03/21/17 9:56am

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Every successful business got its start somewhere – are you ready to take the first step? PowerUP!, Brooklyn Public Library’s annual Business Plan Competition, is back for its fourteenth year, which means you’re this close to making your business dreams a reality.

Since 2003, Brooklyn’s aspiring entrepreneurs have turned to the Library’s PowerUP! program to get their business ideas off the ground. Participants meet for free with a business counselor and attend workshops to determine their next steps. In addition, the Library provides access to a ton of resources to help write a business plan, develop a marketing strategy and find elusive financing.

Did we mention the cash prizes? This is a competition, after all. Write the best business plan; win the top prize of $15,000. Simple! More than $300,000 has been awarded to past winners.

PowerUP! alumni include Redbeard Bikes in Dumbo, Prospect Heights’ Mermaid’s Garden, and Argyle Yarn Shop in Windsor Terrace. Borough mainstays like Bogota Bistro and Greenlight Bookstore are also previous competition winners who launched their businesses thanks to the Library. How’s that for some inspiration?

To participate, you must attend one of three remaining orientation sessions. Sign up online for one of the remaining sessions this Thursday, March 23, Wednesday, March 29 or Friday, April 10 at branches across Brooklyn.

Check out the Brooklyn Public Library website for more details, and remember to register—it’s the first step you need to take to PowerUP! your business.

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03/18/17 1:05pm
We're giving away 16 prizes upon check-in this Sunday at Wedding Crashers. See below for the full list.

We’re giving away 16 prizes upon check-in this Sunday at Wedding Crashers. See below for the full list.

We’ve planned the ultimate day of wedding planning for couples this Sunday at our 8th annual Wedding Crashers. Here are 7 tips to make the most of your visit (and win some prizes!).

1.Check in is at both 501 Union and The Green Building. Be sure to visit both venues to meet all our fab vendors. (See the map below for their locations.)

2.We have roughly $5000 in prizes to give away! Enter by midnight tonight, March 18, to win one of the 16 prizes in our raffle. We’ll be notifying the winners upon check-in.

3. We have 100+ more surprise gifts for you! We’ll be in the Gather and Lounge area of the 501 Union atrium, giving away goodies throughout the day.

4. The Green Building and 501 Union have prizes to give away too–stop by their booths to enter.

5. Mimosa Floral Design Studio is giving away a 2-hour flower arranging class for up to four people–tag your favorite florals at the fair with #mimosafloralparty and #bigdayplanning to enter.

6. Buster will be shuttling guests to our wedding band showcase, Wedding Crashers Live, from The Green Building to The Bell House between 2:45 and 4pm. The showcase runs from 3-6pm and tickets are $5.

7. You can still get tickets to the fair — save $5 online and at the door with code BB!

Prizes pictured above

1-Wedding day hair and makeup from MG Hair & Makeup 2-Day of coordination package from Campbell Events 3-Floral design class at Rose, Red & Lavender 4-$500 gift certificate towards a bridal gown at any of the Macy’s Bridal Salons by Demetrios 5-Engagement photo session from JDZ Photography 6-Instagram package by Red Letter Day Invitations & Design.

Remaining prizes not pictured:

Zen bride basket from Namastay Life Bridal Yoga; $175 gift certificate from Katherine Elizabeth Events, Paper Florist; Engagement photo session with Wilde Scout Photo Co.; 2-hour photo booth session for a Brooklyn bridal shower from The Photo Bar New York Photo Booth; 2 tickets to The Wedding Present at The Bell House; Handcrafted pair of leather suspenders from Mary Jane Lane Suspenders; $100 gift certificate to Guesterly; Handmade Silver Inez Ear-Jacket Earrings from Vanessa Lianne Jewelry; Large gallery print from from Brooklyn Art Library; and 2 tickets to an upcoming Brooklyn Historical Society public program.

03/15/17 8:12am

Kids having fun

Join the A Child Grows in Brooklyn community for the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Camp Expo, March 26, 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Williamsburg Northside Lower School (299 N. 7th Street),  presented by A Child Grows in Brooklyn.

