I have a beautiful 2-bedroom apartment that overlooks a community garden, in Lower East Harlem (I like to call it the Upper-Upper East Side or UUES). I live on a lovely tree lined street and am a close walk to many museums, Central Park, food, buses and Subway stations.
I occasionally rent out one room to responsible and sensible adults who'd like an incredible place to stay while visiting Manhattan, located very close to downtown by subway (15 min) but in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood. ...and you'll pay much less than at a mediocre hotel in noisy Times Square! I'm just enough off street level to get a view and away from the street noise, but you only have to walk two flights of stairs when you come home.
My place has two rooms, one on each end of the apartment, with the living room, kitchen and bathroom in between. I airbnb one room and stay in the other room. The whole apartment is fully furnished and has an A/C in the common areas & each room (when the temp dips below 40F, generally Nov-April, I take the a/c out of the bedroom window). The apartment was recently decorated with vintage wallpaper, painted and has had a kitchen makeover too.
I keep the apartment very clean and I would like guests that are clean as well. Since each room has at least two windows that overlook the community garden, there is also plenty of natural light.
Your stay includes...
- an air-conditioned/heated room
- use of the kitchen,
- one set of soft towels and linens,
- FREE Wi-Fi, and...
- homemade english scones and tea service for your breakfast enjoyment. ;-)
- There is free pick-up/ drop-off laundry service close by if you want to have anything washed during your stay (don't forget to tip, the laundry costs are super reasonable, the pick-up/drop-off is free)
- Great restaurants across the street* where you can order takeout or dine-in.
- There is also a nearby nail salon where you can get a manicure AND a pedicure together for $25 total!! Why not, ech?
ABOUT ME: I'm a really easy going, professional, gal that loves to host visitors periodically and help them feel at home. I'm pretty busy, so a lot of time I will be working in the office/2nd room or out on a shoot or teaching, ...but available if you have questions. Feel free to do a web search if you want more info on me (search:LaNola Stone).
All I ask from you is that you're clean, polite and respectful. In turn, I guarantee you an extremely comfortable and clean space in which you will feel completely at home, safe and welcome. I also love to travel and I'm open to housing swaps.
NOTE: If I'm out-of-town the price is the same (no discount) and the trade off is that, although I'm not baking scones, you'll get the place to yourself!! ;-)
One last thing... I strive for "zero waste" and recycle or compost most things, I would appreciate that my guests put waste in the proper place so I can take "green" waste to the community garden to compost and everything else to the recycle and a small amount of trash. Don't worry, I have the waste containers clearly marked!
NO SMOKERS, DRUNKS OR DRUG ADDICTS. That’s it :O) If you have more questions please contact me.
The guest(s) will have access to…
- kitchen for cooking if they'd like;
- living room/seating area (just outside the bedroom) for chatting;
- ...and the bathroom for bathroom stuff.
- WiFi: The whole apartment has a wireless high-speed Internet connection (included), which will be useful if you have a laptop/tablet/phone.
- I have a land line phone in the living room for making local calls and so you can call my cell phone if I am not at home but you have a question.
THE BEDROOM: The room has a cozy Full sized "real" mattress bed AND a small Single/Large Cot sized bed (Lofted - not a "real bed" - futon mattress - handy in a pinch, 29" x 72" 160lb weigh limit if left on loft but it's okay to put the mattress on the floor if you prefer). It's private room with a lockable door. The bedroom has two closets (the one under the loft bed is for your use—the other closet is locked and for my storage). The open closet also has hangers for your use. The room is small and cozy but there is room for a couple in the full bed and another in the loft bed.
The bed has a VERY comfortable full size mattress with clean and fresh 800 thread count cotton sheets/pillows. Aside from washing the linens and mattress cover before each guest, I also steam the mattress and pillows.
The apartment does not have a TV, but why would you want to watch TV anyway? YOU'LL BE IN NEW YORK CITY, Yo!! ;-) …but the wiFi is fast and so watching a program on the internet (if you have a tablet or laptop) will keep you happy if you must stay-in and watch a show.
