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Creative date ideas in Los Angeles

Tired of spending your Saturday nights cuddled on the couch, watching another episode of House Hunters? Has the spark dwindled between you and your loved one because you have run out of creative date ideas in Los Angeles? Grab your significant other and head out to the fun-filled streets of LA. With these unconventional and unique date ideas, you can re-ignite that flame and take your love life from ho-hum to “Ooh, yum!”

1. Everyone can take their lover wine tasting, but it takes a truly buzz-worthy date to take you honey tasting. Honey Love in LA is an organization of urban beekeepers. They have frequent events such as honey tasting or a Yellow Tie fundraising gala. If you and your partner are passionate about bees and honey, you can even spend your weekends volunteering with Honey Love. Spending time at Honey Love will make you love your honey even more.

2. Nothing gets your adrenaline pumping like shooting a rifle. When you partake in risky and dangerous activities, your excitement releases endorphins which contribute to feelings of euphoria. Shooting guns can also relieve stress and may make you feel more connected to your partner by doing a new and heart-pumping activity together. You can practice shooting your targets at many ranges in the Los Angeles area such as the Los Angeles Gun Club.

3. Craft breweries are popping up all over Los Angeles. Luckily, many of them offer brewery tours and tasting rooms so can you get a first-hand glimpse at the intricate work it takes to bring your favorite brew to your pitcher. Golden Road Brewing and Angel City Brewing both offer brewery tours while Monkish Brewing Co. and Strand Brewing Co. have tasting rooms which allow guests to tour the brewery as well as sample the beers.

4. A new form of marathon running, a color dash or color run, paints runners in colors as they complete each kilometer of the journey. The American Heart Associate holds a fundraising marathon called Color Dash to End Stroke. The Color Run is another marathon which hosts runs all over the country. Other variations include a mud run, beer run, and splash dash. To learn more about upcoming themed marathons, sprint over to the LA Races site. These unique marathons make it easier than ever to raise awareness and support a cause you care about all while having fun.

5. The literary culture in LA is booming with events and readings on a daily basis. For centuries, poetry has been associated with romance, so you can score a few extra points by taking your date to a poetry reading. Red Hen Press, a non-profit literary organization in Los Angeles, hosts weekly events all over LA. If you are in the mood for some soul-comforting literature, but do not know where to search, head over to your local bookstore such as the Last Bookstore or Book Soup for a list of upcoming readings.

Whether you choose to get active in a different way or seek to satisfy your sweet tooth, trying new activities together in your city will make you and your sweetheart connect on a deeper level. And if you take your first or second date to any of these creative spots, you can be sure that they will keep coming back for more.

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Outfit ideas for dates

A date is exciting. But one of the biggest issues is deciding what to wear.

Getting the right dress can put a lot of pressure on you. Here are some tips to help you decide how to dress well for different types of dates. Black is the easiest and safest of colours, and this season we have a lot of colours to experiment with such as olive green, pink, seductive purple and grey/harsh.

Patent is a finishing touch that needs to take centre stage, so keep the rest of your outfit simple. It pulls an outfit together in a way that makes it look effortlessly stylish and very classy.

For daytime

Consider wearing something a little more casual. Often time day-time dates are meant to alleviate some degree of anxiety. I recommend a subtle bag with jeans and shirt dress or a cute skirt with a nice top as well as some accessories to top it up. For a date that involves a lot of walking, go for flat shoes that will keep your feet snug when walking long distances. Light makeup will do.

For evening time 

This calls for something a little bit dressier than your daytime garb; go for a classic cut LBD or better still a pair of flirty pants or a skirt; a sleek clutch purse and sexy metallic pump or patent heels would be perfect. Faint make-up with some shimmering effects is a great option for elegant dining. Add drooping earrings like chandeliers to ‘sexify’ you.

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Best Travel Destinations For Fall 2012

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Beaver Pond, White Mountains (creative commons/howardignatius)

New England, more than any other corner of the United States, is at its best in the fall when a kaleidoscope of colorful leaves pop against pearly-white church steeples before gathering in piles below colonial homes and roadside stands, themselves piled high with crunchy apples and podgy pumpkins. The trip along the 100-mile White Mountains Trail, a national scenic byway, is undoubtedly one of the region's best, offering a loop tour through the forested hills past many of the area's most popular attractions. It also offers a chance to stand on top of New England at the summit of Mount Washington, the Northeastern United States' largest peak, with a height at 6,288 ft. (1,917m). From the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne to the paintings of Thomas Cole, the White Mountains have captured the imagination of generations, and much of what they first admired remains unchanged to this day.

