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 almost 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 queen 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 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.
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 about the same length of time by subway and bus. To Times Square takes about 15 minutes and to Wall Street takes about half an hour (via Red train downtown one stop, change to (email hidden).).
It's about an hour by public transit to or from La Guardia, JFK or Newark airports.
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.
Other Things to Note
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
Conserve electricity; turn off tv and air conditioner (power bar) when you go out for the day.
Outdoor foot wear stays at front entrance. Please bring a pair of slippers to wear inside the apartment.
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).
My wife and I returned yesterday from our upper west side NYC trip. The neighboor is great for walking and is far quieter than what you would find in midtown Manhattan. You can easily get to the subway ( #1) and in only 5-10 minutes get to the theater district, Greenwich village, Chelsea, and other NYC locations. Central park is about a 10 minute walk. And, you can walk to Columbia University, the Hudson and other locations in NYC easily. There are many restaurants, stores, coffee places and bakeries. Ms. Benmosche was a wonderful host and if possible I would give her about 100 stars. She is a wealth of information and a tremendously fine person. The apartment is great for those looking for a clean, neat place to stay in NYC and don't want to spend a fortune. Please keep in mind that it is old, and although I couldn't recommend Ms. Benmosche highly enough, her place isn't a new modern apartment. For my wife and I, we couldn't have cared less about that, but perhaps there are those that would want that as part of their accommodations. You can always contact her directly to ask about the details.
The flat is in a lovely area of town and is clean, tidy and as per the images. Shoshannah's collection of art work is really interesting and makes the main room a beautiful place to spend time in.
Shoshannah is very careful to give you space and privacy in the flat if you are staying at the same time as her like we did, but is also available to recommend local places such as Awash (lovely Ethiopian restaurant).
A great base to explore Manhattan!
Shoshannah fue muy amable y en general fue una muy buena opcion. El departamento esta bien ubicado cerca del subway y es comodo tal como se mostraba en las fotos.
It was my pleasure to have you. Please come again.
Btw, all of the valves in the radiators were replaced yesterday and are at last able to be regulated (more than just on or off) by hand instead of with a hammer and wrench.
It only took decades of complaints to the landlord about my embarrassment in heating the great outdoors, having to have windows wide open to make it comfortable and paying exorbitant heating bills, for them to finally get round to making these repairs. Such a welcome relief!
So sorry this wasn't done before your visit.
It was very lovely staying at Shoshannah's place. She is a very warm lady and even though we didn't have the chance to spend a lot of time with her as we were mostly out and about, we had a great experience. The room was spacious and clean and free wifi was available. All in all I would very much recommend a stay with Shoshannah.
My partner, Nancy, and I had a delightful stay with Shoshannah. She is an amazing host, graceful,gracious,and wise in the ways of NYC. We felt at home and with a kindred spirit!
The room was as described and the location was an excellent base for our myriad NYC plans/experiences. Subway connections were great.
We look forward to returning to NYC and " Big Bright Upper...."
We loved our stay in NYC with Shoshannah. She's a wonderful person and very kind and thoughtful and it was such a pleasure to meet her. We found her home to be in a great location, close to the subway at 103rd Street and to walk to Central Park. We will recommend her to friends and family and we hope to see her again! Thanks Shoshannah!
This was our first time in NYC and the hotels in Manhattan are very expensive. We used Airbnb in Italy and had a great experience so felt good about using in in NYC. We mainly needed a place to sleep as we had a full schedule with college visits for our daughter. We always felt welcome upon return to the flat after a long day out. We could hang in our room, the living room, or chat it up with Shoshannah in the kitchen. My daughter loved long soaks on the long, deep, tub after a full day of walking! Shoshannah's place is very close to subway access, just a couple blocks from the beautiful Riverside Park and near many neat restaurants, bagel shops, and markets. Shoshannah helped us with excellent subway instructions. We really enjoyed staying here and will stay here again.
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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.