05/28/15 12:00pm

AirBnB Host Portraits and Recomendations

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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05/07/15 12:00pm

Don’t let the words “summer school” scare you.

BRIC Media Education is offering a slew of affordable and free classes that are challenging, fun, and can put you on the path toward producing your own material. Whether you’re interested in television studio production, or working with a professional performance art group that The New York Observer calls “a rare treat for the theatergoer,” BRIC has a course for you.

 

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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

Since 1979, BRIC has been educating Brooklynites. Their mission: to enable students to produce content for television and online, and to learn more about the ever-changing landscape of technology. Following are a few of the exciting classes they offer.

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05/01/15 12:00pm

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Epic Ride

Sponsored By The Epic Ride.

The 7th annual 40-mile bike ride from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

Created By BlankSlate

It can be easy to forget that Brooklyn is, for the most part, surrounded by water. From the East River and the New York Bay, to Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Brooklyn’s coastline is worth a tour. And there’s no better way to see all of it in one day than by bike.

Registration is now open for The Epic Ride, a 40-mile bike ride from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach presented by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI). Now in its seventh year, this tour of the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront will take place on Saturday, July 25.

Riders will have the opportunity to discover hidden and far flung neighborhoods, pedal through city, state, and national parks and take in spectacular bridge and city views along the Brooklyn Waterfront and Jamaica Bay Greenways. Last year’s event saw nearly 1,000 cyclists take part and this year’s ridership is expected to grow. The route will showcase the potential of a fully completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway and will travel along existing, new, and soon-to-break-ground Greenway segments. (more…)

04/28/15 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

You know the drill: you’ve planned to cook dinner once you (finally) get home from work. Going through your cabinets you realize that you need to slog back out (in rush hour), and hit up five stores for the six ingredients you don’t have. The recipe only requires seven. Your significant other staggers through the door and asks “What’s for dinner?” Once again, you give in to the siren call of Seamless and your bank account groans in protest.

Tired of this scenario?

It doesn’t have to be this way. Blue Apron’s 2-person plan is a convenient, delicious, and healthy way for you and your favorite assistant chef to enjoy cooking together, without the hassle of shopping. Once a week, fresh ingredients for a diverse selection of dishes arrive at your doorstep. That’s 3 meals for 2 people each week. And if you sign up now, you’ll receive two meals free with your first order. So put down the delivery menu, and read on to find out how Blue Apron will get you back into the kitchen. (more…)

04/27/15 3:44pm
The best disaster you'll see all week

The best disaster you’ll see all week

The Late Night Disaster is a new variety show dressed up like a traditional late night talk show helmed by Rob Blatt (“The internet’s favorite person” – Uproxx). For tomorrow’s inaugural show, Rob is joined by:

Jon Glaser (Girls, Parks and Recreation, Delocated) for something weird
• opera-singing burlesque performer Sarah Screams (Operotica)
Ginny Leise and Soojeong Son from The Shame Game for fun and awkwardness
• Comedy Central “Comic to Watch” Julio Torres for stand up
• and band leader Leslie Goshko (Sideshow Goshko, Time Out New York “Critics’ Pick”) (more…)

04/22/15 4:31pm
Aim to dress better--or should we say worse--than these turkeys

Aim to dress better–or should we say worse–than these turkeys

It’s time to tease your hair and dig out your volcanic ensembles—because Pretty in Pink prom night is around the corner!Join The Skint at Littlefield on Saturday, April 25 for an 80s prom blowout featuring songs from one of the best soundtracks of all time—think New Order, The Psychedelic Furs, The Smiths and OMD—along with more 80s alternative favorites spun by DJ Steve Reynolds (mix master of Party Like It’s 1999).

1980s throwback video projections by Stephen Pitalo of Golden Age of Music Video will help transport you back to the era, while themed drinks like the Shellshock will get you on the dance floor. Fill yourself with enough liquid courage to compete in a “Try a Little Tenderness” Duckie dance off! (Brush up on your lip-synching skills with the video here.) Dress in your thrift-store finest for our costume contest and make the memories last for decades to come with a trip into our photo booth.

High school may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in some good old high school angst. See you at prom! You always said we’d meet again some day. Tickets are only $5 in advance or $7 at the door… that’s hella cheaper than your actual prom was.