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 very 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.
Ssameer was a good host, gave me lots of tips on where to go while in the city. I was glad I brought my laptop (almost didn't) as there was no TV.
our second time at Sameer's apartment, so it's clear that we liked it. good location, 5 minutes from the subway, cheap area with good food and Sameer's always ready to recommend something!
Ssameer was very friendly and gave us helpful tips to getting around town, and referred us to a delicious Pizzeria.The location is PERFECT! Neighborhood is safe and and literally 2 minutes away from a variety of food stops including a McDonald's. The room was enough for 2 ppl. We basically would just sleep there so we hardly saw Ssameer. I would definitely consider his place again!
Ssameer was really cool, and the front room was small, but cozy and comfortable. It was just what I needed.
We stayed for 10 days! we had a great time! unfortunately we shared little with Ssamer! But he was very welcoming! Sally is fantastic!
Ssameer is nice and kind. He always reply message quickly. We got no problem to find this place and got many tips from him. The apartment's location is absolutely great(walk 3mins to 1 train). Room just like the photo: a futon bed and a closet. The kitchen and fridge you can use. Shower is ok but I took a bath one night which is awesome. There is a small dog in the apartment. Overall this is a good place for us to stay in NYC.
I was welcomed by my host on the night I arrived. He was friendly and I enjoyed talking to him (and Sally the other person staying there). The room was comfortable. I sleep very well on the bed. The location was perfect for traveling anywhere in the city. The subway was very close and the neighborhood safe. I would use this rental again.
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