Entire home/apt
2 Guests
1 Bedroom
1 Bed
$129
Per Night
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THIS IS FOR AN ENTIRE APARTMENT RENTAL! (with your own private bathroom, and you will NOT share the apartment with anyone else, )

SPECIAL - the Apt comes with a bottle of red wine (as our welcoming gift, if you're over 21 that is :))

This couch is not only my favorite piece of furniture it also can turn into a super comfortable bed for 2 :)

This couch is not only my favorite piece of furniture it also can turn into a super comfortable bed for 2 :)


The Space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Cleaning Fee: $95
Security Deposit: $500
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Strict

Description

The Space

Hardwood floors and exposed brick give it that New York character.

We will provide all linens, and towels so you can save that extra space in your luggage for shopping!

VERY IMPORTANT!!! THINGS TO CONSIDER (MUST READ BEFORE BOOKING):

- 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" :)
- NOISE DURING WINTER MONTH: Since NYC buildings are mostly pre-war building so their heating system comes from pipe system. There are 2 of them in the apartment, one next to the bed and the other in the bathroom. They make large hissing noise when the heating pipe releasing hot air at the top to heat up the apartment. Without it the apartment will be cold and uncomfortable, though of course we wish it could have been less noisy.

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

- There is NO TV in the apartment because we don't believe in sitting and staring at a 40" screen can be anywhere close to being outside and experience life... especially in one of the greatest cities IN THE WORLD! In short "get out and play" or to quote the great Willy Wonka
"TV rots the senses in the head!
It kills the imagination dead!
It clogs and clutters up the mind!
It makes a child so dull and blind.
He can no longer understand a fantasy,
A fairyland!
His brain becomes as soft as cheese!
His powers of thinking rust and freeze!"

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. 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.
3. 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.

Guest Access

Wifi, all kitchen equipments, piano keyboard, closet next to the windows.

OFF limit to standing wood dresser next to the entrance.

Interaction with Guests

Unfortunately, minimal to none, we always travel during the guests' stay..

The Neighborhood

We are on the very edge of the Upper East Side and South Harlem, which we'd like to call SoHa! In the area just a few paces away are many quaint restaurants/bistros/bars.

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, don't provoke homeless folks (leave them be) or don't feed the pigeons...:))

Getting Around

The apartment is only ONE block from the 6 train (green line, 103rd station) which takes you anywhere you want to go in NYC!

Other Things to Note

VERY IMPORTANT!!! THINGS TO CONSIDER (MUST READ BEFORE BOOKING!!!)

- 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/stroller.

- 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" :)
- NOISE DURING WINTER MONTH: Since NYC buildings are mostly pre-war building so their heating system comes from pipe system. There are 2 of them in the apartment, one next to the bed and the other in the bathroom. They make large hissing noise when the heating pipe releasing hot air at the top to heat up the apartment. Without it the apartment will be cold and uncomfortable, though of course we wish it could have been less noisy.

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

- There is NO TV in the apartment because we don't believe in sitting and staring at a 40" screen can be anywhere close to being outside and experience life... especially in one of the greatest cities IN THE WORLD! In short "get out and play" or to quote the great Willy Wonka
"TV rots the senses in the head!
It kills the imagination dead!
It clogs and clutters up the mind!
It makes a child so dull and blind.
He can no longer understand a fantasy,
A fairyland!
His brain becomes as soft as cheese!
His powers of thinking rust and freeze!"

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House Rules

First, and foremost. Since it is a RESIDENTIAL BUILDING I would prefer my landlord doesn't know that I'm renting my apartment while away so if anyone asks, please tell them you're staying as my friends, and NOT as renters! Please make sure there is NO COMPLAINT from any of the neighbors (noise, disturbance, smoking... etc,) If there is any complaints from the neighbors to the landlord, and result in a fine than I unfortunately have to keep your deposit. We hope you understand this.

2. Please take off your shoes once you're inside the apt. NYC streets while lovely are not the cleanest streets in the world :) we always wipe and mop the floor twice, weekly, so should be very clean for your stay.

3. RECYCLING IS THE LAW in New York City and is an easy everyday way to protect the environment and help stop global climate change. Guests must comply with guidelines for setting out garbage, separating recyclables, and properly disposing of harmful products. We have a small black basket trash can in the kitchen for you to use as Recycled trash can please use it. Please follow these guided images for what you can recycle (trash cans located outside our building on the right of the stairs)
To go in BLUE garbage bag: (URL HIDDEN)
To go in GREEN garbage bag: (URL HIDDEN)

CHECKING OUT:
1. Please put all dirty dishes in the sink, soak with water (so they are easier for our cleaning lady to wash them)
2. Please take out all garbage (bathroom & kitchen) the garbage cans are right outside the building on the right of the stairs. Please make sure you separate between actual trash and recycled items (links to see which one is which are above)
3. Please take all bedsheets, pillowcases off and leave them on the floor.
4. Please just leave the keys inside the apt in the kitchen counter drawer, and close the door behind you. Thank you!

I do live here, the white closet with door is emptied for your use. However, please refrain from opening the wooden tan closet (with sliding doors) because they're not very strong, so just as staying at your friend's home please respect my properties, and take care of them as you would your own.

In short just be kind to the property, be nice to the neighbors (and if they ask, please tell them you're staying as my friends, and NOT as renters!) and enjoy your stay in NYC. Thank you!

SEVEN golden rules from New Yorkers:
1. Don't feed the pigeons
2. Don't liter
3. Always let people get off the subway train first before trying to get on
4. Walk down the stairs on your right, walk up on your left
5. Stand on the right of the escalator, walk up & down on the left
6. Don't wander into the Bronx, or way up North pass 125th at 3 in the morning
7. Last but not least don't pick fight with the homeless (you will lose) :)

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Safety Features
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher

Availability
3 nights minimum stay.
From Dec 01, 2015 - Mar 31, 2016 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
View of the electric keyboard piano (Note: Old couch & coffee table)

View of the electric keyboard piano (Note: Old couch & coffee table)

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