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Laura Norwitz

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french

Charming, Spacious Two-Bedroom Brownstone Apartment with Garden

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Overview

Upper Manhattan Apartment Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6

Beautifully renovated comfortable apartment with full kitchen.

Large bedroom can be arranged with two twin beds OR a king-sized bed.

Small bedroom has a full-sized bed.

Pull-out couch in the living room can sleep an additional two people.

Beautiful private garden with eating area.

Super for families with children! Lots of space, inside and out -- even has a slide in the back yard! All children's and baby equipment available. Babysitting available by arrangement.

Apartment is on the ground floor, with a private entrance. The owners reside in the house above. The whole apartment is exclusively yours during your stay.

Located a 5-minute walk away from the subway 'A' train, a quick two-stop ride to midtown.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Laura Norwitz (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french

About Laura Norwitz

Owners Larry and Laura moved to Harlem in 2000. Larry grew up a few miles north of here, at the northern tip of Manhattan. Laura grew up in Philadelphia but is happy to be a New Yorker. We have two daughters, aged 13 and 11, who are DEFINITELY New Yorkers. Larry is a computer programmer; Laura is a teacher. Our family loves to travel -- throughout the USA, Europe, Central America, and most recently Southeast Asia -- but with the girls in school it's hard to get away. So hosting visitors from all over the world is the next best thing.

Laura Norwitz purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Laura Norwitz chose Manhattan

We were living in an apartment in Brooklyn, but once we had our first child wanted more space. Brooklyn has become so fashionable that we couldn't afford a house in Brooklyn and had to 'settle' for Manhattan!

This house still had traces of the glory days of its construction -- fantastic wood detailing, for example, and an elaborate dumb-waiter wheel in an upstairs closet-- though like its sister houses it had been much neglected during Harlem's decline and was pretty much falling apart. (Like many houses in the area it had been converted into a rooming house and the grand rooms chopped into tiny boarding units.)

With a grand house like this we find, sometimes, that we don't own the house -- the house owns us. Being the steward of an historical property like this is a responsibility -- we want to preserve and enhance the beauty of the architecture, even if it might be a little fancier than our personal taste.

What makes this apartment unique

The flowers filling the front stoop and entry area makes the house a joy to come home to. And the tranquil back yard filled with tree shade and birdsong makes you forget you are in Manhattan.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(56 traveler reviews)
Charming, Spacious Two-Bedroom Brownstone Apartment with Garden
average rating of 4.821429 based on 56 reviews
5

Perfect for Family stay in NYC

  • 5 of 5

Ideally located for express subways downtown, the apartment is a perfect location to explore the hustle and bustle of NYC. More than enough space for our family of 5 from the UK, the apartment is well furnished and equipped. Owners very helpful and responded promptly to all questions we asked. Some nice local restaurants (BoNo for pizza/Italian) mean there is place to relax locally after a busy day in the city. Plenty of local food stores on the doorstep and a larger one within 4 blocks should you want to eat in. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

Lovely apartment in NYC - Hamilton Heights

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in this beautiful apartment for six nights in June and it was a wonderful base for our NYC adventures. The photos of the apartment are very nice, but really do not do it justice. It is quite a lovely place to stay with plenty of room, which was important to us, as we were traveling with our teen daughters. It is also very comfortable and clean. The proximity to the express subway is a definite bonus and although I wasn't sure if we would use the subway when we arrived, our youngest daughter quickly became an expert and we purchased a week unlimited subway pass for everyone in our group. As others have stated, Laura is the perfect host. The information she provided was so helpful and she was available throughout our our stay via phone and email to answer questions that came up. This apartment would be my first choice of places to stay when we visit NYC in the future. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic stay The apartment is just as pictured very clean in a nice quiet neighborhood would love to stay again on our next New York Adventure

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Welcoming and Personal Touch to New York

  • 5 of 5

Laura and Larry's welcoming approach made our stay for 4 nights in New York the best!! Communication was readily established and Laura was patient and thorough with answering my questions before our arrival. Her researched information provided in typed format covers not only the aspects of the apartment, but also the neighborhood. We were introduced to all types of restaurants, subway routes, suggestions for groceries, sights in the neighborhood, and suggestions to the New York sights.

The apartment itself is exactly as described. We already are planning a return trip to bring more friends and family! Spacious, comfortable, and very well-located. While we took somewhat longer than 5 minutes from the subway, the walk was comfortable and attractive. The location with use of subway facilitated reaching the New York sights easily.

Specific examples that were appreciated:

* Larry greeted us at the door and then shared that he had been planning to meet us at the subway to help with the luggage.

* Guide books and maps provided helped to answer our questions and made it easier to plan an itinerary

* Larry gave us a subway map and assured us of the subway safety, relying on his family's personal use of this transportation. I expected to use a taxi/Uber after our theater event, but thanks to Larry, we used the subway, and felt very safe returning at night.

*When we had AC concerns, even though it was late at night, Laura came down and helped with a portable AC.

*Laura brought down a printer within minutes after we realized that we needed to print out our Empire State Building tickets. We had asked her only to suggest a place where we could print.

