7 min. by car to Brooklyn and 35 min. to Manhattan; in the walking distance to public transportation: 20min. to Brooklyn and 50 min. to Manhattan by bus and a Ferry which is FREE and very romantic, all of the movies about NYC where filmed from the Staten Island Ferry! And the Green Lady (Statue of Liberty) is passed by every time you go to and back from (email hidden)e apartment is on a quiet street and it's 10 min. walking distance to the ocean. It's in the safe residential neighborhood.
The apartment is completely separate. The only thing that's shared is the foyer/corridor with two entrance doors into apartments: mine (I live upstairs) and yours (first floor). The living/bedroom has a huge window (it has a nice garden in front) and on the street level. The dining area, kitchen and bathroom is 6 steps down. There are 2 big closets and the furniture is from IKEA. A 5 min. walk away there are a couple of big stores, two museums (Garribaldi-Meucci museum and Alice Auston - very picturesque and on the ocean shore), Fort Wadsworth - an old fort turned into a park with the BEST view of Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey and South Beach with boardwalk, beach area and restaurants.
You will have access to the entire apartment and the foyer/corridor preceding it.
Interaction with Guests
I live in the apartment upstairs. Our interaction could be minimal if you prefer it. Otherwise I would be happy to help you, answer questions or chat))).
No smoking, no loud noises after 9pm. No hair dyeing, no hair oil (or bring your own pillows, bedding, towels). No walking in shoes inside the apartment.
Marina and Eli are really nice people and the apartment is exactly as described. When we arrived they had already provided some initial food supplies that helped a lot that day :) The most advantage of Marina's place is definitely the location, Staten Island is NYC so you can use your unlimited MetroCard into the buses in the island as well, so no additional costs moving to Manhattan, Brooklyn, etc. After 30 days using the Ferry to get to the Downtown we still enjoyed it and you also have a great view to the Statue of Liberty. If you like sports, spent some time running on Staten Island South Beach, worth it and you get in shape :)
We spent more than one month in Marina's apartment and it felt there as it was our another home. She and her husband are great people and they even invited us to vernissage and we had great evening with them.
It took us about 20 minutes to get to ferry with bus and than another 25 minutes to Manhattan (south Ferry). So it is almost same as living in Brooklyn.
Apartment was clean and cosy but because of winter time and trees just in front of window there was not much sun for us. But I think during summer is better.
Overall I would suggest to rent this apartment to everybody who do not mind to take longer way to Manhattan and wants to meet great people.
Good place to stay if you're running the NYC Marathon because it is within a mile of the start. The apartment was clean and efficient. Marina and her husband were welcoming and helpful with any questions we had.
Marina really made us feel welcome to her house, there were even breakfast supplies ready for us! She and her husband were great hosts, they helped us with everything we needed, before and during our stay. The house itself was really nice and cozy, just like described. Location was good too, we took the bus S51 and the ferry to Manhattan every day and it was really fast and easy. We liked the neighbourhood too, there were many supermarkets within walking distance from the house. Airports are a little difficult to reach, taxi is expensive but the fastest way to/from the airports. I would definitely book Marina's house again and would recommend this sincerely to everybody!
Our stay was great! It is exactly as pictured. I came for a long weekend with my boyfriend.We weren't at the home much as we spent most of the time in the city but when we were there we had no problems! It was easy to find, we never had a problem parking on the street in front of the house, and the neighborhood felt safe. It was very easy to get to the ferry. Unfortunately we weren't able to meet Marina or her husband as she was out of town but she still made me feel welcomed. There was some food in the fridge when we arrived and she checked in with us every once and a while to make sure we were okay. She was easy to get a hold of when I had any questions and answered promptly. It was worth the price! I would recommend staying in their home. The neighborhood wasn't loud and you couldn't hear any noise from Marina's apartment either. The ferry was also an added bonus, it was a nice way to start the morning. If you're looking for a cheaper place to stay with quick access to the city this is the place :)
Der Ehemann Eli hat mich herzlich begrüßt und mir die Räume gezeigt und erklärt. Der Hauseingang ist hinter Bäumen versteckt, also äußerst ruhige Lage. Ich bin mit der Unterkunft sehr zufrieden. Sie war sauber und für meine Ansprüche bestens geeignet. Ich brauchte das Appartement nur zum Schlafen, Duschen, usw., da ich die übrige Zeit zu Geburtstagsfeiern und Besichtigungen oft mehr als 12 Stunden weg war. Habe also vom "Frühstücks- Verpflegungsangebot" kaum Gebrauch gemacht. Die Lage ist prima, ca. 5 min Fußweg bis zum Bus S 51, der in ca. 15 am SI Ferry Terminal ist. Eine MTA - Card lohnt sich finanziell.
TERRIFIC!!!!! They are wonderful people, not only as hosts but also as human beings! The place is adorable! Quite cozy really, clean and very welcoming. For those looking for a place to spend a quite time, very relaxed time and very safe... that's the place. Easy access to any place in NY. Easy transportation also. I definitely recommend! Marina and Eli are "greatastic"!!!!
My husband Eli and I work as art teachers at an Aesthetic Center for Children IDEA (website hidden)
Originally we're from the former Soviet Union. But we've been living in the US for 20 years. We teach kids about art, history and traditions of the different countries, cultures and civilizations.