About the Homestay
Fully furnished bedroom/office available in prewar building located on a quiet block off of 3rd Avenue in Manhattan’s famed East Village.
The apartment is roughly 750 square feet and includes a bedroom/office (the main bedroom where guests sleep), a converted bedroom, living room, eat-in kitchen and bathroom.
Note: This is a shared apartment listing. This is a converted two-bedroom apartment, which means there are two, separate, private sleeping areas. The main bedroom is the one that is available for guests. The second one is used by me.
The apartment is a 5th-floor walk-up and the following is included with the fee:
- High-speed Wifi throughout apartment
- Shared bathroom (includes bathtub and shower)
- Fully equipped, clean kitchen (microwave, toaster, oven, coffee machine)
-Gas, electric, heat and hot water
The large, fully-furnished main bedroom includes:
-A full-sized loft bed
-Large windows and a lot of sunlight (the room is 10 feet by 12 feet)
-Pub table and stools
-Dresser and closet
-High-speed Wifi and HDTV
-All bed sheets, pillows, blankets, towels included
About the Neighborhood - East Village
-There are many restaurants, shops, a playhouse, live music, and laundromats in the nearby vicinity.
My apartment is in the famed East Village, just about three blocks from Union Square. This area has a rich history. Across the street (now housing) was an old Vaudeville theatre where it is said George Burns had performed. The East Village was the site of "Old World Charm" for many years before becoming home to hosts of artists and creative types in the 1970s. The neighborhood has been highlighted in movies and plays, perhaps most notable the hit Broadway musical, "Rent." Union Square has been the site of demonstrations for decades, with perhaps the largest and most recent being for a period of weeks following 9/11.
Going back to the 1900s, the East Village was heavily populated by Jewish and Polish immigrants. In the early 2000s, many French called it their home and today there is a Japanese community. Area restaurants and businesses reflect those communities. Today, there is an area known as "Little Tokyo," which features a number of Japanese restaurants where sushi and ramen are prevalent. There are off-Broadway theaters as well as many places to see films in the area. Live music is available and can be heard at various bars and clubs including Webster Hall. While many artists have since moved out of the East Village, art is still a big part of the community. There are a host of galleries. Food culture is huge here. The restaurants are incredible, including Momofuku and Danny Meyer's famed Union Square Cafe. His original Shake Shack is about a 15-minute walk away. Not only restaurants, but grocery stores galore. Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, West Side Market on the East Side and the Union Square Farmers' Market are all within a few blocks of one another. This is why I call it "The Food Mecca of the Universe!"
Aside from the many brownstones and prewar architecture that is the East Village, it is about a 15-minute walk to the East River where beautiful views of Brooklyn and Queens can be observed. Union Square Park is also a few blocks away, which is both historic and relaxing. The Hudson River is about a 25-minute walk and that's where New Jersey and the Statue of Liberty can be seen across the Hudson River. The Empire State Building and its assorted lights can be seen from various spots around the neighborhood. When I first moved into my apartment, I could actually see the top of the building from my bedroom window. That is no longer possible since an apartment building was erected on the corner blocking my view.
Movies & TV Locations:
There have been many movies filmed in this neighborhood. One of the most known is "Taxi Driver" starring Robert De Niro. That movie was filmed right outside my apartment in the mid-1970s. The apartment next door is referenced by number in the film. This is where Jodi Foster's pimp was located. Another film, "I Am Legend" starring Will Smith was filmed all around the area. During the filming, many blocks were closed off in the neighborhood at night for weeks to ensure New York City appeared almost void of human life.
It's about a 35-minute subway ride to the famed Yankee Stadium. The new stadium was constructed several years ago within a very short distance of the original site. MetLife Stadium and CitiField are about an hour's train ride away. There are many parks in the area, including East River Park where hosts of people gather to play tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer, running and a host of other sports.
-The apartment is easily accessible to the bus and subway. Just over a block from the "L" train (located on 14th Street and 3rd Avenue) and a short walk to Union Square Park / Station where stops can be found for the 4, 5, 6, "L", "N", "R", "Q" and "W" trains.
I am an active, clean and considerate guy who worked for a non-profit in the sustainable agriculture / environmental field for many years. Today, my chosen career is life and business coaching. I am easy-going, drink socially and do not smoke or use drugs.
