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Firehouse Loft with Harbor Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bath. A short walk to Manhattan ferry.

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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Susannah Abbate
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, Spanish, ein wenig Deutsch, un poco español
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2017

About Susannah Abbate

We are a family living on the North Shore of Staten Island. We enjoy books, records, movies, and running around NYC.

As hosts, we are quiet and unobtrusive. We live directly above, ready to make sure your stay exceeds your expectations, but our floors are separated by several feet of concrete. You have your own entrance. You may not even see us, unless you need us. We've set up the second floor as a separate home, the kind of place we would like to stay if we were traveling with family or friends. We often do not see guests - we are busy with our lives and you are busy enjoying this great city.

We have kids. (Don't worry - they're nice!) If you have kids, let us know. We have an extra stroller. We have a portable crib. We have toys. We know what it's like to travel with kids. You don't need to haul a bunch of stuff - just talk to us about what you need and your children like.

Susannah Abbate purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Susannah Abbate chose Staten Island

We love where we live. Our neighborhood is diverse and personable. It's a fun place to live, away from the tourist crowd but full of plenty of interesting places and people. Our building is a rare find in any part of NYC -- a lot of personal space with views of the water. While we are native New Yorkers, we still love to explore NYC's secret nooks and crannies. The city is full of surprises. One of the best parts of living in Staten Island is that it does not have the fast pace of the other boroughs. After a busy day running around, this is a nifty place to be.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a 1913 Hoppin & Koen firehouse built in the City Beautiful tradition, former home of FDNY Division 8 and Engine 154. If you are interested in architecture, this is the firm responsible for the Beaux Arts NYPD headquarters at 240 Centre Street. We live in an area rife with historic homes, from Federal era to late Victorian.

If you're interested in baseball, this is where Bobby Thomson came to celebrate after his 'Shot Heard Around the World' in 1951, winning the pennant for the Giants.

If you're interested in FDNY history, we are walking distance from an even earlier firehouse, Robinson Hose Company #9, at 528 Van Duzer Street, built in 1889 as part of the Edgewater Fire Department, a private company before FDNY took over in 1905. Once you're in our home, you'll understand why this site was selected. We are situated on a bluff overlooking the harbor with strategic views of the neighborhood.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Tompkinsville in Staten Island

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Clean and well lit, with plenty of privacy.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Blue Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , We can provide a portable crib.
    Green Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , We can provide a portable crib.
  • In the central room are three full-sized pull-out couches. There is also a chaise that can sleep a young child, and a single couch that can be made up for a single adult.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
If you would like an appointment with a masseuse, local on- or off-road running guide, or a personal trainer, let me know.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(31 traveller reviews)

Firehouse Loft with Harbor Views
average rating of 4.677419 based on 31 reviews


  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow. Well, the Wild Ladies are a joy to host. And gracious as well. Thanks for your kind words. We can't wait to have you back.
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Perfect place to stay for multi family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fort Worth, Texas

Unique loft experience

  • 4 of 5

A unique experience. Our host was very helpful and accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice and clean proprty. Great location and close to the ferry! The owners are Great and Helpful

  • 5 of 5

Great location and close to the ferry!

Susannah was very helpful and accommodating!

Our stay was great and we had an awesome time. we stayed at the firehouse loft with 6 adults and there was plenty of room.

We had plenty of hot water and managed the stay with one bathroom for 6 adults with no problem.

Susannah was very helpful and helped us get our trip all planned out to visit New York City!

Susannah came to the firehouse loft to visit us per our request to help us plan out our trip and be able to maximize our time and be able to see as many sights in the city as possible she answered any questions we had and provided very detailed information about the city and it sights!

The owners of this property are very accommodating and very helpful!

having the 1 space to park our car off street was nice and having the car behind a gate at the property was nice as well.

This was our first trip to New York city and we enjoyed our stay at the firehouse loft and we plan to stay here again when we return!

Convenient location and cant say enough about how accommodating and helpful Susannah was from the beginning of time when we were planning to book our trip to the day we left and were leaving to go home!

I would recommend this property and stay again at this location!

The ferry ride was close enough to walk to and catch to and from New York City.

The ferry ride was calming on the way back after a long busy day in the city and exploring all day.

The ferry will go right by the statue of liberty and gives you a great view of the city skyline also.

after a long day in Manhattan we visited steinys on staten island which is a local pub located near the Ferry behind the local borough hall.

