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 (except for mid-month weekends), 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.
Our closest off-leash dog run is in Riverside Park, very close by. Local dog walkers are available.
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.
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.
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 #2 or #(email hidden).).
If you're looking for your stay to include the UWS New York that most visitors don't experience, stay here! Just around the corner from the Metro, near Columbia University and great restaurants, it was delightful to escape uptown at the end of the day. Large and bright, filled with art and warmth, I highly recommend this host and her home.
We stayed for 2 nights. The room was perfect. Shoshanna is a really nice person, who helped us improving our trip in NY. The room is exaclty as described, with a comfortable bed. Thanks
This well-lived-in 1930's apartment is in a great location. I spent 5 nights here and enjoyed walking to Central Park and through other neighborhoods. The subway is just a block away, and is very convenient for getting around Manhattan easily. Everyone connected to the apartment Building was friendly and helpful. Shoshannah is full of stories and she helped me reschedule my United flight (on her laptop), when it was changed because of the snowy weather, the internet worked well, so enjoy your stay.
Hostess was very friendly and accommodating. Great location, clean and pleasant atmosphere. Would stay there again
I was very pleased with my 8-day stay at
Shoshannah's. See is the perfect, attentive host helpful with providing small things, when needed and advice about the neighborhood. She also respected my privacy when I need to spend some time alone working in the room
The room itself was clean and the apartment, with much original art on the walls, has a comfy, homey feel. As with many old NYC apartments the space is overheated - the radiators can either be "on" or 'off" - nothing in between. After a couple of days I figured out how much to open the windows to arrive at a good temperature.
Despite this minor inconvenience I give the space my highest rating.
I'm so sorry you were coming down with a cold and the steam heat probably exacerbated it. I thought I had warned you about the overheating, so I checked back in our email dialog and found this buried in it about 10 days before your arrival: "Right now the windows are all open because the steam heat can only be either on or off, not regulated. It thinks it is winter outside. Not today, It is almost 50F and unbearably hot if I close the windows."
Get well! You're a great guest. Come again. Open window top and bottom if necessary.
Spent a lovely week with Shoshannah! The apartment was inviting (the tub was original and fantastically BIG!) and convenient to the subway and the bus lines. Visited the Cloisters (M104 bus), the Met twice and the Museum of Natural History (easy access by subway). Within just a few blocks was food from all nations and we did not have a bad meal. Could not have asked for a better hostess - spent some very cold, snow bound evenings talking and hearing about her fascinating life. Bed was quite comfortable and the room was very cozy. Look forward to seeing her again.
I enjoyed my stay - it was comfortable, calm, spacious and clean. Shoshannah was welcoming, clear about how she works it and very respectful of my privacy. The apartment is interesting as a period piece and I appreciated the artworks too. Shoshannah doesn't interfere but is happy to tell you about her life and interests. Good position for Upper West.
Shoshannah is an excellent host, she is very quiet, great person and her house is very nice, the room has a lot of space and very nice queen bed! Also, I've been there in plenum winter and the apartment was really warm! Everything was excellent and Shoshannah and her apartment is highly recomendable!
My friend and I and our two poodles had a marvelous stay at Shoshannah's. Her description of the place was absolutely accurate. We felt at home and especially loved Riverside Park, the
friendly, low key neighborhood, the ease of transport, and several
of the nearby restaurants. We can't wait to return.
What can I say, I will have to come back!