About This Listing
Beautiful 2-bedroom apt on a lovely tree lined street that overlooks a community garden. Close walk to many museums, Central Park, & food. Buses right outside the front door & the subway is just a couple blocks away so you can get downtown quickly!
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. I'm located very close to downtown by subway (15 min) but live in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood. ...and you'll pay much less here than at a mediocre hotel in noisy Times Square! In contrast, my apartment is just off street level enough to be away from the street noise and get a birds eye view of a beautiful garden, all you'll have to do is walk up two flights of stairs when you come home for these benefits!
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 per guest and linens,
- FREE Wi-Fi, and...
- homemade english scones and tea service for your breakfast enjoyment*.
*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). ;-)
- 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 (Close by) or in the 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.
ALSO IMPORTANT TO ME... 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. Those are all the restrictions :O) If you have more questions please contact me.
Please note that ONE SET/guest of fresh and soft towels and linens are included for your use, as well as body wash and a hair dryer. No need to pack any of that!**
** Let me know if you would like a cleaner to come during your stay. The cleaners charge $65 for a cleaning visit but will change your linens and put out a fresh set of towels too. This can be a good option for longer stays and the cost can be added that to the charge for your stay.
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 or need to reach me quickly.
THE BEDROOM: The room has a cozy Full sized "real" mattress bed AND a small Single/Large Cot sized bed (NOTE: Lofted 5 feet off the ground, without rails) - not a "real bed" but a futon mattress. - This bed is 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). PLEASE SEE THE PHOTOS FOR A DIAGRAM OF THE BED SIZES.
The room is private 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.
The room is small and cozy but there is room for two in the full bed and, if you need a place for a third, another person can sleep in the loft bed (160lbs limit - note the size of the mattress, and height of the loft to make sure this works for you).
The main 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 hot spot is right in the room and is fast ...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 with Guests
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 excited for your visit and 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.
IN A NUTSHELL:
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING, OR DRUNKS & 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 is NOT the place for you.
- Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink after breakfast, or anytime. I won't either! Totally fine to leave clean dishes on a dish towel to dry. I'll put away what I get out and you put away what you get out. :-)
- 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 for a really great price)!! ;-)
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.
This was my first AirBnB experience and it was a great one. My boyfriend and I stayed 2 nights at LaNola's. The apartment was exactly as advertised. It was very clean and organized. The bed was very comfortable and the room was more than enough for two people. We were only a few short blocks from the metro. LaNola was very accommodating and down to earth. She allowed us to drop our luggage off a little early before check in. She made freshly baked scones and tea each morning for us. I would definitely recommend her.
LaNola was amazing, so helpful even though she was away when we arrived. She responded to my queries quickly and went out of her way to help. The apartment was spotless, quiet and comfortable. The perfect place to explore the city. It was our first visit to NY and we soon worked out the best way in to the centre and found plenty to do locally too. Buses and the subway were simple to use and close by. I stayed with my young daughter and we both felt very safe instantly, the area was lovely and the people of New York, both local and in the city centre have been so kind. We have had a simply amazing first experience of NYC and would definitely stay again. Next time we are hoping to come one Christmas time. Thank you LaNola for everything (Oh I must add your scones on our last morning were scrummy too!).
If you are travellers like us and like to arm yourselves with as much information as possible when trip planning, you'll really appreciate what a gem LaNola is as a host. From helping us navigate our way through our first ever AirBnB booking, to providing more information than we needed for a safe and comfortable stay, LaNola had it all covered. When we did have questions, she was quick to respond, and even gave us her number to call when we arrived so she could welcome us personally even though she was out of town. She even allowed us to check in our bags early, leaving us free to roam the city, unfettered. Though the apartment is small, it was spotless and had everything we needed for a 48-hour stay, including close proximity to both a grocery shop and a 24-hour pharmacy. The apartment is located on the edge of Harlem, but we felt very safe walking the 3 blocks from the subway station, even in the dead of night. The only extra information I'd add to the guest room description is that it's best suited for a couple with a young teen as the futon for the extra person isn't overly thick and is located on a platform without any railings, about 5' off the floor (LaNola suggested my sister and I put the futon on the floor, but we ended sharing the very cozy but comfy bed in the end. One of the better sleeps my sister says she's had in awhile!). We just wanted to say thank you, LaNola, for opening up your home to us and making our trip to NYC so memorable!
A lovely apartment in a great location! Very clean and exactly as described in the photos. We didn't get to meet LaNola, so it felt like we were staying in a friends apartment who was out of town.
It is perfect place to stay and start your morning with a 2 hour wander through Central Park In the morning.
Only a few minutes walk to the metro and we found it a great location to go home to after visiting all the touristy sites.
Would definitely recommend staying here!
Accurate description of home located close to Subway and lots of details of the city for our use. LaNola is tops when it comes to communications and when you are coming to NYC for the first time that is very important. Would stay with her again for sure.
A very lovely stay in LaNola's apartment. Unfortunately we never got the chance to meet with her. But she has a really great space! With her absence we had the entire place to ourselves. The place is in a great location with close by subway access and lovely options for food nearby.
