Rhea was wonderful at accommodating my not yet solidified business travel. Key retrieval was easy enough (bonus points that the person handing off the keys was gorgeous).
I imagine this is my lack of New Yorkness (though I'm no stranger to living in big cities), but it took me a while to figure out how to get in the front door. I also lugged my bags up four flights of stairs because it seemed the elevator didn't work. It works, everyone. It's just slow to warm. I got a workout. No big deal. I do, however, find a house manual might've been helpful for staying here (hope I didn't miss it!) - how do I get in the door, where are the lights, what should I do with the garbage, where can I find more toilet paper?
Since Rhea lives here, I found all the kitchen items I needed for making tea and cooking. There was plenty of space to spread out (I don't like to put things away like some folks do when traveling) and I found the place adorable, comfortable and homey, just like I like it. The until it blew, the bed side lamp was a nice touch for reading in bed!
The 24 hour market around the corner had everything for quick items or fresh juice, which was lovely. The entire area was walkable (I only ate once in the immediate area at Emily's, which was delicious. Try the burger but split it with a group as an appetizer. It's good, but not THAT good!), it was perfect having the subway so close (I didn't take one taxi to get around), and it was diverse and neighborhoody. I had even planned to buy myself flowers and found some already on the table (probably weren't for me, but they were nice).
Now the PSAs: I found no microwave, which for some... And this place gets warm, even with the fan and window unit. I like my AC at 62 every night even in winter so take that for what it's worth. I was able to sleep well enough, but I was definitely warm.
Second, if you are a light sleeper, bring earplugs and/or an eye mask. It's not a raucous place by far. But it is a city apartment where it's normal to be intimate with your neighbors at some level. I slept with soundscapes or earplugs and was not too disturbed during sleep or in the morning. I found a cover tent helped with the light.
There's a noshoesinside policy. As a fellow inside non-shoer, I urge this to be respected. For the primpers, though, that means no checking out your outfit with your shoes. Just so you know.
Overall, just what I needed for my first trip to NY. I would stay here again for sure!