Your private room is located in our family's lovely 3-bedroom condo, a welcoming space for our guests to call home while enjoying all that the Big Apple has to offer. We are a fountain of information regarding the arts (theatre, jazz, museums, films, etc) and we are happy to share inside tips and suggestions regarding shows to see and places to go!
- high-speed Wi-Fi
- large washer & dryer
- fully-equipped kitchen
- living & dining room
- Apple TV with Hulu & Netflix
- library of books and vast movie & music collection
- hardwood floors throughout
You are welcome to share the common spaces with our family: a lawyer-filmmaker who likes to cook, an actress-seamstress who likes to bake, a little girl in pre-Kindergarten who loves to read and draw, and a toddler boy who likes to play with trucks and loves to chase our old loveable cat around the apartment.
Our home is strictly non-smoking, however the building's courtyard is only one flight downstairs with benches available.
To yourself, you'll have a cozy room furnished with a comfortable and adjustable Ikea bed that pulls out from a twin to become a double. (Caveat: when set-up as a double the bed will take up most of the space in the room, though you may push it back into a twin for more space during the day.) Clean sheets, blankets, and pillows are provided at no extra charge, as well as fresh towels and some closet space.
(Note: directions will be provided by AirBnb on the itinerary you are sent following booking.)
We will provide you with your own set of house keys and do not impose a curfew so that you may come and go at your choosing. Make yourself at home!
Hours for Noise*
*Due to our work schedules and the children's bedtimes the house begins to wake with activity between 7-8am on weekdays, but is usually quiet again shortly after that as our family heads out for the morning.
On weekends, we keep the children playing in their room until 930am or 10am.
We are friendly and would be happy to share our knowledge of the city with you during your stay.
We do have 2 toddlers who tend to wake up on the early side (as young children are apt to do;) I keep them in their room (which is down the hall from the guest room) for as long as possible! I even feed them breakfast in their room with the door closed to keep noise to a minimum! Around 8am we make our way out the door to school, so the apt will return to quiet once again:).
The apartment is one block away from the 2 and 5 express subways, which take you to Downtown Manhattan (Battery Park, Wall St, etc) in 25 minutes, to Mid-town Manhattan in 45 min, and to some beautiful areas in Brooklyn in a mere 15 minutes.
We have been renting on airbnb for 3 years and have really enjoyed the opportunity to share our home with travelers ;)
We are very knowledgeable about theatre, film, jazz, and art museums! We are happy to give you tips on standby tickets for Book of Mormon (for example) or the best place to catch some jazz or how to get discounted entrance to the Met and other museums.
Other Things to Note
One thing to note regarding the Ikea day bed is that when it is pulled out into a double (for 2 guests in the room) there is a weight limit of 300lbs per person.
Once inside the apt, please take off your shoes and leave them by the front door.
If you are using the AC in your room, just make sure and turn it off when leaving for the day. (Unless you'll only be gone a short while. It's just too expensive to cool an empty room!)
If you would like to use the washer and dryer, please talk to me first. Our washer uses concentrated soap and the dryer filter needs to be changed before each load. Let me show you the basics (soap, filter, etc.) It'll be quick and easy. ;)
Karen and Joshua are really nice and a hospitable couple! They have really cute kids too!
Only one train ride to manhattan the place is perfect for couples looking at traveling and touring manhattan but want to stay away from the busy city!
The location is perfect and the room is cosy and comfy!
This is the place to stay if you are in New York!
Karen was exceptionally sweet with hosting us well though she was a little unwell. She and Joshua made sure we are comfortable and settled in.
They were also very accommodating as we were a little last minute with the booking but we managed to Check in smoothly and were appreciative about it!
Overall a great place with a lovely family!
Well informed the location. host is responsible. felt cozy like my room. cute cat is there. children are so lovely and good at sing a song:) everything was good. if you are thinking of staying in here, there is no reason not to stay here.
it was my first experience with Airbnb. I liked everything Karen responsive and a great person. the next trip to NY necessarily use her bathroom. everything is fine. Thanks Karen
Thank you very much for your help.
Manu felt at home during the days he spent at you place-
Thenk you fo being so welcoming and kind.
A great experience in Booklyn.
I had a lovely time staying in Karen's apartment. I went over Thanksgiving weekend and they opened up their home to me. Although they were not there, Karen made sure I arrived okay and provided me with instructions about the kitchen, bathroom, trash/recycling, etc. She also had take-out menus in the room and also responded quickly to any questions I had. The room was exactly what I needed and located very close to the subway. All in all I had a great stay and hope to stay there again in the future.
I have booked two nights for my parents to stay at Karen's and Joshua's apartment. They enjoyed their time their and were very happy to meet such nice people. Even though my parents don't speak English , Karen and Joshua have helped them out with printing their boarding pass for the flight back and helped them stay in touch with me by using their PC and email account.
From what my parents told me, we can highly recommend to spend some nights and days at Karen and Joshua's
It was lovely to stay with this beautiful family! Everything is as discribed: I stayed alone and it was never a problem to come home late as the subway is running throughout the night. It is no problem to walk from the subway station to the appartment even at night as it is only one short block. The room is big and there´s enough space for two people. I also had the possiblity to use bath, kitchen and living room. Both and the lovely kids were around quite often and always happy to answer questions and give recommendations, especially for jazz (thank you so much, that was a great night!), broadway-shows and good places to eat! Thank you very much for everything!
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Joshua is a filmmaker originally from the Atlantic City area and Karen is an actress,designer,improviser originally from a small town in southeastern Oklahoma. We love film, theatre, music, travel, and nyc and are always up for a lively discussion! We have been hosting on airbnb for 2 1/2 years and really enjoy the opportunity to host such a wide variety of guests!