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3rd Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival returns THIS SATURDAY! FREE to enter! (9/22)

Join Kingsland Wildflowers for a fun day celebrating their third season of programming, education, and research at Kingsland Wildflowers. Visitors can explore the half-acre, green roof habitat and native plant garden. North Brooklyn community organizations will be tabling and featuring activities to engage families and children. The festival offers an opportunity to learn about local environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.

Activities include:

❀ Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts
❀ Interactive activities for kids and families
❀ Food, beer, live music & special dance performances
❀ Community organizations discussing local conservation projects
❀ 360º panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, & Queens

Music & Dance Performances by:
❀ Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia
❀ Matt Darriau & Paradox Trio
❀ Autumn Kioti & Dakota Bouher

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Rooftop + Fireworks + 8 Hours of Party = An Epic 4th at Elsewhere

The PopGun crew is celebrating Fourth of July on the Elsewhere Rooftop! They’re hosting an eight-hour party with tons of talented local homies spinning house, disco, soul and more all night, plus food and fireworks. Here’s the link to buy tix.

A cook-out provided by Holy Ground BBQ

Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper 4th without a cook-out and lucky for you, Holy Ground BBQ will satisfy your munchies with pulled pork, chopped brisket, and char grilled veggies.

Here’s a preview of who’s providing your soundtrack for the 4th:

  • Barbie Bertisch

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Practical Enlightenment: Modern Buddhism at Kadampa Meditation Center

“Anything you do can be incorporated because it depends on the mind in which you do something, so you can always have a peaceful, loving, enjoyable, heart centered feeling at work, with friends, with family; especially when things are stressful. It’s a practical practice. It’s not just about sitting formally.” — Joe Giacona, Meditation Teacher at KMC Williamsburg Branch

On the Northside of Williamsburg, inside one of the many new towers that have arisen, sits Kadampa Meditation Center — a cozy, peaceful space with bright walls, golden Buddhas and very chill teachers. In this busy town, coming back to ourselves for simple, quiet reflection is increasingly difficult. Even in this space of North Brooklyn that boasts apothecaries, yoga studios, and new age classes, we can struggle to find that which we are all searching for: Peace and Happiness.

Enter Joe Giacona, a volunteer and Teacher, who’s been helping run the Kadampa Meditation Center of Williamsburg for years by setting up in various yoga studios throughout Greenpoint. (It’s only recently this branch of the New Kadampa Tradition found a permanent home at 119 North 11th Street between Bedford & Berry). This self proclaimed “goof” exudes a sense of serene happiness. As he talks about meditating on love and compassion in simple routine times like your daily commute, you realize that steps towards enlightenment aren’t nearly as stressful as they’re made out to be.

“Meditating on Love is just recognizing somebody wants to be happy … and you have the same the wish … If people could just meditate on that alone, the world’s problems would just cease. You’d recognize we are all in it for the same thing. We’re not on these different sides; getting stuck and entrenched in our views, thinking you’re right and they’re wrong. No, we all just want to be happy.” — Joe Giacona, Meditation Teacher at KMC Williamsburg Branch

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Plan your upstate wedding or getaway without leaving Brooklyn

On January 28, make plans for your upstate escapes and Hudson Valley weddings at Wedding Travel Party!

 

Inside 501 Union, you’ll meet the teams behind some of the best Hudson Valley inns and venues, enjoy light bites and cocktails, and find all the resources you need to plan your upstate weddings, getaways, bachelor/ette parties. Just by attending, you’ll be entered to win excellent giveaways and getaways—starting with a private party for up to six friends inside 501 Union, where you can hang in a decked-out Terra Glamping tent, see a movie on the venue’s big screen, and enjoy snacks and prosecco from Purslane.

For additional chances to win, you can purchase $5 raffle tickets, the entire proceeds of which will be donated to the Prospect Park Alliance to benefit Brooklyn’s own backyard, Prospect Park. The winner will be notified Thursday, January 25 so you have plenty of time to invite your posse!

There will be many more prizes to hand out at the event, including:

  • A free night at Kingston’s Forsyth B&B and Barn, three-course breakfast included
  • A couples’ Relax and Restore package from cityWell
  • A pre-bachelorette blowout party from MG Hair and Makeup
  • Multiple free rides in ReachNow’s fleet of MINIs and BMWs parked in Brooklyn

And on Wedding Crashers Instagram, you can also win a gorgeous leather holdall from Kaufmann Mercantile to help you travel in style.

