About This Listing
Historic Sugar Hill brownstone located right next to the subway. Wake up in a quiet, leafy bedroom, eat breakfast overlooking the bustling Harlem street, and get to almost any wonderful spot in Manhattan in under thirty minutes. Family friendly too!
Straight ahead from the foyer (furniture has been rearranged, currently a green rug down rather than beige.)
Historic Sugar Hill duplex apartment; private entrance with your own full bathroom and kitchen access. I am also fully Landlady Approved!
This is a large, old-but-lovely apartment in a landmarked building on Sugar Hill. It has everything you need to enjoy your visit.
THE BEDROOM has a full sized bed with TWO mattresses. If you wish to sleep up to four people there, we place the second mattress on the floor and provide all linens.
THE LIVING ROOM also has a full-sized real bed stacked with two mattresses. Again, if you wish to sleep up to four people in that room, the second mattress can be moved onto the floor and all beds will be furnished with linens.
---Large foyer suitable for all your luggage.
---Complete bathroom with bathtub.
---Complete kitchen including refrigerator, stove, pots, pans, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster.
---Tables and chairs to eat in.
---Huge living room with shared computer, full sized bed, and space for the extra mattress or an air mattress on the floor (included.)
---DEDICATED WIFI/internet. (Note, no TV, other than Hulu, etc.)
---Big bedroom with full sized bed, plus room on the floor for another person on another mattress, if needed.
---All towels and bedding are included.
---One floor walk up.
*The apartment is full of windows and is kept as clean as a very old building can be. There are no pests and no animals resident. I live here too (right upstairs), and that's how I want it to stay.
*Also, while this apartment CAN sleep six (or maybe even more, if you really need) after four adults it begins to be a bit small. It's a GREAT deal for a large family traveling on a budget, but I suggest managing your expectations if you're looking for a place to sleep six adults. You'll all have a soft safe place to sleep, though. :)
And please do check out my reviews!
You also have access to upstairs if you need to store your bags somewhere after checkout. Also, New York City can be overwhelming. If you're looking for suggestions on how to make the best use of your time/budget, just ask! I have a whole write-up I'd be more than happy to send you.
Interaction with Guests
I mop and vacuum and wash all linens and dust before each visitor, but please note that the place is OLD and there are stains on the floor that I cannot fix. Nevertheless, it is clean, and if there is anything I can do to make your stay more comfortable, I live upstairs (where if you have need you also have access), and I am almost always around. I truly want you to enjoy your visit.
C'mon, you guys... ONLY a 4.5 star location?! ;) The conversations I've had just hanging out on my stoop are some of my greatest New York City experiences, and you will be welcomed to the same. There are also some wonderful restaurants and pubs nearby, and much cheaper than downtown. I've lived here for over a year and I wouldn't live anywhere else.
That said, don't be surprised if you see some scruffy characters--they sometimes help me carry my laundry bags across the street. :) There is also a homeless guy named Tony who lives on my stoop. The whole neighborhood takes care of him and he wishes everyone a "god blessed day" every day, as an added bonus. There is also a police station in the subway station next-door, for an extra sense of security.
Street parking is free and easier to find than in other parts of Manhattan. You do have to move on certain days for the street sweeper, and there is an $18/night parking garage nearby if you'd prefer to park indoors or you really can't find parking for some reason.
Next door to the A/B/C/D express subway station (no noise, it's deep underground.) Walk ten feet and zip downtown:
-One stop (10 minutes) to Columbia-Presbyterian or Yankee Stadium
-Two stops (12 minutes) to Central Park/Lincoln Center/Columbus Circle.
-Three stops to Times Square.
-Four stops to Penn Station/Empire State Building.
-Five stops to Greenwich Village.
-Six stops to West Village
-Seven stops Chinatown/Soho.
-Eight stops (32 minutes) to Financial District/WTC/Statue of Liberty Ferry
All of these, you step out in the middle of the action.
Other Things to Note
Please note that $89 is a price I usually offer if I have last minute vacancies. Prices vary by season and day of the week, but I do try to sneak in some good deals here in there, just for fun. :)
Please wash the dishes.
Leave the house as close as possible as how you found it.
No smoking indoors.
The landlady is fine with this arrangement, so please help me keep this space available by being respectful of the neighbors.
