This is one of those all-too-common places in New York where there isn’t really an occupant of the home; it seems to be owned by a business. If you’re trying to save money compared to a hotel, you just want a place to sleep, you have 3-4 adults who want separate bedrooms but don’t mind sharing a bathroom, and you’re all adventurous, flexible and resourceful, you could consider this.
Pros: the kitchen is functional with a nice stove, apartment refrigerator, microwave and small coffee pot. The decor is as pictured, with wood floors and newer furnishings. There are several closets. It’s fairly convenient to subway stations.
Cons: This apartment is in an old, kind of seedy building. The fairway is steep, so don’t bring anything you can’t lug up a narrow flight of stairs. Warm water for showers is not reliable. There isn’t enough seating in the living room for more than 3 people and only 2 can sit at the kitchen table. It’s very noisy, with street noise and a neighbor playing music nonstop from 7:30. am to after midnight all day every day. There are only window air conditioners—in some rooms—and hot water radiators that might not fully heat the place. We visited in May and were fairly comfortable.
The bedrooms were mostly only big enough for a bed, but small rooms are very common in New York. There were no obvious safety issues but the maintenance was lacking. Lightbulbs had not been replaced and neither of the large clocks kept time. Our request to put an air conditioner from the closet back into the window went unheeded. Only one bedroom had a TV but that one didn’t work; however the living room TV and the WiFi worked.