I prefer that guests NOT be in my sleeping area for any reason because that is just creepy. ;-)
Oh, and the guest will be able to come and go at their leisure. There is no curfew or anything like that. You'll have your own key.
INTERACTION: I am fine interacting as much or as little as is naturally warranted. I have made many friends through airbnb and generally have the most wonderful, cool guests. At the same time, I feel that since the guest is on holiday, it's their call. You don't need to entertain or worry about me, I am busy with my own things ...but always willing to answer questions and help when I can and am needed! :-)
I'll bake scones for breakfast everyday and will set them out. I will not join you for breakfast unless invited and I have the time. During breakfast time, however, is usually a good time to ask me about tips and information about your day on the town. I will help anyway I can!
NOTE: If I'm out-of-town I can't bake scones. You'll get the place to yourself however, and that will be the tradeoff!! ...the price will be the same (no discount for lack of scones or price increase because you have the apartment to yourself).
The "Museum Mile" is just 3 blocks away on Fifth Avenue, next to Central Park, a mere 5-7 minute walk away.
Museum Mile incorporates the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum at 88th Street, The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) from 82nd to 86th Streets, as well as El Museo del Barrio (104th St), Museum of the City of New York (103rd St), Jewish Museum (92nd Street), Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design (91st St), National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts (89th St), and Goethe House German Cultural Center (82nd St) ...all on or near Fifth Avenue (3 blocks away)!
The Central Park Conservatory Garden entrance is located: 105th Street and Fifth Avenue. The Conservatory Garden is SO close and beautiful, it's often overlooked but surely worth a visit.
There's a "gourmet" grocery three blocks south on Park Avenue if you want to eat like a king at home (great cheese selection), or plenty of cool restaurants in the neighborhood to eat at or order from (partially listed below so you can look them up ahead of time or I'll be happy to give you more suggestions on all this!) ...and a farmers markets a few blocks away on Thursdays (at 104th & 3rd) and Fridays (99th & 3rd) June-November.
Restaurants (w/in 2blocks): Joy Burger (American), Lexington Pizza Parlor (Italian), Mustache (Middle-Eastern), MY NY (Bakery, Café), Gong (Thai) …there is also a Chinese/Mexican for quick/and cheep food across the street but the fore-mentioned restaurants are especially tasty! ...also refer to the guide book with this post and there will be a printed guidebook, with more details and menus, in the room as well.
TRANSIT: The apartment is easy to get to from any airport by cab or subway/train and, since it's w/in a block of a gas station, catching a cab is remarkably easy.
I'm just 2.5 short blocks (220 meters) in one direction and 4 blocks in the other direction (350 meters) from the "6-train" subway line and there is an "express bus" right outside my front door (both on Lexington Avenue). Basically, that means 10-15 minutes to Grand Central Station by train ...and Grand Central Station is just 3 avenues from Times Square OR you can take a quick shuttle ride on the S train. …or... cabs are easy to catch from here and they'll take you anywhere. ;-)
Unlimited metrocards are the way to go for the majority of your travel. They work for both the bus and the subway! To purchase them, every subway station in Manhattan has a metrocard machine.
I provide detailed instructions on how to get here from the airports/train stations/port authority and car (via bus, train, subway, cab, etc). Airbnb will send this with your booking confirmation.
NO SMOKERS, DRUNKS OR DRUG ADDICTS. Those are all the restrictions :O) If you have more questions please contact me.
Also, Please note that ONE SET of fresh and soft linens and towels are included for your use, as well as body wash and a hair dryer. No need to pack any of that! ;-)
IN A NUTSHELL:
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING & BE NICE/CONSIDERATE
...I'LL FOLLOW THE SAME RULES! ;-)
- Never hesitate to ask questions about the area and the apartment. I have lived here since 1999 and can be helpful! ;-)
- Not place to bring people to party (only paid guests)
- If you smoke this isn't the place for you.
- Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink.
- Just be respectful to me and the neighbors.
- If you do not return keys, you will be charged $65 replacement fee (taken out of your security deposit)
- Check-Out is at 10am. Check-in is at 3pm. Remember, there may be someone checking in after you and someone checking out before you. I can be totally flexible if you COMMUNICATE YOUR NEEDS well in advance! IF NO ONE IS STAYING OR COMING AFTER/BEFORE YOU then I may accommodate a later check-out and earlier check-in.
