About This Listing
for couples or friends who are ok with sharing a bed. it's in the front of the apartment & while everyone must walk past it when they enter, it offers a bit more privacy than the other room(s) as it is more isolated. more noise from the nearby stairs
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Hi, are xx-xx dates available?
check the calendar, if there's availability, feel free to make a booking, i've had many times other guests book the dates someone is looking for because they are writing to ask me if the days they want are available.
Where are you located??
check the tab on this listing that says "location", that will show you where i live, and where you will be located in relation to wherever you would like to visit.
How far away are you from X?
times square- 15 minutes
central park 10-20min(depends where, it's big)
midtown west 15 minutes
midtown east 20-25 minutes
union square 25 minutes
east village 30 minutes
downtown 30-35 minutes
again, look at the "location" tab/link on this listing. do you know the address? i have mentioned in the listing description above how far the travel time is from my place to other parts of town. but you can always check with the nyc public transit "mta trip planner" (search for it online as i cannot post links here, sorry) to see how long it will take to get from the address in question to the 137 st/city college stop. or use openstreetmap or one of the popular online maps sites which i cannot mention by name.
can i use the kitchen??
does your place have a bathroom??
seriously??? no, i go outside in the alleyway to wash & relieve myself, even in the winter, when it's freezing cold out. this is nyc after all, many of us are still without indoor plumbing.
the bathroom is shared between the 3 bedrooms in this apartment, there can be a bathroom rush hour at times.
do i get keys?
yes, of course
is it a private bedroom?
yes, you will have a private room to yourself in a shared apartment.
is there a curfew?
* no pets
* $35 in case you lose the keys, or whatever it might cost you to replace them yourself.
* this a cheap way to visit manhattan, but it is a private residence; please be courteous and by cleaning up after yourself, or chip in for housecleaning services. (very important, I've had horrible luck with slobs, I am not a slob.)
* this may be redundant, but i have had problems with guests making a mess in the kitchen and bathroom and not cleaning up after themselves. this is not a hotel, you are a guest in my home, please clean up after yourself.
i can offer some concierge type services, but if you don't want to clean up after yourself, go book your stay at a hotel and pay extra for it. please be clean and respectful in my home as i will show you respect and hospitality and provide you with a clean place to live, cook, and sleep.
I live in a 3 bedroom apartment at 138th street, between Broadway and Amsterdam ave. You will be living less than one block from the #1 subway line, on the first floor of the building.
You will be welcome to use the kitchen, living room, TV, DVD, VCR(remember those?) and the common areas. Everything else is my personal stuff, which I expect you to not touch; I will respect you and your things the same way.
Details about the room/apt:
Room is furnished with a full-sized futon, which folds down in to a full-sized bed. It is a good size for one or two people. Room dimensions are approximately, 10' X 6' or 3.1 m X 1.83m plus a decent sized closet.
* no pets please
* $35 in case you lose the keys, or whatever the cost to replace them yourself.
* this a cheap way to visit manhattan, but it is a private residence; you are responsible for cleaning up after yourself, or chip in for housecleaning services. (very important, I've had horrible luck with slobs, I am not a slob.)
* this may be redundant, but it seems i have not made myself clear enough. this is not a hotel, you are a guest in my home, please clean up after yourself. i can offer some concierge type services, but if you want a hotel, go book your stay at one and be prepared to pay extra for it. please be clean and respectful in my home, i will show you respect and hospitality and provide you with a clean place to live and sleep.
bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, fridge, eating area (can't really call it a dining room), living room.
Interaction with Guests
it depends, i read people to see if they want to be left alone or not.
Just about everything you will ever need is within a few blocks of the apartment (typical Manhattan); pharmacy, hardware store, deli, laundry, etc. There are quite a few grocery stores/ supermarkets nearby, including Fairway, which carries gourmet and organic foods. Fresh direct also delivers to the area.
There's a good variety of restaurants nearby. You can get anything from a juicy, hand-formed burger, to curry dishes, to $1 homemade tamales on the street, to churrasco, to burritos, to sushi 'til 2am; I think you get the point.
The area is safe, parking spaces are available, and your car will be secure. People are very nice, and friendly. It is very neighborhood-y; hell, the crossing guard knows my name. It is more of a family neighborhood, but there are also many young people in the area because of the great number of schools nearby.
The apartment is conveniently located right down the street from City College and just 2 stops from Columbia, Barnard, Teachers College, Manhattan School of Music, etc. The subway ride to midtown is about 15-20 minutes and about 40 to get down to the lower tip, and 40-45 min to downtown brooklyn.
Nearby, are MANY different parks. the apartment is just 2 blocks from the Hudson River, Riverside Park, and Riverbank (website hidden). Nicholas park is right behind city college, and numerous smaller city parks with basketball and handball courts, soccer fields, chess tables, etc. all within 6 blocks.
buses and subway 24 hrs within 60-80m
Other Things to Note
I am a chill, and drama free creative person. Not into gossip or talking about myself, or being negative; I generally just mind my own business, but i do enjoy interacting or even going out with guests if i feel it's appropriate or welcomed.
this is a very old building and my place is very modest, but I like to keep it nice and clean.
The apartment is pretty quiet most of the time.
When I am home, I am working on the computer, or surfing the web, or sometimes just relaxing with a drink (usually a craft beer these days) and reading, listening to music, or watching a movie.
Please take off your shoes when you enter and clean up after yourself.
Please do not leave hair clogging the tub drain, crumbs of food laying around, even though you put away your food, etc. because you will be sharing my flat with me and possibly other guests too, so please be courteous.
Also, please turn off lights when you leave a room, or the flat/apt.
We stayed at Ssameers place for 6 days and had a really good time. The apartment is perfectly located close to the subway, the room is clean though small, the bed is comfortable and the wifi works well. Ssameer is super nice and outgoing and will give you lots of information and great advice on where to eat, what to see and do in the city. We would definitely stay here again!
We had a great time in NYC at his place, I highly recommend this place. The proximity to the grocery store and subway line to the apartment was fantastic. That was the best part of this place. So glad we spent our money here instead of a corporate hotel. Great "local" lifestyle feel
Ssameer was a great host! He was very welcoming and accommodating towards our needs & also offered great ways to get around the city.
Trip was great! Everything was as we agreed.. Great location and the place is really nice!
Wir haben während unserer USA Reise fünf Tage in NYC bei Ssameer übernachtet. Er hat uns sehr nett zu Hause empfangen und auf uns gewartet, obwohl wir erst sehr spät angekommen sind. Schon vor der Anreise hat Ssameer Infos zur Anreise gesendet, vor Ort konnten wir dann noch mehr Ideen bezüglich unserer Unternehmungen in NYC austauschen.
Während unseres Aufenthaltes waren noch andere Gäste in Ssameers Wohnung, dies war aber kein Problem, da wir viel unterwegs waren.
Wir haben uns bei Ssameer sehr wohl gefühlt und danken ihm für seine Freundlichkeit.
We stayed at Ssameer's apartment in NYC for five nights during our trip to the USA. He welcomed us at his house even though we arrived very late. Ssameer sent us infos even before we arrived and provided even more ideas for things to do in NYC once we were there.
While we stayed at his apartment, other people stayed with Ssameer as well. This wasn't a problem though, since we were out a lot.
We felt very comfortable at his apartment and are very grateful for his friendliness.
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