"Wow!" NYC Floor-through apartment in 1910 brownstone, luxe, updated, original charm, and architectural bones, extraordinary Manhattan location. 98% five star reviews. Walk score: 100. Strict compliance with NYC short-term rental rules! Contact us please if you are looking for a place for an extended stay. Our friends, of course, can stay for shorter stays.
This is a large one bedroom apartment 700 ft.² plus, (or 66+ sq. meters,) with separate attached maid's quarters, (square footage not included,) custom finished with marble, granite, designer lighting, a built in office nook, new or newer appliances-built in modern shelving to store your clothes, all manners of built-in usable space. The updated granite bath has a rainfall shower, with marble finishes and spa products. Ample closet space provided: The bedroom has a closet, an armoire and a basket system for your belongings. They are all left empty for you, hotel-style. It comfortably sleeps two.
There is a European washer/dryer in the unit. it takes seven hours to wash to a towel. Please don't use it, it's trouble. Rather, if you come for longer stays, we will give you a credit to use the fluff and fold directly around the corner from the flat. Same or next day service, washed, fluffed and folded. They pick up and deliver.
Location, location, location. It is in the middle of the nicest blocks of Chelsea, which buffers you from NYC noise, and the back bedroom has a view of green space, and, at night a subtle glimmer of city lights. There are custom plantation shutter window treatments, which can be closed to serve as blackout screens. The bedroom is particularly quiet.
The second floor living room is high enough off the street for privacy, but affords a nice view or people watching, if you're so inclined. The apartment building is a highly sought after, turn-of-the-century brownstones, which requires an easy walk up one flight of stairs.
The layout of the apartment is "railway "style, which means there is a sofa in the front of the apartment, separated by a long galley kitchen and bathroom, separated by a bedroom which closes with the door, a queen bed with memory foam mattress, ample new towels and linens. the apartment could comfortably accommodate two people who do not sleep together, at either ends of the apartment. Both rooms have flat screen TV and cable boxes.
We are both art collectors, and the place will likely have a rotating art collection. There will always be interesting art.
This is a rare find: a floor-through apartment in a brownstone. It has been updated, and continues to be improved, no expenses spared. There will be ample linens, fluffy towels, pillows. We donate used products to charity, update amenities constantly.
The apartment has old world charm, architectural detail windows, an exposed brick wall runs throughout the apartment, and there is a built-in working fireplace. Full sized refrigerator stocked with complimentary, locally-sourced beverages and snacks.
The bedroom contains an alcove nook for reading or relaxing, which overlooks green space.
The building has eight units and is private, as are the residents. No one will likely notice you or talk to you.
We are meticulous in holding ourselves to the highest standard possible for both hospitality and the quality of your accommodations.
We prefer to host one person, or a couple. If you are a couple traveling with a friend, we are open to that possibility. When I am in town, I sleep on the sofa in the front room. It is incredibly comfortable 7 feet long, soft Italian leather and more comfortable than any sofa steeper. To be clear, this is a long, lush sofa which comfortably sleeps one person, it is not a (typically less comfortable) pull out bed.
The front door to the building, is a single key that cannot be duplicated, please don't lose it. If there are two if you, you will each have a key.
This is not a hotel, it is a personalized experience to suit the needs of are guest-you!
This is a great neighborhood. It is surrounded by hundreds of restaurants within walking distance of the meatpacking district, the Highline park, the Chelsea market, Eataly and Greenwich Village. It is in the midst of the art gallery scene in West Chelsea. The flatiron district and the East Village are both walkable, as are Madison Square Park, Union Square and the Empire State Building. It is also walking distance, or a very quick subway ride to the theater district. Or downtown. Fifth Avenue shopping is a stroll away. This is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city, both because it's easy proximity to everything, and it's aesthetic appeal.
While this is a bustling neighborhood, 24/7, it isi a very quiet building. If you are here on business, it is the perfect place to stay. Much more comfortable than a hotel, no racket in the hallway or in the lobby. Better amenities, with three or four times the space. And a full-size refrigerator, stove and oven, in the event you wish to stay in and cook or stock up on local eats and beverages from your immediate area. If you have any special requests for particular foods or beverages upon your arrival, you need only ask.
