Sponsored By Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc.

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

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The holiday season doth approach, and you’ve got a lot to do. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, you’ve got the turkey, the lights, the tree, the Hanukkah candles, the plane tickets, the wrapping paper… In all the excitement, are you forgetting something?

While you’re compiling your holiday to-do list, make sure that “get your apartment insured” is somewhere near the top. Unfortunately, ’tis the season for break-ins while you’re away on vacation, cooking accidents, and home fires caused by Christmas lights, candles, dry trees and fireplaces. There are many things you can do to prevent these mishaps, but if the worst should happen, you want to make sure your personal belongings are protected.

Fortunately, getting your apartment insured may be the easiest item to check off your to-do list. Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc. has been New York City’s most trusted source for apartment insurance for over fifty years, and they will work with you to find the best policy.  (more…)

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat escaping your windows — and drafts coming in — can account for ten to twenty percent of your heating bill. When you’re paying for your own heat, those costs can add up fast.

In the suburbs, people might not think twice about getting new windows put in, but what about your historic Brooklyn townhouse? Is replacing the windows an option? If not, what are some other ways you can beat the draft?

Are your windows ready for winter?

Sponsored By Brownstoner Services.

Brownstoner Services offers a community of trusted local experts who are here to help with all of your home-related needs.

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We asked two of our Brownstoner Services Pros, Peter Madias of Method Restoration LLC and James Dibella of Bella Window Treatments, for their expert advice on how to keep your windows sealed and your home nice and toasty.

Tips from Peter Madias, Method Restoration LLC

If you have older windows, check the edges of the panes.
The window glazing compound should have a good seal on the glass. If not, it should be removed and reapplied. Once it’s replaced, you can apply a light coating of linseed oil to help longevity. Properly maintained, this seal should last for decades.

Be careful when you paint windows.
Meeting rails (the upper rail of the lower sash and the lower rail of the upper sash) should not have drops of dried paint drips between them. This inhibits the drawing together of the rails by the sash lock, preventing a proper seal.

Apply weather stripping.
Weather stripping, whether metal, pile, or both, can be retrofitted to help bridge gaps and prevent drafts.


No-Fee Brooklyn Apartments with Oliver App

Sponsored By Oliver.

Oliver is an iOS app that lets you browse thousands of no-fee apartments and schedule showings at the touch of a button.

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When you’re hunting for a new apartment, there’s a lot to keep track of. So many apartments to see, phone calls to make, emails to send. If you’re in the market for a no-fee or owner-listed apartment, you find yourself trying to track down landlords who don’t answer their phones. And when they do answer, you find out that someone else has rented your dream apartment. Back to square one!

Oliver hopes to change that. Oliver is an iOS app that lets you browse thousands of no-fee and owner-listed apartments and schedule showings at the tap of a button, no phone calls or emails required.

Apartment listings on Oliver feed from the landlords themselves, so there are no broker fees, ever. The apartments are displayed on a map, so you can save time by planning out the best route to check out multiple properties. And it’s easy to narrow your search by using the filter option to choose your desired price range, layout, amenities and neighborhood, and even your target move-in date. (more…)

388 Bridge Downtown Brooklyn apartments

Sponsored By 388 Bridge.

388 Bridge Street, Brooklyn’s tallest tower, offers a condo-rental Hybrid with panoramic vistas of New York City’s landmarks.

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Living at 388 Bridge, in the heart of Brooklyn, has its advantages. Let’s start with the view. These 40 penthouses offer a stunning vista—via 11-foot ceilings and full-height windows—that looks out on New York City’s signature landmarks from the Statue of Liberty to the Chrysler Building. Imagine watching the sun set over the New York Harbor from your private penthouse terrace. Not too shabby.

Click through for more stunning photos of 388 Bridge.



Sponsored By Navy Green.

Navy Green is a brand new development of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condo units starting at $625,000 and 3-4 bedroom townhomes starting at $1.95 million, directly across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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One of the many joys of living in Brooklyn is its cosmopolitan culture. Living in one of the world’s great melting pots means that you get to enjoy arts, culture — and yes, food — from all over the world.

Navy Green, the new development of condos and townhomes that now stand across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is situated in the middle of some of Brooklyn’s most multicultural neighborhoods. Located on the border of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, in a historic area known to some as Wallabout, Navy Green gives its residents the chance to step out and get a taste of world cuisines only a short walk from their front door. (more…)

Jacob Riis Museum of the City of New York

Sponsored By The Museum of the City of New York.

The City Museum celebrates and interprets New York City, connecting its past, present and future.

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The Museum of the City of New York presents Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half, a one-of-a-kind retrospective of the city’s most famous social reformer and pioneer of photojournalism. Riis was the first to use flash photography, a nascent technology, for a social purpose – to reveal the squalid living conditions of the poor to New York’s middle and upper classes, and to galvanize action on their behalf.

