Central. Safe. Comfortable. Clean. 4 Subway stops from Manhattan, lots of cool stuff to do, drink and eat, but quiet enough for a good night's sleep. Oh, and it's in the most ethnically diverse neighborhood on the planet. Plenty of churches and gyms also nearby. So, I think you'll like it here! Interested? Read the house rules, and welcome home.
You will be staying in a fully renovated Pre-War railroad apartment for a thoroughly authentic, though somewhat upgraded, NYC experience. It's the best of NYC charm, without all the crumbling plaster work. haha! If you are unfamiliar with this historic and unconventional layout, let's be straight up. Here's what it means:
-Scattered architectural details
-Big windows in every room
-Lots of space
....and no hallways. Really!
Skeptical? Here's how this works. The space has two entrances, one at each end. One of those entrances is yours. Your room is the 13"x13' parlor, AKA the sunniest and most private room in the house. Here's the feature list, up front and personal.
-Comfortable memory foam mattress
-Earplugs + white noise machine, for light sleepers
-Plenty of electrical outlets
-Surround Sound system for CDs/DVDs
-Large closet with hangers, laundry hamper, and shoe rack
-Iron with ironing Board
-Free fancy soaps
-Plentiful towels, pillows, and sheets
-Both AC and Fan available
Yes, I have Wifi... .and it's powered by Verizon FIOS. So, you know... no buffering! You're also welcome to share my Netflix or Hulu account, if you don't have your own :)
To get to the kitchen, dining room and bathroom, all you need to do is take a short walk down the outside hallway. Longer stays are welcome to take the indoor route, as long as I'm not asleep! No one will be walking through your room, or even entering it during your stay- ever. That's what private entrances are for :)
-Hairdryer in the bathroom!
-Kitchen includes microwave + toaster
-Walk in pantry for storage
-Filtered water available for showering and drinking.
You also get to stay with a gracious, respectful, and interesting host who will do her best to give you your privacy. And if I really like you, I might even cook for you. Ready to move in, yet?
One last thing: My apartment is on the third floor, so please pack accordingly, and don't rent if you have trouble with stairs!
You are perfectly welcome to hang out in the dining room or library :) No other additional features to speak of, besides the kitchen, I guess.
I'd prefer you'd stay out of my room, unless it really can't be helped. Please use your hall key!
I'll be living here while you live here, and I am also accessible via text and e-mail to answer any questions you have.
Please reach out to me to coordinate check in/check out times. I will do my best to meet you around my work schedule.
While we're at this, I work during the day and am frequently out in the evenings, so I'm not home very much.
As for privacy and level of interaction, we'll have to play that by ear. Generally I like to give my guests as much privacy as I can, but I also understand that some people are more gregarious than others and want to chat. I'll go with your flow!
Please try to keep a low profile, this is a very small building and I don't want my neighbors disturbed!
For the sake of transparency, you should know that I try to host monthly Saturday dinners in the space. If you happen to be home, you're invited! Come enjoy the food, drink, and company. You'll know at least a week in advance before it is scheduled so you can arrange your plans.
I mostly socialize outside the home, but I may also have close friends or family visit a few times a month. It is unrealistic for me to close my apartment to all visitors, especially during longer bookings. So, I will let you know in advance if you can expect someone else in the apartment with us. Just to be clear- I will NEVER, under ANY circumstance, leave a visitor alone in the apartment with you. They will never be anywhere near your space. Your privacy and safety are very important to me, and I would never do anything to violate that. If your stay is less than two weeks and you are uncomfortable with any visitors, then please communicate this concern prior to booking and I am happy to make my place a "no visitor zone" for the duration of your stay. Speak up, let's work together to make this the best stay possible for you.
My home is my sanctuary and I'd like to keep it that way. Please, no drug use in my apartment or on the property.
No unregistered visitors or overnight guests in the building, and especially in the apartment. Firstly, that means absolutely no hook ups/casual encounters- use their place instead. Secondly, that includes friends, family, or fellow travelers. They may not a stranger to you, but they are to me! I am willing to make case- by-case exceptions if you need someone to help you carry your luggage, but in general the policy on outside visitors is "no."
I am also not able to accommodate additional guests. This listing is for a single bed only, there's no bandwidth to host an extra person, even if they are OK with sleeping on the floor. I am more flexible on this rule for long-term stays, however, so...if this is important to you, please mention it in your introduction and we can negotiate.
Remember to always, always, always lock the fire escape window!
This listing is located in a very small property of only 6 units, so I'd appreciate it if you could keep a low profile! In other words, try to limit noise after 10pm, and try not to interact with the neighbors, even if they get a little nosy. :)
Since we will be sharing this space, I'd also appreciate it if you tried to keep communal areas tidy. I will do the same.
Also, please remember to take your shoes off in the apartment! I'm a shoe free home.
You are welcome to store food in my refrigerator and use the kitchen to cook simple meals. I would, however, prefer you kept more elaborate culinary endeavors to a minimum, as I need to be able to use my kitchen on most days. I also do not have designated "guest" cookware, or "guest" dishes so please be considerate in this regard.
There is a door between the kitchen and dining room. Please slide it shut when you are preparing food, so the smell does not get into my bedroom.
If cooking is extremely important to you and you need clarification on what "elaborate meals" means, please message me about your specific needs and we can talk about it.
And of course, should you choose to take advantage of my kitchen, please make sure you clean up after yourself. That means both your dishes, and spills.
While we are on this topic, if you have never used a cast iron pan before, please don't use mine! I have a nonstick pan that you can use to your heart's content.
My landlord does not like animals. Other tenants in the building have decided to break the rules and keep them, but I would prefer not to take the risk. Sorry, all. It isn't personal! I'm willing to make exception for service animals or anything that lives in a cage/tank, though, including reptiles. So, I guess I'm Iguana friendly?
Whew, there goes the hard part. Now, come on in!
Quirky, slightly nerdy professional, born and raised in NYC. Non-smoker, drinks little, strictly drug free- but definitely not boring. I'm passionate about learning new things and discovering the world's diversity. I love travel, history, the arts, the sciences, and of course, food.
Who can resist the lure of stimulating conversation? I know I can't. So, if you've got a good story, a fascinating idea, or something to say, come, sit at my table, and tell me all about it. You won't regret it. And if I really like you, you might even get a free meal :)
When it comes to travel, I like a loose itinerary that allows for a good mix of spontaneity and accomplishment. I'm not a particularly high-maintenance guest, though I prefer reasonably clean surroundings, when possible. You can expect me to be neat, quiet, responsible, and generally mind my own business. While I'm gregarious at home, I tend to be much more private when I am a guest, especially if I am traveling alone.
So what am I like to live with? As a guest, you can expect to be warmly received in a clean, peaceful and accommodating environment. I'm happy to spend time with you while you're here, if my schedule allows. And I'm available to answer questions about the city and how to get around in it. In fact I'm full of all sorts of suggestions! But if you prefer your privacy, I am happy to make myself scarce. Please let me know what your style is, when you book. You are my guest, I will do my best to accommodate.
My home is my sanctuary, I hope that it can be the same for you.