Our only complaint would be that it was difficult to carry out luggage up to flights of stairs. Not that this is LaNola's fault! I would highly recommend this apartment to anyone wanting to visit the city.
Thank you La Nola for making us feel so welcome in your cosy home. We had a very comfortable stay, enjoyed your delicious scones and particularly your company. Your apartment was spotless and so tidy. It made a great base for exploring New York and is convenient to the subway. I would definitely recommend staying with you to any friends coming to New York. This was a great introduction to AirBnB
About the Host, LaNola
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. ;-)
TEX-MEX CHINESE TAKE-OUT: Yes, you read that right. Strange combination yet super cheep survived the test of time (only food joint in the area that has been here longer than me). (phone number hidden)Lexington Ave New York NY 10029
AMERICAN The name says it all. Great burgers, salads, fries - pure and simple ...but they offer a bunch of sauces that make the meal simple but sophisticated!! (website hidden)Lexington Ave New York NY 10029
ITALIAN My guests go to Lexington Pizza Parlour all the time, just not for pizza. The fresh pastas and the salads are fantastic...and very inexpensive! WAY more than youd expect from their name.Lexington Ave New York NY 10029
This is the best laundromat in the neighborhood. Clean new machines and friendly staff. Open 24 hrs FREE pick-up and delivery!! 158 E 102nd St (Lexington Ave) New York, NY (phone number hidden)E 102nd St New York NY 10029
MIDDLE EASTERN So good! There are 3 locations around the city and we are privileged to have one here in the neighborhood. serves some of the city’s best Middle Eastern food. (website hidden)Lexington Ave New York NY 10029
THAI This was a recommendation from my friends. I just tried it and WOW! It was so, so good. Small but charming and clean. People love it and its not even two blocks away! (website hidden)E 99th St New York NY 10029
WINE TAPAS …but dinner? Not so much. Such a great atmosphere!! (website hidden)Lexington Ave New York NY 10029
MEXICAN SO inexpensive. I get $1.25 tamales there at least a couple times a week (thats right, a buck and a quarter)! Its right off the 103rd subway stop so its very convenient on my way home!Lexington Ave New York NY 10035
BAR GOOD FOOD This place is new and very popular!! The menu is ever changing but always hip: alcohol by volume—foie gras—Gnocchi Great wine reasonable prices LIVE MUSIC MONDAYS (website hidden)Lexington Ave New York NY 10029
MEXICAN Sure, NYC has a lot of great food, but not a lot of great mexican restaurants ...except here! Im originally from the west and am picky and this place still rocks! Yum Yum!! (website hidden)Lexington Ave New York NY 10029
...was founded with a simple thought, to serve as the place where residents and tourists of El Barrio can sit back and relax with a great cup of coffee. (website hidden)Lexington Ave New York NY 10029
NOT a farmers market but the produce is fresh. It is also right off the 96th street subway stop.E 96th St New York NY 10029
Starbucks ...need I say more?Lexington Ave New York NY 10029
Gourmet Food - the place to find great cheese and meats, etc. (website hidden)Park Ave New York NY 10029
Just right off the 96th street subway stop (on your way home). Great basic groceries - no frills. This is where I do most of my grocery (website hidden)Lexington Ave New York NY 10029
MUSEUM MILE: Where Past Informs the Future—celebrates interprets NYC, educates public about its distinctive character, heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation (website hidden)Fifth Avenue New York NY 10029
MUSEUM MILE: NYCs leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures (website hidden)5th Avenue New York NY 10029-4496
This is a special place. The Garden is divided into three smaller gardens, each with a distinct style: Italian, French and English. The Gardens main entrance is through the Vanderbilt Gate.New York NY 10029
This is my back yard. Perfect for a pic-nic and people watching.5th Avenue New York NY 10029
BRUNCH ON THE UES: If you want to get your Upper Eastside on then go to Sarabeths. It is not cheep but, man, is it good!! My fav is their creamy tomato soup... but its all good! (website hidden)Madison Ave New York NY 10128
MUSEUM MILE: Dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people. (website hidden)New York NY 10128
MUSEUM MILE: The only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design (website hidden)East 91st Street New York NY 10128
Dont miss the Harlem Meer Performance Festival in the summer (live music on the plaza), Halloween Pumpkin Sail of candlelit Jack OLanterns across the Meer, and the annual Holiday Lighting event.New York NY 10029
Home of the Catch-and-Release Fishing Program on Harlem Meer and offers a wide variety of the Conservancys free education and community programs, seasonal exhibits and holiday celebrations.New York NY 10029
MUSEUM MILE: The Academy Museum celebrates the visual journey of the arts in America and offers profound insights into the story of American art. (website hidden)5th Avenue New York NY 10128
MUSEUM MILE: Internationally renowned, one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, cultural center heart of an international network of museums (website hidden)5th Avenue New York NY 10128-0112
MUSEUM MILE: Museum devoted to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design, displayed on two exhibition floors. I really like good design and therefor this museum! (website hidden)5th Avenue New York NY 10028
MUSEUM MILE: Visit the website decide which part of The Met to visit (cant see it all in one trip) ...and they have to let you in for ANY donation of amount, even a quarter. (website hidden)5th Avenue New York NY 10028