Private bedroom, SHARED bathroom in a clean, 2-bedroom apartment located on the 2nd floor (up 2 short flights of stairs). There's no elevator. Breakfast is included in the price - you can help yourself to coffee and tea to an assortment of fruit, cereals, juice, bread and eggs and anything I have in the refrigerator.
You (couples or single women only) will be sharing with me and my 20lb.mutt named Schatzi (a Lhasa Apso mix), and occasionally with Schatzi's best friend, Eva, a sweet, loving pit-bull mix.
I have no television, but wifi is free.
Long Island City (not to be confused with Long Island which is NOT part of NYC,) is a safe and relatively quiet neighborhood. Its the perfect place to stay while visiting NY: more convenient to get to and from Times Square, the theaters and the main tourist areas than from downtown or uptown Manhattan, yet relatively quiet and peaceful with lots of galleries and MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Museum down the block.
The apartment is a 3-minute subway ride from Midtown Manhattan.
The subway stations for the E, M and 7 trains and the G trains are just 2-3 blocks away. Greenpoint and Williamsburg are just across the Pulaski Bridge, a few stops on the G train.
Street parking is very scarce - I always schedule my errands around when I'm more likely to find parking. Alternatively, paid lots ($10-$15 a day) are just a few blocks away.
My (very well stocked) kitchen is your kitchen, so if you want to cook yourself a meal, all I ask is that you share some with me (!) and clean up after.
No need to lug shampoos, shower gels and conditioners - you can use mine if you wish.
- 11 x 13 feet (fairly large for NYC)
- 2 large windows
- Lots of sunlight and airy
- Large, queen size bed
- Closet + lots of hangers
- Desk and chair
- Air conditioning & central heating
- Clean sheets, pillows, blankets, towels
- 1 (SHARED) bathroom
- You get a set of keys to the apartment so you can enter and leave as you please
- Fully equipped, clean kitchen (microwave, toaster, oven, stove top espresso, coffee press)
- Clean, fully stocked bathroom (hair dryer, shampoos etc)
- Living room with a dining table
- Free high-speed WIFI
- Iron and Ironing broad
- Laundromats with delivery service close by
CHECK IN/OUT TIMES:
Flexible except when another party is checking out on the same day you arrive, or checking in on the same day that you are departing. In which case the check in and out times are as follows:
-Check out time is 11:00 am
-Check In time is 2:00 pm or later
You can drop your luggage at any time on check-in day and also leave them in the living room while you are sight seeing on your check-out day.
As of May 2012, there's been construction on the building next door, and although its not super loud, it does sometimes start at 730am and could go on till 4pm. There's an air-conditioner with a fan in the room which helps mitigate the noise, but its something to keep in mind if you plan to sleep late. Other than that, the neighborhood is fairly quiet.
1. Even if you're going to be here for less than 7 days, do buy a $30 7-day unlimited MetroCard for the subway and buses. It's economical and makes sense even if you're going to be here for just 4 days.
2. Download an app called Citymapper which will help you navigate our very vast and extensive subway system. You can get specific directions and have access to the subway map - very helpful.
3. 2. Get ready to walk! NYC is built for walking, and although you'll probably have an unlimited MetroCard for the subway, you're still going to be doing a lot of walking!
4. What you MUST bring is a pair of really comfortable, thick-soled shoes. A fair number of guests have come with thin-soled shoes and then get sore feet, although in retrospect, it might just be another reason to shop some more!
A note for our foreign visitors: please be aware that it is customary to tip 15-20% when you eat out at restaurants. Waiters/waitresses do not get paid a normal salary and rely on tips to make their wages, so be generous to our poor service people!! Of course, if the service is not good, then you can reduce tips appropriately, but here in NY, 15% is the minimum. The only other person you tip is a taxi driver who generally gets about 10% of the metered fare.
My mum and I had such a lovely stay at Min's appartment. The location was great and you reach everything very fast, just 3 station from Central Station. Min was a great host, we had nice talks and appreciate every advice she gave us. She realy know NY by heart and told us the best spots for dining or sightseeing. She also take care of us before we even arrived and made sure we know the way and send us a great tip for broadway week, so we could order realy cheap tickets. The room was nice and clean, as the bathroom and kitchen.
I can highly recommend this place and just say thanks for this great time.
