04/26/17 11:33am


BKLYN DESIGNS is Brooklyn’s premier design event showcasing a cross section of design, architecture and art.

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The creative spirit that has made Brooklyn a world-class destination for artists, architects, designers and those with excellent taste is at the center of BKLYN DESIGNS, a three-day celebration coming to Greenpoint May 5-7.

Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, the borough’s premier design event will pack the Brooklyn Expo Center with a diverse array of exhibits, pop-up lounges, installations, demos and family-friendly programming. (more…)

04/04/17 11:45am


Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

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Documentaries that give you a fresh set of eyes to view the world are rare, but The Sweatshop of Wall Street is one of them. Produced by BRIC TV, Sweatshop investigates the world of direct sales in New York City, and you may never look at your cellphone the same way again.

The documentary follows Phil Vasto and Zao Yang, New York City twentysomethings who began working selling cellphone contracts for a company called Credico. That was their first mistake. Seventy hour workweeks that yielded as little as $40 paychecks was one indignity, but that paled in comparison to the harassment they encountered in Credico’s cult-like corporate culture.


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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01/23/17 1:29pm

Sponsored By Carmelo the Science Fellow.

Carmelo the Science Fellow’s Laboratory of Fun is the universe’s coolest place for little kids to learn about science.

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The budding scientists of Brooklyn have a great option to learn something new and have some fun with after-school programs, parties and camps with one of the best science educators in the borough, Carmelo the Science Fellow.

Carmelo Piazza, the Science Fellow, has been combining learning and laughter for young Brooklynites for nearly two decades. He taught at P.S. 261 for 16 years, and realized that a science education with some time-tested humor mixed in can motivate students to learn other subjects. According to Carmelo, he hosts up to 10,000 kids a year at his events. (more…)

01/11/17 12:33pm

Drink unlimited beer while you get down to live music, and grab tastings on sale from the borough's top chefs at the Best of Brooklyn Festival on January 28th.

Start the new year off right — use our 15% discount for unlimited craft brews and celebrate the best food, drink, and entertainment your borough has to offer at the Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival on January 28th.

What’s to drink, eat and do? There’ll be 30+ Brooklyn makers serving up your favorites, including suds from Brooklyn Brewery, BBQ from Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, and sweets from Doughnut Plant… to name a few. Plus, enjoy special exhibits from MOFAD, entertainment by Brooklyn Zoo, and music curated by the incredible C’mon Everybody.

Pick from one of two sessions or hit the after party, using our special discount. Tickets normally start at just $29 per session for unlimited beer tastings, but readers who enter the code BROOKLYNBASED on the ticket selection page will save 20% on admission. (Offer expires Wednesday, January 18th at 11:59pm.)


Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival
Industry City
220 26th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Saturday January 28th
Noon – 8PM

12/28/16 11:30am
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Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

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There’s plenty of comedic fodder to be found in rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn, as ably demonstrated by Brooklynification, a scripted TV series that recently debuted from BRIC TV.

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A brownstone version of Portlandia, the six-episode first season pokes fun at mommy-and-me yoga, red state transplants, real estate envy, and the thirst for prewar molding, among other things. (more…)

12/19/16 12:00pm


To celebrate being named the #1 Overall Network NYC and the Tri-State Area by Rootmetrics, Verizon is inviting New Yorkers and their neighbors across the Hudson to partake in FREE wafels, hot chocolate and savory treats at food trucks throughout the boroughs and in Jersey City this Wednesday, 12/21.

The details and locations are below. When you do nab one of their complimentary treats, be sure to share a photo with the tag, #ItsOnVerizon.

Locations and times:

Wafels and Dinges from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (first 450 customers)
Manhattan: Herald Square, 35th Street and 6th
Brooklyn: 7th Avenue and Carroll Street, Park Slope
Queens: 44th Drive between 23rd Street and Hunter Street, Long Island City

Crepe Crew from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (first 300 customers)
Bronx: Fordham Road and Grand Concourse intersection

Valducci’s from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (first 300 customers)
Staten Island: Arthur Kill Rd & Industrial Loop E

Pizza Vita from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (first 200 customers)
Jersey City: Harborside Financial Center 1 (34 Exchange Place)

12/08/16 11:00am

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Sponsored By The New School.

The New School Open Campus. More Than a Continuing Education Course. A New Kind of Network

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Imagine continuing education that that not only offers cutting-edge courses to transform your education and career, but connects you to a growing network of over 10,000 convention defiers. Now reimagine your future.

Introducing Open Campus, a new approach to continuing education from The New School, a comprehensive university and hub for progressive minds.

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This spring, The New School invites you to take advantage of the forward-thinking curriculum the university has been famous for since 1919 by exploring opportunities for professional and personal advancement through offerings in art and design with Parsons School of Design, management, writing, languages, media, and much more. Then delve deep into a thriving hive of scholars, artists, and designers— all game-changers on the world stage. (more…)

12/07/16 9:01am


Take the stress out of this busy time with Peapod.com. They bring everything you need to your door from roasts to wreaths. And you won’t pay more for the convenience.

Two of us at Brooklyn Based tried it—one order was delivered to Brooklyn, one just outside NYC. Compared to the prices we’re used to paying to get quality meats and produce delivered to our door, it’s shocking how inexpensive Peapod is.

For pre-cut veggies like butternut squash or zucchini noodles you’ll get twice the amount for nearly the same price you usually pay, be able to buy organic milk by the gallon (not an easy find even online) and save on household items, too.

To stretch your dollar even further, get $25 off your first order and pay nothing for delivery for the first 60 days with the code BKBASED.*

They also offer endless recipes to help inspire your meal planning at fromthepod.com, like the one below.

Ready to see how far your dollar will go? Try Peapod.com with code BKBASED.


You have a lot of holiday parties ahead of you. Make something warm and decadent like baked crab dip using this recipe at fromthepod.com.

*Discount only valid for local Pick-up or Delivery of Peapod groceries. The $25 off your first order will automatically be deducted online when you correctly enter your valid promotional code (BKBASED) at checkout. Free Delivery on your first order will be added as a credit at checkout. Minimum Order for the $25 off promotion is $75. Offer valid for new customers only. Use promo code 60DAYSFREE on your second order to receive 60 days of free delivery. Minimum Order amount for free delivery is $60. Not valid with any other offer. Expires on 12/31/2016.