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.
Please no smoking, and please remember that this is my home.
But most importantly: enjoy your stay!
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.
We felt like we were staying at a family friends house, it was so warm and comfortable. Barbara was always available when I needed to ask her something. Always gracious and thoughtful.
Barbara var lett å få tak i og fikk oss til å føle oss velkommen. Leiligheten lå veldig sentralt rett ved central park og bare noen kvartal unna subway. Det var flere restauranter og butikker i nærheten. Jura on madison har god takeaway coffee til frokosten. Det er både spisestue og frokostbord på kjøkkenet slik at frokosten godt kan nytes i leiligheten. Etter en travel dag med sightseeing og shopping er det godt å komme tilbake til Barabara sin leilighet med gode lenestoler og sofa. Da vi kom var leiligheten varm, sengene redd opp og det var mer enn nok håndklær. Leiligheten var mer enn stor nok for fire voksne. Det er mange ting i leiligheten, men det gjør det allikevel sjarmerende. Vi anbefaler leiligheten både til familier og unge reisende. Strøket er rolig og oppleves trygt. Anbefales om man ønsker å bo i et hjem i New York.
My husband and I met our two college age boys to celebrate Thanksgiving week in NYC. We were very pleased to have a warm inviting home to spend quality time together. Barbara's kitchen was surprisingly very well equipped and lacked for nothing. Having a working fireplace in the winter added to the charm of her home. Barbara was very accommodating by having her lovely housekeeper greet us upon arrival and allowed us to stay longer the day of our checkout. We would gladly return anytime. Thank you Barbara!
Fantastic location and a beautiful apartment - Barbara was a great host!
From the moment we enquired about the apartment Barbara was there to answer any question we had. She was gracious and accommodating and always courteous. The apartment is exactly as it appears on the website but with extra atmosphere. By New York standards the rooms are spacious, with the exception of the wee bathroom. But that was not an issue. Regarding location.... it couldn't have been better. A one minute walk to the park, taxis passing the door in bunches and lots of shops and restaurants right there. In fact we regretted taking our walks exclusively in the park daily as we missed a lot by not doing a bit on the surrounding streets. Overall a fantastic stay and all four of us would highly recommend it. A real home away from home.
Hardest part was being consumed with envy. If I'd known how much I would want to live in Manhattan, I might have made some very different choices early on.
The location is perfect--we should have left our car at home and navigated NYC the way it's made to be seen.
The architecture here is beautiful; you're very much in someone else's home, though, with the loving accumulations of a lifetime around you--this isn't a hotel.
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.