About This Listing
Very private and discreet room, with its own en suite bathroom in the center of Brownstone Brooklyn. Your hosts are very knowledgeable and helpful with directions and information for all of NYC.
A quiet oasis just steps away from Smith Street, one of Brooklyn’s preeminent streets for dining, nightlife, and shopping—and just 15 minutes from Manhattan.
We offer a a private room with en suite bath (260 sq ft, 24 m2). It’s located on the entrance level of a three-story loft-like house in Brownstone Brooklyn. On the same floor are the kitchen and the deck, overlooking a large garden.
The building is a three-story row house in a historically-landmarked area.
• Large, light-filled, airy two-story high kitchen and a spacious deck.
• Upper floors are the hosts' private quarters.
• WiFi throughout the house.
• Hardwood floors throughout (including kitchen).
• Interesting art and photography throughout; mid-century modern furniture combined eclectically with antiques and ethnic pieces.
• Light breakfast (toast/bagels, fruit, tea/coffee) provided.
• Very close to the subway (see below).
The guest room is very private and spacious; it's off the entry hallway, so you don't have to go through any rooms to get to it.
• Fully furnished with a double bed, high-quality cotton (warm weather) or cotton flannel (cold weather) sheets.
• Free WiFi in bedroom and throughout the house.
• En suite bathroom with tub/shower, supplied with a hair dryer, various soaps and shampoos (if you've forgotten yours), towels, and washcloths.
• Cable/smart TV; DVD/video library; CD player; radio; iPhone charger.
• Armoire and other storage.
• Guide books for reference and use while you're here, as well as a host-compiled list of local restaurants, stores, services, entertainment, etc.
• High ceiling with ceiling fan.
Guests have access to the ground floor of the house: the guest room and bath; the kitchen, where you can have a light breakfast, but to which cooking privileges aren't extended; and the deck, which is open to the kitchen in warm weather.
Interaction with Guests
We respect your privacy, and we're sure you will respect ours; the house is ideally set up for that. We're available for help with getting around the city, recommending interesting things to do, and orienting you to the neighborhood. One of us is usually at home for any questions you might have. We like to interact but not to interfere.
Boerum Hill combines all the conveniences of an urban neighborhood, the sophistication of Brooklyn foodie heaven, and quick access to art, shopping, and sightseeing.
• A half block away from Smith Street, with restaurants of practically every cuisine and price range. Clothing and item stores, food emporia, bookstores, pharmacies, etc. line Smith and the next street over, Court Street.
• Two cinemas (a small multiplex playing a wide range of first-run films; a megaplex playing major first-run releases) are a 10-minute walk. The BAM Rose Cinema (independent and repertory films) is a 20-minute walk.
• The Brooklyn Promenade and Brooklyn Heights neighborhood are 10 minutes away.
• Brooklyn Bridge Park and the DUMBO district are 25 minutes on foot, 5 minutes by subway.
• The Brooklyn Academy of Music (performance, cinema) is a 20-minute walk; the Barclays Center is in the same area.
• Park Slope and Prospect Park are 10 minutes away by subway, about 30 minutes on foot.
• The Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are 20 minutes on the subway, about 40 minutes on foot.
We are a block and a half away from the F and G lines of the subway. The A, C, N, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 lines are either a transfer one stop away or a 5- to 10-minute walk from the house. Williamsburg, Dumbo, Bushwick, Park Slope, and other sections of Brooklyn are within easy reach.
We’re close to everything in Manhattan, too:
• 15-20 minutes on the subway: Chinatown, Lower East Side, East Village, Wall Street, World Trade Center, Tribeca, SoHo, NoLita, Greenwich Village, Chelsea.
• 25 minutes on the subway: Midtown.
• 30-35 minutes on the subway: Upper West Side and Upper East Side.
Other Things to Note
Transportation to our house from the area's major airports is easy. Taxi service is available from Newark Liberty Airport, LaGuardia, and JFK. In addition, there is public transportation from Newark and JFK. Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station, and Grand Central Station are a subway ride away. We can provide you with directions. There is also on-street parking.
1. Arrival is after 2 pm and departure before 11 am. We are flexible about these hours depending on whether other guests are leaving/arriving that day.
2. At least one guest must be over 21. A mature, older teenager accompanied by a parent/guardian is fine. Regretfully, we cannot accommodate children.
3. If leaving the house early or returning late (or vice versa!), please be considerate of us and our neighbors and be quiet.
4. If it’s raining when you come in, please remove your shoes in the outer hallway.
5. Put any books, tapes, or magazines back where you found them.
6. Turn off lights and ceiling fan when leaving the house; if your laptop is charged, please don’t leave the charging cord plugged in.
7. There Is an array of guidebooks in the room for your use. Please remember to leave them at the end of your stay.
8. Instructions for using WiFi, TV, and other equipment are in the room.
9. The use of the kitchen for cooking isn't available.
Silvano and Craig were wonderful hosts and their townhouse well suited for guests. The room is spacious, private and comfortable. These two have traveled quite a bit and what they've gleaned from their travels is reflected in what they provide for their guests--from bathroom amenities to information about the neighborhood/NYC to the art on the walls and the linens on the bed. Their backyard garden is beautiful and well maintained, and their neighborhood (Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill Brooklyn) one of my favorites in all of NYC (as a former Brooklyn-ite, I am biased). They are a block and a half away from the F-train, one of the best lines in the city. Their street is quiet but close to plenty of shops and restaurants. If you're traveling to New York for work or pleasure, Silvano & Craig's place is a great choice: amazing hosts, great neighborhood, easily accessible to all things NYC, and a great value. I look forward to staying there again.
