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The Guide to Holiday Cheer in Brooklyn, NY

Things to Do during the Holidays in Brooklyn, NY 

December is officially here and Brooklyn, NY, is full of holiday activities for the whole family to enjoy. In our Guide to Holiday Cheer, we have compiled a list of holiday activities. From picking out a local Christmas tree in Clinton Hill to celebrating the best Hanukkah parties in the area —we’ve got something for everyone. 

Where to get your Christmas tree in Brooklyn, NY 

Now that December is upon us, the holiday season is in full swing. Follow the smell of the pine needles to one of these local christmas tree vendors located in the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene area:
  • Fulton and South Portland Streets, northeast corner
  • Lafayette Avenue and Fort Greene Place, outside Brooklyn Medical Plaza
  • Adelphi Street and Myrtle Avenue, southeast corner
  • Vanderbilt and Myrtle Avenues, southeast corner
  • Hall Street and Myrtle Avenue, northwest corner

The Best Hanukkah Foods—New York 

New York City is brimming with delicious Kosher eats and its thriving Jewish community will be celebrating Hanukkah until December 6. We’ve created a list of some of the best kosher food delis in NYC that are fully stocked for the holidays. 

Katz Delicatessen 

This famous kosher deli is home to legendary pastrami and Jewish deli classes. Order online for your holiday feast! 

Frankel’s Delicatessen 

Located on Manhattan Avenue, Frankel’s Deli is a family-owned and operated restaurant bringing Jewish fare to Brooklyn, NY. 

Mile End Delicatessen 

This New York City-based Jewish delicatessen specializes in traditional foods like smoked meats! 

Mill Basin Kosher Deli

This Kosher Deli has everything and more! The menu is a mix of delicious kosher foods from sandwiches to salmon. They have something for everyone. 

Hanukkah Celebrations in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn 

JCC Hanukkah celebration 

Celebrate Hanukkah at the Community Celebration hosted by JCC Brooklyn Clinton Hill on Sunday December 5 from 10am–12pm. Bring the whole family for arts & crafts, music from Yonatan and, of course, plenty of latkes, dreidels and fun Hanukkah traditions. Proof of COVID vaccination required. Located at 309 Grand Ave. between Greene & Lexington Avenues. 

Accumulations: Hanukkah lamps 

See more than 80 Hanukkah lamps that represent the four continents and six centuries of art at The Jewish Museum. The Jewish Museum holds the largest collection of Hanukkah Lamps in the world consisting of 1,050 pieces they have collected over 114 years! Admission for adults is $18 & children under 18 are free! 

Hanukkah Hunt Gallery program 

On Sunday, December 5 from 10:30am–3:00pm, The Jewish Museum’s Hanukkah Hunt features Hanukkah menorahs from around the world. There will be a playful hunt exploring the different types of menorahs throughout the museum.  

Hanukkah family fest 

This festival, brought to you by The Jewish Children’s Museum, blends holidays and food. What could be better? Get into the holiday spirit by designing unique Hanukkah arts and crafts and decorating holiday doughnuts! Check it out on Sunday, December 5 from 10am–5:30pm. 

Abington Square menorah lighting 

See the annual giant menorah lighting on Sunday, December 5 at 5pm in Abingdon Square Park, on the intersection of Bleecker and Hudson streets in Greenwich Village. Admission is free & food will be served! 

Check Out These Winter Festivals in Clinton Hill

Fort Greene tree lighting 

Celebrate the holiday tree lighting on Sunday, December 5 from 4:00–5:00pm in Fort Greene Park with the community at Myrtle Ave. & St. Edwards Street in Brooklyn, NY. Bring the family and neighbors and enjoy free hot cocoa, meet Santa, live music and more! 

Merry on Myrtle Winter Festival 

The annual Merry on Myrtle Winter Festival will be held Saturday, December 11 from 11am– 2pm on Myrtle Avenue between Washington Park & Classon Ave. Bring the kids for free hot chocolate and photos with Santa!  Make sure you stop by at least one of these events to fully embrace all that Brooklyn can offer during the holiday season. If you find yourself cleaning up for the holiday season and you need a place to store your belongings, contact the experts in self storage in Brooklyn, NY for a safe and affordable space to store your things. 

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3 Tips for Organizing Your Self Storage Space

Once your eco friendly storage unit starts filling up, it can be difficult to keep track of everything in there. Even if you label the boxes, you might not know the precise contents of each. It's pretty simple to keep track of what is in your unit. Follow these three steps, so your self storage experience is a good one:

Step 1: Label, Label, Label

The easiest way to make your storage unit a sea of unknown items is to not label anything. And after awhile, all of the boxes can start to look the same. Make up simple names for each box of stuff, as long as they are distinct. Then be sure to write that designation on all sides of the box of items. That way, a labeled side is always facing you.

Step 2: An Inventory Sheet

Once you are ready to pack, create an inventory sheet. As you add items to a box, write down with enough detail to understand what's in there later. Try to avoid vague labels, like "books," which could be anything from cookbooks to textbooks to murder mysteries.

Step 3: Make a Map

If you have a larger unit, you’ll definitely want to do this. Create a basic map labeling where your belongings are. If reading maps isn't your forte, you can instead make a note on your inventory sheet like "Box 51: back left corner." Ready to store your stuff in our green storage facility? Contact iStoreGreen to take advantage of our unbeatable prices and service.

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Simple Home Seller’s Self Storage Tips for House Staging

You’re selling your home, and your real estate agent tells you to get rid of half of the furniture and all of the clutter in order to sell. You take a second to digest this information, another second or two to pick up your jaw from the floor, and wonder: “What am I going to do with all of my stuff?” Renting a self storage unit can be the perfect answer for staging your home and getting results. According to real estate agents, decluttering and cleaning are the top recommendations for selling your home quickly. As little as $200 spent can increase the value of your house by as much as $2,000. When you look at it in those terms, there really is no reason not to use storage space as a means to a quick and profitable sale.

Declutter and organize

After a few years, a decade or longer in your home, you’ve definitely accumulated things. Now is a great time to evaluate what can be put away in a self storage unit, what can be sold or donated, and what might be best to throw out. Some sentimental items, like family heirlooms and antiques, and seasonal sports gear usually earn their places in the “keep” pile easily, but other household items may not be so easy a decision. This decluttering and organizing process will probably end up taking more time that you originally thought, so be sure to start well ahead of your desired move date so you don’t end up moving unwanted items to your new space. Make moving easy on yourself—and clear your guilty conscience—by simply discarding (or recycle or donating) old magazines and newspapers, unread books, unwatched DVDs and anything else you’ve unearthed while decluttering your home to sell. Boxes of unused items are not only essential to get rid of when selling your home, but they also beg the question “Do I want to be lugging them around for the rest of my life?” Better yet, put your unwanted items that have some value to good use. Yard sales, online auctions and classifieds are perfect solutions for those items.

Contact iStoreGreen today

Now your possessions are ready for deposit in a green self storage unit. Look for one that’s convenient to reach and offers a secure facility. Need a suggestion? Contact us today for availability and pricing, as well as specials.