The Office: Barclays Prospect Park

Loft - Private room · Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States

The Space

Come and stay in our beautifully converted warehouse, in a vibrant neighborhood in Brooklyn. Enjoy our expansive kitchen, bathroom, darkroom, junkyard, rooftop and more, and enjoy the company of artists and good people. That said I myself am very passionate about my work aka busy and often the space is quite. Still a unique and awesome place from which to experience NYC......

THIS ROOM

This room is awesome! Large and Ideal for someone needing an office space as well as a room to stay. The large L shaped desk is ready for action. We call this the Ikea room because the style is very blonde and clean compared to rest of the space which is made from reclaimed beams and antiques. The bed is a queen and lofted above the desk. A window looks out onto the shimmering rooftops of brooklyn, A small closet and tons of storage to keep your environment nice and organized. Ideal for couple we are willing to let as many as six people stay here, it would be three in the loft and three on mattress on the floor.

THE SPACE

" Move quickly through the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, down the main thoroughfare Eastern Parkway, past a conflicting intermingling of beautiful terraced homes and marred vacant buildings, and you could easily miss a modern cultural landmark. Hidden in plain sight, packed inside a shuffle of industrial architecture, is the wondrous workshop loft space. Some half dozen other artists and makers who call his whimsical live-in, work-in reliquary, home. "

Vice Magazine, 2011

Well I couldn't have been asked to write that myself for want of conceit, but if Dean St is not a modern cultural landmark it is certainly an interesting place to be. Starting with the simple logistics. The cute little cabin like home upstairs with all the private rooms was originally built in the 1880's. In 1915 a larger industrial brick building that makes up the living space was built and the original small home simply put on top. Then, in the 1940's the 1,000 or so square feet that make up the current work studio was built. So, there is a lot of history in these odd walls. That certainly lends charm to the insensate and almost pathological renovations I have made here. At first I was broke and no better off than a homeless person. I froze through winters and sweated out summers transforming this space into a place to gather.

BIG GROUP

There are currently five other rooms also available.

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THE REASON

My thoughts upon arrival here in 1999 were that to start taking my work seriously I would need a space, a studio that allowed for no excuses, nothing less than perfection out of my work (we are all still waiting for that). There was a major problem with this plan and that is my wanderlust. I have it... or I had it bad, I can't tell anymore... to old, with too many ambitions and too many responsibilities to say right now. I always envisioned my place as permanent for me and transient for others. In this way I get to travel as well. I love movement and change, and I consider myself a skilled host.

The space was built for four people to live but as it turns out I have enough interesting stuff and projects for about eight people. So with four full-time residents there is simply too much stuff. My hope is to keep the energy of Dean St going while also keeping it tidier and well staged for entertaining and beautiful living. Right now I am the only one actually living here……

WHO ARE YOU

How should you expect to be treated? Well, you would be like a quest of a roommate. Meaning from our prospective probably someone who is interesting to know but probably also have your own agenda. We are not looking for friends but we are friendly. That said, I seem incapable of cooking for less then eight people, I got it from my mother. To be sure we are busy and just because we are in the kitchen drinking coffee staring into space it does not mean we care to discuss the weather or engage in time consuming polite rituals. We are interested in matters of consequence, actual current projects. Otherwise a simple " Good morning, is the coffee fresh or should make another pot? " , will do. Also perhaps it is important to mention that if the two available rooms are taken for 20 days out of each month we cover the rent on them. So, we are not expecting to make money off of you nor in that sense are we expecting to service you. I will make sure the towels and sheets are clean as well as the room, give you a brief tour (manual in the making) make sure you are feeling set and leave you be. You will be a quest in this odd and transformative space and we like our guests to feel at ease.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

The neighborhood is rapidly transforming. Where once there were crack whores now there are baby strollers and reusable Eco-friendly shopping bags. Were once I would drink the night away with Sparkles over a couple of Night Flights (malt liquor marketed to children with Atari-esque graphics of fighter planes on it's 16oz. can) rapping about her inevitable demise, now I am asked to keep the noise down by well meaning sleepy eyed yuppies. No worries I have laid down the law here as far as that goes. We get to not worry about being loud; that said, I am not a dick nor do I rage late into the night, but if it just so happened to be on the menu for whatever reason, to be loud… it's quite alright.

You will find the area very safe and the community extremely friendly. As a new comer you should make eye contact and say hello to the people you pass sitting on stoops and gathered on corners. Again, you are the guest. If you make friends with the old men on the corner they might just invite you for a drink in the members only social club or pour you a Cranberry and Vodka out of the minivan that never moves.
As for women (because I know it’s different), you should know that more women over the years have lived here than men by far. Also oddly enough Europeans always, be they women or men, feel very comfortable here. AKA, Americans just can't seem to shake that white black divide. I am as guilty as anyone else.

