About This Listing
Hop in the Lower East Side where history meets what's next. This entire apartment is nestled in a laid back block with a great combo of nightlife, history, transportation and peace of mind.
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Last Updated: 2014-10-15
This well cared for unit is ridiculously close to the F/JMZ Trains, Union Market, Doughnut Plant, Essex Market, Schiller's, Beauty & Essex, Grand Spa, Flowers Cafe, Cafe Petisco, plus a few block walk to the 3 Bridges/waterfront and whatever else you need. Oh and it's "quiet" at night because all the traffic turns on Delancey (few blocks north) to head for the bridge.
The unit is owned/rented by a long time building industry professional (who also managed/did the renovations) that spends part time in other cities/countries. Please be tidy & respectful! Oh, & the personal stuff on the desk in the bedroom photo is no longer there.
See the photos for a floor plan image.
See my "Guidebook". I've been to (with abundance) every place I have noted. This neighborhood is my mothers favorite in the world for food. She's a decent cook and been a lot of places. It's not the five star brands, it's more the "Honey badger don't..." attitude, variety, and unpredictability from block to block. On that note, Sunday through Wednesday are your nights to get this (website hidden)/FR/SA you will be over run by the bridge and tunnel crew and likely get the same frustrating feeling you will get if you stayed in Times Square. On Monday for example, you can go walk in to Schillers or Beauty & Essex for dinner and have 5 people waiting on you.
The Apartment is a classic non-doorman, 5th floor walkup (get some exercise). The listing is for the entire apartment. It has a gut renovated Kitchen (2011), nothing spared for the visiting "Top Chef". Beyond the appliances and such, it's loaded with All-clad and various gadgets for getting your Guy Fieri on. Fully updated every where else (Bath, Bed, Dining/Living Area, Floors) & energy conscious.
The AirBNB map & street view are general. It is worth noting that the map showing Canal street is not accurate, where the 8 Essex street view is (website hidden), the apartment faces the park on Essex, not Canal, which is a busier commercial street that begins on Essex and runs West to SOHO. On that note, if you want to go to SOHO, just take Hester street, much more scenic, nice 15 minute walk.
For general transportation times, use East Broadway Subway Stop as a point of reference.
Floors are real wood, completely refinished with remaining bits of character.
Fan is quiet and breezy with a wall (website hidden) is 32" samsung, sunk in the wall and sized right for the space.
Stove/Oven is a 24" gas by Delonghi.
Oven Hood is a 24" commercial grade fit for the Delonghi oven.
Refridgerator is a 24" under counter Fridge/Freezer by Sub Zero.
Kitchen Counter is Vetrazzo, custom one piece from concrete & blue recycled glass.
Kitchen floor is off blue/grey baked ceramic tiles.
Kitchen backsplash is ceramic subway tiles w/crackled finish.
Bed is a Blue Dot Mod-ulicious Queen. It has a Tea Leaf Supreme eco friendly foam mattress. You are not going to want to get up, so if your a couple (see cafe Petisco for delivery and plan on laying around all day). You can move without bothering the other person too. It's also got 6 drawers in the underside. Feel free to use them, the back two are blocked buy the storage bins, so they are tough to get to.
Couch is a CB2 "bookcase" which folds out into another double bed, so you could put 4 people here short term if you really wanted to. The Gate Leg table was brought over from Italy. It's an engineering marvel, feels nice & has 6 matching chairs inside which it can seat as well.
Washer/Dryer is a 24" LG combo unit.
Air Conditioning (AC)/Heat is a big Samsung split unit, basically it kicks it out whatever the season.
Water Heater was converted from gas (dangerous) to electric instant on & an electric water tank. It's "unlimited" hot water and no old skool gas pilot issues to deal with. This also made it eco-friendlier and resulted in a full closet space now. It was all upgraded after the big 2013 Winter.
Windows are treated with "Honeycomb" blinds to keep the sun out when you don't want it (bedroom has blackouts for those late AM's).
Small Appliances; Blender, shake thing, microwave, couple other peered things.
Pots, Pans, gadgets, etc... Enough to cook anything I've come up with.
Linens; there are pillows, two sets of cases, sheets, comforter, and a few misc things around.
Towels; There are a few reasonably new body, hand, towels etc...in the bathroom rack.
Trash bags; generally stocked behind the slide out trash bin under sink. Black/White are for trash, clear are for recycling. Please pay attention to the trash/recycling rules.
Umbrellas...hanging on the door, but they do get blown apart here and there so they might be missing.
I have a cleaner spend 4 hours in there between guests. They are pretty good, been doing it a couple years. Just let me know if something seems off. They can come more often if you would like to pay the fee for their time.
Views from apartment are of the park. I've removed all the junk from the 3 windows, like heaters, ac units, etc... So for this size place, you can open everything up and get a really great flow of sunlight.
