About This Listing
Small, sunny, quiet room in pre-war apartment building with private entrance and bathroom.
Great food, parks, & public transportation. Ideal location for access to Columbia & other area educational institutions.
Private room with its own entrance and private bath on top floor of pre-war coop. Elevator building; one flight up to roof deck with trees, seating, and river view.
At 200 sq ft, this sunny space with a DOUBLE BED provides a quiet haven for visitors amid the bustle of NYC.
Shower and full-length tub.
Cotton sheets and towels provided.
High speed wireless internet provided.
Electric kettle in room.
The room is best for a single person, or 2 people sharing a bed. There's also a foam pad and bedding available for a younger person to sleep on the floor.
Please note: There is NO air conditioning in the apartment. The west-facing window gets a cool river breeze at night, and there's a fan, but guests who are used to sleeping with a/c will be happier elsewhere.
Preferred guests are people who have a reason to stay in this particular neighborhood -- with family nearby, or business at one of the many educational institutions in the community.
There is excellent access to public transportation, restaurants, groceries, music, parks, and coffee shops.
The room has a shelf of NYC guidebooks and maps, as well as novels and mysteries set in the city. I've lived here almost 30 years, am well-informed about Morningside Heights, and happy to answer questions.
NOTE to First-Time Visitors to NYC: you will probably be happier in more central areas of the city, and with better access to a kitchen.
Airport with best transportation to Morningside Heights: La Guardia. 45-min bus ride to W. 116th costs $2.50
3 blocks from 1 train
1 block from M4, M5, and M104 busses
3 blocks from M60 bus
The room is completely private, with its own entrance and bathroom. A book-lined hallway connects to the main apartment, where I live and am available to help with anything.
Kitchen access is mostly limited to refrigerator, and by prior arrangement. There is an electric kettle in the room, and a selection of tea and coffee ~
Guests also have access to the building's delightful communal roof deck, one flight up.
Interaction with Guests
I pretty much leave it to my guests as to how much interaction they want, or don't.
I am available for suggestions, recommendations, and advice about the Morningside Heights neighborhood and for general NYC information.
I'm equally happy to let my guests be.
There are maps and NYC guidebooks for guest use in the bedroom, as well as novels set in the city.
Everything you might need is available within a 3-block radius.
Groceries, restaurants, drug stores, clothing, bookstores, banks, liquor, hardware, churches, synagog, yoga studio, coffee shops ~
Riverside Park is 1/2 block west; Morningside Park, 1 1/2 blocks east.
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is right up the street, and worth a visit.
Easy walking distance: Grant's Tomb; Riverside Church and bell tower; Nicholas Roerich Museum; Strauss Park.
#1 train, 3 blocks
M104, M4, M5 busses 1 block
M60 bus to La Guardia, 3 blocks.
Other Things to Note
Street parking is possible; cars have to be moved 2x/wk for street cleaning.
Manhattan Parking 110
The rate for 2 people is $150/night
I stayed in NY over the weekend for a class reunion at Columbia University. Everyhting was just perfect. Irene's place couldnt be closer to Campus, the rooftop terace is fantastic and the room is exactly as desscribed. Irene is a very friendly and thoughtful host and made me feel very comfortable.
Irene is a nice and friendly host. She answered to my request fairly quickly. However, a few hours before my arrival, she left me with no choice but to wait for an hour before she showed up. I can understand if that was because of an emergency, but it wasn't.
The room is clean, and fairly private, and corresponds to the description. Overall, I would recommend this place to anyone who's looking for a basic place to stay at.
Part of having flexible times for guests to check in and depart is that my guests must also sometimes be flexible. I do apologize for the short notice, however, there are coffee shops and restaurants where a guest can wait, rather than on the well-lighted stoop of the building. I had theater tickets that night, which while not an emergency, could not be changed.
Great location on 113th between Broadway and Riverside. The bed is a full size and has seen better days. Minimal breakfast ability but there are plenty of places nearby to eat. Overall would recommend this for anybody visiting New York especially those who want to be close to Columbia University.
The listing description for the accommodation which Irene rents was entirely accurate. Irene was accommodating and flexible about my arrival time, and she fully explained everything about how things worked, etc. The accommodation (bedroom and bathroom with private entrance) was clean and well maintained, and the views over the Hudson river were fantastic. Although the accommodation is connected to Irene's apartment, Irene was fully respectful of privacy, etc. I have no hesitation in recommending this apartment, in a great area of the city, to anyone who wants private accommodation and who doesn't need a kitchen (although I understand the latter can be made available by arrangement).
The room I rented from Irene was the perfect place for me to stay while in NYC for my nephew's graduation from Columbia. The apartment is a short walk to campus, and it's lovely and comfortable. My favorite part is the reading nook by the big window that provides a view of the river. There's no better way for this introvert to decompress after a busy, people-filled day than to retreat to this room and curl up in the nook for a bit.
Irene is friendly and welcoming. She also provided NYC maps that I used while there; those were really helpful since I don't know NYC and don't have a great sense of direction.
If I go back to NYC for the next nephew's graduation, I'll ask to stay here again.
Irene was great, very accommodating with my arrival and departure times. The location was convenient to where I needed to be in Manhattan that weekend. Easy access to the 1 train made getting to Penn Station for my departure a breeze, and the neighborhood is pleasant - less than a block to Riverside Park, plenty of places for a quick coffee & bagel nearby. The apartment itself is cozy and clean. The windowseat with view of the Hudson was perfect for relaxing with a book after a long day out in the city. Would stay again and recommend to others. Thanks, Irene!
I had a delightful time staying chez Irene. She was a thoughtful and friendly hostess. I was particularly appreciative that she so graciously accommodated my late arrival. If she was put out, I certainly could not tell. Nothing but cheer and offers to be of help. Irene is very accomplished in many areas and the time we shared in discussion was quite interesting. Her apartment is simple, clean, comfortable, quiet and located in a safe area shared by Columbia University students. It is also extremely convenient to the bus and Metro: exactly what I was looking for. I recommend her without hesitation
About the Host, Irene
I'm a New Yorker by choice. The Upper West Side neighborhood I've lived in for almost 30 years is like a village, with pretty much anything a person might want available within 4 or 5 blocks.
By profession, I am a social worker specializing in geriatric clutterers. By avocation, I'm a writer and artist.
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