Get the flavor of LES on Essex street, right near the Essex Farmers Market (during the summer anyway). You really can't find a much better combo of nightlife, history, transportation and peace of mind than this few block laid back area of the LES. See my guidebook (updated 2013-11) for some local spots.
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 remote.
>TV 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.
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 ay 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.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||No Charge|
|Minimum Stay:||30 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$900 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2800 /month|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||2:00 PM|
|Neighborhood:||Lower East Side|
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.
Absolutely loved the place. Modern and clean, great location. Wes was great! He checked in on us periodically and was quick to respond if we needed him. After our three months there, it started to feel like home.
A terrific, well equipped, clean, bright and well located apartment! We stayed two months and loved it! Very close to several metro lines.
Wes is an awesome host!! He was very responsive and always helpful. The apartment is great- very comfortable, great location and full of modern amenities.
I would highly recommend this host and apartment. I was sad to leave!!
Location of the apartment was great. Public transport within 5mins walking radius for both bus and subway. Being so close to Chinatown is a plus, cheap good food! Also East Village is very close, heaps of cool bars and eating spots around this area. The apartment was sufficient enough for 2 people, lots of storage space which is good. The five flights of stairs can be a killer at first but you get used to it.
Oh, and he has an incredible collection of music--no joke. I mean it. Think of a song, any song from practically any era and Wes has it via his Apple TV...love his iPod/iPhone setup...
Again, I loved the entire experience. (Best of luck, Wes!)
Wes was an excellent host. I stayed for a month and a half so I got to know his place and the surrounding area quite well. Communication with Wes is a breeze- any troubles I had I simply texted and poof! they were appeased. Seriously dependable and flexible about any changes in schedule etc.
Wes has provided all of you with a plethora of wonderful information which I have read over and I can confirm that it is 100% accurate!! I am extremely pleased with my comfortable stay and as for the neighborhood, it is near and dear to me and am looking forward to call it my home in the near future.
apt 5B was spotless and freshly renovated. The kitchen is absolutely beautiful, (Esp the countertop) stocked with a utensils, flatware, and a bitchin spicerack, so good in fact that I was easily able to cook up a full course Christmas dinner for five. The bedroom provides ample storage space so not to worry, the space is very well utilized and in good taste. The layout is well thought out and I found it easy to settle in and get comfy. Will miss it very much!
ps. food is so so good around here (can be mad cheap too) make sure to stop by North Dumpling, right next to Wes'. Combination of the two: Divine.