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NYC - from the Locals' Perspective

NYC - from the Locals' Perspective

6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath

This is a 2 bedroom apartment (max 6 person) just 10 minutes from NYC. The building is situated in a quiet location, yet it is just around the corner from the business district and a few blocks to the buses that take you to Manhattan in 15 minutes.


Wireless Internet
Laptop friendly workspace
Hair dryer

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules

No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with keypad

34 Reviews

Nicolas User Profile
October 2017
The flat is cheap but it’s very dirty with food from the previous customers. Some mice and little creatures might come to visit you. Hannelore is nice but not very helpful... she told us the mice are more scared of us than we are... She tried to get rid of them so it’s okay. I wa…
Hannelore User Profile
Response from Hannelore:
I am very surprised to read this review. I hope that many of you, who read this most negative review I ever got in the past 5 years (I think the only one I ever got), you will read my lengthy response below. I am very proud of all the positive feedback I got from previous guests, and the pictures on the wall, which are "Memory Boards" (a kind of guest books) get great reviews as well! Will update my picture gallery, that is for sure! I spent a lot of time welcoming Nicolas and his family (over an hour), explaining much about the transportation and special sites to see and do (and not to do) in NYC. The lack of cleaning the refrigerator was due to an oversight of new house keeper, and I rectified this immediately by correcting the situation. There were no crumbs on the floor, actually the kitchen floor was scrubbed and polished; the housekeeper assured me that she vacuumed the carpets and dusted everything! It definitely was NOT "very dirty". I have been a host for 5 years, I do notice "dirt". I apologized about the little mouse that came along through the window from the roofdeck (they left the window open) because of the change in temperature. It got caught the next day, and my remark was only to make "mother" at ease! Apparently Nicolas never read the document I send all my when they book with detailed instructions how to get to the house, with links to the various websites of public transportation. This document also includes the information on a local car service, which I recommend to guests, especially if they are more than 2 persons with luggage and if they are arriving late. I do call it a "limoservice", for Europeans, as the term "car service" is not readily used like in the U.S. The cost is almost the same as the airport bus and the connecting commuter bus if there are more than 3 in the party. There is lots of information on my bulletin board including information on transportation, as well as a (Hidden by Airbnb) map of the local streets indicating the various grocery shops, bodegas and more. They came unprepared, not even a guide to New York, which most guests have. There are plenty in the apartment, but they did not even look. I am not a tour guide, although I gladly explain NYC and it's specials to all my guests when I welcome them, as I did with Nicolas. Maybe because the rest of the party didn't speak a word of English where the misunderstandings came from? I am glad at least they liked the donuts, the local transport and NO, the neighbor is not rich, but not poor, it is a working class neighborhood, lots of families, very clean streets and very safe. Isn't that what AirBnB is all about" "Live like a Local!" If Nicolas wanted a flat in an upscale location, he could have rented one at Trump Towers on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan for $500 a night or more! I do hope that their visit was not all that negative as they made it out to be!
October 2017
Charles User Profile
December 2012
Apartment was comfortable, shower room is lovely, but not enough dining seating for more than 4 people. The location is two blocks away from where street scene photo's suggest, so view from front of property is over a car park not a small park area. There was a problem with the f…
Anika User Profile
April 2018
Hannelore is a lovely host, she gave us a warm welcome and encouraged us to contact her during our stay whenever we needed help. She is fluent in German and English. The apartment is well equipped and has a very good bus connection to Manhattan - only about 15-20 min to Times Squ…
Hannelore User Profile
Response from Hannelore:
This is quite a harsh review. There could have been no dust (the apartment was thoroughly cleaned the day before) & trash, just one lonely plastic water bottle under the couch. The workman used the bathroom only once, because there was no other one in the building!
April 2018
Gyöngyvér User Profile
March 2018
Very lovely flat with good equipment
Shantel User Profile
February 2018
Hannalore is a great host, and the apartment was lovely. Would recommend her home to anyone. Thanks for everything Hannalore!
Tricia User Profile
November 2017
Hannelore is a great host, quick to respond to questions and very accomodating. The apartment was clean and the sleeping arrangements worked well for us and our two children. The bathroom has been updated and is nice. Hannelore has a dispenser mounted in the shower with soap, …
Hannelore User Profile
Response from Hannelore:
Thanks for your nice words Tricia ... There are other alternatives to travel between Manhattan & Union City, so next time you come I will explain. It is also mentioned in my listing and "transportation" :-) A TV was never asked for, as visitors do have their own devices and use the WiFi to stream! But thank you for the suggestion.
November 2017
Jean-Robert User Profile
August 2017
There is a lot of bus to manathan. We haven't have to wait. A lot of cool and cheap restaurant from south america arroud the appartement A very good place to visit new-york
Hannelore User Profile
Response from Hannelore:
Glad you enjoyed staying at my apartment Jean-Roberts. Look forward hopefully hosting you again in the future.
August 2017

Hosted by Hannelore

Union City, New Jersey, United StatesJoined in September 2012
Hannelore User Profile
192 Reviews
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Emigrated to the US from Vienna, Austria and lived in New York City for 25 years before moving to New Jersey. I consider myself more of a true New Yorker, but did not forget my heritage - love Vienna and the Viennese/Austrian culture. New York is my second home and that is why I …
Languages: Deutsch, English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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