It’s often said that the people of New York are uncaring, thoughtless and so many inaccurate things. Thought I would tell you a story about some hard working people who went the extra mile for someone they didn’t even know.
On November 13, 2016, I was scheduled to leave Brooklyn for Albany when I discovered that I did not have my cell Phone. It seemed I must have left it in the nail salon on Saturday evening. It was early morning Sunday, and I had to leave for an appointment in Albany at 3 pm, so I left. I was miserable but, on my way to Albany, one of the ladies I was traveling with said that I could transfer my calls to her phone. I did, but it was not easy in that we both got lots of calls, but we managed. Sunday evening my sister called me and said that she had called my cell phone, and someone answered, and told her to try to reach me because I left my phone at the nail shop. I felt better because now I knew where my phone was and I would retrieve it on my return on Monday. On Monday, I arrived back in Brooklyn in time to go to the nail shop to find that my phone was there and that the owner had gone to great lengths to find me. She told me that she looked me up on the web, tried calling my office and found no one. She seemed happy that I was back, and she was able to return the phone, but was also very security conscious and asked me for ID.
That move alone makes that nail shop my favorite and I want to thank them. The shop is the Vip Nails & Spa 269 Kingston Ave.
There is so much talk of global warming, too much waste and unbridled energy consumption. We all want to do something, right?
It starts right at home and it needs to continue. We are offering you ways to Go Green to Save Green.
Budgets are strained and families find themselves struggling but all the while want to teach their children how to conserve and preserve. Start by doing these small and inexpensive changes around your home and lifestyle.
- Use cloth napkins and eliminate 40+ rolls of paper towels
- Switch to cloth diapers, do you know it can take 200 years to decompose depending on the manufacturer
- Collect rainwater and use it to water gardens and indoor plants
- Lower the temperature of your hot water heater
- Hang your clothes on an outdoor line to air dry, you can then tumble on a short air only cycle for wrinkle removal
- Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot
- Fix leaky faucets, easy DIY project that saves money and conserves water (your landlord will appreciate it too) Install low-flow replacements available everywhere.
- Stop unsolicited mail. Junk mail can pile quickly both in the home and in the landfill. Be sure to destroy your name and address.
- Turn your computer completely off at night
- Unplug all those phone and iPod chargers, they do use energy as long as they are plugged in the outlet
- Walk or ride your bike when available
- Drive the speed limit
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Buy inexpensive reusable drinking bottles instead of plastic bottles of water. We throw away 50 billion water bottles each year (shame)
- Opt to take your own cloth bag to the grocers and eliminate plastic bag waste. They take forever to decompose.
- Make a compost bin, less than $20 and easy to make
- Change filters regularly & clean duct system
- Insulate, insulate, insulate
- Use sustainable materials for new floors such as bamboo
- Your next appliance purchase should be energy efficient. Read up
- Install programmable thermostats
- My biggest Go Green is to do a home energy audit. You can lose massive mounts of heat or air conditioning around doors, windows, light switches, in the attic and in the basement. Well worth every dime now and later.
- Plant trees for shade around your home and they add beauty
We all know there is so much more we could be doing that we could make a very long list. Of course we can’t do it all at once but try just one thing and then another until it becomes a habit to be greener.
Recycle my friends, recycle!
Friends, Please join me at the 2015 Summer Concerts:
Seaside Summer Concerts 2015 Festival at MCU Park – 7:30 pm:
Thursday, July 23rd – Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and The Lord Calverts
Friday, July 24th – Latino Music with Eddie Santiago and N’Klabe
Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field – 7:30 pm
Monday, July 27th – Morris Day and The Time
Monday, August 3rd – Gospel Night with Ricky Dillard & New G, Mike Willis & The Called, and Christian Cultural Center Choir
Monday, August 10th – Reggae Night – Freddie McGregor, Christopher Martin, New Kingston, and Ikaya
Monday, August 17th – Old School Night – Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow, and Special Ed
Admission is FREE !
