About this listing
Looking for an affordable place to stay in NYC? I have the perfect room in the lower level of my house in Flushing, Queens, NYC. We are in a quiet residential NYC neighborhood.
The space has its own entrance and very small bathroom so you have privacy but we are upstairs if you need anything. This is a private part of my primary residence. We use the room for relaxing when we don't have guests.
The room is located in the basement and you must be able to walk down 5 steps to enter.
THERE ARE THREE SLEEPING OPTIONS BUT NO "REAL" BEDS. The full-size sofa bed (450 lb limit) and twin-size chaise (250 lb limit) fold down to accommodate three guests. There is also a footstool that folds out to a bed for one (300 lb limit). The room size is ideal for 1-2 persons, but a 3rd can be accommodated.
1 closet, refrigerator, kitchen sink, hot pot, microwave, and toaster (For safety reasons, there is no stove/oven).
The small private bathroom has a toilet, sink, and shower. Towels and toiletries are in the cabinet above the toilet. It is a tiny bathroom.
Patio and garden
Television and game system
Interaction with guests
I live in the same house, so I am available most evenings and weekends. When I am at work during the day, you can always contact me by cell, email or the airbnb site.
I follow your lead: if you are just looking for a place to stay and you want to be left alone, I will oblige. If you need help or have questions, please ask! If you want to chat, I am always happy to take the time to find out who you are and where you are from. If you have any problems, let me know then so I can address them during your stay.
I'm a native English speaker with passable German skills and reading knowledge of French and Spanish.
Flushing is a safe NYC residential neighborhood, with much opportunity for shopping and ethnic eats, 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. 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, basketball, and handball courts, a golf course, hiking trails, and NYC's only velodrome for biking. The park connects with the Greenbelt to take you all over the city on bicycle.
If you love tennis, we are a leisurely 2-mile/3.6km walk, about 35-50 minutes depending on how fast you walk, 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. The Hall of Science, Queens Museum, and Queens Theater are also located in this park. You can also get to the park with NYC transit in 30 minutes or by LIRR, Murray Hill station, with a 10-15 walk and 3-minute train ride. The LIRR will also take you to Manhattan in 20 minutes but it costs more and is not covered by the Metrocard.
If you love jazz, you are steps away from Louis Armstrong's grave and within 3 miles/6 km of his home and archives.
Are you looking to visit your children who have moved to the "big city" but have no room for you in their tiny 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.
Explore all NYC has to offer with a 30-minute subway ride to Grand Central, 5th Ave, Times Square, and Jacob Javits/Highline on the #7 train (purple line). A 15/20-minute walk or 6-12-minute bus ride (1 mi/1.6km) will take you to the subway (metro), Main Street station, or 20-minute LIRR ride to Penn Station, and then explore the rest of the city.
*Book for one week's stay and a free unlimited weekly Metrocard for use on NYC subways and buses is included for up to two guests.
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 extinguisher is under the sink.
The smoke/carbon monoxide detector is on the ceiling by the stairs.
Exits are the front door as well as up the stairs and out the front or back door.
With a separate key to the apartment, you can come and go as you please.
No smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes (any tobacco) or e-cigarettes or vaping in the house. These odors linger and get into the furniture and walls.
No drug use of any kind (including marijuana) or intoxication will be tolerated.
No illegal activities or illegal downloads.
Ask before using the washer, dryer, or bicycles.
Be respectful of other guests and neighbors.
Please recycle glass, plastic, and paper.
Television may be used, but no ordering movies "on demand."
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. Glass, plastic and paper can be placed in the white bin next to the sink for recycling.
Dish rack, dish detergent and sponges are in the sink cupboards to use for washing dishes.
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. We also use these machines for our own laundry on weekends.
Guests are responsible financially for any damage to the property.
A fourth-generation native New Yorker, I love sharing my hometown with people from everywhere. I have been an Airbnb host for several years and also use the site for my own travel plans. 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 college-aged children, 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.