Our historic hilltop property offers a unique way to see New York, and uniquely affordable for big groups. The row of Victorian villas among thick trees on our street takes you back to a more serene time. Your kids can play on the tree swing in the yard instead of being cramped in a tiny hotel room.
Yet you are just 20 minutes walk from the Staten Island Ferry, the greatest free ride in the world. You get an unmatched, unforgettable view of the skyline and Statue of Liberty as you sail into Manhattan, instead of riding underground on the subway.
The place is spacious and sunlit, with three double bedrooms and a fourth bedroom/sitting room attached to the master bedroom. Also a fully equipped kitchen and living room where the family can gather, washer-dryer, dishwasher. You don't need a car, but if you bring one you can park on our street without the dreaded 'alternate side' rules enforced in other boroughs.
Downtown Staten Island is a diverse, lively residential neighborhood rich in historic homes and good, economical eating. Your hosts live a few minutes away with their own family. Helen is a licensed New York City tour guide, her husband a patriotic native New Yorker. They will be happy to help you get the most out of your trip
Access to Manhattan: Despite fare increases everywhere else, the Staten Island Ferry remains the greatest FREE ride in the world, the most beautiful way to enter New York and view the Statue of Liberty and the downtown skyline. Ferries usually run every half hour, every 15 minutes in rush hour, once an hour on weekend nights and after midnight. Like New York itself, the Ferry never sleeps.
The ferry terminal is a relaxing 15-20 minute walk downhill from the house. if you're feeling less energetic on the way back, cabs are available at the terminal for about $7. Parking is also available by the ferry for $7 or $8 a day.
Neighborhood: Downtown Staten Island is our own beloved neighborhood. Your hosts and their family live 10 minutes walk away. It is an area where people of different races and income levels live literally next to each other. A place to experience the 'gorgeous mosaic' of the real New York in a striking geographic setting, on rolling hills coming up from the harbor. Our house is in a row of eight lovingly preserved Victorians, a very rare if not unique phenomenon within New York City.
If you get worn out by Manhattan, Staten Island itself offers worthwhile sights: Snug Harbor cultural center, the Alice Austen Museum, Fort Wadsworth. We can help you explore the 'forgotten borough.'
Cheap Eats: One of the benefits of diversity is diversity of food choices. Within a few minutes walk of our house, you can enjoy, Mexican, Italian, Polish, Sri Lankan and Senegalese cuisines, among others, at much lower prices than the Manhattan tourist traps. Feast on Downtown Staten Island!
Steps: Elevation is one of the great charms of our property. We are located at the top of a steep hill, off a walkway that runs above street level, and a few flights of steps further up from that. You have a feeling of being isolated above the city, and a lot of extra breeze for the summer time. But the place does require basic physical fitness
Parking: Parking a car in New York can add considerable expense and anxiety to your vacation. At our place you can always find parking spots within 50 yards or so of the house, and leave your vehicle there without worrying about moving for street cleaning as in most parts of the city. Parking lots are available at the Ferry for $8 a day, so you can have your car waiting for you after a grueling New York day.