Bright,Comfy Apt Near Central Park!

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Manhattan Ave, New York, NY 10026, United States

5 minutes from Central Park. Near subways, buses, tasty cafes/coffee shops, restaurants, and local cultural institutions. My neighborhood is a very special pocket of NY that has everything you need, and can launch you easily to major attractions.

Your host, Bria
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5 minutes from Central Park. Near subways, buses, tasty cafes/coffee shops, restaurants, and local cultural institutions. My neighborhood is a very special pocket of NY that has everything you need, and can launch you easily to major attractions.

The Space

Check out my lovely, Sunny 1 Bedroom on the TOP floor (email hidden) prewar building, 5 minutes from Central Park, with beautiful views of a beautiful local park. Super convenient to the Upper West Side, and all the rest of the best of Manhattan, yet just removed enough from the urban bustle. I adore this location and think you will, too!

****NOTE: Entire apt is available all of August 2014, perhaps beyond. ****

Guests get their own private space: an entire roomy bedroom to yourself; the entire apt is possible if I'm not in town. (Which happens often).

There is also now a full sized bed in the living room (photos soon).

IMPORTANT: In your query, please let me know how many people are in your traveling party, and tell me a bit about what brings you to NYC.

Great location from which to base yourself for general sightseeing, or business at either Columbia University location, City College, Manhattan School of Music, Teacher's College, Lincoln Center, and for proximity to the best city parks in Manhattan.

The private bedroom has a comfortable queen-sized bed, upgraded air-conditioning (upgraded as of July 2012), high ceilings, charming prewar detailing, and your own garment rack on which to hang your clothes. An iron, ironing board, and hair dryer are provided as well.

Prewar details are woven throughout this corner unit apartment, and it's free of bugs, mice, and bedbugs (quite a big deal in NYC, as you may have heard).

The apartment is prewar, and this is NYC, so expect the quirks that go with apartments of this vintage, such as radiator heating.

WiFi, TV, and lots of books and magazines to browse.

Coffee, tea, and continental breakfast supplies will be on hand for you to enjoy.

Linens and towels are provided.

Building has an elevator (email hidden)-in super and my neighbors are super friendly, community-minded folks.

NEIGHBORHOOD AMENITIES: Quiet apartment is directly across the street from a local park, a 5 minute walk to Central Park, and you can easily bop over to Columbia University/Barnard College from here. There is one bike, so if you'd like to borrow it, just coordinate with me first :-)

Around the corner are several new restaurants/cafes/bars, including a beer garden, charming coffee shops, Levain Bakery (best cookies on the PLANET), Double Dutch Espresso, wine shops, sushi bar, and a brand new grocery store. A post office is around the corner, as are 2 laundry mats, a Dunkin Donuts, a health food store/juice bar, dry cleaners', nail salons, yoga studio, and several bodegas (the NYC version of a "convenience store.")

TRANSIT: Super close to transit: B, C Subway lines are right around the corner (3 minute walk). You also have easy access to A + D express trains, plus many buses to choose from (M3, M7, M116, M10, M4). There's a bus stop right outside the building. A 7-10 minute walk will get you to the 2 or 3 express trains, or to the 1 local train.

Via subway, you are:

10-15 minutes from Museum of Natural History

15-20 Minutes to Midtown/Rockefeller Center/Times Square/Museum of Modern Art

25-35 Minutes to downtown/Union (website hidden) District.

Museum Mile: You can WALK to Museum Mile, which features the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, and more. Or take the southbound M3 bus, and be there in about 20 minutes (depending on traffic).

PLEASE NOTE: The apartment is home to one shy cat, and one friendly cat so please keep that in mind, especially if you have allergies and/or a feline aversion. ;-)

TO MAKE YOUR STAY EASY + FUN: I'll hook you up with a subway map, guidebook, and ideas of things to do/places to go. Or help you get to where you're going easily and smoothly. I spend a lot of time on the subway/transit system, and know its quirks well. There will also be fresh linens and towels ready for you. You will find your stay to be relaxing and comfortable.

