About this listing
The apartment is a prewar classic design 2 bedroom on West End Avenue. It is bright and clean with hardwood floors. It is tastefully furnished, uncluttered, located in a well maintained elevator building with helpful 24/7 doormen and an on-site superintendent. This is a pet and family friendly building. The original 1929/30 character of the apartment has been retained and restored over the course of the 70 years that it has been my family's principle dwelling.
The guest bedroom is offered for 3 day to 3 week stays, from early November until the end of April. It is large with two closets and windows facing north and east. It is furnished with a full size bed or two single beds, work table/desk and chair, reclining chair, TV, cabinets, shelves, a window air conditioner, and a full length mirror. It is large enough to accommodate an extra single bed or air mattress in the room.
The kitchen is a vintage, eat-in style, that is very well equipped with an original "Waterman Ideal" gas range and porcelain double sink. The microwave and fridge are newer. There is no automatic dishwasher. The living room is comfortably furnished. Mail and trash chutes are on every floor and recycling bins and card operated laundry facilities are located in the basement.
Wireless internet (DSL) is available throughout the apartment, utilities are included and respectful use of power is requested (e.g. turn off the air conditioner when you're going to be out and check that stove is turned off).
This building is steam heated so radiator valves are either on or off; not really adjustable. I tend to keep them off in my bedroom, unless it gets very cold and windy, because the building is overheated for my taste. (And I am embarrassed to be heating the great outdoors by opening windows to regulate the temperature in the apartment.) The bathroom radiator I always have on to make my towels toasty warm for a snuggly fast dry after my bath.
Interaction with guests
I have a life that takes me out of the apartment for entertainment and errands. Therefore, although I'm accessible and responsive, I'm not home many afternoons and evenings. If you need anything please knock on my door, leave me a note, or send me an email.
I find it helpful to exchange direct contact information once you arrive. Not infrequently personal items have been inadvertently left behind. This is the fastest method for me to inform you (in case you're still in the building or neighborhood and can return to pick them up) or learn if you want me to ship them to you.
The neighborhood is wonderful, lively, safe and desirable, with lots of live-entertainment in local cafés, restaurants and bars; good grocery and other shopping is one block away on Broadway. Four buses and #1 train, 103rd St. station, are within a three block walk.
The W103rd Street entrance into Central Park is a 10 minute walk east and Columbia University is a ten minute walk north. Museum Mile is one mile away, a 20 minute walk and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) is about a 30 minute walk. Both walks are through lovely parts of Central Park. With good connections the MMA can be reached in almost the same length of time by subway and bus.
It's about an hour by public transit to or from La Guardia Airport. JFK and Newark airports take longer. How much longer depends on the time of day.
On-street vehicle parking is free and very safe on West End Avenue. It is alternate side parking, Mon&Thurs. (north and west sides) or Tues&Fri. (south and east sides) from 9:30am-11am. Two nearby indoor garages have daily or overnight parking rates.
By subway to Times Square takes about 15 minutes; to Wall Street takes about half an hour (via Red 1 train downtown one stop, change to express at 96th St.); to Union Square takes about 20 minutes (1 downtown to 96th, 2/3 to Times Square, Q/N/R to 14th St). The MTA has a trip-planner worth using to time your excursions. (URL HIDDEN)
Other things to note
There are two shelves in the medicine cabinet over the bathroom sink for your use. Please clear the shelf below the cabinet when you're done so it can be easily accessed and the shelf is available for use by others.
There are a variety of umbrellas in the foyer available for your use.
Our closest off-leash dog run is in Riverside Park, very close by. Local dog walkers are available.
Leave all keys in the blue bowl on the oval table in the foyer when you depart.
When you're done enjoying it, please leave the kitchen cleaned up and ready for my use. Same for bathroom. I'll do the same. Let me know if you will be needing shelf space in the fridge. Guests staying less than a week usually don't but I'm a cooperative type and don't mind moving over to share the space. Let me know ahead of your arrival so I can make sure there will be room for your supplies.
Conserve electricity. Please turn off TV and air conditioner (power bar switch off) when not in use.
Outdoor foot wear stays at front entrance. Please bring a pair of slippers to wear inside the apartment. When you see my slippers in the foyer I'm not home. Even if it is very late at night when I return, I will not be able to get in if you bolt or chain the front door. This can be very disturbing for us both (and my neighbors) when it takes a while to wake you up (my ringing the door bell) to have you let me in. This is a very secure building. Live fearlessly.
Canines under 3 years old are not welcome unless confined to a kennel when you're not around to keep them from chewing my furnishings. With other pet species I'm flexible, based on your experience and responsibility for their behavior (damage, noise, whatever).
I'm a retiree, a traveler and a connoisseur of life, music, art, and theatre "for the body, mind and soul." I'm home in the Upper West Side for the winter and indulge myself with QiKong, thai chi, cultural infusions, political activism and opportunities to give back to my city. Many of the prints and paintings hanging around my apartment are home made originals, some by me, my family and friends. During the period from November to May, when I'm home, the guest bedroom in my apartment is available for rental of from 3 days to a few weeks. In the summertime, May through October, I work and play house with my sweetheart, our feline and canine, at my home up north. I do crafty things, organic garden, and sail as often as time and weather allow. During the summer when I'm in Canada I close my bedroom door and offer the rest of my apartment for minimum 30 day rental (as a fully furnished 1-bedroom sub-let), for 1 or more months at a time.