About this listing
Due to the many inquiries I receive, please note the following:
1) A 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 here. I also have certain requests and if you read on, you will see them below.
4) I prefer to have some communication with potential visitors before I accept a reservation. Thus it's best to contact me first before placing a reservation request.
5) I have way more requests than I can handle. I'm a longtime Airbnb host and 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. I also rent out my back room separately here on Airbnb. If you are traveling solo, you may have better luck booking that with me being here, rather than asking for the entire apt. for yourself. And of course, it's cheaper.
6) The apt. is NOT child-proofed (no bars on the windows, etc). I generally do not accept small children for this reason.
Now, about the apt.:
Lovely pre-war apt., light and colorful, homey, on the fabulous Upper West Side. Although this is a 2 BR apt., I generally close off the 2nd BR (which is my office) if there are only two guests, so I can store things back there and make more room for you. 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 is very light and airy with beautiful old wood floors, high ceilings, moldings and other features of the great pre-war Apts. (like a huge tub). The apt. has everything except a dishwasher: HD TVs and cable in the living room and bedrooms, ceiling fans in every room, box A/Cs in LR and BR, wifi, hair dryer, iron, wi-fi, Linens and towels are provided. Laundry service is available downstairs (for a fee). Unfortunately, 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 may not be the best choice for you. If you are European, you'll be fine :)
I live here, so 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 (see photos) but very functional, including fridge, sink, gas stove and oven, coffee maker, blender, microwave & toaster (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 tons of 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 1 block away, a 24-hour drugstore across the street, etc. Broadway tends to get quieter 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 across the street. The crosstown bus is also a 2 mins walk.
The Central Park Reservoir jogging/walking path is a 7 minute walk.... cChurches 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 two - 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 Broadway, which is 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 and go to bed early, you may want to bring earplugs. If you can't tolerate noise at all, this place is not for you. My windows are charming pre-war windows, but alas - pre-WWII builders did not make "soundproof" windows. These are the old-fashioned single pane style. 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 according to NYC laws. In other words, you cannot regulate the heat yourself. If it's too hot, you simply open a window - there is no heater to adjust. 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). More rules are below.
Please write with any questions.
If it is a couple, the 2nd BR will be closed off.
There is a drop-off laundry service downstairs on the block.
I prefer guests use their own cell phones, and not use 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. Otherwise we communicate via phone, skype, texting, etc.
Close to 2 major, green parks, bike paths, close to the River; lots of stores, restaurants, museums within a few minutes walk. A neighborhood with lovely old buildings and brownstones. Close to a jogging track.
1, 2, 3 subway trains very close by. C and B trains about a 10 min. walk away. Buses run outside the door. No free parking except on the street; and street cleaning alternate side parking rules must be observed.
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.