Sponsored By MySpaceNYC.

MySpace NYC finds you an apartment, finds your new roommates an apartment, and everyone wins.

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You know what it’s like to look for an apartment in Brooklyn. You find a spacious apartment in a hip neighborhood, but it’s got three bedrooms. You could swing the rent with two roommates, but none of your friends are currently looking. Or you’re new in town, and you know from experience that opening this up to Craigslist means sifting through dozens of messages from the wrong people, all while panicking that your great apartment is going to get snagged out from under you.

It doesn’t have to be that way. MySpace NYC can help you find the right apartment AND the right people to share it with. And it will cost you nothing. To get started, all you have to do is join their Facebook group, go to one of their upcoming mixers, or fill out a form on their site.




Sponsored By Navy Green.

Navy Green is a brand new development of 3-4 bedroom townhomes starting at $1.8 million, directly across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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Navy Green is a new development in the historic neighborhood near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Taking up almost the entire block where the Navy Brig once stood — bounded by Park, Clermont, Flushing and Vanderbilt Avenues — Navy Green is a village of townhomes and condos surrounding a 30,000-square-foot common green. Residents of this development will be able to enjoy this quiet neighborhood’s many charms, including the restaurants, bars and shops of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, the nearby Brooklyn Greenway, Navy Yard attractions, and even a brand-new Wegmans supermarket.

The neighborhood adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard — sometimes referred to as Wallabout, sometimes as extensions of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — was once described by the founder of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program as an “outdoor architectural museum.” Belgians settled in the area as early as 1624, but Wallabout (from the Dutch Waal-bogt, meaning “a bend in the harbor”) remained largely rural until the opening of the Navy Yard in 1801. Many of the houses in the neighborhood were built for the people who worked at the yard, which was shut down in 1966 and gradually converted into the center for industry and the arts it is today.

Following are some of the best attractions in the neighborhood around Navy Green.



Sponsored By 60 Water.

60 Water, in the heart of Dumbo, offers NYC's best views from its studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments.

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60 Water Street, a new rental building in Dumbo, has a location that’s hard to beat. It’s a block away from the river and Brooklyn Bridge Park, and steps away from neighborhood landmarks such as St. Ann’s Warehouse, Grimaldi’s, and Jacques Torres. And with the views of the Manhattan skyline from its rooftop garden, you might wonder why residents of 60 Water would leave to go anywhere else.

Fortunately, whether you’re heading off to work or just having a weekend adventure, Dumbo offers a lot more ways to get there than by driving or taking the subway. Thanks to Dumbo’s riverside location between two of Brooklyn’s most iconic bridges, residents of the neighborhood can easily walk, bike, or even take the ferry to their destination.

Read on for the many ways you can spice up your commute.


Sponsored By Make It in Brooklyn.

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership serves as champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination.

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The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership announced the inaugural Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Summit, which will be held June 25, 2015 at locations throughout the Brooklyn Cultural District.

The summit will bring together 300 of Brooklyn’s leading innovators, makers, builders, and entrepreneurs to explore how Brooklyn can continue its ascent as an international center for commerce and culture.

Discussion topics will include real estate, the arts, tech innovation, restaurant management and the future of manufacturing in the borough. The event will culminate with a pitch contest, where Brooklyn startups will pitch their best ideas to a panel of industry leaders with $50,000 in seed funding on the line.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with a real estate breakfast held at BAM Lepercq Space. There will be a food truck lunch and a cocktail hour right before the pitch contest.

Tickets are on sale at Use code BROWNSTONER at check-out for $50 off full-day passes.

This article is part of a series of real estate tips from Brooklyn broker Gabriele Sewtz of Compass, a specialist in the Brooklyn family market.



Sponsored By Compass.

It's all about Brooklyn for Gabriele Sewtz, mother and top-producing Real Estate Broker with Compass, specializing in the family market.

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Once upon a time, a prospective buyer first viewed a property when they strolled through the door with the real estate agent. Today, statistics show that 96 percent of potential homebuyers first see a property over the Internet or a mobile app.

Gabriele Sewtz, a real estate broker at Compass and a certified home stager, calls this remote viewing the “first date.” It’s crucial in getting homebuyers to the next step of actually visiting the property. The key is skilled staging, professional photos, and captivating descriptions.

“It must be a seamless promotion of property and lifestyle,” says Sewtz.

When you’re selling your house or apartment, it’s imperative to sell it in the least amount of time for the highest possible price. This requires “practical lifestyle staging,” or staging to showcase your home to your target audience, all while still living in your home. It’s about working with what you already have, while incorporating home organization tips that give your home an inviting feel without disrupting your life.

Home staging is not about getting rid of your things. It’s about planning. Sewtz lives by the three Rs of staging: Reduce, Rearrange, and Refresh. (more…)

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Sponsored By The New York Times Cities for Tomorrow.

Don't miss the second annual New York Times Cities for Tomorrow conference. Brownstoner readers can use promo code CFTBROWN to get 20% off.

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The second annual New York Times Cities for Tomorrow conference is coming to The TimesCenter on July 20 and 21. Join Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman as he hosts an exploration of the cutting-edge innovations that are reshaping the world’s urban areas.

Leading writers, researchers, and business and political leaders will discuss the challenges facing our infrastructure and transportation systems, as well as the intersection of the arts and economic development, new tech businesses, income inequality, education and health.

