Cozy space in a lovely place!

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

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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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  • Deirde is the perfect host of Airbnb, I mean every word of it. I had an opportunity of staying at her place for 4 days and enjoyed every single day of it. The place is as comfortable as it looks in pictures; the host is amazingly helpful and always there to answer and help out. I believe the best experience I have had on Airbnb. She is a great company and a lovely personality. Luki the cat is very friendly and any animal lover will have no issue at the place. The documentation created by Deirde to help guest will amazing and I believe she has a great at hospitality and really makes you feel at home. I would totally recommend this place to everyone!! In short, Great place with lovely host which is value for money!

    December 2012
  • Deirdre was an awesome host we arrived a few hours before she was due from her own trip, she sent me a very helpful and detailed email with pictures and all! She had our room ready for us when we came back from exploring, the first night, and it was beautiful and relaxing. her place was cozy, and spa like in the morning, candles good music. She had coffee ready and made us feel at home. She would get out he computer to help us look for deals when we told her what we wanted to do for the day. This was our first experience using airbnb and we are glad it was with Deirdre. Thanks love! we wish we had more time to hang with you.

    December 2012
  • Oh my gosh...where do I start!! Deirdre is one amazing, talented, gentle, sweet and gracious host. I really enjoyed staying with her....in fact my solo trip to NYC was made even better because of my stay with her. She is very welcoming from the first moment you meet her and she will go to whatever length she can to make you comfy.

    When I first arrived, I was tired, had signs of a cold and generally run down (hence the holiday). Deirdre made cups of tea, offered me some remedies for my cold and even cooked dinner!

    She is very happy to share her food, fridge and pantry stuff with her guests, and that is so kind of her and very helpful for us guests (because it's not like we can go out and find value in buying a whole bunch of salt and sugar!) - I personally wanted to 'add' to the pantry so did a little bit of shopping in exchange, but she totally doesn't mind or required me to do that or made me feel like I had to!

    She provides a nifty little folder (or a PDF) with all her home info and the local neighborhood, as well as maps for getting in and out of Manhattan and Brooklyn. She offers plenty of tips for visitors. These were very helpful, especially for a first time NY visitor like me!

    Her home is lovely and well laid out. The lounge and kitchen area are separate, so when needed, there's that opportunity to have a cup of tea and do some travel research on the kitchen table while others sit on the lounge relaxing. I stayed for 10 days and during my stay, a few other guests also stayed in her other room and it never felt crowded. It is cozy but comforting! and Loki (the cat) made it even more so...

    VERY VERY easy to get to and get around. It's only a 5 min stroll to two subway stops, close to a laundromat, a good grocery store, and buses to downtown Brooklyn. Occasionally I came home at midnight or slightly later after a few late shows and never felt scared walking 'home'. The 'M' Subway is perfect for getting around Manhattan, takes you all the way from downtown up the middle and you can stop anywhere to walk to all the sights or connect to other subways to see Central Park, uptown etc.

    For musicians, she has a pretty good Keyboard. It was nice to sit by the keys, write and play a tune or two whenever I felt like it. For book lovers, her library is filled with a lot of good titles (if you find the time!). And that white couch cocoons you as you read, listen to music and savour a cup of tea :)

    Overall, I would not hesitate in going back to Deirdre's place when I return one day. It is definitely a 'Home away from Home' :) Love you D!

    November 2012
  • First experience with Airbnb and if all hosts are as nice, friendly and extraordinary than Deirdre then I will do more trips with Airbnb.

    I was there with my daughter of 15. The apartment is well located : 5 minutes walk from the J line serving Manhattan and the bus 38 which serves Brooklyn.

    The apartment is tastefully decorated by the fantastic Dierdre ;-). If you're nice, she might prepare you its crumble ... it's delicious so be nice.
    Arrived just after Hurricane Sandy and blocked by a blizzard to return, Deirdre has been of great help for us to manage it more easily.

    Do not forget Loki, the cat. You are already best friends.

    If we ever return to NY it will certainly be at Deirdre place.

    November 2012
  • Deirdre made me first trip to New York and my first Airbnb experience truly amazing! Her place is very cozy and comfortable and it didn't take long for me to feel completely at home. Deirdre has thought about every little detail and everything you need is there, she is the perfect hostess. I can't fault her place as it's very close to at least 2 subway stops (2 different lines) and getting to and from Manhattan was very easy. To me the host is as important as the place where I'm staying and this was the perfect combination of the two.

    Staying in Bushwick with Deirdre...I felt like I had a true New York experience!

    October 2012
  • Deirdre is a wonderful host. Great apartment, cozy, comfortable, clean. She is great and I totally recommend to stay in her place. Very convenient location, close to two lines of metro...

    October 2012
  • We had a lovely stay at Deirdre's. From day one to the last day, Deirdre was such a great host! We felt like home! We shared food, music and thoughts. It really is a lovely and cozy place. I also got to play with Loki who is the most clever cat in the world (he can even speak French!). We would definitely come back at Deirdre's.

    October 2012
  • I love Deirdre ! she's is the most amazing host you could have !
    she makes you feel like you're home in the first 30 seconds !
    she pays attention at everything, and you really feel welcomed.
    you can use/drink/eat everything there is in the appartement, she likes to share.
    also the appartement has a very cute rooftop.
    now I can say I have a new friend in NY and she knows that !
    thank you for this unforgettable week Deirdre !

    October 2012
  • My stay with Deirde was really great. She is nice, helpful and respectful host. I had everything i needed and felt like i'm at home. The place is safe and quiet and it's near the train station. Lots of delis and cafes there. It takes you 25 minutes to get to Manhetten. It's my first experience with airbnb and i am definitely not disappointed.

    September 2012
  • I stayed 2 weeks at Deirdre's and wish I could have spent more time there! Deirdre is a great hostess, very well educated and truely a people personn, always willing to make you feel confortable. She was very helpfull and knowledgeable about the city which was really appreciated since it was my first trip to New York. She also cooked dinner several times for us and it was delicious!
    The flat was as described, I found it very confortable and peaceful. There is a large roof for smokers or to have a drink when it's sunny.
    The neighbourhood is full of restaurants, delis... the nearest subway station is about 5 min away and it takes 20 min to go to Manhattan.
    If I were to visit NY again I would definitly stay to her place another time.
    Highly recommended!

    September 2012
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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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