Even though there are lots of fun things to do this Memorial Day weekend, wouldn’t it be great to just chill out at home and grill in your own yard? In today’s apartment roundup we’ve got private gardens, yard access, roof decks and terraces for your weiner-roasting pleasure. Be aware that outdoor space is a premium, and these are by definition not the cheapest places in our fabulous Brooklyn apartment listings. First up is a 1BR in Windsor Terrace for $1700/month. You’ll share the yard with the other tenants, but with washer/dryer, dishwasher and central air, sunbathing with a top on is a small sacrifice. (more…)
It’s moving season and Brokesters on the hunt for apartment deals should know that you can get way more space for less dough in better hoods if you’re willing to sacrifice no-pants Wednesdays, commit to a chore wheel and stick to a strict morning bathroom schedule — aka, have some roommates. In today’s roundup of apartment deals and steals from our Brokelyn Real Estate section, we’ve got some true bargains on three and four bedrooms for young families, post-collegiates nostalgic for the frat/sorority house, and other folks who are into the hostel-esque commune vibe of sharing living space with multiple (potentially awesome) roommates.
First up is this AMAZING two-story, 4BR/1.5 bath unit in Windsor Terrace. For $3,000/month you get an eat-in-kitchen, living room, dining room, den AND a lush lawn and garden area that are fully maintained by a wise old groundskeeper (I assume he’s wise; aren’t they always?). Only catch is that the house sits on old church grounds, so there may be some extra tenants floating around rattling chains and cutting holes in the sheets. But you can put all the dough you save on rent towards an exorcism. (more…)
If your last six apartment moves have depleted the goodwill of friends and family, here’s a novel way to haul your crap that doesn’t involve Moishe: let a theater troupe do it for you. The Brooklyn-based actors of Rudy’s Meritocracy came up with this tasty little media biscuit of an idea when they realized they couldn’t afford to rent an actual stage somewhere.
So they thought, what clever gimmick will get us coverage in blogs and newspapers as well as a place to put on our play? Or maybe they had the idea to do a show in empty living rooms first and then wrote the play.
THISISMYREALLIFE is a very meta 40-minute show about “the agony and ecstacy of moving.” According to a NYTimes stat we didn’t doublecheck, a third of 20somethings move once a year. (Granny moment: what is with you kids?) (more…)
Yes, this is a terrible picture but you get the idea.
Unless you’re doing a rose petal hoohah at D’mai, Brooklyn nail salons can blend into one another, with better or worse colors, cleaner or crustier foot baths, more or less sadistic technicians. But here’s an inexpensive neighborhood place that deserves a Brokelyn shout out. A basic mani-pedi at Nails by Amy, a newish nail salon on Ft. Hamilton Parkway in Kensington Windsor Terrace, includes a foot massage to rival big-name Manhattan spas, all for the low low price of $19.99 Tues. – Thurs., and $21.99 Fri. – Sunday. Both times we’ve been, were assigned to Jimmy, Amy’s husband. That Amy is one lucky gal — this dude knuckles and kneads your feet into a state of higher being for nearly 20 minutes, and his other pedi skills are up there too. Word from the other massage chairs is that the ladies are just as badass. By the way, Nails by Amy is right around the corner from another Kensington Windsor Terrrace reader fave, Haircare by Yolanda.
Nails by Amy, 2907 Ft. Hamilton Parkway at East 4th St., 718-436-2898
What it is: A small neighborhood bar nestled between the border of Green-Wood Heights and South Slope.
Why we love it: In addition to possessing an ultra laid-back feel without a lick of pretentiousness, the bar boasts an unassuming nice sized outdoor garden that’s great for patrons to kick back and enjoy a host of libations accompanied by a mid-summer night’s breeze. The bar is also next door to a 24-hour laundromat. How’s that for multitasking? (more…)
The unforgettably named STD Wines & Liquors, photo by Kelly Murphy
When I mention to people that I live in Kensington, people typically think it’s in England, no matter how long they have been in NYC. The small neighborhood stretching roughly from the Prospect Park Parade Grounds to Green-Wood Cemetery may not be the best-known Brooklyn enclave, but what Kensington may lack in Brownstoner buzz it more than makes up for in amazing ethnic food. Within a few blocks you can find authentic Indian, Middle Eastern, Polish, Mexican, Thai, Russian, Greek, and Serbian eats at Brokelyn-worthy prices. Here are some of my local favorites, all within walking distance of the F or G train to Church / McDonald. Sorry there’s no fish and chips. (more…)
The fall leaves have fallen. While you may be enjoying the burnt shades they’re bringing to your yard or patch of grass for now, come first snow, things won’t be feeling so pretty underfoot. So it’s time to rake ‘em up, bag ‘em and… wait for the Dept. of Sanitation to haul ‘em off for some large-scale composting? Nope. That’s been canceled. Luckily, though, some others are filling the void in the composting game. NYCLeaves: Project LeafDrop is running a number of leaf collection spots this weekend and next, so you can bring your eco-material and have it put to good use. (more…)
Dancers from the Cynthia King Studio and their vegan slippers (and a sheep).
We’re actually being told to “be there or be square” for the Greenwood Playground Spring Flea Market and Tag Sale on Saturday, and we’re inclined to believe it. This is no ordinary flea the Friends of Greenwood Playground have put together, but a MEGA-Flea, with live music, live dance from the Cynthia King Studio, discounts for local restaurants, prizes, a book-swap and even worm-composting lessons from the Botanic Garden. And, oh yeah, probably a ton of stuff to buy from the vendors selling “treasures, joyous junk, and everything in between!” All this, from 9 to 5 at the playground. We’ll be seeing all you non-squares there.
Greenwood Playground, Fort Hamilton Pkwy at E. 5th St., F or G trains to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy.