I am a very chill, and drama free creative person. Not into gossip or talking about myself, or being negative; I just mind my own business.
I live in a 3 bedroom apartment at 138th street, and Broadway. You will be living less than one block from the #1 subway line, on the first floor of the building.
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 20-40 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.
Like i said, I am pretty laid back and easy to live with. I like to keep the apartment 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.
You will be welcome to use the rest of the apt, and any of my dishes, silverware, kitchen stuff, TV, DVD, VCR. 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 nice sized closet.
* no pets please
* be prepared to pay $35 in case you lose the keys.
* 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 as i will show you respect and hospitality and provide you with a clean place to live and sleep.
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that is, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Hi, are xx-xx dates available?
check the calendar, if there's availability, feel free to make a booking.
Where are you located??
ugh! check the tab on this listing that says "maps", 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?
again, look at the "maps" tab 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.
can i use the kitchen??
as i mentioned in this listing's description, YES
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.
do i get keys?
is it a private bedroom?
is there a curfew?
Ssameer wasn't there, but Sally was and she knows EVERYTHING! Neighbor hood was safe and very convenient to the train and bus. Go eat at Flor de Broadway, it's right down the road. Food is great and cheap!!
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Another good stay, this is my second so obviously I liked it. Longer review on my first stay.
I had a great stay at Ssameer's place but it's definitely not for everybody so know what you're getting into.
The good: Sally lives there and is great company and the best thing about the place. She knows NYC very well and is always a pleasure to speak with. Location is very good and extremely convenient to the subway and local grocery shopping and dining. Perfect location to explore NYC from. The price is very reasonable. The kitchen is fully-functional and you can save money by cooking.
The rest: you get what you pay for. The building and neighborhood are both fine, but the flat itself is a wreck. The super hasn't been in to paint or do repairs in over a decade and it looks like it's been a hard decade of partying in this place. The pictures on AirBNB look to be several years out-of-date; it's much shabbier now. Sally has cleared pathways through Ssameer's clutter so it's functional but everyday it's like waking up in a squat where there was a huge rave the night before. The electrical switches and outlets are missing cover plates, the floor while clean isn't one you want to walk on barefoot, and there are just mountains of stuff everywhere even bulging out in the closet in the guest room. Again, fine for what it is: an inexpensive crash pad. Great for a guy or two to explore NYC on the cheap but don't bring your girlfriend and don't even think of bringing a young child due to the dangerous electrical situation.
Also, learn from my experience and do NOT park on the street. Sally and Ssameer will both tell you to do so and they are correct that it's technically "free" to park on the streets but it was a major hassle and ended up costing me $230. Absolute best case: you'll spend 1-2 frustrating hours 4 or more times a week moving your car and prowling the neighborhood (I had multiple tours of everything between 130th and 160th) fighting all the locals for the few remaining spots before street cleaning times. More likely case: if you have out-of-town plates you'll find tickets on your car just for parking the same way that the locals do (which they seem to be immune to). My advice would be to just pay the $18 per day in the garage on 153rd street. If you can't afford $18 per day just don't bring your car into the city because you definitely can't afford the tickets from the "free" parking on the street. You've been warned!
For the price, it was amazing. Close to the subway, nice neighborhood, decent bed, and incredibly cheap. However, there was an occasional loud clanking from the pipe that runs through the room. Not the best thing when trying to sleep in a strange place.
And the apartment is pretty dingy; probably most people I know would have been disgusted. But my husband and I are not easily grossed out, so it was fine for us.
"Ssameer" was not there, but Sally was a delight to talk with and, since she knows and loves the city so well, a wonderful resource.
Oh, and if you want a wash cloth that is not old and stained, bring your own.
I stayed at Ssameer's place with my best friend this November. We didn't meet Ssameer, but his roommate Sally was there to greet us. She is a really nice person and she really knows her way around town. Our room was a little small and the place, exspecially the kitchen, could have been cleaner, but other than that it was a good first Airbnb-experience. The place is very close to the subway, which will bring you right downtown. I would stay here again for a night or two.
It was my first experience with Airbnb and I'm glad I could stay 3 nights at Ssameers apartment. It takes quite a long time to get there from JFK by public transportation, but otherwise the location is perfect - 1 min from subway (a few minutes to Manhattan); grocery and fastfoods nearby; safe.
There was a rather small room with sofa bed for 2 people, clean (shared) bathroom and kitchen - as shown in the pictures.
You probably wont meet Ssameer there, but Sally. She's a perfect host. So friendly and willing to help with anything.
Thank you! Thumb up :)
Ssamers apartment is very good located. Just a few minutes walk to subway and you can be on Times Square in about 15 min. The neighborhood is safe, we didn't have any problems.
We didn't meet Ssamer but Sally. She is a really great host. She gave us some very good tips where to visit good spots and how to get there. She took the time to show us on Internet or on a map.
The room is very tiny for 2 people but it is enough when you only need a space to sleep at night.
The apartment and especially the bathroom and kitchen could have been cleaner.
If you are looking for a cheap place just to sleep it is ok!
The location was good, close to the city with great metro and bus connections and convenient in every way. The apartment was cozy and had a nice & relaxed atmosphere, thanks to Sally who was a very helpful and fun host, we had a great time. The smaller room is very small and not that comfortable in hot weather (however, there was partially air conditioning), it wasn't that clean either, the place actually doesn't quite look like in the photos. But the cool atmosphere & phantastic price make up for that and I enjoyed my stay.
The room is rather small but is really well located (next to the subway and supermarket) and you're in NY ...you probably don't plan on staying in the apartment that long anyway. Sally was a really great host and helped us a lot when my friend's backpack got lost. Also, we left in the late afternoon and it was no problem to store our luggage in the aparment. All in all, you get what you pay for but in my opinion it's all you need to explore Manhattan.