06/24/15 12:00pm

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Sponsored By Brooklyn Bocce League.

Play Big Apple is a New York City based Bocce and social club with an emphasis on the SOCIAL.

Created By BlankSlate

Though today’s game would be familiar to the ancient Egyptians, it was the early Romans—using coconuts—who popularized bocce. And via the Romans it spread like wildfire all over Europe. In fact it became so popular that many—the king of Spain, the Republic of Venice, even the Pope—restricted its play because it was taking soldiers away from honing their much-needed archery (and other combat) skills.

“First we finish the game,” Sir Francis Drake is supposed to have said. “then we’ll deal with the Armada!”

Thanks to Italian immigrants (a major component of Brooklyn’s makeup) the game arrived on our shores. Now’s your chance to join the fun. NYC Bocce, “a sports and social club with the emphasis on social,” organizes games throughout the year. But hurry — the last day to register for summer session is July 1.

 

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06/23/15 12:00pm

Sponsored By Make It in Brooklyn.

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership serves as champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination.

Created By BlankSlate

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership announced the inaugural Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Summit, which will be held June 25, 2015 at locations throughout the Brooklyn Cultural District.

The summit will bring together 300 of Brooklyn’s leading innovators, makers, builders, and entrepreneurs to explore how Brooklyn can continue its ascent as an international center for commerce and culture.

Discussion topics will include real estate, the arts, tech innovation, restaurant management and the future of manufacturing in the borough. The event will culminate with a pitch contest, where Brooklyn startups will pitch their best ideas to a panel of industry leaders with $50,000 in seed funding on the line.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with a real estate breakfast held at BAM Lepercq Space. There will be a food truck lunch and a cocktail hour right before the pitch contest.

Tickets are on sale at makeitinbk.com. Use code BROKELYN at check-out for $50 off full-day passes.

06/16/15 12:00pm

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Sponsored By The Camp for Adults.

The Camp is an all-inclusive summer camp program for adults on Connecticut's eastern shoreline. Camp runs from August 21-23, 2015.

Created By BlankSlate

When was the last time you did arts & crafts? How about sailing through the treetops in a state-of-the-art ropes course? Or plunging down a mountainside water slide that dumps you into a pristine spring-fed lake? Well, here’s your chance. On August 21 buses will arrive in both Boston and New York to take campers (and their friends) to The Camp for Adults, located in Eastern Connecticut.

The jam-packed weekend-long program begins on a Friday afternoon. “Take a half-day off from work,” they say. “No one should work on Fridays anyway.”

It’s fun already!

The Camp (“a classic summer camp for adults”) is located along the shores of a private mile-long lake surrounded by 740 woodsy acres equipped with all of your favorite summer camp toys. And for just $300 you can trade the sweaty city for a rope swing over the lake—at least for the weekend. (more…)

06/09/15 12:00pm

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Sponsored By Poached Jobs.

The best damn jobs for the Food and Drink industry.

Created By BlankSlate

New York City is one of the most restaurant-dense cities in the country, meaning that it’s also packed with servers vying for jobs in an industry notorious for turnover. Navigating Craigslist can be a chore, with restaurant owners finding it tiring to sift through unqualified workers, and servers feeling lost in a sea of candidates.

Peter J. Bro and Kirk Thornby have launched the solution, Poached Jobs. Built by the industry for the industry — Bro owns a number of restaurants in Portland — the site has everything you need to find or fill a food services job quickly and efficiently. (more…)

06/01/15 12:00pm

New Views: Brooklyn Waterfront Tastes, the 11th annual summer benefit party for Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, returns on Wednesday, June 17, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A stellar line-up of Brooklyn restaurants and dessert makers will be serving unlimited portions of their best dishes at Glasserie in Greenpoint.

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Sponsored By Brooklyn Greenway.

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

Created By BlankSlate

This year New Views: Brooklyn Waterfront Tastes will feature snacks from The Gorbals Brooklyn, Diviera Drive, Isa, Cow & Clover, Baba’s Pierogies, Le Fond, El Almacen, Glasserie, Miranda, Watty & Meg, Backyard Restaurant and Bar, Vendome Macaron, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, Margaret Palca Bakes, and more!

