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Beautiful Home 1 Stop from Midtown Manhattan

Long Island City, NY, United States View on map
Booked 11 times
Rated Exceptional 4.88 (8 reviews)
  • Private room
  • 2 guests
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • 1 bed
  • Pets allowed

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About the place

I am happy to offer 2 comfortable rooms in an 1890s townhouse in the hot LIC neighborhood of New York. Only one stop from midtown Manhattan my guesthouse has been a home away from home for travelers from all over the world since 1997.

The room is 17'x15' which is huge for New York and features a very comfortable queen-size bed (as noted in reviews), 2 large windows, heavy drapes to keep the light out if you want to sleep in, and a romantic non-working fireplace. Furnished in classic American Mission style with sturdy wood and soft leather the ambiance is comfortable, relaxed and unpretentious, the guest towels are thick cotton, the bed linens good cotton with a down comforter. There is central heat, air conditioning and always plenty of hot water; free WiFi, an electrical adapter and 24-hour access. The bedrooms are up on the 2nd floor while the living areas (and bath) are on the 1st floor so guests have as much privacy as they like. There is a nice patio perfect for relaxing with a drink after a long day before resting up and heading out for the night.

LIC is a transportation hub with 7 subway lines are within a 1-3 minute walk; it's just 1 stop to midtown Manhattan, 2 to Rockefeller Center or Central Park, 6 minutes to Grand Central Station, 10 to Times Square, 15 to Greenwich Village or Brooklyn Bridge. The subways run 24/7 and these lines are heavily frequented and safe at any time. I'm happy to provide subway maps, an orientation and appropriate apps to help my guests get around easily.

Guests are free to come and go according to their schedule, and are welcome to join me and my friends in the lounge, or fix a meal in the well-equipped kitchen. I enjoy cooking and often have delicious, relaxed dinners with friends that guests often attend and contribute to. My guests are welcome to use my extensive library of books about New York City as well as Time Out Magazine, a comprehensive listing of ******** going on the city.

Your host, a recognized expert in NYC history and culture and one-time author of the New York City Spartacus Guide can be an invaluable source of information on gay nightlife, discount shopping, architecture & history guided or unguided walks, perfect itineraries, great bus expeditions through various neighborhoods, terrific inexpensive ethnic restaurants, reduced theater tickets and more. Since 1997 I have provided a home away from home for independent gay travelers interested in venturing beyond the standard tourist itinerary, engaged people with strong interests and passions, who, like me, have kicked around a bit and have their own stories to tell..

I work out of the house so am always available, and love sharing my knowledge and experience with my guests, helping them to make the most of their visit to my city. I know that coming to New York can be a very expensive proposition, is often a once-in-a-lifetimes trip and want to do everything I can to help my guests make this one of their best vacations ever.

Traveling tips:
1. Even if you're going to be here for less than 7 days, do buy a $30 7-day unlimited MetroCard for the subway and buses. It's economical and makes sense even if you're going to be here for just 4 days.

2. Download an app called Citymapper which will help you navigate our very vast and extensive subway system. You can get specific directions and have access to the subway map - very helpful.

3. 2. Get ready to walk! NYC is built for walking, and although you'll probably have an unlimited MetroCard for the subway, you're still going to be doing a lot of walking!

4. What you MUST bring is a pair of really comfortable, thick-soled shoes. A fair number of guests have come with thin-soled shoes and then get sore feet, although in retrospect, it might just be another reason to shop some more!

A note for our foreign visitors: please be aware that it is customary to tip 15-20% when you eat out at restaurants. Waiters/waitresses do not get paid a normal salary and rely on tips to make their wages, so be generous to our poor service people!! Of course, if the service is not good, then you can reduce tips appropriately, but here in NY, 15% is the minimum. The only other person you tip is a taxi driver who generally gets about 10% of the metered fare.


  • Pets allowed
    i Pets are allowed on request. Charges may be applicable
  • Kitchen
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Parking
  • Handicap accessible
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Doorman
  • Breakfast included
  • Essentials
  • Family/kids friendly
  • Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Pool
  • Smoking allowed
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Pet owner
  • Iron
  • Clothing optional accepted
  • Best for remote work
Location details and gay map for Long Island City
The place is located in Long Island City, NY, United States
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Nearby attractions

I'm in the hot LIC neighborhood, a center of NYC's film, television, new media & arts directly across the East River from midtown Manhattan. LIC is home to many art galleries, PS1/MOMA Contemporary Art Center, host of the great summer Warm-Up outdoor concerts, the Sculpture Center, the Noguchi Mu...

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Reviews (8)

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Stayed in March 2022
Reviewed on Apr. 02, 2022
what a wonderful host with a very pleasant home welcoming friendly nothing was to much trouble and if you like animals they have 2 beautiful dogs that made our stay perfect thanx guys AWESOME
Stayed in June 2019
Reviewed on June 17, 2019
Allan is the consummate host. His home is charming and is conveniently located near seven different subway lines. The room is quiet, cozy, and comfortable and is as described. Alan is a font of information about the area and is full of tips on what to do, where to go, and where to eat, etc. I enjoyed my stay very much and I intend on going back the next time...Read more

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3 nights

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