Sunny Retreat with Roof Garden

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Hancock St, Brooklyn, NY 11221, United States
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Sunny Retreat with Roof Garden
revised: 3 October 2013

* English-language description is followed by write-up in French & Spanish
* Un texte français suit celui en anglais
* Una descripción en español sigue las otras

THE LODGING
Tranquil sunny suite on the top floor of a renovated 1800’s brownstone on a quiet block. A comfortably proportioned room with a full-sized bed and a sitting area forms the centerpiece. Conjoined to this is a rustic kitchenette with stone counters and a stone-topped window-side desk perfect for meals or study. The bathroom is equipped with a tub and shower and generous cabinet space. (And yes, it’s private, for your use only.) Ample double-barred closet, a chest of drawers, and extra suitcase storage space are included. Fully furnished with tables and good lighting. Kitchen stocked with coffee maker, toaster oven, and basic cooking and serving essentials – good for light cooking, if not turkey roasts. Free wireless internet connection available. Small multi-lingual library provided. Windows face south and come with original wooden shutters, allowing easy control of sunlight. Floors are wood parquet. Decor warmly mixes New England tradition with West African motifs. Excellent for someone seeking a cozy, peaceful retreat from the energetic pace of the city.

THE ROOF GARDEN
An excellent place to have breakfast or dinner that offers both privacy and a feeling of the vastness of the sky. In the evening, colors change by the minute until finally the stars come out in full force. (Or, depending on the night, perhaps clouds colored by the city lights.) We are growing pots of rosemary, sage, spearmint, thyme, marjoram, and other things which you may wish to add to your tea or dinner, or just pass your hands against in order to add a beautiful perfume to the Brooklyn night. In order to respect our neighbors, we ask that you not bring music onto the deck, and that you retire from the space by 10.30 pm – or, in the case of breakfast, that you start not before 8 am.

OCCUPANCY
Two-person maximum. No pets.

PROVISIONS
clean bed linens, blankets, and towels
quiet central air conditioning for the hotter weather
microwave
toaster oven
two-burner cooking surface
coffee maker
coffee, tea, sugar, salt, spices, etc
fresh baguette bread, when available
free wireless internet
iron and ironing board
hair dryer, on request
guide to local restaurants and shops
subway map

CLEAN AIR POLICY
No smoking in the apartment or anywhere in the building or yard. No incense or scented candles.

THE HOST
On hand or easily reachable and ready to assist in case anything is needed.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Stuyvesant Heights is the elegant historic district of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a neighborhood that has produced a host of well-known jazz musicians, rappers, poets, and other artists – but where you might also hear a clarinetist practicing late Brahms chamber music. The population today mixes multi-generation families deeply rooted in the old community network with an influx of younger folk newly discovering the charms of the lovely tree-lined streets, the beautiful architecture, and the dignified manners of neighbors who gracefully welcome new arrivals. A neighborhood tour is staged each fall to show off the lavish elegance and artistry preserved in many of the grand old houses.

SERVICES
Restaurants abound, including the popular Saraghina (one minute walk from the house), which is a classy, atmospheric, yet well priced venue for pizza and other Italian cuisine that draws people from all over the city; Celestino, specializing in Mediterranean seafood dishes; (email hidden)ly spot much frequented by a loyal local crowd and serving up regional American classics; Peaches Hothouse, reputed for its hot pepper chicken; and Besos, featuring Latino-inspired dishes. Within a two-minute walk, you can also (email hidden), a health-food store, a twenty-four hour deli with fresh produce and organic eggs and sandwich essentials, a drop-off/pick-up laundromat, and the local branch of the New York Public Library. For those looking for gospel music, there is no reason to run all the way to Harlem: a three-minute walk from our doorstep will bring you to a beautiful old church that will welcome you warmly and offer plenty of good singing.

THE TRAINS
Eight-minute walk (depending on your stride) down elegant Stuyvesant Avenue to a station where both the A-express and C-local trains are available. Trains provide easy access to Manhattan (10-15 minutes); and, more locally, to Brooklyn Heights, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Brooklyn Museum. In the other direction, you can get to the Air Train to JFK Airport in about 30 minutes from our station. Add another 15 minutes to arrive at the beaches at Far Rockaway. On the C-train, it will be just 10 minutes to Fort Greene, home of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (excellent venue for film, dance, theater, and concerts), Mark Morris Dance Studios, and myriad diverse restaurants, bars, and late-night spots.

LANGUAGES FOR CORRESPONDENCE
E-mails are accepted in English, French, and Spanish.

ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES
In addition to what is described above, we offer:
a firm non-sagging mattress – no back-ache in the morning
a room that can be made very dark at night
no footsteps overhead
no sounds of television or radio leaking from contiguous apartments
double-pane sound-resistant windows
excellent privacy: top front door serves two apartments only – that of the guest and my own, on the floor below, occupied solely by myself and a friend
quick assistance – either myself or my friend is easily accessible in case any questions or issues arise
cleanliness: no rodents have signed leases here, and they seem to respect the law

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EN FRANÇAIS

UN APPARTEMENT À DEUX PERSONNES TRANQUILLE ET ENSOLEILLÉ, AVEC UN JARDIN AU TOIT, DANS LE QUARTIER HISTORIQUE DE BEDFORD-STUYVESANT

L’appartement se situe dans le deuxième étage d’une maison traditionelle de Brooklyn, un “brownstone” comme on dit, construite dans le 19ème siècle. Vu son âge, j’ai fait une rénovation de toute la maison en 2005, en préservant ce qui restait des détails historiques, et, peut–être plus important, en améliorant les systèmes d’électricité et de plombier. L’appartement qu’on offre aux voyageurs consiste de trois chambres privées: une salle de séjour de taille commode où se trouvent un lit pour deux personnes et une espace pour s’asseoir à l’aise, avec deux fauteuils et une table par les fenêtres; une petite cuisine où on peut préparer des plats simples – des sandwiches, des soupes, des oeufs, etc; et une salle de bain avec une douche et une baignoire. Notez que dans un coin de la cuisine se dresse un bureau d’un mètre de grandeur et d’une surface en pierre jolie, à côté d’une fenêtre qui (comme les autres fenêtres) donne au sud – parfait pour celui qui voudrait lire ou écrire.

Le jardin au toit est facilement accessible par l’escalier intérieur, et c’est un espace très joli où vous pouvez avoir des diners intimes à une table en marbre sous les étoiles sans que personne vous regarde ou interrompe. Pour respecter nos voisins, nous vous demandons seulement que vous ne jouiez pas la radio ou de la musique sur le toit, et que vous rentriez à la maison à 22hr30 (et commenciez le petit déjeuner au toit après 8hr).

L’escalier qui mène à votre espace sert à deux appartements – celui réservé aux voyageurs et l’autre en bas où je vis avec un ami. Donc la maison est douée d’une tranquilité confortable et on peut facilement mener ici une vie privée. Dans le but de préserver cette tranquilité pour nous tous, qui travaillent selon des horaires individuels et diverses, je demande aux voyageurs de se comporter d’une manière calme pour que personne ne risque de perdre le sommeil qui est tellement précieux à New York. Si vous voudriez rencontrer des amis, je vous demande de les rencontrer dans un café ou un restaurant (il y en a assez dans ce quartier), comme l’appartement est un peu petit pour y inviter d’autres personnes en plus. Même plus important, pour le bonheur et la santé de toute la populace de la maison, et aussi pour le bonheur des voyageurs qui nous visiteront après vous, je vous exige absolument de ne pas fumer dans aucune chambre de l’appartement, même par les fenêtres ouvertes, même dans le jardin près de l’entrée. Dit ça, si vous imaginez que vous trouverez à la fois l’appartement et les conditions de vivre ici bien agréables, c’est sûr que vous vous trouverez très confortable et bienvenu chez nous. Dans cette perspective donc, il faut que tout le monde soit content – vous le voyageur qui cherchez une visite heureuse à notre ville, et nous ceux qui vivons ici toute l’année dans notre joli coin très paisible de Brooklyn.

Le quartier lui-même est tranquille et montre une jolie architecture. Beaucoup de musiciens de jazz et de rap, et d’autres artistes, ont commencé leur carrière ici. Aujourd’hui la populace est un mélange composé de familles qui habitent ici depuis de générations et les jeunes qui arrivent actuellement, attirés par la beauté des maisons et des rues avec ses arbres et fleurs bien soignées, et attirés aussi par les bonnes manières et le bienvenu offerts par la vieille communauté. On trouve très près de la maison une bonne variété de restaurants, de cafés, et de magasins pour acheter la nourriture. Si vous voudriez aller à Manhattan, les trains vous y ammeneront dans 15 minutes.

Si vous avez des questions sur l’appartement ou le quartier, tout le plaisir est à nous de vous donner des réponses les plus utiles possible.

Merci beaucoup pour l’interêt porté sur notre appartement; bonne route; et à bientôt!

