About this listing
Your private room is located in our family's lovely 3-bedroom condo, a welcoming space for you to call home while enjoying all that New York's five boroughs have to offer. We are artists and students of culture and will be happy to help with recommendations during your stay.
To yourself, you'll have a spacious room furnished with a comfortable queen sized futon. Clean sheets, blankets, and pillows are provided, as well as fresh towels and some closet or wardrobe space. (There are no additional charges for these items.)
There is a second room in the unit where one or two other Airbnb guests may also be staying. However, we provide you with your own set of house keys, including for your private room. We don't impose a curfew so you're welcome to come and go as you like -- make yourself at home!
There is one bathroom in the unit with a sink, toilet, and shower/tub to be used by all. While communication about timing for the use of the bathroom for morning and evening schedules is always beneficial, we have never had any issues sharing this space with guests.
You are also welcome to share the other common spaces as well -- living room with Apple TV and DVD set-up, kitchen, and dining table. Our home is strictly non-smoking, but the building's outdoor courtyard is only one flight downstairs with benches available.
We are a married couple with children -- a lawyer-filmmaker and licensed tour guide who likes to cook, an actress-seamstress and Broadway dresser who likes to bake, and two children who love to chase our old loveable cat around the apartment.
Hours for Noise*
*Due to our freelance lifestyles and the children's schedules, the house begins to wake with activity around 7am on weekdays, but is usually quiet again by 8am as our family heads out for the morning.
On weekends, we like to hope the children will "sleep in" until 8am, and will usually keep them playing in their room until 9am or so, or make our way out of the house for the day to enjoy the city for ourselves!
**SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS**
The kids will be staying out-of-town with their grandparents for most of the summer and we expect to join them individually or together, at least for the weekends and possibly even during several weeks as well (depending on the flexibility of our work schedules).
Our home includes:
- high-speed Wi-Fi
- large washer & dryer
- fully-equipped kitchen
- living & dining room
- Apple TV with Hulu, Netflix, & HBO
- library of books and vast movie & music collection
- hardwood floors throughout
Interaction with Guests
We have been hosting on airbnb for 4 years and have really enjoyed sharing our home with visitors from other cities and countries Since we don't travel as much now that we have children we love that people from all over bring the flavors of their culture into our home when they come to stay with us. ;)
We are friendly and would be happy to share our love of New York with you during your stay. With our backgrounds as a licensed NYC tour guide and a member of multiple theatrical and performance unions, as well as our own general passions and interests, we are very knowledgeable about theatre, film, jazz, art and science museums, public parks, historical and cultural landmarks and other ins-and-outs about the city, and we would be glad to give you tips on (for example) standby tickets for The Book of Mormon, the best options for Monday night jazz, or how to get discounted entry to the Met and other museums.
If our schedules allow and guests have an interest, we welcome conversation over a cup of coffee or tea or a glass of wine to help with any suggestions or planning for your stay. Of course, we are around to answer any questions and to help make our guests' stay as enjoyable as possible!
Please check our Guidebook to see recommendations for places to visit in our neighborhood!
Our apartment is one block away from the 2 and 5 express subway lines, which can take you to Downtown Manhattan (Battery Park, Wall St, etc) in 20-25 minutes, to Mid-town Manhattan in 30-40 min, and to many of Brooklyn's best sites in just 10-15 minutes.
(Note: directions will be provided by AirBnb on the itinerary you are sent following booking.)
Once inside the apartment, please take off your shoes and leave them by the front door.
Our home is strictly non-smoking.
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!)
Also, please turn off lights in your room if you are leaving for a significant amount of time.
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. ;)
Friendly host and a good price for NYC.
Apartment is a 45 min subway ride from central Manhattan and quite deep into Brooklyn.
The bedroom was spacious, with a thin mattress futon bed, and air-conditioned, albeit quite loudly!
The apartment is quite full of things including JJ the cat.
The bathroom has a shower/bath, sink and toilet shared between both guestrooms which was adequate but it wasn't cleaned regularly.
Good for a budget traveller
We had a wonderful time staying in Karen's apartment. As newcomers to NYC, it was nice to have a place to call 'home' at the end of a busy day. Karen was always available via email to promptly answer all of our traveller questions, and to provide helpful tips for getting around the city.
Karen wasn't around while we were staying there (mostly) so arranged for a neighbour to check us in, and gave really great instructions for us on check out. It was quick and easy, and stress free!
The room was just as described, and very comfortable. The apartment is lovely, and so is JJ the cat! (Being a cat person, it was lovely to come home and to be greeted by a cat!)
We stayed in summer, but there was air conditioning in our room and throughout the apartment, so the heat was not an issue. The apartment is very close to the subway (2 and 5 trains), and within 15-20 mins walk to other lines, so getting around was not a problem. The neighbourhood was always busy, even at night, so we felt very safe and comfortable even when coming home very late.
All in all, we had a great stay, and were really impressed with Karen as a host.
This was the perfect solution for us for a long weekend NY trip for my cousin's wedding. We were traveling with our toddler and the hotel reserved by the wedding party was being a pain about us having a toddler with us, but this home was so kid-friendly, and so much more affordable. Located 1 block from the train. This train stop also has an elevator, which we used often with our stroller. It's hard to pick a good area to stay in when you're unfamiliar with the city, but I would in no way say it is "unsafe." The neighborhood is like many in the city, just walk purposefully and pay attention. It might be overwhelming to you if you have never lived in that kind of lively urban community, so that's something to prepare yourself for. Right around the corner there are various small groceries and cafes. There is also a McDonald's by the train stop, in an old bank building, which we nicknamed The National Bank of McDonald's.
The home itself was great. The only potential problem would be if all the guests needed the bathroom at the same time in the morning, but we never encountered this. Overall, a great experience!
Everything was exactly as I expected, it was very close to subway and made it very easy to commute to Manhattan. Unfortunately I could not meet Karen but she was in touch with me all the time and kept me posted about anything I might needed to know. I met Joshua briefly when I was leaving and he was very nice and friendly.
I had a wonderful time at Karen and Joshua's apartment. I didn't get to meet Karen, but Joshua was very friendly when I met him at night after exploring the city. He recommended a great cafe just around the corner: Gratitude Cafe. I also met their cat JJ who is very sweet. The neighborhood is a little rougher than I thought, but I felt very safe. The metro station is only one block away. Thanks so much for everything!
Karen and Joshua they are very nice host they're so helpful during my stay at the apartment for 8 days.The room is comfort and clean it was easy to get to anyway you want because the subway only one block away from the apartment but may take a little time to get in to downtown Mahatthan.a lot of grocery store near the area easy to get food there.I have a great experiences during my time in Newyork city
We had a great time staying with Karen and her family. Karen was a great host. The room is cozy and very clean. The subway was close and it was easy to go to Manhatten. We would definitely stay again!
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About the Host, Karen
Joshua is a writer 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 4 years and really enjoy the opportunity to host such a wide variety of guests!