I have been hosting couchsurfers since 2007. I've had hundreds of guests and
my attitude is, the more the merrier. It gets crowded sometimes, but there's
also the opportunity to have a great time with other couchsurfers.
If you want me to host you, email me:
- Don't use the CS messaging/request system. I won't answer it; I won't even see it.
- Include the dates you want to stay in the subject line of your email.
- Include a link to your HC or CS profile. NB: "http://couchsurfing.com/profile.html"
is not a link to your profile! Please get this right: finding you on the CS site is
a pain in the ass and I'm not doing it without the link. Use the "Direct Profile URL"
found on your own profile.
If you do these things, I will definitely answer you.
If you want to stay a week, just say so. If you want to stay overnight and
bail in the morning, say so. I'll probably be fine with it. If you already know
when and how you will arrive in New York, let me know in that first message so
I can figure out where I'll be at that time and advise you accordingly.
Ideal notice is one week. I won't promise to host you months in advance. You
can introduce yourself if you like and then ask again a week before your
arrival. You may also write me at the last minute; I've bailed out more than a
few couchsurfers whose other plans fell through. If I can do it, I'll do it.
Whether I host you or someone else does, let it be known that all hosts
appreciate things like dishwashing, keeping the place stocked with toilet
paper, taking out the garbage, and anything else you can think of to keep the
place running smoothly. Hosting is a joy, but it is also a strain on household
I live in Cobble Hill, within walking distance of just about every subway
line in the city at the Jay Street and Borough Hall stops. If I agree to host
you, I'll usually direct you to the firehouse (if I'm going to be working when
you arrive) or else I'll give you my address.
- When done showering, pull the curtain closed so it can dry.
- Don't break the couch. If you have difficulty restoring it to the upright position
in the morning, give up. I'll take care of it.
- Wi-fi: The network SSID for the moment is
4844S and the key is
- There are already many people sharing that bathroom. Keep it quick in there.
- You may write on the mirror in dry erase marker. You are encouraged to write in that red spiral-bound book,
and read what other couchsurfers have had to say.
- I am a fireman here in New York. I work in Ladder
Co. 11, quartered at 222 East 2nd Street in Manhattan, between Avenues B and C.
- No smoking cigarettes inside.
- I often neglect to warn my roommates that you are coming. Please introduce yourselves and
consider them your hosts as well.
- You may store things in the refrigerator, use my cooking utensils, and et cetera.
Hopefully it goes without saying: use them with care, and clean them. No metal
on my pans.
- Regarding references: I won't leave you a reference unless you leave me one
first. This is not because I don't like you; it's because I can't keep track of
all these people coming and going. I also have to like you, but luckily that
has rarely been a problem. If you were glad to have stayed here, I appreciate
you leaving a positive reference, and I will likely reciprocate.