Central Manhattan location, friendly hosts, easy access to everything NYC, come and go as you please, hip and cool environment.
So as to streamline the process and create a smooth, fun and satisfying stay in the big apple, please send a Reservation Request after you have read through our entire listing.
This is a bedroom (with a Sleep Number Queen p5 luxury bed!!!) in a loft apartment with lots of windows and a shared bath in a very busy music rehearsal/recording building in north east Chelsea/midtown. Fast no-charge wifi, fresh linens and towels provided. Kitchen available for coffee and light snacks. Restaurants are plentiful and many are inexpensive. This is the larger of 2 rooms we have available on AirBnb and this room is ADA compatible.
There is a red house cat, 4 elevators (incl. 2 freight), about a hundred restaurants within a 10 minute walk, and enough 24 hour establishments within a 5 minute walk to keep you supplied with just about any consumables you may need. There is also a 24/7/365 post office 2 blocks away!
Your hosts are welcoming and friendly artists. He a native Manhattanite, Professor of photographic arts at NYU, motorcyclist, and musician (and you may feel free to pick up a guitar to play or jam if you like). She is a Swedish import and a clothing designer with a factory in Queens and a store on fashionable Columbus Avenue. [Update: Vivi is traveling, now in India, and intends to stay for an extended, and much deserved working vacation and will return in late April.]
We do not serve breakfast, however there is usually something to munch (Granola Bars, Oatmeal, coffee, tea, etc.) and you may feel free to stock whatever you need in our brand new (June 2013), bigger than typical for NYC fridge!
Check in / out times are usually flexible (with notice) and are otherwise 3 PM for check-in, 11 AM for check-out. We all work/go to school, so it is necessary to set a time for your arrival at least 24 hrs (hopefully more) in advance.
* You MUST have a complete profile, and a photo of yourself, so we know that the person who books a reservation is the same person who arrives at the door. If there are two people traveling, please tell us about the second person as well.
* You MUST have a Verified ID. This is how to do it: https://www.airbnb.com/verify
* We love kids, but our home is NOT set up to accommodate children, as there are tools all about such as industrial scissors, blades, pins, needles, and other potentially dangerous items that a child might wish to grab and eat…
You will have a key and are welcome to come and go as you please. There is a kitchen that we share so you can feel free to utilize it for snacks & light meals if you wish and that is in the communal room with a couch, the dining table, and lots of windows. There is plenty of space in the refrigerator and in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom (actually shower room) for you. Wi-fi is fast and secure. There is no TV.
Interaction with Guests
When possible we love hanging out with our guests, and that does not happen so much as most are out and about the whole day, so the amount of interaction is up to you!
We are usually available to give advice, regale you with our experience and stories of the neighborhood and city, and perhaps invite you to an event that we have arranged, should you be in town when such things are happening.
This has been our neighborhood for more than 3 decades, and we LOVE it. The central location, ease of getting anywhere we need to, the close availability of food and other options to make life so very easy, and especially the electricity of the center of the city, and the building with so much artistic activity.
Spotlights- There are restaurants, clubs, bars, deli's, and more on this block, and a hundred or more such establishments within a 10 minute walk. Take a stroll on "The High Line" … an old elevated railroad recently transformed into a lush park and art environment, and mosey on down to the old Meat Packing District (lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, clubs, etc.) or on to the Hudson River's beautiful piers and views. Chelsea's other offerings are its many dozens of art galleries, cafes, restaurants as well as an active nightlife.
We are officially on the most northern block of North East Chelsea (although the AirBnb map incorrectly shows Chelsea as (email hidden)., and also incorrectly shows the "street view" of another block), and in walking distance to Midtown (1 block), Macy's (4 blocks), Herald Square (5 blocks), Empire State Building (7 blocks), Jacob Javits Convention Center (7 blocks), B & H Photo (4 blocks), Madison Square Garden (1 block), the Hudson River Promenade (4 blocks), the stunning and inspirational High Line elevated park (3 blocks), Greenwich Village (16 blocks), Hell's Kitchen (7 blocks), Silicon Alley (10 blocks), The Museum of Sex (7 blocks), Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT, 2 blocks), Times Square and the theatre district (12 blocks). Plus New Yorkers walk a great deal, and so a 30 minute stroll will get you to Central Park, Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, West Village, East Village, dozens of museums, a hundred or more galleries, shopping like it is NYC, etc. Just don't forget your walking shoes (and there are dozens of places to purchase new ones if you do forget)!!!
