|Photography courtesy of Sarah Ward
| SORRY Escape Guesthouse is now CLOSE
|Read an exclusive interview with the ex-guesthouse proprietor Elizabeth Kennick. Also, check out
this Examiner article about our neighborhood and the underground railroad.
|Escape Guesthouse Overview:
Built in the 1850s, our Brooklyn Bed and Breakfasts (an example of the 1850s Italianate
architectural style) is nestled in historic Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Boerum Hill is an enchanting
residential neighborhood convenient to Brooklyn Heights, Ft. Green, Cobble Hill, Carroll
Gardens, Park Slope, and just a short ride or walk to lower Manhattan.
Stroll down quiet tree-lined streets or explore Smith St., Court St. and Atlantic Avenue for a
host of restaurants, boutiques, and everything from antiques to (frozen) zombies. If you're
visiting New York City and still wish to make yourself at home, then come experience our Bed
and Breakfast in Brooklyn, NYC for yourself. We are just a short ride or walk to the Brooklyn
Bridge, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) performing arts center, and the
new Barclays Center Arena, major concert venue and home of the Brooklyn Nets.
In 2003, Elizabeth purchased 168 Bergen St and moved with her daughter Adrienne to
Brooklyn's Boerum Hill. The pair had often discussed a future plan: opening a bed and
breakfast “somewhere” in the country, anticipating an eventual departure from New York
City. However, as they discovered the quiet and eclectic charms of the Heights and Hills
area, the discussion took a new turn: what about right here?
In 2005, a friend came to stay for a few weeks and caught Elizabeth staying up late working
on the plans for the future B&B. The friend had one question: When are you going to quit
planning and actually do it? You have an amazing house right here!
In 2006, after reading an article in the Brooklyn Paper highlighting the desperate need for
more lodging in Boerum Hill and the near-city section of Brooklyn, Elizabeth and Adrienne
refurbished two floors of 168 Bergen Street. The next year, they opened two more rooms to
provide greater flexibility and choice to guests who continuously sold out the house.
The name? Escape. The idea? To provide friendly, safe, comfortable rooms in a welcoming
house with lots of light and grace. Escape is a quiet retreat tucked just outside the hectic and
congested thoroughfares of Manhattan. The rooms hold a blend of modern and antique
furniture and artwork from around the world, but the effect is restful and casual. There are no
collections of cluttery Victorian furniture nor any installations of lace or ceramics.
Breakfast conversations change daily with the guests, though frequent topics are politics and
plays (both local and abroad). Escape has hosted orchestras, designers, actors, directors,
scientists, professors, artists, and authors from across the US and around the globe.
If you have friends or family coming to visit, or have ever wanted to explore the unique
charms of Brooklyn - from chef-owned restaurants and shops featuring local designers to
historic architecture and modern development - then Escape Guesthouse is the place for you!
Visit this Youtube link for a look into the guesthouse when we hosted a concert for Consider
the Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsqJckExHGc