11/18/15 12:00pm

Oliver no-fee apartment app

Sponsored By Oliver.

Oliver is an iOS app that lets you browse thousands of no-fee apartments and schedule showings at the touch of a button.

Created By BlankSlate

Nothing tests your patience and organizational skills like looking for a no-fee, owner-listed apartment. You have to go see a bunch of apartments, of course, but first you have to find the listings, then track down half a dozen owners who don’t answer their phones or respond to their emails. By the time you’re ready to see the place, someone else has rented your dream apartment, and it’s time for another ride on the emotional roller coaster.

Oliver is an iOS app that hopes to change all that. Oliver lets you browse thousands of no-fee and owner-listed apartments and schedule showings at the tap of a button, with no phone calls or emails required.

Apartment listings on Oliver feed from the landlords themselves, so there are no broker fees, ever. The apartments are displayed on a map, ideal for planning missions where you check out multiple properties in one trip. And it’s easy to narrow your search by using the filter option to choose your desired price range, layout, amenities and neighborhood, and even your target move-in date. (more…)

11/12/15 12:00pm

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Sponsored By Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc.

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

Created By BlankSlate

The holiday season doth approach, and you’ve got a lot to do. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, you’ve got the turkey, the lights, the tree, the Hanukkah candles, the plane tickets, the wrapping paper… In all the excitement, are you forgetting something?

While you’re compiling your holiday to-do list, make sure that “get your apartment insured” is somewhere near the top. Unfortunately, ’tis the season for break-ins while you’re away on vacation, cooking accidents, and home fires caused by Christmas lights, candles, dry trees and fireplaces. There are many things you can do to prevent these mishaps, but if the worst should happen, you want to make sure your personal belongings are protected.

Fortunately, getting your apartment insured may be the easiest item to check off your to-do list. Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc. has been New York City’s most trusted source for apartment insurance for over fifty years, and they will work with you to find the best policy.  (more…)

10/19/15 12:00pm


Sponsored By Crunch Gym.

Crunch makes fitness fun. Grab this free 3-day guest pass to try it out.

Created By BlankSlate

Hey Brooklyn, like to sweat? We don’t mean in all those layers on the subway—we’re talking workouts that’ll make you perspire to greatness.

Crunch Fitness has gyms throughout the borough that come with personal trainers, adrenaline-charged group fitness classes, top-of-the line cardio machines, and weight training equipment. They even have a few ways to pamper yourself, like HydroMassage® and tanning beds to help get you through a bleak winter of trekking for take-out. (As Crunch is fond of saying: no judgments.)

Crunch believes in making fitness fun, which is why you shouldn’t have to worry about the cost of your membership. You can join Crunch at the Bushwick, Crown Heights, or Greenpoint locations for $9.95 per month by clicking here. Or, snag this free 3-day guest pass to try out their other Brooklyn clubs. Wear those sweat stains with pride.


10/14/15 12:36pm


getgeeked New York, a unique new tech event that launched last fall, is returning to New York this week — and this year it’s at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint.

The open-to-the-public tech fest takes place on Thursday (Oct. 15) from 7:30pm to 10pm and not only is it free — including conference sessions — there are loads of chances to win new gear from more than 45 companies.

Sponsors include Lenovo, HP, JVC, and Slingbox as well as startups like iFit, Bevy, VidMob, BeON Home, Leeo, and lots more. See the gear on getgeeked’s What You Can Win page, and check out the discounts you can get on products for purchase. (Of course, there will be plenty of top-shelf swag, too.)

If you consider yourself tech-savvy — or aspire to be — don’t miss getgeeked. Unless you already have a Bluetooth connected sonic toothbrush with 3D motion sensors?

10/06/15 12:00pm

Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

Created By BlankSlate

BRIC TV has an edgy new lineup of Brooklyn-centric shows premiering this fall. We’re particularly excited about The Show About The Show, a scripted meta-comedy from award-winning director Caveh Zahedi (I am a Sex Addict).

