With a Little Care, This Could be Excellent
This apartment is located in a convenient area, upper Upper West Side, very near Central Park. This area has lots of upscale young families, and is a bit away from the heart of Manhattan, though it's easy to get everywhere via nearby subways and buses. If you come here, you must try Turkuaz nearby on Broadway, also Pearl's fusion Asian, and the Flor De Mayo Peruvian. Broadway Bagels has good bagels, and all the NYC-style pizza places nearby are good. Whole Foods downstairs is very convenient, though we spent as much for a week's worth there as we do for a month at home in Silicon Valley. A ubiquitous Starbucks across the street is there is you tire of French-press coffee or just need a cappuccino fix. You do need to be aware that north of 100th starts the projects, though the area around the building seemed quite safe, I wouldn't venture too far north along Columbus.
The building presents as quite luxurious, the attentive and helpful doormen greet you as you come in, and there is a semi-circular drive off of Columbus that is handy to avoid double parking on the street when you are dropping off. The lobby is clean and spacious. The common areas include a very nice 3rd floor outdoor area with tables and chairs (outdoor dining if the weather is right), plus a well-equipped little gym which always had aerobic equipment available, though the weight machine sometimes got backed up. The pool is huge, and nice. Adequate for-pay laundry facilities in the basement, though avoid Sundays! The apt. is modern, adequate sized, minimally furnished. The dining area is small but fine for four. The BR has a comfortable, but low platform-style bed, someone with mobility issues might have difficulty getting up from it. Decent closet space. The LCD TV in LR is a tiny joke. The kitchen is minimally equipped, I bought and donated a toaster, since we couldn't deal with a month without toast. No sharp knives or sharpener, no blender, no cutting board, no microwave bowl. We donated wine glasses, too. Cleanliness was ok, not perfect. Smoke detector still disconnected!
The apartment faces the western back of the bldg., so traffic noise is minimal, but the proximity to the 100th street NYPD and NYFD stations means sirens at random times all day (and night) long, plus, the buildings in back are under major renovation with construction noises all day, so keep the air conditioning on and windows closed.
I'm pretty sure this is a sublet, not owned as this appears to be a rental bldg.
Tourists without a Car,
Owner's Response: Thank you for the toaster... The apartment is equpiied for 4 with glassware/wine glasses and dinner and flatware. Perhaps some have been broken . But we will make sure that anyting missing will be replaced. Honestly most guests do very little cooking so I have not equipped the kitchen for major cooking. But for a month I totally understnd that you needed a better kitchen. pLease come back and visit again and I would be happy to provide a great bottle of wine for the 2 glasses and toaster you purchased...
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