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It’s finally happened. It’s time to leave the nest.

You are ready to be a grownup, with a genuine grownup apartment. You are striking out on your own and taking over the world! You’re not going to need help from anyone!

(Wait, I didn’t invite all of these people to this party. How do I put out a grease fire without waking up my roommate? I don’t think that graduation present from grandma is a strong enough table to support a keg!)

Don’t wake up to a grease fire | Thirteen of Clubs via Flickr

Two important words that will keep you from getting in debt with the Bank of Mom and Dad: renters insurance. If your belongings are damaged because of a broken pipe, theft or fire, the right policy can help replace them.

Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc. is an expert in the nuances of NYC apartment insurance. They work with you to figure out the policy that best fits your insurance needs. And renter’s insurance is probably the cheapest monthly payment that you’ll have living in NYC — basic replacement policy is less than $200 for the year. Best of all, the whole process takes only about 20 minutes, so you can get back to more important matters (like how to arrange all that new Ikea furniture).

Contact Gotham Brokerage for a free quote today.

 

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This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.

Even though they’ve been gone since 1957, it’s hard to get more Brooklyn than the Brooklyn Dodgers. Take a little trip into history with us to find out how the Dodgers began, what they did when they were here, and how we lost them.

Starting out as the less snazzily named Brooklyn Grays in 1883, the team was founded by real estate mogul and baseball fan Charles Byrne, Their first home was Washington Park on 5th Avenue in Park Slope. After winning the American Association league championship in 1889, they moved to the National League and promptly won that championship as well, the only team to win back-to-back in both leagues. Their success only grew as they took on players from teams that had folded.

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Looking for some fun outdoor activities for the Memorial Day weekend staycation? Look no further than the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park. This weekend kicks off the season of boat and bike rentals — along with a host of other activities going down this weekend at Lakeside.

After several years, boat rentals are back at Prospect Park Lake, and you’ll want to take advantage of this unique Brooklyn experience. With a pedal boat or kayak, you can peacefully paddle among the diverse wildlife while your friends on shore watch in envy. You can rent pedal boats by the hour ($20/hr for singles and $30/hr for doubles), and kayaks by the hour, half day, or day ($15/$30/$40 for single kayaks, $25/$35/$45 for doubles). 

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This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.

7 Middagh Street via Ephemeral New York

Carson McCullersW. H. AudenPaul and Jane Bowles. From 1940 to 1941, these literary giants lived together in a funny little mock-Tudor brownstone at 7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights. And that’s not all: Lotte Lenya and Kurt WeillBenjamin Britten, two adult children of Thomas Mann, and (wait for it) Gypsy Rose Lee. So how exactly did this artistic dormitory experiment come to be, and why didn’t it last?

The venture was the brain-child of George Davis, an editor for Harper’s Bazaar and later Mademoiselle. Davis rented the house with Carson McCullers, the waifish Georgian novelist who had just burst onto the literary scene at 23 with The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Next came Auden, the Bowles, Britten, and the others.

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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.

If you’re shopping for a new home in Brooklyn, spring can be a feeding frenzy. Sellers wait until good weather to list their apartments and townhouses, and buyers come out in force to snap them up. According to a recent post on DNAinfo, the average time a NYC home spends on the market goes from 107 days in January to 66 in May. The increased inventory and fast-paced environment means that you may suddenly find yourself putting a bid on a home in the spring despite the fact that the timing of the move might not be ideal for you.

Let’s face it:  When you’ve got kids, there is never going be an easy time to move. Sellers with children are always keen to finish out the school year, but this leaves buyers with kids with a quandary. With spring inventories listed in April not closing until July, figuring out what to do with your kids at an address you don’t yet have is an added headache you just don’t need.

 

As a mother, homeowner and landlord who moved to Park Slope in 1999, real estate broker Gabriele Sewtz has a lot of experience helping New York families navigate the tricky process of finding the right Brooklyn home for their situation. Following are some of her tips for finding last-minute Brooklyn summer camps and other kid-friendly activities while you’re dealing with securing your new home.

Photo courtesy of Flickr.

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“Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks” just opened at the Museum of the City of New York. We talked with curator Donald Albrecht about the exhibition, a celebration of the 1965 Landmarks Preservation Law and its impact on the city.

“New York has always been a city of great change,” says Albrecht, “and part of our architectural legacy has been figuring out how to manage that perpetual change.”

 

Carnegie Hall, 1895 | Byron Company Collection

“Everyone thinks it started with the destruction of Penn Station in the 60s and then the law was passed,” Albrecht says, “but it actually goes back to the 19th century. 1965 is when city government got involved, but there’s civic groups, individuals, historians, photographers, the press… all involved in different ways, and we wanted to show how the different forces come together.”

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Fillmore Real Estate presents #BKOriginal, a series about businesses and personalities that capture the true spirit of Brooklyn. Showcase your #BKOriginal photos for a chance to win prizes at BKOriginal.com.

Walking through Bedford-Stuyvesant with Rotimi Akinnuoye is like spending time on the campaign trail with a cheerful politician. It seems like he knows everyone, and everyone knows him. We stopped in to say hello at a recently opened farm-to-table restaurant, and he picked up a pastry at Common Grounds coffee shop. He showed us where to get the best ribs, and if we had come across a baby, we’re pretty sure he would have kissed it.

Akinnuoye is one of four partners who opened Bed-Vyne Wine in 2011, Bed-Vyne Brew in 2013, and Bed-Vyne Cocktail last month. He and his brother Ayo, another partner, have been in the neighborhood since 2000 renting commercial spaces, and the weariness of dealing with renters led them to start their own business.