Artist Studio 5' walk to CentrlPark

Apartment - Entire home/apt · E 102nd St, New York, NY 10029, United States

The Space

SPECIAL - THE APARTMENT COMES WITH A BOTTLE OF CALIFORNIA WINE (as our welcoming gift, if you're over 21 that is :)) The apartment is comfortably and fully furnished with a kitchen, peaceful, light-filled and extremely clean studio apartment. Plus the hardwood floors, exposed brick wall, and fire escape (that double as your own balcony) give it a real “New York” feel.

A bargain for this little gem on the 5th floor of a WALK-UP building (4 flight of stairs). You will be 1 block from the 6 train which takes you anywhere you want to go on the east side in minutes. Don't be fooled by the word "Harlem" this is a very safe and up-and-coming neighborhood and is notable for the many quaint restaurants/bistros within walking distance.

Beautiful Studio apartment accommodates up to 2 people. I will provide towels and bedding for the queen size bed (very comfortable and firm memory foam mattress). You are welcome to use the high-speed Wifi internet (but don't forget to bring your own laptop for the wifi) and the piano/keyboard, if you'd like.

Feel free to use the fully equipped kitchen with French Press coffee maker, stoves, ovens, microwave, cast iron pan, rice cooker...

VERY IMPORTANT!!! THINGS TO CONSIDER:

- NON-SMOKING apartment

- 5th floor WALK-UP (4 flights of stairs). This is on the 5th floor of a walk up building, 4 flights of stairs are standard and common in New York, but it could be an inconvenience if you have trouble with stairs, or have heavy & large luggage.

- The studio is NOT incredibly quiet with Lexington Avenue right outside the window, and the North train running near by but that's expected with an apartment right in Manhattan. Folks who don't live in New York always wonder and ask me why in any movies in NY there are always noises of fire/police siren, garbage trucks, people yelling… And my answer is "because it is true" and "these are the noises of New York City, you'll get used to it, and will most definitely miss it once you leave" :)

- The apartment is a small studio (only 350sq feet) so only fitting for TWO people and not more.

SAFETY:

Don't let the word "Harlem" fool you! I have been living here for over 5 years and as a tiny Asian girl :) I can assure you that I always feel very safe walking around the area. Spanish Harlem is at the border between Upper East Side & East Harlem. It is filled with mostly families with a mix race of Hispanic, Caucasian, African, Asian,...etc, a true melting pot just like the rest of New York City. Besides Japan, New York is one of the safest places I’ve lived in (here you don’t have to worry about people snatching your purse, phone, or stealing your wallet out of your bag...etc) but just as any other urban city I’m sure you know basic commonsense is required :) (like don't walk around the Bronx at 3AM, or don't feed the pigeons...:))

WHAT'S CLOSE BY?

5 minute walk to Museum Mile and a short subway ride to the shopping mecas of Bloomingdales & Barney’s. The neighborhood is full of great restaurants and shops.

Central Park is 3 blocks away!

Favorite Places to Eat Close By - Naruto Ramen / Earls Beer and Cheese (Best grilled cheese on the planet!) / Winston & Tee Express Jerk Chicken / Gong Thai (Spicy!!) / Yo In Yo Out French Bistro, Joy (oh f'cking joy) Burger mmmmMMM
But a list of Local Favorites will be email to you after booking.

5 minute walk to Starbucks / Subway
5 minute walk to Central Park.
5 minute walk to Museum Mile
2 minute walk to gas station at the corner (essential in NYC if you're driving)
3 minute walk to 10+ different convenient stores all around the corners.
15 minute walk to Guggenheim Museum
20 minute WALK to Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met :))
15 minute direct train ride to Grand Central Station (Bryant Park, NY public library)
20 minutes train to Times Square (switch 1 train)
15 minute direct train ride to Bloomingdales & Barney’s.
15 minute direct train ride to Empire State Building
17 minute direct train ride to Union Square
30 minute direct train ride to SoHo / Chinatown
35 minute direct train ride to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. Are Linens Included? .. Yes, clean and new linens are provided for you, no worries about having to bring that with you. Save the space in your bag!

2. Do you provide me with keys for the apartment? Yes, after your booking, we will send you an email with instructions on how to pick up the keys (at a friend's building that is only 6 blocks away from us). Also directions to get there from all New York airports. As well as a list of things to do in New York, and several of our favorite local spots. We also have friends with keys in the city in case you accidentally lock yourself out.

3. Is a laundry mat nearby? Yes, Sparkles Laundry is ONE block away.

4. How do I know if the apartment is going to be clean? We have a cleaning lady come in between guests. So to ensure there is enough time for cleaning between guests the check in time is 3PM, and check out time is 10AM. However, if you have a late/early flight the check in/out time can easily be arranged to suit your convenient. Just please let us know upon booking.

5. Can I cook and use the kitchen? Cook your heart out! Feel free to use whatever you'd like.

6. Do you have WiFi? Computer? WiFi is available (please see "House Manual" section on Airbnb after you book the apt for WIFI name & password. Unfortunately, we don't have a computer, please bring your own tablet/laptop.

