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Incredibly organized and a bit of a neat freak, but surprisingly laid back with a very go-with-the-flow demeanor.
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Spectacular privileged view, easy access, airy spacious arty lodgings, flooded with light, super clean, lovingly decorated, thoughtful owner: what's not to like? Rent this place for unparalleled personal space.
Firstly, location: You are in the toe of Manhattan, across the street from Battery Park and the roundhouse for Statue of Liberty ferry. Our stay here allowed a view of NY not seen in the bustling parts of town. There's greenspace and people-watching just a crosswalk away! You're in the main spot for taxis, so it's quick to hail a cab from the corner. Easy walk to subways, around the corner, over a pedbridge. Even after Lincoln Center or B'way, easy to get back home.
The building: art-deco 1930s, and apt's huge & high corner windows showcase light and scenery. It feels like New York, but with a lot more room. Eclectic, classic modern furnishings with art on every wall. Since it's the business district, you can count on reduced traffic noise and no bustle after dinner. Lobby deli makes bagels and sandwiches fresh, has groceries and sundries. At night, take your goat cheese to the rooftop for a sparkling vista for your lounge-chaise chillout.
Amenities: The apartment itself: a cushy TempurPedic mattress in the bedroom, a sunny & well-appointed living/dining, and a bright and elegant kitchen in blonde wood and granite & posh appliances. Did I mention windows everywhere? It's clean as a whistle, truly spic 'n' span in the kitchen and bathroom. The air conditioning functioned superbly (July 2011 = 99 degrees). Laundry room is three doors down, doormen are gracious and explain everything, and a small gym in the lobby. We felt thoroughly spoiled. Our host thoughtfully provided fruit, cookies, and milk for our arrival. She wrote a 'how to use the coffee press" for kickstarting days with great java.
Safety/security: more private than a hotel lobby, with greater security. Only residents & staff in the marble deco 1930s lobby.
Access: buy the unlimited subway pass, indispensable in getting all over town, which really felt like a bunch of neighborhoods sharing a common island. Suggest the NY Explorer pass, which lets you select from a host of included tours = saves $$. Best way to see the town: (website hidden), we did Cory's East Side/Hells Kitchen tour for bites of falafel, shrimp dumplings, pies, bakery treats, pizza, and NY hot dogs. Gave us a sense of place, geography, and some history too. Can't wait to come back, this is a superb home base! HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Trio of three gals, July 2011.
South St Seaport: This location lets you reach Seaport's shops, the Explorer Pass kiosk, seasonal attractions (we took in the BODIES exhibit), and importantly, TKTS booth for day-of-show tickets (open hours EARLIER than the Times Sq location). Book the 9:45 pm harbor sailboat cruise across the water. In the dead of summer we had a breeze, saw the concrete Men in Black set (actually a huge air intake for a harbor tunnel), Lady Liberty all lit up, and the city reflecting back across the water. Calm and spectacular counterpoint to the city's activities. We had great fun. THANKS DONNA!
We really enjoyed our stay at this apartment. The apartment was in a convenient location to trains and parking (a garage across the street). Plus there is a doorman and a small deli/grocery downstairs in the lobby. The apartment is very near Battery Park and Wall Street and walkable to South Street Seaport. The apartment itself is very comfortable, with a bedroom, bathroom, and living room with pull down couch (which was very comfortable for additional guests). Donna was very thoughtful in providing snacks for us and she is very organized with full information on the apartment in a binder. The apartment was very clean, airy, comfortable, and full of light. It was our first experience using airbnb and we will definitely return! We hope to stay at Donna's next time we are in NYC!