- I strive for "zero waste" and recycle or compost most things, I would love my guests to support me in this and put waste in the proper place so I can take "green" waste to the community garden to compost and everything else to the garbage or recycle. Don't worry, I have the waste containers clearly marked!
-NOTE: The price is firm and Airbnb handles all the financial transactions, including their fee. Please note, If I'm out-of-town you will NOT get breakfast scones and tea, but the price is the same (no discount) and the trade off is that you get the place to yourself)!! ;-)
THERE WILL BE A PRINTED "HOUSE MANUAL / NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE"
IN THE BEDROOM AS WELL. Please read through it as has more specific details about the "House Rules" and it will answer a lot of questions about the apartment and be a great resource for detailed neighborhood information and amenities!
• I will send a PDF of it ahead of time if you 1) request it, 2) have an airbnb verified email, 3) have a confirmed booking with me.
We were very fortuned that LaNola was our host in our first NYC visit. She is super friendly and helpful. She gave us important tips on how to navigate in the city. The apartment was very clean and cozy and location was also good (subways, bus stops near). We felt very welcomed since the first airbnb message and helpful links just kept on coming. LaNola is the best host ever :)
Lägenheten har ett mycket bra läge, ligger nära Central Park och flera museum. Området har flera välkomnade butiker och restauranger med god mat. Värdens praktiska detaljer om transport till lägenheten underlättade vår resa. Vi hade i förväg fått en utförlig och inbjudande beskrivning av området vilket underlättade och förhöjde våra 4 dagar NYC.
==== ENGLISH: The apartment has a very good location, close to Central Park and several museums. The area has several welcomed shops and restaurants with good food. The host's practical details of transport to the apartment facilitated our trip. We had previously received a detailed and inviting description of the area which facilitated and enhanced our 4 day NYC.
===== REPLY: I'm so glad everything worked out for you two! I also really appreciate you taking such good care of my apartment since I had to be out of town. Lastly, thanks for the feedback on the neighborhood guide! I'm glad you liked it and that it was helpful. Hope to meet you two on your next trip. :-)
Wir hatten einen ganz tollen Aufenthalt in NYC !!!! .... und dies nicht zuletzt Dank LaNola und ihres Appartments.
Sie bereitet ihre Gäste sehr gut vor , indem sie viele gute Informationen über ihr Appartment und die Nachbarschaft zur Verfügung stellt. Wenn damit dann noch nicht alle Fragen beantwortet sind, kann man jederzeit per Email oder Telefon mit ihr in Kontakt treten. Sie antwortet auf alle Fragen sehr schnell und ausführlich. Nichts bleibt unbeantwortet!!!
Das Appartment entspricht genau der Beschreibung sowie den Bildern des Inserats.
Nach langen Tagen kommt man zurück ins Appartment und es fühlt sich so an, als käme man nach Hause. Wir haben uns dort in jedem Fall sehr wohl gefühlt und können LaNolas Appartment daher nur dringend weiter empfehlen !!!
==== ENGLISH: We had an amazing stay in NYC !!!! ...thanks LaNola and her apartment. She prepares her guests still very well by providing lots of good information about her apartment and the neighborhood. If I had more questions, I could always contact her by email or phone. LaNola responds to all questions quickly and thoroughly. Nothing remains unanswered !!! The apartment is exactly the description and the pictures of the ad. After long days to get back to the apartment and it felt like coming home. We were, in every case, very well set up and hence recommend LaNola's apartment!!!
==== REPLY: Christine and Marcus, Thanks for the great review! I was equally happy with you two as my guests. I am so glad that this worked out so well for both of us!! You are welcome back anytime!!
LaNola is a great and fantastic host. She was always quick to respond to last minute questions and was flexible enough to let us check out a couple hours later since nobody was checking in directly after us. She also provides plenty of directions and information on museums, transportation and restaurants so you'll never have a dull moment during your visit. The space itself is incredibly comfortable and welcoming even when LaNola was out of town.
