Cozy space in a lovely place!

Apartment - Private room · Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221, United States

The Space

I love hosting guests in my adorable two-bedroom apartment, so: welcome! I live in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and my household (including my former roommate) was part of the vanguard of artists and musicians who lead to a cheap neighborhood becoming cool and ultimately gentrifying. I have seen that change before my eyes, and the neighborhood, while still retaining its Brooklyn grittiness, is safe and clean. I am close to the J and M trains, so it's quick to get to midtown or downtown Manhattan or the Lower East Side, a hotspot for live music and nightlife. There is also a private rooftop where we can chill out under Christmas lights on balmy summer evenings (and where smokers can go to feed their addiction). Your room is big enough for your queen-sized bed and not much else (a true New York experience!) but you are more than welcome to share the rest of the lovely apartment and a relaxed and fun-loving cat--a Russian Blue, specially chosen because the breed doesn't shed as much as normal house cats.

**Welcome AirBnB Newbies! Just so you know, it's customary for the guest and host to message back and forth BEFORE making booking requests! This get-to-know-each-other process is essential to the trust and safety aspects of AirBnB. :)

Parking: free street parking readily available.
Nearby trains: J, M and Z trains at Central Ave (M), Kosciusko St (J) or Myrtle-Broadway (J, M, Z) (We're in the triangle between those three stations.)
Nearby busses: B38; B46; B47; B54
Internet: good.
TV: well, we watch it on the internet.
Phone: no phone; we stick with cell phones. It's easy to get a pre-paid cell phone while you're here if needed.

Bath towels, bed linens, and other normal household items are provided and available for use! Ask me if you have any specific needs.

I also can get you some special discounts on things to do in New York thanks to my workplace! Check out (website hidden), (email hidden) and (website hidden) and let me know if there's anything that interests you!

*gay friendly household* :)

Other cool things nearby:
- Brooklyn Public Library
- Deli/bodega downstairs is the best one in the neighborhood!
- 24 hour natural-foods grocery Mr. Kiwi
- Awesome bar called "The Lone Wolf" down the block; live music on weekends
- "Goodbye Blue Monday", a long-standing live music dive (confession: heard "free jazz" there; never went back. Not into free jazz! Sorry jazz musicians.)
- Big, brand-new grocery store
- Laundrymat

**NB: This listing is for the smaller bedroom, a permanent guest room which is more or less always occupied by AirBnB guests. I seriously love hosting! I love meeting new people and hearing their stories and where they are from! That's part of why I ALSO sometimes rent out my own bedroom and sleep on the couch, so you may get to meet other AirBnB guests while you are here--a bit like that cool, world-traveler hostel vibe, in the comfort of a real home. Don't worry--I cap the total number of people in the household at four, to keep things from getting too crazy! Also, the both-bedrooms-booked situation is usually only 2-4 nights long--guests who are just passing through New York and want a long layover, or a long weekend usually. If you are not comfortable with this, please do let me know and we'll talk about what we can do to make sure your stay is pleasant and comfortable for you!

cheers!
Deirdre

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $35
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • I was looking for a place to crash over night near the airport to pick family up in the morning. Deirdre (although I didn't meet her in person) was wonderful about everything. She returned messages promptly and was super thorough with directions, etc. Loki the cat was very friendly and acted like we were old friends from the minute I walked through the door. On street parking was plentiful and JFK was a mere 20 minute ride via surface streets. All in all worth the money. I would definitely stay there again. Neat little space and convenient to everything. This was my first airbnb experience and definitely not my last!

    April 2014
  • I travelled with my friend to NY, and stayed at this place for four nights. We had a phenomenal time. The place is awesome. Very cozy. I especially appreciated the way Deirdre decorated the whole apartment––you can tell she put a lot of thought and effort into it.

    There is also a cat, Loki. He is the best. We'd come home, and he would come cuddle with you, making you feel home.

    We also cooked a bit, and there is everything that you need utensils-wise to cook any type of meal.

    All in all, this is a fantastic and reasonably priced place to live in. If I ever decide to visit NY again, this would be the first place I would look into.

    December 2013
  • Wow - how true! Cozy space in a lovely place!
    Deirdre was super fast in answering my questions and so helpfull.
    Checking in and out was so easy, too - total flexibility.
    The flat is close to two important subway stations (J + M line), supermarkets and ATMs.
    She has a genius cleaning lady!
    Loki the cat is so cute and beautiful was really fun playing with him.

    Deirdre is and was so inspiring to me. She is one of the few with a really golden heart. So much fun, caring, lovely and intelligent.
    I really hope to come back and even a bit jealous not being her next guest again.
    She really does everything in perfection and with love. You will instantly fall in love with her. Maybe she's an angel...