And there now are 3 CitiBike stations within 2 blocks of here in 3 directions.
I cannot imagine that there are too many spots in the world with such an abundance of travel options so very close!!! We are 1 block from Madison Square Garden & Penn Station, 4 blocks from Macy's, the Empire State Building, and a short walk from the A, B, C, D, E, F, N, R, Q, V, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, PATH subways, NJTransit, Metro North, Amtrak, Acela, Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT), a dozen or more city busses and many of the low cost city to city bus services (Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, etc.).
Other Things to Note
While we started out thinking we were providing a traditional B&B (bed AND breakfast) kind of place, the fact is that almost no one has used the breakfast part of that B&B, and as a result we no longer officially offer breakfast nor snacks. You still may feel free to enjoy anything we may have in stock. We have a large (for NYC) refrigerator, and if you wish to sequester your stuff feel free to use the drawers below, with the numbers... this room is #1, so use the appropriate spot. The open areas we more or less consider communal... please enjoy!!! We always have coffee and tea, usually milk, oatmeal, granola.
Daily hotel-like services are not provided. Please always confirm locking the door on entry and exit. Respect our building, hallways, other guests and neighbors please. No smoking and nothing prohibited by law. Since we live here we must ask that there be no surprise guests, as having a stranger walking about is at best uncomfortable for everyone.
You may use communal kitchen and dining room, and there is a space in the refrigerator and in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom (actually shower room) for you.
Something that has been a very big problem has been in receiving packages... we have had nothing but trouble with this in that 4 times in a row the deliveries occurred AFTER the guests had left, leaving us to scurry about tracking and re-sending these items at great expense of time and effort. So please, NO PACKAGE DELIVERIES CAN BE ALLOWED!!! (Sorry.)
Most important rule: Must have fun and enjoy the city. Get enriched, educated, inspired!
Isak met us at our arrival and he showed us everything in detail. He was very nice and welcoming. The apartment is very New York, and cool in my opinion. If you are looking for luxury or a big space this may not be the place for you. It is in a very cool building and we did not have any issues with the music being played. It was actually great going in and out to hear the musicians practicing. The location was also perfect for us. They have a cat that was super cute and sweet!
It was also very convenient to have a keyless entry to the apartment.
Our experience was great and served our purpose for the visit perfectly.
This was a really great find! Good location near Penn St Station which was useful to get to Newark airport in the morning.
The apartment is very cute, feels like a home away from home and the artwork is lovely. Comfortable bed and a bonus kitty to pat!
Lawrence and Isak were easy to contact when needed (and also very nice).
I can't recommend Lawrence's Chelsea loft more. I made a spring break trip to NYC with my 13 year old son. Lawrence welcomed us after our post midnight arrival and provided all information needed. You couldn't do better for location as it's central to the entire city with easy transportation links. We enjoyed conversations with Isak and the few other guest who came and left during our stay. The kitchen is adequately equipped with a few food items provided. Grocery stores near by. As Lawrence mentions this building is filled with music studios and a club down stairs. Bring ear plugs. Various rehearsals and recordings going on all day and into the night. I found it part of the appeal.
Nous sommes restés 7 jours chez Lawrence qui nous a très bien accueilli. Il nous a conseillé sur les endroits à découvrir (sites avec vue sur New York, bâteau, restaurants). L'appartement est parfaitement situé dans Manhattan, à côté d'une des gares principales (Penn Station) et du Madison Square Garden (important pour les fans de sport). Il est simple et fonctionnel (chambre, salle de bain, cuisine). Notre chambre était petite, mais on a fait avec. De toute façon, on passait nos journées et soirées à l'extérieur comme tout bon touriste. Attention tout de même aux vendredi et samedi soirs, une boîte de nuit crache de la musique jusqu'à 4h du matin. Le vacarme est assuré. Sinon, elle est fermée le soir durant la semaine. De manière générale, le quartier est agréable avec de très nombreux commerces et quelques restaurants. De nombreux sites se visitent en partant à pied.