Your two blocks in either direction from all major subway lines. Additionally, there is a crosstown bus on 23rd St, which will take you to the art galleries and the Highline at Tenth Ave (2 blocks!) going West. Going east, you will pass Fifth Ave (the Flatiron building) Madison Ave, (shopping, Gramercy Park) Third Through first Avenues, the Avenue A, B, C, and D (the East village, Alphabet City). You can walk to Times Square, or take the subway from 23rd street, two blocks from where you live, and two stations heading uptown.
There are subways on 23rd at 7th and 8th avenues, going uptown, downtown, out of town, anywhere you want to go. If you are arriving by train or wish to take a side trip to, say, Boston, Penn Staion is 13 blocks away. at 34th. (Btw 7th and 8th.) From there, you can go most anywhere.
We have had this place for over ten years. Lived here full time at first, two of us, then visited with diminishing frequency, for eight years. Our friends love it, someone always wanted to stay here-and often
did. We have others places for friends to visit. We love hosting. We are constantly making improvements and upgrades to the place, to maximize our guests' experience.
We are good neighbors and we host even better guests. We have been delighted and privileged to meet great people, and sometimes, new friends, randomly, through hosting. Noise note: please avoid talking in the hallways-that is the only place where neighbors can hear you.
The entire apartment, wi-fi, landline, all food and beverages in the house-likely left specifically for you, a variety of coffee, teas, breakfast foods, spa products, a Nespresso machine.
We can likely store your luggage if you are arriving prior to check-in or leaving after checkout. Please organize this with someone on the real estate team.
The apartment is on one of the two physically beautiful blocks in Chelsea: 21st and 22nd, west of Seventh Avenue. This has become one of the trendiest and toniest parts of town. It's still maintains its neighborhood feel, it is not overwhelmingly crowded like Soho or Time Square, any place in the theater district. There are dozens and dozens, within blocks, of dining options. There is a nearby whole foods an even closest supermarket, and several boutique emporium take out preprepared food, suitable for vegans for you lactose intolerant every healthy food imaginable.
You were walking distance from so many fantastic tourist attractions, not all touristy, that you could easily remain in the neighborhood, or never take public transportation, and be entertained for a month. You will be blocks from The Highline Park, which is a huge, must-see public space built on top of elevated railway tracks, long in disuse. You are bordered by the West Village, Gramacy Sq., Park, the Flatiron building, the Empire State building, The original shake shack in Madison Sq., Park, Chelsea market, which is a must see, the meatpacking district, too many fine dining establishment to name, as well as local bodegas that have been there for decades.
We have our favorite restaurants, a French bistro, Fine dining (the red cat!) a Sicilian bar and eatery (Eolo bar and restaurant) check you later sushi, which is kind of a scene at Momoya, a block form your place. All exceptional. If you walk east to Fifth Avenue, you'll be at the flat iron building, there was also a huge Italian market, that is not well known, like Chelsea market. In that neighborhood, 26th and Broadway, there are several live music venues and there'll come a day venues on 23rd St. everything is footsteps away, literally. Art lovers: Walk directly west of your apartment to block the 10th Ave. and you will be smack in the heart of West Chelsea, the art gallery district. We have prepared a manual that has recommendations for places to see both outside and inside the neighborhood. There are several 24/7 eateries in the neighborhood.
This is an exclusive, meaning sought after, location. Some hotels, near Penn station, crow about that location. That would be the opposite of an awesome location. (One of us grew up across the street from Penn Station.) It's Industrial and grim, lots of fast food eateries, constant transients, and business foot traffic. If you're going to the theater from Chelsea, the subway will to get you there in two stops and 10 minutes, probably faster than a taxi.
There are subway stations located at 23rd and seventh and 23rd and eighth. Between those two of those options, the subway will take your most everywhere.
If the weather permits, and it's of interest, take one of those double-decker guided tour bus tours. They're really fun. There is also a bus that runs both east and west on 23rd St., stops at every block. Or, in warmer weather, a Citcle Line tour by boat on the Hudson.
If you're driving, parking is difficult on the street. There are several for pay places to park nearby. They are not cheap.