Had a good time and the bartender Steven was helpful and very nice.

Once we arrived at the firehouse Susannah provided us with her contact number in case we had any questions or needed anything at all.

We did text Susannah a few times and she responded right away and was more than willing to help us as needed!

There were a few umbrellas at the property that were available for use in case of a rainy day.

Great times had by all and I would recommend this place for sure!

Thanks Susannah for all of your time and the great accommodations!

We cant thank you enough for sharing your property with us and all of your hospitality!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A very unique and spacious property. Clean and comfortable. Welcoming. Exactly as described.

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay while visiting NYC. This property is convenient to the bus stop that takes you to the ferry from Staten Island into NYC making travel very easy! It's close enough to the city that travel time is not too bad and far enough from the city that you get a smaller town feeling. Plan to spend some time in Staten Island. There are some great places to eat and things to do.

Also close by is a grocery where you can find most anything you might need. Susannah (property owner) had a well stocked pantry when we arrived. She was also a wealth of information for our trip plans!

The beds were very comfortable and we had everything we needed to make us feel at home. (And if you need anything, just ask!)

Our family of 4 loved every minute! When we come back, we will be staying here again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worst Vacation EVER!! Not deserving of a 4.8 rating!

  • 1 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We agree upon the importance of reviews. Please read ALL the reviews for anything you purchase. Reviews offer a sense of your potential experience. They are also a way to share joys, victories, and disappointments. We take great joy and pride in hosting people, so it is painful that anyone had a negative experience in our home and/or neighborhood. This situation was a terrible disappointment for all parties. We feel most terribly that they lost the opportunity for happy memories, as well as the additional expenses. As far as living in an unsafe neighborhood, this is where we and our extended family have chosen to raise our children. And we continue to be happy raising our children here. We live in a socioeconomically diverse neighborhood. This can trigger fear in folks whom have not lived in diverse environments. No one has ever insulted us or pushed drugs. The worst offenses we see are littering, some rambling drunks, panhandling, and some street fights. Guess what – these are sights we see ALL OVER NYC. Frankly, I find it hard to believe that anyone seriously offered these two middle-aged and teenaged women drugs (crack cocaine usage disappeared long ago). New Yorkers will definitely challenge you if you are visibly and audibly uncomfortable being around people different from yourself, and if you don’t follow respectful social etiquette, as in the case of this group. Regarding the heat, the region was in the third week of the hottest temperature on record. We do not have air conditioning. This group was unwilling to do what we and our guests often do to cool the place down because they feared they’d be “raped and murdered.” You’ll see a review below from a group two weeks prior (during the same heat wave) that followed our recommendations for cooling the place down. We are not a hotel, where the staff and entire building is dedicated to controlling (and monetizing) your experience. Hotels are great. Home sharing is a different way of traveling and it's not for everyone. If you are traveling to NYC in August, you can prioritize your search listings by requiring air conditioning. Again, this experience was a terrible disappointment for everyone involved. We have already fielded quotes for getting central air installed. However, we won’t be leaving our neighborhood. It is diverse and active and interesting, and we love it here.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Newark Airport or Kennedy Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Craft House
Nearest Ferry
0.7 Miles
Staten Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
1.7 Miles
Silver Lake Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.4 Miles
Staten Island Railroad
Nearest Motorway
3.4 Miles
Staten Island Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Craft House
Nearest Ski
60.5 Miles
Vernon Valley
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Midland Beach
Car: not necessary

This is New York City, but not a touristy area. We live in the cultural hub of Staten Island, with plenty of historical sites and diverse cultural influences. There is a lot of fun to be had here in Tompkinsville/St. George. We are also a quick and free ferry ride from Manhattan. The Manhattan ferry terminal is at a major intersection and a free transfer to subways reaching the rest of NYC.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Tompkinsville, New York City

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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £61.07
Cleaning for 5-6 people £19.33
Cleaning for 8-10 people £19.33
Cleaning for 7-8 people £19.33
Cleaning for 2-4 people £77.3

Housekeeping fees are increased for groups larger than 4, or groups using more than 2 beds. Our base rental is for 4 guests or less. Base housekeeping is $100. Groups of 5-6 guests pay $125 for housekeeping. Groups of 7-8 pay $150 for housekeeping. Groups of 8-11 pay $175. It is A LOT of laundry!

We offer ONE parking space in our side yard. Additional street parking is close and easy to find.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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