The Grandest Block in New York
(3.20.14 NY Times) "In the five boroughs, it's difficult to think of a grander block than 91st Street from Fifth to Madison, built to conform to the tastes of Andrew Carnegie, whose giant house of 1901 is now the ..."
Charming, spacious (1800 square feet), and comfortable, 7-room prewar apartment, in heart of prestigious and exclusive Carnegie Hill at 91st and Madison, one block from Central Park and just blocks from the city's major museums (Metropolitan, Guggenheim, Cooper Hewitt on my block): fully furnished, high ceilings, big windows on both Madison and 91st with lots of light (corner apartment).
Every room has more than one entrance for feeling of spaciousness and flow, working fireplaces, lots of antiques and art, color and rich character ("shabby chic").
Large, eat-in, sunny kitchen. One formal bedroom with queen-sized bed, and two-room den with full-sized pullout couch and doors for privacy serves as the second informal bedroom. One bathroom, small and un-renovated.
Fully stocked (I have lived here for many years.)
Elevator, no doorman, third floor, well-worn building from turn of last century.
Internet access, wireless. Laundry in basement. Pets welcome.
Very safe neighborhood: private security patrols and video cameras on the block (Russian consulate across the street, two private schools, and a museum), plus nearby observant doorman.
Easy access via bus (one block) and subway (seven blocks) to everywhere in Manhattan.
Interaction with Guests
As much as they want. I try to meet them, but that is not always possible given conflicting schedules.
There is a very easy-to-use website to help figure out where to go using the subways, buses, or taxi's called (website hidden). Plug in the address of your departure site and your destination, and it tells you exactly how to get there.
The nearest subway stops are at 86th and Lexington, and 96th and Lexington (seven blocks are about a six minute walk). 86th has both the express and local subway vs. 96th which has the local only. Lexington Avenue is two blocks away: Madison>Park>Lexington.
The bus stop is at Fifth Avenue between 91st/92nd (half a block away) where the 1, 2, 3, or 4 stop: all go down Fifth Avenue but go different ways below 40th street. There are maps at the bus stop that show you the route of each bus. You need a metro card (get at the subway station only) or $2.75 in coins, no paper cash or credit cards.
Cabs are usually easy to get at the corner of Madison and 91st, or at Fifth and 91st, depending on the time of day, and they accept credit and debit cards.
Use the ap BestParking to find the many garages in the area: it gives addresses, prices, and much more.
You can park on the street, but pay attention to the signs, and you may have to drive around a bit. Expect nicks on your bumper from careless parkers.
Please no smoking, and please remember that this is my home. Also, as using Airbnb in the city is problematic, please don't mention it and just say you are guests of mine, which you are!
But most importantly: enjoy your stay!
Fantastic location and great apartment! It is so convenient to many great Manhattan sites. The apartment is just as shown in the pictures, and was comfortable and spacious. The children enjoyed playing in the den and had space to move around. We would love to visit again.
the house is really chic and classy. We had a very nice days in Barbara's house. Hopefully we could visit NYC again.
Barbara is such a nice host! She response my reply within seconds and the house is fantastic. Definitely will come back again. Thanks Barbara.
Was coming into town for the weekend with a buddy, and came across Barbara's place. She was very easy to communicate with, more on top of it than I was. She coordinated the keys with a nearby doorman, and was no problem picking them up. Didn't have the privilege of meeting her, but was such an easy stay, there was no need.
The place is a very cool old school Upper East Side place. We felt a bit like we were in a Woody Allen movie, in a good way. Very spacious, with cool antiques, and a great corner to watch the world go by. Apartment is right by the Guggenheim and Central Park, which was great for us. The Subway is about 5 blocks away, and there are several good cafes, etc. in the neighborhood. The area is a bit sleepy, which was fine for us, but don't stay here for the nightlife.
A couple of things that I will point out, if you are needing a second bed, it is a hide-a-bed, in a den with a door. This was no problem for us, and the hide-a-bed was the most comfortable that I have experienced. The other thing is the TV situation, which was a bit dated, and in the same room as the hide-a-bed, making viewing a bit of a hassle. That said, we weren't interested in watching TV, so didn't matter to either of us.
All in all is a very cool place that I would recommend. This place encompasses all of the reasons that I use AirBnB, living like a local, value, space, a kitchen, variety.
My wife and daughter spent three days at Barbara's lovely home. We truly enjoyed our stay. The location is perfect for a stroll through Central Park and the shops on Madison Ave. The home was was exactly as described. The beds were comfortable and kitchen was fully equipped. Although we didn't meet Barbara, she was very responsive to our needs and checked in to ensure all is OK. We would definitely stay here again.
Although it was a short stay, my family really had a great time at Barbara's place. It's not just an apartment but more like a personal museum. The location is so convenient and we would like to live here again.
As a family of three adults we stayed for a week at Barbara's apartment - and loved every minute of it. Barbara is a very dedicated hostess. She was very quick in answering any questions or problems we had and she came by to meet us during our stay. Her one page leaflet on "how to use the apartment" is all you need. The apartment totally fits the description. It is spacious, very comfortable and in an absolutely perfect location for the great museums and the park, all in walking distance. Buses and metro take you downtown in no time. And there is a choice of small restaurants and groceries in the immediate neighborhood. On a future trip to NYC we would certainly try and stay at Barbara's again.
I started out as a journalist many moons ago, switched to the business side of magazine publishing (e.g., ad sales at Sports Illustrated), then left publishing for Wall Street after graduating business school, where I have been and am a portfolio manager and private wealth manager.
I have a delightfully mischievous black labrador retriever named Bonnie (she is not at the apartment), and love to play sports (I was on the United States Field Hockey Team as well as the United States Lacrosse Team. For you Brits, I played with the US Field Hockey Team against England in Wembley Stadium back in the last century, and for many years, we held the Guinness Book of World Records for biggest live audience to view a women's sports game: some 70,000+!)
I also love to travel, and delight in telling what China was like in 1984, when I landed in the Beijing airport with a total of one other plane in the entire airport, and one old wooden hanger with faded Mao Tse Tung murals still on the wall. I flew China Air, which I only learned afterwards, had the worst safety record in the world. Indeed, they handed us hand fans when we boarded because the ventilation wasn't working. My, how things have changed.
I also love to write -- mostly issue-related -- and am involved in various nonprofits, from theater to education to Outward Bound.