2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6
- 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 Harlem
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.
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Laura was wonderful and very helpful. Area around quite safe and very handy to a variety of Subway lines ( A.,B,C,D down the road), if not a short walk over to Broadway for 1 train down the upper West Side. Property was very clean, and some basics in fridge to start with when we arrived. Only down side (not a reflection of host) is something you should expect with an older property such as a brownstone - creaky floors above you. Not such a big issue as you get used to it, but something you must expect with these older buildings. Good value for money and well worth the stay !
10/10 Would Reccomend
Hosts were very welcoming and friendly. Immediately when we arrived they gave us tips on how to navigate the subway and gave us many recommendations for food places and things to do. which was very helpful. Apartment itself was very clean and had lots of space. Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely stay there again.
Great Space and Location
Our family of five spent a week at this property in April of 2019 and were very happy with everything. The location is very central to the subway, points of interest in uptown Manhattan including Alexander Hamilton's home and the oldest home on the island. It was a safe and very functional base of operations for our many adventures. Larry and Laura were great hosts. We highly recomend the property.
Nice Stay at Harlem Apartment
We stayed for two weeks and everything was just about perfect and as advertised. The owner Laura, who lives upstairs was super accomodating and made sure everything went well. We needed a couple things and she provided.
I was surprised at how comfortable the beds were. The kitchen was supplied and the towels were plentiful and soft. Great location .
Charming, spacious apartment in convenient location
We really enjoyed our stay in the unit. The living room/kitchen area was quite spacious, and accommodating for an impromptu family gathering. The location is convenient to the GW Bridge, shopping in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium, and the subway.
Our stay was in the winter, when the temperature outside was in the teens, and snowy. During our stay, it was a bit chilly in the living room/kitchen area late at night. The steam heat is on a timer, and is set for 65 degrees at night. When I mentioned the chill to Laura upon departure, she said that had I said something sooner, she would have provided a space heater to take the chill out of the room. The bedrooms are in the back beds were very comfortable, with warm, snuggly covers; we slept quite well!
We are looking forward to staying here again.
It was indeed unusually cold during this visit.
Please note that the heat system is on a timer but it can easily be overridden -- just push the "up" button. Instructions were provided as part of the apartment guide in two places, but perhaps this guest didn't see that.
As always, we live right upstairs and are eager to solve any problems that come up. Ask and ye shall receive.
Great communication and location, easy to get around and Larry and Laura were fabulous to deal with.
Had an amazing time touring New York City and the apartment was perfect for what we needed. Laura and Larry were fabulous to deal with and extremely accommodating. Would love to come back again some day and can highly recommend this property.
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.