Short Term New York Housing Lodge Home Stay

Dormitory - New York, United States

October 14, 2012

Our Homestay


This is a room in a shared flat


Short Term Housing seeker, Language Student, J1 Visa , Exchange Hosteler, Intern , Work related , Vacation NYC , Between Apartments are all welcome to this Home Stay.Male Quad 4 person Dorm is 15.00 per night. Solo Male's 2x Budget dorm available 27nite 6 day minimum.


2 Cats on Premises. $250. U.S. Currency Deposit upon Check In. Valid Passport or Photo I.D. ( 6 Day Minimum Stay)
2X Shared Deluxe Private Bed Room. 2 Females Maximum. If Hosts feel comfortable with guest routinely extended. Initial booking is maximum 28 Days no exceptions.

Males you have to book Male only Shared Room if available or Private Bedroom.

8 to 9 minutes Lower Manhattan. Convenient from JFK and La Guardia Airport by Public Transportation. Many persons passing through here have made many acquaintance´s and friends from all over the world.

Close to all Brooklyn Attractions and neighborhoods by public transportation. 13-15 minutes to 14 Street 8th Avenue on A Metro. 2 Cats Reside on Premises. Please do not book here if you are allergic to cats. Right around corner on Dean Street/Utica is a JFK Express Bus. This off the beaten path Sanctuary requires U.S. Funds Cash Security deposits. Very basic secure Centrally located accommodations. At a very reasonable cost for those on a tight budget.

Crisscrossed by several Bus Lines. 15 to 20 minutes to Williams-burg, Park Slope, Clinton hill and Prospect Park. A quiet family type atmosphere is present most times. Fulton Street park and Atlantic Avenue park is close by. Fast commute to all colleges and University´s in Manhattan 34 Street to the wall Street area.

About Brooklyn Home Stay

8 to 9 minutes Lower Manhattan. This 9 bedroom Artist loft accommodates up to 14 people calling this their temporary home including hosts on average during the year. 2 short blocks from Utica/Fulton A Metro Stop. 2.5 Short blocks from the Crown Heights Police Station.

Safe African/Caribbean/Anglo And Hispanic multi-ethnic area. It is known as the Weeksville historic area. Very low density extremely quiet majority black neighborhood.

On the other side of the building and across the street nearly to the end of this long block is the NYC Brooklyn Sanitation Vehicle repair facility.

Low density suburban almost rural area.

Several competitive super markets are within walking distance. Laundry right next to the Police Station 2.5 short blocks from this Home Stay/Hostel.

A 3 flight walk up to the only living space in the building. 2 x 400 sf Balcony´s 1 x 2,000 sf. rear deck with tables & chairs and views of the Manhattan skyline. Summer Spring, Autumn this amenity is attractive. During winter smoking is outside or in 2nd floor vestibule. Summer outside. Underneath the home stay is a metal fabricating business.

1x quad Female shared room. 1x quad Male shared room. 1x double female shared room 1x double female shared room deluxe 1x private room up to 3 persons. 1x double female deluxe room.

Close to all. Special rates available to Interns, Language students up to 28 Days after initial trial stay when available.

At any given time Household consists of Adult Budget Vacationers, Actors, Actresses, Theater, dance tour persons, Interns ,Students, Work related Short term Housing. Between Apartments Language students and J1 students.

On a scale of one through 10. Cleanliness averages 8 or above through out year. Very dependent on the guests at any given time. Clutter as low as six averaging 9. A work in progress.

No frills. Very basic minimalist accommodation using recycled furniture and custom wood furniture. Truly a Back Packers type of place. Rustic, rough Hewn and rural.

Please adjust your EXPECTATIONS accordingly before booking. A cheap affordable quiet safe place to rest and shower, after a long day exploring the city that never sleeps. Not a luxurious accommodation. No frills basic. For example the 26 cubic inch refrigerator is located in the Shower room.

Compared to other similar accommodations in this price range when considering amenities/convenience/Location a 10.

Accommodation Information

Please read carefully the below information before booking.
We do not accept walk Ins.

Check in is 24 hours. However if check in is after 11PM to 7AM an additional. Charge of $15.00 is added upon check in.

Check out is 10AM promptly. A charge of $10.00 per hour will be assessed or portion thereof on late check outs.

Optional Cleaning Fee of $15.00 will be assessed on a Guest(s) if said person is unusually careless with their cleaning up after themselves habits. Most guests passing through here have not been assessed this fee. Deducted from Security deposit. Leaving a room looking like the aftermath of a Party will most definitely incur this fee.

Security deposit is $250.00 U.S. Cash. Shared rooms. $350. Private room.

