About Andrea Barnet
We are an artist and writer who bought our building in 1978 as a derelict shell and renovated it ourselves, when the Seaport was still an undiscovered and neglected neighborhood peopled with artists and fish mongers who plied the streets at night when the wholesale fish market used to operate. (The market is now long gone). We have lived there for many years and now split our time between New York City and upstate New York, visiting the farm in West Virginia where my husband grew up whenever we can. We raised our daughter in the building and have many friends in the seaport and tribeca, which is only a stone's throw away. Because we work for ourselves-- and now that our daughter has grown up-- our schedules are flexible and we no longer need to be in the city full time. We are deeply attached to the building, partly because we brought it back from the dead (it had no windows, plumbing or electricity when we bought it) but also because it is utterly unique, as I hope the pictures convey.
Andrea Barnet purchased this Townhome in 1978
What makes this Townhome unique
Our neighborhood is lovely, intimate, and well located. (Our building is the third oldest existing commercial building in lower Manhattan.) What we love is feeling the historic character of old New York, yet being within easy walking distance of all the downtown neighborhoods and amenities we use most. (tribeca, the lower east side, soho and noho) Often, especially in good weather, we don't have to use the subway at all. When we do, both the east and west side subways juncture at our subway stop, which is unusual for New York. And because we are just one block from the waterfront, one never feels overwhelmed by the size or density of the city. One can amble over to the piers at any time of day or night, and take in the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines and on a clear day, even the Veranzzano narrows in the distance. (or take one of the ferry boats plying back and forth across the East river to Brooklyn.) For us, a huge plus is that our block is quiet late at night, so great for sleeping, but also filled with wonderful little restaurants and cafes. And there is a view of the Brooklyn bridge from our windows!
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Cool loft experience made us feel like "real new yorkers..."
Sitting in Kit and Andrea's fantastic NYC loft was like being transported into a Woody Allen film. From the historic aspects of the building that were clearly lovingly maintained over the years, to Kit's well placed art work throughout the apartment, and the well-read books that lined the shelves - we truly felt at home and privileged to have the opportunity to stay in such a unique and interesting space.
The location is fantastic, and well we have typically stayed in Midtown when visiting NYC, the Seaport area is now our new favourite spot! It was happenstance that we stumbled across this loft as we needed a location that was within walking distance to the New York Film Academy for our two boys, who attended a week of summer camp. The loft proved to be the perfect location - it's proximity to Battery Park (where the camp is located) the Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island ferry, the half price ticket booth, the new iPic theatre (which our kids loved - we have something comparable in Canada, but children under 19 are not permitted), the ease of accessing the subway, and the abundance of amazing restaurants, made our vacation fantastic!
Thank you Kit & Andrea for sharing your home with us - looking forward to our next visit!
Shilpa & Mark (from Toronto)
Wonderful stay in the South Seaport
Our family had a wonderful stay in this beautiful loft apartment in the South Seaport district! It was spacious enough for our family, thoughtfully appointed, comfortably furnished, and filled with art, literature and beauty. The neighborhood was great, with restaurants, coffee shops and an incredible view of the Brooklyn Bridge. The premises and amenities were as described, and communications with the owners were excellent. The owners left a detailed book with information about the neighborhood with helpful recommendations for groceries and restaurants. I wish we were back there now!
Historic home in New York's Financial District
This was one of the most enjoyable renting experiences we've had. Andrea and Kit are gracious hosts. Their home is a comfortable place to stay, full of wonderful history. Their neighborhood has great places to eat, relaxing places to enjoy the harbor and was a calming getaway from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely want to stay here again whenever we come back to New York!
Live like a local in this cool loft!!
Have just returned from an incredible 15 night stay in this cool, art filled loft and cannot begin to do it justice. Our expectations were certainly high after pouring over the gorgeous photos, but it seriously went way beyond anything we could have imagined. Andrea and Kit were exceptional hosts and showed such warmth and genuine interest, ensuring our experience was perfect. It actually felt as though we were staying at the home of dear friends, allowing us to feel like locals in this gorgeous and peaceful precinct. The location was fantastic. Having stayed previously in many other neighbourhoods, this is now our favourite. There are so many wonderful restaurants, bars and coffee shops nearby, and the market on Fulton Street is so handy on the way home from Fulton St Station after a big day out. Our favourite restaurants were Via Carota, Barbulo, Odeon, Tiny's, Il Brigante and Augustine (all recommended by Andrea and Kit). Morning runs along the East River north, or south to Battery Park and up the Hudson were beautiful, in addition to the Brooklyn Bridge which is always spectacular.
Don't hesitate booking this apartment. If you are reading this review you were obviously drawn to this apartment by the amazing photos. Believe me it is exactly as described, only better. Go ahead and read all the other reviews - I wholeheartedly agree with everything that has been written before. Book this apartment and enjoy!! Thank you so much Andrea and Kit!! We can't wait to come again soon.
Fabulous loft Seaport
This was an amazing and extremely comfortable place for 2 couples. Our hosts were helpful and provided us with great amenities.
Couldn't recommend any higher than five star. We would love to stay again on a return.
Dear Gaye, Thank you for being such wonderful and responsible guests. I really enjoyed meeting you and hope our paths cross again. warmly, Andrea
Wyoming comes to New York
Great place to stay. Very roomy, safe, comfortable. Most amenities available. sweet location by south street seaport. Great nearby restaurants, coffee shops, grocery, and many points of interest. The "book" was very helpful and it was cool to stay in such a historic building. Would stay here again!