Views from the roof are pretty cool. Feel free to go up there, it's a good old NYC roof. See more on the Roof.
Manhattan may be the most particular place on earth about trash. I make this easy for you to learn if you have never lived here. There are specific days for trash (M/F) and recycling (W) (See Manual). There is no common building trash spot. When I have to much, I put it on the metal rack outside my door until trash day. Close it up so it does not smell.
PLEASE DO NOT put trash outside on the wrong day/time, we will get fined. I've noted this several places.
The Park has tennis courts, basketball hoops, and a track to the left and a nice little park to the right. As with all parks in NYC, soak in the people watching. When it's nice kids play basketball, there's walkers/runners, and people do tai chi, etc...The sounds die down by early evening as there are no lights on the courts. I've never heard anything at night.
It's there, right above you. It's a good old NYC roof, silver, and hot during the day. There is a door to it, right outside the apartment door. You can go up there, take a chair, yoga mat, bottle of wine, (email hidden) one else ever does, so it's basically yours. As basic as it is, it's oddly romantic at night. There is a view of bridges, and "some city" spots. Please bring whatever you take up there back down.
Sounds of the City
I'm an outdoors guy, I like camping & crickets. You will not find this here. You are coming to New York City, and are going to see and hear it. This apartment is right smack in the middle of NYC. What does that mean?
Street Noise. It is present during the day, minimal at night because the park has no lights and the address is a few blocks below the LES mayhem which is fun while you are there but not so fun when you want to sleep. It is also below Delancey street, where the bridge traffic comes in and turns the other way, so no through traffic.
Building noise. If you are not from a city, this means elevators, people, cars, doors, upstairs neighbors, drunk people buzzing the wrong apartment, partiers, etc... My apartment is top floor, so you get no men's/ladies shoe heels pacing back and forth above you. there are only 2 units per floor, so it's quiet.
There are 2 exhaust fans on the roof. There is one above the bathroom. They are for the restaurant on the ground floor. I had them replaced in 2010 so they are quiet. You may hear them come on while in the bathroom during the day. I have never heard them at night since the replacement.
Smells of the City
Occasionally (maybe once a month) someone else in the building goes Bobby Flay and you get the benefit of sampling that smell in the hall way. You will likely not get any smell in the apartment. I have sealed the door for this reason. If you have the windows open, you may get some due to draft. Worst case, open the windows, apartment door and roof access door.
My floor neighbor is an artist, talk to them if you can, they have some amazing stores about their 40+ years in the neighborhood and traveling the world. You "WILL NOT" get this in a hi-rise. It's rare, say hello! Other neighbors are owners and a couple renters that change from time to time. It's a mellow building, you probably won't see or hear anyone.
There are none. Seriously I have never seen one roach, mouse, rat, or anything in my apartment, outside, on top of, underneath, or around our building. If you do, take a picture because I will want to frame that like some big game photo I'll never see again.
I put this last because I (nor my girlfriend), or anyone in the building have ever had a problem. If you are not from a city, just be alert. ALL neighborhoods in New York have problems you may have read about. My neighborhood/precinct is super low on the crime scale. People that have problems do dumb things. Don't walk by yourself in any park, hang out in the subway station for hours, pitch up for dinner under a bridge, and always lock the doors or hitch the chain if your airing out. These aren't suggestions, just make them a habit, and eliminate the potential for some stupid incident.
This is a stand alone, entire apartment/flat unit.
Interaction with Guests
I have a human give you a walk through, explain any details, answer questions, and generally make sure you are comfortable. I touch base about once a week or so to make sure all is well. I am generally available by phone any day of the week and will respond to messages within the day or so if you are not in a hurry.
It's one of the most historical, vibrant, edgy, and still quiet places in Manhattan without buildings blocking your sunshine and views.
With abundance, just use the East Broadway subway stop as a reference point.
No smoking, No pets without discussing first, don't lose the keys and don't be evil...otherwise have fun;)
The flat is as seen in the listing, and was exactly what I was looking for, for my two month stay.
Wes was a great host, reliable and practical. During my stay there were two unforeseen incidents (a failing bathroom lock, a kitchen water leak), both of which were solved quickly and professionally.
I just loved this apartment and the neighborhood, Lower East Side. I felt very comfortable in the apartment with the fully equipped and newly renovated kitchen and the lovely bathroom with the combo washer and dryer. There are no TV channels, but an Apple TV with all the things (Netflix, Hulu, HBO, movies, series, music, News etc.) you can ask for.
The subway is a 5 min walk away and there are several bus lines very close by too.
The neighborhood is great. Even though I was a single, (relatively) young woman walking around the area, I felt comepletely safe all the time. There are many people on the streets and it felt like there was always something exciting to experience around here.