*** Why should I choose your studio or area to stay?

Our guests choose our location for several reasons:

1. Midtown is very pricey. Staying at the studio offers a budget accommodation allowing you to spend a little more on shopping or other activities. While at the same time having travel access to many sights. I am to a degree Anti Times Square; I want our visitors to feel what it is like to live in a real New York City neighborhood and still be close to everything.

Plus, there is a misconception that Times Square is the center of Manhattan. However, there is no center. All sights are all over the city. Times Square is great if you plan on doing many Broadway Shows and for a once in a while visit. So spread your wings - do not be afraid to vist the Upper East, Upper West, Midtown, Lower East, East Village, West Village, Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens etc.

2. Many guests (visiting NYC for the first time) look at a map of NYC and assume that it is huge and difficult to get around. It is actually the opposite. We walk everywhere and enjoy doing so. On every street there are lots to see and changes drastic. As one if not the safest cities in the USA; in NYC you will find something to do everywhere you go. A good reference point to remember is 20 blocks in NYC equals one mile.

3. The studio guests want to see what it is like to have that feeling that they are "living" like a New Yorker. Unlike most hotels one of the favorite things for my guests to do is to sit on our stoop and watch the neighborhood go by.

4. In our area there are a lot of ethnic (Spanish, Italian, Turkish, American etc.) restaurants. Several are on our guest favorite list. We are 2 blocks from central park, and 4 blocks from the Museum mile.

5. 2nd avenue below 100th street boasts numerous unique and affordable restaurants. (Approx. 5 minute walk) From French, Irish, Mexican, American, Italian, Jamaican, Thai...restaurants to an assortment of fusion cuisine restaurants. The basics of this area are that it has restaurants and bars as far as the eyes can see. New Yorkers favorite thing to do is to walk down this avenue, read the menus posted outside, and when we like something, we dine.

*** Where are the Super Markets?
1. Small El Tepeyac Grocery located at North East corner of Lexington ave and 102nd for basic items such as onion, garlic, potatoes cucumber, lime, caned food, to beers, sodas, ice cream...etc,
2. Cute little bakery "Delicious bread" is also next to the convenient store. Grab your bread/breakfast or coffee here in the morning. Don't forget to say hi to Harold, and Charlene for us.
3. AMAZING butcher "El Tepeyac Meat Market Inc" is ONE block away at 103rd and they have every single type of meat imaginable (cut/chop to order!) and the price is dirt cheap too.
4. Fish & Food Store at the corner of 103rd and Lexington also. As the name suggest they sell all type of fish and sea food here. You can also buy prepared seafood (deep fried fish, shrimp... etc)
4. Major Super markets located on Lexington Ave between 113th St and 114th St (Super Fi Emporium - cheap/low key) and Gourmet Garage (more expensive) at Park Ave and 97th Street.
5. My favorite is "Fairway" (like no other!) that has everything from gourmet items such as caviar, truffle oil, fish monger, real meat butcher, bread/bakery counter, cheese market, gourmet deli meat, in home roasted coffee beans (GREAT as gifts) to really rare spices, nuts and fruit. Unfortunately you have to take a train/bus or make a 20minutes walk to get here, but it is so well worth it.
Address:
240 East 86th Street
(between 2nd and 3rd Aves)
New York, NY (phone number hidden)

*** Where are the "take out" food places so I can order in or pick up? Seamless, and Grubhub are your best friends :)

*** Where is there Parking?
If you choose to drive into the city there is free alternate parking on the street or unrestricted parking on the weekend.
There is also 2 secure parking lots 2 block south of our location (one on Lexington Ave between 100th and 99th, and one on East 97th between Lexington Ave & 3rd) . Parking rates vary between $20 to $25 for the day.

Other Things to Note

VERY IMPORTANT!!! THINGS TO CONSIDER:

- NON-SMOKING apartment

- 5th floor WALK-UP (4 flights of stairs). This is on the 5th floor of a walk up building, 4 flights of stairs are standard and common in New York, but it could be an inconvenience if you have trouble with stairs, or have heavy & large luggage.

- The studio is NOT incredibly quiet with Lexington Avenue right outside the window, and the North train running near by but that's expected with an apartment right in Manhattan. Folks who don't live in New York always wonder and ask me why in any movies in NY there are always noises of fire/police siren, garbage trucks, people yelling… And my answer is "because it is true" and "these are the noises of New York City, you'll get used to it, and will most definitely miss it once you leave" :)

- The apartment is a small studio (only 350sq feet) so only fitting for TWO people and not more.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Monthly Price: $4500 /month
Security Deposit: $300
Cleaning Fee: $95
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Féline is a great host with a lovely place. We really enjoyed our time in NYC and staying at Féline's apartment was an important part of that.

