About this listing
Your passport to New York City through groovy, culture-rich Prospect Heights! My lush, immaculate one-bedroom apartment represents the very best of current-day Brooklyn, and your subway to Manhattan is right around the corner.
The view of your apartment from the street. (My entrance is at the top of the stoop; yours will be below.)
Welcome to the home-base of your upcoming New York City vacation! My colorful, large one-bedroom Prospect Heights garden apartment is perfectly situated for enjoying New Brooklyn's countless cultural and culinary offerings, is a feast for the senses, and will prove a cozy retreat after a day of sight-seeing.
The bedroom features a queen-size bed and two ample closets--and looks out onto a lovely garden, assuring a peaceful night's sleep. The sofa in the living room folds out into a full-size bed, permitting a family of four to stay here with ease.
If you're looking for a sleek, modern, digitized space with top-of-the-line amenities, this is probably not the listing for you: my house is over a 110 years old and has the character (and a few of the quirks!) that come with such a history. That said, it's cozy and warm and clean and welcoming, and filled with my favorite books and art--including some art that my guests have felt inspired to create while staying here. It's a good place for the soul.
There is a full kitchen, a table that can accommodate four, a microwave oven and a dishwasher--and of course, wireless internet and cable television. There's a bathroom with a shower and tub. For laundry, you have your choice of two laundromats a half block away. And my garden is yours to enjoy, and share with me.
You'll be two blocks from Prospect Park, the Grand Army Plaza farmers market, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum and the Botanic Garden, and two different subway lines (2/3 and D/Q). Downtown Manhattan is a 15 minute subway ride away, and The Barclays Center--close enough to be of interest, but far enough to not be in your face--can be walked to in ten minutes.
Fabulous Vanderbilt Avenue, with its bustling cafes, bars and restaurants is a half-block away, and contains the wonderful 606 R&D, The Vanderbilt, Zaytoons for yummy Mediterranean, Chuko for scrumptious Japanese ramen and, for the best ice cream you'll have ever tasted, Ample Hills Creamery. The Brooklyn Flea--home to hundreds of vendors hawking all manner of unique finds and delicious foods on Saturdays--is a ten-minute walk down Vanderbilt in Fort Greene. Vibrant Crown Heights is also a short walk's distance and contains still more fantastic places to eat. (My four favorites are Bar Corvo, Mayfield, Sushi Gen and The Classon.)
My daughters and I live on the three floors above the garden apartment and I'll be most happy to furnish you with additional dining and touring suggestions, as well as promptly help trouble-shoot any problems that may come up.
A stay in my apartment will offer a taste of true Brooklyn--far more fun and satisfying than booking into a hotel, I feel, and a lot more reasonably priced. I look forward to meeting you!
My guests will have complete and private access to the apartment, and I am happy to share my garden with you. The outdoor table and chairs you see in the photographs are for your exclusive enjoyment.
The daily mail is thrown over the downstairs gate every afternoon, so once a day I'm likely to pass through the garden floor exterior hallway--beyond the entrance to the apartment--to come collect it.
Interaction with Guests
I am completely available to my guests for whatever they may need. I'll make a point of trying to be on hand to greet you personally when you arrive--and on the rare occasion I'm not free, I'll leave a key in the lockbox (and email you all pertinent information in advance). My aim is to give my guests all the privacy they seek, without having them feel stranded, or untended to. I'm always a phone call or text away, and make a point of responding promptly.
Prospect Heights is fabulous! In my humble opinion, one of the very best neighborhoods in Brooklyn these days. Eclectic, diverse, safe, an abundance of excellent and varied cafes and inspired restaurants, close to public transportation, an easy walk to Crown Heights and Fort Greene and all manner of cultural offerings.
Two different subway lines (2/3 and B/D/Q) are each three blocks away. Easy as pie to get into Manhattan.
Other Things to Note
Please be sure to take a look at the guidebook attached to this listing! From artisanal ice cream to art that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, I've noted all my favorite local eating and cultural destinations. (Of course, you can ask me for details in person when we meet--and I hope you will.)
*There are two freshly-laundered bathrobes hanging in the closets for your use. Please enjoy them!
*For families with young children, I am happy to provide a crib and high chair at no extra charge.
*There are also: a hair dryer, shampoo and conditioner, soap, lotions, razor blades and other essentials for your convenience.
*Internet access: chooseTheBrooklynCottage from the pulldown menu; the password is bigbigsecret.
* Please make sure that the gate to the apartment is locked at all times. (It does not lock automatically, so you'll need to use your key to lock it behind you when you leave each day.)
*The middle (metal) blue door downstairs locks automatically when you shut it behind you.
* When taking a bath, please fill the tub to just below the overflow line. (If the water reaches the overflow line, it starts raining in my basement!)
*For laundry or grocery shopping, there is a big blue Ikea bag tucked next to the fridge for your convenience.
*No smoking, please.