Please tell me a little about yourself, what brings you to NYC, what you'd like your stay to be like, if you are traveling alone or with another person, and anything else you can think of. If you have any questions for me, please let me know.

Please verify directly with me FIRST before booking.

If you are staying only one or two nights, I will remove the cleaning fee for you via a "special offer." Very simple, fast, and easy process.

Thanks so much!

The Neighborhood

Beautiful parks right outside the door.
Super simple close, easy access to public transit.
A variety of local restaurant options and cafes to choose from.
Vibrant, yet mellow vibe.

Getting around

Easy! The B and C local lines are at 110th Street and 116th (apt is between these 2 stops)
Several city buses stop just outside of the building.
. For express trains, you can walk about 10 minutes to either the 2/3 (email hidden) (Central Park North) and Lenox Ave, or the ABCD express (email hidden) and 8th Ave.

Other Things to Note

Very convenient to Columbia University.
I have 2 cats. One friendly, one shy.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $750 /week
Monthly Price: $1995 /month
Cleaning Fee: $80
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Bri was very responsive. The location is fabulous. 3 buses stop in front, subway only 2 blocks away. I felt very safe here and loved exploring Harlem, easy food shopping too. Apt. Has a bike, great since 2 parks nearby. Apt. Is quite large, simply equipped, wifi. A bit funky, reminded me of my undergraduate days. Air condition and heat all worked. On 6th floor, so very quiet. Cats were strange, lots of cat fights--but harmless. Price was decent, made nyc for 2 months affordable.

    June 2014
  • My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay at Bria's apartment in Manhattan. The location is AWESOME and right across the street from Morning Side Park with great views of an amazing historic Cathedral. The Subway is only 3 blocks away along with Central Park. The apartment is very spacious especially for NYC with lots of light coming in from the windows. Her 2 cats were a bonus and made the stay feel even more like home as we are both animal lovers.

    If you are looking for an affordable option while visiting NY, this is your place.

    April 2014
  • Bria is a really great host!
    My boyfriend and I met up with her friend Arthur to receive the keys since Bria was busy during our arrival. But we got to chat with her for a bit after a day or two. I'm a huge fan of nostalgia, culture, and art so this apartment was perfect, plus the two very lovable kitties were a huge bonus. (The boy is a little shyer but he will warm up to you) The building is Pre War so it definitely has character and history. Bria has tons of books and really cool decorations from different cultures inside. The apartment is really cozy, which was definitely nice after spending all day in the chilly city. We stayed for four nights and really enjoyed our stay and felt comfortable. The park across the street is really nice and was designed by the same people who made Central Park. However, if you want to explore Central Park it's not far away at all. The subway and bus are SO close, I highly recommend buying a metro card and taking advantage of the public transit. There's also a really delicious crepe place about 10 minute walk from the building, I highly recommend it! This review is probably getting really long so i'll end it with: Overall, I think this apartment is perfect for people looking for a real "New Yorker" experience. You can have the best of both worlds: explore the touristy spots and then come home to a quiet, cozy apartment.
    I will definitely book another trip with Bria again!

    March 2014
  • This apt is so comfy and with a nice vibe. Bria (email hidden) and her kittens are so lovable. There are a lot of cool stuff in this apt and I am sure it would be part of your real NYC experience if you stay here. I wish I could have an apt like hers!

    March 2014
  • First off, Bria is a lovely person. Her kitties were adorable! When I arrived and she told me she wasn't going to be staying at her boyfriend's for two of the nights as we'd agreed when I booked for three nights, I was disappointed. But it actually turned out fine, because she was quite personable and the apt. was big enough for both of us. Plus, I didn't spend a lot of time lolling about there and neither did she. For the price, I was fine with the arrangement.

