If I was to choose a perfect apartment in NYC, this spacious studio would unconditionally win my heart. There were no words needed to describe, as I stepped into the apartment: brand-new interior design in light tones; an access to a huge private roof/balcony; various accessories like candles, soft blankets and frames to create the mood; a big plasma TV with internet connection; and a smartly planned space structure.
I had an honour to be the first person to ever stay in the flat, as the building is a newly built property. Due to this fact, there were minor drawbacks like a not-yet-set-up laundromat. Richard was very helpful and fast with helping to set up the fridge, wi-fi and gas, as the place was so new, it simply wasn't ready yet. Despite those insignificant features, I loved the studio.
During the time I was there, around 4 people inhabited the whole building, which was a big advantage for me, as I love privacy and quietness. There was a picturesque common rooftop on the last floor, yet my own balcony was my favourite place to work, spend time on and simply walk on as I woke up and I went to sleep. In the future, it will be shared with another apartment, as I realised, but I was lucky enough to have it all to myself.
The location was great. I did not have a need to use the Subway everyday as I used to when I lived at Grand Central, as everything (NYU Campus, LES, Alphabet City, New Museum, Lafayette shopping area, etc) was a walking distance from the place. It would not be easy to find the entrance door to the building in the crowded China Town at a first sight and to find a supermarket/pharmacy with non-Asian products right across the street, yet a short and vibrant walk would bring you anywhere you want.
We had minor communication problems with the representative, as we arrived but they were not too bad, and he proved to be an excellent host who wishes to make your stay perfect later on.
From drawbacks, the laundromat thing was a bit upsetting, yet understandable due to the building's fresh start and some final steps being completed. The dishwasher was an enormous help, but it was unfortunately wrongly installed, which did not let it open fully, as it met the stove on its way. This did not affect its efficiency though.
I loved the bed. It was feather-soft and comfortable with a bunch of pillows and two extra blankets. There was a comfortable couch, which served a purpose of a chilling spot. Once again, the space was thought-through and smartly used, creating a feeling of a big apartment.
The closets and wardrobes offered more than enough space, allowing carefree storage. The wardrobe included special racks for belts and little things. This was such a pleasant thing!
A corner table was a place to do work. I pay a lot of attention to the bathroom, and this one was so nice, following the flat's interior. Once again, cute candles, flowers and many high-quality towels.
The second floor of the building is occupied by a high-class beauty salon. If you love Asian and Italian food and culture, the neighbourhood will be exactly what you need. Same applies to all the art and underground culture lovers, as many galleries, bars, clubs, cafes and shops are 5 to 15 minutes walk away.
Overall, I am very thankful to Richard for letting me stay in this modern, furnished with hi-tech items, meanwhile cozy studio, which made me fall in love with NYC even more. A non-working old-style bank, seen from the balcony, right across the street created a sense of class and history. I wish I stayed in the Big Apple for longer just to spend more time in the Little Italy's flat.
Thank you very much and I hope to cooperate again, if I am back!
P.S. The 2000 dollars deposit did seem suspicious and scary, yet once you get to the place yourself, all the concerns will leave your mind, as the owner really values and takes care of it, and offers a great help.