I love to go for walks around all areas of the city. It's amazing how diverse it is. Sometimes I don't even feel like I'm still in the city if I hop on a subway and just go to a new location. I do have many interests, including assorted sports, films and traveling.
Please send along a little information about your background, profession and interests during your stay.
All guests MUST be a minimum of 18 years of age. No exceptions.
Please note: If you submit a reservation request, then that indicates that you acknowledge having read the house rules and agree to abide by them during your stay. You state your willingness to comply in your initial message to me. When a guest fails to honor the house rules, their visit is not a good experience for me. Please be a good guest :)
If you use Instant Book, then please send me a message saying that you have read through my entire listing, especially as it pertains to "House Rules" and my specific payment requirements. To show me that you've read my complete listing, please enter the code word "UNICORN" in your first message to me.
Any other questions...feel free to ask me.
1. Make sure to bring a copy of a valid US driver’s license or your local passport when you check in so that you are able to confirm your identity.
2. You will be asked to complete a short form when you arrive that includes: your home address, ID and emergency contact information.
3. You understand that by booking through this service you will only stay for the duration for which you requested/paid. You agree that additional nights will not be granted unless they are booked separately and confirmed via Airbnb.
4. You are liable for any injuries that you may sustain due to your own personal negligence.
5. If you need to receive mail delivered to this address, you'll need to discuss it with me beforehand or it will not be accepted upon delivery.
- Internet Access
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
My apartment is located in Manhattan's famed East Village, a few blocks from Union Square Park.
The neighborhood includes many shops, restaurants and taverns. It is quite possibly the food mecca of the universe, with many grocery stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's in the area as well as the world renowned Union Square farmers maket. Foodies also love the host of fine restaurants such as Union Square Cafe, which is within walking distance.
There are several subway and bus stops within a few blocks of my apartment, which is conveniently located near one of the city's major subway hubs. Access is available to all areas of the city, including Midtown, Times Square, Downtown and Brooklyn.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Use of Kitchen
1. Please be respectful of the neighbors.
2. No smoking, illegal drugs or pets.
3. Do not engage in any illegal activity anywhere on the property.
4. Make absolutely sure to lock the apartment door as you come and go.
5. Make sure all windows in the room are closed (and/or locked) when you go out.
6. You are responsible for your own food and refreshments.
7. Please leave things as you found them and, most importantly, clean up after yourself. Discard any pick-up/delivery cartons (i.e. pizza boxes, Chinese food tins and boxes) quickly after eating to avoid attracting pests.
8. This is a shoes-free home. Please remove your shoes upon entering.
9. No parties, outside visitors or overnight guests without being approved by me in advance.
10. Turn off TV, lights, fan etc. before you leave the apartment.
11. Please use a door hook or towel rack to hang dirty and/or wet towels and clothes. Do not hang towels on anything made of wood (i.e. chairs, loft bed, posts) or use the Papasan chair as a hamper.
12. Please follow local recycling laws (i.e. separating designated glass, plastic, paper and metal items).
13. Please don't close the bathroom door when you're not in there.
14. Let me know if you break anything and make arrangements for its replacement or repair.
15. Return all keys when you check- out.
-All guests are required to pay the full amount due for their reservations within 48 hours of booking (Please note that this payment is completely separate from the one you make to Homestay, which covers its fee and a deposit in case of a late guest cancellation). Guests will be invoiced shortly after successfully booking.
-All payments are non-refundable.
-A $100 damage deposit may be requested upon arrival.
Assuming a successful inspection, the funds will be returned within 48 hours after check out.
Smoking is not allowed.
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Perfect Host! Very clean! Very helpful! Nice place! Diana from Germany
We used the apartment only to sleep, and for this case, this is great!
Chris' place was perfect for me. It is in an excellent location with easy access to everything one would need on a holiday. Chris was very helpful with detailed information and tips on getting about and around town should you require any. The place was immaculate and I was provided with ample privacy and could come and go as I pleased. I would definitely stay at Chris' apartment again on my future visit to NYC.
Très bon séjour chez Chris. C'est un hôte très discret et arrangeant. Appartement propre, bien situé, tout proche du métro. A recommander
Fabulous! Chris was very accommodating and responsive, the space was extremely comfortable and clean, and the location is great. Highly recommended. Thanks!
How do I book?
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When do I pay?
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When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.