Get your tickets now—starting at $8 in advance!

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Huzzah! 2018 Brooklyn & Queens Beer Books have Arrived!

Beer Books - a great gift for those who like to imbibeGot a beer lover on your gift list? Maybe you need a beer after all your seasonal schlepping? Even if your reason is simply beer = good,  2018 Upper Brooklyn Beer BookLower Brooklyn Beer Book and Queens Beer Book are out and ready to get you… er, back into the holiday spirit.

The Beer Books are not just a steal that more than pays for themselves, they’re a guide to the discovery of new beer purveyors throughout Brooklyn and Queens. The books are $30 each and contain 30 coupons for a free beer at 30 different bars. That’s a lot of free beer!

Plus, do we need to mention the holidays are arriving and you may want to buy an awesome gift (Beer Books!) for that special someone in your life? Continue reading

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Staying Local for Thanksgiving? Six Spots Where You Can Wobble Before You Gobble, Get Stuffed with Turkey, the Fixin’s, and More!

Thanksgiving is holiday of culinary greatness. A problem if your cooking skills are below par and you’re staying home for the Holidays. Less of a problem since you live so close to the city’s hub of crave-worthy restaurants and bars.

Here’s a list of how to feast and party without the hassle of using your oven.

1) Le Fond

A close up of the dishes featured in Le Fond's Thanksgiving MenuCome join Chef Jake Eberle at “Wobble Before You Gobble” — a Thanksgiving Eve cocktail party! Cut loose a lil’ before heading out of town. They’ll have $6 aperitif specials, including house recipe Kir Royale and warm mulled wine. Chef Jake Eberle will also being serving some bites to nibble, like country pate and a French onion soup-filled Russian-style pierog.  Reservations not necessary. See the Menu here.

Address: 105 Norman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cost: No cover, Items a la carte
Time: Thanksgiving Eve, 6pm
Highlights: Classy cocktails, Russian pierogi, No reservations

 

2) Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co.
Mixing it up and staying in town this year? Greenpoint Beer and Ale is hosting their 5th Annual Orphans Thanksgiving. Their new kitchen resident, @maizeysundaytacos will be a making a spicy twist on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For $65, get fed the unorthodox turkey and wash it down with included beer and wine. Then join your new “Orphan” family as you replace football with a screening of cult favorite “This Is Spinal Tap” directed by Rob Reiner. Click here to buy tickets!

Address: 7 North 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cost: $65, Buy tix
Time: 5pm
Highlights: Spicy turkey, New friends, Satirical movie about setting it “up to eleven” 
Bonus: A portion of the ticket sales go to support The Greenpoint Hunger Program

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4 Terms You Need to Know Before Buying Apartment Insurance


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Get the best insurance policy by understanding the relevant terms. Here are a few to get you up to speed.

1) Betterments: For condo or co-op owners, any renovation work you do — walls, floors, fixtures, etc. — is considered betterments, or addition. Continue reading

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Entrepreneurs are Action Taking Dreamers!

CoLab_Factory_lounge_525pxIts challenging to build your dream from the comfort of your home.  With the bed, television, and sofa calling your name with no one looking, its easy for motivation to take a nap (literally).

CoLab_Factory_Image* Take your hustle to our state-of-the-art coworking space where the WiFi, security, furniture and utilities are included. Where there’s no long term leases (unless you want one).

* Be in the orbit of other freelancers and startups who are dream building right there with you! Nothing says motivation like other community members hustling on the couch across from you. Continue reading

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First Apartment Checklist: Renters Insurance

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

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It’s finally happened. It’s time to leave the nest.

You are ready to be a grownup, with a genuine grownup apartment. You are striking out on your own and taking over the world! You’re not going to need help from anyone!

(Wait, I didn’t invite all of these people to this party. How do I put out a grease fire without waking up my roommate? I don’t think that graduation present from grandma is a strong enough table to support a keg!) Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Fanaberie! Party this Saturday (3/21) – FREE Wine & Snacks, Shopping Discounts, and Giveaway!

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Time Out New York’s Critic Pick, Fanaberie Boutique, is celebrating their fifth year in business with a party. Starting at 10 am on March 21st at 102A Nassau Ave in Brooklyn, there will be 20% off all new arrivals, a $100 giveaway, and complimentary wine and snacks.  RSVP here. Continue reading

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