Thank you :-)
We picked up the keys from the super since Ran was out of the country. The apartment was a little different than as pictured but Ran let us know that ahead of time. She was super easy to communicate with and a great host even from afar. The apartment had a futon and air mattress. It is in a great location and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there if you just need a place to sleep. There was no air-conditioning which was hard in a summer heatwave and we had an issue with the internet but I am sure that will be figured out by the time you stay.
Ran has a beautiful home on a quiet street that's just a few minutes walking from the subway. Plenty of quaint eateries nearby and a Duane Reade. A perfect Brooklyn getaway if you're visiting NYC. She had a lovely assortment of tea and chocolates waiting for me when I arrived, and her building super, Frank, is also friendly and helpful. Overall, I had a great time at Ran's place and would recommend it in a heartbeat!
My boyfriend and I visited NYC for a week vacation after moving to Canada last year and Ran's place was right in our old neighborhood so was just what we needed for home base. Safe, cute restaurants and shops, and easy commute by bus or metro to Manhattan, other areas of BK, etc. Ran was out of the country during our stay at her place but she still remained communicative so we could coordinate key pick up and drop off or deal with any issues that arose like spotty internet or missing remote (needed to fast forward/rewind DVDs), etc. Everything went well, so don't look at the 3 as not up to par. I just have different standards for my stays. I would provide a 5 if not for a few small things like not having full access to the apartment (bedroom was locked so we were in the living room surrounded by luggage on a futon), spotty internet, bathroom/living area not as new/nice as would have liked, etc. But hey it's NYC and overall, Ran was a good host.
Overall, Ran's place was exactly what we were looking for. While we didn't have a chance to meet her in person, a neighbor gave us the keys and made sure we felt welcomed. Ran also let us a nice long note describing everything we would need to know. Her place was organized and clean, and the description on airbnb was accurate. The futons in her living room were comfortable to sleep on for a night. Good experience!