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Image of runners on the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge. A run across the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge is good for exercise and seeing the city!

With 520 miles of coastline, some of the world’s most famous urban parks, and a range of new initiatives to get its residents out and exercising, New York City is a great place to go for a run. The five boroughs offer so many routes, you’ll have a hard time choosing one! We’ve made this handy guide to running routes that optimize views, park time, and convenience. So whether you’re staying in the city for a short while, in a New York vacation rental or with friends, or if you’re trying to fit in some exercise after a day at the office, we’ve got you covered.

1. Midtown Landmarks – 4.5 miles (7 km)

When most people think of NYC, it’s big landmarks like Central Park, the Empire State Building, and Grand Central Terminal that come to mind. You can check these major sights of your list, in addition to many others, with this route through Manhattan’s urban core. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of aerial view of Autumn trees in Central Park Can you recall Central Park in fall?

Autumn in New York is so lovely that songs have been written about it, movies and countless books have been based on it, and best of all, it’s almost here! The summer humidity disappears, there’s a cool breeze in the air and its one of the best times to be in NY. So what do New Yorkers do when the fall season hits the Big Apple? Read on to find out some typically fall things you must experience when you’re in NYC.

Take a Walk Through the Fall Foliage in Central Park (or any other NYC park)

Image of people boating on a lake in Central Park with buildings and trees with fall colors in the background What could be more romantic than a boat ride on the lake in Central Park in Autumn?

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Image of the front stoops of row house buildings in NYC Look around, NYC is full of apartment options!

It’s nice to have a big housing budget (hopefully paid for by your company) but many of us don’t, This article is for the other 99% that need to figure out how they can live in the city of their dreams without going broke in the process. As licensed brokers, we know the NYC real estate market and have some insider tips and tricks to navigating it. Read on below and find out how you can afford to live your dream in NYC. Read the entire story here…»

 

New York is an international city, where cultures from around the world meet and combine. This fall, a great way to see that cultural diffusion firsthand is coming to Central Park for Vieilles Charrues New York, the American spin-off of one of France’s most popular festivals. More than just French culture though, Vielles Charrues celebrates the rich history of Brittany, a northwestern region with Celtic roots, a proud culture, and a linguistic tradition all its own. While you’re in New York City getting to see the Breton side of things, you’ll want to live like a local in a furnished apartment, and maybe get to know some other people from around the globe in your neighborhood! Read the entire story here…»

 

Arial image of Central Park with lake and skyline of apartment buildings NYC has tons of apartment options to consider (Credit : Global Citizen)

New York City has so many types of apartments and neighborhoods, to an outsider it can be a daunting task to figure out where to start your apartment search. Size and budget are a starting point, but to truly find the perfect apartment “match”, you also need to consider your personality and interests. See if any of the “types” of apartment hunters below describe you and get some ideas where to start and what to look for in your next apartment rental.

I. The Foodie

Image of large kitchen with stainless steel appliances in NY-16264 The kitchen in this Brooklyn vacation rental is a chef’s dream

The foodie has an appetite for all things culinary. This 1 bedroom vacation rental in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has a spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances, double door refrigerator, dishwasher, cooktop range, and a dining table for six. Not one but two ovens, an extra-large sink and culinary extras like a stand up electric mixer make this the perfect chef’s kitchen. There’s also a BBQ for grilling in the gorgeous back yard/garden area! This 3 bedroom furnished apartment in Brooklyn Heights also has a large kitchen that aspiring chefs dream of. For foodies who love food but hate to cook, this furnished studio in Hell’s Kitchen-Midtown Manhattan is steps away from Restaurant Row, where an array of world cuisines are at your fingertips (no cooking required!). Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of the large vaulted reading room at the Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève Paris’s magnificent libraries don’t disappoint, from the Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève to the American Library of Paris!

Paris has been a center of learning for nearly a millennium, with a rich history of universities and royal patronage. Nowadays, students and workers can enjoy some spectacular library spaces that represent that academic heritage. From well-known Latin Quarter study rooms to a fairytale library in the Marais, the city is full of enchanting work spaces and shelves of books just waiting to be read. Staying in a Paris furnished rental, you can study at home or check out some of these top Paris libraries. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Tower Bridge, backed by skyscrapers including the Gherkin London’s landmarks combine historic architecture and modern design.

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York gets the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building – in London, you’ll find even more landmarks, from Tower Bridge and Big Ben to the Gherkin and the Shard. Like any global city, London sets itself apart with iconic buildings that recall its history and show its innovative nature. Traveling to London, it can be tough to check off all the sights on your list. Start by renting an apartment near a London landmark and you’ll be that much closer to all the sites to be seen Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Louis Vuitton Foundation building The Louis Vuitton Foundation promotes arts and culture in Paris.(Credit : Daniel Buren L'observatoire de la lumiere travail in situ- Guignard)

When you dream of Paris, you envision strolling through art galleries with a glass of wine in hand or dressing up in the latest haute couture and making your grand entrance into the opera hall. Paris is known as a city of the arts, one trip here and you will certainly see why. Aside from all of the usual tourist sites and museums, take some time to discover this epicenter of the performing arts. Here you will find something to fit everyone’s taste, from opera, theater and ballet to the latest concert line ups and cabaret. And because its Paris, the venues themselves are as intriguing as the events they house. On your next trip to Paris, rent an apartment near one of these iconic venues and immerse yourself in the arts and culture of Paris.

A mix of fashion and art is everywhere in Paris, so it’s not surprising that Louis Vuitton created the non-profit Louis Vuitton Foundation, an art museum and cultural center here, to promote arts and culture in Paris. And of course, it could only be designed by one of the best, the famous architect Frank Gehry, whose internationally acclaimed works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain. The foundation is located in the 16th arrondissement, and is worth the trip just for the amazing architecture alone. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of the pool of the London Virgin Active gym club with the skyline in the background Swim with a view at this penthouse pool at the Virgin Active gym club. (Credit: Canary Riverside Health Club)

London doesn’t need famous beaches to offer lots of places to go for a dip, from pristine pools to tree-lined lakes, you won’t be far from the water this summer. If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your furnished apartment complex, then swimming for pleasure or fitness may be a part of your daily routine. You can also get passes to pools like the one pictured above, located in a private gym club on the top floor. For the rest of us, it’s a great way to escape every once in a while. There are plenty of places in London that are open to the public where you can relax or work on your technique. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of people swimming in Astoria Park Pool with Triboro Bridge in the background Swim with a view at the Astoria Park Pool one of many great NYC pools.(credit:NYC Parks )

When you think of lounging by a pool relaxing the hot summer day away, the last place that probably comes to mind is NYC, but amid all the concrete and skyscrapers these elusive urban oases can be found, you just have to know where to look. New York Habitat can help you find the perfect furnished apartment in New York City. From apartment buildings to hotel rooftops and gyms, read on to find a spot to cool off this summer in the urban jungle. Read the entire story here…»