    April 2014
  • Féline is a great host and her apt is perfect to stay in NYC enjoying comfort and privacy. Metro station is 1 block/walk far from the apt and the stop is on one of the most used lines to go to midtown. The apt is clean and well furnished, everything in there makes you feel at home and welcome: every single detail is tidy and customized, you can really feel the love that Féline has for her guests. She is very helpful and nice, we ask her if it was possible to leave our luggages for few hours in the apt after the check-out and she told us that there were no problem at all. On the kitchen table you can find a guests' book where she invites all the guests to leave comments and suggestions for the newer ones, don't surprise if you find funny and useful tips to visit the city. Hoping to come back soon in NYC, Féline apt will be surely our choice :)

    March 2014
  • Feline's apt was just what we needed for our trip to NYC. The essentials in a convenient location,clean and a great price. Cannot speak more highly of Feline's attention to the needs of her guests, always quick to respond to any questions we may have had.We walked everywhere in the 4 days we had in this wonderful city but, it was nice to have the subway so close at the end of the day.
    Thanks so much Feline we loved it all.

    March 2014
  • My girlfriend and I stayed for five nights at Felines` appartment. We had such a great time!! Feline provided us with an amazing guide for NYC. The location was just perfect for us, close to the Central Park (great for a run in the morning) and very good connected to downtown Manhatten but offside the typical tourist areas. We felt for some days like real New Yorker, as we wished :) The Thai delivery around the corner has really good curry for under 10 $ and is just perfect to have it on Felins` cosy green sofa after a long day exploring that great city. We preferred to use the 96th street station for exiting the subway instead of the closer 103rd street station, just because it is a bit cleaner and have a Starbucks at the corner. All together we loved the appartment and felt home from the beginning. Feline was a great host and everything was as described and promised. We totally recommend the place for all who wants to be a part of the "real NYC life" for some days. Great!

    March 2014
  • First time in NY. It was magic. And this apartment was a really good choice! First of all, It was very CLEAN!!!! No problem with the neighbors or with some noise. Then it's well located, not to small four a couple, absolutely lovely. Even the small kitchen is enough for what we need. We never had the feeling to be unsafe. And despite the fact that we never saw Feline, we could feel her nice presence :-) Pictures, decor, photos, funny pieces of fourniture ... If we have the chance to come back in the future... Feline's apartment - 100% !!!!! We highly recommand this place.

    March 2014
  • Feline is just the MUST ADORABLE host we ever met. She is so nice and so attentive to her customers. She did of our journey a very good and safe trip. She always try to be here for her customers, for anything and the most important she is really well organise.
    She is a really good customer focus. Her apartment is great, very close to central park, clean, cute, subway station at the corner of the street, well furnished. Please everybody go and have some days to her apartment !!! This is the place to be and to go.

    January 2014
  • Wahou, it was an amazing trip and a very nice experience ! Feline's flat is very cute. It is small but, perfect for 2/3 people. The decor is lovely and a nice christmas tree waiting for us on arrival. Small gestures of affection for its travelers !

    It is very clean, and the neighboor is very nice. There isn't noise.

    The only negative point are the windows. They are not double glazing, so we heard outside (firemen, airtrain, klaxons). At the beginning, it was strange, but in the fullness on time, we get accustumed to the noise. It was not a worry.

    For the stairs, there are a lot of floors, but we knew it.

    Feline is always available if we had a question. If we will travel in NYC, we will take this flat again !

    December 2013
    Féline
    Response from Féline:

    Laure, thanks so much for the nice reviews. We're so glad you had a great time celebrating X'mas in New York. My apologies, for the thin windows, and the noise on the street. Unfortunately, neither is in my control :(. This is also why I always try to make renters aware of it by adding on the listing "Things to consider" section. Folks who don't live in New York always wonder and ask me why in any movies in NY there are always noises of fire/police siren, garbage trucks, people yelling… And my answer is "because it is true" and "these are the noises of New York City, you'll get used to it, and will most definitely miss it once you leave" :) Hope to have you both stay with us again in the future.

    December 2013
  • My stay at the studio was fantastic! It really felt like home for the 6 nights I was there, and Feline had even out up a Christmas tree! The location was great, in a quiet neighbourhood with lots of local shops and just a 2 minute walk to the subway, so it was really easy to get downtown to all the more touristy areas. Feline was a very helpful host and answered all my questions really quickly, before and during my stay. I would definitely stay here again as it's a great base for exploring New York.

    Polly

    December 2013
  • Very nice and artistic apartment, small and cozy. Location was excellent: near central park and 6 train. You can easily also start walking from here in many directions if you like walking.

    Féline did make everything very easy and clear: sending keys to us before made check-in flexible and comfortable. The instructions she had wrote for the stay were perfect. Area is ok, definitely safe to walk during the day and night. Also five floors stairs gives you mainly good exercise. It is a bit challenging to climb narrow stairway with suitcase but no prob with backbag. Internet worked in the apartment very well, good connections.

    Only problem we had was opening the outdoor first time: the key needs to be in exact position to work. We would recommend to use ear plugs when sleeping if you haven't got used to city voices all night long. And btw bed was great - no too soft.

    December 2013
  • Our stay with Feline was fantastic!! The apartment is exactly as shown in the photos- clean, comfortable, and cute! Feline was super easy to communicate with and the process of checking in and out was seamless and simple. Feline's house manual and guide to the area was super helpful- the community felt safe and friendly. We would definitely stay here in the future and recommend staying here to friends- you definitely can't find a better deal in NYC!

    November 2013
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