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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 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 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 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…»

 

Image of NYC skyline Make the most of your long weekend in NYC!

Visiting New York City and seeing all the attractions and iconic locations up close and personal is on everyone’s bucket list. What happens if you only have a long weekend to spare? How can you make the most of your short trip in New York City? Keep reading to find out!

1. Visit the City’s Landmarks

Image of an overview of the Statue of Liberty The Statue of Liberty has been an important monument for all generations.

There are tons of iconic buildings and locations around New York City to begin your trip with! Head to the Empire State Building and make your way to the 86th floor to experience the observation deck and take in panoramic views of the glorious city. Read the entire story here…»

 

Going back to school may have kids dreading the fall, but it doesn’t have to be so frightful! There’s no better way of taking their minds off school than by bringing them to The Big Apple! With beautiful fall foliage, and countless activities ranging from the Haunted High Line to apple picking, you’ll show them just how spectacular the fall in NYC can be!

1. Visit NYC’s Parks

Image of Central Park View of Central Park on a crisp fall day!

The iconic Central Park is a great place to visit when the leaves start changing. Watch as the colors slowly fade from green to yellow, while you grab a delicious cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider and stroll through the park. If you prefer to sit for a little then pack the kids’ favorite snacks and enjoy a peaceful picnic in the midst of busy Manhattan. Can’t get enough? Check out our guide to Central Park through the seasons! Not near Central Park? Head over to Prospect Park in Brooklyn to take the kids on a nice hike on one of the four nature trails in the park. The trails all offer spectacular views of waterfalls, the forest and the lull water, not to mention the changing leaves. Lastly, don’t forget to check out Hudson River Park, which stretches 4.5 miles (7.2 km), making it the second largest park in Manhattan! The kids will be sure to enjoy the children’s playground, tennis courts, soccer fields, and batting cages! Read the entire story here…»

 

The Big Apple. Gotham. The City That Never Sleeps. Whatever name you use to describe New York, one thing is certain – New York City is a lifestyle, not just a metropolis. We’ve made a list of the top ten most iconic spots in this spectacular place. After all – New York, New York…what a wonderful town!

1. Times Square

Image of Times Square Times Square shines as the city’s (neon) center

The official heart of New York’s tourist district, Times Square is the home of Broadway’s best theaters, shopping and dining opportunities – and oh yes, those giant eye-popping billboards. The area, wedged between 7th Avenue and Broadway and stretching across most of the West forties, has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly space — so go ahead, snap that selfie before you head off to the theatre. For a more in-depth look at Times Square, click here.

2. Shopping on 34th Street

Those who think that the shopping begins and ends in Times Square have a lesson or two to learn. Head a few blocks south and you’ll find an equally diverse array of merchants. Sure, Times Square has that massive Toys ‘R’ Us, but 34th Street has something (arguably) even greater: the world’s second largest department store, Macy’s Herald Square. This retail giant is the home of countless fashion labels, world-famous Christmas windows, and an annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you emerge from the ten-plus floors unsatisfied, rejoice: nearby is the Manhattan Mall and flagship stores of popular brands Victoria’s Secret and a recently opened H&M. After you’ve done your day’s shopping, why not stay at a New York Habitat vacation rental? Read the entire story here…»

 

Empire State building skyline sunset The sun sets behind New York and the Empire State Building

Congratulations, you’ve made it to New York City, the largest city in America and the center of art, business, and culture. Your days are jam-packed dawn till dusk with exciting activities and your nights are a blur of lights and Broadway shows. But if you haven’t yet planned to visit these great places to watch the sunset, you’re missing out! From New Jersey to Queens and Harlem to Wall Street, these five places are the absolute best spots to watch the sunset in the city that never sleeps.

1. Hudson River Park

One world trade center sunset See the sunset light up the One World Trade Center

Stretching all the way from 59th Street to Battery Park, Hudson River Park is the second-largest park in Manhattan. One of its most defining features is its five mile long bike and running path, and the free kayaking at Pier 40 is always a crowd favorite. It’s a great place to do yoga or just meditate on the meaning of life. But if you come for the attractions you’ll stay for the view – you can see all of Jersey City and the Statue of Liberty from any point in the park. Of course, if you really want a view you should check out these apartments with a great view of New York. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of a bagel and coffee New York is known for its bagels. Coffee? Not as much!

There are two types of foods New Yorkers take extra pride in: pizza and bagels. You’ll find lots of delis, cafes and even restaurants offering the latter across the city, but which should you put at the top of your list? Here at New York Habitat, we have a few suggestions – so when you’re searching for the perfect breakfast treat, this collection of our ten favorite bagel spots should give you plenty of food for thought.

1. Absolute Bagels

Image of an assortment of bagels Absolute Bagels takes pride in its authentic products

New Yorkers love Absolute Bagels for their authentic baked goods and delicious spreads. Another bonus? Its location on the northern end of Broadway keeps it hidden from tourist traffic. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s unpopular: between flocks of local Columbia University students and Manhattanites looking for quality food, Absolute Bagels is never short on crowds. Be mindful of overcapacity as you visit the shop – only a handful of tables sit inside the small interior, and lines can wrap around the sidewalk. Unique spreads – including the highly recommended lox – are reason enough to go, as are the main attraction themselves (we suggest ordering whichever bagel is fresh out of the oven).

Prices start around $1 for a plain bagel and increase with added fillings and cream cheese. The cash only establishment is located at 2788 Broadway in a neighborhood now known as Manhattan Valley (or the northern section of the Upper West Side to some) and operates from 6am to 9pm. Take the 1 subway train to the Cathedral Parkway station or the A, B or C to the Cathedral Parkway at 110th Street station. Absolute Bagels is also accessible via public bus. While you’re there, tour the Upper Manhattan districts of Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights, and Washington Heights using our handy guide! Read the entire story here…»