03/22/17 9:30am
Is posterboard a tax write-off ? via flickr.

Is posterboard a tax write-off ? via flickr.

Time is running out to file our taxes, which means it’s time to stop using our W-2s and 1099s as coasters and try to get our act together. There’s just one problem: We have no idea what we’re doing.

If you’re like us and have been cobbling together your income from various freelance assignments, dog walking jobs, cater-waiter gigs and competitive tickling videos, doing your taxes can feel overwhelming. Rather than risking the tax man’s wrath trying to DIY our own financials, we turned to the pros at Donofrio Inc.

We stopped by their Brooklyn office, where they were kind enough to answer some of our most pressing (and preposterous) tax questions. (more…)

03/20/17 12:37pm

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Brooklyn foodies are in for a great time, as Dine in Brooklyn is back for 2017, from March 20 to 30.

Borough President Eric Adams stated he hopes the borough-wide restaurant week will encourage Brooklynites to discover a new Brooklyn dish, or fall in love with their favorite Brooklyn food all over again.

“It’s a win-win for those who enjoy eating out with a bunch of friends and for those who are invested in the growth of our local economy. Nothing is more indicative of the transformation in Brooklyn than the various restaurants you see from neighborhood to neighborhood; it truly defines our ‘Brooklyn fusion’,” said Adams.

Here are three of our favorites from this year’s list of more than 80 participating restaurants: (more…)

03/10/17 2:54pm
Sure, money doesn't grow on trees, but we've got a quick trick to start planting seeds for a more fruitful financial future. via pexels.

Sure, money doesn’t grow on trees, but we’ve got a quick trick to start planting seeds for a more fruitful financial future. via pexels.

With warm weather coming soon, it’d be nice to have some extra cash for summertime spending – here’s a way to pad your wallet, and fast

Would you be interested in making money, quickly, by giving your feedback on some everyday products?

Marketing research data collection company Focus Pointe Global is seeking people aged 18- to 65-years old – especially those of whom plan on buying a laptop or tablet in the coming months – to talk about technology with them at their Manhattan office.

All you need to do is register online at www.focusgroup.com  and create a free profile. Then you can browse the studies that might interest you, take a screener survey, and wait for someone to contact you!Then, fill out the following survey here.

Hundreds of companies are looking for consumer feedback on upcoming products and have research firms like Focus Point Global conduct focus groups to see what people like and don’t like. By participating in this research group you’ll not only make fast cash, you’ll help give important consumer feedback to companies.

Also, remember to like Focus Pointe Global’s Facebook pages (in NYC and Global) for the newest studies so you can have an opportunity to make more $$$.

03/02/17 12:09pm

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An inspiring company needs an inspiring office. For holistic wellness media company MindBodyGreen, a run-of-the-mill office would not do.

They found a promising loft space with soaring ceilings and Manhattan Bridge views from Two Trees, which offers a variety of spaces in Dumbo, flexible leasing terms, and competitive pricing to accommodate creative companies like MindBodyGreen. (more…)

02/22/17 11:35am
Shapr is a new app that takes the pain out of networking. via Shapr.

Shapr is a new app that takes the pain out of networking. via Shapr.

Every TED Talk you’ve forced yourself to sit through agrees: Networking is important. Especially in a city like New York, it’s all about who you know. You’ve got to find some way to make some personal connections, or else your resume is bound to end up buried under used K-Cups in some HR trashcan. Even if you’re comfortable in your current role, it’s still good to meet folks at other startups around the city and learn about what else is happening in your field. You didn’t move to a city of 8 million people to meet no one new.

Enter Shapr, a new app that’s revolutionizing the way we network. The folks at Shapr brilliantly picked up on the parallels between looking for professional opportunities and looking for love, and they created an app that adapts some of the most successful and familiar features from today’s popular dating apps. However, instead of swiping for dates, you’re swiping for interesting people to meet for professional collaborations, meaningful conversations and industry friendships. It’s a mindful way to meet people in your city that allows even those in relationships to start swiping. (more…)

02/21/17 12:48pm

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Cold-weather storms cost billions in insured losses every year, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Buying apartment insurance is one way to keep from getting left out in the cold.

Here are three ways that cold weather and storms can cause havoc. (more…)

02/17/17 3:00pm

Tap that. via NYC Beer Week.

The craft beer scene is exploding in New York City. It seems like every week there’s a new brewer in town and a new alehouse with 30 taps. The nonprofit New York City Brewers Guild, which started with just five member breweries a few years ago, has expanded to almost 30. They brew everything from single-batch beers to internationally-appreciated ales. All this diversity in the fermentation ecosystem is good news for us hop heads, but it’s easy to overlook some terrific beers. To stay on top of the burgeoning beer scene, head to the upcoming Eighth Annual NYC Beer Week.

From Feb. 24 until March 5, venues all over the city will be holding craft beer events, including parties, tastings, tap takeovers, and brewing demonstrations. We’ve highlighted the must-see feature events below, organized by the New York City Brewers Guild, with a sampling of other events to whet your palette. So let’s grab a pretzel necklace and check them what’s in store! (more…)