This is a FREE family-friendly event for parents looking for summer camps, holiday camps and after-school programs for their children. Over 30 camp and after school program directors will be onsite to talk to parents about all the wonderful things their programs have to offer local families.

Capacity is limited, so please be sure to register!

NOTE: Face painting and kids crafts will keep kids busy while parents speak with camps, AND Brooklyn Robot Foundry will provide FREE 45-minute Robot Building Workshops for kids ages 5+ at 12:15, 1:00 & 1:45. To sign up your child for one of these workshops, please click here.

03/01/17 11:57am
Drink a beer at Three's Brewing on March 7, or any one of roughly 20 restaurants and bars participating in Brooklyn Feeds, a borough-wide event on March 7 to help combat food insecurity. Photo: Three's Brewing

Drink a beer at Three’s Brewing on March 7, or any one of the 20 restaurants and bars participating in Brooklyn Feeds, and help combat food insecurity. Photo: Three’s Brewing

This coming Tuesday, March 7, roughly 20 restaurants around Brooklyn will be offering a deal for diners: eat or drink at their restaurant, and they will help feed people who cannot afford basic meals.

The event, called Brooklyn Feeds, is the brainchild of Jennifer Friedlin, a former journalist and founder of the marketing firm Hungry Marketing, whose clients include both non-profits and restaurants. For a while, she’d been cognizant of the disconnect between those well-off enough to dine out in Brooklyn, “where everyone comes to eat, while there are many people in the borough who are going to bed hungry.” Then a story last fall spurred her to action. As The New York Times reported in September, we have the highest rate of food insecurity in New York City, meaning 20% of households here have “limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”

“When I saw that, it backed up what I’d been feeling and thinking,” said Friedlin. So she decided to do something about it, and created an event that would benefit restaurants at a time when business is generally slow, while also serving non-profits that help the hungry.

The restaurants, bars and cafes who are a part of the inaugural Brooklyn Feeds are all donating a portion of their proceeds on March 7 to CHiPS, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter for young women and their babies in Gowanus, and Neighbors Together, an organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant that provides food to over 10,000 New Yorkers a year. Neighborhood staples like Three’s Brewing, Therapy Wine Bar and Franny’s are all taking part, and Applebee’s has agreed to donate 10% of revenues from all seven of its Brooklyn locations.

Friedlin expects to raise several thousand for the two charities. Help Brooklyn Feeds meet its goal and pave the way for future editions by eating or drinking here on March 7:

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02/13/17 11:59am

loveunion

Before heading into busy wedding season, Gowanus Hospitality is bringing back its popular four-day conference/retreat, The Love Union, for wedding industry creatives February 27 to March 2. Each morning begins with a group yoga session, followed by co-working and networking at creative workshops and panels discussions on topics like “How can feminism and wedding planning co-exist?” One special evening will feature the Moth-style story slam,“Wedding War Stories 2.0,” where vendors will share their crazy-but-true tales of near disasters in event planning.

Built into each day’s schedule are ample opportunities for wedding pros to treat themselves to massages, manicures, catered meals and drinks, and complimentary treats from partners like Wild Flour. As the organizers explain, “It’s our way of showing love back to all of the vendors who fill our space during the year with their hard work.”

RSVP for the special events and learn more at theloveunion.com.

02/01/17 10:35am
Photo by Kat Mareck

The immersive spectacle “Ketamine: The Musical” stars “everyone” at The House of Yes–including clowns, aerialists, dancing tongues and leaping eyeballs. Photo by Kat Mareck

If your last encounter with Ketamine was watching Party Monster (or being a card carrying member of the New York Club Kid scene), you may have assumed that the dissociative drug had fallen out of use. But it’s made a comeback, both within dance music culture and at the House of Yes, in a show called Ketamine: The Musical.

The production is based upon someone’s journey on the drug, and according to Brooklyn Magazine’s review of its sold-out run this August, it’s a psychedelic spectacle combining aerialists, a bit of nudity, some tongues, and music that makes you want to dance (though most don’t, just like those on K.) All fun stuff.

