About this listing
I serve a delicious, hearty & healthy breakfast each morning. This sunny (mostly) quiet oasis in E. Harlem is a short walk to the bus and a long one to the metro. Here, people are mostly Spanish & African American, hard working & kind, as am I. ';-)
This light, airy, clean, beautifully renovated apartment (approximately 450 square feet) has a cozy private room just for you. The room is furnished with the most comfortable and environmentally responsible bed in the world (with special memory foam by Keetsa) as well as a brand new desk, dresser, plenty of closet space and several mirrors.
In the living room, there's an extra desk for you to use; there's a wide screen cable tv; dvd player and plenty of comfy seating. There's internet access throughout the apartment. The kitchen has brand new appliances including a dish washer, washing machine and dryer, as well as a juicer, vitamix blender, glass pots and water purifier. I provide fresh, organic healthy breakfast choices for a revitalizing R&R stay.
As the owner and other person sharing this space, I will be your host along with my two yellow labs. I love people and enjoy sharing my wealth of information about the city's sights, cultural places and exciting day and night life.
My space is two flights up and located on the upper east side of Manhattan, in East Harlem, with a mixed population of Hispanics, Blacks, Asians and Caucasians. We have bus transportation two blocks away and that can take you either to the bus going directly downtown (along "Museum Mile" with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Frick, etc) or that bus can take you to the local train ("subway,""metro") at 116th Street. If you don't take the bus, the train station is a bit of a walk away (a total of six blocks - 3 long and 3 short). The which let you off near most of the major museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Frick, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, etc. A short subway ride will also let you off close to any part of Central Park, which is also only a reasonable walk from here.
This local train also goes directly to other tourist sites, such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the South Street Seaport and the Staten Island Ferry. We are a bus ride from the Cloisters Museum in upper Manhattan and it takes just 20 minutes on the express line to reach Union Square in lower Manhattan, a stones throw from the East and West Village. In addition, there are trains that connect to any part of the west side of Manhattan, ie Times Square, the Theater District and the lovely High Line.
If you're into shopping nearby, we are three short blocks from a mall, where you'll find Costco, Old Navy, Marshalls and Target. If you're into the outdoors, locally, we are two blocks from the East River with it's long path to downtown. On this path, you can join others (like myself) who walk their dogs, stroll, jog and bike.
This is a lovely, sunny apt in a safe, quiet and peaceful neighborhood. Building neighbors consider one another family. I look forward to your stay here!
Guest will have access to private bedroom, with locked door, Bathroom (w/shower (plus hand held), bath, sink, toilet, (shampoo, soap, etc, hair dryer), Kitchen (filtered water, cups, bowls, washer/dryer if necessary, coffee maker, pots, etc).
Interaction with Guests
I will usually be present with guests during their stay. I interact with the guests as much as the guest would like and to insure that all their needs are met. I am often out during the day and also work at home when I'm not out; however, i make time for my guests when they need.
I love that my neighborhood has a cultural and ethnic mix of people, that people are friendly, respectful and caring, that it is so quiet and peaceful, day and night. My guests might like to try the Apollo Theater, the new vegan restaurant that just opened ("the Seasoned Vegan") and Shakespeare and other classic works in Marcus Garvey Park during the summer.
The 4, 5 and 6 trains are a short walk away and if you don't feel like walking, there is a bus even closer that will take you right to the subway and back upon your return.
It is so easy to get from LaGuardia Airport to my address. Simply take the M60 bus ($2.50) which picks you up at the airport and drops you off right at 125th street and first or second avenue (first stop from queens into manhattan). From there, you can walk from 125th street to where i live six blocks south to 119th street and one block east to 1st ave OR you can take a bus (free transfer) on 2nd ave which will take you those 6 blocks south and then you just have the one block to first avenue to walk.
To get from JFK Airport to my house, take the "air train" to jamaica and from there catch the E train to 53rd street and lexington avenue (first stop in manhattan from queens). there you'll find signs directing you to the #6 train, (a walk through the subway). you take the #6 train and get off at 116th street and walk a few blocks to my house or you can take a bus (the M116), from 116th street and this stops even closer to where i live.
From Newark Airport, the Air Train offers connecting service to NJ Transit and Amtrak trains which bring you into Manhattan. Surprisingly, this can actually be much quicker than taking a cab or bus, and it is much more affordable. $11.55 one way will bring you from Newark Airport to Penn Station, midtown Manhattan. There take the E train (5 stops) to the Lexington Ave (and 53rd Street) station. Walk through the station to find the #6 train. Take the #6 train uptown (8 stops) to 116th street station. i'm a few blocks away (3 blocks north and 3 blocks east) or take the M116 bus to 120 street and from there walk one block to 119th street.
Other Things to Note
I am always working to improve the well being of my guests during their stay and constantly purchasing amenities that will aid in that endeavor. I appreciate knowing any special needs that i might be able to help address.
Host's Requests for an Enjoyable Stay
Arrival and Departure
Please make every effort to arrive the first time before 10:30 pm, IF at all possible. If there are days you plan to return home later than 11 pm, please let me know in advance if possible.
Food/Drink ~ with a Topping of Compassion
This is a vegan household and so I ask you not to bring in any food that contains dead animals (cows, pigs, chickens, fishes, shrimps, etc), or their body parts or any products taken (stolen) from them, i.e. dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice-cream), eggs, honey. I have a full, varied and delicious breakfast for you that will certainly please, fill and satisfy you. In addition, I request that you bring no other food into the apartment. There are many wonderful places to eat in NYC, including ones right in the neighborhood.
The Non Human Companions
Please respect the non human animals, my companion dogs, by giving them a chance to get to know you, get used to your voice, scent and demeanor, before approaching them or trying to befriend them. They are lovely beings, but need their space.
Clean and Careful
There are no other critters in my home (bugs, mice, rats) and I hope to keep it that way. Please be careful with crumbs (i.e. from breakfast) and let me know if I need to sweep, mop or clean up any place. Please ask me where to put recycled materials (paper, cardboard, plastics, metals, glass) (or find yourself in cabinet to right of fridge).
I do not want guests going in and out to smoke and creating hallway and entranceway traffic. Once you are in for the evening, please remain in. Same with the morning. Once you leave, please enjoy your day outside.
Locks and Lights
Please lock the door, when exiting. Please turn off all lights and electricity when not in use.
Please alert me to your temperature needs and preferences. We (the dogs and I) are fine with air conditioning or not (windows open), though we prefer the latter (for energy, money and fresh air conservation).
Your Presence is a Gift
Having you stay here is a gift. Many guests have bought me presents, even hand made items. I appreciate the generosity of heart that these represent; however, I would prefer you donate to the organization Reaching Out for Animal Rights! (ROAR!) Inc - non profit - working for a compassionate, healthy, just, sustainable, egalitarian, peaceful and loving world.
Comfortable and Carefree
Please let me know of any concerns or questions you may have, so I can help make your stay here be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
PS These requests are printed out and accessible here.