Please enjoy the place and if you have any problems or needs, make sure to ask! I want you to be happy with your stay. :)
This really is a marvellous, spacious apartment set in a great part of New York. Just far enough away from the hustle and bustle to the south but close enough to be right in the centre of this energetic city in fifteen minutes.
It is ideally placed for the subway, and on an express station for extra convenience, as well as in the middle of a host of local restaurants. The restaurants are probably more used to serving and retaining a local clientele so are cheaper and a level above those dedicated to the tourists. We found fantastic omelettes and coffee for breakfast at Il Cafe Latte on 145th street (up the hill), about 5 minutes away, and magnificent Ethiopian food at Tsion Cafe, about 30 seconds out the front door (then turn left). If you go there just for the great food be prepared for some seriously friendly and attentive service thrown in for free (or a deserved tip).
Christy’s apartment really is in the middle of a friendly community. There is always someone who says Hi to you on your walk (10 steps) to the subway entrance. If you venture further afield the locals chat with you while waiting to cross a road or queuing for groceries (right over the road).
The apartment itself was more than big enough for the two of us to potter about. During our rare downtime we overused the wifi and filter coffee maker and found the absence of a tv a pleasing change in America.
We were blessed with a week of city heat, which was pleasant waking to with the sunlight streaming through the leafy trees into the bedroom, and was later tamed by the air con as the rooms warmed up.
We missed out on meeting Christy however she was always available by mail and ever helpful and enthusiastic about any of my queries.
Christy gave us a very warm welcome and even helped us with our bags, of which there were a lot. She also gave us a quick rundown of all the details regarding the place and we settled in fast. The place was quiet and cosy and served us very well during our short stay there. Like all the other reviewers have mentioned, the subway is just beside the entrance to the apartment which was very convenient for us since we were coming and going at all hours of the day. In short, we had a great time and would definitely come back to stay here and recommend the same to others.
Christy was great! The apartment was very cozy, and she was extremely helpful and always one text/call away. Great Host!
Christy was amazing ! She was very helpful & truly made us feel so welcomed. The neighborhood was also very welcoming, it shows the true character & history. The subway being right there was the best, it made the whole getting from point A to point B so simple !The apt had everything we needed & more ! I would definitely (already have) recommend this listing.
The location was right next to the subway, like, RIGHT NEXT TO IT, so my family and I had no problems getting around the city at all. Christy was SO helpful and constantly accessible via text, answering all my questions about the place and the city. The neighborhood had an authentic New York character, but we felt safe and right at home. The house was clean and cozy.
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About the Host, Christy
I'm a New Yorker going on eight years now, and I love my city and my neighborhood! I'm originally from Northern California, which means most people find me laid back and friendly. Because I use AirBnB as a traveler, it's very important to me to make sure you feel like you've had an honest interaction and received a good deal for the money spent.
I've traveled all over North America, Central America, Australia, and South East Asia, mostly on my own, so I know and respect the difficulties of traveling on a budget, especially as a woman. If you're staying at my place, I'll do everything I can to make sure you feel safe and comfortable. If I'm staying at yours, you can bet I'll leave it in as good shape as I found it, or better.
I appreciate the AirBnB community!