Min was an excellent host! She was available and helpful and let privacy at the same time. She's got lots of info and interesting tips and she was also very helpful in anything we needed. She is easy going, friendly and she made us feel at home. Shatzi an Eva were all the time around. They are amazingly well behaved and really sweet.
The room is spacious, nice warm and the bed is very comfortable. There's street noise but what else can one expect when travelling to NYC!
The apartment is very well located, very close to Manhattan by subway and in walking distance to nice restaurants and bars. The views from the park at the end of the street are amazing; even staying in a different area, it is worthwhile to go there to take some nice photographs of the skyline.
It was a great experience at airbnb. Highly recommended!
Notre séjour de 4 jours Chez Min s'est très bien passé. La chambre est confortable et propre. Min est une super hôte, très accueillante et aidante, peu intrusive mais avec des petites attentions toujours agréables. De plus francophile, elle connait le français et partage son goût pour les voyages culinaires. Son appartement est très bien situé à hauteur de Midtown avec plusieurs lignes de métro (5 min à pied) qui permettent d'aller partout sans difficultés. Et cela permet d'avoir un peu de recul sur le quartier trépident de Manhattan !
Our stay at Min was simply fantastic! It was our first Airbnb experience and Min was just the perfect host. She treated us more like friends than customers and helped us out in every situation (insider-tips, calling a taxi, giving directions, offering us deliciouse breakfast ...)
Her apartment is really nice and the area in general is just perfect! (It only took us 2 minutes to walk to the subway station and you can get everywhere within 5-10 minutes [e.g. Times Square or Grand Central!] , there is also a post-office, a grocery store, a nice park, a pharmacy, a bank and a nice diner in walking distance) ... the area is also very SAFE !
In general, we would recommend this place to everyone, because you can't find better hosts than Min and her adorable Schatzi!
We stayed at Min's for about a week. It was great! Min is a great host - friendly, accommodating and always willing to chat with us! She gave us many good recommendations on places to eat :P the location is very convenient to get to Central Manhattan and Brooklyn - LIC is nice and peaceful, we actually liked coming back to a quieter area, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Thanks so much Min!
Min was very kind and generous with opening up her home. Her dog is so adorable! Very good area and surrounded by trains. Literally a couple stops away from Times Square. It was a blast!
This was our second time staying at Min's and it was just as great as last time! Can't do anything else then give her our best recommendations.
Hopefully we'll make a hattrick next year!
My first time in NYC was great - not least because Min is a wonderful host.
She is a very nice and helpful person and she was always happy to answer my questions. Min is very knowledgeable about things to see and do in New York and she gave me a lot of hints.
She is very easy-going and I really enjoyed beeing part of the pie-swop-evening with her friends.
The apartment was clean and located very close to the Subway station and it takes only a few minutes to get to Manhatten.
It would be a pleasure to stay there again.
L'appartement est bien situé, à 25 minutes en métro de JFK et tout proche de plusieurs lignes de métro menant à Grand Central ou Times square en moins de 10 minutes. Le quartier est sûr et calme.
L'appartement est très agréable à vivre et Min fait tout son possible pour rendre le séjour plaisant sans pour autant être intrusive. Un +, tout est mis à disposition pour profiter d'un bon petit déjeuner. La présence du petit chien est perçue comme un agrément et non une contrainte.
Min est vraiment agréable, toujours prête à nous faire des suggestions de visite. Elle est très heureuse de pouvoir parler Français, ce qui peut être un+ pour ceux qui maîtrisent mal l'anglais.
Nous recommandons vivement un séjour chez elle.
Great place and great host. We highly recommand this place to stay.
I had a great stay at Min's place!! I would highly recommend everyone to stay at her place.
She was always extremely helpful by providing information i.e. how to arrive to the destination, and the best way to purchase broadway tickets. Since I was looking for a place where I can communicate with the house owner to really feel "local" culture, I was happy for the fact that she cares me so much by asking how was my day in NY when I went back home. We enjoyed chatting about NY, our background, interesting products and services recently available, about her cute dog Shezie... etc. If you are looking for a homy place, Min's apt is the one to choose!
Manhattan was just nearby; only 16min by metro E line. So even at night time, I could come back without worries. Also even towards the airport, it was so simple with only one time transit. If you would like to maximize your time in NY, this is a great location.