About this listing
This lovely two bedroom is in a quiet brownstone building at the heart of Upper West Side, one of the safest and prettiest neighborhoods in NYC.
The apartment is in a residential brownstone building on the 4th floor (walk-up) and features two private bedrooms of approximately equal size.
Bedroom one has 2 spacious closets and 2 large windows. Bedroom two has 1 spacious closet and 4 large windows that face Northeast. Both rooms get plenty of natural light, and have plenty of storage space. Hi-speed internet is included, so you can stay connected.
The apartment is equipped with one full bathroom with tub and shower, dimmable lights, and mirrored wall. There is a kitchenette with full-sized fridge, sink, hotplate, toaster oven, and shelves for kitchenware.
You can expect to be central to most attractions, while having a quiet place to come home to. The apartment is ideal for people who want to explore the city and get a real sense of living in NYC.
You'll have access to Time Warner Cable TV and free Wifi connection included in the price of your stay.
Interaction with Guests
I love to welcome my guests and make sure they are settled and have everything they need. Once you're settled in, I'm here if you need help with anything, but will leave you to your privacy for the most part, so you can go and explore this great city!
This is one of the best neighborhoods in all of NYC in terms of convenience, cultural richness, safety and physical beauty. I might be biased, but after being all over NYC for the past 20 years, I can say this with confidence!
Your have the beautiful Riverside Park 1/2 a block away, and Central Park is a walkable distance, as well as the Museum of Natural History, the NY Historical Society, and the fabulous Lincoln Center.
The area is full of trendy cafes and restaurants, as well as gourmet markets such as Zabar's, Fairway, and Trader Joe's. You'll never lack great food!
Lovers of arts will have the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, MoMA all within a 1/2 hour bus/subway ride. Lincoln center is within walking distance, and all the Broadway shows are 1 subway ride away.
Those who love dance or yoga classes have Pure Yoga (just 5 minutes walking distance), Steps on Broadway (5 minutes), Yoga Works, and Alvin Ailey Dance School in the vicinity.
And of course, with Lincoln center within walking distance, you'll never be short of cultural activities!
The apartment is close all major public transit, so getting around will not be a problem. The 1,2,3 (local and express) subway lines, buses #M104 (up/downtown via Broadway), M5 (up/downtown via Riverside Drive & Fifth Avenue), M7 (via 7th Ave), M79 (East/Westside crosstown via 79th Street), M72 (Crosstown via 72nd Street) are within 5 minute walking distance.
Other Things to Note
I will do my very best to welcome you in person. If I am away, I will make sure you will be received by a trustworthy and friendly person. I lead with integrity, and will do my best to be of service!
Please DO LET ME KNOW if you plan on having more than 2 people staying at this apartment at any point in time. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you let me know in advance about the number of people who will be staying at the apartment.
The landlord is very strict about this, and failure to inform me can result in our having to terminate your reservation.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
There are a few things I need to go over with you so the basics of the apartment are covered:
• For your safety and for the safety of the people who live in this building, PLEASE MAKE SURE THE STOVE AND ELECTRIC HOT PLATES ARE TURNED OFF BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE. If you light a fire using a match or candle, please make sure they are extinguished completely before heading out the door.
• Always lock both the locks on the door when going out. The bottom lock can be locked by pushing the button in. (Be careful not to lock yourself out with that one!) The top lock has to be locked from the outside.
Temporary guests are welcome, but please notify me of overnight guests.
III. NOISE LEVEL
Please be considerate of your neighbors and keep your noise level down, especially after 10pm.
IV. CONSERVE ELECTRICITY
• To conserve energy, please turn off the AC and all lights before you leave the apt.
IV. TRASH & RECYCLABLES
• Trash and Recyclables get taken to the area inside the stairwell of the building behind the black iron fence, below street level.
- Trash goes in the large blue-grey containers
- Paper recyclables in the green bucket.
- Glass, metal, heavy plastic, & juice/milk cartons go in the blue bucket.
Please rinse out the containers, and put them in the blue plastic bags provided (also under the sink). The recycling truck comes around every Saturday and Wednesday.
PLEASE DO NOT PUT GARBAGE OR RECYCLING STUFF OUT ON THE STREET. There’s a fine for littering the sidewalk, so it’s always safer to put them in the area below street level.
IV. THIS IS A PET-FREE BUILDING
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in this building. Thank you for your understanding!
About the Host, Mariko
Welcome to this vibrant and always-happening Big Apple! I've travelled a lot, but returning to the diverse, bright and creative community of NYC always feels like home to me. New Yorkers "get you" as you are, and that is a most liberating feeling!
I am a former ballet/contemporary dancer-turned full-time Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Practitioner, and I love my work. (And nowhere is my work more needed than in this hyper-kinetic city!) I was born in Japan, but grew up in the United States, and spent about 10 of my adult years in India living, studying, and exploring the place. It feels like a second home to me, and there's still so much left to explore!
I love to travel and discover cultures, sacred places, and approaches to life. The world is as you see it, and I find it vital to my evolution as a human being to keep expanding the way I think, feel and capture life through travel, reading, and meeting people. I was recently in Barcelona, Cannes, Florence, Rome for vacation and fell in love with Europe all over again. My next adventure will be to Central and South America. I can't wait!
In a similar vein, I love books and films that take you into another culture, or period in time. I just saw Beasts of the Southern Wild, and was blown away by it. It's all shot in 16mm, and just so full of life-affirming messages. I also saw the 13 Assassins, an awesome Japanese samurai film by the uber-prolific director Takashi Miike, and was awed by his brilliance as a film maker. I feel he brought the forgotten samurai culture to life in a most dynamic, engaging way.
Books I've read recently include 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. Fantastic voyages!
Five things I can't live without? Hmmm...off the top of my head, I would say:
1) An open mind . Ain't no substitute for that!
2) A discipline that liberates your body and mind, like Yoga, Surfing, dancing, whatever works.
3) Being close to Nature. This is one of the reasons I love where I live. It's a hop-skip away from Riverside Park, with Hudson River, which I dub 'the NYC Ganges'.
4) Creative self-expression. I would feel suffocated otherwise.
5) Nurturing, loving relationships.
And may I also add cultural stimulation to the list. If you ever feel a lack for inspiration, or starving for sensory/mental/spiritual food, there's always something happening here that will answer your call. Or, just sit in a sidewalk cafe and watch the people go by. You'll never be bored!
Speaking of food, I am not a foodie, but the restaurants in NYC rock! You can enjoy the culinary gems of the world on a Metrocard.
Look forward to being your host and facilitating your discovery of all that the the city has to offer!