Welcome to my profile!
I have been a host for nearly three 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.
Homesharing 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 spent a few weekends staying 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 please review the house "rules" before you book with me.
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 maintain an East Village blog called the "East Village Advisor"), 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. My schedule can get 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. Don't worry I won't be offended. 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 about a year ago. Last year, 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 host singles and couples, but you should note 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."
If nothing else, I hope 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!