"I stayed in this apartment for three weeks and it was perfect for my purposes.
Richard was prompt in replying to my emails, and his building manager, Billy, was also very helpful. Richard and Lesley have compiled a folder of handy info for both the apartment and the local area. Double thumbs up on the Dan Dan recommendation!
The apartment is neat, clean and tidy with quality furnishings, which is often not the norm. While I was there by myself for most of the time, when two friends came to visit, it still felt roomy and there was enough glasses etc for four people. The bedroom has a very quiet ceiling fan which I used on occasion, and I think the soft white noise of the fan helped me re-acclimatise my ears to the New York street sounds those first few nights. There are plenty of clean towels and extra soap etc. and behind the bathroom mirror is a mini exchange thing happening where I took some cotton buds when I ran out, but left some shampoo. Same with the pantry cupboard, there were condiments and coffee filters etc already there, and I replaced the Tabasco and left a few unopened things for the next person. The hot water never ran out, and the heating cut in on a couple of cool days. And the windows open which I appreciated.
Because the streets in the area are busy with people until quite late, I always felt completely safe wandering about, and there is a nice vibe too. Positioned about five minutes walk from two different Metro stations (= 7 different lines), it is very easy to get pretty much anywhere, and the station on 14th St & 8th Av has an elevator (lift) which made travelling to JFK on the direct E line very easy.
It's also a great location for eating: close to some very pleasant cafes and a plethora of small, ethnically diverse restaurants. There is also a great small chain multiplex Cinema - Bow-Tie - on 23rd St @ 8th Av. It's about 10 minutes walk away, with very comfy seating and has cut price ticketing before midday each day.
It's a twenty minute walk to Union Square with its farmers markets on some days of the week and arts markets on others, and some higher end restaurants. There is a Wholefoods store and a huge Barnes & Nobel bookshop also on Union square, and the glorious The Strand bookshop is nearby. I did a lot of walking, with the walk to Central Park (72nd Street) taking about an hour. Try walking the Highline to 34th and then continuing up 8th Av.
I really enjoyed my stay, both in NYC and at the appartment. I will be back!"
Guest: Ann from Oz
Date of Stay: October 2015
Review Submitted: November 23, 2015