I love hosting guests in my adorable two-bedroom apartment, so: welcome! And a special welcome to 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. :)
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. It is 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 will be the master bedroom, which was recently entirely redecorated! I'm leaving up "before" photos from when it was green for now, until the AirBnB photographer can come out and post some new "official" photos, but I'll add some unofficial updates as soon as I can. It is now a lovely dove grey with a cheery yellow accent wall and silver curtains. Being in this room makes me so happy, and it will happily welcome you, too! It even has a wonderful air conditioner which will keep you nice and cool on hot summer nights.
You are also more than welcome to share the rest of the lovely apartment, as well as a relaxed and fun-loving cat--a Russian Blue, specially chosen because the breed doesn't shed as much as normal house cats.
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: (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.
*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
- New hipster hangouts opening all the time! a juice bar, a boho artist cafe with a chess scene, and who knows what's next?
Bath towels, bed linens, hair dryer and other normal household items are provided and available for use. Let me know if you have questions about any specific items.
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!
AND, specially for those of you just staying for a few nights and hoping to pack light, here's a partial list of some things I'm happy to provide--feel free to ask about any specific items you're wondering about as well.
* shampoo and conditioner
* body wash
* contact solution
* shaving cream
* face wash
* hair spray, gel, mousse
* hair straightener, dryer, and curling irons: 1" and 1.5"
...and of course...
*Coffee, tea and other miscellaneous yummies! Like fruit, yogurt and granola for breakfast. I like feeding people treats.* :)
Deirdre was a lovely host who worked hard to make the experience at her home safe, welcoming and functional for her guests and her self. Super convenient location for getting to Manhattan and around Brooklyn.
Deirdre is a great host. She is so organized, planned and the home was all ready when I reached there.
The best part of staying with her was that I felt totally at home. She showed us the place and told us about the neighbourhood.
Overall it was just amazing! I would stay another time if I come again. Cheers Deirdre and do continue hosting!
Deirdre is a great host!
Deirdre is an amazing woman whose cheerfulness is infectious! She opened her home to us with wide arms and a lovely smile. I could tell she's very considerate of ALL of her guests because of the helpful (and personalized) activity guides and notes she leaves in the room. Her home is very cozy and comes with the added bonus of a friendly fellow, Loki! This is the second time my boyfriend and I have used Airbnb and Deirdre's hospitality certainly superseded that of our first host. We would recommend her place to anyone!
Deirdre's flat was beautiful and conveniently located a short walk from the subway. There were some trendy bars and restaurants in the area and Deirdre gave us great advice on where to go and what to see.
Deirdre is a thoughtful and considerate host, it was the little things she did that made the stay special; she hung fresh towels with our names above them in the bathroom, made clear that we were welcome to use any female products we may have forgotten to bring-this really made it feel like you were staying in a friends house rather than just renting a room. There were positive quotes around the place that put a smile on our face everyday. She provided a welcome pack with everything you could possibly want to know about NYC.
I highly recommend Deirdre as a host, she is thoughtful, well organised, knowledgable and friendly.
Dierdre was simply amazing! We really could not have asked for a better stay! Her place has such a warmth to it that you immediately feel at home and comfortable. She has such a fine attention to detail and has really thought of everything! - from a welcome file to homes for our towels in the bathroom!
Her home is also extremely close - about a 5minute walk - to the M and J trains which take you straight into Manhattan! And we felt safe walking walking to her home even in the early hours of the morning!
We can't rate this place highly enough! We would definitely stay with her in a heartbeat, and loved our stay in Brooklyn!
It was nice to spend time in appartament of Deidre. She is full of energy and very good host!))
Thank you for your accomodation!
Deirdra and Loki were perfect hosts!
Staying with Deirdre was amazing. I asked her last minute (like literally 12hrs prior to arrival) and she was super quick to response and made sure everything was ready when I got there.
she is a great host and makes you feel at home instantly.
As everyone already said she and Loki (the cat) should be spokespeople for Airbnb. She clearly loves having people around and getting to know new faces.
Whenever I would have a question or would remark on something she would always offer great advice and be super positive about everything!
The apartement is really nice and cosy and the terrace is amazing when it's sunny out! Bushwick is definitely turning into a more hipster neighborhood and it has a very unique feel to it. It's good to experience something different from a typical manhattan neighborhood.
All in all, definitely recommend the place!
Deirdre was so hospitable and helpful, staying with her was a pleasure. Her apartment is lovely, very tidy and conveniently located near the train station. It was a little tricky to contact her when she was out of town but
she was great company and I would stay with her again!