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04/25/17 10:05am

 

Learn from and network with the leaders in Brooklyn real estate at the first-ever Brownstoner Real Estate Conference next Wednesday, May 3 at Weylin in association with the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). Hear about trends in the brownstone and townhouse market, Brooklyn’s multi-family and investment sale market and how notable Brooklyn office owners, developers and co-working companies are meeting the needs of creative, tech and startup tenants. (Learn more about the panelists here.)

The event, which includes breakfast, takes place from 8 to 11am. Register now at www.brownstoner.com/bkreconference, and use the code BKBASED for 20% off tickets.

04/12/17 10:20am
The flower arranging class at Rose Red & Lavender's Earth Day Intensive will be in the style of Francoise Weeks, a floral designer who uses twigs, branches, moss and earthy elements. Photo: @FrancoiseWeeks via Instagram

The flower arranging class at Rose Red & Lavender’s Earth Day Intensive will be in the style of Francoise Weeks, a floral designer who uses twigs, branches, moss and other earthy elements. Photo: @FrancoiseWeeks via Instagram

Earth Day is not slipping by unnoticed this year. Most of the commemorations planned involve marches protesting Trump’s blatant disregard for the environment and science, but local floral design studio and workshop space Rose Red & Lavender has a more holistic, joyous experience planned. 

On Thursday evening, April 20, Rose Red is offering an immersive class in floral design, scent blending, and wine tasting, in celebration of the natural beauty and richness of the planet. “Earth is our life and is represented as a mother and a goddess in many cultures,” says owner Kimberly Sevilla. “Now more than ever it is important to protect her and all the women on our planet.”

The workshop will lead attendees in a flower arranging class in the vein of Francoise Weeks, a floral designer whose signature “woodland” style uses twigs, branches, moss and earthy elements. (Whatever you create is yours to keep.) Guests will also learn how to blend their own earth-inspired scents using fragrance and essential oils with Soap and Paper Factory to create a bespoke fragrance in a diffuser or room spray.  The Moore Brother’s wine shop is providing tastings of wines with mineral tones that showcase the importance of the soil for terroir and taste. Chef Holly Sheppard of Fig and Pig catering, who emphasizes great ingredients that are locally sourced, will be pairing these with earthy light bites. And celebrity DJ Jasmine Solano will complete the immersive experience that celebrates the smell, taste, smell, beauty and sounds of Mother Earth.

Tickets are $250, and proceeds from this beautiful evening will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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02/13/17 11:59am

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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.

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02/08/17 12:00pm
The Singing CPA is proof that tax time does not have to be unpleasant. Photo courtesy Steven Zelin.

The Singing CPA is proof that tax time does not have to be unpleasant. Photo courtesy Steven Zelin.

Unlike many of the president’s about-face policy changes and cabinet picks, his proposed tax overhauls will take much longer to push through. Changes to the tax code that Trump advocates, like making it onerous or impossible to deduct your charitable contributions (to, say, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU Foundation), are not likely to happen until after 2017, if at all.

This is the prognosis from our trusted accountant, Steven Zelin, who has prepared our business and our personal returns for nearly 10 years. In that time we’ve seen his firm expand as he’s added a mix of salaried employees, freelancers, and small business owners to his base of happy clients. (If you are in this last category, you might consider holding off on a big purchase of equipment or signing a lease for your business, as Trump’s proposal to make the depreciation expense even more of a deduction will likely take effect as early as this fall or 2018—another tip from Steven.)

But we digress. The point is, if you would like to work with an accountant who is aware of the changes in place and the changes to come, and always looks out for your best interests, work with Steven and his competent staff.

Not only does he have experience working at major banks and accounting firms, Steven has some serious media cred, having appeared on ABC’s Nightline, in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and National Public Radio. (He’s also known as the Singing CPA, and his musical holiday greeting, “It’s the most deductible time of the year,” never gets old.)

Check out his services online, and schedule a meeting.

