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Image of buildings near Columbia University with flowers in the foreground Spring is graduation season at NYC’s colleges and universities!

Springtime in New York City is a time of renewal, of springing forth from the stagnation of the cold winter months to the rebirth of gardens and parks, warm weather and outdoor activities. New Yorkers love getting out and about, whether it’s a stroll through Central Park, taking in an outdoor concert, browsing the offerings at a street fair, or dining al fresco with friends. And the month of May adds graduation festivities to the mix! New York City’s prestigious colleges and universities span all five boroughs, from technical schools and those specialized in specific trades to Ivy League universities, those known for their sports teams and everything in between. It’s here you’ll find FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), Cooper Union, NYU, Fordham University in Manhattan and the Bronx, St. John’s University in Queens, Brooklyn Law School and the College of Staten Island. As you can imagine, graduation time is a busy time in NYC! If you are a friend or family of a graduate you’re probably planning your trip to NYC for graduation ceremonies but also want to make the most of your time here and fit in some sight seeing while you’re in town. New York Habitat’s agents can help you find a furnished rental apartment that is the perfect combination of proximity to a NYC college or university and convenience to some of the best spring activities and attractions to take in while you’re in town!

Furnished Apartments are a Great Family Option

Image of NY-17172 on the Upper West Side with Central Park views from the living room Rent this apartment with Central Park views in spring

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view of the Financial District, with Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground Lower Manhattan's rapidly changing skyline reflects New York's dynamism

New Yorkers range from cosmopolitan style connoisseurs to the kind of irresistible eccentrics you can’t really find in any other city. This incredible diversity is evident among the hosts we work with — and the apartments they list with us. Are you curious about some of our favorites? Or could you use some apartment hunting inspiration for your next trip? Check out our selection of 7 apartments that encapsulate the vibrancy of New York City, and see which one best suits your personality!

Find Refuge in the Theater District

image of lounge area and spiral staircase in NY-16334, with a round mirror in the background Convenience meets style in this serene duplex overlooking Hell's Kitchen

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Image of Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens with water and NYC skyline view Get a spectacular view of NYC from Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens

If this isn’t your first trip to New York City then you’ve already seen most of the usual famous sites and you’re looking to discover more of the lesser known, non-touristy things to see and do. Getting to truly know a place is less about the gimmicky tourist traps and the places everyone has seen and more about spending time exploring and getting to know the real heartbeat of the place and its people. For some ideas on alternative attractions for your next visit to NYC, read on and find out some of our insider tips…

View Manhattan from a Different Angle

Everyone has heard that Dumbo is a great spot for capturing the Manhattan skyline, but as an alternative that is perhaps even more breathtaking, Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City is the top of our list. The park’s gantries are its centerpiece, harking back to the area’s past, where barges would unload at the docks. Today, this waterside location has been reinvented as a 12 acre waterfront park where you can enjoy stunning views that include the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and the United Nations, not to mention the famous Pepsi Cola sign (a relic of the Pepsi bottling plant that once operated in this formerly industrial area) that recently gained NYC landmark status. Stroll through the planted walkways or stop for a game at the basketball or handball courts. There’s also a fishing pier and a stage that hosts summer concerts with the added perk of an iconic backdrop. Grab a bite from one of the nearby restaurants or food trucks or bring your own picnic and stay for a spectacular sunset while relaxing on one of the wave-like lounge chairs set up right by the water for a relaxing end of day.

Stay Like a Local in a Not-So-Touristy Area

Image of the living room area of apartment NY-15441 in Long Island City, Queens For an alternative apartment option, try this alcove studio located in a former firehouse in Long Island City, Queens

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Image of SoHo Street with shoe-tossing SoHo, NYC is famous for its Shopping, Boutiques and Fashion

It’s that time of year again, the semi-annual event known as Fashion Week, and all its accompanying designers, models, photographers and entourages are about to take over the major style capitals of the world. Twice a year in Winter and Fall, New York, London, Milan and Paris host the fast-paced runway shows of Fashion Week and their fashion-forward events. We know how busy all of our fashion industry clients are, and that hotel rooms can be impossible to find. We’ve compiled a list of apartment suggestions in NYC, London and Paris that we think would be just your style…

New York Fashion Week (February 9 – Friday, February 17, 2017)

The streets of NYC are always an un-official runway and during fashion week the local fashionistas and the influx of fashion gurus can be found out and about in full force so keep your eyes open for some serious style inspiration.

Image of living room of NY-16635 in the Upper West Side This 4 bedroom/3 bath duplex on the Upper West Side is spacious enough for your whole entourage

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Image of Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and plaza decked in holiday lights The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a must-see on a holiday trip to NYC. (https://www.rockefellercenter.com) Photo Credit Francois Roux

Many people dream of warm locales for their winter travels, but the holiday season can also be a great time to check out a new location while airfares and rents are their lowest of the year and you don’t have to battle as many crowds. The slower season before and after the big holiday rush is one of the best times to visit any destination, even one you have been to before in other seasons, because nothing is quite like being immersed in the local traditions and the collective energy of a place leading up to the holidays. Stick around after the rush when all the locals are back at home and you get a real sense of local neighborhood life. New York City gets in the holiday mood early, so you can catch all the holiday preparations and enticing sales plus find a great furnished rental to stay at for a reasonable price. Many properties lower their prices for the shoulder seasons, so it’s a great time to save while you explore a new place and see how the locals really live outside of the hectic tourist season.

Of course if you are headed to NYC in the winter, the holiday season is also a favorite time for people to experience the Big Apple all aglow with holiday lights and decked out in all its glory. Read on for some of our suggestions of the not-to-miss things that should be on your to-do list.

Famous Holiday Shows & Entertainment

Image of holiday window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue department store Christmas window displays are an NYC holiday tradition. Photo Credit Francois Roux

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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…»