Please message us before booking requests! This cozy room in our art-filled home is perfect for the budget traveler. Our house is minutes from all of the popular sights and cool neighborhoods. Looking forward to having you stay with us.
The room is just off of the living room. There is a sliding door that you can close for privacy, not shown in this photo.
General info and location:
This cozy and bright room is located in Long Island City - Queens, an area across the river from midtown Manhattan.
We are close to the Queens MOMA PS1 museum, which also hosts outdoor dance parties on Saturdays in the summer. We are five minutes from a handful of good restaurants and bars in the LIC area. There is a 24-hour diner across the street where the food is decent, and uniquely New York!
The room is an annex to our living room. It is furnished with a "Murphy" bed, which folds into an armoire, putting it away during the daytime.
There are two windows that face the street, so you will hear some noise from the subway station, which is nearby (but that also means your travel time to the city will be short!). There is an air conditioning unit available for the summer months.
Looking forward to having you stay with us!
This is an historic townhouse from the 1880s on a landmark block. You will share a big kitchen and the living room with us ( a couple in our 30s), and up to 2 other guests. You have your own bathroom that is located off the kitchen.
Laundry, groceries and parking:
Laundry is right in the basement of our house and the closest grocery store is about a 5 minute walk. For those of you with cars, you can usually find free, long-term parking with no problem in the evenings within a two-block radius. Finding parking in the daytime is more challenging.
We provide clean bedding and towels for the guests, and there is free super-speedy wireless Internet, maintained by on-site IT guys.
Little bonuses: We can provide Yoga mats at no charge for you to practice during your stay (we only ask that you wash them after using them). If you are coming from another country, we can lend you an American cell phone into which to put an American SIM card. We have great maps and local directories to make navigating the city easy. Most other amenities available upon request, if we have them in the house.
Interaction with Guests
Catherine and I are available for questions and recommendations about anything related to the house and the neighborhood. We both have busy schedules, and our times at home will vary. Occasionally we me be available to have share a meal with you in the kitchen, if time permits!
We have lived in many neighborhoods in NYC over the years, and this one has by far some of the fastest access to all parts of the city due to all of the trains and our location to Manhattan and Brooklyn. Despite this, when you are in our home, it feels like a secret hideaway from the bustle of the rest of the city.
Long Island City, or LIC as we call it, is a rapidly changing neighborhood. Traditionally filled with warehouses, artist's studios and film studios, it is now quickly become a hot residential area, for better or worse.
We love it here because there is a nice sense of community both in the house and the neighborhood. Everyone in the house is an artists, as are many of the neighbors.
We are across the street from the 7 subway line, which takes you straight to Manhattan (8 minutes to Grand Central, 12 minutes to Times Square). The E, M, and G subway lines are also one block away, giving just as speedy access to all parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn (5 min to Williamsburg, 30 min to Park Slope) and Queens.
We are a smoke free, shoe free house. We have a quiet cat who you may meet during your stay. We generally are quiet after 10pm, and would expect the same from our guests.
Fantastic place! Great people and good vibes. Literally next to a metro stop. For some reasons I even got upgraded for the jacuzzi suite. You can go there eyes closed. Highly recommended
I've stayed in a range of places in Long Island City (LIC), all had been a lead up to an amazing time with Catherine & Karl. Culture, creativity and courage abounds from their place.
They're rated as Super Hosts and performed as suggested, I'll be back there soon and will be telling my friends - the only place to stay in NY is LIC with these Super Hosts
As a bonus their cat manages to ignore you just enough so you know your place, now that's a homely feeling.
The room was wonderful. Karl was very helpful when letting me in. I would stay there again.
Karl e Catherine sono stati molto accoglienti e (website hidden) hanno messo a disposizione ogni loro avere. La loro casa è ad un passo dalla metro, la camera è un po' piccola ma ci si adatta, il bagno era praticamente privato e dotato di ogni comfort. È stata un'esperienza bellissima :)
We had a great time in New York staying with Karl and Catherine. Catherine greeted us at the door and showed us around. She was very friendly and told us a lot about the city. There were snacks outside our bedroom and the bed was very comfortable. The room was small as you can see in the picture, but they provide some hanging shelves and hangers behind the bed for jackets. The house is old, but it's clean and the kitchen smells like spices. We did not use the kitchen at all except to drink water, but it was shared space. The living room outside our bedroom is also shared space and we had some long talks at night when we came home earlier. The bathroom is semi-private but basically only the cat used the litter box in there and otherwise we had it all to ourselves. The great thing was that the subway was just steps from the front door so it was a quick walk and a short trip to the heart of Manhattan or anywhere else. We loved being so close to the Subway and staying with New Yorkers. We wanted to experience New York from a more "local" point of view rather than touristy point of view. We were able to park our car right across the street for free for the duration of our trip, it was very convenient. Overall it was a great experience and we loved staying with Karl and Catherine.
The house was very clean, cozy and warm. Karl and Catherine were so kind that we could stay more comfortably. They gave us the map and magazine of NewYork so that we could plan our trip more easliy. The subway station is right in front of the house. Also, we could use private bathroom with clean towels. We had a great time in NewYork thanks to them. I recommend this house for great NewYork trip.
Catherine & Karl welcomed us to their home with a tour and freedom to use the entire floor. The space was clean and we had a few chances to visit with the cat.
The 7 train is literally right across the street. We would stop at the diner for dessert before heading in for the evening. Upon returning "early" one night, Catherine & Karl invited us to join them and their roommates in board games. It's one thing to see a new city and another thing entirely to visit intimately with people who live there.
Catherine & Karl are a wealth of knowledge about NYC. Next time we'll get more suggestions from them before heading out the door.
The neighborhood was fine; we didn't run into any issues. Great coffee and Indian food can be found easily!
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We are 15 year NYC residents, filmmakers, actors, writers and artists. We love to travel, scuba dive, and generally seek interesting cultures and adventures. We enjoy hosting people in our inspiring New York City space.
Looking forward to meeting you. :)