Cancellation Policy is Strict. After Check in. No refunds for unused days.

Though not included in the listing coffee is available most mornings. Tea and home made iced tea. Hosts routinely offer to interested guests.
Breakfast items and light lunch ,dinner and snacks offered to guests time permitting .
Some free Grocery´s are available to guests. Donations appreciated.

U.S.A. Residents and N.Y.C., N.Y. 2 references Photo I.D.


- Hi Speed WI-Fi reaches private roof decks balcony´s -

- Fully stocked large kitchen -

- House phone short phone calls only . Not a Private Phone.International calls will require a cheap calling card-

-Desktop House computers available in common area with HDTV -

- Deluxe 2 person Dorm come with house computer HD TV -

-Standard 2 person Dorm Do not come with Computer or HDTV
Guest has access to common area house computers-

-Fresh Linens Towels and Room Cleaning once a week -

- BBQ on Balcony´s or rear deck during Warm Weather -

- Projection HDTV & Movie Nights if enough Guest interest in common area using wall -

- 42 inch HDTV in large common area-

-Time permitting/Enough interest Host(s) organize unique tours of Attractions in NYC.

-Plenty of Free Parking in front of home stay-

-Desk top computer stations in Large common area-

-2,000 Square Foot private rear deck-

- Two 400 square foot balcony´s-

- 3,000 square foot private roof-

-Central Location - Cris-crossed by the fallowing Public transport. Please use MTA Trip Planner. Never leave this home away from home without using it. Spend more of your time at your attractions. Less time getting LOST.

A 7 Day or Longer Unlimited Tourist Metro Card and the MTA Trip Planner will get you to all attractions you desire in NYC quickly from this Home Stay!

-M-F rush hour under 10 minutes to Wall Street. 13 minutes to 17 minutes 14 Street 8th avenue 20-25 minutes 34 street 8th avenue.-

-Numerous connections from the A express C Local subway line ( 3 minute walk 2 short blocks Utica/Fulton Metro stop) to speed your travel to your desired attractions in Manhattan.-

-Crisscrossed by several bus lines. B46 bus Utica Av both ways. B25 Bus Fulton street. B65, B15 Dean St. B45 St.John´s Place. IRT 3 Lex train 4 at Eastern Parkway 10 minute walk. Super Markets, grocery stores,99 Cent Shops, post office & laundry , Carabian restaurants, short walking distance. Police station 2,1/2 blocks from home stay.-

-This location is convenient by public transportation to most parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Plenty of on street parking steps from the building. Bus to JFK Airport around corner on Dean Street.-

-Short two block walk from Fulton street exit/entrance of " Utica Avenue " A/C stop.-

Concierge services

A busy Home stay is a marginal business at best. The hosts . Life long New Yorker(s) are willing to provide information and be helpful. However there is just so many hours in a day. Maintenance and administration such as answering inquiry´s take up much of their time. If you require assistance beyond lets say 10 Minutes. Please remember to TIP the Host for their time. We do not mean to be rude.


24/7 Recording surveillance Video Cameras are visible on rear deck balcony´s entrance way hall way and in front of building and in open common areas of building. At least one host is on premises 24/7. No curfew.

Some of the Basic Guest House Rules

No visitors of the guests are allowed on the premises for any reason at any time. Violation of this rule will result in Host CANCELING BOOKING IMMEDIATELY. You will not be refunded UN-used days.

Cleanliness. Cleaning up after yourself after using kitchen dining facilities and showering.

No underage drinking tolerated. No excessive drinking 21 or over. Under age drinking and,

Encouraging this behavior will result in cancellation of the Booking. No drug use on premises period.

Under 18 parents or guardians consent in writing.

Verbal abuse toward Hosts or guests not tolerated. Theft attempted theft or raiding Hosts and other guests food items will not be tolerated.

Lastly . The hosts reserve the right to cancel a booking after guest appears. If Hosts feel UN-comfortable for any reason.

Upon check in Valid Passport Photo I.D. Required.

No Walk Ins. On-line Bookings Only. No off-Line Bookings.

No Contact Information outside of I.M. system.

Hosts do not communicate with Guests off the I.M. System until Guest has made a reservation.

Upon booking or shortly afterwards Comprehensive travel directions are provided by hosts.

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Previous Reviews of this Home Stay.

Four of us rented two rooms in Johns home stay. Cooking facilitys are adequate. Very close to the subway. The rear patio and the front patio is very nice. Some days were very hot so we slept out side. Super markets stores all a few minutes walk. Not luxury but good value for the money. John
Helped us a lot with information. We found part time jobs quickly so we could pay for our vacation to New York City. It can get crowded. So fast showers are required . Everyone has to clean dishes pots right away. Safe area even late at night.

