Kitchen with fully ergonomic cabinets, no wasted space in corners.  See floor plan for more.Bedroom from the opening.  The audio equipment is no longer there.  See floor plan for more.
Cool as a Cucumber, Crafty LES 1BR

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1 bedroom

1 bed

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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: 2016-08-25

Unit Summary
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.

Floor Plan
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.

Apartment Summary
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.

Apartment Location
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.

Apartment Details
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).

Apartment Supplies
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 (URL HIDDEN) 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.

Apartment Cleaning
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
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.

The Roof
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.

Guest access

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.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 9AM - 5PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


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Security Deposit: 500
Weekly Discount: 5%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 9AM - 5PM

No smoking, No pets without discussing first, don't lose the keys and don't be evil...otherwise have fun;)



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

30 nights minimum stay

25 Reviews

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Mathilde User Profile
May 2017
I lived in this appartement during 4 months It is very functional, with a good situation near to subways Natasha and Wes were available for my requests I highly recommend this appartement Je suis restée 4 mois dans cet apparement très fonctionnel ! Idéalement situé et près du métro Natasha et Wes se sont montrés disponibles et à l'écoute Je vous recommande vivement ce logement

Melissa User Profile
February 2017
The host canceled this reservation 147 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Suzanne User Profile
November 2016
We returned to Cool as a Cucumber for the second time after spending a month here last fall, and found it as spotless, cozy, fully equipped, charming and comfortable as it was a year ago. Professional and warm Wes and Natasha paved the way perfectly, and if we had a question along the way it was quickly answered. This place is a fabulous retreat in a peaceful building and everything-you-need neighborhood, and is a great home base for exploring the rest of the city. We cannot wait to return and we thank Wes and Natasha again for their hospitality and kindness.

Xuefei User Profile
September 2016
This is really a great apartment. The windows face to a playground and a park. It is near Chinatown but not inside actually. There are many bars, restaurants around here, and a grocery and a delicious dumpling store at downstairs. The import thing is it is near the subway so you can go anywhere you want easily. The kitchen is amazing, many seasonings, different sources, kitchen can cook different foods inside. Wes is easy to contact and replying e-mail promptly. We spent 30 days here and we really had a great time. Next time we will definitely live here again.

Connie User Profile
August 2016
Wes's place was super cute and in the middle of an AMAZING location. There is so much to do just within walking distance of the apartment. The place looks just like it does in the photos and is quite comfortable. The neighborhood is also very quiet at night, which is a blessing compared to other loud areas I have stayed in at New York. There are many delicious restaurants in very close vicinity and some chill bars that you can conveniently frequent. During our stay, the fridge had an issue and Wes made sure to quickly send somebody to fix it, so communication was great! I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Wes, but he was easy to communicate with and very willing to help if issues arose. I would absolutely love to stay here again and I would definitely recommend staying here for anyone looking to be in a comfortable place in a stellar location.

Johnny User Profile
July 2016
Perfect just Perfect!!! Stayed here for just over a month with my wife. Never got to meet Wes however we met Jason who was amazing and responded to our needs when needed. The place is perfect for 2 people, even 3 if needed. We stayed in summer and the split system air con made a huge difference. The TV worked with apple TV so make (yes netflix helped on the days we lazed around). Kitchen has many appliances, and utensils to do some in house cooking if you like. Bedroom has room for all your clothes. Bed itself is very comfy. This place has been put together with alot of thought, especially if your staying for a while...from umbrellas to vacuums to enough storage place. Being close to the subway (F & BDJZ lines only 3 mins away) made getting around NYC very easy. Th area is safe, has plenty of local take away. Be sure to try the Dumpling Place right under the building and Sams Spring Rolls literally 3 shops away. Would definitely stay there again...

Tamara User Profile
June 2016
The apartment is exactly how it is described. Very bright, cozy and charming. Wes replied all my questions and was helpful. We had a wonderful month in here!

New York, New York, United StatesJoined in August 2011
Wes User Profile

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.

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