The Cities for Tomorrow conference will provide a dynamic environment for collaboration among industry decision makers who are working to create the future of our cities, including developers, architects, venture capitalists, city officials, and government and urban professionals.

To view the full agenda and line-up of speakers, visit

Attendance at the conference is by invitation only. However, Brownstoner is a media sponsor of the event, so when you request your invitation use promo code CFTBROWN to get 20% off the admission price. Visit to learn more.


Sponsored By Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park offers expansive 1-to 5-bedroom residences with unrivaled views of Manhattan on the Brooklyn waterfront.

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Pierhouse recently hosted an event called BKLYN-BASED, a celebration of local artists curated by Emily Santangelo in conjunction with Pace Prints and Jacob Lewis Gallery. The challenge: to create a dynamic and livable selection of artwork for Pierhouse’s model apartments.

The space is now filled with local artistry including the confectionery world of Will Cotton (who, when not creating fine art, works on videos for artists such as Katie Perry), as well as Emilio Perez’s soothing color palette, and Leonardo Drew’s boundary-pushing work.


For Carmen DeVito and Alice S. Marcus Krieg of Groundworks, a Brooklyn-based garden design-build firm, creating the perfect garden for a client begins with a series of questions, and the one they always lead with is, “What’s your first garden memory?”


Sponsored By Groundworks Inc..

Groundworks Inc. create landscapes which educate, enhance, and refine the outdoor experience.

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The two discovered just how fruitful this answer can be when they worked with their first client, a Lebanese man who recalled playing with his friends as a child beneath the black pines in his neighborhood. They decided to incorporate the tree into a Mediterranean-inspired garden.

“When we planted it he was almost in tears,” says Krieg, “because he was reminded of that childhood era in his life.” (more…)


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 airy two-bedroom is the picture of Brownstone Brooklyn style. Situated on a leafy Cobble Hill block, the property features a shared roof deck with sweeping views of the harbor and the Manhattan skyline.

The living room includes such period details as tall ceilings, a fireplace, and plenty of exposed brick. A large skylight floods the apartment with light. Both of the bedrooms look out onto the back garden, and the cook-friendly kitchen boasts two entrances, new appliances, and a cozy dining alcove.

This thoughtfully designed apartment also comes with a washer/dryer and additional storage space in the basement. The property is located near the F/G Carroll Street Station and is within walking distance of many of Cobble Hill’s best restaurants. The asking price is $995,000. Click through for more pictures.

472 Henry Street #4 [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP (more…)

Admit it. Sometimes you find yourself in a fancy grocery store, staring at a fruit you can’t name or a sauce you can’t pronounce. You think to yourself, What would I even do with this? Will I ever be the kind of person that knows how to use star anise in a recipe?

Blue Apron makes learning about new (and delicious) ingredients fun. Their weekly recipes are designed to introduce you to new flavors while gently showing you your way around the kitchen. Best of all, these fresh ingredients from small farms and specialty vendors are shipped to you without a grocery store mark-up. That means the ingredients are more affordable, you don’t buy more than you need, and you won’t spend an hour trying to find them in your local gourmet supermarkets. And if you sign up now, you’ll receive two free meals on your first order.


Sponsored By Blue Apron.

Blue Apron offers fresh ingredients and great recipes delivered weekly to your home.

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Following are six of the more fun ingredients to be featured in recent Blue Apron recipes. There are a lot more where they came from!

Done with kale? Let us introduce epazote. Traditionally used in a range of Mexican dishes, epazote has a pungent fragrance often compared to citrus, savory herbs, or mint.


When you were a kid, the end of the school year meant running out the door screaming with joy. That changes a bit as you get older. For students at Brooklyn’s colleges, universities, and professional schools, “school’s out” means it’s time to explore new horizons, look for internships and jobs, and, of course, move into a new apartment.

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Sponsored By Movers, Not Shakers!.

Movers, Not Shakers! has been helping people relocate into, out of, and around New York City since 2002.

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Figuring out the whole career/adulthood/life thing is hard enough… why not let the experts take care of your move for you? Movers, Not Shakers! offers friendly, affordable service while making sure everything gets from your dorm to your fourth-floor walkup in one piece. And you can do it with clear conscience thanks to their green initiatives, like reusable bins, carbon-neutral transportation, and opportunities to recycle your clothes for charity.  (more…)


Sponsored By CubeSmart.

New Yorkers know space is hard to come by. CubeSmart helps create the room you need to live your life.

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Living in a Brooklyn-sized apartment, you know that when it comes to space, we’re all looking for that solution that lies somewhere between looking like a hoarder and having to read that Japanese book about tidiness. Before you decide to give away your prized skateboard or troll doll collection, maybe it’s time to look into storage.

CubeSmart is dedicated to helping you make the most of the space you have so you can get on with the business of living. With a wide range of units available (from lockers to space for vehicle and boat parking), CubeSmart offers convenient locations, supplies for storage and moving, and climate-controlled units. Their highly rated customer service and clean, safe facilities have made them the largest self-storage provider in the greater New York City area.

Their handy online Size Guide will help you choose just the right unit for your particular storage needs, and be sure to check out their range of special offers of deals on everything from packing supplies to moving vans. (more…)