If you are arriving from LaGuardia Airport, take a taxi. Don't torture yourself. There is public transportation, the MTA, will literally take you come up with one subway fare to 106 street, where you can take the subway down to 23rd St. and be two blocks from the house. With luggage, its for those on a tight budget.
Both JFK and Newark airports have your trains which will take it to the subway, you will have to change trains at some point, Newark is easier to get into the city, will take you to Penn station. (34th between seventh and eighth.)You can either take yet another subway, with your luggage, or a taxi 11 blocks south to your apartment.
JFK has an air train, you could change either at Jamaica station and take the Long Island Railroad into the city again pen station. It is also possible to take the air train from JFK directly to the subway, which will take you to 23rd St. It is a long and arduous journey.
Obviously, this is just in before overview of everything. Whatever is your interest, we're glad to do you in that direction. Assist you in anyway we can.
These are specific directions designed for first time visitors, or people who are directionally challenged. It hard to get lost in this neighborhood, the blocks are consecutively numbered. The West Village aka Greenwich Village (the nicer part) is a 10 minute walk to the south. "South" means the numbers get smaller: 19, 18, 17. Then some streets have names. Ditto for Meatpacking District, aka cobblestone streets, aka "where sex and the City was filmed. That south, and even closer. Some streets have names there, too.
Servicios y zonas comunes
The entire apartment: Iron and iron board, blow dryer. Things to make you feel at home, but the large five star hotel-home version. Designed for discerning travelers, business or pleasure. Two Flatscreens, premium channels, Wifi, two air conditioners, at least two concierges on-call, always. You are almost certain to meet one of us, our business philosophy is to greet guests on arrival, give them a tour, the lay of the land, help with any questions or recommendation requests. This process starts as soon as we receive your inquiry. We value, and provide, fluid communication, and we value the same. Bonus points for Jane Austen-style good manners. If you use the word "unicorn" in your correspondence, we will know you read this exhaustive, and exhausting, description. Well done!
Atención a los huéspedes
As much or as little as you like. We have made some new close friends, or have dealt exclusively with guest's agents, managers and multiple personal assistants, and every degree of personal contact in between. We like to have some interaction with perspective guests, so everyone is comfortable that this is the best choice for you. (We make all efforts for you to love both the place and your NYC stay.)
Otros aspectos destacables
We will help you with information about whatever you wish your nyc experience to be-and we will likely have suggestions. (The reviews tell the tale.). If you run out of something, like coffee pods or...anthing, please call us and we will sort it immediately.
Heating and cooling: there are two air conditioners in the unit: one in the living room and one in the bedroom. They both work well. Heating is controlled by a heating unit for the entire building, with radiators in both of the above rooms. They cannot be turned down; the can be turned off be dualing the dial on or near the unit, in the bedroom, all the way in the opposite diection-then it is switched off. Alternatively, if the heating system is on, and the room feels too warm, you may run one or both of the air conditioners and/or open one or more windows a few each. The room temperature will adjust to whatever is your preference. Christmas of 2015, where we had summer-like temperatures in the day, was unusual-as in the highest recorded temperature in the past century. If this trend persists we will be global warming ready, provide an indoor blast chiller, if necessary.
About the wooden blinds in the bedroom. If you wish more or less light, merely turn the thin wooden hanging pole, to open or shut the blinds. Attempting to pull strings to raise or lower them may result in tears and recrimations all around. Please be kind to those new wooden slat blinds; that cannot be banged around like a set of Legos.
The above-intructions for the heating and cooling systems also appear in the House Rules. We are including it twice to make sure you read it-or see it somewhere!
The washer/dryer is European and takes forever to do a "Barbie"-sized load. Your clothes will come out wrinkled, and be held hostage for 7 hours in that contraption-despite having just spent, this month-September 2017-another $700 to fix it. Please use the fluff and fold around the corner, same day or next day service. This is the third mention of this in the ad. Still,our a prior guest was near hysterical about the "washer/dryer"of mass destruction. Please don't use it! (Third mention in this ad.)
Please be quiet in common areas, particularly the hallways. That is the only place sound travels. Thanks!
Tell us your flight #'s, PLEASE. This will save us wasted hours of waiting and stress. Send a text or call, or smoke signal, when you are en route from the airport.
