Firehouse Loft with Harbor Views


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Enjoy all that NYC has to offer while enjoying a NYC rarity: open space. You'll have the second floor loft with your own entrance. The space is full of light, with beautiful views of NYC's active harbor. Your loft apartment is a private oasis after a day in the city. This is a great spot to gather with loved ones. The central room can easily accommodate multiple activities. The building is 100 years old, so it provides a unique atmosphere. The two bedrooms allow privacy, and three full-sized pull-out couches are available for additional guests in the center room (the pictures here haven't been updated since we bought the additional pull-outs). 8 people can stay here without stepping on one another's toes. 11 people can stay here, if they get along very well. ONE parking space is provided off-street, free of charge. No parties or social events without explicit explanation and approval PRIOR to booking. That will be a different charge. No commercial activity. Any kind of camera work will be a different charge. Film shoots BEGIN at $700 per day. PRIOR to booking, we need to know your electrical requirements, your plans for dressing the set, and any hopes for using an exterior rig. Manhattan access: It is very easy to get around our neighborhood. We are in Tompkinsville, bordering St. George, only a 15-minute walk or 5-minute bus ride from the free 25-minute ferry ride to Manhattan. The walk to the ferry is easy and enjoyable. We have a cab service one block away. A cab from our address to the ferry costs $5. Ferries travel at least every 30 minutes, passing close by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Governor's Island. The Manhattan ferry terminal offers immediate access to subways and buses going anywhere in New York City. Estimate 1 hour to reach Times Square and 80 minutes to reach the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but much of that time will be spent on a free scenic ferry ride offering coffee, beer, and food. MTA transfers are good on both sides of the ferry. Stops for a dozen bus lines are within two blocks of us, as is a SI Railroad station. Cars are unnecessary, but we do offer guests a parking space off-street in our gated yard, and parking is easy to find on our local streets. New Yorkers do a lot of walking, but if you want to drive that .7 mile in your own car, the ferry parking lot costs $8 a day. Our neighborhood: After exploring the city, return to St. George and Tompkinsville for great restaurants and bars, playgrounds, parks, and museums. We live 2 blocks from an active commercial district. You'll stay in a vibrant, diverse area in an historic district with many cultural attractions. We live in a great walking neighborhood. In one direction are bars and restaurants. In the other direction is a historic residential area. All the necessities of life are within easy walking distance. There are two major grocery stores, two laundromats, and at least two drugstores within a couple of blocks. An F.L. Olmsted park is five-minutes away by bus, as are a couple playgrounds. We have a children's museum and a zoo within a 15-minute bus ride. The first buildings landmarked by NYC are 10 minutes away at Snug Harbor, the largest collection of Greek Revival architecture in the country. Staten Island is a terminal moraine, so there are some interesting geological formations and great hiking close by. The Five Boro Bike Tour goes by a block away, finishing by the ferry terminal. The New York City Marathon starts 3.4 miles away at Ford Wadsworth.

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Reviews (20)

  1. Roy R.
    A unique experience. Our host was very helpful and accommodating. 17 March 2017 - 20:19:00
  2. KaSandra B.
    The apartment has an open floor plan, a lot of options for sleeping, very clean, close to bus stops, and the ferry. I really can't say enough good things about our stay. The owners truly love their home and valued MY vacation. Susannah allowed us to check in early since cleaning had been completed. She ALWAYS replied to me when I had questions. She came down to the apartment (she lives upstairs and I never heard not a creak or footstep, I'm surprised she didn't hear our 5 kids screaming and playing all week) and asked us if we had any questions about NY and the surrounding area. She gave us pointers and told us what to avoid. She helped us understand how to get around and great places to go. My daughter left her cell phone behind and it was mailed back to us (at no additional cost). And.... don't bother taking anything. They have all of the amenities. (maybe your own shampoo and conditioner, the items that are actually in the bathroom are leftovers, which is awesome if you ask me, no need to throw away a full bottle of conditioner that someone left behind) She has toys for younger kids, pots pans, wine glasses, bottle opener, a STROLLER (thank goodness). The floors are cement so you may want to take slippers. I really can't say enough great things about the place. I'd go back to the same apartment if we ever visited again. Thank you Susannah you really made our stay unforgettable! 15 April 2017 - 17:19:00
