The SpaceIn the heart of Rahway's Arts District is a lovely little basement bedroom just off my artist studio suite - it includes a queen-sized bed, desk with chair, book shelf and double closet. You share access to an adjacent full bath, living room area as well as shared access to the upstairs kitchen & lounge.
The suite has VERY LOW ceilings - fine for most women - and gets a bit of natural light. It's 2 flights down from my main apartment - which you are welcome to hang out in as well. We're minutes from NYC trains, Parkway, Turnpike & tons of stores.
EXTRAS: Enjoy full use of my outdoor BBQ in season!
IMPORTANT: All guests must have a profile with photo of themselves, a written description of them that gives me an idea of their character and four verifications! AND, they must read my comprehensive HOUSE RULES below designed to run a smooth home before booking a room with me.
Thank you! Guest AccessALLERGIES: For those who are allergy-prone, please be forewarned - I DO have a small dog - a 10 year old Pomeranian, Lily. She's a rescue and was abused in a former life so although she's very friendly and loves company she gets frightened if you try to pet her. I also use various nice-smelling scents around the house from time to time.
COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST: I always provide Continental Breakfast and the selection waiting for you in the kitchen usually includes foods like:
BREADS: muffins, croissants, bagels or English muffins
CEREALS: variety of grown-up cereals as well as instant oatmeal & farina
YOGURT & FRESH FRUIT: greek & fat-free yogurts, bananas, oranges, pears, apples, grapes or strawberries
COLD BEVERAGES: orange juice, bottled water flavor packets, whole milk, fat-free/lactose-free milk, soy milk, fat-free Half & half
HOT BEVERAGES: Keurig coffees, black & herbal teas, freeze-dried decaf coffee (disposable coffee to-go cups)
CONDIMENTS: butter, jams, jellies, cream cheese, mustard, mayo, ketchup
COMPLIMENTARY SNACKS: I like to keep guest snacks on hand, since I’m italian and I hate the thought of someone being hungry! The snack selection usually includes:
SWEET: Chocolate bars granola bars, biscotti, cookies, cakes, toffees, or miscellaneous candie(URL HIDDEN)SAVORY: Popcorn bags, microwave popcorn, bags of nuts, cheese sticks or salami sticks
KITCHEN: We all share a full kitchen with large fridge, range, microwave, toaster oven, Keurig Coffee Machine, Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker, Magic Bullet and Yonana ice cream maker! If you are staying longer than three days, I can give you a designated area to store your own groceries.
BATHROOM: We also share my newly renovated bathroom with full bath & shower (there’s a second full bath downstairs next to the laundry room). There area small canvas boxes designated for each room for you to keep your personal toiletries. I provide you with as well as pump bottles of quality shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body oil. There's also a box of guest toiletries you can dip into if you've forgotten something.
TOWELS/BEDDING: I provide you with a fresh set of towels and bedding - if you are a long term guest (1 week or longer), you are responsible for washing your towels and bedding.
WASHER/DRYER: There is a washer/dryer in the basement that we ask for a "$1.50 per load" donation towards the utilities & supplies.
GARDEN: There is a patio and garden out back with BBQ, table, chairs and 2 lounge chairs that you are free to use.
SMOKING: Smoking is banished from the house, but allowed on the front or back porch.
INTERACTION with ME: I'm very friendly and love conversation - I also enjoy offering snacks and continental breakfast most mornings and at least one special cooked breakfast (apparently I'm getting known for my fab French Toast). Other than that, I'm happy to make dining, entertainment, train & car route suggestions if needed or just leave you to your own itinerary.
I'm ALWAYS available by phone or text to answer questions or solve problems.
HOUSE RULES: Please, NO smoking in the house (front porch or back yard is fine). NO pets, too - Lily is enough!
While I like to provide breakfast, snacks, bedding, towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, I basically expect guests to clean up after themselves in the kitchen and bathroom and to leave their space the way they found it.
CHECK-IN: Usually from 12 noon to 12 noon but I'm very flexible if need be.
TAKE-OUT/DELIVERY: I provide menu books for all the local restaurants in a variety of ethnicities (American, Asian, Cuban, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Fast Food, etc …)
HOMEMADE DINNERS: If you’re sick of eating out, I can also prepare meals and snacks for those lazy, rainy days when you don't feel like going out to a restaurant.
CATERING: With advance notice, I can cater small events (girls spa days, birthday parties, family gatherings, movie nights or casual business meetings) with a variety of themes for a reasonable fee.
CONCIERGE: If you need help figuring out where to eat or fun things to do in NJ or Manhattan I'm happy to suggest restaurants, theaters, museums, venues and amusements. If you don't fully trust your Garmin, I can also help you out with directions, too!
TOUR GUIDE: While I'm a Jersey native, I also lived in Manhattan for 25 years and pretty much know my way around both places. If I have room in my schedule, I'd be happy to take you to some cool places you've been dying to see as long as you pay my expenses (gas, tolls, tickets, fares, meals, etc).
