Great host and quiet place near NYC!
"I wanted a quiet place but close to the craziness of NYC to meet my bone marrow donor from Germany. Maria was so helpful in setting up this stay that has been in the making for 2 years. We stayed Dec 30, 2016 through January 5, 2017. Maria made sure that we had two sets of keys so each of us could come and go as we pleased. We only walked to the bus stop once as they would see us and stop to pick us up before we made it there. Mind you, the bus stop is a VERY short distance, the drivers were great. I agree with Maria, ALWAYS yell PARK AVE on the trip back though so they stop. It's the FIRST stop into NJ and you definitely don't want to miss it! We did a lot of recommendations from Maria from shopping areas, corner/convenient stores, restaurants and sight seeing. I had purchased CROWN tickets to the Statute of Liberty months in advance because you WILL NOT get them by waiting until you are there. I had also became a member of the 9/11 Museum which allowed me & my husband PLUS 2 guests free and discounts at the store along with free audio headsets with no line waiting. Definitely the way to go. Instead if Times Square craziness, we bypassed it and went to THE MIDNIGHT RUN at Central Park. We had 2 runners which could bring one guest each. Plus, it's the only place that allow fireworks on NYE. FUN. (Especially for just $60 for 4 people). Maria's advise on flying into Newark International couldn't have been better. We signed up on Uber and hardly costs us anything. It took us less than 20 minutes to get to our apartment and avoided all traffic and hassle. Rides into the city at $3 took about 10 minutes and you can go anywhere in NYC by subway or bus for a 7-day unlimited Metro Card for $31. Well worth it!
The apartment was great! It was clean, had plenty of towels, linens & bedding. We stocked staples in the refrigerator which allowed us to save plenty on food/eating out. I HIGHLY recommend CHARRITO'S in Union City ($6 Uber ride for 4). It's a great Mexican restaurant on the water that has an AWESOME view of the NYC skyline. The food and service were excellent! Don't forget to sign the boards that Maria has on the wall in the apartment. We were amazed at all the countries that people have come from and stayed at this apartment. Very cool idea and ad your own touch. I will definitely recommend this place to friends. The neighborhood is wonderful and so were the people!"
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