Bright Quiet Room in N. Manhattan

Apartment - Private room · Seaman Avenue, New York, NY 10034, United States

Mix exciting Manhattan tourism all day with quiet, uncrowded, Inwood at night. This large, private bedroom in Northern Manhattan comfortably holds 4 (can be 5), is steps from A Express subway, and 30 minutes from Times Square. Even 2 friendly cats.

The Space

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Welcome to my home in Inwood, the best kept secret in New York City. I hope you have a wonderful time while you're here, and in addition to giving you tips and advice about your visit, my two cats and I will make sure you are comfortable and secure.

Private bedroom
17 x 9 feet (46 square meters), 9 foot/2.7 meter ceilings
Air conditioning
2 5-foot (1.5 meter) windows with lots of light
1 queen bed - sleeps two
1 multi-tiered Queen air mattress - sleeps two (20 inches/ 50 cm high with pillow top mattress pad)
Wi-fi
TV with Internet content and Blu-ray player in the room.
Hair dryer
Access to bathroom, living room/dining table, Larger TV with antenna and internet content and Blu-ray player, kitchen, space in refrigerator, ground floor laundry.

THE LOCATION:
Inwood - Manhattan's Best Kept Secret
25 minutes to Times Square
3 minutes from A Express train
20 minutes to Midtown shopping
35 minutes to Greenwich Village/downtown/financial district/ferry to Statue of Liberty
1.5 hours from JFK on A Express train
1 hour from LGA on A Express train and M60 bus
5 minutes from 3 different parks

Inwood is a friendly place to stay with everything from quaint coffee shops, hip restaurants, Irish pubs, Latin night clubs and the only original old-wood forest left in New York City. You will find plenty to do while you're here, but it is also a great respite after a day with the crowds and frenetic pace in downtown Manhattan.

My apartment has two bedrooms. I sleep in one bedroom. You will stay in the other, which is a large, private room with a door. There is an queen-sized real bed and a queen-sized air mattress with a memory foam topper, which both sleep two people. There are even quilts that I made myself to sleep under.

When you stay, you will have access to the bathroom with a shower in the bathtub, the living room with a television and plenty of comfy seating, as well as a dining table. You will have access to the kitchen, gas stove, a space in the refrigerator, and filtered water so you don't have to pay $5 for a bottle of water while you travel around the City.

My apartment is a walk-up and I live four flights up.

There are also two very friendly cats who will love to play with you.

DETAILS:

If you have children, they should be over 12 in this space. Old enough that they will not run around and disturb the neighbors downstairs

I'm not on a particularly busy street, and being on the top floor of a 1925 building, it is pretty quiet traffic-wise. There is also laundry on the ground floor (exterior entrance) if you need it.

Inwood is a charming, safe, quiet neighborhood with more nature and parks than any other part of the City. It is steps to Ft. Tryon Park and the Cloisters, Inwood Hill Park with trails and tennis courts, and Isham Park. There is a Farmer's Market on Saturdays year-round and many new and up-and-coming restaurants dot the neighborhood - Thai, Sushi, Spanish, Italian, Brick oven pizza, as well as La Marina, which sits on a pier out in the river with an amazing view of the George Washington Bridge. Apparently Beyonce and Leonardo DiCaprio are fans.

Guest Access

Guests have full access to the apartment, except for my bedroom. You will have your own shelf in the refrigerator, and I have all the necessary items to cook, eat, and clean with. You have access to the living room and the table in the dining nook. There is laundry in the building, which is activated with a card. I have provided an empty card, but you will have to put money on it. I also provide cleaning liquid if you request it. There is an iron and ironing board available, and if you request, there is a space to hang your clothing.

Interaction with Guests

I work at home, so I see guests almost every day. I am usually out early in the morning to exercise, and I go to bed at about 10 pm, so guests sometimes miss me on one end of the day or another. I generally keep out of the way in the kitchen and bathroom, and most guests find that the bedroom is large enough to hang out in during their downtime. However, I am always interested in talking to people about their day, their homes, and their lives in the evening over dinner and on weekends.

