About this listing
Our cozy private room for one in a house of busy native New Yorkers will give you a feel of how locals live. Flushing is an interesting, safe NYC neighborhood with fantastic food, fascinating cultures all living together, and good public transit.
Private room on the 2nd floor of my classic American Foursquare in Flushing, Queens, NYC. This room has a bed, wardrobe, bookcase, and chair.
You will share the main bathroom and half bath with me, and possibly 1-2 others. WE ALSO HAVE 1 CAT, but she never goes in the room.
Feel free to cook in my spacious (by NY standards) kitchen, and pick vegetables, raspberries, and grapes from my garden in the summer, and enjoy my outdoor patio and barbecue.
Bike use, laundry, and WiFi available by request.
Are you looking to visit your children who have moved to the "big city" but have no room for you in their tiny Manhattan apartment? My home is the perfect place to stay comfortably, with plenty of parking. It's also a great location for college visits to St. John's University, Queens College, Hofstra University, and Adelphi University, and near to any colleges in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx or Nassau County.
I'm a native English speaker with passable German skills and reading knowledge of French and Spanish.
Shared full bath on second floor
Shared half bath on first floor
Living room and television
Family's bedrooms and attic are off limits
Interaction with Guests
I work full-time but you will find me at home in the evenings. I am always present when I have guests, and since we are in shared space, you will see me most evenings and on weekends in the house.
Flushing is a great neighborhood, with much opportunity for ethnic eats and shopping, including Chinese, Korean, Indian, Afghani, Thai, Malayasian, Italian, Greek, and of course, pizza!
Flushing is known as the birthplace of religious freedom in the U.S., and you can practice your faith or take in the services of Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Catholic, various Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, LDS (Mormon), and Jehovah's Witness, and more, all within walking distance.
We are located by a beautiful city park with tennis courts, basketball court, handball, a golf course, and NYC's only velodrome for biking. The park connects with the Greenbelt to take you all over the city on bicycle. You can also find tai chi and exercise classes early in the morning.
If you love tennis, we are a leisurely walk (35 min) to the U.S. Tennis Open in August-September as well as boat rentals, and the site of the Dragonboat Festival in August. The Mets play in the same park at Citifield.
If you love jazz, you are steps away from Louis Armstrong's grave and within 3 miles/6 km of his home and archives.
Flushing is a safe residential NYC neighborhood located 10 miles/16km from Manhattan:
30-minute subway ride from Main St. station on #7 train to Grand Central or Times Square
20-minute LIRR ride (commuter rail) from Murray Hill station to Penn Station
15/20-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride to the subway, Main St. station (1 mi/1.6km).
*Book for one week's stay and a free unlimited weekly Metrocard for use on NYC subways and buses is included.
If you have a car, I have a driveway you can use and street parking without restrictions--both real luxuries in NYC!
Other Things to Note
Fire extinguishers are in the hallway of the second floor and under the sink on the first floor.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in the halls of the first and second floors.
Exits are the front door, the back door, and an escape ladder in the hall closet of the second floor.
Trustworthiness and courtesy are paramount for ensuring a pleasant and safe stay for both host and guest.
No smoking cigarettes, cigars, and pipes (any tobacco) in the house.
No drug use of any kind (including marijuana) will be tolerated.
No illegal activities or illegal downloads.
Be respectful of other guests and neighbors.
Please recycle glass, plastic, and paper.
Please keep the space neat so to avoid any problems with bugs and other vermin. Throw garbage and food in the bin provided under the sink. If you have any items for composting (no meat, dairy or fats), you can place them in the composter in the backyard.
You are welcome to do laundry in my washer and dryer/clothesline, but please ask before using. Up to two loads per week, you can use my detergent.
Guests are responsible financially for any damage to the property.
This is a great listing! Great host too! The house is clean. Great safe area with fast access to the 7 trains. Great perk to get the free unlimited metro card when you stay for a week. I highly recommend this space for those visiting NYC.
My stay at Christina's was fantastic. I cannot recommend her highly enough! She is so hospitable & thinks of everything you may need. She is available for advice and suggestions yet isn't in your way, allowing you to do your own thing. She is always quick to reply to messages when she isn't home.
The room is nice, comfy bed!
Although the floor/bathroom is shared with Christina and her daughters this was never a problem. We had different schedules so was never waiting for the bathroom & Christina's daughters are older, so not at all noisy.
As described the room is out from the main Manhattan, however just less than 5 mins walk are buses to the subway. Very convenient. Flushing itself is also very beautiful. I found it nice to get out of the craziness of the city each night. It's also super safe. Even walking around alone at 1 am.
If I returned to New York, I'd definitely stay with Christina again!!
I had a great experience staying in Christina's home. The house and accommodations are exactly as she described and Christina was a gracious and caring host. Christina installed a a small desk at my request in the room which I used for my laptop. Her secure wi-fi connection worked great. The bed and the accommodations were all excellent. Christina provided access to her kitchen and provided breakfast cereal and juice, coffee or tea.
