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College of William & Mary
Past: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Philharmonic
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Hey, I’m Jarret!

VA to BK · Member since May 2014
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I love a lot because there's a lot to love. And sure, that's cheesy, but it's true and I doubt you'd care about NY if you didn't agree. B/c there's just too much to love here to think otherwise. So I figure I'm gonna be sticking around for the foreseeable future and I don't want to only meet NYers. (This is where I hope you come in!)
I take pleasure seriously, and as a host I strive to do my part in making your stay as pleasurable as possible. So far hosting has been an overwhelmingly positive experience.
I encourage guests to please ask if they have any questions about the area, since I moved to Brooklyn in 2005 and have only been away various times for about 2 years total since then. I can tell you (or show you, time permitting) where I recommend visiting, how to best get around and can provide info on some of the hidden gems and celebrated, storied establishments that I believe contribute to folks claiming NYC a cultural capital.
There's no way for me to guarantee you'll enjoy the city as enthusiastically as I do, but I do promise to try to do anything and everything I can to encourage it.

Work: I've had so many jobs across often such disparate fields. In NYC everyone ends up wearing quite a lot hats, so to speak. Some days I work as a tech consultant, some days I work in more "creative" roles, from creating and editing content to designing and implementing interfaces to deliver media to an array of digital and analog audiences and mediums.

In school I double-majored in Modern English Lit and Musicology.
I play but also LISTEN to voluminous amounts of music, play and watch tennis and basketball, seek out obscure films and avante-garde music of all types (though I am not ashamed of my love for the music of both Taylor Swift and John Cage in equal measure).
I love food and art as well... how could you not? I came to NYC for unfettered access to "the arts," etc., but have come to love so much more about life in general since, and I can only hope NY treats you so well.
I don't have a motto but I do believe I have an open mind and assimilate well, and I try to be appreciative of people who share those traits. I'm forgiving, but won't let myself get taken advantage of.

Airbnb's review policy (that doesn't let either person see the review someone leaves until they themselves leave one) encourages transparency and honesty in the review process, so if you don't want to believe ME when I say "You'll enjoy it here," you don't have to take my word for it at all! None of these fine folks have personally gained anything from positively reviewing this space.
Meaning: don't take my word for it! Look at my reviews. They lead me to believe you'll enjoy it here!

FAQ: I hope to build on this, but here are some answers to common Qs:

* Q: Can I drop off my luggage before I check-in? Can I leave my luggage after I check out until I need to get it for my flight?

A: YES, A MILLION TIMES YES! Your luggage couldn't possibly bother me, there is plenty of room to store anything in the apt for any time period, and I literally mean ANY time. Need to store luggage for a solid week? I can't fathom why I'd mind! Obviously I can't just let people have access to beds and bedrooms at whatever time, but your luggage and if need be your body and soul are more than welcome in the apartment at ANY time. If your flight gets in early or late and you need some extra time to just relax, PLEASE know that you're welcome in the apt for ever ever, hang out in the kitchen our on one of the couches.. And if nobody else has booked around you, you might be welcome in your bedroom for an extra night for free, if truly need be and someone else doesn't require it. That sort of stuff only makes me happy to be of extra help! I started doing this because people HELPED me. It feels good knowing I may have positively influenced your day. (Cheesy, but that's fine, it's the truth.)

Q: Hey, just checking, is the room available for this date?

A: If the site says so then YES! I have the "instant book" feature turned on intentionally, because i've needed a place last-minute and greatly benefitted from just immediately BOOKING a room instead of inquiring and waiting and crossing my fingers and toes. I know a lot of people don't update their calendars but I promise: I DO. I've done tons of instant book and have things ready any time there's availability, tenants have often shown up 30 minutes after booking and it's fine! Again, my calendars are always up-to-date and I'll make sure you don't reserve a room with me only to get turned down. Hasn't happened yet and I'll continue to make sure it doesn't. I've overbooked myself before and simply let a tenant take my own bedroom: problem solved immediately! It works well because I'm fortunate to have a lot of repeat business and once many folks have stayed here a multiple times and for sustained periods of time I think we build a certain rapport, to the point we become close enough that they don't mind taking my bedroom if need be. So please believe that if Airbnb says it's available: it's available, and it's thoughtful of people to make SURE before they book but with me it 's just not necessary. I've been in tight situations in foreign cities where "instant book" probably literally saved my life. It's a gesture I'd love anyone and everyone to accept.