03/17/15 12:00pm

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Sponsored By Blue Apron.

Blue Apron offers fresh ingredients and great recipes delivered weekly to your home.

Created By BlankSlate

Cooking at home is a great way to reconnect with your loved ones after a busy day, but it can be a challenge for city dwellers who don’t have the time to shop for or plan a meal. Blue Apron offers a solution. The food delivery service sends fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and original recipes to your door every week. Blue Apron focuses on seasonal ingredients from artisanal purveyors, so all of your meals are healthy. Each easy-to-follow recipe takes about 40 minutes to prepare, and since the ingredients are pre-portioned, there is no waste.

Blue Apron offers flexible meal plans designed to fit your dietary needs or restrictions, and there is no commitment–you can skip a week or cancel at any time. You can choose from the Family Plan, with portions to feed a family of four, or the 2-Person Plan. Recipes include tomato-baked cod, roasted chicken & root vegetables, poblano chilaquiles with eggs and avocado, roasted butternut squash, and many others. All Blue Apron recipes are shipped in a refrigerated box so your ingredients stay fresh.

Blue Apron helps you learn how to make new recipes from a variety of regional cuisines so you can get out of your dinner rut of making the same old dishes or relying on take out. The first 100 Brokelyn readers to sign up for a new Blue Apron subscription get two meals free (a $20 value).

03/12/15 10:05am

This post is brought to you by Pine Lake Park.

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If a summer house anywhere near NYC seems like an impossibility, you probably haven’t heard of Pine Lake Park — a unique and welcoming Westchester summer bungalow community with 60 units on 50 wooded, lakeside acres.

Easy to get to by MetroNorth to Croton-Harmon or Cortlandt station, Pine Lake Park is one of the last bargains in the Lower Hudson valley. It’s a vibrant, bucolic place, where people from diverse backgrounds play tennis, fish, hike and bike from May to October each year.  (more…)

03/03/15 12:00pm

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Sponsored By Fillmore Real Estate.

Fillmore Real Estate has grown to become New York City's largest privately owned and operated real estate company.

Created By BlankSlate

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.

Childhoods don’t get much more musical than Grace Weber‘s. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter grew up in Milwaukee surrounded by musicians: Her grandfather was an accordionist and a pianist in the army, and he made sure all ten of his kids learned how to play an instrument. At holidays, they would gather around the piano and sing or put on miniature musicals.

“I don’t even remember the first time I sang, because it was just something I did. It’s like trying to remember talking for the first time,” Weber says. She grew up singing in gospel choirs, and even performed on Showtime at the Apollo. By the time she was a senior in high school, she appeared in a karaoke competition on Oprah. (more…)

01/27/15 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.

Created By BlankSlate

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…)

01/12/15 12:00pm

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Sponsored By Fillmore Real Estate.

Fillmore Real Estate has grown to become New York City's largest privately owned and operated real estate company.

Created By BlankSlate

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.

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.

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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…)

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.

Created By BlankSlate

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

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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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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

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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.

Created By BlankSlate

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.