10/01/14 12:00pm

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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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Who wants to own a car around here? Between insurance, gas and parking, car ownership is just one giant money and time suck in what’s already a stressful city life. That being said, using a car can be helpful sometimes, so fortunately, finally, there’s an easy way to use a car without renting one: car2go. Like Citi Bike but with cars, all you do is find a nearby car, climb in, and drive it to your destination. Then you leave it there, ready for the next person to use.

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!

09/09/14 12:01pm

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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 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?

08/11/14 12:00pm

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? 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, beer in hand, watching some fireworks.

This is where the New York Aquarium comes in. This Friday, August 15, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., they’re throwing an after-hours experience called NYA@Night. Purchase local beer selections from Coney Island Brewing Co and choose from an expanded food menu (including sustainable fish tacos) while watching the Coney Island Friday night fireworks from the upper deck of the aquarium. BK-based DJ Alexie Gratia will preside over the turntable.

This is the aquarium, of course, so the admission also includes an early evening Aquatheater show at 7:30, after-hours viewing of the animals, and a special display commemorating the 80th anniversary of Otis Barton and William Beebe’s record-breaking, half-mile-deep Bathysphere dive on August 15, 1934. All visitors will be able to participate in the Tape Art Creatures of the Bathysphere drawing. Using tape, artists will be drawing the creatures that Barton and Beebe would have witnessed in their adventures below the water. The evening also marks the gallery opening of Drawn from the Depths, which showcases illustrations from the large collection created by Beebe’s team and held by the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives.

Admission to NYA@night is $11.95 at the door, or 10% off when you buy online.

08/08/14 12:30pm

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Sponsored By Carpingo.

Brooklyn crafted carsharing! Drive 24/7 from all over Brooklyn (now Queens!) with gas and insurance included in every trip.

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We say this as a friend: You need to get out of the city for a couple of days. Brooklyn is great and all, but we are prescribing you a therapeutic dose of country air and chirping crickets.

That’s why AllCar Rent-A-Car and Carpingo are offering you the chance to win a weekend for you and a guest in the country.

In addition to getting a free car for three days and two nights, the winning entry will also get two nights in the Cathedral Room or the Woodstove Room at Audrey’s Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast. Voted the #1 Pet-Friendly B&B in North America by Arrington Publishing. Audrey’s Farmhouse is a pre-Revolutionary country inn set in the Mohonk Valley, at the foot of the Shawangunk Mountains. Mohonk is a premiere climbing destination that’s equally inviting for sensible people. Grab your ropes, or just grab a beer and head to the back patio.

Enter below for your chance to win the weekend getaway. You need this.

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08/04/14 12:00pm

fort-greene-farmers-market-brooklynLocal goods at the Ft. Greene Greenmarket | Ethan Oringel 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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Here in Brooklyn we don’t live like most Americans. We get a daily workout from the four flights of steps to our walk-up apartments. We carry umbrellas, gym clothes and changes of shoes in our totes because most of us don’t have cars and probably won’t be home until after dinner. We buy local vegetables at the Greenmarket.

When it comes to buying renter’s and apartment insurance, it’s good to go local, too. Local brokerages like Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc understand what it means to live in a Brooklyn apartment. There are many New York-specific economic considerations that go into matching you with your ideal policy–higher property values and labor costs, older plumbing and wiring, different crime rates.

When it comes to insurance for New York City apartments, there’s no substitute for local expertise. Gotham Brokerage knows Brooklyn—they’ve been in this market for over 50 years. They can help you find the right rental or homeowner’s insurance, and it’s fast, easy, and inexpensive.

07/23/14 12:00pm

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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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Apartment insurance can help cover your belongings in case they get stolen, or damaged by flood or fire. That’s not the only thing apartment insurance is good for. What about Rusty?

Let’s say you’re getting cable TV installed and Rusty gets excited, jumps up to greet your guest and knocks him over. Cable guy decides to go to the hospital (workmen’s comp!) and sends you his medical bill.

What now?

Hopefully, your dog is more obedient than Rusty and this will never happen to you. (Plus, who actually needs cable?) But if it did? Our friends at Gotham Brokerage can help find the right insurance to cover you and your belongings in case of life’s little disasters. It’s super-fast to get a quote, and costs a lot less than you would probably think.

07/21/14 12:00pm

Sponsored By New York Aquarium.

The New York Aquarium is building a world-class shark exhibit set to open in 2016.

