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5 Ways to Make You and Your Home a Happier Place to Be

Friday, November 15th, 2019
Home a happier place
Start practicing gratefulness every day to make a happier you and your home a happier place to be.

What are you thankful for today? Gratefulness is the key that opens the door to happiness. Science tells us so. You see, simple acts of kindness practiced daily make you more optimistic and less negative. So in light of Thanksgiving Day next week and a new year next month, here are five ways to practice gratitude every day to make you and your home a happier place all year.

Ways to Practice Gratitude Daily to Make You and Your Home a Happier Place

Make time to think about all that you’re thankful for daily. When gratitude is a priority and you recognize what and who you appreciate most every single day, it becomes second nature.

1. Start writing

Purchase a notebook and keep it with you wherever you go, in your home and when you leave the house. Then take a few minutes each day to write in it. Write down one or two things that you are thankful for. They can be events, circumstances, acts of kindness others have shown to you, notes of appreciation you have received, and so forth. Just write down whatever you’re grateful for.

Journaling allows you to look back and reflect on how much you have to be thankful for. Because let’s face it, we are so prone to forgetting the “little” things. And when times get rough, reading through your abundance journal (or whatever you name it) is immensely encouraging.

2. Verbalize your appreciation

Whenever anyone does something above and beyond or goes the extra mile, let them know you noticed. Then show your appreciation. Express your gratitude to them. Treat them with lunch or a visit to their favorite coffee shop.

Make it a point to interact with others as much as possible. We make time for those who are important to us. Do you remember the impact it had on you when someone took time out of their day to do something with you or for you?

3. Practice the Golden Rule

Treat others better than the way you want to be treated. And give them the same level of courtesy you appreciate receiving. Respect others with a smile, kindness, patience, and a listening ear.

Here are a few examples:

  • Offer to bring back coffee for someone in the office when you make your daily coffee run
  • If you use the last paper towel on the roll, replace it
  • When you make yourself something to eat, clean up after yourself
  • If someone is running to the door to enter the same building or elevator you are, hold the door for them

4. Focus on the positive

Negative things happen, to us and others, often. That’s just the way it is when we are alive. Lines get long. Kids get sick. Clients are sometimes difficult to work with. And here in New York, you get cut off in traffic. But don’t complain or moan about your challenges. Instead, choose to focus on the positive. Complaining reinforces a negative state of mind, whether you complain out loud to someone else or to yourself in your thoughts.

Next time something gets on your nerves, breathe deeply and choose to be grateful for something positive.

5. Volunteer in your community

Volunteering gives you positive things to focus on. It’s a great way to give back to the community while making you and your home happier, too. Yes, showing kindness and doing things for others does more for you than it does for those on the receiving end. Why? Because “It is better to give than to receive.”

Daily Gratitude is Key to Make You and Your Home a Happier Place to Be All Year

Practicing gratitude daily is key to make you and your home a happier place to be every day and in the year to come. And a happier you and a happier home are definitely something to be grateful for!

You know how nice it feels when someone shows you kindness or expresses gratitude to you. Be that person to someone else. Practice gratitude daily.

Happy Thanksgiving from Charles D’Alessandroyour Brooklyn Real Estate Agent with Fillmore Real Estate with heart. Call (718) 253-9600 ext. 206 or email [email protected] when it’s time to buy or sell in Brooklyn.


Charles D’Alessandro
Your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent
718-253-9600 ext. 206

How to Celebrate Halloween 2019 in Brooklyn, New York

Friday, October 18th, 2019
Choose to celebrate Halloween 2019 in Brooklyn, New York

From parades and petting zoos for the little ones to adult music, drinking, and “horrific” entertainment, you can celebrate Halloween 2019 in a variety of scary degrees. Brooklyn has already been celebrating Halloween since October 1st, but there are a few events that run into the first part of November. For a complete list of events to choose from, visit Halloween in Brooklyn.

Celebrate Halloween Tomorrow

10th Annual Children’s Halloween Parade – Sat, Oct 19, 11AM

Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk, 37 Riegelmann Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY

This free event is brought to you by The Alliance for Coney Island. The party starts at 11AM with games, bounce houses, face painting, live music and so much more!

Celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn Through October 22nd

$29 Tix: Dancing Of The Dead Rooftop Party with 2 Hour Open Bar ($54 Value) – Oct 12 – 22

Kimoto Rooftop Restaurant & Garden Lounge, 216 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, NY

If your life has been a Halloween filter since September, then it’s time to nail down those plans and get your fill of frights and bewitching splendor as you head to The Annual Dancing Of The Dead Open Bar Halloween Party at starting at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at Kimoto Rooftop Garden Lounge.

Treat yourself to this $29 Open Bar Ticket (a $54 value), dress to impress (or distress) to gain access to this garden of ghoulish delights at Brooklyn’s most breathtaking indoor/outdoor rooftop, offering panoramic views, bloodthirsty energy, and deep, dark pleasures.

Surrender your inhibitions to the seductive natures of Hallows Eve with a free-flowing foray of endless cocktails, wines and beers, all ready and waiting to encourage you to misbehave as you dance the night away at one of the city’s most spirited, spooky parties.

Bask in eerie thrills and the epic views, waking the dead with the sounds of an incredible night spend amidst the stars…

Your $29 Open Bar Ticket (a $54 Value) Includes:

  • Admission to Dancing Of The Dead Halloween Party from 6:00PM until 1:00AM on Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • 2-Hour Open Bar Serving Cocktails, Wines, and Beers from 6:00PM until 8:00PM
  • A Selection of Foods available for purchase
  • Live DJ Entertainment
  • Halloween Favors & Surprises
  • Indoor & Outdoor Rooftop Venue With Breathtaking Views Overlooking Manhattan & Brooklyn
  • Costume Contest

Adult Halloween Event Through October 25th

$29 Premium Open Bar Halloween Booze Cruise Aboard The Timeless – Oct 14 – 25

Pier 36 New York, 299 South Street, New York, NY

New York City’s beauty will be on full display for you to enjoy at a thrilling affair teeming with horror thanks to the sea-faring-experts at Empire Cruises, whose accessible and majestic fleet has been gracing the New York harbor for almost 10 years.

Climb aboard if you dare, entering a ghoulish bacchanal on the Timeless yacht, which can hold upwards of 550 passengers and boasts three levels of spacious indoor decks as well as a massive outdoor deck perfect for fresh air selfies and shots of the many jaw-dropping views you’ll see on this epic cruise.

A bevy of full-sized bars will serve up delectable, thirst-quenching libations, so whether you crave beers, wines, or cocktails (just to name a few), your thirsty cries and howls at the moon will be answered.

Tasty fare for purchase is ready for when hunger strikes, plus glamorous amenities like a high-tech sound system so the jams played by a live DJ will flow throughout the vessel.

Beware, good times lie waiting on the water…

Your $29 Ticket (a $54 Value) Includes:

  • Admission To A Premium Open Bar Halloween Party Booze Cruise Around NYC on The Timeless on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 8:00PM until 10:30PM.
  • 2 Hour Premium Open Bar from 8:30pm until 10:30pm.
  • Spectacular photo opportunities of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge & more!
  • A Selection of Foods available for purchase.
  • Live DJ spinning throughout the evening.

Empire Cruises’ Website | Halloween Party Booze Cruise

Halloween Parties on Friday, October 25th

Halloween Massacre – A Brooklyn Halloween Party – Fri, Oct 25, 10PM – Sat, Oct 26, 4AM

Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

One Party…
Three Rooms of Music…

Halloween Costume Contest with Cash Prizes
Halloween Decorations, Candy, Giveaways & More

Very limited amount of early bird tickets available. Must be 18 or older. No refunds.

A Night to Dismember Halloween Party – Fri, Oct 25, 10PM – Sat, Oct 26, 4AM

Amarachi, 189 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY

Come for a dismantling Halloween party at Amarachi lounge under the bridge. On Friday, October 25th, the massive bar, and lounge beckon NYC partiers to a live DJ-led dance party in its Halloween den of vice. To celebrate Halloween with additional prestige, indulge in VIP packages for reserved seating and bottle service. Zombies, vampires, and ghouls alike will delight in the frightful festivities at this hair-raising Halloween party in NYC.

Celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn on October 26th

Beyond X Industry City: Kids’ Halloween Parade – Sat, Oct 26, 10AM-4PM

51 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Join Beyond and Industry City for the third annual Kids’ Halloween Parade + Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt! Including fun activities like mural painting and a pumpkin patch, come in costume for an evening to remember.

