Big Garden, Walk to Empire State

  1. Vacation Home Rental
  2. United States
  3. New York
  4. New York
Excellent based on 32 Reviews
10 Guests
3 Bedrooms
1.5 Bathrooms
Big Garden, 2&1/2 blocks to subway, Walk to Empire State Bld, Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants
Allow yourself to be charmed and delighted by this historic and somewhat quirky 10 person townhouse apartment that traces its origins back to the 1850’s.

*Center City Manhattan
*Private Garden
*2 blocks to Subway station
*5 blocks to The Empire State Building
*6 Blocks to Macy's
*14 Blocks to Times Square
*6 blocks to Penn Train Station
*12 blocks to Grand Central Station
*1/2 block to Bike Rentals
*1/2 block to Dover Street Market

Renovated kitchen & Baths, Central & Pristine, Ready for You

The apartment is located in the heart of “the city that never sleeps”, on East 30th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues.

You'll enjoy being near to a variety of NYC’s best sightseeing, and still feel that you are in a neighborhood that is safe and serene .

There are 3 main spaces guests can enjoy. Choose from 1 of 2 rooms or both for large parties:

1) The Main Apartment with 1 Bedroom & Bathroom
2) The Duplex Suite with 2 Bedrooms and Bathroom
3) The 1000 square foot Walled Garden

Here are a few kind words from our past guests:
- "The space was big and roomy", Nicole
- "The beds were comfortable and the linens superb", Heather
- "We appreciated that bathrobes were supplied so we didn't have to pack them," Donna
- "A good [visitors] book with information of restaurants, tourist information, etc about NYC which can help to fill the gaps of your planning", David

Both the main apartment (1 bedroom) and duplex (2 bedrooms) have enough beds and fold-out sofa beds to comfortably sleep 10 people. In total, we’ve got 4 beds and 5 fold out beds for large groups of up to 10.

1) The Main Apartment with 1 Bedroom & Bathroom:
There is one queen sized bed for 2 guests and one marble bathroom attached to the bedroom. We’ve also included 2 chairs and 1 ottoman that all convert into extra single beds.

The bathroom in the apartment is modern with a glass sink, toilet, small bathtub with rain shower. The bathroom and the kitchen within the unit have been remodeled so you won’t have to worry about any water that isn’t hot enough.

This whole apartment has been polished to make sure guests are happy and enjoy themselves.

Within the living room, 10 people can comfortably lounge and they have access to a full kitchen and dining room.

2) The Duplex Suite with 2 Bedrooms & 1/2 Bathroom:
The first bedroom is completely private and holds 2 single beds that can be combined to form a King size bed. The second bedroom is part of the office/library and has 1 queen sized futon bed with an extra mattress for double comfort. Stairs leading to the upstairs bedroom are in this room.

We’ve also brought a chair that converts into a bed and a fold out ottoman bed. In total, this second duplex suite holds 5 more guests and the rooms are connected by private stairway between them.

3) Private 1000 Square Foot Garden (Allows Smoking):
After a long day, or night, out and about in the city, guests can relax in the apartment’s quaint walled-in garden, enjoying the greenery and change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the streets that are only a few feet away. The 1,000 square foot private garden is an oasis in the midst of the concrete jungle, and it will surely make guests feel at ease. Smoking is okay in the garden, however, it is not allowed inside the apartment.

This elegant apartment has plenty of room to accommodate a couple that prefers the finer things in life or a group of up to 10 family members or friends that are looking for somewhere special to stay.

Book With Us Today & You’ll Be Set Up to Take Full Advantage of This Historic Home & It's Fantastic Location!

See a recent review from another site:
“Absolute BEST place to stay with your group- can't recommend enough!”
Reviewed in March 2018
Stayed with a group of 7 people for 4 days, lost one day to the snow storm and we were offered another night no questions asked. Besides the obviously wonderful location of this apartment, there are SO many things to rave about:

-Great rate for a group of people 5-10 (probably too big for any smaller groups)
-Very clean and well kept, they have some SERIOUSLY comfy beds.
-Endless clean and HOT water (6 people showered and it was still hot!)
-GORGEOUS PRIVATE GARDEN- owner has clearly worked hard to preserve it, love the string lights
-We had a problem with our key/lock and the owners fixed it IMMEDIATELY without us even bugging them

*And perhaps most importantly are the owners of this home- absolutely wonderful, friendly people who are sincerely invested in preserving this home while inviting strangers from all over the world to enjoy it.
My group was immediately welcomed in the home, served champagne and food, and given a run-down for all the best local spots. After a hectic day of traveling, it was a dream come true.

I can't imagine coming to NYC again without staying here....I think this apartment is my happy place.

If the apartment is completely booked by your party, then you’ll have complete privacy of the main apartment (1 bedroom) and the duplex suite (2 bedrooms.) The living area is set for entertainment, the garden patio is beautiful, and the kitchen is filled with all that you’ll need to make a home cooked dinner, lunch, and breakfast.

What else is included for you?

* Private phone with unlimited local and national phone service
* Free long distance in the USA
* High speed wireless DSL Internet access
* Premium TV service for 4 flat screen LCD HDTVs in the living room and each of the 3 bedrooms
* Waffle weave bathrobes for all adults
* Linens, towels and bath sheets
* Starter supply of toilet paper, paper towels, coffee filters, garbage bag, bath soap, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, etc.

I meet guests on arrival, give them the keys, show them around and tell them about the neighborhood. They then have complete privacy unless they would like more information or help, which I am happy to give.

My husband and I live in an apartment upstairs, which is completely private from yours.