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11/03/16 8:51am

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Thanksgiving is in a few short weeks, and if you’ve committed to cooking a Turkey with all the trimmings, save yourself time and headspace and order all the local ingredients for a true farm-to-table meal through Local Roots NYC. When you order your Pop-Up Thanksgiving by this Sunday, Nov. 6 you can choose from sustainably grown options including fresh, hormone- and antibiotic-free turkeys, naturally grown vegetables, farm pressed apple cider, maple glazed ham, pasture raised chickens, a turkey brining kit from Fleishers, or specialty handmade pies like Bourbon Ginger Pecan or Caramel Apple baked by Butter and Scotch in Crown Heights. You can also go totally veg and order fresh produce including broccoli, celery, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and more to make your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.

The pop-up lets you skip the grocery store lines and the holiday chaos entirely—you can choose to pick up your turkey and locally grown goodies at a neighborhood bar or select home delivery. Just order by this Sunday! 

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10/22/16 8:07am

McClure's Pickles Let's Make Something Great

Unwavering in commitment to quality and family values are brothers Bob & Joe McClure, founders and business partners of McClure’s. For the past 10 years they’ve been creating and sharing their premium snacks, foods and beverages with us.

Founded in 2006 in both Brooklyn & Detroit (think of them as sister cities when you consider their deep history in manufacturing and production), Bob & Joe used their great grandmother Lala’s pickle recipe to introduce to the world. Now found across the country and in other countries, the brothers continue to grow their business using the same values that brought them here in the first place: family and quality.

The newest incarnation is their updated website at mcclures.com which features many new product and merchandise options, easier checkout, and a great point to involve yourself in the McClure’s story. Be sure to say hi to them this Sunday at One More Bite (and take 10% off any item online through 10/31 with the code, OMB, one use per customer). Welcome to the family!

10/04/16 6:55am

umi kitchen

Enjoy your first Umi meal on us! Use code “BkBased” at checkout when you order through the Umi app. And come see us at One More Bite on Sunday, Oct. 23!

Umi is home cooking, delivered. We work with a passionate community of local cooks who create small batches of their signature dishes each night, just for you. Real food made with ingredients you can pronounce. Whether it’s Indian, Thai, gluten-free, homestyle Southern, or whatever your heart desires, Umi Kitchen has the perfect cook making exactly what you’re craving, and delivers the taste of home cooking without the work.

Simply order through the app, check out with a specified time window and an Umi Kitchen meal is delivered right to your door, ready to enjoy. You can order ahead for the week, or up until 2pm the day of, so planning on a home-cooked meal for dinner has never been easier.

Enjoy and be sure to share your home cooked Umi and chill night on Instagram and Twitter with #BringUmiToMe.

09/30/16 10:20am
The year's coming to an end. It's time to party. Photo: Quyn Duong

The year’s coming to an end. Time to plan that holiday party. Photo: Quyn Duong

The holiday season is sneaking up on us—which means it’s almost time to party. If you’re the ringleader among your friends who always puts together memorable dinners or the person who plans your office’s holiday party, now is the time to reserve the space you want to celebrate your 2016.

There are two fabulous venues we highly recommend (as we use them for our own events): The Green Building  and 501 Union.

From an intimate cocktail hour in the lounge followed by a seated dinner for 100 in their light-filled reception space, to an all-out blowout bash for 250 of your coworkers, 501 Union is your spot.

Across the street at The Green Building, entertain 160 guests with dinner and dancing or just let the cocktails flow all night for 250 of your staff. You can even fit 100 more in their outdoor courtyard, and a special perk at this locale is that you can supply your own bar.

Both venues offer special add-ons, from furniture set-up and breakdown to custom lighting designs to a stay for two at Gowanus Hospitality Group’s first luxury boutique hotel, Hasbrouck House, that can be auctioned off to your guests.

Reserve your night now before 501 Union and The Green Building are booked full!