Checkin is 4 (flexible.) Checkout is 11. We will gladly accomodate different arrival and departure times to the best of our availability. Currently, Thursday check-in’s must either be after 5 PM, or 11 to do when the maid is here.
Beyond that, normal rules of courtesy apply.
Please be quiet and respectful both within and without the apartment.
Only registered guests are welcome in the apartment, please.
Our neighbors are quiet and private, please be my mindful of that. If you are coming to New York City to party, great! If you coming here to throw a party, we are probably not a match.
Sorry no smoking, drug use, binge drinking and no pets. And, regrettably, no infants.
Someone will always be contactable, usually immediately, if need be. In fact if something breaks or is broken, please, please let us know. We have never withheld a penny of any security deposit. This is so we can organize, fix, replace, whatever need be. Please.
We are a shoes- free house. It feels better, for us at home, to know that we are not bringing the streets of NYC, into our Zen oasis of calm. That's our preference; it's not mandatory.
Communication, communication, communication. More is more. If you have a question, need to know something about the apartment, please, call, immediately. We don't want you to experience stress or discomfort for a moment.
In the winter, with a centralized historic brownstone heating system, you cannot adjust it by turning a knob. You can immediately cool the place down by using both air-conditioners, one in the front room, one in the back or opening windows in the back and/or the front, whatever is comfortable for you.
The bedroom wooden blinds are opened or closed by turning the wooden hanging pole. Attempting to yank them open or closed using the string pulley system may lead to a less satisfying outcome. Someone will demonstrate upon your arrival.
Once you're in and settled, no need to call or text, unless you have a question or need something. If that's the case, we are on it-immediately.
Trash: If you are eating at home, please do not leave food out and take out the trash as often as possible. Please do not leave food on countertops, after you have finished consuming it. This discourages unwelcome visitors-we are meticulous in maintains a pest-free environment.
There are recycling bins in front of the building. NYC regulation-there are many, many of them-mandate recycling. The building gets a hefty fine if the thing goes in the wrong bin. Like all other requests of ours, this is on the honor system. Food, including your welcome amenities, should be well-sealed, refrigerated or in the bins or trash cans outside of the building. Thanks!
Keys: The front door to the building, is a single key that cannot be duplicated, please don't lose it. If there are two if you, you will each have a key. If you both lose your keys, we have five other people for you to contact who live in the area. We can also recommend a local AA meeting.
We can likely store your luggage if you wish to drop it off earlier, or keep it in our locked storage area-or in the apartment, when the cleaners are there -if you wish to leave later.
How many are in your party? Please let us know in advance.
Have a great time. Should you stay with us, we will do everything imaginable to facilitate your best stay possible. You will not receive the sort of laser focused treatment from any hotel, for any price, and that is our promise to you. We have yet to have a guest, paying or free, who did not love the Chelsea apartment. Read the reviews. No bribery occurred.
Bonus points: If you read the rules and descriptions, and wish to book, please use the word "unicorn," even randomly, in your note. That will let us know you read the description!
Pam and Joe will likely be your NYC hosts, Paddington (and Bill) live and host on the West Coast. You will likely hear from each of us, or perhaps meet our equally friendly and polite helpers. Paddington goes back and forth, between both coasts, like a yo-yo.
We have each lived in NYC and Southern California for decades. We will gladly render advice on anything you might wish to do-whether it is holiday, touring, food or for your business-related travel needs. Our mission is to enhance (or simplify) our guests' experience in an way possible. You need only ask.
In sum, we strive to provide a better experience than any five star hotel. That includes complete privacy, but a nicer, homier place to stay. If there is anything that we can do, share about living or working in NYC or LA, or the desert, please do not hesitate to ask.
Our hosting style is to treat visitors as though they were good friends who have never been here, to maximize your time here. We are glad to organize anything that is of particular interest. If anything is less than perfect, we will run, possibly literally, to resolve it. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can have minimal contact, communicate in writing...or through your agent, manager or personal assistant: great. You're the guest.
We will gladly share our favorite quirky haunts and eateries, things you might miss if you do not have access to an insider's view.
We will help gladly assist with NYC or LA or desert questions--- regardless of your accommodations. We love our homes, neighborhoods and our guests. The hosting experience: meeting new people, from all over, has been awesome. If you are interested in hosting, we will help you with that as well.