About this listing
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.
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. 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.
Each room is exactly the same size & shape with two large windows that let in amazing morning light. It is equipped with the furnishings listed:
Queen size bed
Dressing vanity & mirror
Clean comfy bed linens
Clean soft bath towels
THE LOFT / BUILDING:
The loft is 372m²/ 4000 sqft I share this gargantuan space with the eclectic group of well traveled, well read, open minded GROWN UPS. 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, granola, 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 projector 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 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 (I've looked into building another bathroom, but unfortunately it has deemed very challenging and costly).
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.
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.
- Film projector in the main lounge which connects to most laptops is used in lieu of TV
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. Five minutes walking distance to Pratt Institute, 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
Other Things to Note
My home also serves as a micro community hub where co-working days are hosted through SpareChair on Mondays and Wednesdays (11am to 7pm), freelancers, artist, anyone who is not office bound comes to work on their craft. The loft is a Farmer's produce pick up location via Farmigo where neighbors and friends gathers on Mondays to collect their produce fresh from the farm. I often take requests for film and photo shoots requesting the use of the living room and/or kitchen space; however you will always be alerted of such projects ahead of time, and they will never go past 10 pm (most ends at a much earlier time). For some film shoots there may be a request to vacate temporarily in order to record sound however it will never be earlier than 9am and no later than 8pm.
No smoking in the house
Respect our building, hallways and neighbors please.
No Roof Access
No stealing, from host, other guests, other apartments in the building or from anyone really :-)
When my daughter and I arrived at Shell's apartment, Cass was at the window welcoming our arrival. A bottle of water and two classes were on our bedroom table. Cass patiently introduced the apartment to us. The space is really huge as described. Shell had friends coming over for dinner the first night of our arrival and she and Cass invited us to join them but we couldn't make it. The room is big and clean with A/C. We enjoyed the stay at her apartment.
Shell's loft was imposing at first but very cosy and modern. Felt like you had a 5000 square foot castle in Brooklyn to yourself.
Shell was wonderful, very helpful and informative, made us feel completely at home in her lovely, light and spacious setting. The experience, my first with airbnb, could not have been better. What a vibrant and hospitable environment! Her assistant, Cass, was equally engaging. My entire experience was superb!
I probably shouldn't say this because it will likely make Shell's life that much harder but she definitely went above and beyond the call of a host. She was friendly, accommodating and inviting (without being pushy). I fear I probably straddled the line of appropriate requests from a guest but Shell was unfailingly gracious and always tried to help - whether it was a restaurant suggestion or figuring out airport transport. The pictures on the website are true to form and both the space and decor had a funky, Brooklyn vibe. I was a little nervous about the location as the G is the closest train and definitely not my favorite NYC subway line but it was much easier than I expected to connect to other subway lines and I really had no problem getting to and from Manhattan (which I ended up doing quite a bit in the short time I was there). I had a room at the back of the loft and while a little warmer than the rest of the house, it had its own air conditioning unit with an aesthetic that matched the rest of the loft - comfortable fabrics, pops of color and well-loved vintage pieces. The bathroom was communal but I never had issues with access when I needed it (Shell provides toiletries). If I had to describe the overall vibe, I would say it was as if you went to visit a very good friend and realized she had converted her flat into an urban, creative retreat. The rotating cast of friends, guests and visitors definitely skewed artistic and I left the loft a little bit envious, a little bit inspired and infinitely cooler than I arrived.
Shell's place is amazing... much bigger than it looks. The location is convenient with 2 subways stops within walking distance. Shell also runs a pretty tight ship, everything is really well organised for arrival and it as some others reviewers describe it feels like a high-end hostel for adults. I ran into a couple of other folks staying there as well which was cool. Great place to stay, highly recommended.
I felt at home from the very first second I stepped into Shell's loft - The space is filled with beautiful energy and light - Every detail is carefully though out to make your experience unique - To top it off, Shell's joyful entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit tends to attract like minded people, so, be ready for some magic encounters. I now have a home in Brooklyn… The area is quiet and access to public transportation is super easy. My favourites around the block: Speedy Romeo - exquisite food-fired pizza, NeroDoro - you gotta try their flour less chocolate cake, 56 Degrees - the Brooklyn liquor store where even French and Italians can learn something about wine… Enjoy you stay at Shell's
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.
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About the Host, Shell
As a textile and design junkie with a knack for repurposing old furniture and a passion for sharing resources and living communally, this loft seemed the perfect space to call home. In the nearly five years I’ve been living here, this space has allowed me to play host to many amazing, interesting, loving and generous people from around the world. Because of its size and layout it has granted me many opportunities to host creative and community events. I like to cook, love to eat and love love love a great dinner party or an all day marathon Sunday brunch (which have become quite popular around here). Opening my loft to be shared with travelers who become friends has been the most positively life altering decision I’ve ever made. With each ephemeral shared experience my faith in the positive power of living in/ with community is exponentially affirmed. As characters in a great novel, each guest who stays seems to unfold a little more of the story. I cannot ask for a better life.