Bright UES Gem Near Central Park

Apartment - Entire home/apt · E 74th St, New York, NY 10021, United States
Your host, Lauren
9 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

The Space

Spacious one bedroom apartment on the top floor of an elevator building. Eight windows fill the space with light. Tree-lined block in a very safe neighborhood, steps to Central Park, museums, subway and delicious restaurants.

Our home is a charming quintessential New York City apartment in the heart of the Upper East Side. We are located on the top of a five floor brownstone elevator building. The first thing you'll love about the flat is the natural light coming through all eight windows.

Some of the amenities we offer are multiple air conditioners for the hot summer nights, heaters during colder months, free WiFi, and a giant flat screen television.

There's a great kitchen that has a breakfast nook. We have a full size bed and a very comfortable convertible Ikea couch for two additional people to sleep on.

The 6 train is within short walking distance from our apartment, which is also near wonderful attractions, like the Whitney Museum, the MET, and Central Park—where you can catch a concert during SummerStage or free jazz near the bandshell. Some of our favorite neighborhood spots are Caffe Noi, Maison Kayser, Bare Burger and A la Turka.

We know you'll love our home as much as we do!

We are very communicative with our guests, and are available if they need anything.

Firstly, we don't live across from a fire station. That is just the street view Airbnb gave our listing. We live on a quiet tree-lined street with apartment buildings and pre-war brownstones. There is a Duane Reade on one corner and the historic burger joint JG Melon on the other! It is a beautiful neighborhood and you get a great taste of life in New York City without feeling overwhelmed by any hustle-bustle. Central Park is so close, as are some of the best restaurants in the city. We look forward to sharing our local secrets with you! :)

There is a bus stop on the corner and the 6 train is a five minute walk away. Plus taxis are everywhere so you'll always have nearby transit to take you around town.

Lauren is a travel journalist, specializing in New York tourism. So you can enjoy the perks of having your own personal concierge.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Cleaning Fee: $75
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Lauren and Vincent are a super nice couple. When I got to the apartment it was all smiles with no disappointments. The place was bright and clean with everything you would need to feel like a temporary New Yorker. Lauren was always responsive and they even made a list of all the cool places to eat and do in the area to my request. :) I would stay there again for sure.

    Thanks Air BnB and Lauren for a great experience!
    - William

    June 2014
  • This was our first-ever AirBNB experience, and it was wonderful.

    As the date of our reservation approached, Lauren kept in contact with us. And on the day of our trip, I was able to text both her and her brother, who was going to meet us with the key, updates. They responded promptly back.

    We were met in front of the building shortly after we arrived and we were very grateful for the help with our luggage and the working elevator. (We had forgotten how narrow hallways are in Manhattan apartment buildings.)

    The apartment gets a good deal of sunlight, which we enjoyed, though you can put down the shades for privacy. It has everything we needed and lots of things (like the TV) which we never used. The shower had hot water, the Air Conditioners blew out cold air, and the bed had fresh sheets and was comfortable. We have both lived in NYC, so we knew that apartments are narrow and storage space is at a premium, therefore, we knew what to expect. They have done a great job of trying to make as much free space as they can in their apartment, and that was very much appreciated. They also cleaned out a drawer in the dresser for us and left us a bag of mini-muffins as a Welcome to NYC treat. We instantly felt at home.

    And the neighborhood is wonderful. Coffee, Bagels, Diners, Grocery stores and Pharmacies, and Restaurants and Bars galore, are within a short walk of the building. (Try the Belgian place if you are in the Neighborhood. Say Hi to Remy for us.) My wife found a Yoga place a couple of blocks away, and I was able to walk a little ways to Central Park and go jogging. We were also able to rent bikes from Peddle Pushers (get helmets and a lock) and take them around the city and across into Brooklyn for the day. Bike lanes are available on 2nd and 1st Ave.

    In conclusion, if you are considering this apartment, book it. The pictures are accurate, the description is accurate, Lauren is pleasant and responsive, and you would be hard-pressed to find a better neighborhood in the city. We had a fantastic stay and would recommend this place to family and friends. Not to mention, we would gladly stay again.


    Don't put stuff on the stove, the pilot lights are always on and the top of the stove stays hot.

    Shut the door to the office to keep the bedroom cool at night.

    The shower pressure can take off skin. I'm not complaining, but be careful.

    There is no coffee maker, but there is a Dunkin Donuts around the corner, so I was pleased I didn't have to make my own. (There is an espresso machine but it frightened me.)

    June 2014
  • Lauren and Vince were spectacular! When I had a minor difficulty in the apartment, Vince came over SO fast, not only straightened it out, but took out all the small kitchen appliances for me to use so I wouldn't have to fish for ANYTHING!

    The next day, Lauren shifted her entire schedule to meet me in Central Park with an extra set of keys when I, completely transported by the vision of the Metropolitan Museum ahead of me, left my bag on a bus (I got it back!).

    The apartment is big, I thought, with a charming bedroom with a charming street view, that almost does the job all by itself. The windows are amazing - you feel like you're on an enclosed deck, looking out, with tremendous space between you and any other buildings.

    The couch is incredibly comfortable - that was SO important for me - and the dining table was crucially helpful, too. I slept great on the bed. Love NYC! Thanks, Lauren and Vince!

    May 2014
  • Lauren has been very nice and the apartment is nice too. It is quite small but with a lot of light.

    April 2014
  • Lauren was an amazing host! She was so accommodating to several schedule changes up to check in day. The apartment was neat and tidy and had such a cozy, comfortable vibe. It was amazing how close we were to the Lexington shops and Central Park. Lauren was ever so helpful in recommending places to eat and things to do. She left us small goodies and great visitors books an a stalked fridge to make our trip that much better. Can't wait to make my way back to NY!

    April 2014
  • Lauren was a very communicative and responsive host. She waited 2 hours for me during check in when my flight was delayed and came over almost immediately when i had an issue with one of the kitchen appliances. Her apartment was very conveniently located in a safe neighbourhood with the subway, good restaurants and shopping all within walking distance. Her apartment was fairly clean, spacious and well equipped. Lauren even left a bottle of wine, a packet of madelines, books and brochures about NY as well as her recommendations of things to see, do and eat for me. I would love to stay at Lauren's again when i next visit NY as i had a very positive experience at her apartment. Thank you Lauren :)

    March 2014
  • Lauren and her husband were very nice and friendly to us. Due to circumstances we kept changing our arrival time but Lauren was very accommodating and we manage to get into apartment in no time at all. Due to some problems we decided to cancel our stay after we arrived but Lauren was very understanding and sweet about it, I couldn't have asked for a better host. Highly recommended!

    June 2013
  • Lauren's place was wonderful! It was near great shops, restaurants, and Central Park! The apartment itself is a great size for the area and is clean and comfy. I was pleasantly surprised to find and elevator upon arrive with my 55 pound bag! Lauren is so sweet and accommodating. I would love to visit again in the future!

    January 2013
  • Lauren was a wonderful hostess. A yummy loaf of bread, fresh juice in the refrigerator and lots of suggestions for places to eat and taking advantage of NYC economically. The apartment was spacious, clean and bright. Comfy bed and plenty of space to spread out luggage. Classic older brownstone apartment for a real feel of NYC as you see in movies set in NYC.

    October 2012
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