Great little local grocery store. Lots of Dominican options, and absolutely everything you need. Right across the street!Saint Nicholas Avenue New York NY 10031
Fresh juices, wheatgrass juice, healthy sandwiches, right next door. I particularly like the Green Harlem. Pricey tho!St Nicholas Ave New York NY 10031
I had no idea that we had pizza this good in the neighborhood. Its cheap, huge, delicious, and deliverys free!Amsterdam Ave # 1 New York NY 10031
A great place for your Sunday morning. Known for their excellent gospel singing. Please understand this is a longstanding community treasure, and a house of worship, and go with respect.West 144th Street New York NY 10031
The first sign of summer in uptown are the little silver Coco Delicioso carts, which youll always find on the street here. $1 for a dixie cup with coconut and cherry ice. Only in uptown NYC! So good!W 145th St New York NY
One of the original great Public Works pools. Huge, with a little water park. Very family, and best of all FREE!Saint Nicholas Ave New York NY 10030
Everyone loves the French toast. Early(ish) brunch on the weekends. Outdoor seating. Stay in Harlem! We love it here!Broadway New York NY 10031-2501
You are so lucky you can eat at Jesus Taco. Theyre cheap, quick, and super delicious. They deliver for free over $8, and everything, right down to the tortillas, is made from scratch.Amsterdam Avenue New York NY 10031
Our closest Starbucks. Clean, lots of space to sit and work if you decide you dont want to use the wifi at home.West 145th Street New York NY 10039
Really nice little coffee shop. Has a garden in the back. Cozy seating inside.New York NY 10031
Basically the best pub in the whole city. Wood burning fireplace. Kid friendly during the day. Great beer selection. Open front windows to sit in on sunny days. Amazing BLT. AMAZING. Gets crowded!Broadway New York NY 10031
The closest large grocery store. Cheaper and closer than Whole Foods, but you will actually walk less if you go to Whole Foods.W 145th St New York NY 10039-3142
Our favorite seedy diner in the area. You can sit at the counter and watch the guys sling entrees from one end to the other. Super cheap, and great if you like this kinda thing.W 145th St New York NY 10031
Excellent tiny restaurant. French food made by a Japanese couple at Harlem prices. A group of four can eat, with apps, plus two bottles of wine for ~$150. A treasure of uptown.W 145th St New York NY 10039
Amazing fried whiting. VERY slow. But if youre looking for fried fish, this is MUCH tastier than that fish place next door that smells so good. Definitely call ahead with your order.West 144th Street New York NY 10030
Pricey but a nice location with fancy drinks, if you want something a little less hectic than Harlem Public.Amsterdam Avenue New York NY 10031
There is a restaurant/bar here called Tian which serves sushi rolls for $6 and has a four hour happy hour most days, plus great views of the Hudson and the GWB. Slow service, but cool.Riverside Drive New York NY 10031
BYOB to the speakeasy where Billie Holliday was discovered. Still hosting great live jazz on the weekends for a cover charge. A wonderful uptown evening.West 133rd Street New York NY 10030-3300
Dont go here. Guidebooks recommend it reflexively, but the portions are tiny, and the food is relatively bland and expensive.W 125th St New York New York 10027
SOUL FOOD @ 126th. Buffet style. Harlem classic. Fried chicken to die for. Dont miss the collards, banana pudding, or half and half (half iced tea and half lemonade.) Fast, cheap-ish, and amazing!8th Ave New York NY 10027
There are actually a bunch of these and the closest is up at 147th on Broadway. This is a great place to get any incidentals at normal non-NYC-marked-up prices. Like Chinatown for us up-towners.Amsterdam Avenue New York NY 10033
If the hustle of NYC is getting you down, DONT miss the Cloisters at Fort Tryon. Beautiful views, very cool medieval art, and peace. Also this lovely restaurant, which sells glorious hot chocolate.Margaret Corbin Drive New York NY 10040-3761
One easy Whole Foods to get to. Great Salad Bar and ready-to-eat stuff, too.Columbus Avenue New York NY 10025
Such a strange and magical place. Get there by subway. Take the elevator up or youll get lost. Walk through the park and enjoy the mysterious peacefulness that soaks the Cloisters.Margaret Corbin Drive New York NY 10040
This is a great place to go if you decide to explore uptown of here. Brunch starts at noon but is wonderful. $22 for a carafe of mimosas. Great beer selection. Try the beer float or Kobe burger.Broadway New York NY 10034
You may be under the impression you need to get cupcakes while youre in New York. These are the most fun. Tiny, and stuffed with fun fillings.Broadway New York New York 10012
A fun bar thats only open in the summer, great for visitors. They always have a neat art installation going. The Met is entrance by donation, so you can get up there for 25 cents if you want.East 82nd Street NY 10028
BRUNCH! Rarely a wait. Classic diner with really delicious, reasonably priced, large portions. You can walk it off in Central Park afterward, too.W 60th Street New York NY 10023-8502
In the basement of the Time Warner Building. Might actually be faster and with less walking than the one at 97th, because the express train is right outside.New York NY 10019
Dont even dream of getting their cupcakes here. Theyre awful and overhyped. Go to Sunshine or get Baked by Melissa instead.New York NY 10014
Considered the best seafood in town. The place celebrity chefs go after they get off their shifts. Make reservations. If youre not into seafood, their baked goods and bone marrow are excellent.Sullivan St New York New York 10012