The Cityfox Halloween Festival 2019 – Sat, Oct 26 (4:30-5:30PM)

Avant Gardner, 140 Stewart Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Green Meadows Farm Brooklyn Halloween Fun Weekends – Oct 26-27 & Nov 2-3 (11AM-5PM)

Come have a BOO-tastic day at Green Meadows Farm! Your little ghouls and goblins get to dress in their costumes and explore a kid-friendly haunted house! They’ll enjoy petting lots of furry farm pets — alpacas, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows. Plus, there is a new event on November 2 & 3 — Pumpkin Smashing! Come belly laugh the day away.

KIDS, WEAR YOUR COSTUMES TO THIS HALLOWEEN EVENT!

Cost: $9 per person

Additional Fees for:

  • Animal Feed
  • Pony Rides
  • Pumpkin Smashing!

For additional information, call 718-470-0278 or visit www.greenmeadowsfarmbrooklyn.com or their Facebook page.

Halloween Events Through October 27th

Halloween Harvest 2019 – Sep 28 – Oct 27

Hosted by Luna Park NYC, 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Halloween Harvest returns, magic shows, stilt walkers, trick-or-treating and more! All activities are included in any day Luna Pass. Tickets available at lunaparknyc.com.

The Dodo’s Best Dog Day Ever: Halloween Edition – Oct 4 – 27

25 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Mark your calendars for The Dodo’s Best Dog Day Ever: Halloween Edition! This dog-friendly event will be held from 10AM to 7:30PM on Oct 4, 2019, to Oct 27, 2019, at 25 Kent in Brooklyn, NY.

BringFido out to the most perfectly spooky fall day with unforgettable experiences, extreme photo ops, and of course, very special treats, and tailor-made activities for him/her.

Dress your pup in costume so he/she can make an appearance in the epic parade! Discover a pumpkin patch just for pups, Dyson’s Transformation Lab where you get hands-on with Dyson technology while your dogs enjoy complimentary, mess-free makeovers with Dyson engineered tools, the ultimate trick-or-treat shoppe (with dog-friendly ice cream!), a happy AND haunted house packed with adorable rescue pups, Target’s Costume Cam and so much more.

Best Dog Day Ever is designed to make your dogs as happy as they make you.

Sponsored by Dyson and Target. Admission is varied.

Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Picking – Oct 5 – 27

Aviator Sports & Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

MOST VISITED PUMPKIN PATCH IN BROOKLYN, NY IS AT GREEN MEADOWS FARM!


Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Picking on October 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19 & 20
Bring your family and friends and enjoy a crisp autumn day of fall fun. Visit with friendly alpacas, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows, giggle on a hayride, and pick your own perfect pumpkin. You’ll find your special Halloween pumpkin in the pumpkin patch with sizes large and little, tall, and small. (FREE PUMPKINS with paid admission)

Time: 11:00AM – 5:00 PM
Admission: $9 per person

Admission Includes:
– FREE PUMPKIN
– Kid-friendly Haunted House
– Visit with Friendly Animals
– Enjoy a Hayride
– Milk a Cow
– Play in our Corn Box
– Sit on a Real Bulldozer
– Try the Giant Hay-wagon Slide
– Bunny Barn
– Barnyard Playground

Additional Fees for:
– Animal Feed
– Pony Rides

For additional information, go to www.greenmeadowsfarmbrooklyn.com or call 718-470-0278.

Events Going on Now Through October 31st

Rageoween – Oct 3 – 31

Absurd Conclave, 360 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, NY

Halloween will never be the same! Following the successes of events like HEATWAVE and Rage Against The Grades, this will be the biggest rager October 31st has ever seen. This event features sounds by the best DJs in the city, a costume contest, exclusive one-time-only merch, special guests, and all the spooky vibes and high energy you can handle. Don’t miss out! This night only comes once a year. See you there!

The Springs Presents a Walk of Fear Haunted House – Oct 4 – Oct 31

The Springs, 224 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY

Enter the Walk of Fear if you dare. This Haunted House pop up at The Springs (224 Franklin Street) in Greenpoint will be open from October 4th – October 31st from 6PM – 11PM on Sunday – Thursday and 6PM – 12AM Friday and Saturday.

