Biya's place is awesome! Provided that it's very difficult to find affordable accomodation near Manhattan, you can solve this by renting this room. Reasons why to choose Biya's place:
1 ) It's located a few blocks away from Line C station Ralph Avenue and a few blocks away from Uttica station line A. This means you get direct connection without transfers to the very heart of Manhattan in no more than 30/40 minutes and to the Air Train from JFK airport in 20 minutes.
2) Biya as a host was great. Always in contact prior to check in and available in case you need something.
3) The room is very comfortable, it has a big bed, air conditioning and heating. Now the very best is that it has a big private bathroom where you can enjoy a shower or take a bath with a continuos supply of hot water.
4) Bed Stuy neighbourhood is safe. We walked to the stations and around the area even after 2 am. There are 24 hs Deli stores and a Rite Aid store which will provide you with anything you might need. Additionally you can also find a McDonalds and a Popeye's nearby. If you need to buy things by Amazon you can receive them in the 7 Eleven store a few blocks away from Kingston-Throop Avenues Station (one station from Uttica station).