“Frack. Frack frack frack. Frack me.” It’s a little less than an hour before showtime, and anchor Brian Vines is warming up in preparation for an upcoming segment on hydraulic fracturing and its impact on Brooklyn. He’s one of a rotating cast of hosts on BK Live, Brooklyn Independent Media’s hour-long news show that tapes live at BRIC Arts | Media House every Monday through Thursday at noon.
An interdisciplinary team of producers, technicians, journalists and directors is responsible for putting together BK Live, covering Kings County in all its variety—everything from community news and politics to culture and sports. “Our audience is all of Brooklyn,” explains TV news director Gama Ramos. “We have to be as diverse as the borough itself.”
On Saturday, October 25, as you emerge from your apartments to go to brunch or shop at the farmer’s market, you may start to see a strange sight on the streets of Brooklyn. Those tiny new cars you’ll see parked everywhere don’t mean that your neighborhood has suddenly become gentrified by hobbits — they’re the first sign that car2go has come to Brooklyn.
These compact wonders are fun to drive, easy to park, and have extremely low CO2 emissions. They’re perfect for all sorts of city trips: errands, shopping, commuting, a quick, one-way trip across town. Live in Williamsburg and you want to meet up with friends at Union Hall in Park Slope? Need to go to Home Depot to pick up supplies for your Prospect Heights apartment? Itching to go for a run along the Shore Parkway in Bay Ridge? Just grab a car and go.
Want to try it for free? All you need is a car2go membership and you’ll be ready to find a car in your vicinity, drive where you want, and at the end of your trip, leave the car it parked in a legal space anywhere in your home area. For a limited time, signing up for a membership is free, and comes with 30 minutes of free driving. Since there is no monthly membership fee — you only pay for the minutes you drive — that’s basically a free chance to try driving one of these stylish car2go cars for yourself.
Check out car2go’s website for FAQs on signing up, driving, and parking. Sign up now while it’s still free (Promo code: BKLYN), and get 30 minutes of free driving!
Lots of us have stories of close calls with apartment disasters — the time we forgot about oil heating up on the stove or locked ourselves out while the bathtub was running. Fortunately, if things go bad, apartment insurance from Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc can help you replace your belongings and cover the cost of repairs. Gotham knows NYC apartment owner and renter needs better than anybody else, which means they can help you find the right coverage in the time it takes you to almost flood your apartment.
Mom didn’t want you to move to New York. She may have got that wrong, but she is right about one thing: You need apartment insurance. Gotham Brokerage can help you find the right insurance for your needs. For as little as $140/year, you can insure all your belongings in case of theft or damage. Contact Gotham for a quote now, and you’ll have something to talk about with Mom next time she calls.
Brooklyn is going through something of a transportation renaissance. Remember the old days, when it was impossible to get a cab, and you had to call for a dicey, fake-pine-smelling livery car? Now there are bike lanes, green cabs, and, coming this month, car2go. Soon, when you need a car, you’ll just find one parked nearby, drive to your destination, and leave it there for the next person to use.
If that sounds like something you might want to try, make sure to register for car2go before the October 25 launch date: for a limited time, you can sign up for freeand you’ll get 30 minutes of free driving. There’s no monthly fee with car2go — you just pay for the minutes you use. So this is a free chance to drive the eco-friendly, two-passenger Smart Fortwo around your favorite borough (and to see how easy it is to park a car that’s 35% smaller than average).
Check out car2go’s website for FAQs on signing up, driving, and parking. And don’t forget to sign up now while it’s still free (Promo code: BKLYN), and get 30 minutes of free driving!
Who wants to own a car around here? Between insurance, gas and parking, car ownership is just one giant money and time suck in what’s already a stressful city life. That being said, using a car can be helpful sometimes, so fortunately, finally, there’s an easy way to use a car without renting one: car2go. Like Citi Bike but with cars, all you do is find a nearby car, climb in, and drive it to your destination. Then you leave it there, ready for the next person to use.
With car2go, there’s no monthly fee. Once you’ve signed up, been accepted, and get your card, you pay only for the minutes you use. You see one of their cars on the street (or find it with their app), you just get out your card, grab it and go. When you’re done, you park it in any legal, non-metered parking space in your Brooklyn home area and walk away. Check it out!