We stayed in LaNola's apartment for 11 nights during the Christmas and New Year holiday. We absolutely loved our stay! LaNola was actually away during our time in her apartment but her communication both before, during and also after our stay was excellent. There were very clear instructions on what to do upon arrival which was very helpful as we had just had an overnight flight. LaNola was also very quick to respond to our questions during our visit. The apartment itself is very well presented, and we couldn't have chosen a better location - the nearest subway station was just a few blocks away, and it connected us to almost everywhere we needed to go. Our time in New York was wonderful and we can't thank LaNola enough for the outstanding hospitality.
Vorneweg ein Kurzfazit: Sehr empfehlenswert.
Und jetzt für alle, die gerne mehr wissen wollen, eine ausführlichere Bewertung: ;)
Im Voraus hat Lanola uns mit einer riesigen Menge an wissenswerten Infos versorgt. Wie wir am besten zu ihrem Appartment finden, welche Metrokarte wir idealerweise benutzen sollten, wo Supermärkte in der Umgebung zu finden sind, welche Kaufhäuser zur Weihnachtszeit am schönsten dekoriert sind und noch viel mehr. Diese Infos haben uns bei unserer Planung und unserer Ankunft sehr weiter geholfen. Es lohnt sich sehr, die Infos alle durchzulesen.
Während unseres Aufenthalts in New York war Lanola nicht zu Hause. Wir (ich und meine Schwester) hatten die Wohnung also für uns. Das hat sehr gut funktioniert für uns. Die Wohnung ist genau so, wie beschrieben.
Wegen der Nachbarschaft waren wir vorher besorgt. Bei "Harlem" schwingt ja meistens irgendein Vorurteil mit. Sie hat uns daraufhin beruhigt. ;) Ich kann jetzt, nachdem ich da war, sagen, dass die Nachbarschaft total in Ordnung ist. Wir haben uns sicher gefühlt und hatten auch keine unangenehmen Begegnungen, wenn wir nachts nach Hause kamen.
Während unseres Aufenthalts kam es dazu, dass der Warmwasserspeichertank des Wohngebäudes kaputt ging (passierte erst zum 2. Mal in den 15 Jahren, die sie da wohnt). Für uns war das nicht sehr schlimm. Unangenehm, aber nicht schlimm. Wir haben Lanola hierüber informiert und sie hat sich ausgezeichnet um uns gekümmert. Über Nachbarn hat sie uns Tagespässe für ein nahegelegenes Sportstudio zukommen lassen (damit wir warm duschen können) und sich insgesamt sehr ins Zeug gelegt, damit der Tank so schnell wie möglich ausgetauscht wird. Zusätzlich hat sie uns immer über den Fortschritt auf dem Laufenden gehalten und uns letzten Endes einen Rabatt auf unseren Preis gewährt.
Insgesamt kann ich sagen, dass Lanola alles tut, damit sich ihre Gäste wohl fühlen und einen tollen Aufenthalt in New York haben. Es war alles sehr unkompliziert. Ich würde jederzeit wieder zurückkehren und möchte jedem, der nach New York reist, Lanola als Gastgeberin empfehlen.
Although LaNola was away during our stay at her apartment, we enjoyed our time there. The listing is as described and everything is kept neat and tidy. LaNola made us feel confident that she was always there to answer any questions. The apartment is also right near the 6 subway line which is super handy - the 24 hr laundromat down the road which LaNola recommended is also very convenient!
I'm a New York City-based professional photographer, artist, author, and educator. My commercial clients hire me to photograph interiors, portraits, and lifestyle, although I'm mostly know for my aptitude with children and childhood imagery.
In 2012, Focal Press published my first book, "Photographing Childhood: the Image & the Memory."
I received my master's degree in digital photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and have taught photography in both Salt Lake City (UT) and New York City.
Additionally, I am a 2nd Class Petty Officer / Public Affairs Specialist (photojournalist / media liaison) for the United States Coast Guard Reserve, aunt to twenty-five and godparent to five.
You can find out more about me with a web search with my name (LaNola Stone). I'm usually one of the top hits for the first couple pages. ;-)