12/16/14 12:00pm

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Just because you have to end your car2go trip within the Brooklyn home area doesn’t mean you can’t roam to your heart’s content. In fact, they encourage it. Feel free to explore the other boroughs, Long Island, Upstate, New Jersey… wherever you want to go. Just know that your trip doesn’t end until you park the car in an approved space in the Brooklyn home area and follow the instructions to end your trip.

Here’s what you need to know about Brooklyn rates:

— $0.41 per minute, plus tax
— Maximum of $14.99 per hour, plus tax
— Maximum of $84.99 per day, plus tax
— $0.45 per mile after 150 miles on any continuous trip

So, for example, if you were to drive a car2go out of town for two days, for a total of 200 miles round trip, you would be charged for two days at $84.99 and 45 cents per mile for the last 50 miles. One nice thing about this is that you can be fairly spontaneous in your plans. If you decide to stay over at a friend’s on Christmas Eve rather than drive home, it’s no problem. You won’t have to panic about returning your car2go on time, because there are no reservations to honor.

And keep your eye out for announcements from car2go — they sometimes offer limited-time discounted rates, like the $50/day rate they recently advertised over the Thanksgiving weekend. Especially in a city where rentals and car shares get snapped up on big travel weekends, a deal like that is practically a holiday miracle.

12/09/14 12:30pm

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Sponsored By Hunter's Point South Living.

Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

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You might remember when we told you about Hunter’s Point South Living, your newest chance to snag affordable housing on the Long Island City waterfront. Just as a refresher: There are almost 1,000 apartments with unique layouts, new appliances, and fantastic views, PLUS the building itself comes with some sweet amenities. Think you make too much to qualify for an affordable unit at Hunter’s Point South? Don’t give up hope just yet, because household sizes at multiple income levels — between $55,200 and $224,000 per year — can still apply for affordable housing. (more…)

11/24/14 12:00pm

cooking-dinner-pets-in-kitchen-gotham-brokerageDon’t let the pups be a distraction | lindyi via Flickr

Sponsored By Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc.

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Gotham Brokerage has been through a lot of holiday seasons in the city, and they know the special hazards holidays can bring.

Always keep an eye on the stove. Don’t leave the kitchen unattended, even when cooking your Thanksgiving turkey which can take a couple of hours to cook.
Keep kids and pets out of the kitchen while you’re cooking. You don’t want toys or dogs underfoot when you’re handling large pans full of piping hot food. And unless your kids know the rules, you don’t want them near the stove or sharp knives.

Knowing you’re covered for any possibility is one of the keys to being able to sleep in heavenly peace during the season. If you’re unsure about your coverage, contact Gotham Brokerage, and they’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote.

11/20/14 1:00pm

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Sponsored By Hunter's Point South Living.

Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

Let’s face it, you can’t wait around forever for the affordable housing that’s eventually coming to Brooklyn, some day. So, since we can agree on that, why not look for the next best thing, and try to snag an affordable apartment in a shiny new high-rise apartment going up in Queens? A shiny new apartment with deluxe amenities and stunning views. Going up in Hunter’s Point South, to be specific.

Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing are the first two mixed-income residential buildings at Hunter’s Point South in Long Island City. All 925 units are moderately priced rent stabilized apartments. They’re offering studio apartments for as low as $494 a month, 1-bedrooms for $689, 2-bedrooms for $835, and 3-bedrooms for $959. Of course, as always, the demand for these apartments is gonna be high, but that shouldn’t stop qualified applicants from applying to the apartment lottery. (more…)

11/17/14 12:00pm

dyker-heights-christmas-lights-brooklyn-safe-holiday-gotham-brokerageMake sure all these cords are organized properly | Howard Brier via Flickr

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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Whether you’re celebrating with candles, stockings, or Christmas trees, an ounce of prevention can make sure your holidays don’t go from merry to scary. Use candles sparingly (if your apartment even allows them), and keep flammable things away from the fireplace. (We’re looking at you, Christmas stockings.) And don’t burn wrapping paper: it can burn too hot, throw sparks, or even release toxic gases. A dry Christmas tree is a fire hazard, so keep it watered, throw it away once it gets brittle, and make sure the cords for the lights aren’t damaged or overloading an electrical socket. Make sure your smoke alarm is working and that you have a fire extinguisher handy. You might not need either, but if you do, they can save lives and prevent property damage.

