About This Listing
Come share my modest, cozy, converted 3 room, 1 bath apartment on the 5th floor of a pre-war walk-up building in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.
4 minutes to A,B,C,D - 125th St subway station (Express Lines available)
5 minutes to the APOLLO THEATER, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, JAZZ MUSEUM, OFFICIAL NYC INFORMATION CENTER, RESTAURANT ROW, STUDIO MUSEUM OF HARLEM
7 minutes to 2,3 - 116th St subway station
10 minutes to CENTRAL PARK
15 minutes to TIMES SQUARE, BROADWAY THEATERS, ROCKEFELLER CENTER, YANKEE STADIUM, MUSEUM MILE, BRYANT PARK, MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, METRO NORTH, PORT AUTHORITY, CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK by subway or bus
THE OPEN AND CURTAINED ROOM
The Living Room in this converted flat is open, 11ft x 13ft, 143 sq ft (13 sq m, 13 qm) and has a new twin (single) daybed with an extra separate single bed that's stored below. Both beds have extremely comfortable new Sealy Posturepedic mattresses.
This medium sized space was originally part of an 11 x 24, 264 sq ft large living room space that is now curtained-off from the back half of the apartment. The large living room is also now split into two and separated by almost-ceiling-high armoires, creating two seperate spaces. This first space has a "shotgun" type feeling, since there's a need to walk through it to get to the second space.
The other common/shared areas inlude a small kitchen and bathroom.
THE SEMI PRIVATE ROOM : See the listing for the smaller adjoining space with 2 twin (single) beds/king bed - http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/21968
THE PRIVATE ROOM : See the listing for the master bedroom with a queen Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress - http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/24778
FRONT HALF OF THE APARTMENT : See the listing for the front half of the apartment with 4 twin (single) beds - http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/26118
A Schwinn moutain bike is available at a rate of $20/day.
Towels, linens, air conditioning/heating, kitchen use, Wi-Fi internet (laptop not provided) and lite printing are provided at no extra cost.
A healthy breakfast of fruits, cereal and tea/coffee is setup for self serve. Ingredients for a hot breakfast of oatmeal, grits and eggs are also available and maybe prepared at your convenience.
The kitchen is available for use for those who prefer to save by eating in. There's also a gourmet grocery store (3 blocks away) to purchase ingredients for lunch/dinner.
The apartment is on the 5th floor. The building, however, does not have an elevator, so prepare to walk 4 flights to the apartment.
THE HOUSE RULES
Read the "House Rules" tab for expectations as well as for any additional fees.
Clean, respectful, non-smoking/lite-smoking males and females are welcomed. Smokers who will not smoke inside the apartment are welcomed. Well behaved kids are also welcomed.
Reservation requests are ACCEPTED after
(1) the following details are sent :
...... names and information about all potential guests that want to stay (once a reservation is accepted and finalized, full names, numbers or emails will be requested)
...... the cities everyone will travel from on the day of check-in, airport and arrival time to NYC
...... the departure flight time on the checkout date or the time you plan to checkout
(2) and your profile is complete and include
...... an identifiable Photo
...... a Verified Profile https://www.airbnb.com/support/article/450
...... a few References and/or Reviews. If you don't have either and your reservation is for more than yourself, ask the other guest(s) on your reservation to create a profile and provide a reference
There's a brief description about me below my photo. If you have questions that aren't answered, don't hesitate to contact me.
Looking forward to hosting you,
There's an area in the fridge and in the kitchen cupboard that's designated for guests' breakfast items and can be used to store additional item. When needed, there's also a designated shelf in the bathroom.
There's a bus station right across the street and the closest subway is a 5 minute walk from the building. There are 3 other subway lines a 10 - 15 minute walk away.
20 mins to get to LGA by taxi for $20; 40 mins on the M60 bus for $3.
30 mins to 1 hr to get to JFK by taxi for about $45; 1 hr 30 mins on the A subway line for $3.
1 hr 40 mins to get to EWR by taxi for $70; 1hr 30 mins by subway/rail/bus for $5-$15.
In addition, the Super Shuttle and Go Airlink Shuttle are available from each of these airports for $15 - $30.
For drivers, there's a parking garage across the street. There's also street parking that can be found easily. However, NYC's alternate street parking rules apply, excluding sundays and holidays; the car would need to be moved every other day for street cleaning.
Other Things to Note
For short 3-day stays (especially weekend stays), there's an extra fee of $50.
Check-in can be done anytime after 12pm and 7pm. For those that need to drop their luggage before noon or check in after 7pm, there's a $50 fee.
HOUSE RULES - Summarized: Respect the host, the guests and the apartment
*Come and go as you please; there's no curfew. Just be Considerate and Conscious of sound levels after 10pm or before 9:30am. Put cell phone ringer volumes on vibrate during quiet hours. Guest aren't allowed to disturb the host or other guests when they are asleep. Plan ahead and pack during normal hours if you have a morning flight.
*Place outdoor shoes in the shoe organizer at the entrance of the apartment.
*Help keep the bathroom and kitchen as clean as you find it.
*Enjoy meals and drinks in the kitchen.
*At check-out, leave the room as clean as you find it.
*Extra guests are not allowed.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
*Reservation requests are accepted when the profile is complete and includes
...... an identifiable Photo
...... Information about the guest(s)
...... the departure Location
...... a Verified profile (include a mobile number since its useful in reaching you on the checkin date if needed)
...... two or more References and/or Recommendations
*There maybe other guests in the adjoining room during the time of your stay.
