The Country on the NYC Waterfront!

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Large, comfortable, classy, romantic apartment out of a 1800's novel with the best location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and super close to Manhattan. A writer's dream of a place! Whether you are in NYC for work, or holiday with family, this is it!

The Space

Greatest location on the Northside Williamsburg, Brooklyn Waterfront scene, my apartment is a wood beamed classic, with hard wood floors and restored original brick wall. It is the top (entire third floor) of a 1894 restored building on a very nice semi residential street block. The nicely outfitted apartment, "the country in the sky" as I refer to it, has a beautiful totally functional "Peerless" antique prewar stove for cooking, generous amounts of pots, a wood burning fire place and a full size refrigerator in the kitchen. The feelings are cozy, warm, cabin like yet elegant. The kitchen and living room are in the same open area. There is a dining room table that seats 4, a beautiful brand new couch that folds down to become a very comfortable queen size bed that sleeps 2. Beyond the living area is the large master bedroom with a full size bed that sleeps 2 with a large antique dresser and 2 riverside windows. Off the master bedroom is a large tiled classic bathroom with an antique skylight and large tub with shower, and a small bedroom with a twin size bed and riverside window that is nice as a separate rest area or a great place to put your luggage and things.

My location is the greatest and safe.10 minutes maximum in a cab or car service over the Williamsburg Bridge and you are in Manhattan. It is a short walk (3 min) to the North 6th Street EastRiver ferry ( the scenic quick river route to Midtown Manhattan or lower Manhattan, please check schedules). Subways: L train ( gray line): First stop in Brooklyn, only one stop to Manhattan and a neat 10 minute walk passing shops, restaurants and street vendors to the very frequent Northside L train subway stop at Bedford Ave and North 7 St, (Everything you want to pick up to take back to the apartment is on Bedford Ave.) The JM subway that goes over the Williamsburg Bridge with wonderful views of the river and NYC skyline to lower Manhattan (Chinatown etc), is a little further (13 min walk ) through the South Side. After a night out in the neighborhood, you will find this quiet, comfortable, timeless place to come home to that takes up the third floor of a restored Williamsburg house. All East River parks are a short walk away with their spectacular river and skyline views. Grand Street river park is only a block and a half away. I love going there in the mornings with a cup of coffee and taking in the NYC view. The quaint restaurants and music clubs are amazing and abundant, the Williamsburg Market has all the groceries you need and frankly the only reason I would leave the "Burg" would be to go to a museum or ice skating at Rockerfeller Center. Flea Market on North 6th right off Kent Ave, "Mast Brothers Chocolate" on North 3rd off Bedford, "Sea" restaurant (Thai) on North 6, "Sweet Water" (Bistro) restaurant on North 6,
"Aurora" (Northern Italian) with great brunches, lunches and dinners is right around the corner, "Teddy's" rest and bar (American Bistro) on North 8, a landmark serves brunch, lunch and dinner and also has music sometimes at night, and the "Knitting Factory" music performance space and bar is 6 blocks away on Metropolitan. The best NY steak house, "Peter Luger's" reservations only, is in the vicinity.

The floor is divided in 4 areas: upon entering you are in the kitchen and living, dining room with a wall and door that separates this space from the large bedroom in the front, the large tiled bathroom and the smaller front bedroom. The living area can easily convert to a sleeping area for 2. The apartment is adorable and sleeps four comfortably. Much quieter than most apartments in the area. Heat, wifi, fine linens/towels and kitchen utensils are provided for guest.
Full laundry drop off service and dry cleaners is available a couple of blocks up the street. My personal assistant and great friend "Azul" and I will check with you on your arrival time, hand over keys and be close at hand for anything you need during your stay.

Guest Access

The apartment is an entire floor, so please limit yourself to it. Wifi is included and of course help yourselves to my spices, tea, coffee, anything in the refrigerator, and feel free to browse through my lovely books.

Interaction with Guests

I and my friend and assistant Azul are always close at hand and want your stay at my place in NYC to be the best. Never hesitate to call or communicate with either of us for any tips, suggestions, directions etc...

The Neighborhood

The neighborhood feels like a small village. It is very safe and has such a mixture of different foods, cultures, and restaurants. The Manhattan skyline views along Kent Ave can get no better and the wonderful Pier off North 5 on a Sunday afternoon is full of families, tourist and the occasional fisherman. During the warmer months there are outdoor flea markets and food markets of North 8 on the East River side. Bedford Avenue (3 blocks away) on the North and South side is filled with non chain restaurants, bars and shops.