Where to stay: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (Rates start at $129 per night.)

Best Travel Destinations For Fall 2012: Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Switzerland

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Lavaux Vineyard Terraces (creative commons/jtu)

If you're standing anywhere between Chateau de Chillon and the eastern outskirts of Lausanne and you look into the giant liquid mirror that is Lake Geneva, this is what you will see: A patchwork of tightly-tiered vines spread like golden butter across the undulating hills. The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a world heritage site that blankets some 19 miles (30 kilometers) of Lake Geneva's northern shore, has been in use since the Roman times, though the present vine terraces trace back to the 11th century when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the region. Each autumn, hikers flock to Lavaux to walk and taste their way along the Grand Traversée, a nine-hour path through medieval villages and working vineyards. A tourist train carts around those who prefer more drinking and less walking. Either way, the panoramic views and earthy wines could enchant the most jaded of travelers.

Where to stay: Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (Rates start at $175 per night)

Best Travel Destinations for Fall 2012: Darjeeling, India

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The view from Darjeeling on a clear day (creative commons/Daniel Peckham)

The word "Darjeeling" may conjure up images of tea and toy trains but Darjeeling is best known to Indians as a Himalayan hideaway. Sure, the tea is world-famous and you can ride into town aboard a pint-sized locomotive (made famous by Wes Anderson's 2007 film, "The Darjeeling Limited"), but once you get there, you'll likely want to check out Everest in the distance. The problem is, Darjeeling sits at 7,407 feet (2,258m) above sea level and clouds often obstruct views of the world's tallest peak over in Nepal. A trip to Darjeeling between September and December, however, offers the best chance to take in the breathtaking panorama cloud-free while enjoying the golden sunrise over the world's most dramatic range.

Where to stay: Mayfair Darjeeling (Rates start at $179 per night)

Best Travel Destinations For Fall 2012: Munich, Germany

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Oktoberfest in Munich (REUTERS)

It's a simple equation: big steins + big outfits = big party. About seven million people from around the world will drink over seven million one-liter mugs of beer at Oktoberfest this year, and while there will certainly be plenty of bierleichen -- Bavarian slang for a drunkard (which literally translates to "beer corpse") -- it's easy to forget that Oktoberfest is actually a cultural celebration for the whole family. In addition to all the booze, the 16-day festival includes carnival rides, roller-coasters, haunted houses, festival games and plenty of sausages and gingerbread cookies for all. So, strap on your lederhosen, squeeze into your dirndl and make sure to be in Munich between Sept. 22 and Oct. 7.

Where to stay: Hotel Laimer Hof (Rates start at $80 per night)

Best Travel Destinations For Fall 2012: Miyaluo Scenic Area, Sichuan -- China

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Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan (creative commons/rduta)

Thousands flock to the Fragrant Hill park in Beijing to watch the red maple leaves turn each October. In a distant corner of China, however, the Miyaluo Scenic Area boasts an area of vibrant red leaves that's 180 times larger. This immense forest dazzles visitors each fall who venture over to the Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province from Chengdu some 160 miles (260 km) away. With crisp mountain air, distinctive ethnic customs and abundant tourist resources, the area is a welcome escape from city life.

Where to stay: InterContinental Resort Jiuzhai Paradise (Rates start at $200 per night)

Best Travel Destinations for Fall 2012: Paso Robles, California - USA

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Cab Franc in the fall in Paso Robles (creative commons/dmuphotography)

The fall harvest is one of the busiest, most exciting times to visit wine country, with traditional grape stomping, wine-education and tastings aplenty. Nestled in the coastal mountains of central California halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles offers a more laidback experience with fewer noses in the air than its more renowned neighbor to the north, Napa. Each October, the region celebrates the fresh start of a new vintage with a Harvest Weekend replete with tours, tastings, winemaker dinners and special events. It's the perfect opportunity to unleash your inner oenophile and learn more about the process behind those noble reds.