* Had the very best meal and experience of our trip right in the neighborhood, using one of Laura's recommendations: BO-NO Trattoria

All in all, it was the personal touch of Laura and Larry that made our trip a success. The effort in providing so much information and help speaks for them. We were overwhelmed with how that same personal touch and help appeared over and over in our encounters with different New Yorkers as we stumbled along our tourist route!!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

You want this apartment for your NYC Vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

When considering a place to stay while traveling, I only have 3 requirements: it must be safe, clean & the location needs to be such that I can easily explore the city I am visiting.

Safety-check. The street was quite for NYC & we felt safe walking through the neighborhood, even late at night.

Clean-check. It was very clean. I can't really expand upon that.

Location-check. We were about a 10 minute walk from an express line & a 3 minute walk from a local one. There are some stores within easy walking distance (i.e. grocery or convenience store.) There is even a Dunkin a block away for those of you who are so inclined.

So it met all my requirements. It was much more. The following extras are in no particular order.

It is beautiful, the pictures don't lie. I really enjoyed the open floor plan between the living room & kitchen. Also, the outside of the place is decked out with lots of flowers–very beautiful!

It is well stocked. It has all the basics you’ll need to cook: a selection of spices, oil, & plenty of cooking utensils. We didn’t cook as we were only there for 4 nights, but had we done so, we could have without buying things which we would’ve wasted in the end. There was coffee & a good coffee pot - a big plus for us. If you like tea, there is a selection of tea bags & a nice tea kettle. There were also condiments in the fridge. The bathroom had giant white towels & the beds were very comfy, plenty of pillows & blankets. An iron & ironing board were provided & there are board games in the closet. The living room area is comfy & cable & Netflix are available should you choose to use them. There were more little touches, but no room here to list.

The owners are friendly, easy to contact & very concerned about guest comfort. They gave us their cell phone #’s to call with any issues– there weren’t any. Also, Laura is very prompt with e-mail responses.

Another big plus-the owners provide you with a comprehensive packet of info about the city & the neighborhood. This helped out A LOT–seriously check out restaurant row!

Oh, I almost forgot. The garden is beautiful! We didn't make much use of it as it was pretty rainy during our stay. However, on a nice day it would’ve been lovely to have breakfast or a morning coffee out there, it was secluded & inviting.

Wish I could say more, but there isn’t enough room! So, all in all this is a great apartment & the price is reasonable for the amount of space & comfort provided. 5 stars all the way.!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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4

Charming, spacious, Two-Bedroom Brownstone Appt

  • 4 of 5

Apt. is exactly as prescribed. Spacious for us four seniors who occupied for the week. Fully equipped kitchen. Well secured, felt very safe. Laura is a wonderful person makes herself available at all times to answer to our needs notwithstanding her busy schedule. Parking could be a bit of a challenge. But I guess it depends on the time you return home. But there are reasonable parking lots close by on the days you don't get to park on the streets. Bus and underground very near to apartment. 10 - 15 mins to midtown on subway. Will definitely like to stay there again if I were to visit NYC again.

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  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
La Guardia
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
A,B,C,and D subway
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Kilometres
I-87
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Tonali's
Car: not necessary

The House: This beautiful apartment is on the ground floor of a four floor brownstone row-house in the Sugar Hill/Hamilton Heights section of Harlem. The house was built in 1894 in Renaissance Revival style as a single family house for a big family with lots of servants. During those years, this garden apartment was the kitchen and informal dining room, and a dumbwaiter carried fancy meals up to the formal dining room above when the family entertained.

During the 1950s the garden apartment had been converted to a Harlem hair salon, and the house above had become a boarding house, but in 2000 the house was purchased by the current owners who are bringing it back to its former glory; in 2005 the apartment was refurbished into a beautiful and spacious 2-bedroom apartment.

The Neighborhood: Sugar Hill and Hamilton Heights are a lovely neighborhood of elegant row-houses in an area that once served as the country retreat for the city's wealthy, at a time when the city included just southern Manhattan. Alexander Hamilton. a prominent statesman in the 1780s, built his country home, The Grange, on his estate just south of where 145th Street is now. Today The Grange is part of the National Parks system and can be visited at the north end of St. Nicholas Park.

When the train lines were extended north to this area in the 1880s the land was developed into elegant townhouses.

During the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s, African Americans made their mark on NYC as they had never been permitted to do so before. The north end of Hamilton Heights was known as Sugar Hill, for the sweet life available to those who could afford it.

The neighborhood is full of magnificent architecture in a variety of turn-of-the-century styles on quiet tree-lined streets dotted with lovely community gardens.

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Rates & Availability

Upper Manhattan Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
$250
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$175
From
$225
Fri,Sat
$1,150
$5,012
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Upper Manhattan Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Big fluffy towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , bed can be converted to two twins
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Crib available. Small bedroom has door to back yard.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Notes:
Great for families with children. Baby's and children's supplies available (crib, booster seat, stroller, bed rail, etc.) Babysitting can be arranged.

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