About this listing
Clean and comfortable apartment, with live-in host, in Chinatown/Lower East Side. Close to transportation (F, 4/5/6, B/D), Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, East River, bike paths, bars/restaurants/shops and parks. Old New York feel and easy access many other neighborhoods including Soho, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, and the Financial District.
(Before inquiring, please see calendar and description for answers to most questions.)
The room is about 8x7. Neat, clean, and plenty of storage space and shelves. There is a desk and chair to work at, a humidifier and fans. The bed is an extra-long twin and has a memory foam top. The window faces a window in the kitchen (see photos). For one person only.
GENERAL APARTMENT INFO:
Queer friendly apartment. Third floor walk up. You have your own room; shared bathroom. I am the only person who lives in the apartment (my girlfriend sometimes stays over).
The kitchen is available for light use (keeping and heating leftovers, toasting, cereal) from 8am until 11pm, but please keep noise to a minimum when my bedroom door is closed (I do the same when yours is closed).
Towel and sheets provided.
There is an open shelf in the bathroom for you to use, as well as a shelf of toiletries in case you forgot anything. There is also shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in the shower.
Interaction with guests
I'm out quite a bit, but please let me know (by message or note if I'm not around) if you have questions. There are maps and guidebooks in the bedroom, but please don't hesitate to ask for suggestions of places to visit, eat, etc.
And of course, always let me know if there is anything you need that could make your stay better and I will do my best to accommodate needs/requests. Because this is my home, and I want you to feel at home while you're here, please let me know if there are any issues (apartment too hot/cold, internet, lightbulbs out, me being too loud, I've run out of something...). I don't take it personally! I prefer that you let me know, and that I am able to mention things to you, than have either or both of us feeling uncomfortable or upset and then just leaving each other angry/disappointed reviews. I want you (and me) to be happy and comfortable in my home during your stay in the city.
You'll be in Chinatown/Lower East Side with a lot of great, inexpensive food; about a 10min walk to Little Italy; 15-20 to SoHo; and 10-20 to Lower East Side spots. The apartment is walking distance to the New Museum, Tenement Museum, Lower East Side galleries, a lot of bars and restaurants, and easy access to the three downtown bridges for biking or walking to Brooklyn. The East River bike and walking path is a few blocks away and great for running and seeing downtown Manhattan.
There are a lot of corner stores, a Rite Aid (convenience store), and pharmacies nearby. Also laundry, grocery stores, and plenty of bubble tea are nearby.
A lot of movies and TV shows film in the area, so you might get to see that happening.
Please be sure to look up the neighborhood before booking. To get a sense of the area, check out the Two Bridges neighborhood on a map. What I love about the area is it's off the beaten path feel - so if you're looking to be in a touristy area, that's a few blocks away. It's very safe at all hours; my building is on a busy street that is very well-lit. Also, a bar opened on the corner so that adds to the nighttime traffic on the street (and they make nice drinks).
Just to be clear - this is Chinatown. There are a lot of fish markets and produce stands around. Regular, working people live here - it's not fancy (though there is a view of the Gehry apartment tower from my block). If you're looking for something upscale (bistros, cute shops, small streets), check out places in the West Village or the Upper East and West Sides. Most of NYC is crowded or dirty or quiet at night or will have some characteristic that you might not be used to or expecting. My area is not very crowded, though there are always people around, and sometimes there are fish smells from the markets. But it's close to parks, the East River bike path and a famous skatepark, has a lot of history, and is walking distance to many other neighborhoods.
Closest train is the F at East Broadway (5-6 minutes, but the B/D are 9 minutes away at Grand, and the 4/5/6/J/Z are about 12 minutes away at City Hall. The M15 (local and express) stops at the corner.
Other things to note
- Cats and small dogs allowed on a case by case basis for short stays.
- Check-in and check-out times may be flexible (please ask), and you're always welcome to leave your bags if you have a late flight out or arrive early.
- Mentioned above, but worth repeating: 3rd floor walk-up, no elevator.
**This is already listed in "house rules" but it is important - no strong colognes or perfumes, scented body wash or soap, or strongly scented deodorants. These things give me bad headaches for days so I can't be around them. If I say it's strong, please understand and respect that. If you choose to use scents anyway and they get into the blankets, pillows, rug or anything else in the room, there will be an additional cleaning fee of up to $60 taken from the deposit.**
- Please, no cigarette smokers, and no strong scents (perfumes, colognes, or strongly scented lotions, deodorants, or body washes - they give me migraines). If I tell you something is too strong for me, please respect that. I'm not trying to be rude - the headaches can last for days.
- Quiet-ish time when bedroom doors are closed (mostly re: kitchen use, generally after 11pm and before 8am). If your door is closed, I'll take that to mean you're home and maybe asleep. (When you're out, if you don't mind, please leave the door open. That way I know if I should be quiet. I'll do the same.)
- No guests.
- If any of this is a problem, or if you will be bothered by me reminding you of these things, please look elsewhere for a place to stay.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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I am a graduate student in sociology, living in NYC a long time. I like karaoke, art, bars, teaching, movies, traveling, skiing and hosting. Message me with any questions.