  3. Maryann C.
    This home was the perfect backdrop for our trip to NYC! We found everything to be exactly as stated and shown with the added bonus of a lovely yard complete with arbor and wisteria to enjoy our evening happy hours. The owner, Susannah, was available for our every need and also gave us our privacy to enjoy our ladies trip to the city. It was an easy walk to the ferry to Manhattan and the overall look of the loft made us feel like we were hipsters (which we are not, lol). Would absolutely recommend this home for any occasion. We were a group of college best friends in our 50s gathered to reconnect, enjoy the city, and to attend the bridal shower of the daughter of our other best friend. We found the area to be a typical city neighborhood and felt perfectly comfortable and safe at all times. Can't wait to return to this beautiful and unique home! 11 May 2017 - 15:00:00
  4. Jennifer L.
    We visited NYC with a group of Girl Scouts. This property was perfect and spacious. We took the Ferry, which was easy and fun, short walk from house (about 10-15 minutes depending how fast you walk!). We felt safe and had no issues. It was very hot, but the owner has many fans available and the windows open easily. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking. We had 11 people and all were able to sleep in a bed. This is a great property for families or groups. Relaxing to come back after a day in the city! 15 June 2017 - 11:48:00
  5. Jacquelyn S.
    Susannah's loft was perfect for my family of 3 (though the space is large enough it could comfortably fit double that). We loved the open floor plan, the stylish decor, and the bedrooms were cozy. Getting to Manhattan on the Staten Island ferry was easy with a little time management, and offered a beautiful view of the city and Statue of Liberty each way. Having Susannah's loft to come home to and relax in after a long day of sight seeing was the perfect escape. Thanks for having us! 26 August 2017 - 12:27:00
  6. Kate S.
    Fantastic apartment a home from home and fabulous host.Overall we loved it and look forward to going back. 23 October 2017 - 19:47:00
  7. Sarah
    This loft is divided into 2 separate sleep areas with additional accommodations in the main area so there's plenty of room to sleep & hang out together. Very convenient to the SI ferry. The firehouse itself is super cool (my 5 year old & husband especially loved it) and the views are breathtaking. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay with character & comfort. 03 September 2014 - 01:31:21
  8. Ann W.
    We had an absolutely awesome stay at the Firehouse. If you are looking for a place that is kid/family friendly, outside of the city, that has parking, and best of all everything that you have at home and more - this is the place. What you see in the photos is what you get - super open, airy, modern, and comfortable. The owner is more than willing to help tailor your experience to your needs. We are a young family of 5 (2 adults + 5 yr old + 3 yr old + 5 mo. old) and were given strollers, toys, books, food, and anything else we needed to make our stay more comfortable. For some, the time it takes to get into the city (10 min walk + 30 min Ferry + time to get to location in Manhattan) might seem daunting but for us, the kids delighted in the Ferry ride and we were happy to save a little money in exchange for a longer trek and an easy out when returning back home. In addition, we felt like Staten Island natives and not tourists. We loved this place so much we look forward to returning some time in the future. 19 September 2014 - 15:59:24
  9. jennifer H.
    We come to the City every year and we have used VRBO the past three years. This is by far the best place we have ever stayed in. The loft is so clean. The owners have thought of everything. Super sweet and easy to work with. They left us directions to every place on the island and recommendations for anything we could want. We were welcomed with cold beverages when we arrived and they were willing to help with anything we needed. The parking was perfect and FREE! Getting to the ferry was so easy and you can catch the train as soon as you get off the ferry. We usually arrived after midnight every night we stayed and the area was very quiet. I couldnt imagine staying anywhere else. 06 October 2014 - 01:47:12
  10. Woody F.
    Lots of room, just a Ferry ride away from Manhattan. Very quiet neighborhood with a short bus ride to Ferry. Very good value being that close to Manhattan. Susannah is as helpful as anyone you can find. She went above and beyond to make our site-seeing as easy as possible. She answered any question we had and was always accessible when we needed anything. 18 October 2014 - 02:05:19
  11. Steve R
    The firehouse loft is a great place to stay when visiting NYC. thr owners Susannah and Anthony are very friendly and accommodating. The location is convenient and it's very easy to get to the ferry and be in lower Manhattan in no time at all. The space is very large and comfortable and it's great for entertaining. We will definitely stay here again if we have the opportunity. 26 March 2015 - 22:06:11
  12. Queenie
    We stayed for a long weekend when our daughter graduated from Wagner College. The Firehouse Loft was a perfect place to relax and give one last hurrah to NYC. Convenient to the college, walking distance from restaurants, shops, and the SI Ferry, we made the most of it. The loft itself was spacious and light-filled--very relaxing and very enjoyable. The owners were the epitome of helpfulness and kindness. Susannah gave us the tip to try todaytix for a Broadway Show--big help. Although I doubt we'll ever be in the area again, we would stay here again in a heartbeat. Of all the places in which we've stayed during our daughter's four years, the Firehouse Loft was by far the best, beating out hotels and other VRBOs. Highly, highly recommended. 27 May 2015 - 21:38:14
