About this listing
For one person, for study, work, meditation and contemplation. One guest allowed with additional fee. Vacation home for holiday.
If you are looking for a sunny, spacious, clean and peaceful one-bedroom apartment near parks and nice restaurants, with easy transportation, this is the place! Features are a working kitchen with new refrigerator and sink, a recently renovated bathroom with new tub and sink, new windows throughout, and all sure to welcome you. Each room has its own unique color.
Another unique feature:
The building is a renovated pre-war, charming walk-up building. The new front door, floor and ceiling at the entrance area are awesome! Yes, there are many steps to the 6th floor, but you'll get a daily exercise and will look forward to returning to a Zen-like home. Zen is also reflected in the absence of TV. Who needs TV when there is an internet access?
This unique Upper West Side neighborhood with schools such as Columbia University and Manhattan School of Music near by, is sure to make your New York experience unforgettable. This apartment was designed for teachers and students to help focus on their work and study. Available for vacation home during holiday. Located two blocks east of Riverside Park and one block west of Morning Side Park. Walking distant to many trains and buses. Only 30 minutes (door to door) to midtown by A/D subway lines. A branch of the New York Public Library and Citibank near by.
- Fresh linens, towels, blankets,
- CD players, Yoga mats, exercise ball, portable Tap dance floors, ballet bar available for your in-home exercises.
- If you are subletting, there is a laundry service you can hire.
- A small portable washer in the apartment.
- A complimentary Shiatsu massage to welcome guests to the healing space for a week or more stay . (I am a professional shiatsu practitioner. (website hidden) )
The house rules for the Zen Like apartment are:
(1) No street shoes in the apartment
(2) No push pins & nails on walls.
(3) Be mindful not to waste energy (: turn off lights when not in use)
(4) No smoking or alcohol. (Wine is considered alcohol.) This is not a party space.
(5) No meat cooking in the house.
(6) Must wash dishes and pans right after each use/meal.
(7) Open windows while you cook or the next morning to get fresh air.
(8) Use cutting board not the counter top when cutting vegetables.
(9) $75 per night for additional guest.
(10) This apartment is designed for work, study, meditation, contemplation for individuals. Available for vacation home during holiday.
The apartment is calming, clean and peaceful with just the right amount of plants and lots of sunlight. The apartment has earned the reputation "the best home in the building." For more info, visit: (website hidden)
I respond to all inquiries within 24 hours. ABB has a dysfunctional system that states my response rate is 86%. This is a false statement.
Interaction with Guests
Basically four times- check-in, check-out, the day after check-in, the day before check-out. However I will make myself available as often as the guest needs.
The house rules for the Zen Like apartment are:
1) Take off your shoes.
Please take off your shoes at the entrance in order to keep the house clean and free from germs you might pick up on the street. A pair of slippers provided.
2) Walls & Floor
Please do not damage walls and floors. No push pins & nails on walls.
Please be mindful not to waste energy. Turn off lights when not in use. It is for being aware and kind to environment.
No smoking. No alcohol including wine. No drug, no parties allowed.
$50 additional charge per night for each additional guest you bring in. This apartment is designed for individuals, for work, study, meditation, contemplation.
Please keep meat-cooking in the house to a minimum. You may purchase cooked meat from stores and eat it in the house. You don't need to be a vegetarian.
Must wash dishes and pans right after each use/meal.
Open windows while you cook or the next morning to get fresh air.
Use cutting board not the counter top when cutting vegetables & fruits or any other foods.
There is no TV and microwave. Long term guests are not allowed to install TV. Microwave is allowed to be installed, but the guest must take it out upon check-out.
In the US, animals are raised and killed inhumanely. Meat diet and air conditioning also contribute to poor health and global warming. America has been well known for poor health and been blamed for using too much resources for heating and cooling buildings/houses. My house rules reflect my awareness in health and in the environment.
