Very tiny room in a central Manhattan location, friendly hosts, easy access to everything NYC, come and go as you please, hip and cool (yet mellow) environment.
First thing to know is that this is a very very VERY small, tiny, itsy-bitsy room with a single twin bed and very large (for the room) window. This is one of 2 rooms we have available in the same loft.
So as to streamline the process and create a smooth and satisfying stay in the big apple, please send a reservation request AFTER you have read through this entire text.
Private bedroom, shared bathroom. Fast no-charge wifi, fresh linens and towels provided. Kitchen available for light cooking, coffee, snacks.
This loft apartment has lots of windows and a shared bath in a busy music rehearsal/recording building in north east Chelsea, one block from midtown Manhattan.
There is a red house cat, 4 elevators (incl. 2 freight), about a hundred restaurants within a 10 minute walk, and enough 24 hour establishments within a 5 minute walk to keep you supplied with just about any consumables you may need. There is also a 24/7/365 post office 2 blocks away!
Your hosts are welcoming and friendly artists. He a native Manhattanite, Professor of photographic arts at NYU, motorcyclist, and musician (and you may feel free to pick up a guitar to play or jam if you like). She is a Swedish import and a clothing designer with a factory in Queens and a store on fashionable Columbus Avenue. Our nephew Isak also live here now and is a full time student.
We do not serve breakfast, however there is usually something to munch (Granola Bars, Oatmeal, coffee, tea, etc.) and you may feel free to stock whatever you need in our new, bigger-than-typical-for-NYC fridge!
Check in / out times are usually flexible (with notice) and are otherwise after 3 PM for check-in, 11 AM for check-out.
You will have a key and are welcome to come and go as you please. There is a kitchen that we share so you can feel free to utilize it for snacks & light meals if you wish (restaurants are plentiful and many are inexpensive) and that is in the communal room with a couch, the dining table, and lots of windows. There is plenty of space in the refrigerator and in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom (actually shower room) for you, and an "overflow" space for your baggage in the foyer if needed. Wi-fi is fast and secure. There is no TV.
Interaction with Guests
When possible we love hanging out with our guests, and that does not happen so much as most are out and about the whole day, so the amount of interaction is up to you!
We are usually available to give advice, regale you with our experience and stories of the neighborhood and city, and perhaps invite you to an event that we have arranged, should you be in town when such things are happening.
This has been our neighborhood for more than 3 decades, and we LOVE it. The central location, ease of getting anywhere we need to, the close availability of food and other options to make life so very easy, and especially the electricity of the center of the city, and the building with so much artistic activity.
Spotlights- There are restaurants, clubs, bars, deli's, and more on this block, and a hundred or more such establishments within a 10 minute walk. Take a stroll on "The High Line" … an old elevated railroad recently transformed into a lush park and art environment, and mosey on down to the old Meat Packing District (lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, clubs, etc.) or on to the Hudson River's beautiful piers and views. Chelsea's other offerings are its many dozens of art galleries, as many cafes/ restaurants / active nightlife spots.
We are officially on the most northern block of North East Chelsea (although the AirBnb map incorrectly shows Chelsea as terminating on 34th Street, and also incorrectly shows the street view of another block), and in walking distance to Midtown (1 block), Macy's (4 blocks), Herald Square (5 blocks), Empire State Building (7 blocks), Jacob Javits Convention Center (7 blocks), B & H Photo (4 blocks), Madison Square Garden (1 block), the Hudson River Promenade (4 blocks), the stunning and inspirational High Line elevated park (3 blocks), Greenwich Village (16 blocks), Hell's Kitchen (7 blocks), Silicon Alley (10 blocks), The Museum of Sex (7 blocks), Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT, 2 blocks), Times Square and the theatre district (12 blocks). Plus New Yorkers walk a great deal, and so a 30 minute stroll will get you to Central Park, Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, West Village, East Village, dozens of museums, a hundred or more galleries, shopping like it is NYC, etc. Just don't forget your walking shoes (and there are dozens of places to purchase new ones if you do forget)!!!
And there now are 3 CitiBike stations within 2 blocks of here in 3 directions.
I cannot imagine that there are too many spots in the world with such an abundance of travel options so very close!!! We are one block from Penn Station (NJTransit, LIRR, some Metro North trains, Amtrak, Acela), PATH subways, and a short walk from the A, B, C, D, E, F, N, R, Q, V, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, Port Authority Bus Terminal, a dozen or more city busses and many of the low cost city to city bus services (Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, etc.). So getting in and out of here is very easy, with very many options.
Other Things to Note
While we started out thinking we were providing a traditional B&B (bed AND breakfast) kind of place, the fact is that almost no one has used the breakfast part of that B&B, and as a result we no longer officially offer breakfast or snacks. You still may feel free to enjoy anything we may have in stock. We have a large (for NYC) refrigerator, and if you wish to sequester your food/drink feel free to use the drawers below, with the numbers... this room is #2, so use the appropriate spot. We always have coffee and tea, usually milk, oatmeal, granola. Please enjoy!
Daily hotel-like services are not provided. Please always confirm locking the door on entry and exit. Respect our building, hallways and neighbors please. No smoking and nothing prohibited by law. Since we live here we must ask that there be no surprise guests, as having a stranger walking about is at best uncomfortable for everyone.