La seule fausse note du séjour n'est pas de la faute de Lawrence, mais celle de Airbnb. A cause d'un problème technique sur le site, j'ai effectué plusieurs réservations sur le site que je n'ai pas pu annuler. Airbnb n'a pas été conciliant, malgré leur faute avérée. J'ai dû payer des réservations inutiles. Je ne ferai plus appel à Airbnb.
Google translated: "We stayed 7 days in Lawrence who warmly welcomed us. He advised us on places to see (site overlooking New York, boating, restaurants). The apartment is perfectly located in Manhattan next to a major train stations (Penn Station) and Madison Square Garden (important for sports fans). It is simple and functional (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen). Our room was small, but we made do. Anyway, we spent our days and evenings out as a good tourist. Be careful though to Friday and Saturday nights, a nightclub spits music until 4am. The din is assured. Otherwise, it is closed in the evenings during the week. In general, the neighborhood is nice with many shops and some restaurants. Many sites can be visited starting off. The only false note of stay is not the fault of Lawrence, but of Airbnb. Due to a technical problem on the site, I made several reservations on the site that I could not cancel. Airbnb has not been conciliatory, despite their proven misconduct. I had to pay unnecessary bookings. I will not call Airbnb."
The problem you had in your booking experience is the first that I know about and once again I STRONGLY urge you to contact AirBnb about this since they have ALWAYS been very easy to deal with, and VERY generous in their resolutions! (They can't fix something that they don't know about!)
Also, I am so sorry that our paths did not cross more often that week, but you were out and about (as good tourists). You see my honey was having health and other issues that necessitated me staying with her at night. All the best to you!
The room is a good size, situated in a cool artist's loft, in a central location. There is always very cool music playing in the recording studios that surround the apartment. It was nice to be able to share the kitchen for breakfast. Area feels safe too.
Isak and Lawrence very welcoming, helpful and friendly both before and during my stay.
Also I had a great time with their cat who was lovely.
I enjoyed my time at this place. Right in heart of NYC with tons of night life nearby. The hosts were so kind and loving. I came into the room with a bed well set and instructions provided to me by one of the roommates Isak. I could go in and out freely. The music at night wasn't even that bad. I had a good night sleep during my entire stay. A recommended place to stay for anyone :)
The apartment is as described. Lawrence and Isak were very welcoming hosts. Lawrence provided so much helpful information about NYC prior to my stay. The apartment is in an excellent location and room was lovely, warm and cosy, which was very important on the cold snowy nights.
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We are long time residents to this neighborhood (nearly 40 years!), older than we look or feel, and have truly enjoyed having guests stay with us. I am a true native New Yorker (born and raised on Manhattan), a photographer, artist, former musician, and professor at NYU-SPS. My long time roomie is also my Swedish ex-wife and is a fashion designer with her own store on fashionable Columbus Ave. And our new addition to the family is our nephew Isak who arrived from his home in Sweden (8/2014) and is here to go to college to become an economist. We are relaxed and easy to get along with and Swedish tends to be the second language around the house (although I have never learned it).
We have 2 rooms that we use for AirBnb guests, a very, Very, VERY small one, and a regular (NYC size, read: small) one. The structure is 16 floors of fire-proof lofts originally built for light manufacturing, and now is a music-centric, multi-use commercial/residential address. As such there is a good deal the sounds of musicians rehearsing that is mostly a delight, and can be heard throughout the apartment, as well as lots of traffic thru the building. And since there are music stores, restaurants and clubs on the block (plus a police station on the next block) there tends to be steady street traffic as well, making this one of the safest places in the city. If you play guitar, we always have at least one acoustic hanging about for you to pick up, and I (Lawrence) love to jam!
The sound level at night from the outside is what you would expect it to be in the center of an extraordinarily vibrant and intensely packed "city that never sleeps," and is more so on the weekends when the nightclub (on the street level) is open (almost only Friday and Saturday). Yes, we always have ear plugs available.
Update December 2014: Vivi is leaving for her annual trip home, and will then be in Mubai to do her new production for 2015 before returning in May.