This space offers a truly unique yet authentic NYC experience. We aim to facilitate an insiders perspective on the city. You'll find a home filled with art and memories from the city's past and present.
We designed our furniture ourselves to be versatile. The seating arrangements split to become full size beds that can accommodate two adults each
Our TWO ROOM APARTMENT is on the third floor of a secure four floor walk-up on a corner in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
We have up to FOUR FULL SIZE SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS that can fit 1 or 2 people each.
We provide LINENS & TOWELS, toiletries, wifi, A/C (July - September), and kitchen access with coffee, tea and appliances. We can also arrange for online grocery delivery for no additional fee ahead of your stay if you would like.
Interaction with Guests
You may meet us upon arrival and if you would like we would be happy to go out with you for a walk or a drink, otherwise you're on your own to enjoy our home and city. If you need anything from our end we're a simple message away.
Brooklyn is the rare gem of the city's crown and Bedford Stuyvesant is a really forward thinking location to explore from. It's authenticity is what keeps us here and away from encroaching hipster-traps like Williamsburg, which is a great place to visit but can wear you and your purse down quite quickly if you have to wake up there.
Bed-Stuy is at the very heart of the borough. We encourage you to explore the neighborhood and borough as it is a city all its own. Some local highlights include great food, a neighborhood park perfect for picnicking designed by Olmsted (of Central Park and Prospect Park fame), and a public pool just a few blocks away.
10-15 minute walk to J/M train to Manhattan.
30 min to Chinatown & Little Italy.
45 min to Times Square.
Plus all of Brooklyn awaits you by bus! (Check out our guidebook for suggestions)
We are near the J,M&Z which will zip you into Manhattan on an elevated line across the Williamsburg bridge with beautiful views. We are also near a number of bus lines one of which will take you straight to JFK Airport, the others will whisk you around to all of Brooklyn's great neighborhoods.
Other Things to Note
Last minute requests (fewer than 3 days notice) and single night arrangements are subject to higher per night prices at the host's discretion. Please make note of this when you are planning your arrangements.
To our guest visiting us during temperatures below 32F, as an unfortunate symptom of it being below freezing in the basement where the water heater is, the metal pipes expand as the steam rises causing an abrupt clank, This happens when the heat comes on at around 8am. I apologize for the inconvenience. Winter dates are preemptively reduced in price as a result of seasonal inconveniences.
All we ask is you treat the place like a home and remain discreet with our neighbors. If anyone questions you, you're our friends visiting from out of town. As you may know, New York has been hostile to its hosts as of late and we want to make sure we can continue to offer wonderful experiences to wonderful people.
Finally, if there are any significant mishaps, please report them to us immediately. Oh, and have fun! You're in the greatest city world after all!
These two are the bomb. Great hosts. Responsive, friendly, helpful and patient. Highly recommend.
Lester and Mary are really welcoming. Our flight was delayed and they waited us till 2 AM which I am really grateful for.
The place is cozy. The only problem is that when someone in the apartment is using hot water, there will be some noise coming out from the pipes which are located in both rooms. For this issue, if you are not a person who can easily fall asleep, it might be better for you to look for other places. Other than this, Lester and Mary's place is definitely a good place to stay.
Sorry about that noise Claire, it's an unfortunate symptom of it being quite a bit below freezing in the basement where the water heater is. The metal pipes expand as the steam rises and the acoustics do the rest. Thank you for taking the time to forewarn others and highlighting your otherwise pleasant visit. I haven't quite found a solution for it yet, but I will update my listing to reflect your criticism.
Notre hôte a été formidable et nous a conseillé pleins de bons plans. L'endroit est parfait et le rooftop avec la vue de Manhattan vraiment magnifique.
Communication with Lester is really easy. He always replies fast and answered all my questions. He also let us suggestions for place to go to around the placec which were appreciated. The space was good for a weekend in Brooklyn with my two girlfriends. There's only one real mattress though, the other two beds aren't real beds. There was quite a bit of noise coming from the radiators and the pipes, it disturbed our sleep a bit but otherwise it was fine for two days. The neighbourhood isn't the nicest one but isn't bad either, it's a close taxi ride to all the trendy Brooklyn spots! Overall we had a great weekend. I would recommend this place if you're looking for a cheap place to "crash" for couple nights and you have no trouble sleeping.
This place was awesome. It was perfect for 4 of us. All the descriptions were exact. We had a good time staying over there. The neighborhood was ok but not that gr8. I would recommend this place.
The host meet us up and showed us the apartment. He was very friendly and the apartment had a lot of luxuries as a tv and a computer turned on with a Spotify account and a kitchen filled with a lot of necessary stuff.
It was easy to live there, it had a heater and all the basic stuff you need to live there, like towels and all that.
It is a great apartment to stay in for your visit it New York. It does tho for a newtimer a little bit longer than 20 min to go to for example times square. It takes about 10-15 to go to the subway.
And there is a little bit of some noise that the house makes in the morning that wakes you up for a little time.
But other than that the apartment is super great. And worth every penny.
Our stay in New York and Lesters apartment was really nice!
The organization and communication with Lester was very easy and everything just worked out fine. We stayed with 8 people in the apartment, so everyone was sharing a bed. Therefore the apartment was full, however even with 8 people the apartment is just fine. As I asked for a ninth person, Lester was also willing to provide mattresses.
The neighborhood is probably not the best one, but we never ran into problems. Anyhow it is probably best to have men around.
I would definitely recommend Lesters apartment! The apartment is very charming and Lester is nice and answers the messages immediately.