My apartment is small but comfortable, in a neighborhood that is friendly if not glamorous. VERY close to 1 train, close to A train. My fluffy, funny cat stays home while I travel, and I like her to have company. I am told she is a good host.
Here's what you should know:
-1 bedroom in upper Manhattan, good for one person or couple
-2 minute walk to Dyckman St. stop on 1 train; 8-minute walk to Dyckman St. stop on A train
-AC, heat always comfortable temperature
-dates somewhat flexible; ask me!
I book guests when I travel, and sometimes there will be more than one guest without me being home in between to clean. This means you might have to change sheets yourself, and I expect the place to be exactly as you found it when you leave.
The cat always stays in the apartment. She has very long fur, and sheds quite a bit. I always try to clean every last piece of cat hair before I leave, but even if I do, there will inevitably be some accumulation after a few days. If this will be a problem for you, you might want to seek an alternative. I do have appropriate cleaning tools at the apartment--I don't expect you to use them, but you may if it bothers you. Many people have stayed and not been bothered by it, but a few have, so I include it here for the sake of full disclosure.
One full-sized bed.
Full-sized appliances, smaller appliances
Large screen computer, great for movie watching on Netflix/Amazon etc. (but no TV)
My passes to Met museum (including Cloisters) and New York Botanical Garden
Interaction with Guests
I only book guests when I travel, so you'll be on your own!
Neighborhood is a bit noisy, not at all fancy, but I have found it to be mostly friendly and safe. There are plenty of inexpensive places to eat, and even some fancier ones, if you know where to look.
1 train, A train, M100 and Bx7 buses, Bx12 to Botanical Garden
I beg you, PLEASE leave things the way you found them. I can't believe how often I come home and find all my stuff moved around. Even if you hate the way I've arranged my apartment and you're sure you could do it better, don't do it.
Take off shoes, please.
Abby's place was just as described, no surprises. Would I stay here again? YES, if she would have me. You do need to take 2 minutes a day to care for her kitty. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies stands in the neighborhood and places to grab a bite to eat. So close to the 1 train, a trip into times square was a breeze.
We had a very nice stay at Abby's apartment. It is conveniently located between two subway stations and very quiet. The apartment has a big bathroom, a well equipped kitchen and a confortable bed! Also, the cat is very quiet and easy to live with.
Abby is a great host, giving a lot of useful information about the apartment and the neighborhood. She made everything to make us enjoy our stay in her apartment and in the city!
Abby sent plenty of helpful information just ahead of our reservation. It was easy to find her apartment and Gretchen (furry hostess) was a homey and welcoming presence. Abby's apartment was comfortable and close to the Cloisters (she generously left her Met/Cloisters pass for us to use) and about a 20-25 metro ride into the touristy Times Square area of Manhattan. Abby's suggestions for food and sightseeing recommendations were right on and we enjoyed our brief stay.
Abby was a great host! She replied promptly to my questions and requests, and the apartment was as described. The bedroom and bathroom were as described, and neighborhood was quiet and safe (I expected it to be louder and rowdier for NYC). I loved that it was also a 2-3 min walk to the subway station (one of the main lines, I would say) so that was convenient! Abby was also so kind to share some of her passes to the Met and the botanical garden - which was awesome! Gretchen (her cat) was adorable and kept me company when I was "home".
It was great trip in NY! Many thanks Abby for her appartment in very good place in NYC. It's not very far from center of city by metro, to JFK by taxi and near Bronx with many usefull shops. Important thing that this is very close to MTA station. It can be more cleanliness but should be more expensive :) What's wny all right and nothing to improve!
Abby is a great host. Her apartment was perfect for our little stay in the City over the weekend, the neighborhood was nice and quiet, and Abby was very informative in the emails she sent prior to our stay so we knew how to get in and get around.
We really enjoyed our stay in New York and it was very kind of Abby to let us have some of her food and to leave entrance passes for several attractions behind. Unfortunately, we were not very happy with our stay in this apartment. The place is quite small and does not get a lot of daylight. There is only one comfortable chair to sit on. We came in after an other guest had stayed there so it was as he/she had left it, we had to change the bed linens ourselves and the place was just not very clean. This also had to do with the cat hair that is lying everywhere. Overall not a very good experience for us.
Professional violinist with a cat. I'm a native of Boston, and moved to New York in August 2010. Besides music and cats, I enjoy coffee, documentaries, museums, reading, and exploring New York, which still feels new and exciting to me. And I do genuinely like having guests!