Thank you for your review. For the benefit of those who do not read French, i am including the translation here. Christophe's daughter is 17 and she was the intended (and appreciative) audience of whatever humor i engaged in.
My daughter and I stayed at Nancy for 2 weeks. The neighborhood is nice and safe. It was one of our worries that quickly disappeared. All of Manhattan exudes a calm and serene atmosphere (even if it moves well in some places), with a Zen police presence whose motto is "courtesy, professionalism and respect." We never felt any tension. The accommodation is located near a subway (12 minutes walk), and buses, making very quickly accessible the whole city. Nancy puts a lot of heart to welcome us with lots of little signs specifying the proper use of everything. The accommodation is small but well laid out, nice too. The wifi works very well, the bedding is very comfortable. There is no air conditioning and it can get hot, but it is better for the environment and for health. The apartment is composed of two bedrooms, one large with a full-sized bed and the other small with a single bed. If you rent both rooms, as we did, Nancy sleeps in the living room on an air mattress. This doesn’t provide as much privacy (for the guest in the larger bedroom) since you have to go through the living room to get to the bathroom for example or if you come back late. It is specified that the housing has a kitchen but it is forbidden to bring food of any kind, not even to have in our personal bags (such as a picnic for the next day). This is noted in the house guidelines and holds. Do not expect to put something in the fridge! This made our stay difficult, thinking we could do some meals on site or plan our picnics. Nancy leads a fight (this term is deliberately warlike) for veganism. She likes to give lessons and thanks you for listening. She also enjoys, under the guise of humor, to show you that she would give you a spanking if you made a mistake in how to do this or that. (eg when I did not quite extend the shower curtain so the folds do not touch or I left the filter holder in the coffee maker instead of placing it next to it). There is no aggressiveness but it led us to an infantile posture (for example hiding some food shopping) that we would have liked to avoid ... between adults. A stay of a few days would not be tainted by this, but for 2 weeks, lead us to reflect ... (we should have read the guidelines).
PS I have a niece who gets very sick from mold that grows when shower curtains are not sufficiently spread and aired. Same with airing out the coffee maker. I appreciate my quests consideration of the health needs of my family and of all future guests who might have similar allergic reactions to mold.
PPS It was a guest who strongly suggested i use cold water to wash sheets so as to save energy. It is a very thorough wash with biodegradable "Dr. Bronner's"soap and leaves the linens fresh and clean. i wasn't aware the clothes i washed and dried for you came out anything but fresh and clean as well.
PPPS Thank you again for your stay and your comments. I enjoyed our lovely conversations, learning about your life in France, your rural home environment and your work as well as your daughter's wonderful achievements and skills. I am happy to have had the opportunity to meet and host both of you.