It’s the perfect escapism for this moment, and together with our partners BK.events and Lorem Ipsum, we’re giving away 3 pairs of tickets to each performance at the House at Yes this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-4. Just enter here and we’ll announce a winner each day starting tomorrow.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

01/27/17 11:11am

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At The Buccaneer in St. Croix right now, the temperature’s in the low 80s. Resort guests are sipping fruity rum drinks, snorkeling with the Angelfish, lounging on the patios of oceanfront rooms where boldface names like Lauren Bacall, Michael Jackson and good old Joe Biden have vacationed.

You could score a trip for two to this luxe resort, ranked the best on the island. Enter by Feb. 12 for a chance to win four nights in an oceanfront room, airfare for two, plus a dinner, a spa treatment and daily breakfast.

With the way things are going, you may not want to come back.

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN AN AWESOME CARIBBEAN GETAWAY

01/25/17 2:29pm
Inside 501 Union at last year's Wedding Crashers. Photo by Alison Brockhouse

Inside 501 Union at last year’s Wedding Crashers. Photo by Alison Brockhouse

We are coming upon our eighth annual Wedding Crashers, the city’s best wedding fair (in our not-so-humble opinion!), held this year on March 19. Not only will you meet all the talented, creative people who will pull your day together, capture it in photos and videos, decorate it with the most beautiful florals, and dress you and your partner in bespoke suits and custom gowns, we also have the most delicious caterers whose food you can sample on site, glass of bubbly in one hand, ever-changing hors d’oeuvre in the other.

Join us March 19 at 501 Union and The Green Building, and meet the 60+ vendors we’ve gathered. You’ll also be able to hitch a ride on a free shuttle from our sponsor, Buster, to the Bell House afterward for our wedding band showcase, Wedding Crashers Live.

Attendees hire an average of one to three vendors they meet at our fair. So imagine crossing a few big To-Do’s off your wedding checklist, all while enjoying good food and drink and live music. It’s a win-win for all.

Purchase your ticket here, and use the code BB to get $5 off, good through Feb. 1. Then follow us on Instagram at @weddingcrashersfair to learn about other upcoming events like our free open house of Morris-Jumel Mansion this Sunday and our upcoming bridal brunch March 5.

Wedding Crashers
501 Union and The Green Building
Both near the corner of Union and Bond,
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Sunday, March 19
11:30 – 3PM

Wedding Crashers Live
The Bell House
149 7th St.,
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Sunday, March 19
3PM – 6PM

12/09/16 11:32am

Festive night nyc

We’re giving away a very merry December in NYC, including:

  • A pair of tickets to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (worth $150)
  • Two VIP tickets to ice skating at Rockefeller Center (worth $300 because you get to skip the lines, enter through the heated VIP igloo and get cookies and hot cocoa too!)
  • Dinner for two at French bistro Bagatelle NY in the Meatpacking District, with wine pairings (worth $200)

Get caught up in the magic of skating beneath a 94-foot-tall lit up tree, seeing an iconic show at Radio City, and sitting down to a fancy French meal—for free! You can choose to spread out the fun over time instead of packing it all into this month, but why not go for it all now?

ENTER TO WIN YOUR MOST FESTIVE DECEMBER IN NYC

12/06/16 12:09pm

nooffice

Admit it, even if you have a remote boss who barely gets in your way, you have a few grievances you’d like to air. Well, save em up for this Friday night, Dec. 9, at the 6th annual No Office Party hosted by Brokelyn and the skint. It’s the one holiday office party where you stand little chance of running into your colleagues (and if you do, they must be cool). Which means you can really make an ass out of yourself, especially considering that this is the first year it’s held on a Friday night.

Along with the very satisfying, on stage boss-dissing, there’ll be live-band karaoke from the famous Rock Star Karaoke, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, a holiday photo booth, sexy Santa and Lady Santa, tasty food from Yeah Dawg and drink specials, plus a few surprises.

Kiss this “terrifying garbage fire of a year” (Brokelyn’s apt words) goodbye with your freelance and corporate cohorts at Littlefield. Tix are just a low low $5 in advance ($8 at the door), and you get a free tote from Artists and Fleas when you buy beforehand. A portion of the proceeds will go toward local organizations that will help fight the Trump administration, too. If you do go, be sure to tell him He’s Fired.