I was there when Bushwick had soul!

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221, United States
Your host, Deirdre
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The Space

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. :)

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!


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
- Laundrymat

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $100
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We had such a wonderful experience staying at Dierdre's awesome apartment in Bushwich!!! The apartment is very spacious, and easily accommodated myself and 4 friends. Dierdre has beautifully decorated the space, the beds are super comfy, and the roof access is a fabulous hangout spot. Dierdre herself is kind and accommodating, and even left a bottle of wine for us in celebration of my bachelorette! All around great experience, and I would very much recommend this apartment to others.

    July 2014
  • I rented Deirdre's lovely apartment for a night in with my girls. It slept 4 comfortably and the rooftop patio was amazing for the first night of summer '14! You could tell a lot of love was put into her apartment and it really feels like a comfortable home to settle in. Her cat, Loki is super sweet and cuddly and was so well behaved around new faces. Loki could probably teach my dog a thing or two, lol. I would definitely stay here again.

    June 2014
  • Deirdre was more than accommodating during my stay at her apartment. I actually used the place as a film set for my student thesis film. I absolutely loved the place! It was literally perfect. Very cute, clean & cozy. Not to mention the adorable, friendly cat, Loki. Deirdre was super helpful the entire time with everything. I definitely recommend contacting her for a stay in her beautiful home! :)

    June 2014
  • we really enjoyed the time spent at Deirdre's place.
    we were 5 people and the apartment was really convenient for all of us
    the two room are comfortable and clean (maybe just a little bit noisy because of the street but not really a big deal)
    the sofa bed was just perfect for my brother and Loki (Deirdre's cat) was adorable and we really liked to take care of him !
    we had a car and we parked it next to the building without a problem each evening (and it just took us 20 minutes by car to go to the center of Manhattan ! perfect !)
    I will definitely come back there again
    thanks Deirdre !

    May 2013
  • I arrived at Deirdre's wonderful apartment to be welcomed with a lovely meal and the host herself! Deirdre (and Loki - the feline of the house) made both me and my friend feel immediately welcome. We enjoyed some drinks together and soaked up the atmosphere on the roof terrace on the first night. Deirdre stayed for the first 2 days of our trip, it was fantastic spending time with her before she left on her own vacation. She was a fountain of knowledge, made us feel very welcome and helped us find our feet in town.

    The apartment itself was very homely and organised making everything pretty easy to find. It was located above a great little deli were I enjoyed a filling sandwich on more than one occasion! The locals in the deli were very friendly, always said hello and were more than happy to help with any questions we had about the area. Deirdre (email hidden) explaining the subway and how to book a cab. Getting into town was pretty cheap and easy whichever option we chose.

    So the trip was going fantastic and then something interesting happened - Hurricane Sandy to be precise! My friend managed to get a flight home just before the storm hit, but my flight was at the height of the storm and cancelled. Deirdre kept in constant contact through email to check I was OK, giving me advice on how to get through the storm and secure the apartment. Apart from Loki, I was essentially in a strange, new town on my own while a hurricane was bearing down, but I never really felt alone as Deirdre took time out of her own vacation to stay in touch and make sure I was OK. After I rebooked my flight, 2 days later than expected, Deirdre let me know that her bookings for later in the week had cancelled and I could stay at her apartment until I could get a flight home - free of charge! I can't remember the last time I experienced such kindness.

    Even though a hurricane hit during my stay, I still had a great time and I'm very grateful that I was lucky enough to find (email hidden)is was my first time using airbnb and it has been a great experience - I just fear that Deirdre's set the bar very high for other hosts! My only regret is that I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to Deirdre in person before heading home. She has an amazing apartment, an amazing cat, but most importantly is an amazing person! I hope you get the chance to stay with and meet her - you will be made to feel very welcome and no doubt have a great stay in NYC!

    October 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 [updated August 2013]: 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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