03/28/17 1:40pm

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Savvy non-profits make it easy to donate to support their work, but an online transaction doesn’t always satisfy the urge to support a cause. The desire to show up in person and volunteer your time and energy is a powerful motivator, but it can be a challenge to find the right place to volunteer, and long application processes and background checks may frustrate would-be do gooders, ready and raring to get involved.

A newish app called DEED offers an immediate way to volunteer, and aims to help users create lasting connections with others who are doing the same.

Deevee Kashi and Anthony Yoon launched DEED in October of 2016. The idea came to Kashi when he started volunteering regularly after 10 years of working in the nightlife industry. He quickly started to feel like he was stuck in a rut with volunteer opportunities. He wanted to make it easier for potential volunteers to participate in something without jumping through complicated hoops to do good.

“I also wanted to rebrand giving back for the millennial generation and reintroduce the concept as something viewed as fun as opposed to obligatory, hence the focus on group events,” he said in an email.

So far they’ve partnered with several Brooklyn organizations including BARC, House of Recovery, and North Brooklyn Farms, as well as others around the city, like The Bowery Mission, Citymeals on Wheels and the Central Park Conservancy. They’re currently working on adding volunteering opportunities in Los Angeles to the app this summer. (more…)

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01/11/16 10:42am

IMG_6620In the mood for a home-cooked meal, but don’t have the time or skills to make it yourself? There’s an app for that. Meet Homemade, the latest food delivery service in New York to disrupt the business of take out.

Developed by Nick Devane and Mike Dee, Homemade is a marketplace for cooks to produce and sell food directly from their homes. Devane came up with the idea three years ago while wondering how he could share his grandmother’s chocolate-frosted yellow cake with more people. With Homemade, he’s tapping into the city’s network of entrepreneurial chefs who dream of feeding their handcrafted specialities to fellow New Yorkers—all while making a profit. “There’s no reason as a hobbyist cook, you shouldn’t be able to share your zucchini lasagna,” Devane said. (more…)

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10/13/15 9:20am

Arro_01The way we get around the city when we decide to take a car service or taxi has changed dramatically over the past year. For one, green cabs now pepper intersections in Brooklyn where hailing a taxi would have once been a fool’s errand. Hiring a car service, and paying for it with a credit card, is faster and easier than ever, and ride-sharing services and apps have popped up to save us all cash.

To figure out who offers the best ride, I downloaded Uber, Lyft, and the new NYC taxi cab app Arro on my Android, and picked locations within a comparable distance of around one mile, all in North Brooklyn–Greenpoint and Williamsburg–to make the trips as similar as possible. My criteria to compare each service was simple. In each case I noted:

1) Ease of app
2) Cost
3) Distance
4) Timeliness

I then went on a trial-by-car-service ride along to see what kind of lift I could get on a date night with my boyfriend. The plan: Meet for happy hour, followed by dinner and a movie. Our night began at duckduck bar in Bushwick (for their excellent two-for-one happy hour, which includes cheese puffs), before the movie. (more…)

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10/28/14 9:00am

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When a friend sent me a calendar invite for a spin date recently it hit me just how over-scheduled we all are these days. Between scheduling work commitments, dates with friends and larger group gatherings, the email and text threads are enough to make you wish for a personal assistant. There are more than a few calendar apps that can help you sort the whole mess, for free (or for a fraction of the cost of an assistant). So if you’re looking for ways to be more organized and spend less time thinking about scheduling, here are a few favorites.

When is Good
Best for: Scheduling multi-person outings, and avoiding dozens of emails just to coordinate a time

This is a simple and straightforward web app that, as the name implies, allows you to find a good time for something, like a dinner party or a meeting. You send a link to the group trying to schedule and each person highlights the times that work best and you’ll see what the overlap is. It’s free, and the design looks like something out of the mid-90s (probably in an authentically normcore way rather than a 90s nostalgia way). For a $20 annual fee you can eliminate ads and get more granular options–i.e. “This time would be possible but not ideal.” (more…)

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