My shabby-chic studio is located on the first floor of a three-story brownstone/ townhouse-like building. Double bed, full bath, small kitchen. Quiet, historic street off Broadway (but if don't live in the middle of a big city realize that the word "quiet" is relative!)
I supply bed linens and towels and other amenities like blow drier etc. I also have Wifi. You can watch Netflix if u connect your laptop to my TV, also I get (very) basic cable.
Even if your flight arrives at 3 AM there is always food nearby-a great 24/7 market around the corner carries produce, gourmet, deli food, shampoo etc.
Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues have great little restaurants and boutiques in the 70's and 80's. On Broadway there are big designer discount stores. Also chain retailers like Barneys/Banana Republic/Loft/Victoria's Secret etc.
My personal favorite indulgence is
"room service" from Europan in the morning. You can get espresso drinks and bagels etc from delivered TO YOUR DOOR at 7AM. Only in NY, right?)
Taxi/subway or walk (walking is best) to Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, Julliard, Alvin Ailey, Central Park, Columbus Circle. Subway line 1,2,3, is the main artery and will take you all the way downtown past Chinatown or all the way up to Harlem and Columbia University and beyond.
Trendy Meat Packing district 10/15 minutes away. Same train line will also take you to clubs in Chelsea/West Village.
Also short train or subway ride to Penn Station/Amtrak.
(Two quick trains to Grand Central Station on the East Side)
Wide sidewalks, Hudson River, parks, famous and diverse neighborhood (Seinfeld/Friends/yada yada)
Internet connect/Ethernet Aircon/yes. Drop off same day laundry service next door.
Price - total steal. The boutique hotel a couple doors down charges about 3X as much, but there's no kitchen there and the wall are not pink.
Side note: investors have been pouring $$ into this neighborhood over the past year, so we have brand new sky-scraping condos that go for millions and new (mostly upscale-chain) restaurants.
This means two things: 1. Many cool little restaurants and shops have had to move; and we feel lucky to have clung to our little corner of paradise, and happy to pass that on to you (I'm guessing that you are also not a multi-billionaire?) 2. Although patronizing the heavy weights on Broadway is tempting, we urge you to explore the neighborhood a bit to get away from fellow tourists and visitors and soak in the character of this amazing part of the city. The numbered side streets as well as Columbus and Amsterdam. And please report back to us on what you find!
Also, about pets, no cats because I hate them. Deathly allergic, but a dog might be okay if you promise not to leave him/her in the studio alone.
Please be nice to my things - everything has sentimental value, if not much monetary value.
I will leave my studio very clean for you, please wash your dishes and keep bathroom clean.
Toss garbage/recycling every day in bins outside (to discourage "visitors" - it's a small space; you'll sleep better if you make it a habit to do this - that is why I have no garbage can inside - I use plastic or paper bags and throw away before bed.)
In order to keep my rates low, I ask that you use the same towel over and over and or/do laundry. LAUNDRY: Inexpensive Chinese laundry next door. If you tell them you want it back the same day, they can usually do that.
KEYS. Don't lose them! I may be out of town and a locksmith will definitely cost a lot.
Have an amazing stay in New York!
We loved our stay in NYC! The place was perfect. The location was just as described. The place was easy to cool down with the ac, seeing as it was a bit warmer here than in Seattle. We ended up spending a night in and it was just like a night in our own home. We loved the restaurants in the area, Tolani just up on Amsterdam was our favorite brunch. Aina was very great at responding to any question or concern we had. Very flexible check out time. We will be back.
My hosts were very explicit about what they offered, what they expected from me as a guest and their 'cozy girly studio' was exactly as listed. The location on the UWS was perfect for me, and it was a quality experience.
Great neighbourhood, cosy little flat, good location, close to subway, takeaways and groceries store just round the corner.
Fantastic stay in New York. Great location and an extremely comfortable little home away from home. We were luck enough to be there during snow and the apartment was lovely, warm, and cozy. If you are coming to New York, would highly recommend this studio!
The place is wonderful, very clean and cozy. I was unable to get the TV working which was a bit upsetting and when I spoke with the owners they didn't offer to come and fix it for me. But all in all it is a wonderful place!
Thanks for the feedback, Kevyn. I wish we could have done more to help you re: cable situation; we know it is frustrating to miss a show you've been looking forward to. Funny thing, though, when we got back in town the cable came right on - we could find nothing wrong with it.
Aina and Margie were very helpful and accomodating. The apartment was centrally located near lots of shops, restaurants and public transportation. The apartment is located on the first floor next to the front door and mailboxes, so if you're a light sleeper, everytime someone opens and closes the doors it can be quite loud especially at night and early mornings. But overall, it was a good experience.
Absolutely fantastic experience.
Communication is prompt and comprehensive: Aina and Margie will always respond quickly to any doubt, issue or inquiry that arises prior or during your stay. We didn't get to meet them but I felt at all times I could reach out to them if necessary.
The place itself is fantastic: lovely, clean, cozy and comfortable; 2 minute walk from the closest metro (79th street, 1 Line), in proximity of a couple of awesome places to eat (I specially recommend the one across Broadway), 24 hour shops for any eventual need.
An extra plus of their apartment is the fact that it is located on a ground floor, particularly helpful if you are carrying a lot of luggage with you.
The location is fantastic, 5-10 min subway ride from a lot of the main attraction and places of interest in NYC (Times Square, Columbus Circle, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Columbia University, among others)
Another great thing....flexible check in/out...not that common any more with many New York City hosts!
Also...If you are into street art, one of the famous (and few surviving) Banksy graffitis in NYC is just a block away :9
Would gladly recommend to any traveler visiting this wonderful city. They will definitely be my top choice for my next visit !
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We are a fun, traveling couple with a pied-a-terre in NYC and a home in the Berkshire foothills between which we split our time.
We like to snowboard, dive, play croquet, tango, experiment with cooking and gardening (and maybe chickens one day) and hosting people who love NYC and/or bucolic western Massachusetts hill towns.
We try to be environmentally thoughtful, especially important in Massachusetts, as our home is on a septic system and we drink well water. So we try to use organics and sustainable cleaning products whenever possible.
We enjoy massive building projects (currently planning to create a hori kotatsu room in the cabin, so if anyone has specialized knowledge, trade could be possible)
Important! We love it when guests bring or leave food (Margie especially).