You can probably imagine the times it might be handy to grab one of these adorable, easy-to-park cars and hit the road. There are those neighborhoods that are not directly connected to each other by subway, like Carroll Gardens and Prospect Heights. (Or Red Hook and… almost anywhere.) Take an impromptu trip to Coney Island. Get your cat to the vet in no time. The possibilities are endless.
At this point, you probably have a lot of questions. Check out car2go’s website for FAQs on signing up, driving, and parking. And don’t forget to sign up now while it’s still free (Promo code: BKLYN), and get 30 minutes of free driving!
You would think people who work for insurance companies would be the most careful people in the world. But one of Gotham Brokerage’s own — who prefers to remain nameless — had this story to share about her own narrowly averted apartment disaster.
“I almost flooded my apartment today!” she writes. “The landlord had turned off our water for an hour for maintenance. I completely forgot about it. So when I turned on the faucet and no water came out, I just left — totally forgetting to turn it back off. Luckily my daughter was home and heard the water running. I’d hate to think what would have happened if she hadn’t been home.”
Lots of us have stories of close calls like this — the time we forgot about oil heating up on the stove or our upstairs neighbor locked himself out while his bathtub was running. Fortunately, if things go bad, apartment insurance from Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc can help you replace your belongings and cover the cost of repairs. Gotham knows NYC apartment owner and renter needs better than anybody else, which means they can help you find the right coverage in the time it takes you to almost flood your apartment. If you have a moment, maybe today is the day to request a free quote, yes?
You know how on Sundays you panic because the weekend’s almost over, and you didn’t do everything you wanted? August is kind of like the Sunday of months. Summer will be over before you know it, and maybe you haven’t yet had that perfect summer night — basking in the ocean breeze, beer in hand, watching some fireworks.
This is where the New York Aquarium comes in. This Friday, August 15, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., they’re throwing an after-hours experience called NYA@Night. Purchase local beer selections from Coney Island Brewing Co and choose from an expanded food menu (including sustainable fish tacos) while watching the Coney Island Friday night fireworks from the upper deck of the aquarium. BK-based DJ Alexie Gratia will preside over the turntable.
This is the aquarium, of course, so the admission also includes an early evening Aquatheater show at 7:30, after-hours viewing of the animals, and a special display commemorating the 80th anniversary of Otis Barton and William Beebe’s record-breaking, half-mile-deep Bathysphere dive on August 15, 1934. All visitors will be able to participate in the Tape Art Creatures of the Bathysphere drawing. Using tape, artists will be drawing the creatures that Barton and Beebe would have witnessed in their adventures below the water. The evening also marks the gallery opening of Drawn from the Depths, which showcases illustrations from the large collection created by Beebe’s team and held by the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives.
Admission to NYA@night is $11.95 at the door, or 10% off when you buy online.
In addition to getting a free car for three days and two nights, the winning entry will also get two nights in the Cathedral Room or the Woodstove Room at Audrey’s Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast. Voted the #1 Pet-Friendly B&B in North America by Arrington Publishing. Audrey’s Farmhouse is a pre-Revolutionary country inn set in the Mohonk Valley, at the foot of the Shawangunk Mountains. Mohonk is a premiere climbing destination that’s equally inviting for sensible people. Grab your ropes, or just grab a beer and head to the back patio.
Enter below for your chance to win the weekend getaway. You need this.
Here in Brooklyn we don’t live like most Americans. We get a daily workout from the four flights of steps to our walk-up apartments. We carry umbrellas, gym clothes and changes of shoes in our totes because most of us don’t have cars and probably won’t be home until after dinner. We buy local vegetables at the Greenmarket.
When it comes to buying renter’s and apartment insurance, it’s good to go local, too. Local brokerages like Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc understand what it means to live in a Brooklyn apartment. There are many New York-specific economic considerations that go into matching you with your ideal policy–higher property values and labor costs, older plumbing and wiring, different crime rates.
When it comes to insurance for New York City apartments, there’s no substitute for local expertise. Gotham Brokerage knows Brooklyn—they’ve been in this market for over 50 years. They can help you find the right rental or homeowner’s insurance, and it’s fast, easy, and inexpensive.