About this listing
Fashionable two-bedroom apartment in doorman building, beautifully furnished and centrally located downtown, in Manhattan’s popular East Village.
APARTMENT: Spotless (very clean), Newly Painted and Decorated, Beautifully Furnished and Designed. Comfortable and Welcoming (NYC Fashion Photographers Hideaway).
2 Bedrooms (2 Queen Sized Beds), 1 Bathroom, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living Room, 1 Foyer
Electric Guitar, iMac Computer & High Speed Wireless Internet Connection, 60in LG Plasma TV (high definition) & Time Warner Cable Programming, Fan, Microwave, Pots and Pans & Kitchen Amenities, Air Conditioning*
Contemporary/Recent Construction, Elevator, Doorman, Roof Access, Laundry, Gym, Beautiful Lobby, Courtyard, Great panoramic Views of entire City can be seen from the roof (Downtown - Ground Zero/Financial district. Midtown - Empire State Building, Chrysler Building).
With its low slung buildings East Village of Manhattan is home to musicians, actors, fashion models, artists, free thinkers, writers, creatives and young professionals alike. All adventures, and all similarly seek residence in this neighborhood for it's history, it's beauty, it's atmosphere, it's people, and for it’s overall inspiration.
Subway Access (4,5,6 & N,R,W & F,V Lines) closeby
Restaurants (world class dining, too many to name)
Bars and Nightlife (too many to count or name)
Music and Theater Venues
Grocery Shopping (Wholefoods, delis, Key Foods etc...)
Fashion Shopping (John Varvators, Blue and Cream, Urban Outfitters, Bbblessing, etc...)
Tourist Attractions (Tompkins Square Park, tomp, Blue Man Group, Standard Hotel Downtown, NYU, Cooper Square School, Filmore East Theater, St. Mark's Street, and many more).
Tompkin Square Park
No smoking cigarettes/cigars/tobacco products in the apartment.
As I'm sure you understand they are problematic. They smell up the apt (and hallway), even after they are put out and disposed of, they are messy in terms of the ash produced, and they are hazardous because they have the potential to burn holes in rugs, upholstery, etc..
No wearing shoes in the apartment.
NYC, while being an amazing city, is NOT the most clean, and especially the streets. Wearing your shoes in the house is basically a really great way to bring all the grime and dirt from the city and streets into your home. In addition, shoes mark up the sealed hardwood floors. Usually I just take them off on the rugs when I enter and place them conveniently in the nook near the door. Likewise, I prepare to leave and put my shoes on last, right before I leave. Socks, indoor slippers, slides and other foot ware designed for the indoors are absolutely fine, as well as bare feet.
Be neat and respect the space/apartment.
This almost goes without saying but I would just ask that you treat the place with respect and strive to live genuinely as a neighbor might. This would include not mistreating the original artwork (photo works) or instruments (electric and acoustic guitars), house bicycle, iMac computer, Samsung TV, wood countertop surfaces, genuine cowhide rug, etc….Also, please note that the walls are susceptible to marks (especially easy to do when bringing in groceries or shopping good, or when taking the bicycle in and out of the apt. When cooking or using the kitchen please treat the pots and pans nicely as they are quite high-end and should be viable for many years to come.
Respect the sound levels for neighbors sake.
Again this almost goes without saying but if you haven't lived in a city environment then perhaps you could miss it. Basically, in NYC you live in very close quarters with your neighbors, so please keep your voice, the TV, and music to an normal indoor level. Everything echoes both indoors and outdoors so you just have to be wary of this. In addition, the front door (and to some extent the bedroom doors) have a tendency to slam almost automatically. This can be very loud and disruptive, so please close the doors gently. The neighbors have "normal" jobs and have to be up relatively early in the morning, if you hear someone pounding on the wall, then you definitely know that you are being too loud.
Don't burn yourself with hot water from the tap (kitchen, bathroom, shower).
