Inside New York: Lyon Porter of Urban Cowboy BnB

Inside New York: Lyon Porter of Urban Cowboy BnB

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the steps, past the old blue spruce tree and through a bright
red door is a cabin in the middle of Williamsburg. You’d be
forgiven for blushing when owner Lyon Porter opens with “Welcome
home, would you like a water or a whiskey”, because it takes you a
minute to remember it’s not for an intimate night-cap.

In reaction to the increase in travellers looking for the
‘authentic’ Airbnb experience, hotels in recent years have been
striving to shed images of impossible luxury in favour of a brand
image that is more familiar. Urban Cowboy is the closest we’ve come to home so

You are, to be fair, standing in Lyon Porter’s dream house
(pronounced Lion) which he just happens to share as a BnB. On any
given night or day at Urban Cowboy you’ll find his friends huddled
around the fire drinking whiskey or throwing a BBQ out back. Guests
can play his records, drink his wine and join his dinner parties.
If you don’t have a Brooklyn clique already, he’s willing to

A minor-league hockey player from Ohio, Lyon spent his teenage
years, much to his dismay, travelling from one cold hotel to the
next. When he took on his second career path as a real estate
broker in New York, the opportunity to create a B&B presented

He found the building in a quiet corner of Williamsburg and won
it in a bidding war, unsure of what to do with it until he went on
a surfing trip to the boutique retreat Maderas Village in
Nicaragua. “It was like a bohemian paradise down there and I
thought, on a smaller scale, it would be cool to do something like
that up here,” he says. Someone asked Lyon what he did for a
living, and told them he was opening a B&B, vowing to turn his
dream into reality once he returned home.

He began to create his dream home, which meant first and
foremost open-living. Garage doors lead into the living room which
stretches lazily into the kitchen. There is a beautiful antique pot
belly stove and a chef’s kitchen which guests can use at their
will. Rough white pine floors, exposed brick and a prodigious
collection of knick-knacks are just a few of the touches that make
this space so special. Another set of garage doors lead to the
patio with a hot tub, sauna and a cabin.”It was about creating a
peaceful place away from the hustle and bustle of New York. I
wanted something close to nature, with a blue spruce in my front
yard and a cabin out back. I said I want a cabin in Brooklyn to
escape to and I don’t give a fuck. And that’s how it really

Lyon has now opened his second property in Nashville. We’re
obviously planning a trip to visit him there very, very soon.

Local Williamsburg spots The local businesses
around here are truly unique and special. That is one of the
reasons I chose this neighbourhood. We are not smack-dab in the
middle of Ralph Lauren, Juice Press or Soul Cycle.

Okonomi You can get a traditional
Japanese breakfast that is literally like stepping into Tokyo

Blind Barber A cool spot where you can get
a coffee and a haircut or a drink and a haircut

Campbell Cheese and Grocery You can get any
cheese from all over the world.

Grand Street BakeryCool vintage shop
in an old bakery.