Guests will be entertained by a carnival of truly unique performers such as ventriloquist Carla Rhodes & Cecil Sinclair, aerial performers Cirque Central, classical mime Gregg Goldston, tarot card reader Jardy Clemente, and other surprise acts to be announced. The main stage will feature performances by Raya Brass Band and Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective. (more…)

05/28/15 12:00pm

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Sponsored By Airbnb.

Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace allowing anyone to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.

Created By BlankSlate

Ever thought about renting out your home on Airbnb? With hosts in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries, Airbnb allows travelers to forgo impersonal hotel rooms in favor of private homes.

The popular home sharing website has a lot more to offer hosts than extra income (although that doesn’t hurt). By listing with Airbnb, Brooklyn residents can create lasting friendships with people from all over the world. Airbnb hosts can serve as hyperlocal ambassadors, introducing people to their neighborhoods and encouraging visitors to spend money in their community.

An added benefit? Your earnings just might help you pursue your dream job. (more…)

05/21/15 12:02pm

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Sponsored By Major League Bocce NYC.

Play with balls. Drink cold beer. WIN at life! Join Major League Bocce, a social sports league where everyone scores.

Created By BlankSlate

If you haven’t played bocce yet, you’re missing out on one of the most social, competitive, addictive, drinking experiences around. A game that favors skill, but notoriously doles out heaping helpings of beginner’s luck, bocce is literally a sport that anyone can play (and be good at). Whether you’re the hyper-competitive type, or just down for low-impact fun on a random weeknight, bocce welcomes you with open arms (and will probably ask you to grab the next round of drinks). 

Entering below earns you the chance to win a free team registration for you and four friends for 8 weeks of games, drinking, an end-of-the-season party, and way more bocce pun-based team names than you ever thought possible. Even if you don’t win, for the low cost of less than $10 a week, you and your friends will be set for Wednesday plans for the summer, complete with t-shirts, prizes, and Thursday hangovers (optional). League play begins June 3, and registration ends on May 29. What are you waiting for? Andiamo!
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05/12/15 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.

Deno Vourderis started working at Coney Island’s Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park when he was 12, helping out on weekends in the sweet shop. The park was owned by his father and uncle, but Deno has never been afraid to roll up his sleeves and chip in. On Sunday, I found him working in the pizzeria.

“Have I ever thought of doing anything else?” he says, “My father told me I could do whatever I want. I majored in business administration with a concentration in management at Kingsborough. I would help out at local restaurants after class, doing deliveries, but I never really left Coney Island.” (more…)

05/11/15 12:01pm

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Sponsored By Major League Bocce NYC.

Play with balls. Drink cold beer. WIN at life! Join Major League Bocce, a social sports league where everyone scores.

Created By BlankSlate

Shhhh, do you hear that? It’s faint, but you’d swear it’s the voices of old Italian vecchietti. They want you to join them on the bocce courts this summer. And if you enter the contest below, you could win a free team registration to Major League Bocce for you and four of your friends.

If you haven’t played bocce yet, you’re missing out on one of the most social, competitive, addictive, drinking experiences around. A game that favors skill, but notoriously doles out heaping helpings of beginner’s luck, bocce is literally a sport that anyone can play (and be good at). Whether you’re the hyper-competitive type, or just down for low-impact fun on a random weeknight, bocce welcomes you with open arms (and will probably ask you to grab the next round of drinks). 

Major League Bocce, the largest bocce league in the country, is setting up shop in Prospect Park on Wednesday nights, which means you get to A) hang out in the park in the evening, B) with your friends, C) playing games, and D) making new friends. And then it’s straight to the bar for drink and food specials!

Entering below earns you the chance to win a free team registration for you and four friends for 8 weeks of games, drinking, an end-of-the-season party, and way more bocce pun-based team names than you ever thought possible. Even if you don’t win, for the low cost of less than $10 a week, you and your friends will be set for Wednesday plans for the summer, complete with t-shirts, prizes, and Thursday hangovers (optional). League play begins June 3, and registration ends on May 29. What are you waiting for? Andiamo!

 

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