The series stars Caveh as a Brooklyn filmmaker trying to make a TV show. Co-starring Alex Karpovsky, Eléonore Hendricks, and Dustin Defa, the self-referential comedy will also feature an impressive roster of independent Brooklyn filmmakers. The series premiere aired at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5. (more…)

10/05/15 12:00pm


Sponsored By Coworkrs.

Coworkrs offers coworking memberships, desks, and private office suites in Gowanus, FiDi and Flatiron NYC. Be 'At Home at Work'

Created By BlankSlate

Over the past few years, Brooklyn has become a mecca for entrepreneurs and freelancers that don’t fit into the traditional corporate mold. According to DNAinfo New York, nearly one in 10 workers in the Gowanus area work from home. It’s no surprise, then, that shared office spaces are filling the need for the largest employment demographic—the independent millennial workforce.

If you need a few hours away from your television and the cat keeps trying to sleep on your keyboard, and you’re sick of waiting in line for the power outlets at Starbucks, you’ll be glad to know that Coworkrs opened a Gowanus location in August. The popular coworking startup is known for its “At Home At Work” vibe and its beautiful industrial design. Their new Brooklyn outpost offers conference rooms, private offices, shared desk spaces, event space, and comfortable coworking lounge areas. (more…)

09/24/15 12:00pm


Sponsored By TD Bank.

TD Forests: Rooted In NYC is a program spotlighting New Yorkers committed to improving their urban environment and their communities.

Nearly 14 percent of New York City is covered in green spaces, and many of the city’s most verdant spots are right here in Brooklyn.

You may spend a lot of time in the borough’s public parks, especially in the summer, but do you know who’s responsible for creating and maintaining them? According to a recent study from TD Bank, you might not.

The environmentally conscious bank recently released findings from its first “Rooted In NYC” survey, which revealed that 98 percent of Brooklynites believe that natural areas are important to the health of their community. However, more than half (53 percent) don’t know who to thank for keeping our green spaces beautiful and accessible. (more…)

09/23/15 12:00pm


Sponsored By Chef One NYC Dumpling Festival.

Chef One Corp. is a leading food manufacturer in Brooklyn and long time host of the NYC Dumpling Festival.

Created By BlankSlate

We recently discovered that NYC has a DUMPLING festival, a unique opportunity to eat as many balls of doughy goodness as possible. The 2015 Chef One NYC Dumpling Festival is headed to Sara D. Roosevelt Park this Saturday on the first ever National Dumpling Day, from 12-5 p.m.

The annual event features dumplings from around the world. Admission is free, but we recommend investing in a tasting ticket ($20, cash only) which entitles you to four servings from any participating restaurant or booth at the Festival and serve as your entry into the raffle to win some amazing prizes. There will also be live performances, a photo booth, and a dumpling-making class. (more…)

09/18/15 12:00pm

Brooklyn Greenway Half

Sponsored By Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is the 501c3 non-profit committed to the development, establishment and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

Created By BlankSlate

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), in partnership with South Brooklyn Running Club, presents the Brooklyn Greenway Half — the only half marathon and 5K exclusively on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. The third annual Brooklyn Greenway Half will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

The Brooklyn Greenway Half takes runners on a 13.1-mile journey along the waterfront on a Red Hook-to-Greenpoint loop, offering memorable views of the skylines of midtown and lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges. The 5K course leaves from the Columbia Waterfront District, runs through Brooklyn Bridge Park and turns around at Jane’s Carousel. (more…)

09/18/15 9:05am

Brewskee Ball Full Circle

Do you have the stamina to drink on too many weeknights, the fashion swag to rock a sports league t-shirt and the hand-eye coordination not to injure your teammates? Does your athletic performance improve with intoxication?

Maybe Skee-Ball is for you. Easier than pool and less dangerous than darts, Skee-Ball is pretty much the most fun bar game out there. You don’t need to be good to have fun, and you can hold a beer while you roll.

Give it a go this fall at Full Circle Bar’s Brewskee-Ball League, which offers eight weeks of booze-fueled sportspersonship and high-fivery starting on Monday, Sept. 28. Join by this Wednesday (Sept. 23) and you’ll get an early bird discount:$100 per person (normally $120) or $300 per three-person team (normally $360) through September 23.