Gotham Brokerage has been through a lot of holiday seasons in the city, and they know the special hazards holidays can bring. Knowing you’re covered for any possibility is one of the keys to being able to sleep in heavenly peace during the season. If you’re unsure about your coverage, contact Gotham Brokerage, and they’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote.

11/12/14 12:00pm

holiday-party-messy-couch-gotham-brokerage-insuranceProtect your couch from this | Jamiecat via Flickr

Sponsored By Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc.

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If you plan to host a holiday party, check your policy for “social host liability,” a kind of coverage that protects a party host from liability when a guest who drinks at your party causes injury to others. Typical homeowners’ policies provide such coverage, but you should think about hiring a bartender who can regulate the flow of alcohol and keep an eye out for guests who need a ride home. Gotham Brokerage has been through a lot of holiday seasons in the city, and they know the special hazards holidays can bring. Knowing you’re covered for any possibility is one of the keys to being able to sleep in heavenly peace during the season. If you’re unsure about your coverage, contact Gotham Brokerage, and they’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote.

11/10/14 12:00pm

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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.

Created By BlankSlate

Those of us who suffer from Parallel Parking Stress Disorder (PPSD) know it’s no laughing matter. After driving around for blocks, looking for a place to park, you find a spot that your car just might fit into — but is it even physically possible to edge your way into it? Are you going to set off a car alarm? Are those people on the stoop laughing at you? If only all the cars behind you would stop honking….

Fortunately, with car2go, fitting into a parking space is rarely a problem. The innovative car sharing service, now available in Brooklyn, allows members to use a mobile app to find a car parked near by, drive it to where they want to go, and park almost anywhere. At almost half the length of a regular car, a car2go will fit in those tiny spaces no one else will be able to use. That makes it easy for car2go members to park near their destinations.

Sign up today and see for yourself how painless parking can be. For a limited time, registration is free, plus you get 30 free minutes of drive time (just use the promo code “BKLYN”). Obviously, Brooklyn’s alternate side parking rules offer their own challenges, so check out car2go’s website for FAQs on signing up, driving, and parking and watch car2go’s video on parking in Brooklyn.

 

11/05/14 12:00pm

thanksgiving-turkey-gotham-brokerage-insurance-nycYou want your turkey to look like this | Tim Sackton via Flickr

Sponsored By Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc.

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Don’t deep-fry a turkey unless you really know what you’re doing. If you decide to give it a try, do the research first. Do it outdoors, and well away from your house, a fence, or anything flammable. Don’t be one of these guys. (As an alternative, may we suggest brining the turkey?) Gotham Brokerage has been through a lot of holiday seasons in the city, and they know the special hazards holidays can bring. Knowing you’re covered for any possibility is one of the keys to being able to sleep in heavenly peace during the season. If you’re unsure about your coverage, contact Gotham Brokerage, and they’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote.

11/04/14 12:00pm

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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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They’re hard to miss — these blue-and-white cars you’re starting to see all over the borough, each roughly the size of one of Shaq’s shoes. So what’s the deal? Whose cars are these? And how can you get your hands on one?

Rest easy — there is no threat of a leprechaun invasion (that we know of). The cars belong to car2go, the point-to-point car-sharing service that has revolutionized the way city dwellers get around, from Miami to Milan… and now in Brooklyn! It’s a brilliant concept: when you need a car, you just find one nearby, get in, and drive to where you want to go. When you’re done, you just park it in a legal parking space, and you’re done. You pay only for the minutes you drive it.

All you have to do to get started is to sign up. For a limited time, registration is free, plus you get 30 free minutes of driving time (just use the promo code “BKLYN”). That’s 30 free minutes of drive time you can use to run an errand, commute, or get to those areas of Brooklyn that are off the beaten path. Check out car2go’s website for FAQs on signing up, driving, and parking.

 

10/31/14 12:00pm

brooklyn-i-heart-ny-mug-gotham-brokerage-insuranceWelcome to your new apartment | Jennine Jacob via Flickr

Sponsored By Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc.

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

Created By BlankSlate

One thing about renting your home: It is a lot less stressful than buying. But even if you don’t have to repair or replace a fridge, the unexpected can still happen. Your laptop could get stolen. Fortunately, Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc can help you find the right insurance for your needs. For as little as $140/year, you can insure all your belongings. Contact Gotham for a quote now, and feel the stress melt away.