Super experience. I originally inquired about this apartment, but learned it was unavailable, and had been listed by mistake.
Tonya graciously offered to upgrade us to her "Grande Super Large Apt" in the same building, for the price of this one, and we accepted.
The apartment we actually stayed in was the mirror image of the one advertised, with a king bed downstairs, and a queen in the low-ceilinged loft. It was more newly renovated than that shown in the pics, and looks as though it's being done up in stages.
The main room is approx 16'x10', a pretty decent size for this type of building, and has plenty of extra storage space in the hallway, which makes it easy for even a family of 5, like mine, to store their gear.
We all loved the place, which is perfect for families in a number of respects. It's convenient for plenty of subway lines, a few buses, and to Penn Station too, which is handy if you're flying into EWR.
The Flatiron District is a safe, professional area--I used to work just blocks away. And the apartment's proximity to Madison Square Park, Apple Seeds indoor playground (which offers drop-in play for $40 per family/day), and Chelsea Piers make it a great pick for those with kids. Moreover, there are great grocery stores, nearby, like Garden of Eden & Whole Foods, if you plan to make use of the apartment's kitchen, in addition to super restaurants for every price range. (For travellers on a budget, 2 Brothers Pizza even has dollar slices!)
If you do plan to cook, be aware that whereas the kitchen has ample flatware and glassware, it lacks a few basics like a cutting board (though it has a chef's knife), spatula, serving spoon, and a colander. It's probably best to ask Tonya herself, if there's something specific you want.
Text her any time--she's easy to get. She answered our messages within a few minutes. She is warm, and helpful in person, too, as is the super Super, Winston.
Winston was flexible when we turned up 20 minutes late to check in. He keeps a close eye on the front door, and he was always kind enough to buzz us in when we were fishing for our keys, while struggling with our 3 little ones. Thanks, Winston.
Communal areas in this building are battle-worn, but cleaned regularly, even if only given a lick and a promise. The apartments are cleaner. The building has an elevator, which makes travelling with little ones and lots of luggage that much easier.
Best of all, Tonya's apartments are sure to please your kiddos. Our little ones loved the loft, of course, but also the decor--including colorful vintage travel posters featuring elephants and hot air balloons, a real guitar and conga drum, a touch lamp, and books and fun little chotchkies. Our kids were so enchanted by Tonya's snow globe, we bought one of the same as our NYC souvenir.