1.5 blocks from the Bedford L subway, my comfy, safe, convenient, old-school apt in the true heart of Williamsburg is an ideal launching pad for a NYC stay, especially if you crave non-touristy tips from a long time New Yorker. Note: I have a cat.
My sunny, airy (every room has windows), comfortable 2-bedroom home is in the absolute center of the north side of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a half-block off of the main Bedford Ave. thoroughfare - THE most convenient and fun part. When you step out the door, there are approximately 1 billion great restaurants, coffee shops, fantastic cocktail and wine bars, cafes, art galleries, boutiques, music halls, performance spaces, fairs, festivals, flea markets, movie screenings, food markets, yoga studios, etc. a few steps away.
I live alone, and unlike many AirBnB hosts, I only rent to one person (or couple) at a time, so it's not like a hostel here.
Important: I have a cat, so if you're allergic, you won't want to stay here unless you have anti-allergy medication.
I live only 1 block from the Bedford Ave. L subway stop (which is only 1 stop from Manhattan), but the apt. is sheltered from Bedford Ave's noisy foot and auto traffic (believe me, it's a noisy nightmare if you're right on Bedford). You're right in the middle of everything you want to do in Williamsburg, and if you're coming home from another part of NYC late at night, tired and maybe having drunk too many beers, it's a safe and very short walk home from the subway.
The apartment is a 4-room, 2-bedroom railroad flat in a classic early 20th-century New York City tenement building. It's on the 4th floor of a 4-story walk-up building - no elevator. This is not the new, high rise condo Williamsburg, it's the old-school, authentic artist Billyburg: everything works, and is clean, but not brand-new.
The building is very quiet; I never hear a peep from my neighbors. It's also very safe.
The apartment's features include excellent natural light and air flow, great views of the sky and Manhattan, high speed internet /wifi, DVD/CD player with a jack for your mp3 player, and a big flatscreen TV (no cable, but a high-end antenna for local stations). There is ample closet and shelf space. I'll provide you with nice, soft, clean sheets, warm (or summer cool) blankets and towels at the beginning of your stay.
There are 2 comfy sofas & an armchair in the larger living room, which will be your bedroom. One of the sofas opens into a queen-size sofabed; I put an air mattress on top to make it super-comfortable. There are a desk and chair in the office, and a dishwasher, lots of cooking equipment and a good-sized table with four chairs in the (website hidden): bathrooms, it's not really 1 1/2, more like 1 bathroom split in half, with the toilet in one room and the shower and sink in the other. Welcome to old-fashioned NYC tenement buildings... It's actually handy if Nature is calling you while someone else is taking a long shower.
Park and public amenities, all within 5 blocks or less, include a quarter-mile rubber outdoor running track, a big outdoor pool during the summer, 2 public gyms, tennis courts, and a public waterfront lawn and pier with spectacular views of Manhattan (and cool breezes on hot days).
Mi casa es su casa. Shared kitchen, use of office computer if you need it, wifi, cat cuddling; if I cook I'll often share, if you're interested.
Interaction with Guests
I interact with guests as little or as much as they like and need. I enjoy giving helpful information about enjoying NYC on the cheap, great ethnic restaurants, exploring NYC's less famous neighborhoods, etc.
My neighborhood has everything you could want, including incredible views of Manhattan that you can't have if you're actually in Manhattan. We have many of the best restaurants, hottest clubs, and best boutique shopping in the entire city. It's also very convenient.
The subway is a half block away, as is the bus.
Other Things to Note
If you're allergic to cats, this is not your place, as I have one.
Be sane. Be considerate. Be legal. Be quiet. Don't smoke. Have common sense. Don't ever leave any window open without putting the screen in (to protect the cat from his curiosity). Have fun! Up to 2 people can stay; plus one child under age 13.
Marissa is a very good host and her cat is wonderful. Marissa is attentive to a guests needs, respectful and helpful. The area is great. It's three blocks from the East River Ferry and 1 block from the L train. There's also lots of places to go out to eat and drink in the area. The room is good sized and quiet. This is a good apartment if you're on a budget, want to be centrally located, and rent from a great person.
I enjoyed my stay at Marisa's apt in Williamsburg. The location was ideal, and the space was quaint and suited my needs. She was great energy and presence, and definitely helps to make you feel at home in the space. Would definitely stay there again, and recommend to future guests.
This is my favorite place in New York. I stayed at Marisa's place for several weeks in 2012 and again in April 2014. The location is perfect, in a quiet street but close to the riverside, parks, and a lot of restaurants and bars. Marisa is just a great person, we had a lot of fun and good conversations. I really miss her. And Eddie, her awesome cat, too. Thank you so much and see you soon!
Marisa was a great host. She was very nice, communicative and really quick to respond any questions we might have had.
The apt location is perfect, the subway station (Bedford Ave, just one stop to Manhattan) is just around the corner and the neighborhood has a very cool and young atmosphere.
I would definitely stay at Marisa's again!
Marisa is a realy nice person. Very helpful, she likes to talk about the city. Very interesting! Perfect location near the subway, many restaurants and bars around. The appartment is charming. I stayed in a sofa bed in the living room.
I stayed at Marisa's place for several weeks which served as a base for me while I looked for work and settled into the New York way of life.
This place is awesome mostly for the sheer convenience of its amazing location. Right in the buzzing hub of Williamsburg, but just off Bedford so as to not get too much of the noise. You have shops and eating a plenty. The Bedford ave subway around the corner, and being on the top floor ( I hope you like stairs) you have views of the Manhattan skyline.
Marisa is about as good as they come as a host. Great sense of humour, very communicative (she was in Chile on holiday during my stay but was always quick to respond to email) and full of info.
If you're looking for hotel style accommodation you wont find it here but you will find a comfortable base to help you explore this great city. Highly recommended. Thanks again Marisa and get well soon Eddie (Marisa's cat)!!
My girlfriend and I had a great time staying in Marisa's place in Williamsburg. It was clean and well-kept, and as described, very close to the center of the action on Bedford. Marisa was very responsive and had two sets of keys so we had no trouble coming and going.
It is the case that there is not a completely separate living space and that guests have to share a bathroom, but as Marisa is a great host, very considerate and fun to talk to, I still recommend her place to anyone looking for an Airbnb spot in the neighborhood. We had a great time and would definitely stay there again in the future!
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Internet addict, gardener, cook, film noir fan, bookish, dilettante. That's Eddie the cat in my profile photo. He's sweet and has only 1 tooth. I'm a human who likes other humans. I'll talk with you a lot if you like, or hardly at all if you prefer to be left alone.
I've lived in NYC for almost 30 years, so I'm full of non-touristy, off-the-beaten-path, money-saving advice for how to enjoy your time here, especially if it involves food at restaurants run by immigrant chefs who aren't on TV.