You may use communal kitchen and dining room, and there is a space in the refrigerator and in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom (actually shower room) for you.
Something that has been a very big problem has been in receiving packages... we have had nothing but trouble with this in that 4 times in a row the deliveries occurred AFTER the guests had left, leaving us to scurry about tracking and re-sending these items at great expense of time and effort. So please, NO PACKAGE DELIVERIES CAN BE ALLOWED!!! (Sorry.)
Most important rule: Must have fun and enjoy the city. Get enriched, educated, inspired!
Isak and T. Lawrence were extremely welcoming and hospitable, laid back and congenial. The room and apartment were comfortable and I was very glad there were lots of windows to make it feel light and airy in a tall and dense urban setting. I got a kick out of sharing the building with music studios and at times felt like I was walking through a movie set about struggling musicians when in the public spaces. Really easy to get around and in and out -and walking distance to the northern end of the High Line. Although the location of the building itself is on a pretty gritty street, a quick stroll brings you to leafier environs if that is your preference.
I loved staying in Lawrence's apartment. He was friendly and helpful. The place is interesting, really cosy and in a wonderful location. Highly recommended from me, and thanks Lawrence, Isak and the cool cat
This was my first time using airbnb. I choose to stay in this location based on close proximity to a conference for 2 nights, fair pricing and the good communication from T. Lawrence. I was initially interested in staying with a couple which the pic showed, and was disappointed that Vivian was away. As a women I was concerned with staying with two men without locks on my door. I knew nothing about their nephew but I took a chance based on good reviews. Isack was a delight, though later he mentioned that T Lawrence did not actually stay/live at that premise. T Lawrence greeted me easily enough but I came to learn that he and Vivian were not "togther" so this "shared room in a home" had me scratching my head a bit. Add to it being in a recording studio! If you are not from NYC this can seem bizarre. Luckily it was a safe, simple and pleasant first airbnb NYC experience. My favorite part was their collage in their shower. I laughed to see the good times they've shared over the years.
Hi Mel, I am so glad you had a pleasant stay, and indeed for the 2 nights you were there I was only home during the day as my honey has been having some health issues, and so I was with her as much as I could be. So sorry you were expecting to meet Vivianne but the whole (wonderful) situation is written fairly clearly in the first paragraph of our text... she is my ex, and since we broke up (more that 30 years ago) we have been the very best of friends. She has been working in India, but now on her way back home. And just so that no one comes to us wondering where our recording studio is, we do not live in one, there are none (that I know of) anywhere around us (except one in the sub-basement). Indeed there are many rehearsal studios in the building (a different kind of set-up), but we don't live in one of those either! All the best to you! Lawrence
This is a wonderful place to stay in. Lawrence and Isak were great hosts, very friendly and helpful, and they made me feel welcome from the first moment on. The apartment has a nice feel to it and is in a perfect location to explore the city. I would definitely stay there again (next time with some earplugs in my luggage).
This was my first airbnb experience and it was comfortable, easy going and smooth. Though I was unfamiliar with the process or expectations - I was made to feel at home. I would certainly try this again.
T. Lawrence was very helpful right from the booking stage when I realized that my dates were out and needed changing on two separate bookings. In spite of the fact that I was in Australia and he was in NY in a completely different time zone he was very responsive to my (sometimes not so clear messages). We ended up having an online laugh about it and I was looking forward to meeting him. I didn't get to do that but did meet his nephew Isaac who was also very helpful and friendly. I was comfortable and the place is in a very convenient location. I will be staying there again in a couple of weeks.
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We are long time residents to this neighborhood (nearly 40 years!), older than we look or feel, and have truly enjoyed having guests stay with us. I am a true native New Yorker (born and raised on Manhattan), a photographer, artist, former musician, and professor at NYU-SPS. My long time roomie is also my Swedish ex-wife and is a fashion designer with her own store on fashionable Columbus Ave. And our new addition to the family is our nephew Isak who arrived from his home in Sweden (8/2014) and is here to go to college to become an economist. We are relaxed and easy to get along with and Swedish tends to be the second language around the house (although I have never learned it).
We have 2 rooms that we use for AirBnb guests, a very, Very, VERY small one, and a regular NYC size (read: small) one. The structure is 16 floors of fire-proof lofts originally built for light manufacturing, and now is a music-centric, multi-use commercial/residential address. As such there is a good deal the sounds of musicians rehearsing that is mostly a delight, and can be heard throughout the apartment, as well as lots of traffic thru the building. And since there are music stores, restaurants and clubs on the block (plus a police station on the next block) there tends to be steady street traffic as well, making this one of the safest places in the city. If you play guitar, we always have at least one acoustic hanging about for you to pick up, and I (Lawrence) love to jam!
The sound level at night from the outside is what you would expect it to be in the center of an extraordinarily vibrant and intensely packed "city that never sleeps," and is more so on the weekends when the nightclub (on the street level) is open (almost only Friday and Saturday). Yes, we always have ear plugs available.
Update December 2014: Vivi is leaving for her annual trip home, and will then be in Mubai to do her new production for 2015 before returning in late May.