-Eric L Adams, President of the Borough of Brooklyn
By Liz Gray, FrontDoor.com
If houses are like spouses, a neighborhood is like the extended family. But while you can have a good marriage and still dread holidays with the in-laws, you’ll never love a house if you don’t like your neighborhood.
How can you choose the right community? Become a neighborhood detective. Figure out what you’re looking for, do research and find a neighborhood that fits your description. You don’t even have to wear a trench coat — but it probably wouldn’t hurt.
STEP 1 — Profile Your Perfect Neighborhood
Before you start scrutinizing neighborhoods, turn the magnifying glass back on yourself.
Think about what you’re really looking for in a new neighborhood. Remember, you’ll probably have to make compromises, so put the “must-haves” at the top and the “would- like-to-haves” at the bottom. Not sure what fits your lifestyle? Here’s a list of 12 types of neighborhoods to get you started.
Here are some things to consider:
- Do you have children or are you planning to have children anytime soon? Parents know that the first thing to do when looking at a neighborhood is to research the school system. Even if you’re single, living in an area with a much sought-after school system raises your property value. If you have kids, you’ll also want to live close to parks and community centers.
- What type of home do you want? Are you interested in a single-family home or an apartment, townhouse or co-op? Read more about the different types of homes.
- How far are you willing to commute? Do you plan to drive, walk or take mass transit to work? Do you have a car or would you be willing to get one?
- Do you want to be in a historic neighborhood or a new development? Historic neighborhoods have tons of character, but often require lots of repair work and are governed by community associations with strict standards. Newer developments have more modern features, but are typically far from the city center. Read more about the different types of architecture styles.
- What is your current community lacking? If you’re currently landlocked, but have always wanted to live on the waterfront, put that at the top of your list. If you’re a coffee junkie, having a Starbucks down the street may be a dream come true.
- Do you want to be able to go places on foot? Would you like to be within walking distance of shops, restaurants and bars? Or would you be willing to drive to nearby businesses?
- Think about what you don’t want in a neighborhood, too. If you can’t stand late-night noise, you’ll probably want to steer clear of the college area or an area with a lively bar scene.
The compelling Alisa L Brock is bringing Make HERstory to the LaMama Theater. One of seven children, this artist has put her talent into a breathtaking performance not to be missed.
A Work In Progress Theater Company presents Make HERstory~ its a one woman show written and performed by Brock. Her imagination embarks on a journey of self love and self acceptance. It is a tale of abuse, hidden secrets and the growth of “the black sheep heroine.” It is reality’s laughter, a GUMBO of true stories that never had the chance to be told – until now.
Emotions will stir as you hear this bold, sassy artist tell her story.
A Work in Progress(AWIP) mission is to produce professional theatrical works while providing a haven for talented artists whose works are grounded in passion, and present dynamic perspectives of social issues that spark progressive conversations while recycling funds into communities.
Appearing at LaMama Theater
74 W 4th St
August 29th @ 7:30 pm
August 30th @ 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Purchase tickets at www.Make-HERstory.com
For more information about the show call 347.850.0262
I am a busy Realtor/Broker but I could not wait to blog about the most scrumptious, melt in your mouth BBQ I have ever had.The meat just fell off the bone and was very moist, tender & yummy. G Lee’s Smokin’ BBQ has only been in the area for a short time but they are quickly becoming a big hit with their delicious meats like St Louis ribs & Cajun catfish. An array of side dishes, I had jalapeno mac-n-cheese and coleslaw, combined with a full service bar and a fast and fun staff has made G’ Lee’s my go to place for dinner. As you can tell their BBQ won me over so you have got to give these guys a try, they’ll win you over too! They are located at 813 Nostrand Ave & Union St in Brooklyn and they are open for dinner every night of the week!347-413-8680 Meet the Pitmaster and check out there full menu here.