To compensate these strict rules, for the guests who reserve more than 7 nights, I offer a complimentary shiatsu massage session at his/her arrival, which helps the guest relax, releasing all the tension from traveling with heavy luggage. (website hidden)
I spent 2 night in Yukiko's place. Everything is as described, apartment is well located, just beside columbia university, safe, easy to go anywhere in new york and street parking is easy. Room is well designed and yukiko think lot for the guest. During my stay the city reach a hot weather and yukiko install a new air condition, and Yukiko is a very good host. Highly recommend for manhattan.
Yukiko is a warm and welcoming host. She greeted me with kindness upon my arrival and was sure to walk me through the apartment when I checked in. Her apartment is charming and very well-kept. It's in a great neighborhood, and it's close to the subway and the bus from LaGuardia, too. I had such a great stay!
I enjoyed my stay. Yukiko was a good host - she welcomed me on arrival even though it was pretty late at night. She left me lots of fruits and juices. The place was comfy and "zen"-like.
Yukiko was very sweet and received me smiling and with a hug, explained carefully everything in the apartment, and then left me on my own. As I had missed my flight because of delayed trains, and arrived two days late, she even offered to shift my dates or refund me these days in spite of the cancellation policies, which I found very nice of her (but didn't accept).
The apartment itself is lovely, spacious, bright, I found it very pleasant to stay there. It nice to be on the top floor, and the stairs were not a problem at all. The area is nice, too. I was visiting Columbia University, so for me the location was just perfect.
Yukiko was gracious and welcoming, very thorough in explained how various appliances work. The unit was quiet, comfortable and there was plenty of space. The location was perfect for me as I was attending a conference at Columbia University. The neighborhood was nice, with restaurants and grocery stores nearby. It was a great stay.
It was a pleasure to stay at Yukiko's place again. This is my second time to stay, actually. And why I choose to stay at her place again is that her rooms are always clean and tidy, also Yukiko herself is warm and have highest hospitality. She is supportive to make her room comfortably to me. So I always enjoy to stay her room. I definitely recommend to stay her place!
When I arrived Yukiko's smile and laugh gave me the feeling I was being greeted by an old friend. Six floors is a lot of stairs but I arrived with a large and heavy bag. Yukiko offered to take it. Of course I declined her offer. spending a lot of time touring the sites and visiting friends, I came back to a perfect place in a safe university neighborhood. I would, and probably will, stay there again. She is Japanese and is courteous and hospitable in a typical fasion of her native country.
About the Host, Yukiko
I am a kind and friendly person who has lived in New York for the last 28 years. I practice yoga and meditation daily. Yoga teaching and Shiatsu massage are my profession. I also work as a personal assistant and professional organizer. Performing arts is my love, and I am a vocalist and dancer. Bilingual in English and Japanese. Originally from Osaka, Japan. My first hosting may not be perfect, but I will listen to my guests and keep improving my service for my future guests.
I used to use an air bed for two very good reasons:
(1) High quality air beds have a reputation to support us well if we have back problems. I myself suffered with the discomfort for 10 years. During the time, I tried different kinds of bed. With extra layers of foam pads, the air bed earned my confidence. No foam beds and futon I tried came close.
(2) As a host, I am providing different guests who don't know each other with the same bed. What does this mean? Being sensitive to energy as a healer, this means that you are sleeping with a stranger, but only at different times. Beds observe energy of the sleepers. The air/energy of the air bed is easy to cleanse. I would like to give each of my guest a fresh bed with fresh sheets.
As of February 2014, my bed is upgraded to a high quality bug-resistant foam bed. Bug-resistant feature is very important since the guests tend to be travelers. (Travelers can bring in bedbugs from the hotels they stayed.) After each use by my guests, I use hot air (using a professional hair dryer) to treat the surface of the bed to clear the energy. I find that my sleep is even better than the air bed I used.
My strict house rules reflect my awareness in health and in the environment. You can tell, I do not rent my place out to just any body. In New York, many people are success oriented, and running around everyday. Clutter in the house rarely makes them feel at home. They rely on TV, alcohol, and pills/drugs to relax themselves. On another hand, New York City is a perfect place for practicing our spiritual self while living in the temporal world. Why not give yourself a gift of both - an exciting city and peaceful home. As a healer, I strive to create healing environment. When you walk in, you will not find my home. You will find yourself...Your True Self...your true home.