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Image of shopping street with colorful holiday lights, double decker buses and people shopping London’s streets are alive with colorful holiday lights and frenzied shoppers enjoying the sales.

The Holidays are such a festive and magical time of year, with all of the colorful decorations, nostalgic music and the scents of traditional holiday baking. It’s also a great time to travel and see cities you may have even visited before in a whole different light. Wander through markets, snack on seasonal nibbles and enjoy all those fun wintertime activities. What better time to visit a new city and immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions?

Holiday Light Illuminations

Image of shopping street with with double decker buses and angel-shaped Christmas lights Take in the holiday light displays as you check off items on your Christmas wish list.

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Image of Paris department store Printemps with pink and white Christmas lights outside Major department stores like Printemps go all out for the holiday season. Photo credit: 2015-11-Noel-Actualites-Vitrine-Façade-Printemps

Paris isn’t called the City of Lights for nothing! As the days get shorter and holiday cheer spreads through the shops and streets of the city, shimmering Christmas lights and unique festive decorations go up across Paris. The city’s holiday traditions, from ice skating and carousels to chestnuts and mulled wine, bring Paris’s outdoor spaces to life despite the winter chill. Visit Paris for the holiday season and you can see for yourself!

To help you make sense of Paris’s many wintertime offerings, this guide lays out the city’s can’t-miss experiences for the holidays. For more guidance on choosing the right home away from home, take a look at our furnished apartments in Paris.

1. Christmas Lights in Paris

Image of a Paris street with yellow Christmas lights and a white tree Paris’s streets are transformed with Christmas lights, full of holiday spirit. Photo credit: Paris-avenue-de-montaigne-fashion-ninara

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Image of people sitting on bench with Queensboro Bridge in background Woody Allen’s films include iconic shots of NYC (Production Co: Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions. Dir. W. Allen (Manhattan (1979))

Filmmakers have flocked to the Big Apple since the early days of cinema, drawn by its edgy energy and backdrops that range from skyscrapers to Fifth Avenue mansions and gritty Downtown back alleys. Streets lined with movie trailers and production crews are an everyday sight here, and cinema buffs can also find bus and walking tours of famous film and TV locations.

Speaking of locations, New York Habitat has an expansive inventory of classic NYC apartments right by some of the city’s most iconic film and TV locations. Read on to hear about some of our favorite films, each depicting a different version of the city, and our apartment picks near each location — because New York apartments are as diverse as the city’s people and neighborhoods. So get ready to explore New York while living among a bit of cinematic nostalgia. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of cartoon-style NYC buildings and heart advertising Black Friday sale New York Habitat is celebrating Black Friday with 60% off agency fees on furnished apartment rentals!

As the leaves turn colors and fall begins, New York gets ready for Thanksgiving: the beginning of the holiday season. But just after that festive kick-off comes another uniquely American holiday. Great deals and low prices, for a limited time only on Black Friday, draw hordes of shoppers to stores across the country! There’s nowhere better to experience the excitement than the famous shopping streets of New York during the best sales of the year!

Stay on for a few more days – or even the whole month – and you can see what New York really has to offer. Even better, we are offering a 60%* off sale on the agency fees for bookings made November 1-30  in these one of a kind furnished apartments and vacation rentals to let you live like the locals in some of New York’s most famous neighborhoods: Williamsburg and Harlem!

1. Two bedroom rental with panoramic views in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Image of a Williamsburg living room with large windows NY-16158 You can watch a New York sunset from your living room thanks to these duplex windows.

It’s tough to find a cheap apartment in New York with natural light, let alone floor-to-ceiling duplex windows right in the living room! On top of that, this two bedroom furnished apartment in Williamsburg offers two balconies, off the living room and the second bedroom. Inside, contemporary art and a flat screen television give the space a modern touch, despite the LPs and record player – an homage to Williamsburg’s love of vinyl and many record stores.

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1: Image of bridge covered in fall leaves in Central Park Central Park in fall is the place to be. Photo credit: Anthony Quintano via Flickr

Many New Yorkers consider fall the best time of year in New York City. The cool weather and vibrant colors of the changing seasons make it the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the city before the season’s fleeting beauty disappears and New Yorkers settle in for the winter.

Image of silhouette of NYC skyline at sunset across the lake in Central Park Catch a spectacular fall sunset above the NYC skyline in Central Park. Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

Read on for some of the best ways to make the most of the fall season outdoors while you’re in NYC.

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Image of pumpkin balloons along Central Park West at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a Fall tradition in NYC

As October approaches with a chill in the air, New Yorkers start to crave the chills and thrills of the Halloween season. Luckily, New York City is full of enough eerie places and spooky events to keep everyone entertained. Read on and find some of the best ways to get your heart pounding this October in NYC.

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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…»