Stay in this great 3rd floor Brownstone apartment in a fantastic, accessible Brooklyn neighborhood. Queen bed, equipped kitchen, clean common spaces, amazing breakfast and many other amenities included.
This room is on the 3rd floor of our "Brooklyn & Breakfast" AirBnB Landlord/Tenant Cooperative. Your hosts are myself and my tenants/co-hosts Tom and Jordan, and their 2 year old son.
This is a 1200 foot classic brownstone apartment configured flexibly with up to four bedrooms.
The galley kitchen is large and modern, and there is a large common area including a living room/dining room space. The bathroom is shared among guests, but in an innovative flexible way that takes advantage of our entire cooperative to avoid over-crowding during peak times.
However, if bathroom privacy is a top priority, we suggest you look at the more "luxury" room we have on offer on the second floor in Brooklyn&Breakfast's second floor apartment with a (nearly) private bathroom.
Guests in all of our apartments have access to my first floor apartment with amenities including a full hot breakfast served daily (and an AMAZING Sunday Brunch), printer, access to our large backyard, lots of tourist information and expertise, and more. All Included in the basic price.
Kitchen & Meals:
Hot breakfast, 24/7 coffee, and more is available to all our guests on the main floor. And of course the living/dining room and modern kitchen in your 3rd floor apartment is yours to share as well.
Monday-Saturday we offer a hot breakfast plus self-serve options for any schedule.
On Sundays we serve a relaxed brunch, and you can eat either in the dining room or, weather permitting, in our backyard garden/patio.
High Speed WiFi with multiple access points to assure a great connection throughout the building. Network printer and other business services also available so you can print a boarding pass or an important document.
Additional Shared Spaces
The garden apartment living room is yours to share as well. You're welcome to take advantage of the home theater evenings, though during the week we'll probably ask you to wear headphones.
The building is bicycle friendly, and guests can often rent one of four extra bicycles (2 road bikes, 2 'urban outfitted' mountain bikes) for exploring for a nominal charge. Please let us know ahead if you're interested
Musicians of any caliber may use a new Yamaha electric keyboard suitable for practice or composition (with headphones! no unscheduled performances please).
There is an "all-in-one" washer-dryer in your apartment, located in the kitchen. It's a very high end machine, but cannot dry at very high heat, so its best for small load and/or quick-dry fabrics.
We can also make arrangements to offer you laundry service using our larger basement machines, and of course we can also direct you to great dry-cleaners.
The bathroom is always clean, with excellent hot water and water pressure. However it is shared among multiple guests. We find that this isn't a problem logistically, and because your hosts are working in tandem with our fourth floor apartment host Ed, guests in both apartments often have access to two shared bathrooms and two kitchens.
Interaction with guests
"Brooklyn&Breakfast" as we call ourselves is a mini-cooperative of co-hosts. I own the building and work here almost full-time. I'm the "official" host for garden apartment guests, the cook, and do most of the guest scheduling.
All our co-hosts are full-time tenants living here in Prospect Heights who enjoy the financial and flexibility advantages of hosting on AirBnB and providing real Bed &Breakfast services for a great mix of guests.
Other things to note
Our building, with four hosted Airbnb apartments, and five hosts working as a team is a unique arrangement: a true cooperative of Airbnb hosts pooling resources for the benefit of our guests and for the community.
I own the building, an 1893 Brooklyn Brownstone and live in the garden apartment. My cousin Tania, on the 2nd floor, and my 3rd and 4th floor tenants/friends all host with Airbnb, and we work together as a team.
We share many responsibilities, and provide services we could never offer to guests as individuals, yet each apartment here has its own character:
-My garden apartment is the Brooklyn&Breakfast hub. It's where we cook and serve breakfast for ALL hosts' guests every morning, w/ choices for everyone from paleo-carnivore to vegan. This includes a leisurely Sunday Brunch with many homemade choices and a chance to meet fascinating guests from around the world.
The apartment has three lovely guest rooms plus many common areas, with garden/backyard access during the warm months. I live in the finished side of the lower (English Basement) level of the duplex; the other side is where we do laundry, keep supplies, and provide extra storage for some of our guests. There is also a 12-month indoor-garden for fresh herbs & micro-greens year round.
-My cousin Tania's newly renovated 2nd floor a offers the most privacy, and it's almost like renting a whole 1200 sq feet (105 sq meters) apartment
-Our cohosts Tom & Jordan's (plus their two year old son) in the 3rd floor apartment have two guest rooms, a comfortable living room/dining room common space, and more;
-Ed (+ sometimes Ed's daughter from a previous marriage) is the 4th floor host. Ed, an old friend, has been an Airbnb host in different homes for several years. He's a contractor and a big part of his contribution is making slow-but-steady building improvements, from better soundproofing guest-rooms, to repainting the hallways, and lots more.
