Several weeks ago I wrote an article detailing the travails of my search for a New York City vacation rental. We had settled on a studio apartment, 1 Bank Street Apt 5D, after running a gauntlet of Craigslist scams and all kinds of craziness.
I ended up with a trusted real estate broker, Glenn Davis of New York Living Solutions, who connected me with the building and the managers and cooperating brokers of Ardent Property Group, Valerie Zingaro and Matthew Earley.
Needless to say, we were still a bit worried when we arrived in Miami to change planes to JFK that we were going to get to NYC and not have a place to stay. I was relieved when I sent Valerie a text message from the Miami airport and she promptly replied that she would be meeting us at the apartment around midnight. And true to her word she was there to greet us when we arrived.
The studio was approximately 350 square feet and the building was located right on the corner of Bank Street and Greenwich Avenue. From 1 Bank Street you can walk in one direction and go to Soho, and another and you're in Union Square. It is close to all major subway routes and there are markets, restaurants, and shops everywhere.
As you can see there is a queen-size bed, AC, a sofa, TV, DVD player, small kitchenette, and high-speed Internet (that's me on my MacBook). The unit was well maintained and had ample closet space and a full bathroom with tub and shower. There was laundry in the basement, a great building manager Ramon, and we had a mailbox key which allowed us to receive mail and packages throughout our stay.
The kitchen was teeny (we had to put the dish rack on the stove top), but we soon adapted and it was fine. There was a coffee maker, dishes, utensils, and basic pots and pans. For some reason there was no microwave, although Matthew later told us that he would have brought one over if we had requested one.
All in all we had a great apartment in a fabulous location for less than $100 per night. I have stayed in hotel rooms for twice the price that were literally one third the size, so this truly was a great deal.
There were a few things that could have been better, for example the microwave or a roll-out counter unit, but all in all it was more than we expected and was a great bargain for the price. I highly recommend Ardent Properties and the 1 Bank Street building, where they also have larger one- and two-bedroom units available.