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I am the executive director of a non-profit organization and on the side pursue the arts in many different forms.
I have lived here for over a decade so I know the city and this neighborhood very well. It has so much to offer.
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Mieke is a nice and professional host. Even with the email she wrote, everything was clear. Moreover, she helped and asked for help when we needed her.
The house is located well near the subway station, and i didn't realize anything dangerous.
Mieke is a lovely person and made my stay very easy. If you are using a car watch out for parking restrictions outside, they are far from clear. Easy to get to and from Manhattan by subway which is only two minutes away.
Mieke was great. Super accommodating, and the place was gorgeous. It sleeps 5 comfortably, six is a little less cozy, especially if you are a couple.
The train was super close and we were in Manhattan in 25 minutes. Billy burg in about the same.
Over all we had a great time, really enjoyed the cats!
Home from home! Felt very comfortable here and it served well being based so close to the city, very easy to get in and out by subway. Mieke was great but we didn't see each other that much because both so busy. She was very helpful and nice when I first arrived and gave me some good information and advice but you just have to get out and look for yourself in NYC, it's a great place! I think the picture makes the room look a little bigger than it actually is, (but it's so hard to tell until you are actually seeing the room yourself!), and if there were two people with larger bags or suitcases then it might be a bit squashed but because Mieke is so accommodating and helpful I'm sure she would be happy to help with any request and store the bags away. There are drawers and a wardrobe to put clothes and the bed was very comfortable and I had everything I needed. I would definitely recommend this place and easy to wander around Bkln and see some of the other suburbs. A fantastic cafe just up the road which sells croissants, pastries.... all homemade! Plus an excellent health food shop that does amazing fresh juices.
It was my first time with airbnb and also with The Vandersalls. Both Mieke and her brother John were absolute sweethearts and made fantastic hosts. My fiancee had the time of her life because of their adorable cats. The house is really warm, clean and cozy. It is only a few steps from the Subway, which can take you to any other part of the city in a jiffy. Also, it's a stone's throw from really good restaurants, well stocked grocery stores, churches and a laundry. We liked it so much that we shall definitely stay with them when we are back to the City. And here comes the best part, we know we now have two great friends in New York City!
The place is close to the subway and you're fast in Manhattan. I met Mieke just briefly and she was very helpful with information about the area and how to get around. The cat's were very friendly , too...
We chose Meike's room mostly because of the location--right around the corner from our son's apartment, but it turned out to be very convenient for visiting the city as well. The room is small, but perfectly comfortable for the two of us. The apartment was also clean and comfortable.
It was my first time using Airbnb and in despite all the doubts finally it was 100% secure and reliable.
We stayed for 3 weeks, a long time, and we didn't have any problems with the apartment or Mieke! She's such a good person! very friendly and always trying to help and make you feel comfortable.
The apartment is well located and nearly to Manhattan by train. The neighborhood is quite in general and safety. Mieke provided us a guide with all the nearliest restaurant and interesting points in the area so is impossible to get lost!
It was a really good experience being in Mieke's home. It was comfortable and clean. Mieke was always kindly and friendly. We never felt as strangers. The Ap. was also quite well located. Near to good restaurants and public transportation. It was easy and quick to get from her apartment to NYC and also to trendy neighborhoods such as Williamsburg.
Mieke's apartment is such a nice place and very conveniently located.
Unfortunately for this review I did not have the change to meet her in person, but she was super friendly over the email and gave us lots of cool tips on things we could do in NY.
It was my first time using airbnb.com but it beats any hostel or hotel!
I can vouch for this amazing person. One of the warmest and caring people i have ever met. Mieke is a wonderful person to know in NY. Very hooked up, and knows the city like the back of her hand. She is a dedicated activist and her passion and caring are apparent in everything she does, from knitting gorgeous scarves, to baking cakes,to social change, to her personal warm welcome of people. You can't go wrong with this gal.
Although Mieke is my sister, from one AirBnB host to another, I must say that she is a superior host. She goes above and beyond the call of duty in making her guests feel comfortable and oriented to the neighborhood. Not that long ago I saw her bringing two guests from Spain to their English classes on their first day to make sure they felt comfortable navigating Manhattan.
I met Mieke through my karate school, as we are both students there. Though we are new friends, she has always been very welcoming and friendly to me. Her energy is warm and she's fun to talk with and really knowledgeable. She referred me to this site!