    December 2013
  • Great experience in NY, and very beautiful time with Deirdre! She is a lovely host, and she was very helpful with us with suggestions regarding what to visit in NY (apart classic attractions) and also with our trouble with return flight. She made us feel like at home. I'll recommend to stay to Deirdre's home if you want to visit NY and also if you don't want to spend a lot of money as to stay in Manhattan! Moreover, there are two subway stations (2 different lines) near Deirdre's apartment, therefore you could reach the center of Manahattan in 30 mins easily!
    Thanks again for everything, Deirdre! Kiss (and box) to Loki! :)

    December 2013
  • Deirdre is a great host. Even though she was forced to leave for family reason, she manage to welcome me with all her heart. Her flat is charming and she decorated it in a way that makes you feel warm and comfortable, as if you were at home. Loki is also a very nice companion. I stayed alone in her appartment for 4 days, the neighbourhood is secure enough, the subway is few blocks away and you can find deli on your way, if needed.
    I would recommend Deirdre appartement to anyone who want to stay in a warmth place in Brooklyn.

    November 2013
  • I had a great stay at Deirdre's place. She is a very easy going person and very helpful and friendly. Although the house is not located in the prettiest neighborhood, I felt safe. In my opinion it is a waste of your money to stay in Manhattan. From here it takes just 5 minutes to the metro, which brings you in 30 min to the hart of Manhattan and it is much cheaper.
    I would really recommend this place. Especially when you are looking for a inexpensive place to stay and if it does not matter for you to travel a while.

    November 2013
  • The apartment is absolutely lovely, cozy, clean and comfortable. The spare room is bigger and nicer than on the photos. Didn't spent any time in Bushwick, didn't find anything attractive and didn't have anytime for looking around; spent most of the time in Manhattan and Brooklyn-Williamsburg, very nice area. Manhattan wasn't bad to reach with the J tube, maybe 30'min in total including the walk to the station not far from the apartment at all.
    Deirdre and Borja are exquisite persons, so down to earth and super cool!! Loki is adorable. Maybe a day I will be back?

    November 2013
  • Me and my friends stayed at Deirdre's apartment for 4 days and had a great time - the apartment is located near 2 different subway stations (there's a short walk to both of them - about 5-7 minutes).
    the apartment is very cozy- the beds were comfortable, there was air conditioning and the best part is the front porch - which is a great place to have launch / dinner / just chill.
    Plus, we were supposed to be only 2 but my friend joined us as well in short notice, and Deirdre had no problem hosting him as well, which was very nice of her!
    all in all, had a great experience staying at Deirdre's place! :)

    October 2013
  • Deirdre was a wonderful host. she made you feel like you're at home. she was always easygoing, friendly, really helpful and always take time for answering to all my questions. If i had to come back in NY, for sure, i'll stay here again. thanks again Deirdre (and Loki too) for making this wonderful trip so nice and confortable.

    September 2013
  • It really is a cosy space in a lovely place. Deirdre fed us lemonade and Brooklyn things-to-do tips on arrival (a good thing given (a) the heat and (b) lack of prior research). She was generous with her time and space and we would stay here again if we're lucky enough to return to Bushwick. Thanks Deirdre!

    September 2013
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Hi there! Thanks for checking out my listing. I genuinely love hosting guests and meeting people from all over the world--here's a few things about me just to start opening that door. :) - I am an international citizen and love to travel. I have traveled in Europe quite a bit, especially Finland (where my mom is from) and Ireland (where I was born), and also a bit to France, a country I have always loved! (Et bien sur, je parle francais assez courramment... mais pas parfaitement. Tambien, estudio Espanol!) - I am a pretty good cook, even though I don't have much time for cooking these days! I do enjoy eating healthy and have been learning a lot lately about raw foods and all kinds of ways you can support your health by eating various foods. - After a variety of positions in business and non-profits, including a couple years working to raise awareness about human trafficking, I work in communications at a foundation working to increase and improve the US job market and promote positive impact investing. I care a lot about corporate social responsibility and I love my job! - I LOVE reading and have so many books! I grew up without a TV and the habit of reading really stuck. :) But I've also been a little obsessed with the show "How I Met Your Mother" lately... :)~ - I am a Christian and usually like to start my day with a little quiet time, reading my Bible and writing in a prayer journal. But you don't need to have my beliefs to be welcome and comfortable in my house! I think diversity (of belief, race, orientation, nationality, whatever) is a blessing, and variety the spice of life! :) - My favorite quote, and a motto of sorts, from Maya Angelou: "A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense, and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself, and only herself." ************** a single FAQ: Many people--from guests to fellow New Yorkers--have seen some confusing headlines and asked me about AirBnB's legal situation in New York. So, here is what’s going on with NYC law. There is a law created in 2010 that is trying to prevent NYC landlords from running illegal hotels (thereby taking away market-rate housing from regular New Yorkers). A judge recently ruled, in a case against an AirBnB host, that this law also prevented regular New Yorkers from doing short-term sublets (even though vast numbers of us do, when needed)—UNLESS the host is living there while the guest is there. Many hosts, like myself, do exactly that, and so this law does not apply to us. Because everyone (including the judge) agrees that the law was not intended to apply to regular New Yorkers renting out their own homes, the authorities are not going out and looking to “bust” AirBnB hosts (although it would be relatively easy if they wanted to, of course). However, if someone else makes a complaint, they do have to investigate. Personally, I feel extremely grateful and blessed to have both a landlord and neighbors who fully support my AirBnB hosting, and an apartment situation that is well within the awkward confines of the law! I love being an AirBnB host, and I look forward to getting to know you, my guests!
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