About This Listing
Apartment share with me :) I've been here 3 years and I love this place. Classic architecture, fun neighborhood. The immediate area (Broadway and Amsterdam between 140th and 150th street) has plenty of nightlife and MTA access to the whole island
Ahhhh, the balcony - the hammock must be my favorite place in NYC! Feel free to use the BBQ too. And don't hesitate to ask about my deep fryer ;)
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Hi! I'm renting out the 2nd bedroom in my pre-war brownstone apartment in Harlem. Your room will have a private balcony with a hammock. 42in TV with Netflix. Lots of room to stretch out! Plenty of space for a 3rd (or 4th) person to crash. Always-changing art on the walls. Comfy queen size bed with clean sheets, plush loveseat, table and 2 chairs for dining or doing work or just spreading out all your travel stuff. Help yourself to the stack of magazines or the bookshelf if you'd like something to read. Clean towels provided.
There's usually no problem if you're getting in early or leaving late - I have plenty of space for you to store luggage, and keys are always available, but please double check with me first.
Kitchen: Shared with me. Fully stocked. Make yourself at home. I don't drink coffee but there's a French press and probably some instant coffee leftover from recent Abnb travelers. Nice big skylights let in plenty of natural light. Don't be shy - try out the waffle maker :)
Bathroom: Shared with me. Clean, bright. Help yourself here too - there's usually an interesting assortment of shampoos and conditioners left by previous Airbnb guests from around the world. Another skylight letting in a lot of natural light.
My bedroom, when my door is open, and it's usually open. Musical instruments, 2 couches, art supplies, hookah, and often a friend or two :)
Interaction with Guests
I generally interact with the guests as much or as little as you want. I'm pretty easy going like that. Sometimes I get very busy with work though, and may not be available to socialize. But I do as often as I can, because I enjoy meeting new people!
I live in Sugar Hill, Harlem, just 2.5mi north of Central Park, Manhattan. Harlem in 2015 is safe and friendly. If it wasn't, former President Bill Clinton wouldn't have his office here! Even if you're a petite young girl, you can walk around at night time with no issues. This area has great access to public transportation, incredible Latin American, pizza, sushi, Thai, Mediterranean, and anything else you can think of restaurants, great bars and pubs, several parks, playgrounds, basketball courts, and of course the Hudson River, just 4 blocks away
The A, B, C, D, and 1 trains are all within a 5-10 minute walk away. There are a few buses too, namely the M100, M101, and BX19
The A train gets you to Columbus Circle in 15 minutes, Port Authority/Penn Station in 25-30, Brooklyn in 40 minutes, and John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in an hour and fifteen minutes.
The 1 train down to 125th street and then getting on the M60 bus gets you to LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in 30 minutes on a good day, an hour and a half in bad traffic. The 1 also goes right down to Chelsea, West Village, and all the way down to South Ferry Station, if you want to go see the Statue of Liberty
By subway, Yankee Stadium is 15 minutes. Upper West side is 15-20 minutes. Times Square is 25-30 minutes. Upper East side is 35 minutes. Union Square is 45 minutes. Lower East Side is 50 minutes. Williamsburg is 45 minutes. Park Slope is 55 minutes. Astoria is 40 minutes. Jackson Heights is 50 minutes.
Other Things to Note
My downstairs neighbor and one of my best friends, Ariel, is also an AirBNB host. He is a fully trained yoga instructor and incredible cook, specializing in Ayurvedic and Spanish cuisines. He offers yoga classes and gourmet meals at reasonable prices, both of which his guests rave about, so be sure to ask about them! I can give you his email address after a reservation is made.
Keep it relatively clean and polite and we'll get along just fine! If you want to have a few friends over for a visit, that is fine too, just give me a heads up. There will be snacks in the cupboards and drinks in the fridge, make yourself at home! If there's something you would like to have waiting for your arrival, let me know a day or two before and I can run to the grocery store, it's really no problem. There's no tobacco smoking allowed in the building, but there are ashtrays on the balcony. We generally keep our doors open in this building, as we're all friends. I ask that you keep your bedroom door open when you're not around so I can get to the balcony to enjoy the hammock and water my plants :)
Plenty of space in this room for all of your needs. There's even plenty of closet space and the dresser is empty and available for you
Jed introduced himself right away and wanted to know immediately if there was anything I needed. Also during my stay he would make sure everything was clean, fresh, and inviting. The instructions and directions were spot on and made my first trip to NYC a pleasure. The room is large and comfortable especially after sightseeing in New York City.
I arrived earlier than expected as Jed was preparing the apt. for my arrival. He was very welcoming and hospitable. He gave me good recommendations for restaurants, subway stations and routes, and local nightlife. The room was very comfortable, clean and quiet and the deck was a welcome attraction. Great space, good neighborhood and overall a very pleasant stay.
Jed was friendly, we had a brief chance encounter with him when we arrived. He kept the apartment clean and tidy during our stay (4 nights). If there's one (small) room for improvement, it'd be the shower curtain that was moldy. Otherwise, our stay was comfortable.
The neighbourhood was below our expectation though, we were used to the neighbourhood around W100th St. which seems safer. Nonetheless, we never had trouble getting to and from the apartment.
When I arrived, there was a little snafu with the key because prior guests hadn't returned them to the designated spot, but that was quickly cleared up when I realized Jed was actually in the apartment! Also, I was tired and was hauling a fair amount of baggage, so he met me and helped me up the stairs.
Jed's third-floor walkup apartment is spotless and well appointed, and the room Jed lets for AirBnB is large and comfortable. Jed is an experienced host who has thought of everything for his guests' comfort.
Because of work obligations I didn't get a chance to actually swing in that hammock or enjoy the inviting balcony, despite being there on a warm starry summer night when many of the neighbors were out on the sidewalks enjoying food, music, and company. There is also a nice community garden on the block, which I would have enjoyed checking out if I'd had time.
There are plenty of places to get food a block or so away on Broadway, although I was disappointed to find the Indian takeout Jed recommended had just closed down for good. Jed invites you to use his kitchen, which is nice, with marble countertops and good appliances. The bathroom is also modern and well decorated, and the shower is clean and has good water pressure and heat (often a problem in city apartments).
Jed is a super-friendly guy with an interesting story (he's a working musician and business owner), if you care to talk to him. I enjoyed meeting him and a neighbor/friend, who's a visual artist. They were quick to recommend restaurants, and Jed was helpful with transit options.
This is not the most convenient place to stay if your travels require you to be way downtown or on the East Side, but if you're spending time on the West Side or uptown, it's convenient. And it's very fairly priced.
I highly recommend this place and its kind, helpful, and talented host.
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About the Host, Jed
Hi! Nice to meet you.
I heard about AirBNB through a friend, and have been in love with the website ever since.
Five things I can't live without? Family, friends, live music, home cooked food, and the sun!
I've been overseas a handful of times, but I'd have to say my two favorite destinations are Valencia, Spain and Seoul, South Korea, mostly because I developed the deepest and most cherished friendships there. Some of my other favorite trips were to Puerto Rico, Paris, Germany, Colombia, and Thailand. I'm going to New Orleans in the fall and Sri Lanka next winter - so excited!
When I travel, I enjoy interacting with the people I meet much more than sightseeing or attractions. I'd rather spend a day in a park playing frisbee with strangers than waiting in lines and taking pictures of famous buildings.
I've had incredible travel experiences, and have met amazing people along the way everywhere I've gone. I'd like to help make your travel experience to NYC as special as possible. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help!
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