Silvano and Craig were welcoming and gracious hosts during our stay in NYC. Their home is creative and comfortable, they were very helpful in providing 'tourist' info on transportation options and interesting places to eat and visit. The neighborhood is quiet, safe and quite lovely. We would recommend them to others wanting an 'off site' place to stay while visiting New York.
Silvano and Craig were more than hosts, they became friends. Helpful, open, informative, they were the quintessential hosts to an amazing city. I will cut to the chase right here and say that we have invited these two truly wonderful gents to visit us. I would love to introduce them to our city as they clearly enjoy welcoming guests to theirs.
We rode in the 2015 Five-Boro Bike tour which is an incredible way to see a city that we already love. Having a home to return to was exactly what we needed, and exactly what we received.
The room was comfortable and quite beautiful. Clean, easily accessible and private. What more could you ask? How about a beautiful garden welcoming you into the sunshine? How about hosts that made you feel like you were visiting friends rather than simply renting space? We received all of the above.
Fresh fruit, fresh pressed coffee and bagels were served for breakfast, mirroring our choice for breakfast at home. Our only complaint was that Silvano simply would not concede that Montreal style bagel were better than NY bagels. Sure, they live in NYC but that is simply no excuse.
The home is located in a wonderful area of Brooklyn, an area our hosts were obviously proud of. Guidance to their choice of restaurants and shops was cheerfully provided and accurate. We did not miss once when following their recommendations. We knew that we had made the right choice in our accommodations.
Oh, one more shortcoming, we did not stay long enough. We will rectify that on our next visit since there is no doubt in our minds where we will select, assuming of course that they are not booked up.
Thank you guys, for a wonderful experience, for helping us see your city, for welcoming us into your home, and for making us feel at home. We look forward to seeing you again on our next swing through NYC, and we certainly will bring Montreal style bagels.
Ce voyage fut en tout point à la hauteur de nos espérances. Nos hôtes ont été charmants, toujours heureux de partager leurs expériences new yorkaises et sans cesse disponibles lorsque nous avions besoin de leur service. L'emplacement de la chambre est idéal sachant que le quartier est très convivial et que tous les commerces sont disponibles sur place ainsi que l'accès au métro. De belles balades à pieds sont aussi possibles depuis chez eux et notamment celle qui vous emmène vers le pont de Brooklyn et Manhattan. Nous recommandons chaudement cette adresse pour toutes ces raisons et bien plus encore ! Merci encore à Craig et Silvano pour cet excellent accueil...
TRANSLATION: This trip completely lived up to our hopes. Our hosts were charming, happy to share what they knew about New York and always available when we needed them. The location is ideal: the neighborhood is friendly and convenient, and all the commercial outlets, as well as the subway, are easy to reach. You can also take lovely strolls on foot from their place, in particular one that leads you to the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan. We warmly recommend this place for all of these reasons and many more! Thanks again to Craig and Silvano for their excellent welcome …
A hidden Brooklyn gem: I got off the subway to a hushed Spring late afternoon down a quaint Brooklyn street. Craig greeted me at the door. It's a lovely townhouse: renovated back in the 70s by an architect, featuring high ceilings and a grand arched glass doorway looking out to the back. Craig carefully showed me around the room that had everything a hotel room affords: towels, soap, shampoo, even a backup toothbrush and toothpaste if needed; there was printouts of local recommendations, room guidance including wireless access code, and emergency numbers; and an big subway map.
When I came back in the evening Craig, Sil and I had a pleasant cordial conversion. They are two cultured gents originally from San Fransisco. Their good taste shows in the house's appointments and colors. The morning of checkout we had a nice conversation before checkout. Sil was kind enough to allow me to leave my clothes bag until the evening so I was able to go off to my convention unencumbered.
Each conversation, they asked if there was anything I was wanting and kindly offered breakfast options. I felt I was an appreciated guest. I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet things are around the street morning and night.
I would have gladly stayed the whole weekend but Sil had the room already booked for then. Nice hosts offering a nice place.
My mum has stayed with Silvano a handful of times now and at this point it feels like returning to the very comfortable home of an old friend. She is greeted so warmly by both Silvano and Craig and they make her feel so welcome. My mum loves staying here.
We had an incredible stay with Sivano and Craig. Their home is stunning and perfectly located in a great neighbourhood. They were always willing to help us plan our route on the subway, recommend a variety of places to eat or suggest interesting activities in the city. It was also a pleasure to be able to sit and have breakfast with them in the morning. The room was equipped with everything you could possibly need during your stay and was very clean and comfortable. The experience could not have been better.
About the Host, Silvano
I'm an accessories designer and graphics production manager; my husband is a writer. We have lived in Brownstone Brooklyn over 20 years, since moving here from San Francisco. We're interested in the arts, politics, design, travel, and food. We're lucky to have a wonderful, gracious home and to be able to share it with you.
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