When it comes to insuring your apartment, the most important thing to know is that you don’t know everything. Different policies cover different things. Different deductibles create different rates. Different values and types of property mean that different people have different needs. With so many variables to keep track of, having someone on your side who knows what you need can keep you from paying too much or — just as important — paying too little and being underinsured. (more…)
Stepping into artist-filmmaker Ross Brodar‘s combination studio/apartment in Sunset Park, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled upon a secret museum. Decorated with canvases by the outsider artist, as well as his collection of African tribal masks, the building was once a 19th-century Longshoremen’s Hall. Its history shows in ornate woodwork on the walls and a cherubic fresco on the living-room ceiling. There’s even a trapdoor in the bedroom floor where dockworkers would stash their contraband.
Like his living space, Brodar goes way back in Brooklyn. He’s called the borough home since 1989, living everywhere from Williamsburg to Carroll Gardens to Red Hook, in the heady days before gentrification. He settled in Sunset Park 14 years ago. “I’ve always lived in fringe neighborhoods,” he says. “It’s kind of the same old story: The artists come, they make the place really cool, everyone else comes and then…” He mimics the noise of a tiny explosion. (more…)
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.
— $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.
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…)
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.
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.