For NYC this is a fairly roomy apt. You won't feel closed in. It's light, airy and colorful. Tremendous character in the architectural details. Great neighborhood, close to good transportation options, Central Park, Riverside Park, cultural institutions, etc. Everything you need is within a few blocks. You are close to midtown, yet in a fairly residential area that is green and much calmer than other neighborhoods.
Please note the following:
1) A REAL (profile) PHOTO IS REQUIRED FOR A RESPONSE.
2) Do NOT contact me for December or New Year's before Nov. 20th.....I rarely book more than a month in advance.
3) Please read the apt. description carefully. Many of your questions will be answered there. I have certain requests and if you read on, you will see them below.
4) Please contact me first before placing a reservation request. I prefer to have communication with potential visitors before I accept a reservation.
5) I have more requests than I can handle. I try to do my best for each guest and inquiry. It may take me a while to reply to you. If you don't hear back, try me again. If you are traveling solo, you will have better luck booking the 2nd room as a share with me being here, rather than asking for the entire apt.
6) The apt. is NOT child-proofed. I generally do not accept small children for this reason.
About the apt.:
Colorful, light, airy pre-war apt. on the fabulous Upper West Side. Although this is a 2 BR apt., I generally close off the 2nd BR if there are only two guests, so I can store things back there and make more room for you in the remaining space. If you are going to require the 2nd BR, please let me know in your initial message. The BR has a queen sized bed. The 2nd BR has a sofabed which opens up to a full size (or there is a twin air mattress).
I'm on a high floor in an elevator pre-WW II building. The apt has beautiful old wood floors, high ceilings, moldings and other features of pre-war Apts. The apt. has everything except a dishwasher: HD TVs and cable in every room, ceiling fans in every room, box A/Cs in LR and BRs, wifi, hair dryer, iron, etc. Linens and towels are provided. Laundry service is from a local merchant (for a fee). Like old pre-war apts. the wiring and plumbing are old. The apt. has window box air conditioners and they are not the most efficient in cooling off an entire apt. Your room will be cool, but the bathroom and/or kitchen will not be air conditioned. If you are American and used to central a/c, this will not be the best choice for you in summer. If you are European, you'll be fine :)
The apt. is pretty full with my stuff. There will be extremely limited drawer and closet space. If you're coming with a lot of luggage, this is not be the place for you - I prefer guests who bring one suitcase per person. There just isn't that much room for all of you and your luggage, especially if it's more than two people.
The kitchen is tiny but very functional, including fridge, sink, gas stove and oven, coffee maker, blender, microwave & toaster. There is no dishwasher. If you want to do a lot of cooking and have all your meals in, this is NOT the apt. for you - the fridge is small. If you plan to eat out much of the time, or bring in dinner (I have many take-out menus), and just prepare breakfast here, the kitchen would be fine for you.
Neighborhood: This is simply a great location on the Upper West Side. It's a fabulous, safe, green neighborhood. Stores, restaurants, supermarkets and bars galore. There is a 24-hour diner and a 24-hour drugstore. Broadway tends to get quiet at night, but parallel Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue have lots of bars and nightlife.
It's a 2 min walk to the closest local subway, and 4 1/2 blocks from the Express train. The bus downtown is close by. The crosstown bus is also a 2 mins walk.
The Central Park Reservoir jogging/walking path is a 7 minute walk.... Churches and synagogues are within a couple of blocks. Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, frozen yogurt, salad bar, fresh bagels, good Chinese food, organic food store, large supermarkets, cheese and vegetable grocer, kosher food store, and about 10 restaurants are all within a 2-3 minute walk.
You can walk to The Museum of Natural History (1/2 mile), and to Lincoln Center (1 mile). The Met and other East Side Museums are across Central Park (a 20 - 30 minute walk). TImes Square is 2 1/2 miles away, a hour walk, a 20 min. subway ride or a 30-40 min. bus ride.
Noise: The apt. faces a business street, so there is street noise, including a garbage truck which comes by late at night to pick up garbage from the local businesses. At some point you will hear them, but they are only around for a few minutes. If you are a light sleeper, you may want to bring earplugs. If you can't tolerate noise at all, this place is not for you. My windows are the charming pre-war kind, but alas: pre-WWII builders did not make "soundproof" windows. If it's summertime and you have the A/C on, that will help block out any noise.
Heat: The heat is regulated by the building. You cannot regulate it yourself. If it's too hot, you simply open a window. Old NYC buildings tend to run hot in cold weather (i.e. be overheated, and dry). I have the heat turned off in the bedroom because it's generally too hot in there otherwise.
House rules: No outdoor shoes in the apt. No heavy perfumes or aftershaves (due to allergies). Absolutely no smoking. No pets (I love them, but again, allergies). Do not unplug already existing plugs in order to charge up your devices. There are plenty of other available outlets in the apt.
Please write with any questions.
If it is a couple, the 2nd BR will be closed off.
There is a drop-off laundry service close by.
Please use your own cell phones and computers, and not the apt. phones.
Interaction with guests
If I am here, I will interact with the guests; meet them, check in to make sure everything is okay. Happy to socialize. Otherwise we communicate via phone, (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Messenger, (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), texting, etc. I have a detailed information sheet for visitors. Suggestions about where to eat, what's in the neighborhood, etc.
Other things to note
If you want a very quiet apt., this place is not for you.
If you want a big kitchen and plan to cook a lot, this place is not for you.
If you want central air conditioning, this place is not for you.
If you are traveling with a lot of luggage and want a big closet and lots of drawers to put your stuff in, this place is not for you.
There is no doorman, and no one to accept packages for you here.
The apt. is not child-proofed.
If you want to be a great neighborhood, don't mind some clutter in an otherwise clean, old-style, light, artsy apt. with great character, you will enjoy this place.
No outside shoes once in the Apt. (too much dog poo and pee around).
No heavy perfumes or aftershave.
Please only eat in the living room and preferably at the table, not on the sofa.
No food in the back room.
Any stains, food on floor of bedrooms, etc. will result in holding back of your security deposit.
No partying in the apt. and no outside visitors without prior permission. You need to maintain a LOW PROFILE to stay here. If you don't know what that means, please ask.
Lastly, you may not use the computer in the apt. Bring your own laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc. (wifi is provided). You can rent computer time at a store one block away. If I find evidence the computer was used, or that the modem/router was tampered with, you'll forfeit some of your security deposit.
I'm a full time musician, part time Real estate mogul! :) I love to travel and have friends in all parts of the world. One of the customs I picked up in my travels, and which I exercise in my home now, is the practice of removing outdoor shoes after I enter my Apt. (thanks to the Danes and Japanese!).