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--closed for two years, alas): 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 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.
A fantastic apartment and we loved staying there. Much bigger than the usual NYC apartment and we would love to return.
We stayed at Barbara's lovely apartment during December 2013 for ten days and enjoyed our stay there immensely. Barbara's apartment is spacious and very comfortable and is in a great location being close to Central Park and transport. Barbara was an attentive host and answered all our queries promptly including recommending a medical clinic for one of our sons.
We just had a great stay over the Thanksgiving holiday at Barb's apartment. It is large for a one bedroom in NYC and is a very comfortable and clean space. The kitchen was fully equipped. She has a lot of personal touches such as many interesting books and photos that make it feel homey. It's close to Central Park and many of the museums, just a nice neighborhood. There is info on NYC and nearby restaurants, etc provided. The Subway was about 5 blocks away. There were a couple of pipes that made noise when the heat came on but other than that it was pretty quiet. Checking in and out were both easy and Barb was a great hostess quickly responding to our inquiries.
My favourite neighbourhood. Beautiful windows and I loved sitting in the corner window of the living room looking out onto Madison and 91st. This is a special area with high end boutiques, charming restaurants and the park. If you want the buzz of the city - you travel to it. This is your retreat from the buzz - although just a few blocks away on Lex you will find more restaurants and markets should you need more than what is in the immediate area.
The apartment description is accurate. It is an older building with character. This is like going to stay at your friend or relative's place in the city. It's a home with photographs, books and personal effects. It has busy and cluttered shelves and surfaces but nice to look at items.
There were three in our party and we had the pull out couch in the den. It is very comfortable however you won't have end tables to put your things on and the pull-out makes the room crowded - there is not an easy place for luggage and no hanging or dresser space if you are sleeping in this room. The master bedroom is nicely appointed.
Staying here is to experience living like a local. You are in a real home, a real neighbourhood where you are very safe to walk alone, late at night or both. It is fun watching life go by out the window, mum's and nannies picking up the children from school on foot. For architecture buffs you'll enjoy taking in the large windows, high ceilings, window coverings and clanging radiators - you can't really regulate the heat well so have layers to strip down to. But we enjoyed it very much and I think I would book it again.
The apartment was perfect. The location is great within a short walk of the park and many museums. Barbara was a pleasure to work with. Overall a fabulous experience
Barbara was so helpful and her place was perfect. I am a locations scout/manager and we rented her place out for the filming of an upcoming TV show. The apartment was our best location and it was the easiest residential filming location I have ever worked with.
This is one of the most beautiful flats I lived in during all my travels. Barbara is a very accomodating and easy to reach host. She answers questions, emails, calls promptly. Her appartment is perfectly located for Central Park and Museum lovers. The appartment is spacious and decorated with much love. It has a well equipped kitchen, a grand salon and a comfy living room. Barbara provides bed linens and towels. The appartment appears elegant and historic and is definitely the right choice for people loving homes with a history. At the same time it provides the luxury of modern telecommunication (WiFi) and is easy to reach by public transportation. Thanks Barbara!
My sister and I have just spent 10 wonderful nights in this amazing apartment. The apartment is actually larger than appears in the photos and being the corner apartment it has several windows on two sides making it not only very sunny and light but affords wonderful views of the local New Yorkers going about their day.
As described the bathroom is small but the water was hot and plentiful. My sister slept in the bedroom and said the bed was very comfortable and I slept in the den on literally the most comfortable sofa bed I have ever slept on.
As already mentioned in previous reviews, it is wonderfully placed a minute from Central Park/5th Ave and only a 5-10 minute walk in either direction to a subway station. There are also buses virtually across the street on Madison and 5th Ave; so transport is plentiful.
The area is very quiet compared with tourist areas and there are many shops and restaurants within a couple of minutes walk.
Key pickup was very easy and we met Barb a couple of nights later. She was very friendly and communicative and attended to any query appropriately. On our last day Barb allowed us to check out at 3pm which was very much appreciated.
I would definitely recommend Barb's apartment and would love to stay again.
3 of us (all adults) just spent 5 nights at Barbara's beautiful apartment and we couldn't have been happier. The apartment is huge and easily accommodated us and we found the location to be perfect. It's fairly quiet and close to the subway, making if very quick to get all over Manhattan (and the rest of the city), especially if you get the express line. We never met Barb but she was easily contactable if necessary. Getting into the apartment couldn't have been easier. We'll all happily stay there again.
From the moment we stepped into Barb's amazing apartment we knew we had made the right choice......large and airy apartment, sensational location overlooking Madison Ave, beautiful neighbourhood and close proximity to museum mile all mixed in with some great little eateries nearby.
The apartment itself was ideal, large rooms, beautifully appointed with a rather eclectic taste which suited the space perfectly. Felt very much at home here and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone considering a stay in the Upper East side...or NYC in general for that matter.