Where to stay: Orchard Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast (Rates start at $230 per night)

Best Travel Destinations for Fall 2012: Churchill, Manitoba - Canada

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Polar bears near Churchill, Manitoba (Travel Manitoba)

The sea ice on which polar bears live and hunt is melting at an astonishing rate, and scientists predict that two-thirds of the word's polar bear population could disappear by 2050. As the arctic heats up, Churchill, Manitoba, the so-called "Polar Bear Capital of the World," is fast becoming one of the last places to regularly spot the world's largest land-roving carnivores -- and October and November are your best bet to do so. Not only is this the best time to see the polar bears, but by November, the Northern Lights begin their evening show, and dog-sledding kicks into full gear. You will, however, need to plan ahead. Fall is Churchill's busiest season and there is limited accommodation in this remote northern outpost (only accessible by train or plane).

Where to stay: Polar Inn (Rates start at $104 per night)

Best Travel Destinations For Fall 2012: Oaxaca City, Oaxaca -- Mexico

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Dia de los Muertos (REUTERS)

While Canadians and Americans celebrate Halloween, their neighbors south of the border partake in a much more somber affair: Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. The Mexican holiday is a time of remembrance when families honor their deceased loved ones by offering gifts and building altars at the cemetery. The beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Southern Mexico is steeped in rich traditions, and the Day of the Dead is one of its most vibrant annual holidays. Though all-night vigils at the cemetery are a big part of the three-day event, comparsas, or carnival-like processions of masked revelers, are also a popular feature of Oaxaca's celebration, reflecting Mexicans' belief in the duality of life and death.

Where to stay:  Parador San Miguel (Rate start at $90 per night)

Best Travel Destinations For Fall 2012: Bohuslän Coast, Sweden

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Lobster Safari (VisitSweden)

If it's a gastronomy vacation you're after, look no further than Sweden's west coast. Each autumn marks the start of lobster season and, thus, "lobster safaris." If you're more into oysters, there's a safari for that too. Either way, the seafood along the Bohuslän Coast is known to be some of the best in the world and on a safari, you can travel out to sea, help haul up pots and prepare your catch before sitting down to savor it. Even if you don't partake in a trip at sea, top restaurants in Gothenburg and up and down the coast will craft their menus around the critters, making autumn one of the most exciting times to visit this part of Sweden and enjoy an age-old tradition.

Where to stay: Handelsman Flink hotel (Rates start at $500 per night, including food, accommodation, and lobster safari).

Best Travel Destinations for Fall 2012: Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia into North Carolina - USA

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The Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall (creative commons/princess stand in the rain)

The Blue Ridge Parkway connects two of the U.S. East Coast's most fabled national parks: Shenandoah and Great Smokey Mountains. Widely regarded as one of the most scenic drives in America, this 469-mile (750km) stretch truly comes alive in October as the dogwoods, oak, birch and fir pop in shades of magenta, amber and tangerine. Though you'll encounter two regional hubs, Roanoke and Asheville, the vast majority of the route winds around rivers, above mountain gaps and through the dense forests of Appalachia. There's also no shortage of small town American charm to be found in the tiny hamlets along the way.

Where to stay: The Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa (Rates start at $140)

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Mommy and Me: 10 Ideas for Dates with Your Baby

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Cheap date ideas

Cheap date ideas

Cheap date ideas 

Being broke is bad, but being broke and having no love life is even worse!

If you're on a budget that doesn't mean locking yourself away. You can still go on dates, honest! You just have to go on cheap dates.

OK, so they're probably not going to involve champagne and oysters, but even mega cheap dates can be fun and flirty. Remember, the best things in life are free...

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your phone, text that hot guy you've been thinking about all week (you know who he is) and ask him out on one of these cheap dates.

Remember, every guy loves a cheap date right?

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Tell us about great date ideas in the area

Finding someplace unique to take a date can be a challenge. You want it to look like you put a lot of time into the idea, creating a date the person won’t soon forget.

A few years ago, the Beacon Journal sponsored Love, Akron Style, a local take on The Bachelor. As part of the project, we planned dates for a bachelor and several women. One of those dates included a trip to the Akron Zoo and a visit to Sand Run Metro Park in Northwest Akron for a picnic lunch. Another outing was to the Hartville Flea Market and MarketPlace, where each had $8 to find something to buy the other among the mounds of junk and treasures.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us about a great local date idea. We’ll print some of your suggestions, and our favorite will win the contributor a basket of Beacon Journal logo items.