I tend to ask how things are going, and guage from you, how much you want to talk and interact. Some guests stay in the room the whole time, watching TV and only escaping for food and sightseeing. One woman chatted with me so much, we kept each other up late at night, and she sent me a Christmas present. I'll leave it up to you.

The Neighborhood

What I love about my neighborhood Inwood is that it is quiet, free of the crowds and crush of Midtown, has large apartments, and is one of the only relatively cheap places left on Manhattan.

I don't know how long that will last, because we seem to be getting a little bit hip! We have a lot of new restaurants opening all the time. A store called Inwood Gourmet just opened, and after 10 years, I can finally buy fancy cheese and olives any time I want without getting on a subway.

The neighborhood is ethnically diverse, has more parkland than most. Right now we are happy that we can find a yoga studio, a grass-fed burger, a farmer's market, and a restaurant on the river with a gorgeous view, but you'll never find a crowd.

And like all of us who live here and would never move, no matter what you see on a map, once you actually get here, you realize it's *really not that far away.*

Getting around

I live 3 - 5 minutes from the A Express subway, which gets to Columbus Circle in 20 minutes and Times Square in 30 (that includes the walking). The difference in time to the subway stop from my apartment is how quickly it takes you to get out the door and down the stairs. The A subway goes down the entire Island of Manhattan, and I show all of my guests how to navigate the transportation with the map on my wall when they arrive.

There is no need to take public transportation within my neighborhood.

There is also a 1 subway stop about 10 minutes away that takes you to the Upper West Side.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Monthly Price: $1850 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • I stayed at her apartment for 8 days with her extremely amiable cats. Greer was really nice to us and made our stay comfortable. At first, I worried about the surroundings because it is located near Harlem, but it was quite safe and no worth worrying about that. I miss the days I spend in NY and stayed at her place.

    March 2014
  • We had a blast in Inwood, this little neighborhood felt like we where straight in Dominican Republic. We ate at the Burgos Café on Dyckman (yes twice) and really digged it. They where so friendly (ok my girlfriend speaks Spanish). Greer was very helpful with: public transport, finding the spots we wanted to visit, giving advice, giving us directions, explaining "the book" and the rules.

    Spending 3 days with Jodie Foster is a must. You might also get photographed with the famous Nikita. (Both of them cats)

    Super close to the express A train that takes you to Times Square in less then 30 minutes. Super easy to get by, quiet neighborhood, nice wooded area around her place and I have been told that the Marina can be quite entertaining during the summer season.

    Grocery store right on the corner (ish) delicious coffee @ The Park View (not Starbucks), bike shop, waterfront, parks, dog walkers, street corner fruit and vegetable stands, 3 trendy pubs/clubs and if you are lucky the never seen before FREE PARKING SPOT right next to her place (however I wouldn't count on that one). If you are not lucky as we were there's 3 parking areas around her block.

    After climbing 4 flights of stairs with our over packed luggage and groceries, Greer greeted us with a more then welcomed glass of water. The rules of the house and functions of the diverse appliances were well explained. It was nice to share travel stories and have a chit-chat when we finally spent more then 5 minutes inside while not sleeping after 12h + of exploring NYC.

    We will definitely go back! Hopefully this summer!

    March 2014
  • We had a great time in NYC and staying at Greer's place was a good experience. Things turned out as expected and she was very helpful. The subway is really close to the house which makes it very easy to get to the center.

    March 2014
  • Me & my husband were supposed to stay 6 nights at Greer's apartment. We missed the first night due to overbooked flight. Exhausted with the flight delayed and the journey from JFK was pretty long. However, We were greeted by Jodie, the friendly cat and Greer with two glasses of water waiting by the door. Sweet.

