The SpaceThis spacious, sophisticated room offers big style as well as big comfort with a king-sized bed (or split into two twin beds), duvet, end tables, lamps, an alarm clock, a/c, 2 dressers, an easy chair, double closet, sheets, towels, a hamper and plenty of hangers.
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 AccessKEYS: Each room has its own key (as well as the keys to the front door and apartment) so you can lock your door when you leave or leave it open. Guests have been comfortable with both.
KITCHEN: We all share a full kitchen with large fridge, range, microwave, toaster oven, Keurig Coffee Machine, Nutribullet, Magic Bullet and Yonana ice cream maker!
Everything is labeled so it's easy to find your way around. If you are staying longer than three days, I can give you a designated area in the fridge and pantry 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 are plastic totes 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. There are also guest toiletries you can dip into if you've forgotten something.
TOWELS/BEDDING: I provide you with a fresh set of towels and bedding (a few sets of sheets) - during your stay you are responsible for washing your towels and bedding.
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.
LAUNDRY: We now have a washer/dryer in the building, so for a nominal $2 fee you can do your laundry here!
ALLERGIES: For those who are allergy-prone, please be forewarned - I DO have a small dog - a 10 year old Pomeranian, Lily. I also use various nice-smelling scents around the house from time to time. Interaction with GuestsME: I'm very friendly and love conversation - I also enjoy offering snacks for when you get the munchies and, if our schedules coincide, 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.
For those who are without a car, I'm happy to take you grocery shopping with me or other kinds of shopping since I love to shop!
I'm ALWAYS available by phone or text to answer questions or solve problems.
MY NO-PET PET: My dog, Lily, is a rescue and was abused in a former life so her behavior with new people is often confusing. She's very friendly and loves company BUT gets frightened if you try to pet her. So your job, if you're a dog lover, is to enjoy her funny antics and play with her but refrain from actually touching her with your hands. Or, if you're not a dog person, just ignore her. She won't bother you. The NeighborhoodCONCIERGE: While I'm a Jersey native, I also lived in Manhattan for 25 years and pretty much know my way around both places.
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!
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! Getting AroundWe'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 10-12 minute walk or a 3 minute drive from our building. (There's also a 24-hour taxi company at the station - costs about $5 to go to or from.) 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 it's 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. There is NO WAY to get to Staten Island unless by car.)
TO AIRPORT: We are 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. Other Things to NoteWELCOME MUNCHIES: When you arrive, you may find yourself in need of a few things. Once you get settled you can stock up, but when you are settling in feel free to avail yourself of the following.
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
SNACKS: Microwave popcorn, fruit, nuts, cookies (whatever is in the house when you arrive!)
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 …)