I stayed here because I didn't want to spend a fortune in a hotel, so I booked at John's place. My room was pretty cozy, clean and had air conditioner (which was really helpful on those cold nights). The living room/kitchen/dinning room was ok, and I liked the fact that there were other guests living there as well and I met a lot of interesting people. I would recommend your stay here if you want to save money, socialize with other cultures and know how to clean after yourself (important part). It is up to you if you want a clean room. The walls are really thin and sometimes you can hear everything from the room next to yours, but overall, it is good place for low price.

Don't expect luxury & do not come here if you're allergic to cats as John has 2 (very cute) or if you don't know how to clean up after yourself (you will get told!). This place is secure and very affordable for those on a budget, the beds/toilets/towels are clean and John offers coffee every morning. All in all, if you can forego any frills and live in a hostel environment, this is a good deal. If not, try the Waldorf Astoria.

The place is just two blocks from the subway stop and it really takes 10 minutes to get to Manhattan so is ideal if you don't want to waste your day travelling. I have found quite a friendly bunch of people living in John's loft and John himself is a very helpful person. I would suggest to guests who have never seen NYC to ask him tips on what's worth seeing in the City. The constant presence of coffee in the place was, also, very much appreciate!!! My overall experience was pretty positive and I would recommend it.

John was a very nice host. The room is great value for money. Expect no luxury, "this isn't the Waldorf-Astoria", as John would say. But it's a room, more or less private, allthough you can hear everything that's going on in the livingroom. But if you're in NYC for a few days, it's a great, cheap spot. The room I rented had some temperture-issues, the heater was a bit hard to control, and made some loud noises sometimes, but John told me this in advance. He was helpful all the way.

It was a nice private room! John was very helpful in getting me acclimated to New York City, and he even made me a nice BLT sandwich right when I arrived!

Relación calidad precio muy buena. Barrio"aburrido" pero el piso está muy bien conectado (parada de metro cerca). Súpermercado cerca. Lo recomiendo positivamente para pasar ahí unas vacaciones. John personalmente me trató muy bien. Incluso cuando tuve problemas con la habitación S-9, la cual no recomiendo en invierno porque están dentro las máquinas de la calefacción central (mucho ruido y calor), fue fácil llegar a un acuerdo para que me diera otra habitación que tenía libre. No sé que hubiese pasado si no hubiera habido alguna habitación libre. En definitiva es un buen sitio para pasar tus vacaciones en NY a muy buen precio.

Best bang for the buck. Don't expect luxury and don't be too picky, but there's everything you need and it's a private room at a great rate. Quite uncomplicated, I could do some short notice extension as I decided to stay one night longer, and then even one more.

I've recently stayed at the shared room for 5 nights. It was a great experience, I can recommend this rental. John is a great host, he is going out of his way to accommodate everybody's requests. He is friendly and he is a great cook too! I am planning to be back in New York at the end of April and I will stay at this place again. I think that says a lot! it is a great place for a great price.

John´s place is as described, a huge and quiet loft that he built. Not luxury but it´s a good way to save money if you´re going to expend the whole day exploring the city. It´s close to the subway station wiht direct line to manhattan (A and C line). John makes coffee every morning for the guests and he cleans the bathrooms every morning as well.

Great way to save money on a trip to NYC. Bring your own blankets because it gets very cold at night and there are none for you to use. The area is safe enough but it gets very deserted at night. Coffee in the mornings was great. Don't expect any privacy or luxury staying here but it is a cheap way to see NYC. FYI, smoking is allowed indoors and there are two cats. Average age of other guests is 22-25.

Another host nearby could not host me. He sent me to John's place. As a young 18 year old french woman traveling alone I am careful. The accommodations were incredible for just $10. per day. $11. with the AirBnB fee. It is a medium size room. Very bright. Sun drenched as the host John says. Though it has 4 twin beds on 2 wooden bunks and one twin it is not cluster phobic. It is meant as a budget shared room to sleep in. The vanity was nice. Storage that I locked with a padlock. The rest of the Loft is large. Balcony's, gigantic rear deck and a giant private roof with nice views including Manhattan. I had the room all by myself. But met several interesting Europeans from Germany and Italy renting the private rooms. The common area is large. Nice kitchen dining area. Unusual. The large refrigerator is in the same room as the shower. John is an artist. The shower room is large. The host was very helpful. He showed me how to use the MTA Trip planner to efficiently travel to my activities in Manhattan. John has to be the best Host on AirBnB and possibly all of NYC ! Twice he made me a delicious meal ! 3-4 Minute walk to Subway. A metro. 20 minutes 34 street Manhattan off peak ! I am glad the other host cancelled. $10. nightly. safe, clean convenient, food. #1 host and place to stay in NYC. Oh it is $10. for thirty day stay. The price is more expensive for 3 days or a week but still cheapest in NYC ! Thank you John. 5 stars. He deserves 10 stars !