Christina is very informative about her neighborhood and the greater New York City area. The first night I requested an an iron and ironing board and she provided me with one immediately. She really strives to help visitors. The free parking in the driveway or on the street is something I took advantage of. It is something of real value in New York City, where parking can be difficult and expensive.
This was my first time using AirBnB. I was there for four nights. I had an excellent experience thanks to Christina's graciousness and to her providing everything that she promised.
Tip to future visitors: If you are a party of two or more, ask Christina about her AirBnB basement suite, suitable for two or more people and with its own private entrance. It costs more than the single bed room, but it is a self contained spacious suite that offers everything visitors would want. At my request, she gave me a tour of it when it was vacant.
I loved staying at Christina's during my business stay in New York. The description she gives is 100% accurate to the letter. If you are ready to be welcomed into a respectful home, have all of your questions answered within minutes via email, and want to have a getaway from the city life with convenient access to the hustle and bustle do not hesitate to stay here. Though Christina is a busy professional, she is extremely attentive via email and text and has an incredible knowledge of New York and all of it's boroughs. The Q27 bus and purple 7 line are all you need to get from Flushing to Grand Central. But I was thrilled with the culture and quaintness I was able to access right in Flushing. Queens is now my new favorite borough. I would stay against Christina's in a heartbeat. Did I mention it's the best deal in the city?
This was my first time booking through Airbnb and it went beyond smoothly. I was traveling to NY for an event being held at Citi Field. Christina was very prompt in responding to my many questions both prior to and after booking. She was also very flexible in meeting me in the morning before the event so I could pick up the keys and get a quick tour of where I would be staying. She showed me where in the room I could find the WiFi password and even had a list of restaurants that were within .5 miles.
I didn't see Christina again during my stay but I did meet one of her daughters and we chatted briefly. She apologized that her cat was being a bit vocal, I guess it was dinner time for her. The cat meowed a bit here and there while we were chatting, but other than that I barely saw her and certainly didn't hear her during my stay.
The accommodations were exactly as described. They were clean, comfortable and cozy. I had ample comfy blankets, pillows, towels and washcloths available to use. I believe there were also extra toiletry items if I needed (I brought my own though). I found the bed the perfect firmness, perfectly in the middle of the road for me. There was also a fan, but it ended up cooling down as the day went on and I didn't end up needing it at night (she hadn't put the AC in the room yet). Only thing I wish the room had was an electrical outlet closer to the bed for my phone charger. I looked but I didn't see one. Normally I wouldn't even care about something like this but I was getting up early and I'm just self-conscious about my alarm going off and waking up others.
The house was located in a nice residential area and I easily found on street parking. I felt safe parking my car overnight. Christina does have a nice long driveway available, but since I was leaving early in the morning I didn't want to inconvenience her and decided to just park on the street.
Citi Field was a quick 9 minute drive without traffic. There were a TON of Asian restaurants in/around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, I didn't get to try any of them. I did manage to get in a couple slices of pizza at Amore a cash only, hole in the wall type place (approx. 2.5 mi away). They were delicious!
This rental was the perfect fit. This trip I was looking for a place to rest my bones and I wasn't all that sociable due to being tired, having a packed schedule and dealing with an issue with my car. However, I would also feel comfortable staying here for a longer period of time and with more interaction with Christina. I'm confident in her ability as a hostess to be accommodating to either scenario.
Christina was a wonderful host! She was easy to communicate with over texting. The room was warm and cozy! I am allergic to cats but had no problems with her cat who stayed mostly on the first floor. The location is a 20 minute walk to Flushing Chinatown and easy to get to/from the airports LaGuardia and JFK by public transit. I would recommend her Airbnb place to anyone who is visiting the area!
Christina is a wonderful host! I had a great experience for my first Air B&B stay!!! Clean and nice room, quiet neiborghhood, convenient bus and metro links, and the host provided me free meteo card!
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About the Host, Christina
A fourth-generation native New Yorker, I love sharing my hometown with people from everywhere. I am a corporate writer and enjoy reading, traveling, biking and running, and I have completed numerous marathons.
With roots in every one of the five boroughs, I can recommend hidden spots the typical tourist might not see. Enjoy the Edgar Allen Poe House in the Bronx, the Jacques Marchais Tibetan Museum in Staten Island, great places to eat in Queens--the most diverse county in the United States.
I have traveled to 35 of the 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces, and all over Europe. I've worked in a youth hostel in Austria and was an exchange student in Denmark.
I work full-time outside the house and have kids, so I am not sitting in my house 24/7, but I am always available by cell phone to answer questions or help with your travel plans.
While Flushing is located 10 miles/16 km from midtown Manhattan, there is good NYC transit, and my place is very affordable in a very safe (1 of top 10 safest in NYC), interesting, and quiet neighborhood. It's a home, not a hotel, with all the pros and cons that come with that.