    Greer was particular with the house rules which was clearly stated in the book provided. She brought us around the house showing us the appliances in the kitchen and introducing us to her two lovely cat Jodie & Nikki! Our room is big with heater provided. There was a basket of goodies on the table for us plus maps of NYC attractions! Greer is approachable. You can ask almost any info she will be willing to help. The metro station is convenient to go anywhere, just few minutes walk from her apartment.

    Lastly, Cat lovers will love staying there as per personal experience, Jodie will definitely 'bid goodbye' when you left for the day and 'welcome you home' when you came back regardless of time! We missed Jodie & Nikki (though she's a bit quiet) I will recommend any cat lovers and those who preferred a quiet neighborhood, away from main city to stay at Greer's apartment.

    March 2014
  • Staying at Greer's was fantastic. She was an amazing help in ensuring we found her place with ease and in providing us with recommendations and directions to sites around the city. A great nights sleep and within a 30 minute train ride to the city I would highly recommend it.

    February 2014
  • It was my first time to visit New York and use airbnb.

    During the stay in her place, Greer was very kind and friendly, she recommend things I can do in NY. She made a list for her neighborhood I could visit which I really loved it :)
    Her apartment was very close to the subway and the room was spacious and cozy like in the pictures.
    I would recommend Greer's place :-)

    February 2014
  • Our experience in NYC was really good, thanks to Greer.
    Greer is a great host, who gave us advices and took care of us when we arrived.
    The room was like in the pictures, the apartment as well, pretty clean and well heated. She provided us towels, a laundry, her kitchen...
    The location is OK, 20minutes from the city centre with the subway.
    I would recommand her apartment :)

    January 2014
  • Greer is a very detailed person, giving very clear instructions and advice during and prior to our stay. She always replies promptly to my messages. She also has prepared a folder which gives details of nearby eateries and house rules etc. Her beds are really comfy and we had good rests in our week there. Like her, her cat Jodie is also very friendly and likes to come into our room when we are in.

    Her house is on the northern tip of Manhattan, a lil far away from all the major tourists spots but there is an express A train that would take us to Times Square in about 25 min. The A train also links to JFK airport.The area feels generally safe as there are shops 1 street away that opens late. However, it is a 5 storey walk up apartment so if you have lots of luggage it's gonna be very difficult carrying them up.

    December 2013
  • The stay with Greer went well. Greer is friendly and was very responsive in communicating prior to arriving. The room is large and sunny and the apartment is very close to the subway and lots of restaurants and stores. The bed is a futon and I might say the mattress is a bit firm for my taste, but perhaps it's perfect for others. There are also two friendly cats. Overall, I recommend the room.

    December 2013
  • Greer was very welcoming and the cats were very friendly. She was very helpful and detailed with the direction, getting us to her place. My friends and I were stuck in the traffic and were not able to get to Greer's place on time, but she was very patient and waited for us until arrival. We stayed very comfy and warm there. Overall, it was a comfortable stay!

    December 2013
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I am a writer, swimmer, sewist, cat owner, and Auntie. I love expressing myself in many ways, whether I am writing a novel, making a quilt, knitting a sweater, trying to perfect a flip turn at the pool, or finding the perfect birthday gift. That is why I love living in New York City. There are so many different people with different ideas and ways of expressing themselves. I've lived here for over 20 years and I always find something new. I will be spending 2014 finishing my novel and finally finishing a few quilts for myself instead of for nieces. I started my own writing and content strategy company last years, so during the day I usually work at home, unless I am rushing off to a meeting. During the rest of my life I like talking with friends in restaurants, seeing what's new in the City, finding ways to do things in New York cheaply and for free, visiting my family, and traveling. I grew up abroad and I love meeting new people. I have friends as far away as Shanghai and Zurich and I have friends I've known since I was 5 years old and since the day I was born. I enjoy talking to people, hearing about their lives, and introducing them to my home.
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