25 November 2007

Home Away From Home

You have probably been referred here by a mutual acquaintance of ours. I invite friends and friends of friends to stay in my home as short-term guests, for $150/night (minimum of 3 nights; $100/night from the 8th night).

This is an alternative to staying in a hotel, a great way to find out what it is like to live in Manhattan, and to be an insider of the vibrant Harlem for a while – whether you're in New York for business, tourism, or plain inspiration!

My home is a 2 bedroom apartment, all in all around 600 square feet or 62 square metres, with lots of windows and thus light. Guests have their own bedroom (one), and share kitchen, bathroom, and the living room. This suits single travellers, couples, and small families.

It is located in the heart of Central/West Harlem – a culturally extraordinarily rich neighborhood where I have been living since 2000.
Next door neighbor is a great baptist church, featuring fantastic gospel choir services which you are welcome to attend.
The Apollo Theatre is a stone's throw away, and it takes about 15 minutes to walk to Central Park or Columbia University. Great gourmet super markets – Citarella and Fairway's – among the best in New York City! – are within walking distance; a New York Sports Club is only two blocks away. Several nice restaurants, wine bars and lounges have opened up recently, not the least on my very street (8th Avenue).

And the ABCD subway lines are within the block (A and D go express). They take you to Midtown or Downtown/Lower Manhattan very quickly (one stop, or 8 minutes, to Columbus Circle). There is only a short walk to the subway station, which is always open (always means around the clock, 24/7)! Many bus lines also pass by.

I seldom know well in advance whether or not I will be here myself, since I have to be very flexible with my work schedule.
However, when I am here I happily help guests out with information on what to do and see in New York City and its surroundings; when I'm not, guests have the apartment to themselves (except my office). Breakfast is included in the price, when I am here. The price per night is the same, whether I am here or not.

For longer periods of time – several weeks or more, for example when I am gone for the summer – rent is upon agreement.

More facts:
• top floor
• walk up = no lift/elevator
• no TV
• Wifi internet (just bring your laptop computer!)
• well equipped kitchen
• dishwasher
• hardwood floors in all rooms
• in bedroom: one queen size bed (120 cm) (extra mattresses might be available upon request)

Feel free to contact me should you have questions about dates or anything else!


Update as of 2010:

Please note that a huge building project is going on next to my house and until next summer!
Where you see the line of cars on the picture, there is now a very large façcade.

This is going to be much needed Harlem apartments, but it also means a lot of the light in my living room is gone – and the sometimes noisy work starts at 7AM in the morning. So please be prepared for that. Most of you will rise early because of jet lag anyway!


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