Welcome to Brooklyn! With more than 2-1/2 years hosting guests from around the world and a vast knowledge of the city, this bohemian family of four looks forward to helping make your trip to New York a convenient, comfortable, & memorable adventure.
Your private room is located in our family's lovely 3-bedroom condo, a welcoming space for our guests to call home while enjoying all that the Big Apple has to offer.
- high-speed Wi-Fi
- in-room mini-fridge
- large washer & dryer
- fully-equipped kitchen
- living & dining room
- Apple TV with Hulu & Netflix
- library of books and vast movie & music collection
- hardwood floors throughout
You are welcome to share the common spaces with our family: a lawyer-filmmaker who likes to cook, an actress-seamstress who likes to bake, a little girl in pre-Kindergarten who loves to read and draw, and a toddler boy who likes to play with trucks and loves to chase our old loveable cat around the apartment.
Our home is strictly non-smoking, however the building's courtyard is only one flight downstairs with benches available.
To yourself, you'll have a cozy room furnished with a comfortable and adjustable Ikea bed that pulls out from a twin to become a double. (Caveat: when set-up as a double the bed will take up most of the space in the room, though you may push it back into a twin for more space during the day.) Clean sheets, blankets, and pillows are provided at no extra charge, as well as fresh towels and some closet space.
(Note: directions will be provided by AirBnb on the itinerary you are sent following booking.)
We will provide you with your own set of house keys and do not impose a curfew so that you may come and go at your choosing. Make yourself at home!
Hours for Noise*
*Due to our work schedules and the children's bedtimes the house begins to wake with activity between 7-8am on weekdays, but is usually quiet again shortly after that as our family heads out for the morning.
On weekends, we keep the children playing in their room until
We are friendly and would be happy to share our knowledge of the city with you during your stay.
We do have 2 toddlers who tend to wake up on the early side (as young children are apt to do;) I keep them in their room (which is down the hall from the guest room) for as long as possible! I even feed them breakfast in their room with the door closed to keep noise to a minimum! Around 8am we make our way out the door to school, so the apt will return to quiet once again:).
The apartment is one block away from the 2 and 5 express subways, which take you to Downtown Manhattan (Battery Park, Wall St, etc) in 25 minutes, to Mid-town Manhattan in 45 min, and to some beautiful areas in Brooklyn in a mere 15 minutes.
We have been renting on airbnb for 2 1/2 years and have really enjoyed the opportunity to share our home with travelers ;)
Karen and Joshua where both excellent host, even though my time was short and very sudden my time as a guest was well fulfill. The room was well lit and clean with everything that I possibly can need. First up a pamphlet of rules of the house that had everything that I needed to know about being a guests in there house, in case they were nowhere to be found. Soap,towel and blankets in case things got a little chilly and the shelf full of books of all kinds some very familia others not so much. Overall I had a pleasant time and I wouldn't mind doing it again.
This was the third time I've stayed with Karen and her family. The location is super close to the subway and lots of nice markets and stores in and around Nostrand Street. I was working on research interviews for my PhD dissertation so it was nice to come home to a quiet family atmosphere. Karen, her husband, and the kids were all so welcoming as usual and it was nice to see them again. The room was clean and well kept as usual and was perfect for my needs. It's also a great deal given the cost of living in NYC.
Karen & Joshua are friendly, communicative and reactive. Bathroom is clean.
However, inconvenience could be typical of the place of stay:
- Lounge is kept as family room (playground with barriers is amid the area).
- The sleeping room is tight, you could not entirely open up your luggage inside.
- Wake up at 6:30am by yelling little boy each morning
NYC is still gorgeous !
Thibault & Delphine
Our little boy has started sleeping in a bit! Yay! I've also moved a little table into the kids' bedroom to feed them breakfast behind closed doors to keep the noise away from the guest room. I only use the living room play yard in the late mornings or afternoons -- no one will be playing outside the guest bedroom in the mornings!
Very close to SUNY Downstate, great for interviews or visit to hospital
Karen and her husband were great hosts. Kind and welcoming. Their kids are cute as can be (if you don't like kids, this isn't the place for you). The apartment was small, but when you come to NY you are spending time in the city, not the apartment. There was a subway station right across the street so I was easy to get around. It's in Flatbush, which if you are new to the city might not be the best neighborhood for beginners as it isn't close to many attractions (although Park Slope and Fort Greene are close), but the apartment and neighborhood were both clean and safe. Also, very reasonable price for the city.
Great hosts, lovely family, price can't be beat, one block from subway. Downside: neighborhood. To get where you want to be, where there's any food, drink, shopping, etc., you'll need to ride two stops+ towards Manhattan, but a small price to pay.
Karen and Josh were great hosts. Would stay there again if i were back in the area.
Karen and Josh were very nice and welcoming. Karen gave very good directions on how to get tho their place as well as how to get into the city. Their place is a block away from the subway.The room is cozy and the bed was very warm and comfortable. Thank you so much for your hospitality.
I had to leave early as it was not a good fit nor very comfortable for me:
--child's playroom and kitchen eating area is directly outside your room
--the loud noise, often adults yelling to each other, begins at 6:30 AM
--child's size bed meant that my feet hung off of the mattress, I'm 5'4"
--prison style pillow--the worst I've ever used and I've been south of the border...I used my towel for support--the towel provided was clean!
--Unless you like Dunkin Donuts coffee--you'll need to take a train or bus at least 1/2 hour to find a 'coffee shop'
--neighborhood is busy but mostly meat shops, fast food and really bad takeout--truly bad for NY standards
--a food desert for any vegetarian/healthy eater. I did see one 'natural food store' --a hold in the wall that was barely open
--they offer 'kitchen access' but they have the most full refrigerator ever, so I'm not sure where you'd put your stuff
--I did not mind being the only white person on the bus, street and subway stop, but some people might feel uncomfortable and it is hard to not notice and be conscious about
-the best part about this place is that it is only 2 blocks to the subway it felt safe and I had my pepper spray as I'm city smart
During the 16 hours that Shane stayed with us she raised only one of the nine issues that she's listed here. When she requested an additional pillow, we were happy to immediately retrieve one from the closet in her room. When she put her groceries in our refrigerator, she commented that "It's really great that you guys seem to eat a lot of meals at home. A lot of people don't do that anymore." We had no way of knowing this was her way of saying she needed help finding a place for her food. She decided to check out the following morning and said "I took a risk and it didn’t work out" as she complained of the noise made by our young children.
As for her remaining complaints, they are either factually inaccurate or completely subjective. The bed is a standard twin bed from IKEA that converts easily into a double. And, had she asked rather than suffered in silence, we could have opened the bed up for her. Also, had she asked, we could have pointed her toward other coffee options and several grocery stores within 2 1/2 blocks of our building, not to mention the two fruit and vegetable stands directly across the street. Although these stores don't carry much Certified Organic options, it is entirely untrue and seems to us to be intentionally disparaging to call our neighborhood a "food desert." Indeed, as noted in her review, Shane seemed uncomfortable generally about being in our Caribbean neighborhood, where we have been living for nearly five years -- a negative reaction that may say more about her than it does about us or our home.
Finally, Shane doesn't even note that we refunded her in cash one night of her stay despite the fact that we were under no obligation to do so by either AirBnb or our own established guest refund policies, but were nonetheless sympathetic to her explanation for checking out early. Obviously, we regret having welcomed Shane into our home.
Notre séjour chez karen c est très bien déroulé, les hôtes sont agréable, et l appartement est très bien. La chambre reste petite mais utilisable. L appartement est bien entretenue.
Cependant le quartier reste incertain et l accès a Manhattan est assez long.