About this listing
This is a true old school NEW YORK CITY industrial loft building. A former sewing factory that still retains most of its original details. Experience true NYC loft living.
The gargantuan loft itself is an extremely rare find in New York. Converted from a former sewing factory, the space still contains most of its original detail and is the epitome of old school Brooklyn. From its original pane windows in the hallway to the squeaky hardwood floors, its character lies in its imperfections. The living room provides the perfect opportunity to relax on its comfy couches, to use the wireless internet or hook up to the projector and watch a movie. You can even connect your iPod into the speakers and relax to your own tunes. The kitchen is fully stocked with every utensil and appliance any foodie could need and they are at your disposal. This loft is not a hotel, hostel or B&B, but rather my personal home and my work space. Monthly stays are highly preferable, however please feel free to message us if you wish to be accommodated for a few days.
The room is equipped with the furnishings listed below: b
Queen size bed
Dressing vanity & mirror
Clean comfy bed linens
Clean soft bath towels
- Washer and dryer in the loft ( $5 per load donation requested to help with utilities used to run it)
- Air Conditioning in provided via window units in each guest room.
- Film projector in the main lounge which connects to most laptops is used in lieu of TV
-Central heating system
This is where all the dirty details of New York loft living are fully disclosed. We like our guests to have a good idea of what to expect and what is expected of them. This ensures that we all enjoy the experience of sharing this amazing space. So far we’ve found that the people who enjoy this experience the most tend to be creative, social, open minded, open hearted, explorers, who love music, are good sharers, story tellers and generally love life & people. As such you are treated as personal friends, encouraged to make yourself at home and partake/ participate whenever you choose. A few things to keep in mind when living communally. Not everyone is on the same schedule. This means that others may be sleeping while you are awake chatting on Skype to the folks back home or with the new friends you’ve made here. In turn, someone may be making coffee, washing dishes and doing laundry while you are trying to recharge your batteries. Unfortunately this space is a bit closer a giant cavernous cave than a cozy cubby. As such soundproofing has proved to be quite difficult. Call it our tragic flaw. In lieu of an entire gut renovation we’ve found it helpful to have folks travel with ear plugs so the activities of others don’t interrupt your recharging time. And don’t worry if you forget yours we always have plenty on hand.
Keeping with true old school New York style living means we have only one bathroom (I've looked into building another bathroom, but unfortunately it has deemed very challenging and costly).
As such this part of the communal living experience begs a bit of that open mindedness and flexibility we mentioned earlier. Currently the bathroom features two sinks, one toilet and one shower. Each guest room is also equipped with a mirrored vanity area and hair dryer which helps keep bathroom time short. It is important to remember that our guests often operate according to varying agendas/ time schedules making the demand on the bathroom hardly an issue.
CHECK IN/ OUT
Please email me your anticipated arrival time and I will make all the necessary arrangements to give you a tour of the space, answer any questions that you may have about the area or your stay, and to hand you over your very own key. Check in is flexible anytime after 3pm, and check out is at noon on your final day. If you happen to be flying out later in the evening, we are happy to provide temporary storage for your luggage.
Clinton Hill / Fort Greene is one of New York’s most dynamic and well-rounded neighborhoods. Combining the perfect mix of historic buildings and artistic dwellers, it is well known as one of the coolest neighborhoods in New York City.
Starting as far back as the 1840’s this area was known as a fashionable area for the social elite of Brooklyn who would commute into Manhattan by stagecoach. By the later part of the century, the area was lined with magnificent mansions owned by millionaires. Many of these buildings still remain, as do the immense brick factories that boomed during the industrial age. One of the oldest chocolate factories was known for being one of the sole producers and distributors of Tootsie Rolls, and currently houses the spa and lounge Body by Brooklyn. Most of these large factories have been transformed into loft spaces and apartments, much like my own!
Only 20 minutes from downtown Manhattan. Five minutes walking distance to Pratt Institute, wonderful restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and a great flea market called, The Brooklyn Flea.
There are two subway lines close to the loft, as well as several NYC buses, and of course, our famous taxis. It’s easy to get to all the best spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
• C Train at the Clinton / Washington (20 minutes to downtown Manhattan)
• G Train at the Classon Ave (Takes you to other great neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Park Slope, Cobble hill etc)
• Many bus lines
NYC/Manhattan Hot Spots:
• 20 minutes to downtown Manhattan
• 25 minutes to 14th street / Chelsea/Meat Market areas of Manhattan
• 30 minutes to Times Square
• 40 Minutes to Central Park
Other Things to Note
My home also serves as a micro community hub where co-working days are hosted through SpareChair on Mondays and Wednesdays (11am to 7pm); freelancers, artist, anyone who is not office bound comes to work on their craft. The loft also serves as a Farmer's produce pick up location via Farmigo where neighbors and friends gathers on Mondays to collect their produce fresh from the farm. I often take requests for film and photo shoots requesting the use of the living room and/or kitchen space; however you will always be alerted of such projects ahead of time, and they will never go past 8 pm (most ends at a much earlier time). For some film shoots there may be a request to vacate temporarily in order to record sound however it will never be earlier than 9am and no later than 8pm. Those shoots allows me to offset some of the high cost that come with living in a city, but it also grants me the possibility to offer the room at a lower rate.
-No smoking in the house
-Respect our building, hallways and neighbors please.
-No Roof Access
-No stealing, from host, other guests, other apartments in the building or from anyone really :-)
-Last but not least, no shoes inside (feel free to bring your slippers or booties!)
About the Host, Shell
As a textile and design junkie with a knack for repurposing old furniture and a passion for sharing resources and living communally, this loft seemed the perfect space to call home. In the nearly five years I’ve been living here, this space has allowed me to play host to many amazing, interesting, loving and generous people from around the world. Because of its size and layout it has granted me many opportunities to host creative and community events. I like to cook, love to eat and love love love a great dinner party or an all day marathon Sunday brunch (which have become quite popular around here). Opening my loft to be shared with travelers who become friends has been the most positively life altering decision I’ve ever made. With each ephemeral shared experience my faith in the positive power of living in/ with community is exponentially affirmed. As characters in a great novel, each guest who stays seems to unfold a little more of the story. I cannot ask for a better life.