Partner Post
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, 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.

03/28/17 12:43pm


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With over 20 years of cooking experience in London, Santiago, Chile, Austin, TX, and New York City, Red Table Catering owner and head chef Brooke Costello can create any wedding menu to match your unique style and vision.

The Brooklyn-based catering company, founded in 2002, works with a team of experienced event and wedding professionals to help bring your vision to life. While every event is different, they understand that each occasion calls for the finest food, artfully delivered.

Brooke began cooking professionally since he was a teenager in Buffalo, New York. As a student at Oberlin College, he worked in a student-run food co-op, where he baked bread, made tofu and yogurt and learned the importance both of sourcing superior local products and focusing on people’s experience with the food he created.

After college Brooke worked in Bertorelli, a fine Italian restaurant in London’s Covent Garden, in the smoker at Ruby’s BBQ in Austin, Texas and at Austin’s premier caterer Word Of Mouth Catering. His last major stop before New York was in the market center of Santiago, Chile where he spent three years creating dishes with the incredible bounty of regional seafood and produce and learned from some of Santiago’s best cooks.

Brooke applies this cooking experience, as varied as his palette, to create a feast to suit you and your celebration. Red Table will bring you unique and familiar foods and celebration ideas using the abundance of seasonal and local produce. They are proud to support local farms and foods while helping you craft a splendid event.

To learn more about what they offer to help you create a spectacular wedding day, contact them or call (917-749-3639) for a consultation and they can begin to plan the joyous occasion.

Follow Red Table Catering on:
Twitter: @redtablecaters
Instagram: @redtablecatering

Partner Post
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.

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

12/19/16 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)

12/07/16 9:01am


Take the stress out of this busy time with 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, like the one below.

Ready to see how far your dollar will go? Try 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

*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.


The true gems in your life deserve something stunning, and Lady J +1 is filled with bold, beautiful gifts. The trendiest indie fashion and accessories boutique in Prospect Heights/Crown Heights is also home to the design studio of Lady J Jewelry Designs. Inside the intimate storefront on Classon Ave. you’ll find a huge selection of award-winning jewelry that is known for its use of striking gemstones like Rutilated Quartz and Super Seven Stone, all designed to look as good as they make you feel.

You can also shop other indie designers and artisans including:

Apparel by Mary Meyer, Eve Gravel, Emilime, Family Affairs and Samantha Pleet
Handbags & clutches from Saint Catello
Ceramics by Jonathan Castro and SKT, palo santo
Candles from Morphologically and LoveNature, and much, much more!

Lady J +1 is located in Prospect Heights/Crown Heights right near Berg’N, and everything in store is shoppable online at (This season, you can even select in-store pickup and they will have it gift-packed and ready to go for you!)

Get all your gifts and stuff your stockings, too, at Lady +1, open every day 12pm-7pm, except Mondays. Just don’t wait too long to pick out the perfect gift because they procure limited quantities for the holidays, and it all goes fast.

A few things you’ll find in store and online:


This style of Lady J’s signature Super Seven necklaces is already sold out, but there are more available online. The Super Seven stone is so-named because it contains seven different minerals, including amethyst and smokey quartz, and is known to exhibit the phenomenon of St. Elmo’s Fire, an etheric auric light reminiscent of the “holy light” around church towers and treetops visible due to atmospheric electricity. It produces electromagnetic waves, providing a self-luminous quality, and assists one in “seeing” auras. Plus, it’s gorgeous.


Rutilated Quartz is one of the few gemstones desirable because of its inclusions. This gives it a special allure and desirability as a unique gemstone. This one-of-a kind piece features a fine-silver bevel setting and hangs on a 20” silver chain with a lobster-claw style clasp. Fierce and beautiful at the same time.


Inspired by the constellations, this Snake’s Tail top by Eve Gravel is full of geometric connectivity. The button-down top features a loose fit, side front pocket and rolled sleeves. Can be tucked or worn loose, depending on the stars.

11/11/16 6:20am


“Always amazing” – Ira Glass, This American Life
“A sensation” – New York Times
“Beautiful” – Los Angeles Times
“Go!” – Jad Abumrad, Radiolab

Our friends at Pop-Up Magazine are bringing their “live magazine,” which combines storytelling with photos, film, illustration, and an original soundtrack, to Brooklyn’s beautiful Kings Theatre on Thursday, November 17.

The night unfolds like a classic general-interest magazine, and ends with the cast and the audience mingling at the lobby bar. Nothing is recorded. You have to be there to see it, and we have a special discount for you on tickets.

Use the code POP10 to get $10 off any ticket, on sale here.

The fascinating cast onstage at the Kings Theatre includes Ira Glass, host of This American Life; Joshuah Bearman, who has an incredible yarn that ought to be a movie (he wrote the story that became Argo, he’s working on an Amazon TV pilot, and the Coen Brothers are adapting his most recent work); Jessica Hopper, Editorial Director for Music at MTV News; New York Times bestselling author Mychal Denzel Smith (Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching); This American Life producer Stephanie Foo; Peabody and Edward R. Murrow award-winning producer and Gravy host Tina Antolini, and more. Learn more about the cast It’s going to be a really fun night!

Get your tickets and use the code POP10 for $10 off!

10/26/16 10:41am


Getting around Brooklyn just got way cheaper—all uberPOOL rides within the borough are less than $8 through the rest of the year.

That means you can go from Bushwick to Park Slope, Williamsburg to Red Hook, or Crown Heights to Greenpoint for less than $8—all day, every day, just in time for this weekend’s Halloween festivities. (Yes, there’s fine print but it’s super simple: the trip needs to start and end in Brooklyn and be no more than 8 miles. And if you’ve got a friend in tow, you add $1. That’s it.)

If you’ve never tried uberPOOL, even better—you get a FREE first ride. Just download or open the Uber app, go to the Promotions tab, and apply the promo code BBPOOL. Your first uberPOOL ride will be free.*

Sharing, as they say in an uberPOOL, is saving.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open your app and select uberPOOL
  2. Enter your destination—you’ll see your low upfront fare in the app
  3. Request! You’ll be matched with others headed your way.

Learn more about uberPOOL in NYC here.

*Valid on uberPOOL only, up to $20. Valid only in NYC. Expires 12/31/16.