Please be mindful when turning on the hot water in the sink or in the shower. The hot water comes directly from the boiler and is VERY hot. First turn on the cold water then slowly turn on the hot in order to find the ideal temperature.
Don't burn down the place while cooking.
Take care when using the stove, oven, and toaster and make sure to turn them off when you are done using them. Also make sure that the gas on the stove is turned off and that there are no strange odors associated with gas or a gas leak. Also if you burn candles or incense please take special care not to start a fire or burn anything in the aptartment.
Don't flood the place while bathing or otherwise.
This is particularly easy when you first turn the shower head on in the bathroom. Sometimes the shower head is angled so that it missed the interior shower curtain and drips directly onto the floor. In terms of the toilet use common sense, if the water level gets high, then don't flush again, there must be clog. A plunger is located next to the toilet for such an occasion.
Water the Plants/Bamboo.
There are 4 bamboo plants throughout the apt. All they require is water and some sunlight. All are positioned where they get an adequate amount of light, so all you have to do it WATER them appropriately (very rarely). Thanks for the help here.
TV & Cable
The apt is outfitted with a LG 60inch Plasma Television, it is hooked into the cable provider and accompanying "boxe". This means both are working properly and only need to be both turned ON and have the cable "box" turned ON as well. If both the TV itself and the cable box are turned ON then a picture should come up in a relatively short period of time. The cable provider and navigation on the television is done with the black (Time-Warner) remote controller. Make sure you point the remotes at the cable "box" in order to achieve best results.
There are movies, sporting events, TV shows, etc. that you can order via the cable provider and that cost additional money to the house account. All of these items are clearly stated and will say how much they cost to order. If you purchase any of these I would ask that you keep track and pay for what you watch, as it goes directly on my bill. HBO and SHOWTIME are both included, so all movies order there will be free.
A laundry room is located in the cellar (basement - marked "C" in the elevator) of the building and includes washers, dryers, and a folding area. The machines are all coin operated, and there is also a change machine in the basements and ATM or cash machine as well.
Air Conditioning is available but is quite costly. There are window units in both bedrooms and the living room, they all operate individually. I'm willing to pay up to about $250 dollars for the electric bill for the apt for each month but I think after that it is only fair to have to charge for use of costly electricity. So I would say use the AC sparingly and definitely only when you are actually in the apt. June can get warm in the city and so I have fans in both bedrooms and the living room to help with this (I generally keep all the windows open and have the fans on, the cross breeze generated can be very pleasant). That being said the average electricity bill for myself during the month of June, and I use the AC a good amount (is about $400), without the AC the average electricity bill is about $175/month and on very hot months with very high usage can get as high as $600. So basically keep this in mind when using the air condition units.
The unit comes with lots of windows, they do not have child guards so please use safely and keep in mind that on the 3rd floor open windows might be a hazard. Also note that most take a good amount of strength to open (and close), this again is for safety.
There are some books available around the apt. Feel free to read them at your leisure. If you get engrossed in one let me know, there is a chance that you can have it (if I have read it several times).
The kitchen comes equipped with a dish washer (operation should be self explanatory - dish detergent is located beneath the sink) for making quick work of dishes. It contains all the essentials flatware and silverware. There will also most likely be food in the cupboard, feel free to indulge and have it. True is same in terms of the refrigerator. Also the refrigerator contains numerous sauces, spreads, jellies and jams. These are for you to use at your leisure as well. Additionally there are several cookbooks with some great recipes located in the cupboard.
Please use hair stop when showering or bathing, as hair clogs up the drain. The hair stop should already be located on the shower drain. Also please note that if "aimed" incorrectly the shower can soak the entire bathroom so keep an eye when warming the water up. There is a plunger located next to the toilet in a stand as well as a brush for cleaning the toilet.
Trash & Recycling
The garbage bin is located beneath the kitchen sink along with extra bags. Garbage, in secured bag, can be tossed down the garbage shoot located on the floor whenever necessary. Recycling you sort in a small room next to the shoot. In New York City it is illegal NOT to recycle, so recycling, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and all paper products (including newspapers, magazines, boxes, etc…) so separating these items is key.
