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Image of sculpture of the word “LOVE” in red in Manhattan Love is in the air in NYC on Valentine’s Day (Photo credit: Kumar Appaiah)

We all know Valentine’s Day as a day to turn up the romance, express your love and impress your significant other with sweet gestures to show just how much they mean to you, whether it’s chocolates, roses, or a romantic dinner out. But you always score extra points for coming up with something truly impressive and different, so why not plan a trip to fabulous New York City for your sweetheart? Since we’ve been in business renting furnished rentals in NYC for over 20 years, we happen to know some sweet spots to take your sweetie on Valentine’s Day plus we have plenty of romantic apartments you can rent from NYC to across the pond in London, to warm things up on a cold February night! Check out these suggestions for a truly unique February 14th

Love in Times Square

Image of heart sculpture in the middle of Times Square Get down on a knee or renew your vows with couples in Times Square (Photo credit: Ian Douglas for Times Square Arts)

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The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is the backdrop for the spectacular Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. The show is an homage to the city New York; putting on display scale models New York’s most iconic landmarks (which are painstakingly made with 100% natural materials like seeds, bark and leaves).

A stroll through the conservatory will reveal famous buildings and structures like the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building, among many others.

Image of mini models of NYC’s landmarks with model trains at the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show Discover a mini NYC with models of famous landmarks at the New York Botanical Garden

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Image of living room of PA-4708 with dining table and windows overlooking Les Invalides The views are iconic from this spacious furnished Paris apartment’s living room!

The new year is upon us, and that means it’s time to shake things up and set some lofty new goals for the coming year! If your goals just happen to include a new loft apartment, well, you’re not alone! One of the top life changes people aspire to for the new year is changing up where they live, trying out an exciting new neighborhood and finding a new abode to settle into and call home. Whether your dream apartment is in the Big Apple or across the pond, we have an array of apartment options to fulfill your new year’s resolutions.

Just in time for the new year, we’ve picked 4 amazing apartments around the globe that will inspire you to take a leap and move to a new place — and as a bonus, they’re all close to some fabulous winter fun!

A New Year in New York

Aerial view of Chelsea Piers Sports Complex with Hudson River and Manhattan Skyline Chelsea Piers offers a multitude of activities including two world class skating rinks with river views! Photo credit: courtesy of Chelsea Pier

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Image of rooftop terrace with table, chairs and plants at NY-11476 Take in the bird’s eye view over the East Village from this rooftop terrace

Millennials are discovering that apartment shares are an economical way to tackle the high cost of living in New York City. Share an apartment with a roommate (or a couple of roommates) and you can split the cost of housing and utilities, which will be easier on your wallet!

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Image of Carnaby Street with colorful Christmas lights, people strolling the cobblestoned streets The Carnaby Christmas Carnival lights up the streets of London’s West End (Photo credit: Alex Stoen www.alexstoen.com - Instagram @alexstoen)

Don’t let the travel low season to Europe keep you from discovering the magic of London at wintertime — this city is just heating up for winter’s merriment! Historic streets and squares take on a wintertime mystique illuminated with colorful holiday lights and decorations that bring back a childhood sense of fascination. Take advantage of low airfares and discounts on apartment rentals and explore the magic of London in wintertime minus all the tourist crowds!

1. Covent Garden

Image of Covent Garden shops with lights and ornaments hanging from the ceiling Shop under the mistletoe in Covent Garden (Photo credit: Andrew Thomas - https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew_thomas_73)

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Picture of Paris city hall Paris city hall

This article gives more detail on the new regulations passed by Paris City Hall which apply to vacation rental properties as of 1st December 2017.

The law no. 2016-1321 of 7 October 2016 of the Digital Republic added significant modifications to vacation rental properties that we are going to explain below:

1) The Decision of the City council

Picture of Nice city council City council

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Image of the inside of Galeries Lafayette with arched balconies, Christmas tree, decorations and glass domed ceiling Christmas shopping surrounded by the beauty of the Galeries Lafayette is an experience not to be missed (Photo credit: b-senses photographie- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/B-senses-photographie-272035832899555/ )

As the chilly winter Arctic winds blow, some people prefer to huddle inside and hibernate, but savvy travelers make the most of low airfares and bargains on off-peak vacation rentals and head out to explore a new destination. At this festive holiday time of year, Paris is one of the most breathtaking spots you can visit, where sparkling holiday lights, world-class shopping and delectable delicacies await to entice you out of your winter slumber. So throw on an extra sweater and let’s explore the magic of Paris in the Wintertime….

1. Shopping

Image of the outside of Galeries Lafayette shopping center in Paris with Christmas lights Enjoy the illuminated city of Paris at holiday time while getting your Christmas shopping done (Photo credit: shivapat via Flickr)

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Image of New York City Street covered in snow Welcome to our Winter Wonderland

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again and whether you spend every holiday season in New York City or if this is your first time in the Big Apple, we have the insider’s scoop on how to have the most magical winter in NYC.

Winter Festivities

Image of Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree and display Be a part of this NYC tradition! (Photo Credit: Anthony Quintano via Flickr)

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Image of East Village street with apartments, fire escapes and storefronts Funky shops, brownstones and small, unique apartment buildings are classic East Village

This week’s neighborhood focus is on the East Village section of Manhattan. The East Village has been the home of every kind of individual imaginable: young, old, beatniks, punk rockers, hippies and even today’s yuppies. No matter what you do or where you come from, the East Village will open its doors to you.

The artistic essence that was intrinsic to the area when artists like Iggy Pop and Basquiat, took over is still palpable today, even as the neighborhood has become a friendlier, touristy area. Everywhere you go, art is present. Just a stroll down the street can reveal a number of murals painted by locals.

Many of the buildings found in the East village, particularly within Alphabet City, are tenement apartments that once housed the many immigrant communities that first called the East Village home. These buildings are easily recognizable by their flat brick façade, accentuated by rows of windows. Although at one point considered low-income housing, today these buildings are prime real estate due to their location and because of their uniquely New York architectural style.

RENTAL PRICES

At New York Habitat we offer a range of furnished housing options including full private apartments and rooms for rent in shared apartments all over New York City. So how do you start your housing search? Read on…

Knowing what areas of New York City are within your rent budget is an important step in finding an apartment that fits your needs. Apartment shares are popular among the millennial crowd because they allow you to share the costs of NYC apartment living, plus you get to live with other people which can make life less lonely in a new city, and you can test out a neighborhood and an apartment to see how you like it before making a long-term housing decision. For a little help with deciding what aspects of an apartment or neighborhood would match your lifestyle, check out our blog on the topic to get started!

Financial requirements for typical New York apartment leases usually mean you have to prove you make 40 times the monthly rent. That can be a huge hurdle for many people when apartment hunting, especially new graduates and those just starting out at a new job. Sharing an apartment lessens this burden, as you just have to show you can afford the room’s rent which is substantially lower than a full apartment. You also get to live with some cool people, many of which are locals and can give you tips and advice on living in the area, including insider information on all the best places to go! So how exactly will living in the East Village affect your wallet? The following infographic will break it down for you:

Infographic of room vs apartment prices in the East Village See how room vs apartment prices measure up in the East Village

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Image of bedroom in NY-16457 with two double beds This room has two double beds, perfect for sharing with a friend

Many millennials looking for housing in New York City are turning to apartment shares as a way to handle the rising cost of living in the Big Apple. By sharing apartment expenses you can afford to live in the city and still have spending money to enjoy all that NYC in the winter has to offer.

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