*For short 3-day stays, there's an extra fee of $50.
*Check-in can be done anytime after 12pm and preferably before 8pm. For those that need to drop their luggage before 12pm or check-in after 8pm, there's a $50 fee. (Although, checkin/out times are somewhat flexible, it helps if I know the time each guest plans to arrive and depart.)
*Check-out time must be completed by 12pm if there is another checkin on the the same day, although an arrangement can be made to take bags before 6p. (Although, checkin/out times are somewhat flexible, it helps if I know the time each guest plans to arrive and depart.)
*When there's a guest check-in and check-out occurring on the same day, the guest that is checking in - can drop off luggage and leave it to the side until the (checking-out) guest finishes checking out and the room is prepared.
I booked the apartment at least two weeks prior to arrival. Latasha told me that I could arrive as early as 8AM. That morning I texted her and reported our ETA to be 10AM. We arrived at 11AM and the place was not ready. She claimed that she did not think we were due in until noon.(?)
She was very helpful sending us on our way into the city, making recommendations and directing us with maps and such. We returned to the apartment at 9 PM after a full day walking, dog tired, and Latasha was still in the apartment and proceeded to sit down and eat dinner! We started to take showers and Latasha went in and took a shower herself, holding up me and my family from doing so. I was so tired I wanted to just go to bed, it is 10PM by this time, and I had to wait for Latasha to finish showering! Shortly thereafter she left, we locked the door but she used her keys and came right on back in again.
We felt like we had no privacy.
Her advertisement boasted a fruit bowl and breakfast. There was no fruit and the only breakfast was eggs, cereal, nutella, milk and coffee.
She disclosed that it is a "working class neighborhood". However, I did not feel safe what so ever going out into the neighborhood after dark. The word that comes to mind is “sketchy.” On our way home from Central Park, men were hollering at myself and my sisters. A group even followed us for five blocks, calling after us.
Overall, the apartment was clean (after she spent the whole day that we booked cleaning it), and Latasha was pleasant and helpful. However, I would not book from her again due her lack of organization, invading our (paid for) space, and false advertisement. I am very disappointed in what we got for what we paid for.
Latasha is a great host! She has alot of knowledge of the city and is willing to share her tips, not to mention she will take the time out to show you around the neighbourhood.
Our flight was delayed so we arrived at midnight but Latasha was still up waiting so check in ran smoothly.
The apartment is in a good location, surrounded by shops and only a 5min walk from the subway.
Latasha's place was filled with all of the necessities and she made us feel at home. We spent 3 nights in the open room which is a converted lounge. And spent 1 night in the private bedroom which is very big. Both rooms have super comfy beds so we enjoyed a goods nights sleep and a great stay.
Latasha is a great host! She's so nice and helpful.
The house was good, its a good place to stay. The house was clean, comfy and you can have breakfast there.
The place is really close to the metro station (what its so good) and there is a police station close, so that makes a safety place, at least for me lol.
If I go to NY again, probably I'll repeat Latasha's house!
Latasha was a nice and polite hostess.
The nights were fine. We were traveling a lot and were only there to sleep in the apartment.
Thank you. We will come back. :-)
We stayed at the house for one night.
Everything was really nice and Latasha was a great host!
The beds were super super comfortable, Latasha really made it an enjoyable stay, she was very welcoming and knowledgable about the city, had a whole range of recent magazines about things to do in NY. we felt very safe in this location, we (females) walked back to the apartment from the subway at night without any trouble.
The breakfasts were good, and healthier than some hostels. The room we stayed in was not very private (we knew this would be the case when we booked) but latasha and the other guests were great and respected our space.
Had a great stay with Tasha, really close to the 125th subway that will connect you to all the major areas in Manhattan. Really safe area in Harlem just a block away from a police station, also close to many great restaurants including the Red Rooster, and Bad Horse. Would recommend to others. :)
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About the Host, Latasha
Ex Software Engineer, Fruit Foodie, from New Orleans, Louisiana now living in NYC. (The 1st photo is of me posing with Nancy Grace at CNN studios in 2009; the other photos are of me with past airbnb guests.) I enjoy meeting new people and figured this would be an interesting way to meet people from all over the world.
Through Airbnb, I've hosted guests from every continent (except Antarctica :) and many countries and territories, including
Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Armenia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Isreal, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, The Philipphines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey
Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru
Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa
Australia, New Zealand, Tonga
Within the US, I've welcomed visitors from Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC and Wisconsin.
Here's an airbnb article. You can get extra points if you can find something extra special to me in it :-)
Coffee, breakfast sandwiches, doughnuts
Buy some bubbly to celebrate your time in nyc
Great Soul Food!
Really nice supermarket with everything you'll need.
Watch a popular movie
Buy some comfortable sneakers to support all the walking you will do in this city.
Famous Apollo Theather... singing "It's Showtime at
Restaurant/Bar with great American food
Coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, wifi
Black art from all around the world. Also is the location of one of the 6 Official NYC Information Centers.
Delicious, mouth-watering desserts
For Columbia University parents, this is the student dorm
Great Gospel choir
Really great restaurant. Even Obama has eaten here. Need a reservation, though; otherwise, there could be an hour or two wait for a table.
Ex-President Clinton's Office
One of the 8 Ivy League schools in the US with a beautiful main campus.