Keep your stories to fewer than 250 words and send by Wednesday to Kim Hone-McMahan at kmcmahan@thebeaconjournal.com. Please put “date” in the subject line. Or snail mail to:

Kim Hone-McMahan,
Features Department

Akron Beacon Journal

P.O. Box 640

Akron, OH 44309-0640

Please make sure to include your name, city and phone number for confirmation.

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10 great date ideas leading up to your wedding day

In most cases the average couple planning a wedding both work full-time. For those of you planning a wedding you know that it is very time consuming, stressful, and expensive. Too often couples forget to take time for them and enjoy romantic dates with one another. Here are 10 great date ideas. It’s great to choose one or two of the date ideas and implement them at least once a week.

1. Instead of going out to dinner, hire a chef to come into your home and teach you and your fiancé how to cook a romantic dinner.

2. Go to your local farmers market and purchase some fruit, vegetables, French bread, olive oil, artisan cheeses, and local honey. Pack yourself a picnic and find a local hill just outside of the city lights. Take your romantic picnic with you for a late night feast just before the sun goes down. Once you are full from the amazing local food feast, bundle up with your fiancé and star gaze.

3. Create a day going back down memory lane. Remember when you two first fell in love? Create a day or weekend and re-visit some of your first date spots, the first place you said “I love you,” places that remind you of the beginning of your relationship.

4. Go ice-skating on a really hot day, and then head to the nearest candy shop or old-fashioned fountain shop and enjoy some malt shakes or root beer floats.

5. Plan a day with one another and go to the local art or science museum, art gallery, and historical areas and learn about your city together.

6. Bring out the kid in you and go ride some go-carts, go roller-skating, play some arcade games, and have some childlike competitive fun together.

7. Make some sandwiches, chips, soda, and grab some bathing suits, towels, and sunscreen and take a drive to the nearest lake, river, or beach and spend a day together on the water.

8. Does your city have horse drawn carriage rides? Does your city have bike taxis? Take a tour of your city in a carriage or bike taxi.

9. Go and pick wild berries together and bake a berry pie, berry muffins, and berry cupcakes together. Check out this amazing fresh berry pie recipe at Allrecipes.com.

10.Draw a romantic bubble bath and relax those sore muscles and then hire a professional massage therapist to come into your home and do a romantic couple’s massage.

Have fun with one another and enjoy each other’s company before the big wedding day. Check out some other great date resources such as this Marie Claire article. Check out this Red Book Magazine article with 100 great date ideas.

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Top five celeb-inspired summer date ideas

Summer. [Insert a relaxing sigh here] The more I say it the more excited I get. Now that the weather is FINALLY bearable and the beaches are officially opened, it’s time to brainstorm summer date ideas… inspired by who else? Some of our favourite celebs.

1) Bike Date

Miley Cyrus and her boyfriend Liam Hemsworth riding their bikes to a 7-11 convenience store to get a Slurpee where they see her dad Billy Ray before returning home in Toluca, CA.

Miley Cyrus and hunky boyfriend Liam Hemsworth pedalled to a nearby 7-11 convenience store to get a Slurpee in Toluca, California. They’re the ultimate couple for cute date ideas. In the past they’ve gone jet-skiing and got fresh Dirty Dancing-style. Miley also punk’d Liam, though we only advise that if you both have a good sense of humour.

2) Outdoor Movie

Justin Bieber rented out an ENTIRE movie theatre for a date with Selena Gomez. Okay, so this probs isn’t going to happen. For one thing, you’re not Justin Bieber. Also, you’re not Justin Bieber. Anyway, the musician rented out the Staples Center so he and Selena could watch Titanic in privacy. Apparently he didn’t even have to pay! We’re not expecting you to top this because it’s oodles of moolah, but a simple drive-in movie is be a cute date idea. If you don’t have a car, that’s okay. Set up a blanket on the grass and enjoy the movie in each other’s arms.

3) Outdoor Music Festival

Emma Roberts and Chord Overstreet were all lovey dovey at Coachella. You might have missed the festival but there are plenty of other outdoor music festivals coming up, like Osheaga, the Calgary Stampede, Bluesfest and NXNE. This might be a little too nostalgic, but you might just hear “your song” performed live.

