About This Listing
Spacious 1BR apartment with full kitchen, living room, dining nook and study, near the water in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Good natural light, great maritime neighborhood, plenty of parking and easy transit to Manhattan.
The bedroom is spacious and sleeps two comfortably. There is also a futon under the bed that can be pulled out for extra sleeping space.
From the bedroom windows, you can see the Freedom Tower in Lower Manhattan. From the kitchen windows, you can just see the support towers of the Verrazano Bridge – the gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. The pier at the end of the street offers unparalleled frontal views of the Statue of Liberty (the only other place from which you can see Lady Liberty's face is the deck of a boat).
Red Hook is one of New York City's best kept secrets. People assume that since it isn't near the Subway, it's difficult to get to and from. Let me be the first to dispel that myth. Two bus lines - the B61 and the B57 - service Red Hook via Park Slope and Downtown Brooklyn (where you can catch a number of Subway trains), but once you're here, you might not want to leave. An exciting array of walking-distance bars, restaurants, galleries and public parks awaits visitors, and a community feel makes it seem like you've always been here. Several of the nearby restaurants, such as Sunny's and Hope & Anchor offer live music, all on different week and weekend nights. If a home cooked meal is more your speed, Fairway, one of the most lavishly stocked supermarkets to be found anywhere, is a four-block walk toward the waterfront. If you happen to have a car, Jacob Riis beach park, on the Atlantic Ocean, is a 20-minute drive to the south. There's plenty of free street parking here. Most of my neighbors have cars, and never seem to have problems parking on the street in front of the building.
Other than its liveliness – particularly during sunny weekends – the best thing about Red Hook is that it's so mellow compared with Midtown Manhattan. It has all of the creativity, culture and thrum for which the Big Apple is known, but in a very laid back fashion.
Years ago, before containerization was instituted, Red Hook was a hub of shipping activity, and many longshoremen lived and worked here. (My great-grandfather worked at the dry dock that today is an Ikea.) But it's not unusual to see an oceangoing tugboat cruise by at the end of Van Brunt Street while you're standing around in front of the coffee shop.
The B61 bus picks up in both directions along Van Brunt Street. Going toward downtown Brooklyn, where you can catch the 2, 3, A, F, R trains, the stop is in front of Baked, a coffee shop two blocks north on Van Brunt. The B61 bus toward park slope will pick you up just across the street. You can take it to Smith-9th Street, where there are F trains toward Manhattan and Coney Island, and G trains toward Williamsburg and Astoria, Queens.
The B57 bus has stops along Dwight Street, a block and a half east of our home.
Other Things to Note
Heat is provided via hot water radiators, and there is no air conditioning. There are ceiling fans in all the rooms for use during the summer months, and they do a good job of keeping the house relatively cool.
The bedroom has a standard full-size double, and there's a futon beneath it that can be pulled out to provide comfortable sleeping space for two more people.
Our home is modest, but we love it. We hope that you enjoy it, too, and all that we ask is that you please keep it clean and respect our space and belongings.
The kitchen windows open up on a large backyard near some Civil War-era stone warehouses, and you can see the Verrazano Bridge in the distance.
Terrific area and Benjamin looked after me at every turn. Great spot.
Ce séjour fût génial :) Le quartier est très chouette et l'appartement est situé près de nombreux jolis restaurants, bars, cafés et d'une épicerie. C'était propre et chaleureux. Nous avons hâte d'y retourner. Merci à notre hôte Benjamin.
We had a wonderful stay at Steve's apartment. Steve was extremely accommodating despite my last minute request, and he was helpful with all the questions I had during our stay. The apartment was just as the pictures showed. This apartment was not one of those airbnb properties where it was set up like a hotel, but more lived-in, real kind of place. I felt as if a cool New Yorker friend let me use his apartment while he was away, with surf boards and a record layer and everything. The neighborhood was super cool ( maybe a bit rough on the edges) and had a laid-back creative vibe, and I fell in love with it after walking three blocks outside the apartment. Tons of great restaurants to go to, all within the walking distance. We were able to park our car on the street very easily every time we used our car. We also felt very safe with our two young kids. There was also a great playground nearby.
We enjoyed staying in Red Hook at Ben's welcoming and well located apartment on a wintry weekend. Communication was clear and it was a pleasure to be hosted by Ben. As always, parking is very easy in Red Hook, unlike anywhere else in the city, and it is a unique location in Brooklyn.
Benjamin did a wonderful job making us feel welcome. The apartment is charming, and we highly recommend staying here!
A really nice place with everything you need. The host Ben is so helpful..the apt is nice and organized..15mins walk to the subway,and parking is also free..really safety neighborhood..didn't get a chance to meet Ben and Juliana, but there apt is really nice and sweet..highly recommended..
About the Host, Benjamin
I am a reporter and editor for the New York Times Automobiles section. When I'm not slaving away at the Times' Mothership in the Big Apple, I love spending time at the beach surfing, swimming, running and relaxing. I'm into cycling and pretty much any type of outdoor activity, and true to my profession, I'm into wrenching on old beat up cars. When I travel, I love staying with locals, because it's the best way to get to know a place.
My wife, Juliana, and I live in a section of Brooklyn, N.Y. called Red Hook. It's near the water and far enough from the city to not feel like city anymore. She's half Colombian and I'm half Sicilian. Between the two of us, we crank out some pretty animated conversation.