John is a very good host... the loft is in a good neighborhood just short walk from a supermarket and utica subway station... and just 20 minutes far from Manhattan with public transprtation!!! Sure i would be back there next time i'm going to NYC! and if you are a good traveler who really wants to discover the real life of the place you are visiting sure you'll enjoy this place. Very safe, good wi fi connection, clean and easy! see you next time John!

This accomodation is by far the best value for a short-stay room in New York that I have seen. The cost for my own room per night actually worked out even cheaper than a hostel where a person would share a full dormitory of 6-8 people. This place was great value - and I had my own room. The host was very helpful. My first experience of his helpfulness was when I noticed that my computer cable had broken. When I asked him if he knew where I could get a replacement in the city, he actually went out of his way to fix the cable for me! He saved me a number of bucks doing this, and also saved me the time it would have taken to locate the replacement. Big thanks to him for that. And that was just the first day. The host has coffee on the stove every morning. It is also likely he will cook something for you a few times during your stay. It could be a roast, or it could be a big breakfast sandwich that will keep you going for a number of hours. The crowd that I came across in the place was mostly young and vibrant and interesting. It is a good place for you to meet up with like-minded adventurers in the city of New York. The host has a large amount of very practical local knowledge. He has a large willingness to share very useful knowledge with you. This was invaluable for me because, as a soon-to-be qualified attorney, I was in town to find out the possibilities of locating a long-term apartment lease and a job in the city. The host went out of his way to share his valuable knowledge with me about these things. The host is worth listening to carefully. The quality of the place was very satisfactory. If you are a complainer or nit-picker, or have impossibly high standards, don't waste anybody's time and get a 150 buck a night hotel instead. However, if you want something with great value and have realistic expectations of what great value is, then you will really benefit from staying in a place like this. Even though I give a 4-star rating (which is very good), I actually give the extra 5th star in the rating when I factor in the price and all the extras. Again, have realistic expectations for a place in this price range, and appreciate good value when you see it, despite being a little rough around the edges. Furthermore, as time goes on, the host continually makes improvements to the place and has a genuine commitment to creating accomodation that adds value to the people who stay there. I expect the place will only become better and better in the future.

5 stars! I had a great stay with John in his loft apartment. His description of the living space is very accurate. My room was clean and spacious, the loft was quiet through the night (had no disruptions from flatmates in other rooms), the bathrooms were clean and John even cooked 2 meals for me during my stay (quite the chef I might add)! For the price range and location, this listing can't be beat!

John is a welcoming friendly host. Staying at his place in a private room beats staying at a hostel sharing with 3-11 other unknowns. Also he makes sure he only rents to non-sketchy people, which can only be a good thing. It's close to Manhattan, the neighbourhood doesn't *look* safe but is actually really ok and I doubt you can get a better deal than this. Peace out!

J. B.
John is a gracious and welcoming host. The property is as described, and the bed is very comfortable. The place (as stated) is rough-hewn, but clean, quiet., and comfortable. The A train express is just two blocks away, so this is very convenient to Manhattan.

We transferred to another room because it was cheaper. But it's not that small - still a good size AND it's private after all. John offered us some dinner one day which was pretty darn good. He does keep things clean around here (but a lot of it depends on other guests here too) so he's a good host.

John's Place is very close to the train station and in a safe area. I never felt insecure during the whole stay. The rooms are in a loft and have all the advantages of a loft: the common room, that everybody can use, is big and there are several very big patios which is great for summer. You are welcome to use the big kitchen and because John is a great cook, you should accept his weekly invitation for a meal. John also knows a lot about New York and has a lot of material and information to share. He answered my E-mails amazingly fast and helped us a lot to find the way from the airport to his place. On the other side, you should be aware, that the walls in the loft are very thin and you can hear everything. During the night it sometimes became very cold in the rooms, because the rooms are very high and the heat accumulated under the ceiling. There is just one shared shower for all. Altogether it's a nice place to stay. But if you want to stay in New York for several weeks, you should first test this place for some days and then decide if this is the right place for you. Best wishes, Bettina

The place is really nice and clean and super close to the subway. My room had a beautiful view and a comfy bed. John can be a little intense, on the first night he was quite annoyed with me for catching a cab as he said cab drivers were "crooks" but after that he was very helpful and pleasant. Even gave me some delicious roast he made and let me hang out past check out time. All in all it was a good experience.

