We found Nina to be warm, helpful, and attentive. We arrived separately, and when Catherine’s subway was diverted to who-knows-where Queens, Nina was on line immediately helping her plot the best way back to Roosevelt Island and welcoming her to the apartment with water and coffee and conversation. Nina provided us with subway and bus maps, and a book detailing the history of the Island. Neither of us had been to Roosevelt Island before and Nina oriented us to the best stores, shops, and services, and directed us to noteworthy architectural sites, public parks, and points of interest.
After traveling all day to reach this destination, we found the garden a secluded oasis of tranquility that became even more appreciated on a daily basis after dealing with the multitudes of humanity that is Manhattan. The apartment is bright and airy. The room was huge and we valued having a private bathroom, something quite difficult to find in any Airbnb in the New York City area. The eat-in kitchen was large and serviceable with a view across the river.
Roosevelt Island is the Anti-City. While everything in Manhattan is loud, fast, busy, bustling, intense, crowded, expensive… life there feels serene, easy-going, and timeless… Couples stroll, hand-in-hand and arm-in-arm, laughing and speaking quietly. Families pose for pictures in open green spaces. Young lovers kiss on shaded benches. Strangers say hello and stop to talk. People are open and polite. The Red Bus is free, and the Tramway soars.
This was a wonderful time away from our normal lives. We are grateful to have found a lovely person in a very special place. We will definitely revisit in the future when Nina’s dwelling is available.