Come and stay in our beautifully converted warehouse, in a vibrant neighborhood in Brooklyn. Enjoy our expansive kitchen, bathroom, darkroom, junkyard, rooftop and more, and enjoy the company of artists and good people. That said I myself am very passionate about my work aka busy and often the space is quite. Still a unique and awesome place from which to experience NYC......
This room is what it is.... A room. I got this to with the intention or renovating it and I will get to that eventually but for the moment it a warm space to stay in and that's that. People love it and love being here but this is nothing special like many of the other rooms we have here. Ideal for two people we are willing to have up to four people stay but that will mean two twin beds.
" Move quickly through the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, down the main thoroughfare Eastern Parkway, past a conflicting intermingling of beautiful terraced homes and marred vacant buildings, and you could easily miss a modern cultural landmark. Hidden in plain sight, packed inside a shuffle of industrial architecture, is the wondrous workshop loft space. Some half dozen other artists and makers who call his whimsical live-in, work-in reliquary, home. "
Vice Magazine, 2011
Well I couldn't have been asked to write that myself for want of conceit, but if Dean St is not a modern cultural landmark it is certainly an interesting place to be. Starting with the simple logistics. The cute little cabin like home upstairs with all the private rooms was originally built in the 1880's. In 1915 a larger industrial brick building that makes up the living space was built and the original small home simply put on top. Then, in the 1940's the 1,000 or so square feet that make up the current work studio was built. So, there is a lot of history in these odd walls. That certainly lends charm to the insensate and almost pathological renovations I have made here. At first I was broke and no better off than a homeless person. I froze through winters and sweated out summers transforming this space into a place to gather. Right now I am the only one actually living here……
There are currently five other rooms also available.
My thoughts upon arrival here in 1999 were that to start taking my work seriously I would need a space, a studio that allowed for no excuses, nothing less than perfection out of my work (we are all still waiting for that). There was a major problem with this plan and that is my wanderlust. I have it... or I had it bad, I can't tell anymore... to old, with too many ambitions and too many responsibilities to say right now. I always envisioned my place as permanent for me and transient for others. In this way I get to travel as well. I love movement and change, and I consider myself a skilled host.
The space was built for four people to live but as it turns out I have enough interesting stuff and projects for about eight people. So with four full-time residents there is simply too much stuff. Our hope is to keep the energy of Dean St going while also keeping it tidier and well staged for entertaining and beautiful living.
WHO ARE YOU
How should you expect to be treated? Well, you would be like a quest of a roommate. Meaning from our prospective probably someone who is interesting to know but probably also have your own agenda. We are not looking for friends but we are friendly. That said, I seem incapable of cooking for less then eight people, I got it from my mother. To be sure we are busy and just because we are in the kitchen drinking coffee staring into space it does not mean we care to discuss the weather or engage in time consuming polite rituals. We are interested in matters of consequence, actual current projects. Otherwise a simple " Good morning, is the coffee fresh or should make another pot? " , will do. Also perhaps it is important to mention that if the two available rooms are taken for 20 days out of each month we cover the rent on them. So, we are not expecting to make money off of you nor in that sense are we expecting to service you. I will make sure the towels and sheets are clean as well as the room, give you a brief tour (manual in the making) make sure you are feeling set and leave you be. You will be a quest in this odd and transformative space and we like our guests to feel at ease.
The neighborhood is rapidly transforming. Where once there were crack whores now there are baby strollers and reusable Eco-friendly shopping bags. Were once I would drink the night away with Sparkles over a couple of Night Flights (malt liquor marketed to children with Atari-esque graphics of fighter planes on it's 16oz. can) rapping about her inevitable demise, now I am asked to keep the noise down by well meaning sleepy eyed yuppies. No worries I have laid down the law here as far as that goes. We get to not worry about being loud; that said, I am not a dick nor do I rage late into the night, but if it just so happened to be on the menu for whatever reason, to be loud… it's quite alright.
You will find the area very safe and the community extremely friendly. As a new comer you should make eye contact and say hello to the people you pass sitting on stoops and gathered on corners. Again, you are the guest. If you make friends with the old men on the corner they might just invite you for a drink in the members only social club or pour you a Cranberry and Vodka out of the minivan that never moves.
As for women (because I know it’s different), you should know that more women over the years have lived here than men by far. Also oddly enough Europeans always, be they women or men, feel very comfortable here. AKA, Americans just can't seem to shake that white black divide. I am as guilty as anyone else.
TRANSIT AND ATTRACTIONS
We are close to the A and C train which I find quite handy. Basically in all of New York regardless of the details you need an hour to get anywhere. Sometimes less, but if you can't be late that's the rule, 1 hour. Others in the area will tell you it takes 25 minutes to midtown. We are also near the 2,3 and 4,5. I have a car and sadly have not been on the subway in months, ... years. Parking is readily available and for film crews or bands coming through we have a huge 2,500 square foot junk yard that an 18-wheel truck could park in (fees may apply). The space is a half hour by train from JFK, a 20 min car ride to La Guardia and I know nothing about New Jersey. Another odd and inappropriate prejudice you will appreciate as an itinerant New Yorker, … we get to hate on New Jersey. The LIRR is just four blocks away which connects you to America's largest remaining train system, running a far north as you can imagine and I know you can get to Washington, DC beyond that I am not sure.