Guests in all Brooklyn&Breakfast apartments have backyard/garden access in warm weather months, typically, April through November.
DIY laundry and/or laundry service is available in all four apartments
Brooklyn&Breakfast is mostly a labor of love, and it's also a little bit of a social statement:
We aim to demonstrate an alternative model for home sharing that can provide guests with a level of services closer to (and often surpassing) a true B&B or hotel, albeit with a more relaxed, 'mi casa es tu casa' flavor.
A stay at Brooklyn&Breakfast is not like renting a spare room or someone else's empty home while they're away, but neither is it anything like the growing number of dubiously-legal Aibnb quasi-hotels. By keeping rents affordable for long-term tenants, and taking pride in our neighborhood and in Brooklyn, we believe we're a small force against too-rapid gentrification.
If you have any questions, please contact us by sending us a message here.
Like most of New York City, Prospect Heights offers limited street parking. We can direct you to local parking lots. Parking in prime Brownstone Brooklyn is pricy compared to many cities but a bargain compared to Manhattan.
You're sharing my building, and Tom & Jordan's home. I'm the owner of this four family Brownstone and expect you'll behave responsibly as you would in your own home.
When we serve breakfast downstairs it's "full service," and I'll do your dishes and keep your water glass full. ;-)
When you use the kitchen in my place downstairs or upstairs on the 3rd floor please take care to clean up thoroughly and wash your dishes.
And if you eat in your room or in common areas please be especially careful and clean up. No crumbs, we don't want pests.
Absolutely No Smoking In the Apartment. If you are a smoker, you're sometimes welcome to smoke in the back yard, depending on availability--or out in front on the stoop like an authentic Brooklynite--so long as you are considerate of others and NEVER leave cigarette butts behind.
REGARDING "Instant Booking" RESERVATIONS
We pride ourselves on our flexibility including 24/7 arrivals and a liberal approach to who may book with us, including brand new Airbnb users, guests with children, pets and special needs, etc. HOWEVER:
(a) for last minute instant bookings made within 3 days of the stay we cannot offer 24/7 "arrive anytime" check-in, since our schedules will already be made.
There are always still wide arrival windows available, but you'll need to look for our follow up message via the Airbnb website or smartphone app and respond to us to confirm an arrival time.
(b) we reserve the right to review and decline reservations longer than three weeks booked instantly: if you plan to stay with us for longer than 21 days we'd like to communicate with you first to confirm that our unique community-oriented hosting cooperative is a good fit for you. Rather than booking instantly, we recommend you send an inquiry first.
August 21, 2015
I'm Len. I'm an amateur cook and vegetable gardener, an entrepreneur, and a traveler, by bicycle whenever possible.
I live in the first floor apartment of my beautiful four story brownstone in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. My cousin Tania (https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/9772800) lives on the 2nd floor, and we're both new hosts on AirBnB.
I try to assist all kinds of travelers by offering more than just some space and a bed. Explorers on a budget, families, young professionals, and experienced business travelers have different needs, and Prospect Heights can be a great neighborhood for all of you.
For now, my listing(s) will be for travelers booking short stays in the next 60 days.
Tania's are aimed at visitors coming for longer stays or planning further ahead (no instant booking, but we respond quickly).
Let us know how we can help with your visit to Brooklyn and to New York City.
AirBnB suggests sharing a "five favorites" list. Why not? I've traveled to dozens of destinations all over the United States and Canada, and around the world for work and for holidays.
Some of my all-time favorite trips, in no special order:
-Three weeks on the South Island of New Zealand. My first time celebrating New-Years-Eve in Summer. Made new friends and saw a landscape that is even more amazing in person than in the Lord of the Rings movies, no special effects required.
-My first visit to Vietnam in 2006 for a weeklong wedding celebration then a not-for-tourists tour led by locals: the newlyweds! (Yes, my friends still got a great honeymoon, after a week of hosting 10 guests, not just for a home, but for a country).
-Nine weeks bicycling in France. French food is probably my favorite, and with "cyclotourism" holidays there is almost no limit to how much I can enjoy without putting on pounds.
-My first ever cycling tour, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with two old friends from high school not long after University. The scenery, meeting other cyclists while camping, and the feeling of accomplishment each day made me a convert to vacations spent pedaling.
-On a business trip to Manilla in early November 2000, I got to watch a peaceful political revolution across the street from my room! At the same time, I was following the news: voters back home in the US were learning that it can take more than just an election to decide who gets to be president.
If you read this far...well, thanks again! I hope to hear from you.