The gargantuan loft itself is an extremely rare find in New York. Converted from a former sewing factory, the space still contains most of its original detail and is the epitome of old school Brooklyn. From its original pane windows in the hallway to the squeaky hardwood floors, its character lies in its imperfections. The living room provides the perfect opportunity to relax on its comfy couches, to use the wireless internet or hook up to the projector and watch a movie. You can even connect your iPod into the speakers and relax to your own tunes. The kitchen is fully stocked with every utensil and appliance any foodie could need and they are at your disposal. This loft is not a hotel, hostel or B&B, but rather my home that I’ve opened up in order to create an international community of travelers. Eclectic guests from all over the world gather in this shared space offering a unique, yet totally New York living experience. The house is quiet during the day, allowing for cat naps between outings and bustling in the evening as travelers return home from their adventures. Guests have the opportunity to bond over their adventures in the city, compete against each other in often hilarious games of Taboo, and even break bread during the occasional randomly thrown together dinner party. (Neighbors Jesse and Matt stop by often to mooch a meal or borrow something). Fellow Brooklynites also often stop by for impromptu dinner parties, movies nights or Sunday brunch. Staying here allows your travels to be full of new people and not just new places.
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
We have 4 spacious guest rooms in the loft. Each room is exactly the same size & shape with two large windows that let in amazing morning light. All rooms are equipped with the furnishings listed below with the exception of room 4 which has 2 twin beds (great for people traveling in pairs but who prefer not to share a bed).
All rooms are also priced exactly the same so if one room is booked for the dates you want please check the other three for availability.
Queen size bed
Dressing vanity & mirror
Clean comfy bed linens
Clean soft bath towels
Clinton Hill / Fort Greene is one of New York’s most dynamic and well-rounded neighborhoods. Combining the perfect mix of historic buildings and artistic dwellers, it is well known as one of the coolest neighborhoods in New York City.
Starting as far back as the 1840’s this area was known as a fashionable area for the social elite of Brooklyn who would commute into Manhattan by stagecoach. By the later part of the century, the area was lined with magnificent mansions owned by millionaires. Many of these buildings still remain, as do the immense brick factories that boomed during the industrial age. One of the oldest chocolate factories was known for being one of the sole producers and distributors of Tootsie Rolls, and currently houses the spa and lounge Body by Brooklyn. Most of these large factories have been transformed into loft spaces and apartments, much like my own!
Only 20 minutes from downtown Manhattan. Walking distance to wonderful restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and a great flea market called, The Brooklyn Flea.
There are two subway lines close to the loft, as well as several NYC buses, and of course, our famous taxis. It’s easy to get to all the best spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
• C Train at the Clinton / Washington (20 minutes to downtown Manhattan)
• G Train at the Classon Ave (Takes you to other great neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Park Slope, Cobble hill etc)
• Many bus lines
NYC/Manhattan Hot Spots:
• 20 minutes to downtown Manhattan
• 25 minutes to 14th street / Chelsea/Meat Market areas of Manhattan
• 30 minutes to Times Square
• 40 Minutes to Central Park
THE LOFT / BUILDING:
The loft is 464m²/ 5000 sqft and has 5 bedrooms in total. I share this gargantuan space with the eclectic group of well traveled, well read, open minded GROWN UPS that visit me through Airbnb. I enjoy hosting dinner parties for my guest as well as game and movie nights. I work mostly from home so the space is usually pretty quiet during the day (great for cat naps and sleeping in!). The kitchen is stocked with almost any cooking utensil and/or appliance known to man and you are welcome to use them. There is an endless supply of teas and coffee in the kitchen and I usually offer a homemade banana bread, lemon pound cake or whatever baking recipe I’m experimenting with that week to go with it. The living room is super spacious with comfy couches to lounge on, a television, DVD Player for movies and speakers to play music from your ipod. Another large wall of windows in the living room gives the space a warmer hue than expected for such an industrial loft. More exposed steel beams and a very long brick wall with a fire door that leads nowhere. But I love it so just kept it. All this description to say make yourself at home. Hopefully I have everything you need to do so and if not just let me know what I can do to make your stay more comfortable.
This is a true old school NEW YORK CITY industrial loft building. A former sewing factory that still retains most of its original details. Experience true NYC loft living.