4) Amusement Park

Check out Deena, Snooki and Pauly D on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights.We don’t always want to mimic the behaviour of Jersey Shore cast mates but summer carnivals are a great summer date idea. Danny Zuko might even win you a cute giant teddy bear.

5) Ice Cream Date

After a hot summer day you and your guy can walk or bike to the nearest dairy queen and share a cone or two a la Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (Kimye). And after you hit up Dairy Queen you guys can go see an outdoor baseball game or even take a walk in a park. Either way it’s a perfect ending to any day!

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Top five celeb-inspired summer date ideas

Summer. [Insert a relaxing sigh here] The more I say it the more excited I get. Now that the weather is FINALLY bearable and the beaches are officially opened, it’s time to brainstorm summer date ideas… inspired by who else? Some of our favourite celebs.

1) Bike Date

Miley Cyrus and her boyfriend Liam Hemsworth riding their bikes to a 7-11 convenience store to get a Slurpee where they see her dad Billy Ray before returning home in Toluca, CA.

Miley Cyrus and hunky boyfriend Liam Hemsworth pedalled to a nearby 7-11 convenience store to get a Slurpee in Toluca, California. They’re the ultimate couple for cute date ideas. In the past they’ve gone jet-skiing and got fresh Dirty Dancing-style. Miley also punk’d Liam, though we only advise that if you both have a good sense of humour.

2) Outdoor Movie

Justin Bieber rented out an ENTIRE movie theatre for a date with Selena Gomez. Okay, so this probs isn’t going to happen. For one thing, you’re not Justin Bieber. Also, you’re not Justin Bieber. Anyway, the musician rented out the Staples Center so he and Selena could watch Titanic in privacy. Apparently he didn’t even have to pay! We’re not expecting you to top this because it’s oodles of moolah, but a simple drive-in movie is be a cute date idea. If you don’t have a car, that’s okay. Set up a blanket on the grass and enjoy the movie in each other’s arms.

3) Outdoor Music Festival

Emma Roberts and Chord Overstreet were all lovey dovey at Coachella. You might have missed the festival but there are plenty of other outdoor music festivals coming up, like Osheaga, the Calgary Stampede, Bluesfest and NXNE. This might be a little too nostalgic, but you might just hear “your song” performed live.

4) Amusement Park

Check out Deena, Snooki and Pauly D on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights.We don’t always want to mimic the behaviour of Jersey Shore cast mates but summer carnivals are a great summer date idea. Danny Zuko might even win you a cute giant teddy bear.

5) Ice Cream Date

After a hot summer day you and your guy can walk or bike to the nearest dairy queen and share a cone or two a la Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (Kimye). And after you hit up Dairy Queen you guys can go see an outdoor baseball game or even take a walk in a park. Either way it’s a perfect ending to any day!

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NYC Date Idea: Sailing on the Hudson River

Sailing on the Hudson River makes an amazing, thrilling date. Here are some photos, if you'd like to see...First step of any date, of course: Choosing your outfit. I decided on an Ikat tunic with jeans and flats.We met up at an old schooner, which sail...

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NYC Date Idea: Sailing on the Hudson River

Sailing on the Hudson River makes an amazing, thrilling date. Here are some photos, if you'd like to see...First step of any date, of course: Choosing your outfit. I decided on an Ikat tunic with jeans and flats.We met up at an old schooner, which sail...

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Brooklyn’s tech hotbed

When Takeout, a London-based digitally savvy consulting group, expanded to New York in 2009, Manhattan was the obvious location.

Two years later, it wasn't so obvious anymore. In 2011, the company turned down a new lease in a chic tower for the grassier environs of Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood.

“We could be part of a community that's almost entirely made up of startup companies and people who are big dreamers. The choice was a pretty simple one,” said Jess Kimball, who heads Takeout's operation in New York.

For a decade or longer, New York City has had one tech center: Silicon Alley, the downtown hotbed that has spawned generations of standouts, including Doubleclick, Gilt Groupe and Second Market—companies built around New York's traditional strengths in advertising, retail and finance.

Now a hive of digital designers and disruptors is making Brooklyn—specifically Dumbo and, more recently, other areas nearby—New York's new hotbed of tech. And the scene has a decidedly different vibe.