  13. Jodi V.
    We stayed here for 4 days. We loved the location and the ease of taking the Staten Island Ferry in to New York City. The ferry is free and only a few blocks from the house, very easy to walk to. The loft was wonderful and had everything we needed plus more...towels, toys, games, video games, hairdryer, spices, full kitchen, expresso machine, metro passes, brochures. She was extremely helpful with anything we needed. We also loved the off street gated parking area. If we come back to New York, we would definitely stay here again! 10 July 2015 - 16:03:55
  14. Veronica I.
    Our family and friends had planned an impromptu trip to NY. We found this loft in NY last minute and are extremely pleased with how everything turned out. Susannah was extremely kind and very quick to respond which was extremely helpful since we were planning this trip last minute. She made herself available to answer any questions we had and worked with us and our unique situation. We couldn't have asked for anything more. The place was spacious and had all the basics we needed for our stay. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone thinking of staying in NY. Ferry is a close walk and even shorter drive from the apartment. The best part of the SI ferry is being free and of course a more scenic route into the city. Overall, our experience was great and we will definitely plan on staying here next time we are in the area. I could probably go on about how wonderful the owner was to work with, it was such a pleasure. 20 August 2015 - 18:05:39
  15. Family-of-Eight
    Perfect for our large family! Very roomy and all the comforts of home away from home. Susannah goes above and beyond to accommodate her guests and make their stay memorable. 27 August 2015 - 10:18:39
  16. Paul G.
    We were looking to stay close to the city without the city price tag. We were 4 adults and one teenager. From the first question to the last locking of the door we loved our stay at the Firehouse! Susannah was the best, very accommodating and welcoming. She made us feel as though we were family. Close to the Ferry and city fun! We highly recommend, and will return in the future! 09 October 2015 - 12:24:59
  17. Jessica M.
    We stayed at the Firehouse to celebrate a dear friend's 40th birthday. The hostess was extremely gracious and accommodating - she even put up happy birthday decorations for us beforehand and welcomed us with a bottle of Prosecco. We hosted a dinner for the birthday girls friends and family on Friday night and stayed to celebrate through the weekend. We had a tremendous time. The space is beautiful and comfortable with so much character. There is a Key Food a block away and a highly recommended wine shop that delivers. We will definitely be back to this lovely spot. Thank you for everything Susannah! You are a wonderful hostess and it is not often that you encounter such quality people when renting houses, traveling, visting people's homes, etc...You rock! Enjoy the sombrero! 25 February 2016 - 19:59:46
  18. Joan F.
    Susannah was a wonderful host, she accommodated all our needs and special requests. The space was amazing, the views exceptional. We are planning our next trip and will diffinately stay at the Firehouse loft again. We made a great choice in selecting this property. Thank you again for everything. 10 December 2017 - 17:34:00
  19. Jonathon S.
    Fantastic space with everything you could need for a visit. Walk to the ferry and be in Manhattan in about 30 minutes all the while saving yourself some shopping money! Susannah was responsive and a pleasure to deal with! 23 October 2017 - 01:02:00
  20. Kari G.
    My best friend and I very much looked forward to this trip with our two daughters. Unfortunately our trip ended after only 2 nights when we planned on staying for the week. When we arrived Sunday at the loft it didn't take long to realize there wasn't air conditioning. The temperature was consistently 91 degrees! We took cool showers in an attempt to cool off. When we expressed our concern Susannah's husband came to "help" cool off the loft. He suggested opening the exterior door. Well that did offer a breeze, however, we did not feel safe doing that. We didn't feel safe walking to and from the gas station which was less than two blocks away. Tuesday morning at the bus stop our daughters learned about how smoking crack was a winter thing not summer when two men approached her to sell. Tuesday night at the St. George taxi stand we found ourselves in a very scary situation! Our daughters were absolutely terrified! The loft is located in what I would call the hood. We stayed here based on the ratings and didn't research much past that. If you research areas in Staten Island you'll see this is certainly not a safe area! We decided to leave after only staying two nights. We lost money for the nights we didn't stay, airfare we didn't use and cost to rent a car for our 14 hour drive back home. It's unfortunate that we invested time and money into a trip yet didn't do half what we planned. It wasn't worth the risk of putting our daughters in an unsafe situation! I would highly recommend staying in Manhattan or in a safer area of Staten Island. Do your research before booking this loft!!! Don't base your opinion on the reviews only! 21 August 2016 - 15:00:00

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