Unfortunately there had been some kind of misunderstanding upon my arrival. The person (Robert) who was supposed to meet me at the apartment, had left when I showed up (because he got tired of waiting for me apparantly, even though I didn't get there later than agreed with Wes and even though I texted him that I was on my way). A cleaning lady let me in, but she didn't even know that I was suppose to arrive. The previous guests had left just an hour before and therefore she had't cleaned the apartment very well. It was actually filthy! I didnt' get any information on the apartment what so ever and had to figure it out by myself. When I spoke to Robert by phone he was very rude to me.
Wes apologized sincerely when I contacted him and offered to have someone clean the apartment again. There wasn't really anything else he could do about it, so I don't blame him for anything. He was very friendly and helpful as much as you can be, when you are not there in person.
Apart from the unfortunate beginning of my stay, I enjoyed it very much. The street is very quiet at night, so I slept very well. It was also very nice with the Seward Park and tennis courts across the street because it leaves a lot of visible sky from the windows.
There is a very nice "Fine Fare" supermarket in the next parallel street and in the other direction is Chinatown right behind the building and Little Italy in 15 min walking distance. You can also walk to the waterfront/East River in 10 min and have a nice view of Manhattan- and Brooklyn Bridge. Times Square is approximately 25 min away by the F train on East Broadway Subway Station.
I would definately stay in this apartment again and recommend it to other people. It's easy to get in touch with Wes if you have any questions or issues, and he will try to fix them as good as possible.
Wes was a great host. I didnt get to meet him during my stay, but he was very comunicative and the apartment is very well located in the LES. High recommend.
Wes was a great host to us during our stay. Quick to answer any of our questions and really helpful! He made sure our stay was comfortable and checked in from time to time to make sure everything was good. The apartment is exactly as described and in a great neighborhood. We stayed there for two months and would happily return for another stay. Highly recommended! We quickly felt at home and wish we could have stayed longer. Thanks Wes!
Cool as a Cucumber was one cool deal. Everything was as on the description; comfortable, well appointed apartment, great location with buzzing bars and restaurants nearby, the courteousness of the New Yorkers and a very helpful host. And all of NYC on my doorstep. Can t wait to return!
I stayed at Wes' place for the month of Dec 2013. It was exactly as described in the airbnb ad and more spacious than I expected. Compared to my other experiences in manhattan, this is definitely highly ranked.
First off, Wes provides an impeccably clean, well thought out, well organized, and efficient experience. Although i never met wes, I can tell by the place that he is very responsible. He was always available to me by phone/text/airbnb message, and even helped me resolve an issue on christmas day (one that was not his fault).
Location is fantastic, you are at the edge of chinatown, so you have the access without technically living in it. Cheap, delicious food are literally steps away. North dumpling provides a easy quick fix and is usually open to 1130 at night. There are two F train stops within a 5min walk in either direction. There is a citibike station within a 2 min walk and you are across from a park with tennis courts/basketball courts, and a circular track. The B/D train station is a 7 minute walk and you are right around Grand Street, one of the best East-West streets in downtown, getting you through chinatown and little italy. Your location is also close enough to walk along the river to both the brooklyn and Williamsburg bridge, a walk i absolutely recommend. You are 30 minutes away from times square by foot/rail.
The actual studio apartment is unfortunately on the 5th floor, those 4 flights of narrow stairs do get taxing especially if you have been out late, or have large luggage. But we could all use more exercise and this gives you a no choice cardio, so could be a plus. Although if you are older or have any health/strength problems: be warned, carrying your luggage up 4 flights of stairs is not easy.
The place consists of a large bathroom, full shower/tub, washer/dryer, a full kitchen with provided utensils/pots/pans, a large minifridge with freezer section, a living area with lcd tv, couch big enough to sleep someone 5'6", with a table that can folded out into a dinner table and chairs. The bedroom is sectioned off with a curtain and is generous in size with a full sized bed. There are plenty of organizational drawers, hangers etc. I was thoroughly impressed with the thought that was put in to efficiently use space.
The only real negative may not affect you at all. The old building does not have a consistent supply of hot water. You literally are limited to 5minute showers, and forget about two people showering separately around the same time. It takes hours for the hot water to return. This likely is only an issue in the winter, but this can be incredibly important to some. But for me, the benefits were definitely overwhelming to this one drawback.
Summary: Wes is fantastic, place is great (minus hot water), I absolutely recommend this to be your Manhattan home!
The apartment is fabulous and Wes is a great host. The facilities inside the apartment are excellent and the washing machine/dryer in particular is a godsend. The location is equally good. The subway is a block away and there are loads of places to go in the neighbourhood if you want to stay local. I cannot speak highly enough about the place and highly recommend it.