Getting around

Subways: North 7 and Bedford first stop in Brooklyn for the super frequent L subway (gray line) is an entertaining short10 min walk. Once you are on the train in 5 minutes you are in Manhattan going east to west underneath 14th Street which makes it easy to connect to all the lines going uptown or downtown.
The JM subway is further (15 min walk to Marcy Ave stop) but goes over the Williamsburg Bridge and directly takes you downtown to China town, Little Italy, City Hall.
The buses are also close by(one around the corner).
The EastRiver Ferry is literally a three minute walk from the front door on North 6 and Kent and is the scenic quick way to get into Manhattan. Schedule is less frequent than subway though so be sure to check it.
A car service arrives in 5 minutes and charges $15 and up to take you into (email hidden)ce cars.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Cleaning Fee: $100
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • What an awesome spot. We had a great time and had all of our needs, requests, and emergencies handled. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

    April 2014
  • A more than lovely apartment near East River and an amazing view from the roof. Great and very serviceminded and friendly host in Azul. Will def live here for my next visit as well! Many many thanks!

    April 2014
  • Great, funky place to stay that perfectly matches the neighborhood vibe. We will be back. Azul was very helpful.

    March 2014
  • tipi di top hop hoster! everything fine, just perfect!

    March 2014
  • Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a special place and a destination in itself. Maria's apartment is a fun combination of new and old, with some real museum-worthy items mixed in. Maria is very well-organized and a great host. We had a few "special needs" with arrival and departure times, which Maria and Azul graciously accommodated. (PS. The place is very clean--much appreciated.) Thank you!

    February 2014
    Response from Maria:

    Thank you Jytte for choosing my place. You and your family were a pleasure to host and I would kindly have you all back for your next birthday. I will bake the cake!

    February 2014
  • Fabulous place! Maria was a terrific host and very attentive. There is an excellent restaurant and bar right next door and some great music venues, bars and cafés very near. Car service to anywhere is insanely fast. We had some friends visit from Manhattan on a snowy night, we had wine by the fire then headed downstairs for some of the best oysters we've ever had. Our friends from Manhattan said they will probably "staycation" here.

    February 2014
    Response from Maria:

    Thank you Stephen for staying at my place. I am so glad it worked out well for you and your friends. You are super welcome anytime!

    February 2014
  • Maria is helpful and welcoming, her place is great its comfortable with rustic charm and is in a fantastic location.

    February 2014
    Response from Maria:

    Hope you and Stuart got home ok! It was a pleasure having you four.
    Sincerely, Maria

    February 2014
  • my dad and sister were very pleased with Maria's appartment. it's nicely decorated (quite vintage) and they slept really well, no jetlag occured... which is a gooood sign. it's in walking distance of the metroline for downtown and a very lively neighbourhood. the place is clean, has good internet connection and communication was very easy-going.
    thank you Maria, hope next time i stay at your place.

    January 2014
    Response from Maria:

    Wishing your father and sister all the success in their business. They were delightful guest. It would be a delight to have them return with you in tow! Maria

    January 2014
  • Ce fut un réel plaisir de passer le weekend dans ce magnifique appartement!

    What a lovely place you have Maria! Everything was perfect! Thanks for everything!

    January 2014
  • Marias apartment is amazing! Not only located great in the Williamsburg neighbourhood (many bars and restaurants just around the corner), but also clean, cozy and very welcoming! We stayed as a party of two and it fitted perfectly. Furniture and everything else is chosen attentively, top highlights are the stove and the nice fireplace. From the roof you have a very nice view on the midtown Manhattan-skyline as well as on the Williamsburg Bridge until Brooklyn Bridge. Both Maria and her guest manager Azul were very kind and considerate, so nothing was missing for our stay there. We definitely recommend staying there for your time in New York!

    January 2014
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Academy of Art, San Francisco. USF, University of Costa Rica, UACA, Methodist High Scool, Costa Rica, Mazapan High School, Honduras
private rainforest reserve, business, graphic designer, mother
I love life and appreciate all that has come my way. Every day is a blessing though I never have enough hours in the day to do all I have to do or want to do. While I am not in NYC, where I left an excellent freelance graphic design career working with Conde Nast Publications lastly at Vanity Fair, my husband and I maintain a private reserve in Costa Rica where we cherish and protect acres of primary and secondary rainforest. My favorite book is "The Unvanquished" by William Faulkner, which I read in Costa Rica, while pregnant with my son, where we were living on our reserve in a tin shack without electricity. A total Bliss! I love my gem in Williamsburg. I am involved and have sponsored many cultural events in the neighborhood. I love to ride horses! I deliver calves, raise chickens, tilapia, dogs, cows, and a beautiful son. I fix roads, love to cook, tutor, love modern dance, abstract art, and music of many types. Mother, wife... go fishing? You bet. Sincerely, Maria
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