Welcome! Loki the cat & I love hosting our guests in our cozy Brooklyn abode & private rooftop! New to Airbnb? Please *fully complete your profile*, then message for details & thumbs-up before booking! I never accept strangers, only new friends! ;)
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 (email hidden), 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.* :)
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. 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. :)
I had a wonderful time staying with Deidre! She is a great hostess! She always had time to help me with some information that i needed and she is just good company! Her place is really close to the J train witch made it really easy to get to manhattan!
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 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!
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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 "30 Rock" 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!