About this listing
Experienced cat lovers only, please. Stay in my cozy, ultra-convenient 4-rm prewar apt in the true heart of Williamsburg, near the subway. I'm going out of town for 10 days or so & need someone to feed & love my friendly cat. Flex. dates, let's talk!
My sunny (every room has at least one window with a view), airy, comfortable prewar 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, near Smorgasburg, the Ferry, the parks, and best of all, the subway.
I live only 1 block from the Bedford Ave. L subway stop (which is only 1 stop from Manhattan). 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.
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. just steps away--yet the apt. is sheltered from Bedford Ave's noisy foot and auto traffic.
Park amenities, all within 5 blocks or less, include a quarter-mile rubber outdoor running track, 2 large swimming pools (1 indoor, 1 outdoor), tennis courts, and a public waterfront lawn and pier with spectacular views of Manhattan (and cool breezes on hot days).
The apartment is a 4 room railroad flat (that means the rooms are all in a row, like cars of a train) 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. The building is very quiet - I never hear a peep from my neighbors. There is some street noise from the nightlife on weekends. Of course, the nightlife is part of why you want to be here in the first place.
The apartment's features include excellent natural light and air flow, great views of the sky and Manhattan (it's on the top floor of a 4-story building), high speed internet, DVD/CD 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 two comfy sofas & an upholstered chair in the living room. One of the sofas opens into a comfortable queen bed. I also have a queen-size air mattress, if you prefer sleeping on air. You could also sleep on the sofa(s), I have nice soft sheets that fit them. There is a dishwasher, lots of cooking equipment and a good-sized table with four chairs in the kitchen. As of December, 2015, I have a brand-new Vitamix, if you want to mix your own healthy juices!
Mi casa es su casa. Use the kitchen, TV, whatever.
Interaction with Guests
When I'm away, I'll be easily available via email or phone. When I'm home, 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, good free park amenities (like a quarter mile rubber running track and riverside hangouts) and best boutique shopping in the entire city. It's also very convenient. The L train connects with virtually every other train, plus there's a ferry a few blocks away.
The subway (L line) is a half block away, as is the B62 bus.
Other Things to Note
There's some street noise, especially on weekend nights, because of the popularity of the neighborhood's nightlife. It's not overwhelming, and I'm used to it, but if you require absolute silence in order to sleep, you should either bring earplugs, or choose a neighborhood that isn't a tourist or nightlife draw.
Be sane. Be considerate. Be legal. Be quiet. Don't smoke. Have common sense. Please don't put trash in the recycling containers. Please make sure NEVER to leave any window open without putting the screen in (to protect the cat from his curiosity). That's it! Oh, and have fun. That's the whole point.
Another living room shot. The windows look out onto the street. The big TV is on the left, out of view.