The apartment is on the fourth floor of a 4-story walk up building. I don’t mind the walk up but my parents complain about it every time! So be sure you're comfortable with the climb. The good thing about being up that high is the view of Manhattan out the kitchen window and the flood of light that fills the bedroom pretty much all day long. The space can fit 3 people as their is a queen-sized bed and an air mattress that can fit in the living room.
The apartment has 5 main areas:
1)The bedroom is large with a queen-sized bed, two dressers and a closet. There is also nice size flat screen TV that is connected to a Roku device for access to Netflix, Hulu and HBO.
2) There is a separate small middle room separating the bedroom and the living room that serves as half boudoir and have "brainstorm room" where I enjoy scribbling ideas on my large dry-erase board. It can be a great space to store any large luggage as well.
3)The living room is cozy space that has 42’ Flat Screen TV with Cable. There is currently a love seat and an arm chair (again, perfect for about 3 people).
4)The living room opens into a large kitchen with a large island for eating. There is a stove, microwave and Keurig coffee maker.
5)The bathroom is off the kitchen and though it’s very small, it certainly does everything a bathroom is supposed to do with the added bonus of amazing water pressure.
The apartment runs the length of the entire fourth floor (from the front of the building to back) and has a roomy and comfy feel. In the summer, there is an air-conditioner that cools the back of the apartment(kitchen and living room), as well as one in the bedroom to cool you off at night.
I really love the space and I’m lucky to have it. Please no parties as that would be a hard one to explain to the landlord. Definitely no smoking of any kind. Otherwise, mi casa es su casa!
Interaction with Guests
It all depends on when you book. If I'm in the city, you have full access to me. If I'm out of town, I will leave an emergency contact but the more self-sufficient you can be as a guest the better.
The neighborhood, Carroll Gardens, is part of a cluster of neighborhoods surrounding Downtown Brooklyn including Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. Since moving to this area, I have promised that I will NEVER leave! The community is beautiful and one of a kind! On the two main streets, Court St and Smith St, there are literally restaurants, bars, lounges, boutiques and all kinds of great novelty stores on every single block. Seriously, everything a person could possibly need is within walking distance. I discovered the neighborhood by accident when I wasn't even looking for an apartment. I didn't know it existed before I stumbled upon it but I made it a priority to do whatever I could to find a place here!
On the flipside of the more social areas, the architecture and landscaping of the adjacent residential area are some of the most beautiful and peaceful I’ve ever seen; sometimes it feels like I’ve been transported to New York 100 years ago. Beautiful blocks canopied by trees are great for strolls, jogs and bike rides.
For your convenience, both a grocery store and laundromat (where I drop off and pick up my clothes) are within a 2-block radius. There are two movie theatres with 15 minutes walking distance as well as a major transportation hub in downtown Bklyn.
Honestly, my description doesn’t even do the area justice so feel free to look it up online and see for yourself! Then you'll know I’m telling the truth about how great it is!
The closest subway is a 4-block walk from the apartment and is only 4 stops from the city! The F and G trains stop there and will connect you to most other trains. Also, because the neighborhood is so close to Manhattan, taxi cabs don’t mind taking you home!
Other Things to Note
I prefer a low maintenance guest who understands they are staying in an apartment as opposed to a hotel. I will make sure the apartment is as clean and as "move-in" ready as possible. I try to be as descriptive and as clear as possible about what the apartment looks and feels like. With that said, it's an old Brooklyn building, sometimes things can break and crack if I look at it the wrong way. I appreciate the charm! Just be sure you do!
1) Please leave the apartment in the same condition in which you found it, and be communicative if any problems whatsoever should arise during your stay.
2) There is absolutely no smoking inside the apartment.
3)Please be respectful of the neighbors. The tenants across and below are young but they are still fairly quiet.
4)No parties please (more than 5-7 people in the space).
My wife, 7 year-old daughter, and I stayed in Cardozie's apartment for 6 nights. The apartment was tidy and well-appointed. It had been slightly modified from the photos and description: the couch was smaller, some furniture had been re-arranged, and a fish-tank added. None of the changes, however, had any affect on our stay.
The apartment was, I guess, on the 4th floor, but there were only 3 flights of stairs to climb. We never heard a noise from any other surrounding unit.
The bedroom is the nicest space in the apartment. The queen-sized bed was very comfortable: I generally hate any bed but my own, but this bed I actually quite liked. The bed was against the wall, though, meaning that my wife had to climb over me to get in and out. My daughter slept soundly on the supplied air mattress that we put at the foot of the bed.
The washroom in the apartment was, let's say, showing its age. Everything worked, more-or-less, but it took a few tries to get the hang of everything, and you certainly didn't linger once your business was concluded.
Cardozie's apartment is well-situated in Carroll Gardens. It is about a three block walk to the subway station, from which it is about a 15-25 minute ride on the F-train to Manhattan (the time depends on where). The F-train also loops back into Queens, from which we took the Q70 express bus to LaGuardia (which is, by the way, a pretty crappy airport). Carroll Gardens itself is a great neighbourhood: peaceful (yet still alive), family-friendly (there's a playground near the apartment), and with many dining options.
We didn't actually have much to do with Cardozie beyond getting the apartment keys, but I was left with the impression he would have quickly responded to any problem or question.
Cardozie and Michael were great hosts, ensuring our check in and stay went smoothly. Would stay again.
Cardozie is the man! He was super easy to get a hold of and very responsive. His place is super clean and could not have worked out better. There is a convenient store located right next to his apartment which makes getting food and essentials really easy. I would definitely come back here again if I am ever in Brooklyn.
Cardozie's apartment was superb, perfect location to experience a different part of New York than we've seen before. The neighborhood was quiet, friendly, full of character and had everything you need on hand without the big chain stores, so much more charm.
The apartment had a view of the freedom tower which was a privilege to see everyday. Cardozie was a great host, he gave us some tips on the area and was really helpful with any questions I had before and during our stay.
I will be recommending the apartment to anyone I know traveling to NYC and will definitely visit again
Thanks Cardozie x
We loved Cardozie's apt. It is very big, neat and comfortable. It is very close to the subway stop and there is a grocery store and restaurants very close by. It is situated in a safe,nice and fun neighborhood. Cardozie was very helpful and easy to work with. I would highly recommend his apt.
Cardozie's apartment was perfect for my wife's and I's first anniversary. The location was exactly how he advertised it. It was nice to be in a quieter part of the city with easy access to the night life of Manhattan. Bars, restaurants and shops were all over the neighborhood. I will be recommending Cardozie to all of my friends heading to New York on Vacation.
Pleasure to meet you! I've been living in New York for a little over 10 years and I can't think of a better place to call home. I've spent the majority of my career working in the educational realm as a music and theater teacher at the high school level and feel really lucky to have found work that I am so passionate about.
I've spent the last few years living in a a neighborhood that is a true New York gem! The Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn is an amazing community full of people who genuinely look happy! As hectic as NY can get, its nice to come home to a place where you feel like you can breath and take a nice stroll.
I walk through life with optimism and faith in people and I'm glad to say that it has never let me down(probably one of my more non-New Yorker qualities). I'm excited to become a part of the Airbnb community!