Really nice spacious room which I shared with my cousin and we had ample space for all our stuff. The location is pretty near to the station, about five minutes walk away. John is a really helpful host and made sure we had a place to stay on New Year's night when he found out that we didn't have anywhere to go for that night. And honestly I don't think you'll find a better deal for the price you pay, especially if you're travelling alone in NYC :)

I couldn't agree more with Nacio's exact review. Close distance from subway station and warm rooms are good. However, if you are sensitive to cigarette smoke, I don't recommend this place. He smokes inside the house and rooms for guests have a big glassless hole facing kitchen where he usually smoke. Considering the cheap price of room, you may bear some shortcomings.. but I don't think it's comfortable to live for a long time in this house.

Ling Sum
Great stay, great location! John is a perfect host. The room is big enough. The neighborhood is safe!

Hey travelers! I stayed at john's space in crown heights, Brooklyn for 10 days & would recommend it to any of you out there on a budget who don't need many frills. It feels like a cross between a hostel & a friend's place - there were long term & short term guests here - everyone was respectful & quiet. Excellent value for money & steps away from 24 hour transit anywhere in NYC. The shower needs improvement but it's a great place to hang yer hat. Would/will stay here again. Thanks John, Merry holiday everyone!!! Adam

I wouldn't choose Jonn's in matter of the size of the room. But it was comfortable and the practical facilities all right. Besides the room there is a ' shared space' where it is possible to spend time/ do activities if the space of the room isn´t 'satisfying' which works fine. The bed was fine. Transport to Manhattan is easy.

If you are considering a hostel, this would be a much better choice. The rooms are private; there is a fridge, basic cooking facilities and John makes coffee every morning. John gives fair warning about the neighborhood and I certainly wouldn't walk around late at night, but it is very near the train, the grocery store and laundromat are walking distance and the neighborhood folk are generally friendly. It is definitely worth the price.

Nice room, close to subway station and to everything, few minutes to Manhattan. Mattresses, sheetes and pillows where new when we arrived. John is funny and very helpful, he gave us a lot of advices.

Good place overall. Pros: own room with lock and key, on A express line, cheap Cons: My clothes smelled like smoke, cats kept me up 3 nights, the fridge is in the bathroom for some reason. the area is a little ghetto but overall safe since very close to the main road. John and everyone in the house is friendly and keep the place clean, though i bought my own cleaning wipes and cleaned the toilets few times. I expected that since the place has 9 rooms and just 2 toilets and 1 bathroom. john was very gracious and offered dinner on more than 2 occasions. for $29 a night it was a bargain.

It's a good place to stay for a few weeks if you need an affordable homebase while you're exploring the city The subway is just a short walk away, it takes about 20 minutes to get to the west side of downtown Manhattan, which for New York is very okay. John is a helpful host, often offering his guests food and good advice or tips on where to go and how to get there. There is a large common area with a kitchen that holds everything you need; the bathrooms and shower are also shared by all. Rooms have loft beds, drawers, chairs, tables, lamps - in short, everything you need. If anything's missing, just ask; John is quite good at providing anything extra (for example the extension cord and socket adapter I needed to get comfortable in bed with my laptop). If you have any more questions, just ask, I'll be happy to help you out.

I stayed at Johns place for just over a week. The location of the place is great, only a short walk to the train station and ~10 min to lower Manhattan. There was also on the street parking easily available. John was a great host, provided me information on how to get around and also recommended some places to check out. Its great value for money, would stay here again if I'm in NYC. Room was sun drenched and clean. He offered coffee every morning. The complimentary BLT he made for me was delicious. If anyone has any questions just send me an email.

Yo y mi amigo nos hospedamos en una habitación preciosa bañada por el sol. La casa situada en un barrio seguro y autentico newyorkino estaba a pocos minutos del metro. John es muy simpático y habla español nos ayudo mucho ofreciendo su ayuda para organizar nuestro viaje mejor. Gracias John!

Very helpful when we had a last minute emergency, my daughter was in New York without internet and I was in Scotland and I had to find her somewhere quickly. He replied immediately and made up the room for her. She says it was great to have a private room and room to open a case and hang up clothes. Easy to come and go as you get your own key and it's close to everything you need especially the subway. She says she felt safe in the house and the neighbourhood, even as a solo female. Complimentary coffee was also nice as was the BLT he made one day.


$700.00 per month

$29.00 per day

New York, United States

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