About this listing
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We are in love with our home and ready to share our love with you. It is a three bedroom apartment occupied by my husband and I along with our son. Marble floors make your steps silent, 18 feet of windows drench our living room with sun and balcony is perfect for a morning cup of coffee with fresh air. Building has elevator equipped with security cameras and there is a buzzer downstairs for our protection.
Recently we installed a climate control system in every room so you can enjoy convenient AC in summer and heat in winter.
Room fits two (full size bed) plus you have access to the whole apartment. Full size bed measures 54 x 74 inches (135 x 190 cm). You know better if it is big enough for you. The room is pretty small (77sq ft) but very cosy and well organized. It is balanced with a spacious living room where you are welcome at any time to get together and hang out. The bedroom is isolated from the street, it is inside the apartment, conveniently located next to the entrance door and the bathroom. You can stay in our apartment and never see us thanks to the room location. Because there is no window facing the street you will have great night sleep not bothered by garbage trucks or party crowds.
We share everything with our guests. Bathroom is shared and it is located next door to your room along with the kitchen which you are free to use. You will have access to the living room with 60" TV, Time Warner cable, XBox, dinner table, balcony and what not (if the city itself is not entertaining enough).
Interaction with guests
We work and go to college so our life is quite a hustle. On weekdays we get up at 7 am and leave within half an hour. We may wake you up in that period since our son goes to childcare and he is not happy to get up in the morning. And after we are gone you are left to yourself again.
In general, we leave tired travelers in peace. We always ready to interact with our guests but it is up to you weather you want to enjoy the comfort of the room or to share a talk or two.
We have a lot of friends and since we live in the middle of everything, they like to hang out here sometimes. Don't hesitate to join us in the living room for a movie or a game of cards if it pleases you. You can also totally ignore us and stay in the room. We respect your privacy. Normally by 11 pm everybody leaves and at midnight we are fast asleep.
We are lucky to live in a great neighborhood. We are located between Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges, close to all tourists attractions so you won't even need to take a train to see the city's best. It is a forty minute walk to Times Square, thirty minute walk to Herald Square, twenty minute walk to Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty Ferry and five minutes away from SoHo with tons of shops and boutiques (shopaholics - stay away!). You will never need to go back to the same place to eat, because this area is loaded with restaurants, bars and clubs. This is the part of city where New York's history started, glorious and famous. It is not Carrie Bradshaw's New York. It is rather artistic and informal than glamorous. It is rapidly changing too. This is the place where you will feel a real New York atmosphere.
They say New York is the city that never sleeps so don't miss it's nightlife. It's happening just a couple blocks away. On Friday and Saturday you can be bar hopping all night and not even leave the neighborhood. There are places to dance as well. Just go out and feel the transformation.
P.S. I spent some time to add a Guidebook to my profile so don't forget to check it out for some suggestions. I hope it will help you to plan your visit.
The best way to feel the city vibe is to walk around but if you prefer the convenience of public transportation, you got it! B and D trains are two blocks away and F, J, M trains are three blocks away. They will take you anywhere in a flash. City Sightseeing buses stop across the street and will take you everywhere around the island, as well as public local and express buses. And don't forget City Bike stations, new innovation (my favorite)!
If you are coming from JFK airport I would recommend that you take the Airtrain to Jamaica station and then the J train to Essex street station which is three blocks away from us. This trip will take you about an hour and a half and will cost you less then 10 dollars. It's not as fast as a shuttle bus or cab but definitely cheaper. And the best thing about this trip is that the train goes above ground so you will have a view of the outside with a chance to see the Statue of Liberty as well as the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges when crossing the Williamsburg bridge.
If you are coming from New Ark Airport, use Airtrain to get to the City and then B, D, F or M from Penn Station to Grand street station or Essex street.
Other things to note
There is a 32' Samsung smart TV in the room with Netflix and AmazonPrime. You can also surf internet on tv or mirror screen your phone.
You will be provided with hairdryer, towels, shampoos, soap, body wash, blankets, umbrella and everything else you may need for a comfortable stay.
We don't set any check out time. Stay as long as it's convenient for you. If on your departure day next guests arrive, we will ask you to move your baggage to the living room a couple hours before their arrival to give us time to prepare the room. Every situation is unique so we will work it out using common sense to make everyone comfortable.
Main rule - shoes off! There's enough slush outside, lets not bring it in). Your room is 100% yours so you can wear outside shoes in there if you wish. As for the rest of the apartment, we have plenty of flip flops of all sizes and colors.
For the rest it is all just common sense: treat our home as you would like your home to be treated. To be specific, remember that it is not a hotel, it is our home where our everyday life happens. We have friends coming over, we have movie nights, we celebrate holidays etc. Of course we take into consideration your presence. You are more than welcome to join us, we try to keep noise to a minimum if you prefer not to and we do our best to inform you about anything planned during your stay.
Also, respect our time. We have busy lives and places to go. If we agreed on certain arrival time please try to make it happen. Don't stop for lunch with friends and arrive four hours later then agreed, it is simply disrespectful. Of course, there are unforeseen circumstances, like plane delays, we understand that, if possible, inform us along the way, so we can plan accordingly.
Don't worry about coming in late at night. We sleep well, as well as our son so we won't be bothered (unless the door is slammed which hasn't happened yet anyway).
My husband and i together with our little boy will be happy to host you in our cosy home. My husband is a hairdresser so you can have your hair done while you stay in and i'm a stay home mom taking care of our baby, house and cooking in between so you can take advantage of it too). We are relaxed and laid back, like good company and your traveling stories. Also my husband was born and raised in the neighborhood so he knows New York in and out and will be happy to share his knowledge