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08/24/16 3:02pm
Hasbrouck House, a two-hour drive from NYC, is a historic property that's been updated with luxe amentities, spectacular grounds and a brand-new restaurant and bar. Photo: Emma Tuccillo

Hasbrouck House, a two-hour drive from NYC, is a historic property that’s been updated with luxe amenities, newly forged trails and a brand-new restaurant and bar. Photo: Emma Tuccillo

A lake, a 55-foot pool, access to a 100-acre neighboring orchard, and miles of newly forged trails that you can explore by foot or a bicycle at the ready. Also: nightly bonfires. These are some of the things that you can enjoy at the new Hasbrouck House, a meticulously renovated historic hotel and restaurant two hours north of New York, opening September 2.

Spread over 55 acres in the Hudson Valley, the boutique hotel features 20 unique rooms and suites, centered around a 1757-built Dutch Colonial stone mansion and nearby carriage and stable houses. Each room offers a mix of vintage and modern touches, from the beautiful hardwood floors to the vintage rugs to the custom mattresses with luxe Frette Linens and marble showers filled with Kiehl’s bath products. (Some even offer fireplaces and soaking tubs.)

Its central location means you’re a short drive from hiking in the Catskills, climbing in the Gunks, or exploring Woodstock or Kingston.

You should save at least one night for the hotel’s new restaurant and bar, Butterfield at Hasbrouck House, a joint collaboration with the team behind New York City’s Comodo and Colonia Verde restaurants. Executive chef Shawn Burnette, formerly of the Breslin in Manhattan and Husk in Charleston, has revitalized the property’s original, centuries-old smokehouse and utilizes neighboring farms and orchards for his housemade lamb sausage, crispy local vegetables, and fried chicken for two, among other delicious offerings from his original, Hudson Valley-inspired menu.

The property has Brooklyn roots too—it’s owned by Gowanus Hospitality Group, whose venues, The Green Building and 501 Union, host our annual wedding fair each year. We’ll be debuting a Hudson Valley Wedding Crashers Nov. 5 at Hasbrouck House.

They’ll be hosting lots more events, like the Phoenicia Flea Sept. 3 and 4. Head up to check it out, or stay awhile and book one of their stunning rooms now.

Before dinner, order a Hudson Valley Mule made with White Pike Whiskey at the bar. All of its light fixtures and lamps (along with those in the other common spaces) were made by Materia Designs down the street from Hasbrouck House. The wallpaper was designed by Fornasetti, produced by Cole & Son in England. Photo: Emma Tuccillo

Before dinner, order a Hudson Valley Mule made with White Pike Whiskey at the bar. Once you’re in the main dining room, you’ll be in the original house built by the Hasbrouck family in 1757, older than the United States. Photo: Emma Tuccillo

 

In the Cub room, warm up by the wood-burning fireplace (or book one of the rooms with a gas fireplace). All of the light fixtures and lamps in the common spaces were made by Materia Designs down the street from Hasbrouck House. The wallpaper was designed by Fornasetti, produced by Cole & Son. Photo: Emma Tuccillo

In the Cub room, warm up by the wood-burning fireplace (or book one of the rooms with a gas fireplace). All of the light fixtures and lamps in the common spaces were made by Materia Designs down the street from Hasbrouck House. The wallpaper was designed by Fornasetti, produced by Cole & Son. Photo: Emma Tuccillo

 

Two of the suites have soaking tubs. Photo: Emma Tuccillo

Two of the suites have soaking tubs. Photo: Emma Tuccillo

 

Each room features artwork by local artists, including fine art photographer and owner of Barloga Studios, Roy Barloga, whose photographic studies are individually printed on handmade Fair Trade Nepalese paper. Photo: Emma Tuccillo

Each room features artwork by local artists, including fine art photographer and owner of Barloga Studios, Roy Barloga, whose photographic studies are individually printed on handmade Fair Trade Nepalese paper. Photo: Emma Tuccillo