TRANSIT AND ATTRACTIONS

We are close to the A and C train which I find quite handy. Basically in all of New York regardless of the details you need an hour to get anywhere. Sometimes less, but if you can't be late that's the rule, 1 hour. Others in the area will tell you it takes 25 minutes to midtown. We are also near the 2,3 and 4,5. I have a car and sadly have not been on the subway in months, ... years. Parking is readily available and for film crews or bands coming through we have a huge 2,500 square foot junk yard that an 18-wheel truck could park in (fees may apply). The space is a half hour by train from JFK, a 20 min car ride to La Guardia and I know nothing about New Jersey. Another odd and inappropriate prejudice you will appreciate as an itinerant New Yorker, … we get to hate on New Jersey. The LIRR is just four blocks away which connects you to America's largest remaining train system, running a far north as you can imagine and I know you can get to Washington, DC beyond that I am not sure.
So aside from hating on New Jersey what else is there to do in the area? We are a nice walk to the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Farmer's Market. As I mentioned before gentrification has brought in a sea of Bars, sushi restaurants, authentic Oaxacan joints, extremely small and expensive Italian and French places. A few of the old dives are still around as well. In short you will not starve for want of good interesting places to pass the time close to home.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SPACE

Firstly, It is a functioning multi media art studio. With a woodshop, a metal shop, a ceramic studio, a large format darkroom, a foundry, a forge. Your chances of waking up to the filming of a Beyonce video are as good as coming home in the evening to live music around a fire in the junkyard. It is alive and vital to an ever growing community of artist and creators who over the years have seen it as and seek it out as a refuge for open mindedness, experimentation, and more than anything else, space! A rare commodity in this city.

If you are a person that needs a base of operations when you travel this is the space for you. Aside from the usual washer dryer, wifi, printer, scanner,… etcetera. You also have access to a great environment for entertaining and in general feeling like you are a part of a community. With that comes the standards of sharing a space like doing your dishes but we are all adults here so that's no big deal. There is almost always something going on here, a photo shoot, a movie, a party. If you don’t want to be a part of it, hang out it any one of the empty and private spaces scattered around this large compound This is a very active space to live and a special way to see one of the best cities in the world.

If you are a light sleeper chances are you will have no issues but parties can happen randomly through out the week, sometimes the shop is in use late and I can't ensure you will have a silent night, … I travel with earplugs as a rule.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/296881
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/296882
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/524964
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/635697
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/989879
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/296881
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/289130

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $200
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Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

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  • Quite nace place, specially to meet people. Going there and staying in the house might be a nice trip itself, however, you have 40 min-1 hour trip to Manhattan, which is not much, but very late 2 am and with workers fixing the rails can become into 2 hours.

    Anyways, both the place and the people are great.

    February 2014
  • As described. This place is lovely and warm with a hospitable host and wonderful guests.
    Happy to find a home away from home in BK, this will be my go to.

    February 2014
  • I was in town for the weekend and had the great opportunity to stay in this beautiful space. A beautiful restored warehouse with plants and arts everywhere, made my trip to Brooklyn way better than it would've been if I had stayed anywhere else. It's a living workspace so projects were happening in different parts of the downstairs. I stayed in the office, up the spiral staircase. Was a great room, and had a heater that made the stay very enjoyable. The bed is lofted, up a ladder, which I thought was awesome. Outlets everywhere made it easy to charge my work devices. They provided sheets and blankets, a towel for the shower downstairs, and had a very accommodating kitchen space. Some of the nicest hosts I've ever stayed with. Will certainly find myself coming back here next time I'm in town!

    February 2014
  • If you are open to having a truly unique stay in a one-of-a-kind artist live/work space, you will absolutely love this gem in Crown Heights. It's essentially a raw space filled with antiques and curio. For transportation, take a short walk to the subway for easy access to Manhattan, and hang a right to jump on bus to head to all parts of Brooklyn. Your host will be busy at work and will leave you to your own thing, so whether you're there to enjoy the space or checking in as a landing spot to explore New York, it's entirely up to (website hidden)- the shower could power wash an elephant, so don't be shy about asking questions upfront.

    February 2014
  • Arrived in NYC after many delayed flights and cancellations. And also booked my stay for the wrong date! The house had enough room and flexibility to accommodate me despite my mistake. Really cool spot in Brooklyn, enjoyed visiting with other guests, and exploring both the house and neighborhood.

    January 2014
  • Our stay was great and thanks to Alya we went to one of the greatest party i've ever been! The place is incredible and near to the c line so you can go be in Manhattan in 20 min! I recommend!

    December 2013
  • This is a great space of art, creation and friendship!! The outside might not be much in the regular neighbourhood of Brooklyn, but the inside can be one of the greatest community you will ever meet.
    Shame that I won't have more times to hang out.

    November 2013
  • RAD! Go there. My two friends and I had a blast staying here for one week and met very friendly, creative and interesting people. The location was btw very convenient to two subway stations, bakeries and supermarkets nearby too. If I'll ever visit NY again, I'd like to go there again. Definitely recommend this. Thx Guys.

    October 2013
  • Kellam's place was great. The people we met at his pad were awesome as well. We had the pleasure of attending his Kickstarter event for a project he's doing. It was a blast. Very knowledgeable and helpful when needed. The place was very unique. Would definitely recommend (and have already to my friends) along with go back.

    September 2013
  • I loved staying there and I would definitely stay there again! This place/these people made my stay unique!

    September 2013
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English, Español, Français, Italiano
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Sayville High School, 2012, University at Albany, SUNY
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Furniture Maker
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I am furniture designer and maker living in this space for 14 years. An experienced traveler for sure, my favorite modes of travel are Barging and Hitchhiking, in that order. I speak a few languages well enough to make people laugh and find my way. I enjoy the art of meeting people on my best days and all my years can only think of one person I really didn't like, but now I am over it.
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