It is the center of everything on an upscale and quiet (for NYC) tree lined and picturesque side street just around the corner from just shopping, bars and restaurants. There are hundreds (no exaggeration) of restaurants in all price ranges nearby.

The neighborhood offers a perfect place for access to plays and musicals, restaurants, clubs, cultural and sporting events, shopping, and so much more. If guests desire to travel around NYC so that they may experience other areas of the Big Apple, there are multiple options for easy transportation. There are a number of bus lines all within a four block radius, a rent-a-bike station at the corner, and the nearest subway is only two and half blocks away

The #6 subway is 2 & 1/2 blocks
The #101 and #102 bus are on the corner
The #34 crosstown bus is 4 blocks
Taxi's are easy to hail on Park Avenue

You can walk to restaurants, attractions such as The Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, The United Nations, Fifth and Madison Avenue shopping and much more.

This is a LEGAL apartment and there is 5.875% tax and $2 a night bed tax required in cash on arrival. It is quite Risky to rent an illegal apartment because the attorney general is shutting them down.
The New York State Multiple Dwelling Law prohibits short-term rentals of property in Class A multiple dwellings used for permanent residence purposes (which Includes most apartment buildings but not single and two-family buildings) unless a permanent occupant of the apartment is present during the stay, no money is exchanged, or if the stay is longer than thirty consecutive days.

This listing consists of a 1-bedroom main apartment with an en suite bathroom and an adjacent 2-room duplex suite. There is a private flight of stairs within the duplex adjoining the downstairs room with the upstairs room. There is a half bathroom en suite to the upstairs bedroom.

All guests are required to sign a rental agreement and provide a photo ID within 24 hours of reserving.

Check-in is between 4 pm and 8 pm. Early check-in can sometimes be accommodated with prior approval. Late check-in is $35 an hour until midnight when it increases to $50 an hour. Please let us know in advance so that we have time to arrange for someone to meet you.

The main apartment (1 bedroom) plus the suite (2 additional bedrooms) have enough beds/fold out beds and seating for 10 guests. This will be a cost saving over 3 or 4 hotel rooms but you should keep in mind that some of the group will be sleeping in the living room and and it will be a trade off with being private. Many guests are happy with this arrangement.

The apartment is in an Historic Townhouse from the 1850's. It has been completely remodeled several times. The layout is spacious and somewhat quirky giving it lots of charm.

All guests are accepted. If you have special needs or very young children please chat with us first so you can make an informed decision if this apartment will work for you.

No animals are permitted on the premises.
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Living Area1200 Sqft
Check In 4PM - 8PM
Check Out11AM

I meet guests, give them the keys, show them around and offer them a glass of New York wine. We can arrange for someone to meet you 24 hours. After hours there will be a charge which you will pay directly to them.

Sleeping Configuration
No Pets Allowed
We do not accept animals.
No Smoking Allowed
Smoking is okay in the garden only.
Not Family/Kid Friendly
Children are welcome but the apartment has not been child proofed and may be dangerous for a young child.. If you have a young child please check with us before booking.
Not Handicap Accessible
Not Suitable for Events
Not Parking Included
Free on street parking is available nights and weekends. There are several public parking garages nearby. The apartment is in Center City and you will not need a car. The subway is just 2 & 1/2 blocks and 2 bus lines are on the corner. You can walk to almost everything.

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Iron & Board
Hair Dryer
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
What we supply
Linens, towels, adult bathrobes, Starter supply of bath soap, hand lotion, dish soap, dishwasher soap, paper towels, toilet paper, dishtowels, dish sponge, garbage bags, recycling bags, coffee filters
Large private walled garden with table and chairs
High Speed Internet
Laptop friendly workspace
Cable TV
4 Hi Def flat screen TVs
Ice Maker
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
Well equipped kitchen
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Fire Extinguisher


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Photos (44)Street View

Loads of Comfy Seating for Your Group. "The Space was Big and Roomy", Nicole September 2016 - Big Garden, Walk to Empire State
Loads of Comfy Seating for Your Group. "The Space was Big and Roomy", Nicole September 2016 - Big Garden, Walk to Empire State
Morning Coffee with the Birds in a  Cozy corner of the garden. Summer view. - Big Garden, Walk to Empire State
Marea's place was awesome!! Her hospitality and generosity were outstanding - we were greeted with chilled white wine and hor d'oeurves!  Ali B. April 2018 - Big Garden, Walk to Empire State
Black Leather Chairs open into single beds for larger groups - Big Garden, Walk to Empire State



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After many years of longing I at last am lucky to have the best of both words as I live in an apartment on the beach in Florida and an apartment in the best location in NYC.

I love meeting and getting to know people and especially helping first time travelers find the best of NYC. I wrote a book for my guests telling all about getting around New York....walking, subway, bus, car service. shopping, attractions, free days at museums, restaurants in all price ranges and more. It is all right outside your door.

After I meet guests and show them around I give them complete privacy unless they want to chat or have questions. I love sharing my favorite things about New York if you want to know. It is up to you.

Many years ago I lived in France and remember how to speak it although it is quite rusty now. I can read simple French, but cannot write or spell it.
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Speaks: English
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Getting around

The #6 subway is 2 &1/2 blocks
The #101 and #102 bus are on the corner
The #34 crosstown bus is 4 blocks
Taxi's are easy to hail on Park Avenue
Uber and Lyft come to your door quickly

You can walk to restaurants, attractions such as The Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, The United Nations, Fifth and Madison Avenue shopping and much more.


These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.
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Big Garden, Walk to Empire State is a Apartment located in New York, NY, United States. This Apartment is available for short term lodging and accommodates 10 guests
Big Garden, Walk to Empire State has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and was listed on Houfy on Jun 2018