*There are three garbage cans in front of the house: one for newspaper and cardboard; one for glass, cans,plastic and milk cartons; and the third for regular garbage. Please separate your trash accordingly and deposit it there.
*Feel free to enjoy the books in my library during your stay! The apartment seems to have taken on the collective spirit of the vibrant travelers who inhabit it; if you feel inspired to, do sign the guest book!
*My favorite car service is Evelyn (around the corner on Vanderbilt): call them for your trip to the airport (any of them) and they'll be at the apartment within ten minutes. (Airbnb won't let me give out their phone number--ask me, or (website hidden) them...)
*If I'm not around when you depart, please leave the keys to the apartment on the brown bench in the hallway and simply close the doors behind you when you head out.
*Finally, have fun, dream big, get rest, imagine new possibilities for yourself.
I'm glad you've booked with me….
This white sofa in the living room folds out into a full-sized bed. (And the artwork above the sofa, depicting thousands praying in Mecca, is a one-of-a-kind creation by the artist Yazmany Arboleda.)
Jenny and Kent went above and beyond. They made my family feel welcome and were extremely helpful. The apartment is exactly as advertised and more. It is in a great neighborhood and was stocked with everything we needed. Check-in and out were a breeze thanks to clear and frequent communication from Jenny and Kent.
The location provides easy access to several subway lines which allow easy access to all parts of the city. After a long day of sight seeing this apartment was truly an oasis.
I highly recommend this place and would certainly love to come back again!
We loved our stay in Jenny's apartment. Jenny was there to meet us, and show us around. Her friendly,warm manner made us feel so welcome. The apartment is lovely, and very comfortable. The location is great, in a quiet,beautiful street filled with character brownstones. Around the corner from Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanical garden,and Brooklyn museum. Lots of great places to eat in Vanderbilt & Flatbush avs. Highly recommended. Thanks again Jenny!
Jenny was a great host & made us feel very welcome & be sure everything was in order. The apartment was as listed & comfortable & near to everything.
We spent an amazing time at Jenny's garden apartment! The moment we saw her and her dog sitting on the stairs waiting for our arrival, we felt at home and not at all like visitors! The lovingly furnished apartment is sufficient for a couple with 2 kids or as in our case an 18-years-old daughter who slept on the sofa-bed in the living room. We were even allowed to use the patio so we could enjoy our morning coffee in the beautiful, quiet garden. It was only a 2-minutes-walk from the next subway station Grand Army Plaza which made it really easy getting into Manhattan (it's less than half an hour to Times Sqare!). Jenny was a lovely host and wie would definitely come back!
We had the most wonderful 19 days here. It is really well situated in a really lovely neighborhood.
The apartment is most comfortable. It was great for us as we wanted somewhere that was close to everything, that would let us live as we would at home, and this was it.
The kitchen has everything you need, it is great to work in. Local shops and the Farmer's Market have great produce. It was lovely to sit and eat out in the garden.
The library is great, especially for readers like us- in short, we would highly recommend this place!
This was my second stay with Jenny. I can't tell you how much I love the apartment and the location. I've stayed at several Airbnb spots and this is without a doubt the best appointed of all. You'll lack for nothing. The neighborhood is interesting- close to venues and transportation. The bed is divine. It is so quiet- I sleep better there then at home. Truly. The garden is a plus. Hard to believe you're in the middle of a city. What can I say about Brooklyn itself. I can see why people fall in love with the life. I'll rebook if circumstances arise. Thanks again, Jenny.
We loved the apartment, We loved Jenny and we loved Brooklyn!our experience has been simply perfect, We were in our Honey Moon travel with our 4 yo daughter and We lived our new York's dream! The area is very nice and so Good for living Brooklyn and to visit (email hidden)e apartment has been so comfortable!the sheets so soft!and Jenny so Kind! We suggest this apartment to everyone wants to Live The Big Apple in The Best way !!
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About the Host, Jenny
Twelve things I couldn't live without: my daughters, my books, my freedom, joy, travel, improvisation, new tastes, pen & paper, helpless laughter, stillness & gratitude.
I'm a Montreal-born, Tokyo-raised former television and radio producer who truly considers the world my home--and is delighted that Brooklyn, specifically, has been my base and launchpad for the past 25 years.
Since getting divorced a few years ago, and with my girls growing up, I've turned my Prospect Heights brownstone into a part-time arts salon called The Brooklyn Cottage. Once or twice a month, I'll host a storytelling evening, or a pop-up art show, or a festive cooking class, or a writing workshop, or a meditation gathering. All are welcome. It's been a joy.
I'm a passionate believer and supporter of "the sharing economy," of which Airbnb plays an essential part. I barely ever use hotels any more--just feel the texture of traveling (and hosting) through Airbnb is made deeper, more idiosyncratic, and more fun when I can connect with real people on their own, or my, turf.
When I was a child, my mother enjoyed telling her children that "strangers are friends we haven't met yet." I've come to find that this is mostly true. So here's to you, stranger--and the lovely possibility of our one day meeting.