I am a native born New Yorker who's been living in Bed- Stuy (this neighborhood of Brooklyn) for nearly 10 years. I like to garden---the back deck and yard features 10 different kinds of fruit trees and in the summer, a vegetable bed, along with a hammock under a grape arbor. I also like world music (Cuban, African, etc) and play the Appalachian dulcimer). I enjoy going to theater, concerts and performance art in the City. When at home, I like to cook, listen to music and read--am not into TV (and there's no TV in the house :). I work from home (as a coach and consultant) so am often around to answer questions and help with things. I lived in Europe for 8 years when I was younger and love to travel, so especially enjoy hosting international guests. I also used to teach English as a Second language, so am accustomed to speaking with those for whom their first language is not English. I speak some French and a few words of Irish. :) I really love NYC and my neighborhood. I look forward to your stay here!