ARTSTOWN: Rahway is a small historic town in the middle of a resurgence - years ago downtown Rahway was known as “the city” to neighboring towns - a bustling place teaming with stores and shops. Then the malls came - and, sadly, the stores left. We limped along for a bit until the arts started to pop up here and there. In the last 10 years, our unassuming, multi-ethnic, working class neighborhood has given way to Rahway's burgeoning Arts District!
Within a 4 block radius of the Rahway Arts Apartments, you can literally walk to: THE HAMILTON STAGE, UNION COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, THE ARTS GUILD OF NEW JERSEY, and RAHWAY ARTS DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS!
GREAT EATS: Right across the street is KIM'S IN THE MIX Restaurant and Cafe : Authentic Southern Cuisine and Exquisite Homemade Desserts ... mmmmm! A couple of blocks down the street we have Patria’s Spanish Restaurant/Club, Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, Flynn’s Irish Pub, Cubanu’s Cuban cuisine & bar, The Waiting Room Sports Bar, Little Portugal and Nancy’s Townhouse - famous for the thinnest crust pizza ever!
We’re THE HUB!
Centrally located, RAHWAY is the TRANSPORTATION HUB to EVERYWHERE!
To MANHATTAN BY TRAIN: Our state-of-the-art Rahway Train Station offers NJ Transit trains directly into NY Penn Station.
AND it's only a 10 minute walk or a 3 minute drive from our building. Rahway happens to be a hub station so it gets twice the amount of trains running through it to Manhattan every day and does not require a train change like nearby Westfield and Garwood.
There are usually 3 - 4 trains each hour, the last train back is 1:52 am. It usually takes 40 minutes (35 if its an express). $17.75 round trip ($8 senior round trip).
To MANHATTAN BY CAR: You can get on NJ Turnpike North within 15 minutes and take the …
The Holland Tunnel into downtown NYC (Chelsea, Village, Soho, Tribeca, China Town, Little Italy, etc…) in 20 more minutes.
The Lincoln Tunnel into Midtown Manhattan takes another 20 minutes longer - and is perfect for seeing Broadway shows.
(There IS a bus that passes through Rahway and goes into Manhattan as well - but not as often.)
TO AIRPORT: We ar a mere 15- 20 minutes from Newark Airport via car (NJ Turnpike or Rt 1 &9) or NJ Transit Train.
TO HOSPITAL: We’re 5 minutes to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Rahway.
TO JERSEY SHORE, ATLANTIC CITY, PHILLY: We’re 5 minutes from the Garden State Parkway SOUTH
TO HOBOKEN, JERSEY CITY, NEWARK: We’re 5 minutes from the Garden State Parkway NORTH.
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: When you stay in Rahway you are just minutes away from lots of other cool towns.
We are approx. 10 minutes from Westfield, Clark, Scotch Plains, Cranford, Garwood, Linden, Elizabeth, Colonia, Avenel, Carteret, Woodbridge, Metropark and more.
We are approx. 20 minutes from Edison, Menlo Park, New Brunswick, East Brunswick, Millburn, Maplewood, Montclair, Union, Hillside, Springfield, and more.
SHOPPING MALLS: We have plenty of great big-name stores right along Route 1 & 9 and Route 27
5 - 10 minutes away: Home Depot, Target, Marshalls, AC Moore, Staples, Walmart, Dress Barn, Home Goods, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Pier One, Best Buy, PC Richard’s, Kmart, Radio Shack, etc …
15 - 20 minutes away: Ikea, Jersey Gardens Mall, Woodbridge Mall, Menlo Park Mall, Short Hills Mall and more.
MOVIE THEATERS: Love movies? So do we!
We love catching flicks at AMC Aviation Plaza 12, AMC Menlo Park Dine In, Cranford Arts Cinema, Westfield’s Rialto Theater and the Clairidge Arts Cinema in Montclair.
LIVE MUSIC: Feel like hearing some tunes?
The famous Robin’s Nest Jazz & Blues Joint is minutes away in Linden and you can catch our local Rahway rock bands at the RailHouse “Club Car”, Cubanu, Flynn’s, Patria and more. Interaction with GuestsI'm very friendly and polite - and expect the same in return. I also enjoy offering snacks and I'm always happy to make dining, entertainment, train & car route suggestions if needed or just leave you to your own itinerary. The NeighborhoodI love the central location of Rahway to everything - NYC, universities, hospitals, shopping malls as well as walking distance to a beautiful park, 2 performing arts centers, arts guild and cool restaurants. Getting AroundThere are buses and trains within walking distance to NYC or the Jersey Shore and a 24-hour taxi service at the train station. We're equidistant to the NJ Turnpike, Routes 1 & 9 and the Garden State Parkway. Our NYC train route is direct as opposed to nearby towns that make you change trains at Newark. Other Things to NotePlease note I DO have a small dog - a 10 year old Pomeranian, Lily. She's a rescue and was abused in a former life so although she's very friendly and loves company she gets frightened if you try to pet her.