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EN ESPAÑOL

UN REFUGIO SOLEADO DONDE SE PUEDE RELAJAR O DORMIR TRANQUILAMENTE EN LA CIUDAD QUE NO DUERME NUNCA

IMPORTANTE
Algunos de los habitantes que viven en este edificio son muy sensibles al humo. Pues se prohibe de fumar en el piso y en toda parte de la casa. Gracias por ayudarnos en el objetivo de bien cuidar de todos que se encuentran debajo nuestro techo. (Para que sepa usted, nadie va a gritarle si quema el tostado...)

EL APARTAMENTO Y EL JARDIN
El apartamento que alquilamos se encuentra en el segundo piso de una casa del siglo 19 que renové completamente en 2005. Hay tres habitaciones: un cuarto con una cama cómoda para dos personas y con un lugar para sentarse junto a un par de ventanas que dan al sur y que llenan el cuarto de la luz brillante del sol; una cocina que sirve bien para la preparación de comidas ligeras y que contiene un escritorio amplio hecho en piedra, idéal para leer o estudiar; y, claro, su propio baño sencillo y limpio. En el verano, visitas tendrán acceso a un jardin en el techo por ciertas noches de la semana, con una mesa en piedra donde se puede cenar debajo de las estrellas. Exigimos solamente, por consideración de nuestros vecinos, que se termine la cena antes de las diez y media de la noche, y que se comience el desayuno depués de las ocho (y que no traiga la radio al techo). En cuanto a los vecinos y al barrio, la casa es muy tranquila y es situada en una manzana calma bordeada de arboles y flores.

NUMERO MAXIMO DE HABITANTES
Dos personas. Por favor, no animales – salvo que los que intentan cocinar.

APROVISIONAMIENTOS
Sábanas, mantas, y toallas limpias
Acondicionador central y silencioso
Micro-onda
Calentador con dos quemadores, tostadora, cafetera
Café, té, azucar, sal, especias...
Wifi internet gratuito
Guía de restaurantes y tiendas
Mapa de trenes

EL DUEÑO DE LA CASA
Vivo y de veces trabajo en el piso debajo del cual alquilamos. Pues no es difícil encontrarme si hay preguntas. Si falta alguna cosa, hay que decírmelo, y estaré contento a ayudar.

EL BARRIO
Stuyvesant Heights es un barrio histórico y residencial, mostrando la arquitectura característica y elegante de las casas de Brooklyn del decimonoveno siglo – los “brownstones”, como se llaman. Nacieron y trabajaban aquí muchos músicos de jazz y rap, y otros artistas y escritores. Hoy día la población es una mezcla entre las familias establecidas aquí por generaciones y los jóvenes de otros barrios, ciudades, y países que han recientemente descubierto la belleza y tranquilidad del barrio. Se puede encontrar muy cerca de la casa una diversidad de restaurantes – ofriendo la comida italiana, mediterranea, americana latina, etc – y almacenes que pueden proveer frutas, carnes, quesos, sabones y otras necesidades. También hay lavanderías no muy lejos.

LOS TRENES
Estamos cerca del tren que viene del aeropuerto JFK y que continúa para Manhattan. Es posible salir de la casa y llegar por tren en Mahattan unos treinta minutos más tarde.

¿PREGUNTAS?
Si usted tiene cualquier pregunta, le pedimos que nos contacte. Gracias por su interés.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $565 /week
Monthly Price: $1800 /month
Security Deposit: $400
Cleaning Fee: $40
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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  • Malgré notre retard du au vol, Mark nous attendait de pied ferme devant la porte. Le logement était celui que nous attendions et la terrasse idéale pour le petit déjeuner et le diner "à la fraiche". Bien que nous ne soyons peu vus, le diner qu'il nous a préparé et que nous avons partagé le dernier soir était très amical et nous avons beaucoup apprécié (comme le reste du séjour).

    July 2014
  • Mark is a great host - communication was easy from the start as he is such a warm character. Brooklyn was welcoming and friendly and the apartment was smart, clean and comfortable. The main room was big enough for us to sit and relax in the two comfy chairs and wardrobe storage for clothes. Bed and pillows, lovely. Kitchen was modern, smart, clean and well arranged. There were even some supplies. All we needed was right there. Lots of extras we were not expecting, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, which I was glad of, as we were attending a wedding. Good shower and nice bathroom. I would definitely stay again and recommend to friends. Roof terrace was a nice bonus too!

    June 2014
  • Mark was a great host and made us feel very welcome.
    His knowledge of the area and tips of where to eat, drink etc where very helpful (as where the books on the coffee table!).
    The apartment was clean and had all the amenities we needed for our stay.
    Though we only saw Mark upon our arrival and on our departure, he had emailed us on several occassions to ensure that we had everything we needed.
    I would recommend this apartment to anyone who asked.

