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***** Please *****NO CUT AND PASTE EMAILS, as you can see from the only Negative references I have, - IF IT'S REALLY OBVIOUS that you are sending a cut and paste email and just using CS as a place to find a free room, I will likely leave you a negative reference to warn other hosts , but then again, if you are a cut and paster, you probably havent made it this far into my profile to read this - lol*****
As for why I joined, I would love to Share my experience of living in the greatest city in the world - right in the heart of Times Square with equally extraordinary people
Most important..., I am not nearly as harsh as I sounded in the above paragraph -: ) I just feel strongly that the few people who abuse the system tarnish it for the rest of us.
Living in the heart of NYC in Times Square is probably the best way one can get the true NYC experience. As a frequent traveler, I like to always immerse myself in culture and meet new people, and this is a way to give back to my fellow travelers and make new friends
I receive over 20 requests a day, and cannot answer all of them, so to please save us both time, please note the following (sorry if this sounds harsh)
a) Please only send REQUESTS..NOT MESSAGES..Any request can have a message in it, but if I want to get back to everyone, REQUESTS are the simplest way
b) NO COUPLES (2 males or 2 females are fine)
c) if you are simply looking for a cheaper alternative to a hotel, I have listed a link to hostels below. Please do not email me simply to ask if you can use my apartment because you will be in town and need a free place to stay for you and your friends that don't even have profiles in here
d) if there is more than 1 person, please make sure the other person has either a CS profile or one on Facebook and SEND THE LINK. If i am letting strangers into my home, I would like to get a sense of who i am hosting.
IF YOU DONT READ THESE 4 RULES, I will automatically turn you down, and if you send a cut and paste email, I WILL WRITE A NEGATIVE REFERENCE - so other hosts can be warned
*** Getting past that, I really am a nice guy and I care that if I do host someone, that they have a great experience. Hopefully, you can see that in my references and I promise that if you are respectful and show me a good time it will be reciprocated. Also, if you made it this far, my name is Neil, so if you do email me, and write my name as opposed to my screen name - you get extra points -:)
For those looking for cheap places to stay in NYC, feel free to use this link - which is sorted by price
Treat people the same way you would want to be treated yourself
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I was probably couch surfing long before this site ever got started. Thankfully, I have done well enough that I can afford nice hotels now, but always happy to give back to good people
I have a VERY nice condo in the middle of Times Square - high enough for great views and very quiet so I can be VERY picky about who I host. I could rent my apartment on AirB&B for over $200 a night, so please give me a good reason why I should be hosting you
Lately, I have been getting too many emails from people who have sob stories about needing a last minute place and dont even care if I am around - they just need a place to sleep. This has really given CS a bad name to other legitimate people who are on here (everyone who I have met so far has been GREAT) - CS is a way to make new friends and share new experiences so please keep that in mind before contacting me
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Dinner with Bill Clinton- guessing Hillary wasn't too jealous of that although he did manage to ask for my girlfriends phone number who was at least 40 years younger ;)
Teach, Learn, Share
if you have made it this far down, you deserve some bonus points
NYC is very expensive, but a true New Yorker knows how to use the internet to save a ton of money, so I will share my 4 favorite tricks here, just for you
For Broadway show tickets, if you go to TKTS on 47th and Broadway, they offer many popular shows at 50% off. If you want to save even more money, if you go to the theater directly after 6pm, they have "rush tickets" for seats that havent sold out, for as low as $20 - but your odds are probably less than 25% and it usually wont work for the newest and most popular shows
For all other stuff, i use these 2 sites below. You can do sorts by category, location, discount. great way to save $$$ on restaurants and attractions.
Finally, for reviews of restaurants, shows, attractions and anything else, go to www.yelp.com or just put whatever you want reviewed into google....for example if you google
Empire State Building Yelp
you will get reviews of the Empire State Building
Hope these help!!!
What I Can Share with Hosts
Just a hint...Hosts want to know why you want to stay with them as opposed to a hotel/hostel and what you have to offer . That is the true spirit of Couchsurfing
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom