About this listing
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: MadisonParkLexington.
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!
We had a great stay in New York. Barbara was a gracious host - easy to get a hold of and very accommodating when we requested extra time for our luggage storage.
The location was great too - we were able to stroll back and forth through Central Park like NY natives. Plus there's a nice restaurant downstairs - really handy for late night munchies.
Thank you Barbara!
Excellent neighborhood! Close enough to museums and the park while still having the feel of a nice neighborhood. There are several good restaurants in the area. The apartment has a very eclectic design touch with an interesting book collection. We loved our stay and thank Barbara for opening her home to us - we would definitely come again!
Nice spacious apartment, extremely well situated. Good quality beds, everything available.
Location, location, location...what a dream apartment from Barbara in what has to be one of the best places on Manhattan to hang out in her safe & lovely haven. Gracious and very helpful to deal with. Thanks Barbara
It was a wonderful stay at Barb's flat. Great aesthetics, amazing art and lots and lots of books. The large windows let in a lot of light . The furniture is beautiful and comfortable and lamps are placed strategically all over the apartment. Gorgeous chandeliers provide general lighting in each room. It's located right behind the museum mile so great for museum buffs like us. Highly recommend .
We very much enjoyed our stay at Barbara's NYC apartment. It was clean, comfortable for three people, in a very convenient location, and had the sort of character and charm you don't get from my hotel. Barbara was easily accessible and responsive to us when we needed her. Given the space and location, it felt like a good value-for-money. I would definitely stay here again.
About the Host, Barbara
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. I am currently on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania State University, with over 100,000 students statewide.