  • Starting on Oct 27th – Every Tuesday night at 9PM, four terrifying rooms to wander and test how much horror you can take in addition to Trivia
  • Oct 25-26 – Costume Dance Party starting at 10PM as well as a new fall cocktail menu

Admission: Purchase of one drink for adults and $5 for children. For more information, visit thesprings-bk.com.

Brooklyn Plantology – Oct 6 – 31

Brooklyn Plantology by Lapide, 26 Brooklyn Terminal Market, Brooklyn, NY

From Newyorkhauntedhouses.com: It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween and Fall here at Brooklyn Plantology!! Come see Brooklyn Plantology for all your fall decorating needs.

Brooklyn Plantology by Lapide – The area’s largest selection of retail and wholesale garden supplies family operated for 65 years in the historic Brooklyn Terminal Market.

They offer seasonal classes, event space, workshops, garden design and drafting services as well as organic and conventional products and materials. They deliver too!

NYC Pumpkin Beer Kegs – Oct 7 – Oct 31

Loreley Beer Garden, 7 Rivington St, New York, NY

Seasonally Decorated Heated & Haunted Outdoor Beer Garden

FREE Admission, NO Cover! Pumpkin Kegs Tapped & Filled with Southern Tier Pumking Beer, served directly to your table! Pumpkin Beer, Pumpkin Spiced Cocktails, Pumpkin Spiced Coffee, Seasonal Craft Cider, Cider Cocktails & more!

Special items available every day of the week Starting October 1st.

Big groups welcome! Reserve tables at www.loreleynyc.com or email [email protected] for reservations.

Halloween Events on October 31st Only

Halloween Flash Mob – Oct 31

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

Come join our flash dance mob and have fun with Jojo Seven Entertainment and dance the night away on Halloween night, Thursday, October 31st in Brooklyn, NY (Secret Location – You must register to find out the location). Three rehearsals for our FLASH MOB PERFORMANCE ARE LEFT. These classes will be held at Spoke the Hub (upstairs) at 748 Union Street from 3PM to 4PM every Sunday this month.

All ages are welcome! The event will be televised!! Inbox for rates, discounts, and group prices.

Rare Halloween: Carnage, Getter, 12th Plant & More –  Oct 31 (9-10PM)

Great Hall – Avant Gardner, 140 Steward Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

How ever you choose to celebrate Halloween, be safe and mindful of others. And when you need to buy or sell real estate, contact Charles D’Alessandroyour Brooklyn Real Estate Agent with Fillmore Real Estate. Call (718) 253-9600 ext. 206 or email [email protected] 


Charles D’Alessandro
Your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent
718-253-9600 ext. 206

How to Stay Warm Safely in an Emergency Situation

Friday, March 15th, 2019
Stay warm
Be prepared. Stay warm. Be safe. Here’s what you can do if winter weather causes a power outage at home.

Spring arrives this month. Aren’t you glad? But it’s still very likely that extremely cold temperatures and severe winter storms will hit us between now and April 30th. Are you prepared to stay warm if the power goes out during a winter storm? Planning ahead is always your best option when it comes to an emergency situation. And here are some great ways to prepare ahead of time and be safe.

Invest in a Home Generator to Stay Warm

A generator is the best way to be prepared to make sure you stay warm in an emergency situation. But there are guidelines for using a generator safely.

Install a Woodstove

A woodstove with a bountiful supply of wood to use as fuel will keep you warm, provide light, and cook your food. There are such things as portable wood stoves that you can set up in your home in an emergency. But they take time to set up. You must set up a portable wood stove by a window and build a pipe chimney. Smoke from the burning wood has to be channeled outside.

Purchase Reliable Sources of Heat Beforehand


Kerosene Heater – Kerosene is a traditional fuel suitable for emergency heating. However, they must be used with caution indoors.

Candle Heater – Yes, you should have emergency candles and matches on hand for power outages to use as a source of light. But candles are not a very good source of heat since they don’t produce a lot of it. In spite of the fire hazard candles can be, you can build a candle heater for some heat and light when the power goes out.

Catalytic HeaterCatalytic heaters today are very efficient and safe to use in enclosed spaces. It’s still safest to use them near an open window. Typically, these heaters use propane to help you stay warm and require proper maintenance.