About the Host, Wes
Aloha, I'm Wes...
I'm currently hovering around the SoCal area via New York City, DC, and Florida where I grew up outdoors...I enjoy surfing, running, camping, bike packing, listening to/making music and renting out my NYC apartment and DC house while posting up on others boats, yurts, tree forts and such. I like finding new beers en route and wines are growing on me.
I cut off the cable TV a few years back and rather enjoy the smell of fresh air these days. I've run a bunch of relay races, a marathon, pitched a bunch of tents, and pedaled & paddled a gaggle of miles. I've got friends scattered abound, and family in Florida and Chicago.
On the flip side, I love technology and construction. I run a tech company from the road and am currently maximizing my cloud flexibility while contemplating a work related case study on camp commuting and a cycling tour of the Mississippi River Trail.
Or more recent entry into the neighborhood, they serve special pies a notch above the average corner shop.Clinton Street New York NY 10002
Hidden gem, save yourself the walk to Houston (and long lines). Steel cut oatmeal, walnut waffles, almond crusted salmon on a budget done deal.East Broadway New York NY 10002
One of longest running in hood. Has a pool table and a funky original hipster feel. Eclectic, low key, probably a model bar tending...East Broadway New York NY 10002
My local post office, never busy when Im there!E Broadway New York NY 10002
They do nails, massages, etc... There are pricier spots in Manhattan, but they are friendly, take walk ins, and give a good massage.Grand Street New York NY 10002
The original. Skip the cake junk, go straight for square yeast version of the peanut butter, strawberry or coconut. Coffee or not, prepare to take a nap. We call em food coma doughnuts!New York NY 10002
Good old hippie owned sandwich spot. Try the Orange Dulce Tea w/Honey. Its not gourmet but its good enough. Say hey to Bill.Grand Street New York NY 10002-4628
This deli has survived the shuffling of Delis over the last few years. Nice clean spot for urgent items but the prices are upper end.Broome St New York NY 10013
Personal favorite, the magic square pie is at least something to try out for any pizza enthusiast.New York NY 10002-3415
Nice asian fusion spot. Good place for pho if you are new to it or don;t want to dive into china town.Orchard Street New York NY 10002
Nice little Asian Fusion spot hidden a bit back from Essex. As the name implies, give the Sticky Rice a try. My other favorite is the Seafood Paella.Orchard Street New York NY 10002
Light hearted use of the word Congee. Great noodles, and pretty much everything else. Decent prices and definitely a funky decor.Allen St # 1 New York NY 10002-3053
Closest locally grown/proprietor foods w/out dipping into Chinatown the other direction. 20 or so shops, this is your spot to do daily shopping, just go!Essex St New York New York 10002
We go for the drinks period. Real bar tenders that can set your night right. Its owned by a group that has a few restaurants in the hood. If you visit them all you will notice the design theme.Rivington St New York New York 10002
Say yes to the tacos and tequila! Way bigger than it looks. Gets wild with a commercial DJ on weekend. If your running late, dont be a dumb drunk bridge tunnel person and youll breeze in.Ludlow St # 1 New York NY 10002-3240
Best beers in the hood but the food (all drenched in butter) is not for me...This is our mainstay for the mid week, pre-happy hour drink. Saddle (email hidden), avoid the tables when its busy.Rivington Street New York New York 10002
One of the closest spots to get a decent drink at a decent price and watch sports without being overwhelmed by amateur drinkers.Orchard Street New York NY 10002
Blink miss the clothing store entrance. If you want to see an NYC gem, go here for dinner, drinks/both. Prepare to spend an evening, its pretty amazing (and way bigger than you think) inside.Essex Street New York NY 10002-2301
An enjoyable trek into Chinatown for this gem will take you deep into the heart where english signs are no more. Great place, order the Hong Kong Seafood Noodles (or something like that).Mott Street New York NY 10013
Fun walk from LES through Chinatown, awesome home made ice cream and one of a kind flavored like Tarot!Bayard St # B New York NY 10013-4931
Open 24/7. Thats the only reason Id roll up here from the apartment. Decent food, but not the best tasting or best $. People watching however is a riot on TH/FR/SA.East Houston Street New York NY 10002-1013
This is more of a grocery store than a deli and the prices are decent. Its Whole Foods or better grade with a full spectrum of groceries.East Houston Street New York NY 10002
If your feeling to metro go here, get country. No sense watching calories here, jump right in on the sampler, and plan on banana pudding.Orchard Street New York NY 10002
Tiny, easy to miss, amazing owner/operator spot. Saddle up to the bar.Allen Street New York NY 10002-1439
Casual Mex w/local flavor great price. Weekly spot for us. My favorites is black bean hard shell chicken tacos a la cart.Avenue A New York NY 10009-6532