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.
Additional guest allowed to stay over for $75 per night. This apartment is designed for individuals, for work, study, meditation, contemplation. Available for vacation home during holiday.
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.
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)
Yukiko was a very lovely lady who greeted me at the apartment upon my arrival. Everything you needed was there and she was very helpful to assist for travellers like myself who's looking at sight seeings in New York. The apartment was very bright and very clean. The neighbourhood was local but I felt very safe no matter what time of the day it was. Truly a home away from home and I will use Yukiko's apartment again should I be coming to New York on my next trip.
Where to begin?! First of all, I've stayed at a few Air bnb places and have had lovely experiences with all of them but my experience with Yukiko and her place tops itall!
Yukiko went above and beyond to make sure that I was comfortable, she was so welcoming and her kindness and energy was off the charts. It's rare to meet people as sweet and compassionate as Yukiko.
The apt is on the 6th floor and It's a walk up. I had several bags of luggage, heavy bags, and Yukiko not only offered but helped me carry each one up the stairs, refusing to take "No, you don't have to" as an answer." She saw I needed help and was so accommodating & generous throughout my stay. Checking in from time to time to make sure my needs were met.
As for the apt-- it is on the 6th floor so there are quite a few stairs to get to it, I was OK with that, not everyone will be. Yukiko's house rules were very much in line with my own so I had no problem following them. Her space is exactly as described, clean, comfortable, and most importantly ZEN. After a long day I looked forward to going back to restore and unwind. Yukiko even gave me a massage as part of her guest's deal and it was heavenly!
It's located in an ideal spot uptown, tons of restaurants and cafés and trains close by. She has laundry in the apt and she was even generous enough to let me use her printer and record player with a wonderful music collection.
My overall experience exceeded my expectations. Most of all I was struck by Yukiko's graciousness and overwhelmed with gratitude for having met such an extraordinary individual. I think connecting with her and this kind of hospitality is what the Air bnb experience is about.
I highly recommend staying at Yukiko's place. If you are considering it, look and think no further, this is it. I'm sure you will have as delightful an experience as I did.
Bless you Yukiko!
I am very flattered to be given such a beautiful review! Thanks to Francine!
I regret that I forgot to write this in my review, so please allow me to write here. ( To ABB staff, if possible please copy and paste the next paragraph onto my review for Francine. Thank you.) ;
She was very supportive when I was having the challenges to find a place to stay while I was accepting her last minute reservation. (Yes, I host my guests with my entire apartment.) It was like talking with a close friend by email with the same level of spiritual understandings. I truly appreciated her emotional support and insightful views.
Like many of us, Francine faces a major life challenge. I must have invited her to share it with me without knowing, and I appreciated the opportunity to learn what she was going through and to share some of my own experiences. What a privilege it is that my healing space and work helped her to open her heart to me, and the space was supportive for her in the journey towards healing. There is nothing more I wish to receive as a healer and a property owner.
I wish Francine and Willow (her cute dog) all the very best life can offer. With her great gifts, thoughtfulness for others and perseverance, I have no doubt, that she will achieve a great success in her life both personally and professionally.
With gratitude and love,
I spent a month in Yukiko's apartment in the Columbia University area. The area is safe and the apartment tastefully and beautifully appointed in a minimalist Japanese style.
Yukiko was very attentive and sensitive to my needs and communicated quickly and honestly. She was careful in her explanations/instructions concerning using her space and always went out of her way to be friendly, helpful and cordial. I hope she continues to be a friend.
The apartment seems best for a single person - probably under 6' - who is a vegetarian/vegan, does not mind an inflatable air mattress on the floor for a bed or a 6 floor walkup. She means what she says in her list of "restrictions," which were congruent with my preferences and lifestyle anyway - so were not limitations in any way. I appreciated the care and the cleanliness on all levels.
It only took me so long to write this review because I wanted to make sure I was able to do justice to the amazing home, experience, and friendship provided by Yukiko. Buckle in because this is going to be a long, amazing story!
For a last minute week long trip, I frantically was searching for a place to stay arriving that night at midnight. The universe must have aligned for me to find Yukiko's listing. She immediately got back to me, informing me that the place she usually stayed during her guest's stay was under construction but she wanted to help me and to sit tight. She went out of her way to find a place to stay and open her home to me, waited up until midnight to greet me with a warm smile, kind words, and some hot tea.
Her home is beautiful, open, and spacious. Respect the space as it deserves to be respected because it is a wonderful retreat from the streets of New York. Her philosophies and care that extend from her into this space are indescribable. One evening we grabbed dinner (delicious ramen place nearby, Jin) and had hours of conversation before parting ways for the evening.
She came by to send me off as well, insisting on helping me carry my luggage down the stairs and waving goodbye until my car disappeared. I was truly saddened to leave, and am happy to have been given to chance to make such a genuine & lasting connection.
The listing itself, as I said, was open and spacious with a lot of natural light pouring in. It is located on the 6th floor with a nice view that puts you above the street sounds of New York. The area absolutely feels safe, even at the dead hours of night (I was there alone and would come home anywhere between 10pm-2am). It also is sitting on top of several AMAZING eateries that all do pick-up so you can pop down for any meal of the day! There are lovely parks and the campus nearby to explore and the top of Central Park is within walking distance as well. If you're up for an all-day adventure you can walk the entire length of Central Park West and straight through to Times Square - you'll swing by both the Natural History Museum and Madison Square Garden!
I would absolutely recommend staying here & will definitely look to stay here again the next time I'm in the city!
Great stay! Apartment was as described and Yukiko was very helpful and friendly. The location is near several small restaurants and is about a 5 minute walk to the express train to the city. Great value for New York City!
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.