About this listing
Beautiful, restful and spacious private apartment, away from the hussle and bussle of the city yet still close to it.
Please ask for availability before placing a direct reservation request in order to make sure all is okay to do so!
This grand, spacious floor-through is in a classic 1890's brownstone house in the historic Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Located on a quiet, tree-lined street, 25/30 minutes from and to Downtown Manhattan by subway, door to door. Walk to bars, restaurants & galleries in Bushwick & Stuyvesant Heights. A short subway ride to Williamsburg. 1 block from market, liquor store & laundromat.
Originally built for the Victorian upper middle class in the 1800's, predominately Dutch & other European immigrants. In the 1930's, the neighborhood changed socially & economically, like many other areas in New York City. Until the late 1980's it was mostly African American, during which it developed it's own cultural history. Many famous jazz musicians, actors, rappers & politicians came from here. Now in the 2010's, it is an incredible mix of races with varied socio-economic backgrounds. Many of the old-time residents still live here. More recently, there has been an influx of more diverse younger residents, attracted to the neighborhood for the beautiful architecture and the convenience to Manhattan.
Subways are the J, Z and M trains to Myrtle Avenue/Broadway station, or J and Z to Kosciuszko Street station. Both stations are parallel to the house, and are about a 7 to 10 minute walk in a moderate pace. (7 short blocks to Myrtle, or 2 city blocks to Kosciuszko, same distance). About 25 minutes door to door to Lower Manhattan. Also accessible to the G train, to Bedford/Nostrand station (5 city blocks, about a 15 minute walk). Very reliable and steady buses as well (B15, B38 & B52) for travel inside Brooklyn. You can do a search engine on New York's MTA transportation system so that you get a sense of how connected the apartment is. The best airports for the location of the house are JFK and La Guardia. Even though it is reachable, Newark International airport is discouraged due to the the distance and/or complicated public transportation connections. About a $35.00 cab/car ride from JFK / La Guardia airports. There is Public transportation (subway) from JFK airport to the neighborhood's subway stations. La Guardia is reachable by car/taxi only.
This is a private apartment, so is not shared with anyone during your stay. The main room has a dining table & a sitting area. The bedroom features a 'double' size' bed for two (also known as 'full'), this is a real bed with a box spring and mattress, a wardrobe closet & a desk. Additional closet & drawer space in the bathroom hallway. The bathroom has a tub with a shower, tile walls and a ceramic floor. The original architectural details, high ceilings, and hardwood floors give it a real 'Brooklyn brownstone' feel & charm. The apartment is heated during the winter with central heating, and there is a brand-new LG air conditioner installed in the bedroom during the summer.
The space has Wi-Fi signal, multiple power outlets for computers, cell phones & personal electronics. There is a TV connected to a self router which allows access to the internet through (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Chrome, direct link to YouTube and Netflix. DVD player in the apartment. The TV can be connected to some laptops and used as a monitor if yours has an HDMI port. Or you could also get an HDMI compatible connecting cable to your computer. No cable TV nor TV reception though. There is an assorted DVD movie library that you can choose from it the book shelf where the TV is installed.
We also provide access to our Netflix instant streaming account for extra choices of movies and TV shows.
This is a smoke free environment for your comfort as well as the following guests.
Any questions, please ask. I'm more than happy to answer and my response rate is very fast. Before placing a reservation request officially, ask to make sure there are no calendar conflicts.
A private apartment with it's own entrance. This is not a shared space so it would be just for the people who are staying in the place. Has a bedroom, bathroom, spacious hallway with an ample closet and storage, private bathroom, a living room/ dining room area and a fully functioning private kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
I always make a point to welcome guests in person and give them an overview of the apartment. The space is a private area, I live in the house in a different floor. So you won't see me unless you need something. I am however always accessible through email and phone if there is something you should communicate with me for.
Where we live Bedford Stuyvesant, or 'Bed Stuy' as it's known, is considered a very 'up and coming' neighborhood. It is very diverse, like most neighborhoods are here in New York, especially Brooklyn. The predominant population in the racial mix of Bed Stuy is African American (black), but there is a high percentage of other races as well, such as white, hispanic & asian. For somebody who is not used to a mixed-race urban environment, it might seem a bit 'rough around the edges' - but Bed Stuy is a thriving, neighborhood. Bed Stuy is one of AirBnB's most stellar & popular performers, for it's convenience to the city, large spaces with great amenities, and very affordable prices - in comparison to other neighborhoods, which can cost more than double the rate for much smaller spaces. In terms of safety, I have lived here now for 11 years, and have never had a single problem, nor has a single one of our guests. As you can see from our reviews, people have loved the apartment, for it's comfort and convenience, as well as the area.
Close to the city and neighboring trendy areas like Williamsburg and Bushwick but yet quiet enough to be considered a secret oasis in the city that never sleeps.
Subways and buses nearby. The main subway line in here can take you door to door, to downtown Manhattan in 25 to 30 minutes.
Other Things to Note
Minimum night stay is 4 nights.
Check in is at 3:00 PM or after, no later than midnight. Sometimes check in can be flexible, so just ask.
Check out is at noon. If you need to leave your bags, because you're not leaving town for a few hours, you can leave them with me in my apartment and they will be secure. No leaving bags overnight.
There is no smoking allowed inside the apartment or hallways. In this neighborhood, most people go outside and sit on the stoop (outdoor steps of the house) to smoke. However, no alcohol drinking on the stoop, by New York City law.
No more than one person in the tub at a time, shower or baths. This is an old Victorian house so the water weight plus human weight of two people are too much on the bearings over time.
No pets or children allowed.
Only two people allowed at all times. If you have friends in the area, of course they can visit but no sleep overs or parties.
This is a very quiet household on a quiet block. There are people who wake up early in the house to go to work, and people who work in the house - so no loud music or parties allowed.
Please refrain from wearing hard-sole shoes inside the apartment. People live underneath. Please be aware of your step & refrain from running or jumping inside the house. The house is over 120 years old, and still contains the original joists. Extreme movement can be felt through the whole house, so please be considerate.
When you check out always give back the keys in person. If you leave early in the morning, we can make special arrangements for them to be returned.
I traveled all around the world, but had never been to New York. I finally came to visit a friend, and I could not see myself living anywhere else, so I stayed! Almost 20 years later, I'm still here.
I am perpetually in love with this city and I am proud of its strength, its people and its eternal beauty, and I want to share it with anyone who would want to experience it for themselves.
Personally, I have had multiple careers, from recruiting and training sales staff, to real estate & property development - but nothing pleases me more than restoration of buildings / spaces as well as pieces of furniture. Somehow my love for spaces & hospitality, plus wanting to share the city of New York with others, combines perfectly with being an AirBnB host.
My friend Justin also lives in the house. He has traveled extensively as well, especially from work experience, and considers New York his home after living here more than 20 years. His interests lie in charitable endeavors and design. We have worked together on the renovation & restoration of the house, from the roof to the basement, with strict attention to all details.