About this listing
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.
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 a little 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…
PLEASE NOTE: We have been calling this a loft for the entire time we have lived here and the entire time we have been on AirBnb, but just today found out that it is interpreted as something different than it is outside the US. Loft refers to the type of construction of the building, which is to say that there are no bearing walls, so we are free to move, add, or replace them as we wish. As we now understand the translation of this sometimes says that this is an attic, which it is not.
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.). Walking is the recommended method for getting around.
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!
We had a wonderful stay here! Vivianne is an nice host. The charming apartment is a great place , well located to stay for our short trip. We enjoyed our visit really!
Great place to stay. Well located, tastefully decorated and clean, hosts were warm and helpful.
Lawrence was a wonderful host. I loved their place and found it to be a unique little apartment right next to Penn Station. I was utilizing Penn Station as my way in and out of the city and because of that it allowed me easy access. Lawrence was very hospitable and flexible even though I stayed one night. The apartment was quaint and unique. I loved my stay there and I would definitely do it again.
Lawrence and Vivianne were excellent hosts and their charming loft apartment was a great place to stay for our short trip. We enjoyed our visit and will definitely try to book with them again next time we visit New York.
Vivianne was delightful! I would definitely come back again. The apartment is clean, centrally located and has a great style about it which reflects Vivianne's creativity. We also had some great chats which I really enjoyed. Yes, there's a nightclub downstairs, but frankly I slept like a log while I was there. Thank you Vivianne!
Pleasant experience, the apartment is quirky and a short walk from penn station. Enjoyed the stay! Thanks :)
Lawrence and Vivian are very warm hosts with a comfortable, clean and cozy space to stay. Vivian and I hit it off instantly and we were happily swapping stories of travel and fashion.
This was the first time I was staying in a shared space and I was not sure what to expect.While I had a room to myself, bath/kitchen and lounge area were shared. Despite that, I had my privacy. There was another girl staying in the house too, but I barely saw her.
The hosts were non interfering but available and very helpful when you needed something.
The apartment is in a busy, well connected and safe area. It has a music studio within the building, but I was not bothered by the noise and I slept soundly. They have a big box of earplugs if you need them though.
If you are a music/party person, chat with the musicians when you walk in/out of the building. Be rest assured you will get the best info on the gigs in town.
Everything you need(food, coffee, groceries) is within walking distance and getting around NYC using the sub is super easy.
I would definitely recommend staying with Lawrence and Vivi if want to experience the 'NYC experience'.
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About the Host, T. Lawrence
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 late May.