Welcome to my profile!
I have been a host for nearly two years and have met many interesting guests. I view visitors more as short-term roommates than I do as guests.
I'm also coordinator of Airbnb's "Everything East Village!" group and co-coordinator of the "Legalize Sharing in NY" group. You can find these listed under "Airbnb Groups" in New York.
Airbnb truly has been a blessing for me. It's helped me to pay the rent and still given me the flexibility to have the place all to my own when I'd like to do so. That's a huge benefit!
As a guest, I have used Airbnb to travel to Tokyo and recently joined a rather large group of friends for a weekend stay at a farmhouse outside New York City. We watched films on the side of a barn. Very cool!
I am a relatively easy-going guy. I drink socially and do not smoke or use drugs. I definitely like to have fun, especially if it involves doing something new and it doesn't cost a ton of money. I love deals!
While I tend to be easy-going, I do have my pet-peeves. For example, a shoes-free home means just that. With that said, I ask that you review the house "rules" before you book with me. I feel like these are pretty standard, but still they are important to my neighbors and I. If these "rules" are similar to what you practice in your own home, then great! If they aren't something you norrmally do, then at least come as a guest who's more than happy to abide by them (When in Rome...) during your stay.
Either as a host or a guest, I am definitely up for hanging out some time. I like to meet new people and explore the city together (I recently started an East Village blog ((website hidden)) which categorizes some of my neighborhood travels. If you'd like to hang out during your visit, then let me know in advance if you can. Lately, my schedule has been pretty busy so if you give me some advance notice I'll make sure we have time to spend together.
If you prefer to do your own thing, then that's totally fine too. There is absolutely no pressure to hang out during your stay. Don't worry I won't be offended. I promise! I have plenty to do and I can certainly appreciate that you may have a pretty full itinerary when you come to NYC.
I stay pretty active and worked for a non-profit in the sustainable agriculture / environmental field for many years until recently. A few months ago, I started my own coaching/consulting business and would be interested to find out more about what's going on in your life. Perhaps I can help you out in some way?
My guests have included a combination of tourists and business travelers. Whichever category you fall under, you're very welcome to stay with me. I have an extra room (which doubles as my office when I don't have a "roommate") and I'd love to provide you with an opportunity to step into the shoes of a New York City resident for a while. Who knows? Maybe you'll like the East Village so much that you'll want to find your own apartment and never want to leave.
I mostly host single people (as in one guest, not necessarily their marital status). But, I have had more than one guest stay with me at once in the past. You should note, though, that there is an added fee of $30 per night for all additional guests over one person.
The most common things I hear from guests are:
"The room is so much bigger than I thought based on the photos in your listing,"
"This is a really cool room/place!"
"I love the natural light that comes into this room!"
"It's such a comfy atmosphere in here that I really hate to leave!"
Guests really love the location is amazing (location! location! location!).
On the flip side, I sometimes hear people remark that walking up five flights is telling them that they need to get into better shape and another comment I hear on occasion is that my upstairs neighbor has "heavy feet."
If nothing else, I think that you'll find your visit with me to be enlightening (that's a joke because the bedroom is well-lit and I am a life coach ;)
Look forward to meeting you!
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