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?
I had a very mixed stay at this apartment. Sally had broken her back and Ssameer was travelling which meant no one was at the apartment when I arrived at 1am and I had to spend the night at a local motel. The next day I had to go to Sally's hospital on the first day of my trip in order to collect keys for the apartment to get in. When we were able to access the apartment, it was extremely dirty with very dirty floors and dirty dishes in the sink. There was also a dog which no one had warned us about.
After we managed to clean the apartment, it was a much more habitable environment but a disappointing way to be greeted. Again these factors were no fault of Sally or Ssameer. Its major advantages are it's very close to the subway and the 1 train is extremely convenient for travelling into Manhattan.
After communication with Ssameer, he was prepared to offer me a $60 refund which was disappointing considering the hassle I went through with the apartment but at this point I'd like this to just be resolved.
Very pleasant stay. Ssameer is very flexible when I showed up later due to delays. Subway is only 1 block away, very convenient to get to anywhere in NYC. I would recommend and come back again when Im in NYC again.
My son and I enjoyed a hassle free stay at Ssameers place. It was as described, and may not suit everyone, but was just fine for us. Sally was an awesome host, who made us feel at home right away. She is very easy going, and only only expects common sense and decency in return. Very much like visiting a favourite aunt. We were lucky with parking, finding a place right out front, used the subways otherwise. Only had to move the car on weekday mornings for an hour or so. Lots to do and see in the area while doing so .Affordable, friendly, safe and easy to get to where you want to go while in NY, this is a place worth checking out.
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!!
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!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.