About this listing
Spend the holidays here! CHRISTMAS IN NYC in beautiful Astoria/Long Island City! Quiet, sunny bedroom in a 2 bedroom apt, steps away from trains, convenient + close to Manhattan + 15 minutes from Union Square + LGA.
1 br for rent in a large 2 bedroom apartment, centrally located in Astoria/Long Island City, fully furnished. Great for international students + HOLIDAYS IN NYC. -Bright, sunny, quiet pre-war building. Big bedrooms, clawfoot tub + gallery hallway. Great restaurants, nightlife, beer gardens, yoga studios + markets within walking distance. Equal distance between Q/N + M/R trains. 15 minutes to Union Square, 10 minutes to LGA. Ideal guests are extremely clean + respectful.
We're literally steps away from the N/Q train (Broadway Station), in one direction + the M/R in the opposite direction, providing QUICK ACCESS to everything NYC has to offer! very close to LGA + about 40 minutes from JFK. I particularly welcome international guests +1st-time visitors who want a nice place to stay in a safe + lively New York City neighborhood.
SUBWAY (N/Q + M/R): 10 minutes to midtown Manhattan (Lex/59th Street), 15 minutes to Times Square. The subway runs 24hrs
ABOUT THE APARTMENT:
* 2nd floor apartment * Very clean and organized * All linens and towels provided * Fully furnished * WIFI and a large comfortable futon in the living room * Bedroom (One FULL size bed + rocking chair) * Air-conditioned in the summer time; In the winter radiators keep it fully heated * Large Bathroom that has a CLAW FOOT Tub*
The best location in Astoria ! Perfect for vacationers and business travelers. The space is fully loaded with all that you would need during your business or vacation trip.
WiFi, parks nearby, yoga studios within 1 block
Interaction with Guests
Long island city + Astoria are incredibly diverse. The nightlife, restaurants, shopping + are unparalleled for ethnic clothes, food + music.
This neighborhood is one of the most "up +coming" and very popular in New York City.
ASTORIA is a lively safe neighborhood filled with people from all over the world + known for great food. This part of Queens is a vibrant mix of Brasilian, Greek, Italians, hipsters, yuppies, Japanese - just about everyone else in the world is represented. It is fun and interesting to be mixed into the multi-culture atmosphere. Astoria is a small town atmosphere, very close to Manhattan, that is overflowing and loaded of good places to go eat and shop.
Plenty of wonderful bars, cafes, lounges, beer gardens and museums(The Noguchi, P.S.1, and Moving Image), as well as parks, such as Socrates Sculpture Park (an outdoor museum and public park where artists can create and exhibit sculptures and multi-media installations) and Astoria Park (which runs along the East River for several blocks + offers panoramic views of the east side of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island + the Triboro Bridge.)
Astoria is a hidden gem in the New York metropolitan area, that you are about to discover.
I enjoy hosting through Airbnb. I have traveled myself and I have fun meeting people and helping them in their travels. I also enjoy sharing my home, my neighborhood and the city that I live with you.
I can’t wait to give you a New York Welcome! :)
The q/n are 4 blocks away in one direction + the m/r are 4 blocks down in the opposite direction. This makes getting anywhere a breeze!
Other Things to Note
Multilingual Household. I can speak Spanish, Portugues + ENGLISH! :-)
NO smoking, no pets, no drugs
large kitchen, all the appliances you'll need, full size refrigerator + freezer along with beautiful dishes for your use!
Atlanta is a warm hearted person and her apt is really great. Our last host canceled the reservation on our way to New York City. With airbnb coupon, we found Atlanta really quickly and luckily. The apt is in queens Astoria, close to N and Q line. The neighborhood has many great restaurants and all stuff you need. We really like Atlanta because she provided bath towels for me and my friend and let us use all her kitchen and bathroom utensil. Once my friend was drunk and got the drainage stuck she even bought home drainage cleaner which made us truly sorry. Her apt is warm too, always a sweet nice home after a tiring chilling day. Hope one day come back to New York City and meet Atlanta again!!!
THIS IS NOT IN LONG ISLAND CITY.
The listing is incredibly inaccurately marked on AirBNB’s rendered map, and what is generally considered Long Island City by New Yorkers. Her apartment is actually closer to the below address. This was very frustrating for us and we didn’t have time to arrange alternate arrangements. Regardless of Atlanta saying it says Long Island City - or some maps showing such, it’s not considered by locals or AirBNB’s rendered map to be anywhere near Long Island City. It’s actually in deep Astoria.
