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RentShare is a Brooklyn start-up that allows renters to pay their rent and share expenses with roommates online. CEO Ian Halpern founded RentShare in his Clinton Hill apartment as a “social payment platform” designed for the uniquely interdependent and transitory nature of rental real estate in the city. It eliminates, says Halpern, the need for young people to use their checkbooks, already a dying commodity, and allows them to tailor, track, and keep a...
Photos by Joe Hume When we were children, the career paths laid out in front of us came with conspicuous costumes: we could spot a doctor, a mailman, or a firefighter from an avenue away. As we got older, real, less archetypal employment hung in our futures, possible jobs whose accompanying outfits were less obvious—but each still possessed a requisite style. You want to be a librarian? A bartender? A graphic designer? You still have...
Best Private School If You Can Afford It Brooklyn Friends Ok, so it costs roughly $30,000 a year to go to school here, but if you have the money it’s probably worth it: one of Brooklyn’s premier private schools, founded in 1867 by Quakers, BFS upholds that faith’s progressive principles, like in its real commitment to diversity in the staff and student body. There’s an IB program and a strong emphasis on the arts and on...
Brooklyn’s bike lane infrastructure, best enjoyed in summer, has improved immensely in recent years, except down in the southern half. Bike advocates there recently pushed for a bike lane on Bay Ridge Parkway, but were shot down. “We don’t have a strong bike culture” like other communities, explained Doris Cruz, the chair of the local community board’s transportation committee. But they will start looking for alternate routes. Hurry up, Bay Ridge: your old roads...

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