We're easy an outgoing Native New Yorker couple; a therapist, Psyd D student and a cook.
I share my apartment with my significant other who is a cook by trade and who works odd hours. We are both quiet and low key and basically looking to rent a furnished room to an individual(s) who need short term accommodations. The room is clean, neat and cozy..(not huge)
The apartment is located in an area that is easy to get to and close to all types of travel options within a few short blocks. I like our place because its in a residential area that's located in a quiet part of the city not too far from the fun and excitement of, yet far enough to allow you to sleep and recharge for your the daily activities.
To help you enjoy the city we've recommend a few tips:
For the bus or train I recommend a unlimited metro card which is good for both the train and bus and allows you to get on and off anywhere. Also its a good idea to download a MTA or Ride NYC phone app onto your smartphone or iPhone or blackberry if you have one, which gives you a map of the metro system. The trains run pretty much 24/7. There are some weekend changes with some of the train lines, usually affecting the outer boroughs, since we're in Manhattan you won't have to worry too much. I do recommend reading the signs in case of any changes due to track repairs
If you are into biking or running, we are two blocks from the Hudson River Greenway which allows you to walk, run or bike all the way to Battery Park which is at the very tip of Manhattan. And if you don't wish to run too far, there is always Riverbank State Park that has a track and an indoor pool available in cooler days and an outdoor pool during the summer until 6pm. And of course there is Central Park which is a breeze to get to by taking the C train to West 110th Street Station, which takes less then 9 minutes to get to.
If you are into Hot Yoga, there is Bikram Yoga of Harlem on West 145th Street, a 10 block walk or a 5 minute bus or train ride. You can buy a pass for the week or per day. I highly recommend this place.
Tip #2 Sometimes you can get guest passes at some local gym if you are interested in working out. I go to New York Sports Club, they have locations throughout Manhattan. there is a local gym 10 blocks away from us.
Food shops and restaurants. New York can be a dieter's nightmare or dream. There are dozen of amazing restaurants. Some pricier then others. In the area we live in, there are tons of Dominican and Mexican restaurants that are dirt cheap. Cheap as in being able to get a whole roasted chicken, with rice and beans for under $15.
Tip # 3. To save on money try eating local since the restaurants in the area are really cheap. However, research a little and you will find a variety of great option for great prices. The East Village has amazing place that are within budget. There are at least over 6 Indian restaurants on East 6h Street between 2nd and 1st Ave, with prices ranging from $8 to$13 dollars for complete dinners. The food list is huge. Let me know and I might be able to help.
We both love to cook, and entertain, but since we're both busy most of the time, we're often relaxing quietly in the evening. However some nights we like to experiment with dishes..and if you feel like joining us for dinner let us know.
Tip # 4.
Home Cooking can save money. We can work out cooking arrangements if you need the kitchen. Typically access to kitchen will be 9 am until 11pm
For those of you who love museums, New York is packed with a selection of museums and getting there from our apartment is easy. Just take the number # 4 bus on Broadway and 155th Street until you get to 5th Avenue across from Central Park and the museum select will begin around 110th Street with El Museo Del Barrio...and continue all the way pass 86th Street with the MET. There are also museum in many other locations, but 5th Ave has a very large selection located along 5th Ave.
a great day to go to the museums is Saturday since they are open until 9pm. Of course there are museums all over, so i suggest doing a little research in advance so you can take advantage of the amazing selection
There are tons of free and dirt cheap activities you can do in NYC. Let me know what you like and I will try to have some information available.
I've enclosed a very neat website to help you look for amazing discounts:
Tip # 7
If you decide to book with us. Make sure you write down our address and phone, in case you misplace your phone or run out of battery life. Also down load apps into your blackberry or iPhone with ride NYC and Hop Stop. These apps are valuable resources that will allow you to find your way around
Once you decide to book with airbnb, don't forget to include your arrival time, this way someone can arrange to meet with you and not keep you waiting endlessly. Remember you are renting from individuals and not hotels who are open 24/7. You are staying with real folks who are not always at home...so make sure to include your arrival time in your email messages.
Tip # 8
the morning check out time is 9am., however during the weekend (only weekends) we can accommodate later check out times, but only if you let us know in advance. We need to know at least 2days before. This is simply to avoid having new guest wait too long for check in due to having to clean the room
Tip # 9
Be careful with getting overcharged by taxicabs. They sometimes take the longest route in order to increase the meter. Also taking a cab from the airport is tricky. The airport does state in writing how much a cab should charge you legally. The cab ride from an airport is a flat rate, therefore the meter does not need to be on. If its on, they are planning on overcharging. Also if you travel in the city avoid cabs. They get stuck in traffic which means the price goes up. NYC train system is fairly safe and runs 24/7. The #1 train which is 2 short blocks from my place is always filled with people...and I mean always. You will find the train can be crowded even at 3 am in the morning. If you are afraid of walking from the train, I can always meet you. But seriously if you can avoid taxi's
Tip # 10
Do your research before you travel anywhere. If you don't know how expensive a city is, you will find yourself running low on funds very quickly. Be wise, budget yourself. Also research New York city before visiting..it is nothing like the movies or the tv show sex in the city. NYC is expensive and can be very stressful if you have no idea what you are getting into. The best way to enjoy the city and I mean any city in the world is to research and learn about your option. Also connecting with a native of the city you visit allows you to navigate better
Remember to book as soon as you can, cause good deals get taken right away. Especially in NYC when the rents are very high..
Remember, If you are staying in NYC and need a temporary place that is clean, cozy and friendly, look us up. Our place is quiet, which will let you revive enough to go back out and enjoy the energy of NYC.
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