    BUT a serious problem that needs to be addressed and soon: the hot water handle in the bathroom was broken and the small sink also drained very slowly. So not only did I *not* have hot water when I washed up in the sink, I also had to worry about the soapy water completely filling up the small bowl whenever I used it. The bathtub also drained slowly; even though I took quick showers, the water (and there was plenty of hot water there at least) would be above my ankles by the time I finished. I stayed 3 days, so I put up with it, but if I were staying longer, I would not have been a happy camper.

    There were other issues potential renters might want to know about the apartment, but they were things that go along with it being in an old building -- like the radiators bang and rattle quite loudly sometimes (which happens in my own 1911 house) and there was a lack of available power outlets that worked in the bedroom I occupied. But I just worked around that and was OK with it. I just switched off between juicing my laptop and my cell phone.

    The best thing about this apartment (besides Bria herself and the kitties) is the neighborhood. Morningside Heights is absolutely glorious. I loved stepping outside the building and seeing the park and the stately buildings on the other side of it. I felt completely safe, walking around at night. The subway was a few blocks away. Lots of little cafes and such in the area. Smoke on 104th & Broadway doesn't have a cover for its live jazz sessions on weeknights, though it has a $20 min. A deal. And Milton's on 118th was fun, though more (website hidden) is expensive, esp. during the holiday season. If the hot water handle in the bathroom sink and the drainage problems in Bria's apartment were fixed, this apartment would be a good deal for a budget-minded traveler who just needs a crash pad in a wonderful neighborhood far away from touristy NYC.

    December 2013
  • I arrived a bit earlier then expected, but it worked out great because thankfully Bria's friend was able to meet us earlier as well. The first impression was nice, and warm, the cats were very friendly off the bat. As we continued to settle in, we noticed that certain rooms did not quite resemble the photos that are listed. We did not have hot water in the sink (the lodge was broken). The bathroom was one of the rooms that did not resemble the photos posted, it was old and the bathtub was unappealing. The window in the bedroom did not close, so unfortunately the noise from outside always found its way in, and it was also really cold at night, which made our nights even harder. The building itself is also really old, and therefor, reflects on the apartment itself. Overall, due to the surprising impression of the place, and the unappealing old rooms, i have to rate this room 2 out of 5.

    November 2013
  • Bria was very accommodating . A great neighborhood.

    November 2013
  • Luv'd Bria she was very nice and accommodating!! Her cats are super sweet and fun to play with!! although the apartment was pre-war and very old she had made it warm and cozy!! We had everything we needed. We had a warm clean very comfortable bed. we had great water pressure and hot water! The building is quiet and safe! Your in Nyc that's all you really need! you basically only sleep and shower in the city that never sleeps! There is a cute coffee shop right down the street and subway is right there! very convenient! She is super sweet and has lots of books to read! she helped us with the subway and different restaurants! she has wifi! I took my best friend for her birthday and we had a blast! I plan on staying again. thank you Bria you made our trip a good one! You rock!

    October 2013
  • Nice apartment and area. Close to Subway, so you can be downtown and near all attractions in little more than 30 mins . The apartment has a lot if character and 2 lovely cats. Bria has been very prompt and helpful with her responses.

    October 2013
  • Lovely host. Quiet great location . For cat lovers a real haven in busy New York City. Really felt at home. Grazie mille.

    September 2013
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Currently a New Yorker. I made my way here from Texas to attend Columbia U. and never left. From a young age, I've globe-hopped a bit, but not as much as I want. Definitely I adore travel and meeting interesting new people. Love to read, cook, laugh, watch movies (Almodovar films in particular), walk, bike, and stretch (body and mind). I love chocolate (dark) and kitties (purring). As a guest, I'm quiet and usually not "home" much. As a host, I will point you in the right direction and give you some guidance. I'll have plenty of tea on hand for you, but also encourage you to explore this energetic, powerful city of NY and create your own unique memories. Get out there and live!
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