About this listing
Large, light-filled 2BR / 2 bath private apartment in the former mansion of Brooklyn's mayor with hotel quality amenities. 2 blocks from the subway, 15 minutes to Manhattan. A relaxing, artsy neighborhood with all the amenities you would want.
Stay at the former Mansion of the Mayor of Brooklyn. This unique brownstone has gorgeous original details, high ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick, parquet floors, etc. This listing is for a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom private apartment occupying the whole top floor (3rd floor - if you have trouble with stairs, please note: no elevator).
The apartment is drenched in sunlight, quiet, and large (1,640 square feet, or about 160 sq. meters).
There is a large living room, a large eat-in-kitchen, a small office, and a pantry. We live downstairs and are always around if you need anything. We can lend your kids our toys, books, etc. We provide hotel quality amenities: towels, shampoo and conditioner, soap, hair dryer, umbrellas, guide books, maps, etc. For longer stays, weekly professional cleaning service is provided at no additional charge.
We're located in a great section of the neighborhood of Fort Greene! You can check out the AirBnB guide to the neighborhood or search for it online. Watch out for other listings on the fringe of the neighborhood, or too close to the Barclay Center. Ft. Greene is an exciting neighborhood with plenty to do, but it's also quiet and feels like a real neighborhood. Close by is Fort Greene park, the famous Brooklyn Flea market, a weekend farmer's market, the second largest subway hub in New York City, the Barclay Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and of course restaurants, cafes and bars. Just 15 minutes from Manhattan! Also, CitiBike bike sharing has bikes for rent every few blocks in a large part of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
We have WiFi or wired internet. The living room has a flat screen TV with Netflix, Hulu Plus (for viewing TV shows), and AppleTV.
We look forward to hosting you!
Interaction with guests
We respect your privacy, and you will never have to see us if you don't want to, but we're always around if you have questions or need help.
Our neighborhood, Fort Greene, is very close to Manhattan (we are just two blocks from a subway station), but feels much more comfortable. It's quiet and spacious, with tree-lined blocks filled with historic "brownstone" houses from the 19th century.
There is a beautiful park designed by the same people who designed Central Park, a local farmers market, a famous flea market, and plenty of cafes, restaurants, and fancy food stores. You can search online, as there have been many articles written about our neighborhood. Also, AirBnB has neighborhood guides you can look at.
As for transportation, you can get to Manhattan very easily via subway. We are two blocks from the "C" train, and 7 or 8 blocks from the 2nd largest subway hub (after Grand Central) in the city, where many lines run. Depending on where you are going, and which line you need to take, it will take you 15-25 minutes to get anywhere south of 14th street, including the Financial District, SoHo, Tribeca, the Lower East Side, the Village, etc. To get to midtown is another 10 minutes.
After 10pm or so, I usually take a taxi, not so much because of safety concerns, but rather because the trains run infrequently and irregularly late at night. From below 14th st, it will cost about $15, more from midtown.
We are happy to welcome you into our family home! While you have your own apartment and complete privacy on the top floor, we live on the lower floors. Our children run up and down the stairs, though they go to sleep relatively early. You might also run into one of our cats (Snuggles and Bug) in the hallway.
We strive to give you a hotel-like experience with the amenities, professionalism, and cleanliness you'd expect from an upscale hotel, but please remember this is also our home. So...
1) No Guests
Since we share the common hallway, we want to make sure we know everyone we might run into!
2) Keep the noise to a respectful level at night for our family and neighbors.
3) No smoking indoors, please.
Otherwise, have fun...explore...enjoy!
From Feb 18 - Mar 26, 2017 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Hello, Claudia and Leo live in Brooklyn in an historic brownstone mansion, once home to the Mayor of Brooklyn. We have two children, aged 5 and 7. We live on the bottom two floors and rent / airBnB the top two. We have backpacked all over the world (when we were younger) and still love to travel, to meet fellow travelers, and to share our love of all things Brooklyn and New York. We look forward to meeting you!