you find the right coverage in the time it takes you to almost flood your apartment. If you have a moment, maybe today is the day to request a free quote, yes?

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Sponsored By Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair.

The brand new Brooklyn Expo Center is hosting the first ever Brooklyn Antiques & Book Fair September 13-14.

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Maybe you’re one of those people who, no matter where you find yourself, has to stop into any used bookstore you see. Or maybe you can’t pass a shop with midcentury furniture or vintage jewelry. After all, what if there’s a first edition of Sister Carrie hiding in a stack, just waiting to be discovered? What if there’s an amazing lamp or rare Heywood Wakefield coffee table that will complete your living room?

If that sounds like you, you should know about the Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair, coming to the brand-new, 40,000-square-foot Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, September 13 and 14, 10 am to 5 pm. You should also know that over 100 antiques dealers and rare book sellers will be at the event, peddling their wares.  (more…)

ilan-rubin-studio-whale-square-sunset-park-tenant-brooklynPhotographer Ilan Rubin | via Ilan Rubin Studio

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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As part of our series about Whale Square, a former industrial building turned office space in Sunset Park, we sat down with one of the building’s creative tenants, photographer Ilan Rubin. The Israeli native moved to New York City in 1985 and began building his commercial photography business a few years later in Chelsea. Since getting his big break shooting for Harper’s Bazaar in 1995, he’s worked with a multitude of major brands and magazines, including Cole Haan, Target, T Magazine, Vogue and Barney’s. Here, he remembers his beginnings in photography and compares his longtime studio in Chelsea to his newer studio at Whale Square in Sunset Park. (more…)


Sponsored By Massey Knakal.

Save $50 & register today for the Massey Knakal Brooklyn Real Estate Summit- Brooklyn's premier real estate event!

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The Massey Knakal Brooklyn Real Estate Summit is back. For its fifth year, the top players in retail, condo, multifamily, and office real estate will gather for a full-day event to discuss the Brooklyn’s ever-evolving real estate trends. This year, the Summit will be held at the Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday, September 16, from 7:45 am to 5:30 pm. Brownstoner readers can save $50 by registering and using the promo code MP-50BL.

This year’s theme will be how Brooklyn developments shape the borough into a place to live, work, and play. Over 600 guests are expected to attend, and this year, Alicia Glen, the Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development, will serve as the keynote speaker. Her discussion, “One Love, One Brooklyn,” will tackle issues such as the administration’s plans for affordable housing, economic policy, job growth, and how Brooklyn will benefit from these strategic priorities. Glen will be joined by more than 40 speakers leading a diverse selection of panels and workshops. Confirmed speakers include MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and CEO of Forest City Ratner; Robert Knakal, Chairman of Massey Knakal; David Maundrell, President and Founder of aptsandlofts.com; and Douglas Steiner, Chairman of Steiner Studios. (more…)


Sponsored By Court House Apartments.

Court House Apartments Is Setting the Bar for Luxury in Downtown Brooklyn.

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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…)

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Sponsored By New York Aquarium.

The New York Aquarium's special after hours event NYA@Night is happening on August 15, 6:30-10:30pm at West 8th and Surf Avenue.

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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…)

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Sponsored By Carpingo.

Brooklyn crafted carsharing! Drive 24/7 from all over Brooklyn (now Queens!) with gas and insurance included in every trip.

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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.

That’s why AllCar Rent-A-Car and Carpingo are offering you the chance to win a weekend for you and a guest in the country. In addition to getting a free car for three days and two nights, the winning entry will also get two nights in the Cathedral Room or the Woodstove Room at Audrey’s Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast. (more…)

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Sponsored By onefinestay.

onefinestay is a hassle-free way to earn more money by putting your home to work while you’re out of town.

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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…)

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.


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.

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.


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…)

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.