    June 2014
  • C'est un charmant petit appartement dans un quartier très agréable, à la fois vivant le jour mais très calme la nuit (ce qui n'est pas un détail à New York qd on veut se reposer d'une journée de marche). Situé à 10 mns à pied du métro avec des petites épiceries et restos tout autour, l'appart est très bien équipé. Une mention spéciale pour l'EXCELLENT café et bien sûr la gentillesse de Mark. Nous étions comme chez nous, un vrai petit nid...

    June 2014
  • Host:
    Mark was the ideal host combining a genuine hospitality with respect of privacy. If given the opportunity we highly suggest having a conversation with Mark as he is both a gracious listener as well as fascinating contributor who left us feeling enriched by the experience.

    Accommodations:
    The space was truly inviting & delightful and we looked forward to returning there each night. In addition to being extremely functional the room is comprised of beautiful antiquities and tantalizing books which could have kept us busy for many days. And although we were too busy exploring other areas of NYC to truly take advantage of the rooftop garden, it was beautiful and provided us with a delicious salad prepared by & shared with Mark one evening.

    Location:
    In our opinion the location can't be beat. The apartment is located only minutes away from a subway that goes directly into Manhattan as well as JFK airport. There are many food options from sit down restaurants to less formal establishments; from organic to regular corner stores that boast being open 24hours. And we found the neighbors to be friendly, exchanging greetings with us often from their brownstone stoops reminiscent of being inside a movie set.

    We highly recommend!

    May 2014
  • We spent 5 lovely days at Mark's apt. He was like an old friend to us. The apartment is exactly as seen in the pictures. Everything is tidy and welcoming. He even left food for us in the fridge!! (I am allergic to gluten and he had the kindness of buying some gluten free food for me too). The neighbourhood is really peaceful and people are very friendly. It only takes between 20 to 40 minutes to get to Manhattan by subway. I would definitely go back to Mark's apt and I higly recommend it. Thanks a lot for everything, we will be back soon!!

    May 2014
  • L'appartement de Mark a correspondu parfaitement à nos attentes! C'est un appartement plein de charme, bien équipé, très propre et bien situé (le métro est à une dizaine de minutes à pied). Le quartier est calme et populaire. Mark a fait le maximum pour rendre notre séjour le plus agréable possible. C'est un hôte attentionné et chaleureux. J'espère avoir la chance de croiser son chemin à nouveau! Thanks for every thing Mark (your chocolate cake was delicious!)

    May 2014
  • The best thing in staying in Mark place is have the chance to meet him and have a small talk :) Mark was very helpful and always responded quickly to any inquiries. At the same time he respected our privacy. There is very nice kitchen. It takes max 10min to reach the subway. We strongly recommend this place.

    May 2014
  • This was our first experience with Airbnb and we must say we really liked it. Mark is a nice host who takes all the time to guide you through the house and to gives you tips with pride about the neighborhood where he lives already so long. The apartment is perfectly located in a quieter part of Brooklyn, halfway JFK airport and Manhattan, close to the metro station. The room is spacious enough for two and the kitchen is well equipped, even with food, so we didn't need to run immediately to one of the many deli's around for our first breakfast. The bed is really comfortable, you don't find that in many hotels. And the shower in our private bathroom was really great after a long day. The rooftop garden is also nice, unfortunately it was too cold to sit there when we stayed in NY… And with some nice restaurants nearby, we were able to make it ourselves easy after a long flight from Europe. We had a great stay! Thank you.

    April 2014
  • We spent 5 days at Mark's apartment and we really liked it! I was looking for a quiet place where to stay where we could rest after visiting the crowded streets of Manhattan, and this apartment was a great solution!
    You can reach the metro station in just 8-10 minutes and while walking you can enjoy the neighborhood, which is peaceful and very different. We absolutely encourage you to go having a dinner at Saraghina! We loved it! It's an Italian restaurant, and as Italians we can say that it's worth it!
    Mark was really kind welcoming us and a very easy-going person. He explained us all we need to know about the house and we felt very comfortable and indipendent . He will provide you a book with all what you need to know about the area with lots of suggestion especially concerning restaurants and pubs. Also before the day of arrival I felt free to email Mark to have some advice about our journey and he always answered within short time.
    We think that this apartment is a nice place where to stay and relax after a long day of walk through New York City and Brooklyn. I think I will take this place in mind for a next vacation in New York.

    April 2014
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