About this listing
Welcome! Loki the cat & I love guests, & if I'm away, Loki hosts you himself (if you feed him! :) New to Airbnb? Please *fully complete your profile*, then message for details & thumbs-up before booking! I never accept strangers, only new friends! ;)
My lovely kitchen. Luckily the landlord, who renovated the apartment two years ago, has good taste!
Bushwick today is the Greenwich Village of back-in-the-day, when Simon and Garfunkle were writing the 59th Street Bridge Song and how "$50 pays your rent on Bleeker Street". Well, the value of money has changed, but the tradition of artists and musicians moving into run-down neighborhoods and making them cool has not. Bushwick is full-swing in the midst of this change, and when you stay in this lovely, homey apartment you'll be able to check it out for yourself, and tell your grandchildren, "I was there when Bushwick had soul! Now it's all Starbucks and American Apparel!"
My household, of course, 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. We're 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. We also have a private rooftop where we chill out under Christmas lights on balmy evenings (and where smokers can go to feed their addiction).
Note: this listing is for the entire apartment. The master bedroom and the guest bedroom each have a queen-sized bed, and the couch in the living room pulls out into a double bed as well. (I also love sleeping on it as-is!) I normally rent out the two bedrooms separately (the guest room at all times and the master bedroom occasionally as well)--however, when I go on vacation the entire apartment is available! If you'd like to rent the just one bedroom check out my other listings, but understand that this is only possible when I am in town.
This also means: FREE CAT FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR STAY! :) Loki is my adorable, hilarious and only occasionally cantankerous Russian Blue. I often have guests say, "I don't normally like cats but your cat is really cool." I used to think these people were just being nice, but far too many of them have said it and you know what? He IS really cool. He has dealt with the constant flow of visitors with spunk and grace--for the most part. Change is hard for cats and that is why I want to allow him to stay in his own home, even when I am not there. Thus, any visitors booking the entire apartment must promise to feed and care for him in a normal manner. Don't worry, it's not hard! If you have never had a cat before you will be amazed at how easy they are to care for. Feel free to ask me any questions about this. :)
**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. :)
NB: Before we finalize your booking, please send me name + age + 1 other thing (vocation, hobby, etc) about each member of your group. These are the only people allowed to come over. Exceptions can be made, but talk to me about it. (I especially love hosting parents coming to visit their nearby adult children--I will generally let you have those children over. But again, talk to me about it. :)
Bath towels, bed linens, and other normal household items are provided and available for use! Ask me if you have any specific needs.
Parking: free street parking readily available.
Nearby trains: J, M and Z trains at Central Ave (M), Kosciusko St (J) or Myrtle-Broadway (all)
Nearby busses: B38; B46; B47; B54
Internet: (website hidden): 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.
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
There's not too many rules; just be respectful and clean up after yourself. Smokers will have to do their smoking outside (we have a private rooftop) and dispose of butts responsibly. And unfortunately, my new rug is suffering from all of the visitors, so please, no shoes on the rug.
NB: Before we finalize your booking, please send me name + age + 1 other detail (like vocation or hobby) about each member of your group. These are the only people allowed to come over. Exceptions can be made, but talk to me about it. (I especially love hosting parents coming to visit their nearby adult children--I will generally let you have those children over. But again, talk to me about it. :)
Please let me know and/or replace anything you use up or break (it's ok, it happens!), and put back anything you use or borrow. Also, we try to run a "green" household, so check out the manual for information on recycling and saving energy! Nothing too crazy, just the basics. :)
Finally, don't forget to feed the cat, scoop the litter occasionally, and water the plants! :)