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I loved the apartment and the neighborhood. It is literally steps away from Union Square, making transportation convenient to reach any place in Manhattan. I read all the reviews and can attest to the fact that the manager has made improvements to the dishware situation. I had ongoing problems with the heat, which Lara worked quickly to resolve. Lara is responsive and helpful, which I really appreciated. The property itself is worth 5 stars, as is Lara's management. When I had a problem with the heat, she sent the super over right away to help.
It was the overall experience that rated 4 stars because there were several issues that others have noted, yet haven't been addressed.The key pick up is indeed confusing, the thing that turns on the shower is not intuitive, and the heat is an issue, all of these resolvable with more instructions. Let me help: to pick up the key (to access the code) slide the black piece downward. To operate the shower, pull down on the ring at the bottom the bathtub faucet. To operate the heat, open the radiator valves ALL the way (even then, the living room will be chilly because the air conditioner in one window lets in the cold air, but Lara provided me with a second space heater and I was comfortable)..
I would happily stay there again now that I understand these quirks.
We visited for a few days right before Christmas and we had a great time in Greenwich Village. If you have never been to Greenwich Village you will find everything within steps of this awesome little apartment. There is a diner directly across the street open all of the time. There are restaurants everywhere, sushi, pizza, pretty much anything you are hungry for and a lot of the places have free live entertainment. The subway is a block away and if you want to see the sights, the apartment is located about half way between the World Trade Center and Times Square. We really enjoyed the location and can’t wait to visit again. The apartment suited all of our needs and the bed was very comfortable. Keep in mind you are on the 5th floor without an elevator so don’t take a lot of stuff if you don’t need it. We recommend a stay here. Enjoy!