Broadway & 36th St, Astoria, New York 11106
It is not good value for it’s location, which is also misleading, as the location AirBNB’s website renders it as, it seems cheaper that it’s competitors - and that’s precisely because it’s Astoria, not LIC.
That being said, Atlanta seemed genuinely nice and friendly, and her apartment was sunny and warm.
However, I had many other issues with the apartment:
- There is a pipe in the bathroom that gets very hot, that runs floor to ceiling, and my GF burnt her arm on it. We should have been warned about it.
- The hot water in the shower isn’t very hot and the temperature fluctuates while you’re showering.
- The photos in the listing /are not the room she gave us/. She gave us her room, and had a room mate in the other room. Again, misleading advert.
- The bed in her room has some killer metal brackets sticking out of the foot of the bed, on which my GF and I both knocked our shins against several times. They jut - out quite far. There is some attempt to put light cushioning over them, but it’s totally inadequate. Again, we should have at least been warned about it.
- During the night, something keeps beeping. It may have been the metal in the heaters moving, or some peruser valve. It sounded to me like a phone line. It was very - annoying.
- The bathroom looks like it’s rotting in several places.
- I’m 6’1” / 210 lbs - the toilet is packed tightly between the wall and the bathtub, it was a squeeze for someone my size.
- The Internet was very slow.
- There is no plug for the sink in the bathroom.
- The sink and the bath doesn’t drain well at all.
- There is religious insignia all around the apartment, which you can’t see very well in the photos.
- Our arrival was quite awkward as I’d just carried a heavy suitcase up 2 flights of stairs, and she tried to get me to take my heavy boots off before putting my suit - case down somewhere.
- The hall way is completely lined and cluttered with shoes.
I would def not stay here again. Although Astoria seemed kinda nice. It’s much father away from the city than the real Long Island City is.
I'm sorry you had such a terrible stay, Antony. The typical NYC apartment does indeed have heating pipes in bathrooms + the radiators DO get hot. Common sense you tell you that things that are hot shouldn't be touched. Radiators typically hiss, rather than beep, so your issue of beeping radiators must have come from your alarm. Our household IS one that observes Asian culture + as such, we don't wear shoes in the rest of the apartment. ALL guests are asked to remove them at the door, which is why the hallway has shoes there. Sadly, you didn't mention any of the things that could have been helped while you were staying. The photos very clearly show the bathroom, living room, bedrooms + common areas of the apartment. I'm not sure of why you were so surprised at the size of a NYC apartment. As for the 'religious insignia' in the apartment, artwork is customary when decorating. It's a shame it made you feel uncomfortable. We've never had problems with the sink or tub draining, so perhaps your hair in the drain caused the problem? My roommate + I have no issues whatsoever. The lease, my mail + all other documents with regard to the address of our apartment list both Long Island City + Astoria. The link you left is incorrect with regard to the location. The apartment is on 35th street near Broadway. As city boundaries have moved, both are accurate. I'm also very sorry that you found the bathroom to be so small + uncomfortable. My boyfriend is 6'6 + a bit larger than you + seems to have no problem with the space. It's really a shame that you + your girlfriend appeared pleased with the apartment + then left the kitchen unkempt after your stay + this review rather than try to resolve your dissatisfaction with the location.
Atlanta is such a warm, inviting person--an exceptional host! Her place is very clean and spacious. As first-time airbnb clients, my partner and I feel very lucky to have had such a wonderful experience. We cannot thank you enough, Atlanta. Be well. Susan.
We spent a great time at Atlanta's place!
She is a very dedicated person, we perfectly matched as roommates - read the same books, do the same things have the same views on life! And she was also very friendly and helpful host - spent with us time, introduced to her friends, as were couchsurfers not just renters!
The location is also awesome - it is close enough to go to the center or just to walk around, you can walk to N,Q,R or M subway stations within 6 min and go almost everywhere without changes:)
The only things that bothered us a bit were: the building is old with all the following consequences: there are roaches and some other bugs (not in the room), the radiators are very noisy in the morning and they dry the air so much and although the neibourhood is extremely quite, there was a very loud singer living in the nearby building:) But Atlanta tries to make her home very homy, cozy and sweet.
P.S. The room we lived in was not actually the room on the pic (Atlanta herself lives in that one) but it is almost the same, it has the same huge bed and even a little wardrobe and it was a cosy little bedroom we really loved as our place of stay!
About the Host, Atlanta
Yogi, cat lover, tea drinker, coffee fiend, loves good music, great food, awesome wine. Quiet, courteous, helpful.
I'm an avid traveler, a bit of a neat freak. Rules are in place for a reason. They help keep the lines clear! My life motto is All good things Come to you when you need them.