“Brooklyn's been our competitive advantage,” said Shirley Au, president of HUGE Inc., a digital-marketing company that sprouted from the neighborhood in 1999. “Just by being here, we're saying something about our company's values, our ethos.”

Ms. Au and others say the area's allure extends beyond its reasonable rents, cobblestone streets and sweeping views of Manhattan's skyline. A more relaxed professional vibe means many leave their suit jackets at home and take their bikes or dogs to the office. Lunch crowds flock to Brooklyn Bridge Park, brandishing pulled-pork sandwiches from Foragers City Grocer or tacos from the nearby Calexico food cart. On the ground floors of old industrial buildings buzzing with new ideas, storefronts showcase artisan retailers and art galleries.

What gives area its edge

“There's this combination of creative energy and digital business talent that gives us an edge,” Ms. Au said. “Frankly, that's been driven out of Manhattan.”

That might be news to Manhattan-based up-and-comers like social media phenomenon Foursquare, microblogging site Tumblr and online ad exchange AppNexus. Also firmly rooted in Manhattan are such digital titans as Google, Twitter and Yelp, which seem satisfied with the well-worn haunts of Chelsea, midtown and Union Square as bases for their East Coast outposts.

Still, Dumbo and its neighbors the Brooklyn Navy Yard and downtown Brooklyn make up a distinct area that supports some 525 tech and creative firms employing more than 9,600 people, according to a study to be released this week. While that's only a fraction of the city's estimated 120,000 tech jobs, Brooklyn is drawing more Manhattan refugees who come for commercial rents (around 30% cheaper than in lower Manhattan) and the lifestyle.

Like Takeout, companies including BlankSlate, Lifebooker and Mobile Commons have recently crossed the East River and set up shop in the former factory and warehouse spaces in Dumbo. Thus far, at least one venture capitalist has followed. Charlie O'Donnell, a longtime member of the city's tech community, launched Brooklyn Bridge Ventures at the beginning of this year, a first-of-its-kind fund for the borough.

Bringing something new

“There's more of a DIY creative community on this side of the river,” said Mr. O'Donnell, who cut his teeth at First Round Capital and Union Square Ventures, two of the city's standout venture capital firms. “I think they can bring something slightly new and slightly different to the table.”

Some of Dumbo's scrappy startups already have. Main Street's Pontiflex is a digital advertising platform that allows people to choose the brands they want to see on their mobile devices. Docracy is a site that offers templates for wills, employee agreements and other legal documents to users for free. And Jay Street's Loosecubes helps on-the-go remote workers find temporary workspaces throughout the world.

While more than two-thirds of companies surveyed in the new study—commissioned by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Dumbo Business Improvement District and Brooklyn Navy Yard—have fewer than 10 employees, Dumbo can already boast some neighborhood success stories. Etsy, an online marketplace for craft and vintage goods, is now valued at more than $300 million and is rumored to be raising close to $40 million in new venture funding. HUGE now has 375 employees working out of its Main Street office and another 105 employees in offices in London, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro.

“We're making 'entrepreneur' a sexy word,” said Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, who, along with the Dumbo BID and Navy Yard, hopes to seize on the explosive growth of tech companies and creative startups in the area. Last month, the three groups launched an initiative called the Brooklyn Tech Triangle that's geared toward leveraging greater investment in these sectors. Mr. Reed said that by 2015, the Tech Triangle could have as many as 640 firms and employ nearly 18,000 people.

Running out of space

But it will be hard for this energy and talent to continue to grow exclusively in Dumbo. The commercial vacancy rate in the neighborhood is now only 3%. The city, backed by private companies and Council Speaker Christine Quinn, hopes to issue an RFP for a strategic planning study for the Tech Triangle soon, with an eye to developing downtown Brooklyn as a tech hub.

In the meantime, tech keeps growing in Dumbo. Last week, Brian Schecter knocked down a wall in his 20 Jay St. office to make additional room for HowAboutWe, an online dating site he founded in 2009 that allows users to pitch their perfect-date ideas and let others respond. Mr. Schecter's staff recently jumped to 25. He said there would be 30 in the next couple of months and close to 40 by December.

“Right now, we've got plenty of room,” Mr. Schecter said. “I suppose we're good for the rest of the year.”

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