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Hi. My family owns an elegant, old, well-maintained brownstone in the idyllic Prospect Heights section of booming Brooklyn (1.5 blocks from trains, 6 blocks from Prospect Park/Grand Army Plaza/Museum/Botanic Gardens and surrounded by fantastic restaurants and stores!), and we provide a few rooms at select times and for select guests. I've benefited greatly from international travel, friendship and hospitality - and I seek to give back and provide this exposure to my daughter. Therefore, BEFORE BOOKING, please use "Contact Host" versus the "Book It" option as it's important that we know a little something about you so that we aren't bringing complete strangers into our home, and please send a little something about yourself (If you don't already have info, reviews or references in your Airbnb profile ). Now, about the place and neighborhood generally:
WE WELCOME: all who come with a positive attitude and respect for our home; and we affirm that nationality, race, religion and sexual orientation are no issue.
LOCATION: vibrant and convenient Prospect Heights/Park Slope area, full of some of Brooklyn's best restaurants and shops. We're literally a half block from 4 great breakfast spots, an excellent taco place, great Italian, etc. ... and 2 blocks from the famous Geido Japanese, Thai, etc etc! Safe, beautiful, tree-lined block, 2 blocks from major intersection of 7th Avenue & Flatbush.
THE HOUSE: Large duplex in beautiful, well-kept brownstone. Elegant large living rm & dining rm, adorned with African/Caribbean/Latin American art and instruments, including tuned piano which you are welcome to play. Washer/dryer; Wifi internet. (No cable t.v. & there are no pets in the house.) Small amenities: hair-dryer, iron. …and of course bed linen and towels.
GUEST EXPECTATIONS: to be responsible, clean, respect normal house protocols and operate largely within their rooms or the deck and backyard. (I work from home and am actively in the living and dining room; although viewing of the art and books and occasional piano playing is completely welcomed!) Noise should be kept reasonably low (& pls be sure to have a microphone head-set for internet calls to avoid loud talk). No pets allowed. Sorry but no entertaining guests.
MORE ABOUT MYSELF: I'm an active father (my 9 year-old daughter is with me 3 nights a week); a social justice advocate (working independently with nonprofits, foundations, etc.); a lover of the arts and amateur musician; and have traveled extensively (with Africa as a special focus). I love meeting new people and introducing them to my great neighborhood; but, I am also busy and so will be pleasant but not readily available for much hanging out. My daughter also likes people, enjoys learning about different places and cultures, and loves music, dancing and reading. (You can also learn more about us from the many reviews that are posted.)
NYC TIPS: I happily share with guests information about cultural happenings, neighborhood restaurants, and sight-seeing tips aimed at capturing the full cultural diversity and historical richness of New York City!
APARTMENT SET-UP: These rooms are in a large duplex apartment within a classic Brooklyn "brownstone" 4-level house. The apt begins on the "parlor" floor (meaning outside you come up 1 flight), which has the living rm, kitchen & dining rm (which doubles as Room #3). The 2nd level has Rms 1, 2 ("Window over garden") & 4 (the Master BD) - plus both the full BA (for all) & the 1/2 BA (located within Rm #4). There is no elevator or chair-lift. (The street level is a separate garden apt; & the top floor is a separate 1-BD with a full-time renter - a lovely South African actress.)
*KITCHEN ACCESS: kitchen access is limited & varies a bit by the room, see please be sure to see the detailed described within the room listings.
.... and a few notes: IF WE PROCEED WITH BOOKING:
a) be sure to closely review the "House Manual" (in the Airbnb confirmation, under "View reservation details") and ALSO the "Arrival Info" email I will send you (**to avoid mishaps and any charges for breakage or special cleaning**). You should PRINT both of these items to bring with you since they include airport travel tips, details on accessing the house, key instructions, Wi-fi code, etc.; and ...
b) Please send me your arrival time EARLY (& at least 48 hours in advance). This is not a hotel so there is NO doorman; and so I may have to shift my schedule to ensure I am home for your arrival, or to arrange some other plans - which, if you don't have mobile internet or phone, you will have to know of before you leave to travel here.
October note: the review by recent guest Jean Pierre was so nice that I'm posting the English translation here (exactly from (website hidden) translator): "This was our first experience with AIRBNB and we were not disappointed. We were delighted to make the acquaintance of Mitty has made every effort to make our stay more enjoyable. We immediately felt at home. Our room was really spacious and comfortable. Direct access to the floor from the staircase allows independence we appreciated. Very well located in a quiet, leafy street in a very nice neighborhood in Brooklyn, a city within the city that we have enjoyed discovering and also very close to the subway leading to Manhattan. This really is the ideal location. And Mitty is the "picture of New York helpful and welcoming. Mitty Thanks for letting us share your love for Brooklyn and we welcome that you have booked. Chantal and Jean-Pierre"