About this listing
Our basement guest room is clean, private, and self-contained. You have a private bathroom (w/ shower) and backyard (both are small). Plus we're very close to the subway. 45 great guests can't be wrong. Plus, this is a legal NYC rental.
Welcome to our warm and beautiful New York City home in Astoria, Queens! We're very close to the subway. The guestroom is private. It's nice but not fancy. Access to the guestroom is through a common entrance and living area, and down a flight of stairs. You can come and go as you please, day or night, without worry or bother to us.
Your room is very self-contained, like a private studio apartment. You have your own bathroom (shower and toilet--the sink is in the main room), backyard, fridge (help yourself to a beer if you find one), and our washer and dryer. Of course we provide clean towels and sheets and wifi.
Our house is a typical 1920s brick Queens rowhome. In some ways, we're stuck in the past: we have no TV, microwave, car, or air conditioning. The basement is a bit more "modern" but still very nice.
Honestly, what we call character (record player? too many bicycles?) you may just find odd, old, or rough around the edges. The basement floor, for instance, is painted concrete. We cover much of it with oriental rugs, but the whole place could use a paint job. Kind of like Astoria, comes to think of it.
You'll have your own keys and can come and go at any time. There is also a small library of New York City maps and books (including ours) well suited to first-time New York visitors.
Since this is our home, and it is the big city, we probably won't rent to you if this is you don’t have any Airbnb reviews. IF YOU ARE NEW TO AIRBNB (or even if you're not), please tell us (briefly) who you are, including your full name, and why you're coming to NYC. We've loved all our guests and would like to keep it that way.
Fresh air and a bit of light come in through the door and bathroom window in the back, but there are no other windows. The small backyard gets a little bit of sunlight in the morning.
The guestroom is ideal for one or two people. Or even a couple +1. But there is an extra charge per person. We love solo foreign travelers!
The main bed is a queen-size futon on a slightly smaller frame. The second bed is a surprisingly comfy fold-down-flat couch.
People tend to sleep well -- one guest described it as a "sleep cocoon," which is very nice for New York City!
What's the catch? Really, nothing. Though we could probably charge more, but we're not desperate (or greedy), and we like the people we’ve hosted.
From another country? Welcome! Just so you know, temperatures in New York City can range from 38C (100F) in the summer to -9C (15F) in the winter. The basement is the coolest part of the house in the summer and the warmest part of the house in the winter. Of course we have heat for the winter, but we do not have air conditioning for the summer. There's a chance in July and August that it can be really hot. But there are a lot of fans. And you can safely keep the backdoor and window open for lots of fresh air.
Your private room includes a bathroom, washer, dryer, fridge, and backyard. To get to your room, which locks from the inside, you pass through our dining room, living room, a flight of stairs, and an office.
Interaction with Guests
Just enough! We're friendly and non-intrusive and always happy to answer your questions, but we're generally busy at home writing and will leave you alone. Our home is relaxed and safe and peaceful and we hope we can help you feel... well... at home!
ASTORIA is a safe and interesting neighborhood known for great food (particularly Greek, Mexican, and Middle Eastern). There are numerous cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, and fruit stands within a block or two. The subway is very close.
SUBWAY (N and Q), 30th Ave stop, is just around the corner and run every 5 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes all night (yes, it is safe). It's a 10 minute ride to the first stop in Manhattan (Lexington and 59th Street), 25 minutes to Times Square, and the end of the line -- the mighty Atlantic Ocean and Brooklyn's Coney Island -- is a butt-numbing 75-minute ride.
We're also close to LaGuardia Airport and the M60 bus that takes you there.
If you arrive by Amtrak train, we're about 30 minutes by subway from Penn Station (and Grand Central).
FLY into LaGuardia or JFK if you can, not Newark. A taxi to LaGuardia takes 10 - 15 minutes. The M60 Bus to LaGuardia Airport (30 min) is three blocks away. (One guest even walked to the airport, with luggage, in 30 minutes! Though that is a little crazy.)
JFK is 80 minutes away by subway. Newark Airport is a pain to get to and taxis there are prohibitively expensive. You can get to Newark on public transportation, but it can take two hours.
We do not have PARKING. Street parking is safe, but at best it is very hard to find a space (at worst it can be impossible). We do not have (or want) a car. We don't really like them.
Other Things to Note
LATE ARRIVALS are not a problem.
Our home is pet free (and no, you can't bring yours). ALLERGIES should not be a problem. I'm very allergic to cats.
We have horrible mobile phone reception for ATT (but you can get a signal outside). All other carriers are OK, but not great. Our wi-fi is fine.
Also, our friend Katie house-sits for us if we're out of town (she's mentioned in some of the reviews).
If you've stayed here before, we'll be happy to give you a discount. We want you back!
Finally, this rental is completely legal. New York City has made it tough for some people to rent through Airbnb (in an attempt to shut down places trying to be sneaky hotels). The laws criminalizes many apartment rentals. As an owner-occupied house, this rental is 100% NYC legal!
We're not picky, but please take off your shoes at the front door. (Feel free to bring your own slippers our borrow some of ours.)
There is no smoking in the house, but feel free to smoke whatever you want in the backyard.
Peter was a fantastic host -- extremely warm & welcoming -- and the apartment was perfect for my recent trip to NYC. The room was very comfortable and had everything I needed during my stay. The location was convenient too -- close to public transportation and many good restaurants and coffee shops. I would happily stay again!
Can't wait till our next stay! A definite re-do. Perfect little spot in a great location. Lots of privacy. Host very accommodating and organized.
Love this room and the decoration. It's clean and comfortable. Peter is a very nice and friendly host. My friends and I arrived at Peter's house very late, but he was still waiting for us. When he knew we were going to Flushing, he checked the route and wrote the note which showed the way to get there since there was no 7 line between Time Square and 57st. We really enjoyed the time in New York and Peter's house.
We had a lovely stay at Peter and Zora's. Their place is in an adorable and convenient neighborhood, and they were friendly and hospitable to us to a level that went above and beyond. If you seek a laid-back, private space to yourselves with a laid-back "host family" to match, search no further. Yay Queens!
Comfortable and private, clean and quaint. Great location in Astoria, very short ride to LaGuardia. Cozy would absolutely describe it! It's what we hoped for and expected! Private bathroom and shower are a HUGE plus! Note that if you want a TV, there is none available. But they have lots of books to choose from, including their own! Peter and Zora are wonderful hosts of a great home. They provided great advice when asked but were never in the way or made us feel anything but welcome. Thanks! We look forward to returning and we will be sending family!
Peter and Zora were helpful and fun. Their place is a pleasure to stay in--private, quiet, and filled with cool details. Very comfortable bed. Their house is a short walk to all of the wonders of Astoria, culinary and cultural, and a ten-minute subway ride from the city. Highly recommended!
Peter and Zora are thoughtful hosts. The accommodations are comfortable; pleasantly and creatively decorated; and private. Also, the reasonable price is much appreciated. I look forward to staying with them on my next trip.
About the Host, Peter
We like to think we're good hosts. I teach and write. My wife writes travel books. We both cook a lot.
We're friendly and non-intrusive. We're always happy to answer your questions but will generally leave you alone.
And I don't speak all those languages, but between the two of us, we can get by in them.
Our home is relaxed and peaceful and we hope you'll feel... well... at home!