This is where all the dirty details of New York loft living are fully disclosed. We like our guests to have a good idea of what to expect and what is expected of them. This ensures that we all enjoy the experience of sharing this amazing space. So far we’ve found that the people who enjoy this experience the most tend to be creative, social, open minded, open hearted, explorers, who love music, are good sharers, story tellers and generally love life & people. As such you are treated as personal friends, encouraged to make yourself at home and partake/ participate whenever you choose. A few things to keep in mind when living communally. Not everyone is on the same schedule. This means that others may be sleeping while you are awake chatting on (website hidden) to the folks back home or with the new friends you’ve made here. In turn, someone may be making coffee, washing dishes and doing laundry while you are trying to recharge your batteries. Unfortunately this space is a bit closer a giant cavernous cave than a cozy cubby. As such soundproofing has proved to be quite difficult. Call it our tragic flaw. In lieu of an entire gut renovation we’ve found it helpful to have folks travel with ear plugs so the activities of others don’t interrupt your recharging time. And don’t worry if you forget yours we always have plenty on hand.
Keeping with true old school New York style living means we have only one bathroom (for now... working on permits for an additional loo by fall 2012)
As such this part of the communal living experience begs a bit of that open mindedness and flexibility we mentioned earlier. Currently the bathroom features two sinks, one toilet and one shower. Each guest room is also equipped with a mirrored vanity area and hair dryer which helps keep bathroom time short. It is important to remember that our guests often operate according to varying agendas/ time schedules (from early birds to night owls). In combination with the general amenable nature of our travelers and the other wonderful feature of staying in such a unique space, the demand on the bathroom is hardly ever an issue.
BOOKED OUT FOR THE DATES YOU WANT?
We have four guest rooms, make sure to take a look at our other listings linked below for more availability.
Guest Room 1
Guest Room 2
Guest Room 4
CHECK IN/ OUT
Please email me your anticipated arrival time and I will make all the necessary arrangements to give you a tour of the space, answer any questions that you may have about the area or your stay, and to hand you over your very own key. Check in is flexible anytime after 3pm, and check out is at noon on your final day. If you happen to be flying out later in the evening, we are happy to provide temporary storage for your luggage.
- Washer and dryer in the loft ( $5 per load donation requested to help with utilities used to run it)
- Air Conditioning in provided via window units in each guest room. (no A/C in the communal area...it’s just too big)
- Film projector in the main lounge which connects to most laptops is used in lieu of TV
Shell is a gem! I stayed here on a business trip to NYC. The room is simple and perfect for my needs. She made the most delicious veggie juice drink for me. Shell is a born host, anticipating your needs in advance. The neighborhood, Clinton Hill, is stylish with plenty of places to head out for a bite to eat or a drink with friends. Though I didn't ride on this trip, the subway is within walking distance to navigate through Brooklyn to Manhattan. You can also call a car service to provide transportation.
The loft itself is what the title says – huge! It's one of those exposed brick, wood floor loft spaces that you see in TV shows and think 'wow, that'd be cool to live in'. Shell's roommate is a sweetheart (and former Airbnb guest). There a few other guest rooms in the loft. I ended up meeting a couple from the Netherlands who was visiting the US for the first time. Added perk – I got to give them some pointers on what to see in Manhattan. The bedroom covers the basics – bed, closet, desk, hooks to hang things. You have some big windows with natural light. In the winter (when I was there) she has baseboard heating and a small space heater if necessary.
I had to leave early each morning though heard Shell makes a stellar breakfast for her guests. I guess I'll have to come back.
Ask Shell about her business ideas...
One word - amazing! The space is unlike anything I've seen in Brooklyn - it's massive, beautifully decorated and very well maintained. It's everything they say in the writeup and more. What really made the experience for me was my gracious host, Rita, who after the stay I consider a friend. While I was there, Shell was traveling. Rita picked up the slack, greeting me with ease, smiles and positivity even though she was on a tight deadline for her work. She gave me the lay of the land and really went the extra mile to make sure I had everything I needed. Needless to say I will be staying here again on my next overnight stay to NYC. I don't think I could have dreamt a better stay.
I had a great time while I was staying at Shell´s place in Brooklyn. This is an awesome loft even better than the pictures.
The location is really close to excellent places in the neighbourhod and just minutes away from anywhere. There are two train stations a couple of blocks away.
The vibe and kindness of Shell was a big plus, she is an excellent host, always ready to provide advice, offer some homemade food and let you relax and enjoy your staying.
It was an excellent place to stay and I recommend it 100%.
For my first Airbnb experience, this trip has set the bar very high!
From the beginning of my accomodation search, Shell was incredibly helpful and willing and all the information provided was accurate.
The loft is beautiful, even better than the photos make it look. We stayed for a week and it really felt like home by the time we left. Shell and her other permanent lodger Rita are both adorable and always had time to chat with us.
Similarly all of the other guests we encountered were friendly, chatty and interesting. Describing Shell's loft as an "adult hostel" is doing it an injustice, but it is certainly a great place for meeting people.
We really made use of the local knowledge and advice that was offered to us and Shell's cookies are awesome! Highly recommended.
Shell is charming and helpful. Her loft is clean, and comfortable, and so convenient to everything. I enjoyed my stay very much!