So aside from hating on New Jersey what else is there to do in the area? We are a nice walk to the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Farmer's Market. As I mentioned before gentrification has brought in a sea of Bars, sushi restaurants, authentic Oaxacan joints, extremely small and expensive Italian and French places. A few of the old dives are still around as well. In short you will not starve for want of good interesting places to pass the time close to home.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SPACE
Firstly, It is a functioning multi media art studio. With a woodshop, a metal shop, a ceramic studio, a large format darkroom, a foundry, a forge. Your chances of waking up to the filming of a Beyonce video are as good as coming home in the evening to live music around a fire in the junkyard. It is alive and vital to an ever growing community of artist and creators who over the years have seen it as and seek it out as a refuge for open mindedness, experimentation, and more than anything else, space! A rare commodity in this city.
If you are a person that needs a base of operations when you travel this is the space for you. Aside from the usual washer dryer, wifi, printer, scanner,… etcetera. You also have access to a great environment for entertaining and in general feeling like you are a part of a community. With that comes the standards of sharing a space like doing your dishes but we are all adults here so that's no big deal. There is almost always something going on here, a photo shoot, a movie, a party. If you don’t want to be a part of it, hang out it any one of the empty and private spaces scattered around this large compound This is a very active space to live and a special way to see one of the best cities in the world.
If you are a light sleeper chances are you will have no issues but parties can happen randomly through out the week, sometimes the shop is in use late and I can't ensure you will have a silent night, … I travel with earplugs as a rule.
If you want a fun place to stay with interesting people, then this is the place for you. It was my best AirBnB experience, and I only stayed for one night.
Super great and very special locaton. Good to meet peolple from all over the world!
When we arrived we did not expect a trailer - as the host said they call the trailer the blue annex and there is a trailer on the photos so we shouldn't have been surprised - except that no trailer can be seen on the photos. So it feels a bit misguiding as there is no sign that this is a trailer.
That said, we loved our small trailer, even though the cold was killing us even with the heaters on in the night. I wouldn't say it fits four people as we cramped ourselves in there.
The people were friendly, close to the subway and an awesome neighborhood and place. We loved our staying here (except the cold nights).
All the communication via e-mail before my trip was stellar and they even accommodated for an early check-in. My little blue annex was warm and comfy, exactly what I needed. The kitchen and bathroom inside the studio were easy to access and having freshly ground french press coffee available was great. The subway is only a few blocks away and several grocery stores. All in all, it was a great stay and I would highly recommend staying here. Thanks Kellam for your hospitality!
Despite my short stay, the Brooklyn Arts Studio has stamped a permanent impression on my brain. Entering the building is the equivalent of stumbling into a fairy tale. Creatives, curious travelers and locals alike will undoubtedly find home here.
I liked my cozy blue trailer. It was warm and clean, the bed was comfortable, and there was a distinct charm which, from the inside, made me feel as though I could be anywhere in the country- or world for that matter. A Kansas prairie, Colorado mountaintop or perhaps.... a delightfully quirky scrapyard in Brooklyn.
Kellam's home embodies my travel philosophy: experience.
I fell in love with this trailer! Very confortable, clean, you have all the privacy you need and it is a whole new experience! People there are super nice and laid back, do what you want as you want and be happy!
I you looking for a place to meet interesting people, make parties and discover Brooklyn, that is the place to be. I felt so comfortable that I felt I was leaving here for a long time. A good place to make friends.
What can I tell you about Brooklyn Arts Studio? You've already eschewed the joys of rinsing your hair with hand lotion and making off with tiny bars of soap, with staring into empty minibars and the travesty of CNN International. You're an airbnb user, a wanderer of the electric world, a swimmer in the liquid modern! Well let me tell you, best beloved: you aren't ready for the Blue Annex—not unless you were raised among the golden lions of Shangri-la, wrestling the gimlet-eyed inferno birds till the dawn. You aren't ready for the tintype wreckage and the clouds of American Spirit, or the red-lidded stare of the postrock refugees rolling back from shows. Maybe first you should try kickstarting yourself a Bates Motel, or youtubing a haunted inn in the snows of Colorado, or tweeting yourself a cozy wicker man of a Summerisle. Only you can't sleep in youtube; kickstarter isn't about to hand you a sloppy plate of curry and a snifter of hand-made gin. (website hidden) ain't gonna light your cigarillo. Only wait—you say you miss the golden lions and their wishy-swishy tails? Perhaps even the inferno birds and their wobbly songs raise fond memory-welts on the back of your head? You pine for the pale mosquitos of morning whining their siren songs to inflame your gentling dreams? O best beloved, there's a can of Off waiting for you in a trailer in Brooklyn.
This place is great. We didn't really get to make much use of it as we were only there two nights, and very briefly! We stayed in one of the trailers in the yard, which was small, but perfectly warm and comfortable. The shower was incredible!
If you're looking for somewhere different, interesting and a real experience of Brooklyn, I can highly recommenced staying here!
A really unusual venue -totally kookie. If you want an alternative experience to the usual sterile New York hotel experience then come and stay here. Its a great place for a solitary traveller to not to feel lonely in a big city. Everyone from staff to guests are genuinely interested in what everyone has been up to in New York and trade great ideas of alternative things to do around town. Just great.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.