Studio apartment + full kitchen with separate entrance in a two-family house. Owners and host couple live downstairs. One host is a NYC tour guide, the other a designer. Located in the diverse, safe, and lively neighborhood of Woodside near subways. Located halfway between Flushing Meadows/Citi Field and Manhattan. Perfect place to stay for events at Flushing Meadows such as the U.S. Open.
This is a fully legal vacation rental. NYC has banned short term rentals in apartment buildings and houses with more than two apartments. Because our house is a two-family house, it is not subject to the law and we can legally rent you our upstairs studio. UPDATE: Many of you may have heard about a change in the laws in NYC in October regarding Airbnb rentals. This change does not effect our apartment however. What the new law does is allow for fines to be levied against hosts who place ILLEGAL listings. But since our apartment is in a two-family house, we can still list it and LEGALLY rent it to you.
The studio is on the upstairs floor in the rear of the house facing our back garden. The bathroom has a full tub/shower. The bathroom was completely gut-renovated in 2013. The kitchen features a gas stove and oven, refrigerator, and brand new cabinets. Coffee maker, toaster, and microwave are also provided. Bed is a Queen with tempuredic foam pad. Very soft and comfy! There is a small TV with cable and DVD. Some classic NYC movies are also provided for your enjoyment!
The front room of the upper floor is our home office, but you will have a separate entrance to your apartment once inside the house. You will share the front door with us.
Guests have access to their apartment through a separate interior entrance.
We are happy to assist you with anything you need during your stay. I am a professional NYC tour guide and can help with any planning or info you would like during you stay. We live in a separate apartment however, so you are free to come and go without interacting with us.
Woodside is a very quiet neighborhood, and our block is extremely quiet with almost no traffic noise. The noisiest thing is the birds! We are, however, in one the approach patterns for planes landing at LaGuardia airport. New York's prevailing western breezes keep the planes on a different approach pattern most of the time, but if the winds shift from the northeast, they will fly over the house at about 500 feet. This only happens a few days every month and LGA mostly lands smaller regional planes (not big 747s). We don't find them disruptive, especially with the windows closed, and have slept peacefully with them for 9 years. You will be provided earplugs just in case. Please consider this if you are a very light sleeper.
Please smoke on the sidewalk, not in the apartment. No pets allowed.
Christine and Shawn are NYC transplants, originally from New England. We both attended college at Marist College in the Hudson River Valley of New York and moved to Queens in 2005 upon graduation. Christine has lived in Woodside since 2005 and Shawn since 2008. Christine is a fashion designer and Shawn is a professional NYC tour guide. He has been giving tours of the city since 2006 and would love to help with any questions about your trip to New York and is full of recommendations for things to do, see, and eat. We love the diversity of the city and our neighborhood. We love people-watching on the subway, trying new restaurants and bars, enjoying the breeze and sun in Central Park or in our backyard, the sand and the sea at Rockaway Beach in Queens, and old New York movies from the 70s and 80s. We want you to enjoy NYC and appreciate it from the local's perspective as well as enjoying the famous sites.