We stayed at Sascha's apartment for a whole week in June. The apartment is exactly as described and also depicted in the pictures. For our family of four ( 2 adults+2 children) it was very comfortable. There were a few glitches in the beginning concerning the T.V. & the computer but Sascha attended to them promptly. Here I would like to suggest that it would be helpful to have some written instructions for operating the different appliances / gadgets in the house as one is not always familiar with every brand/ model.
The apartment itself is very nicely done up. It is very clean,though we had an incident with a cockroach towards the end of our stay. It was disturbing but to me it did not reflect on the hygiene in the apartment as I felt that every thing was cleaned with a professional hand. I informed Sascha about it and he was quite disturbed by it. I'm very sure he took the necessary steps once we had left.
The bathroom is nice and spacious and absolutely clean.
The neighborhood is very lively and safe.Numerous restaurants and bars in the vicinity make sure that you never need to cook. We hardly used Sascha's well- equipped kitchen.
The apartment is a good 10-15 mins walk from the nearest subway but that was no trouble for us, as we love to walk! Taxis are very easy to find and the apartment block has a wonderful doorman ( I forget his name) who was very helpful.
I would recommend Sasha's apartment without any reservations.
Sascha was great. Another host cancelled on me last minute, and Sascha responded quickly to my request and was extremely communicative during my stay. This is a great, clean apartment in a fun neighborhood. I would definitely stay here again.
We booked Artists Retreat at the last minute after another host had let us down badly. From the very first Sascha responded very quickly and was always helpful if we needed any advice. The apartment is as described and was "ready to go", as Sascha had promised. Its in a fairly modern building with door-staff, who were also helpful.
East Village is very much an "up and coming" area and is very popular with young people. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, which got busy at the weekends. There was great buzz about the place.
There are 2 subway stations within a 10 to 15 minute walk. They are 1 Ave on the L train and 2 Ave on the F train. We tended to use the 2 Ave station, as the trains tended to be less crowded during the rush hour.
We had a great week in New York and I'd recommend this apartment.
The only real downside is the distance from the subway and the time time it takes to travel up town.
Mi experiencia en el departamento de Sascha fue muy muy buena, el departamento es exactamente lo que vi en las fotos', muy limpio, bien conservado y exactamente lo ofrecido y ,mas. Tuvimos un problema, pues nuestro vuelo a Chile se atraso y Sascha fue muy amable y me permitio hacer un muy late check out. Eso fue muy amable de su parte, El departamento es comodo, el barrio es agradable y muy tranquilo, quizas esta retirado del centro, pero tiene buena locomocion cerca
The apartment is clean. The great thing is that it comes with great common area such as court yard, gym and rooftop. It is also very close to the park which makes the morning walk very pleasant.
Sascha is very communicative. Even though we didn't get to see him in person but he replies quickly to every questions and requests.
Overall, we had a nice stay in this apartment. However, with four seniors it is a little bit too far to walk to and from the subway for us.
Excellent location, very clean, well presented apartment. Two good sized bedrooms, very comfortable beds and efficient wifi.
The apartment was in a relatively new complex with a nice terrace and courtyard and modern amenities like a fitness and laundry room and elevators. It was very close to the Tompkins Park and with in walking distance to subway system and Soho. We chose this apartment because reading the airbnb page we realize that he was a very clean and tidy person himself. The apartment had beautiful furnishing, comfortable beds and very tidy kitchen and bathroom. There was a whole stack of clean towels and extra blankets for cold nights.
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About the Host, Sascha
Photography, Traveling, Reggae Music, Electronic Music, Film, Guitar, The Ocean, Bike Riding, Swimming, Yoga, the Outdoors, Kayaking, Cooking, Dancing, Snorkeling, Frisbee, Reading, Snowboarding, Boating, Interior Design & Architecture, Geography