Camping in a building
Submitted: December 30, 2012
Stayed: November 2012
We stayed in the apt for a little over a month. It was clean when we arrived and a pleasant lady came in once during our stay to clean it and the rest of the time we looked after the apt ourselves. The layout was good though very tiny for two single people. We were fascinated by the tiny kitchen where every piece of furniture fitted with < a mm to spare. The two lighters in the drawer let us know we had to light the gas stove tops manually, and that was a surprise. No plug for the kitchen sink meant we used a metal mixing dish for our small washings up. There was no dishwasher detergent and we did not use the machine at all. Fortunately, I had brought an extra tea towel. There was no dish drainer so one tea towel had to be used for that. Only two were provided. We could not find any small plates for our breakfast so used the saucers for toast and the glasses for cereal. The very wide soup plates were not very usable, but the big blue bowl was good for holding fruit and for mixing eggs. the apt needs some more usable crockery. The small saucepan we used a lot had no lid and we had to balance a large lit on its top.
The bathroom basin mystified us for a few days till my son arrived home in the same building and found a way from underneath the basin to let out the water that had sat there for three days. We did not lower the plug for the rest of our stay.
There is an odd divider between the little dining area and the lounge room that was my bedroom. It seemed to be blue polystyrene with holes and is probably a dust-trap. Something easier to keep clean would be worth the expense.
I used the lounge as my bed and it was excellent: long and also wide enough without having to pull it out across the room. I managed with my one towel and one set of sheets - just washed and used them again each wash day. The large table in that room by the window was very useful for my writing, and best of all was the book case full of a wide range of reading. I read several of them.
I found the coat cupboard just inside the door very convenient, especially as it had its own light.
I have put "average" as my assessment because I realize this is Manhatten. In Australia, this would be "poor" - in isolation - but one can't really compare two very different countries. I was glad to have accommodation so close to my son and daughter-in-law and close to Central Park, the Lincoln Centre and the Metro.
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Helpful votes: 3/4
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