Red-Antler-Dumbo-view-1312View from a Red Antler conference room, 20 Jay Street

Sponsored By Two Trees Commercial Management.

Two Trees has made Dumbo one of the most sought-after commercial and residential neighborhoods in NYC.

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We all know the story of how Dumbo transformed over the years from a center of Brooklyn industry to a mecca for artists looking for cheap real estate and then into the headquarters for creative businesses it is today. Tech startups, design firms, photographers and sound studios all take advantage of the neighborhood’s abundant warehouse space — perfect for modern, open-plan office layouts.

Dumbo has a lot to offer this new breed of creative innovators: outstanding views, bars, restaurants, shopping, a brand-new park, and a vibrant technology and design community who inspire, challenge and support each other. If you’re wondering what it’s like to work in Dumbo today, here’s an inside look at what’s going down at three of the coolest offices in Dumbo.



Sponsored By car2go.

car2go will get you to where you need to be: just take it, drive it, park it. It's fun, saves money and helps the environment.

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On Saturday, October 25, as you emerge from your apartment to go to brunch or shop at the farmer’s market, you may see a strange sight on the streets of Brooklyn. Those tiny new cars you’ll see parked everywhere don’t mean that your neighborhood has suddenly become populated by hobbits — they’re the first sign that car2go has come to Brooklyn.

These compact wonders are fun to drive, easy to park, and have extremely low CO2 emissions. They’re perfect for all sorts of city trips: errands, shopping, commuting, a quick, one-way trip across town. Live in Williamsburg and you want to meet up with friends at Union Hall in Park Slope? Need to go to Home Depot to pick up supplies for your Prospect Heights apartment? Itching to go for a run along the Shore Parkway in Bay Ridge? Just grab a car and go. (more…)


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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You may have already started planning for the holidays. Maybe your parents want you to visit for Thanksgiving, or you’re thinking of going somewhere warm between Christmas and New Years. As much as you hate to leave your cozy Brooklyn home and your funky Brooklyn neighborhood, Mom’s turkey, or a piña colada, is calling your name.

Meanwhile, someone right now is planning their holiday visit to New York, and you know what? They would kill to stay in a home like yours.

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.



Sponsored By car2go.

car2go is always a pleasure to drive: just take it, drive it, park it. It's fun, saves money and helps the environment.

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Brooklyn is going through something of a transportation renaissance. Remember the old days, when it was impossible to get a cab, and you had to call for a dicey, fake-pine-smelling livery car? Now there are bike lanes, green cabs, and, coming this month, car2go. Soon, when you need a car, you’ll just find one parked nearby, drive to your destination, and leave it there for the next person to use.

If that sounds like something you might want to try, make sure to register for car2go before the October 25 launch date: for a limited time, you can sign up for free and you’ll get 30 minutes of free driving. There’s no monthly fee with car2go — you just pay for the minutes you use. So this is a free chance to drive the eco-friendly, two-passenger Smart Fortwo around your favorite borough (and to see how easy it is to park a car that’s 35 percent smaller than average). (more…)


Sponsored By car2go.

car2go is always a pleasure to drive: just take it, drive it, park it. It's fun, saves money and helps the environment.

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In Germany and Italy, in Seattle and Austin and Miami and Montreal, people have been experiencing a quiet revolution in how they get around their cities. When they have somewhere to go, they find a nearby car, climb in, and drive it to their destination. Then they leave it there, ready for the next person to use. It’s like Citi Bike but with cars, and more places to park.

And now it’s finally our turn. car2go is coming to Brooklyn on October 25. And if you sign up now, for free, you’ll get 30 minutes of free driving.

With car2go, there’s no monthly fee. Once you’ve signed up, been accepted, and get your card, you pay only for the minutes you use. You see one of their cars on the street (or find it with their app), you just get out your card, grab it and go. When you’re done, you park it in any legal, non-metered parking space in your Brooklyn home area and walk away. Check it out!

You can probably imagine the times it might be handy to grab one of these adorable, easy-to-park cars and hit the road. There are those neighborhoods that are not directly connected to each other by subway, like Carroll Gardens and Prospect Heights. (Or Red Hook and… almost anywhere.) Take an impromptu trip to Coney Island. Get your cat to the vet in no time. The possibilities are endless.

At this point, you probably have a lot of questions. Check out car2go’s website for FAQs on signing up, driving, and parking. And don’t forget to sign up now while it’s still free (Promo code: BKLYN), and get 30 minutes of free driving!

karen-chien-inc-interior-design-dumbo-penthouse-brooklyn-nycDumbo Penthouse | via Karen Chien Inc

Sponsored By Karen Chien Inc.

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

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Looking to personalize your New York City apartment without breaking the bank? You’d be surprised what you can achieve with some strategic splashes of color and a few accessories. Here are seven do-it-yourself tricks from Karen Chien, one of the city’s premier interior designers.  (more…)


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?

brooklyn-antiques-book-fair-brooklyn-expo-center-greenpoint-Marjorie-Strider-tableware-cat-in-the-hat-dr-seussGirl with Yellow Rose, Marjorie Strider; vintage tableware; Village Braider;
The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss, first edition first printing

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; 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…)

coney-island-fireworksConey Island Friday Night Fireworks | Bob Jagendorf via Flickr

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…)