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that New York is a city of islands. It has 520 miles of coastline — more than Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined. Brooklyn alone, projecting outward from the Southwestern corner of Long Island, is mostly surrounded by water: the East River, the Upper and Lower New York Bay, Jamaica Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Three things you might know about the waters surrounding Brooklyn:

1. The waters around Brooklyn are rich with marine life. In fact, they were once, like, buy-a-brownstone rich, with 12-inch oysters and six-foot lobsters.

2. Back when explorers like Giovanni da Verrazzano and Henry Hudson (of bridge and river fame, respectively) sailed into New York Harbor, sturgeon were so abundant that the fish were considered hazardous to boat passage.

3. Today, despite decades of unchecked use, the New York seascape still hosts everything from whales, to seals, to more than 338 species of fish.

Most New Yorkers don’t even think about this rich marine life living just off their shores. The New York Aquarium is trying to change that, helping residents and visitors understand these vital waters, and protecting them from growing threats, including expanded shipping, dredging, overfishing, and energy development.

Back on its feet (or flippers) after Hurricane Sandy, the aquarium is also working on transforming itself for the future, and you can be a part of it. Check out the plans, which include a thrilling new exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks! You don’t have to be buy-a-brownstone rich to lend a hand. Donate today.

07/09/14 12:00pm

Sponsored By New York Aquarium.

The New York Aquarium is building a world-class shark exhibit set to open in 2016.

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Every day, we hear about all the cool stuff Brooklyn has to offer. You know what it doesn’t have enough of, though? Sharks.

Fortunately, there’s something we Brooklynites can do to rectify this situation. By donating to the ongoing renovation of the New York Aquarium, you will be helping to bring to Brooklyn a massive shark exhibit called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! The plans for the exhibit call for a jaw-dropping, 500,000-gallon tank that will allow visitors to watch several species of sharks and rays. How cool is that?

The transformation of the aquarium won’t be confined to the interior. Outside, a gorgeous, ocean-inspired art installation will wrap the building in a “shimmer wall” made up of tens of thousands of reflective tiles that ripple with the wind like waves on the sea.

You can help make this vision a reality by donating a personalized tile on the virtual version of the shimmer wall on the New York Aquarium website. With your donation, you will be joining your Brooklyn neighbors in helping to bring the aquarium to the next level. More importantly, you will be doing your part to bring sharks to Brooklyn — finally.

06/10/14 12:00pm

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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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New Yorkers walk fast, talk fast, and do business faster than anyone else in the world. Which is why it’s so frustrating that everything in New York seems to takes longer than it should — whether it’s your commute, getting approval from your co-op board, or the line at Starbucks. For example:

— Average travel time from Midtown to JFK: 90 minutes

— Wait for a pie at Di Fara pizza: Up to one hour

— Average wait for cable guy: $#%& @#$

Fortunately, you can get some things checked off your to-do list in no time at all, like getting apartment insurance through Gotham Brokerage. They can usually line up insurance for a client in as little as 20 minutes.

Gotham Brokerage is a New York-based, family-owned company, and they know NYC apartment owner and renter needs better than anybody else. This means they can quickly determine the right kind of plan and coverage. If you’ve been meaning to get your apartment insured, but thought you didn’t have the time — you probably have 20 minutes, right?

It’s nice to know that sometimes things in New York can be easy, affordable, and fast.

05/13/14 12:30pm

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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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New York City is expensive, we know. You save your money for important things, like paying off your student loans, and beer, and cable. You don’t have time or money to think about something like renter’s insurance.

That’s where you’re wrong. Renter’s insurance from Gotham Brokerage is more affordable than most of your other expenses. For example, that cable/Internet bill you get every month? That’s about the same as what you would pay for renter’s insurance from Gotham for the whole year. And that’s without the premium channels! So you can’t watch Game of Thrones and everything you own is uninsured. What if your apartment is attacked by dragons or ice zombies? Or, more realistically, water damage?

Renter’s insurance at Gotham starts at $125 for the year, and covers you against theft (imagine if your laptop got stolen!), property damage (imagine if your upstairs neighbor’s bathroom flooded and destroyed your furniture!), and accidents in your apartment (what if your idiot friend Mike tripped over your dog and broke his wrist?). It’s also super-easy to get started, and the peace of mind you’ll feel for the rest of the year is more than worth the cost of one cable bill. Besides, didn’t you say you wanted to read more?