About this listing
We encourage you to please message us BEFORE making a booking request! We love answering any questions you might have about the room and the neighborhood. This cozy room in our art-filled Pre-War home is perfect for the budget traveler. Our house is minutes from all of the popular sights and cool neighborhoods, and even our neighborhood has gotten pretty cool! Looking forward to having you stay with us.
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 Jackson Ave, which has a bunch of restaurants for you to enjoy. There are also many places right around the house, if you just need to pop out for a quick meal. 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 of you so choose.
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 1886 on a landmark block. You will share a big kitchen and the living room with us ( a couple in our 30s), our son (who was born in July 2016), and up to 2 other guests. You have your own bathroom that is located off the kitchen, which is dedicated to your use except for the occasional toilet use when the kitchen is being used. The shower and storage space in the bathroom are exclusively yours during your stay.
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/five-block radius. Finding parking in the daytime is more challenging. There are also meters and lots available for paid parking.
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). We have great maps and local directories to make navigating the city easy. There is a hot-pink cheetah print hair dryer and most other amenities (not all hot pink cheetah print) available upon request if available.
Interaction with Guests
Catherine and Karl 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 artist, 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 (5-10 min to 5th Avenue/Central Park, 5 min to Williamsburg, 30 min to Park Slope) and Queens.
Other Things to Note
Our son was born in July of 2016, so he is likely still a baby during your stay. He sleeps in our room, which is one floor up from where you will be staying, and is a generally chill kid. The walls are thick and we have never had a problem with him interfering with a guest's sleep.
This is a non-smoking home and a shoe-free home. We kindly request that you leave your shoes at the entrance.
We are fairly laid back in terms of noise during the day, however after 10pm on weekdays and/or at the request of other housemates, we ask you keep the noise level to a minimum for the sake of the early risers in the house and on the block. On weekends we are generally up much later!
No guests other than you (who booked the room) are allowed in the house during your stay with out advance written permission.
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. We've recently added a new human to the family who was born in July of 2016!
Looking forward to meeting you. :)