Soapstone HeaterSoapstone is a magnesium silicate that has amazing heat-retention properties. Store a soapstone block next to your stove or heater, and it will radiate heat for hours without the danger of fire.

Dress Warmly to Stay Warm

Did you know it’s more efficient to heat the body than trying to heat a room? When the power goes out, dress in warm layers and wrap up in blankets. Natural down fill works very well to keep you warm. And you can put chemical hand warmers in your pockets to help you stay warm, too.

Designate a Warm Room

A warm room is large enough for everyone to gather and set up mattresses if necessary. When the power goes out, send everyone into the warm room. Cover vents, windows, and doors with blankets. Set up your heat source(s). Don’t forget to bring some games, snacks, and water to drink into the warm room with you.

This is the perfect spot to mention Biofuel.

  • Organic, all-natural, non-toxic
  • Cost-effective – less expensive than traditional cooking and warming fuel. Lasts twice as long as a single can of Sterno cooking fuel
  • Environmentally-friendly – made in the USA with only all-natural, organic and non-hazardous materials. Easily biodegradable. Produces fewer carbon emissions
  • Reusable/Refillable: BioFuel cans can be reused and refilled
  • Great for home, camping, catering, and emergencies
  • Unlimited Shelf Life

And canned heat is the perfect addition to a car emergency kit if you were ever stranded in blizzard conditions on the road.

Prepare to Stay Warm and Be Safe

Stay warm and be safe if your electricity goes out this winter. A working wood, gas, or pellet stove is best for heating and cooking in emergency situations. But if there is no such stove in your home, be prepared with other safe ways to stay warm until the power is restored.

And, always make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

Charles D’Alessandro cares about his community in Brooklyn, New York. Stay warm and be safe this winter. Contact Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent with Fillmore Real Estate at (718) 253-9600 ext.206. Or email him at [email protected] for all your real estate needs.


Brooklyn Real Estate Agent

 Charles D’Alessandro

Your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent

718-253-9600 ext. 206

[email protected]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year to Sell Your Home

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Time of the year

Now is the best time of the year to sell your home thanks to some really great reasons that only the month of December provides.

Is now a good time to be selling a home? When it comes to selling your home, there’s no time like Christmas! It’s true there are fewer buyers looking for a home at this time of the year. But the pros definitely outweigh the cons. So don’t let the holidays keep you from taking advantage of selling your home now. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Why Christmas is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year to Sell Your Home

Staging is Simple

Thanks to holiday decorating, you can get by with minimal staging. However, decorate with a light hand.

Buyers are Serious

Buyers at this time of the year are serious about getting into a home. Honestly, there are serious buyers out there at all times of the year. But in December, the tire kickers are eliminated. They’re less likely to waste time viewing anything that doesn’t have what they want and need in a home. What makes many of them serious about finding a home in December?

  • They may have sold their homes in the fall
  • A job relocation before the new year arrives may be their current situation
  • Families with school children may want to get moved and settled a bit during Christmas break

Closings Happen Quickly

Since there are fewer transactions being processed at this time of the year, closings happen more quickly. Home inspectors have fewer inspections to do. Mortgage lenders have fewer loans to process. And attorneys have fewer closings to handle. That’s a whole lotta stress taken outta the picture, too!

Competition Isn’t Fierce

And fewer homes listed at this time of the year is to your advantage. With fewer homes on the market, your home stands a much better chance of selling. Once the holidays are over, more For Sale signs start appearing. And that brings the chances of your home being seen and purchased after January 1 way down.

Are you thinking about selling your home or waiting to list it in the spring? Now is the most wonderful time of the year, and for good reason. If your home has been on the market for a few months, take this time to reassess your strategy for getting your property sold. But don’t give waiting until spring to sell your home another thought. And don’t worry about your kids’ messy playroom or all those dirty dishes you used making holiday goodies. Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year and the serious buyers who want to see and buy your house as is in December.

The Best Real Estate Agent

Charles D’Alessandro won’t tell you that the fall or winter months are a bad time of the year to sell. He’s a great real estate agent who adapts to the time of the year and markets your listing accordingly. Click here for tips on how to sell a home during the fall or winter months. Then give Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent with Fillmore Real Estate a call at (718) 253-9600 ext.206 or email [email protected]



Brooklyn Real Estate Agent

 Charles D’Alessandro

Your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent

718-253-9600 ext. 206

[email protected]