His 1890 book, How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York, his articles as a reporter, and his illustrated lectures of the slums here and throughout the country prompted fellow reformer Theodore Roosevelt to call Riis “New York’s most useful citizen.” (more…)

This well-lit four story brownstone in Carroll Gardens is set up as a two-bedroom owners duplex but can easily be converted into a single family home, a triplex over a garden rental, or any other setup for you to collect a monthly rental income.

Carroll Gardens townhouse

Sponsored By Brooklyn Bridge Realty.

We have been serving this historic community for almost 30 years. We are your neighborhood resource... for everything!

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This townhome has a great south patio, ideal for entertaining or for keeping a beautiful garden. The basement is also finished, ready to become a home office, den, or recreation room.

Living in this townhome gives you quick access to all of the trains at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr as well as the R, F, and G lines. There are great schools in the area with a playground right next to house. Restaurants, bars, art studios, and fitness spots are all within walking distance. The asking price is $3,400,000.

Degraw Street [Brooklyn Bridge Realty]

AVA DoBro: Tour Brooklyn's Tallest Building

Sponsored By AVA DoBro.

AVA DoBro is now renting studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn’s tallest building is now open for tours. AVA DoBro is renting brand-new apartments in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. The building features a 58th floor rooftop lounge, 30th floor rooftop terrace with fire pits, and a heated outdoor dog run for your furry friends.

AVA DoBro is located directly above the Jay Street-MetroTech subway station giving immediate access to the A/C, F, and R trains, while also being a quick walk from the 2/3, 4/5, B, and Q.

Learn more by visiting their website, or call 866-494-0226.

Clinton Hill Apartments 538 Aperture

Sponsored By Aperture 538.

Aperture 538 adds a modern twist to Clinton Hill with 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condos starting at $899,000.

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Integrating new, modern buildings into classic Brooklyn neighborhoods can be a challenge to do right. Award-winning New York architect Luca Andrisani took on just such a challenge with Aperture 538 in Clinton Hill.

One of the more notable features of Aperture 538 is the floating copper screen affixed to the building’s facade. Its earth tones tie the buildings dark gray exterior to the brown palette of neighboring buildings, with a refined industrial look inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge. Movable shutters in front of the buildings large windows and balconies allow residents to opt for privacy or look out on the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets.

The front balconies are just one aspect of the outdoor space that makes Aperture 538 attractive to prospective residents. Other units include garden-facing balconies, private yards and even a private rooftop terrace.   (more…)

Ask any Brooklyn parent: finding the right school for your kids is one of the most important things you can do for them, and that starts as early as preschool. If you’re looking into making that decision for next year, you should have the Brooklyn Preschool of Science on your radar. Carmelo Piazza (a.k.a. Carmelo the Science Fellow) founded the original Cobble Hill location in 2012 and has just opened a second school in Park Slope.

preschool-wall-dinosaurDinosaurs arise from the walls

Sponsored By Brooklyn Preschool of Science.

The Brooklyn Preschool of Science uses curiosity and wonder to provide a foundation for meaningful math, language, and literacy development.

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There are a lot of things vying for your attention as you walk into the school. There’s the 450 gallon fish tank, the animatronic stuffed dinosaur, the pixel peg LED light board. But mostly what you notice is Carmelo himself, his energy and how much the kids love him. They shriek his name, barrel headlong into his legs, and beg for high-fives. (more…)

This is an update to a previous Listing of the Day. There will be an open house for this home this Sunday, November 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

This spacious two-bedroom condominium in Cobble Hill is across from the playgrounds and tennis courts of Van Voorhees Park, three blocks away from Court Street, and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 is just around the corner. The apartment is in a relatively new building, built in 2011, with north-facing windows look out on a tree-lined street towards Manhattan.

Cobble Hill condo for sale 100 Congress

Sponsored By Brooklyn Bridge Realty.

We have been serving this historic community for almost 30 years. We are your neighborhood resource... for everything!

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The kitchen features quartz counter tops and top-of-the-line designer appliances. The loft-like space is large enough to accommodate both a dinning room set and a separate living area, and the two bedrooms have ample closet space. Other perks include a washer and dryer, a linen closet, and central air conditioning and heating.

100 Congress is a short walk from the F and G trains at Bergen and the 2/3 and 4/5 at Borough Hall. Parking is available for rent in the building’s garage. Nearby Atlantic Avenue offers a wealth of bars, shops and restaurants, and Trader Joe’s is a short walk away. The asking price is $1,195,000. Click through for more pictures.

100 Congress Street [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Fall Benefit Event

Sponsored By Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is the 501c3 non-profit committed to the development, establishment and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

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On Wednesday, November 18, companies in Brooklyn’s fastest growing business districts will gather to push for the completion of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway at the third annual Greenway + Industry, the fall benefit party supporting Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI). The event will be held at the 26 Bridge Street event space in Dumbo, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Photos from 2013 and 2014 events by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative