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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.

New York City is full of Haunted History 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…»

 

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…»

 

Considering its role as an intellectual epicenter, it should come as no surprise that New York abounds with world-famous museums. Whether your interests lie in art, history, or culture, you’ll find an exhibition to satisfy every curiosity. Why not start at the most prominent stretch of galleries in New York City, known as the Museum Mile?

A few blocks longer than its titular distance, the fabled Museum Mile runs from East 82nd to East 105th streets along 5th Avenue in the Upper East Side (take a closer look at the Upper East Side) and Spanish Harlem districts. Coined in the 1970s, the strip was rebranded to emphasize the cultural significance of its nine museums. Today, the Mile still is home to those nine institutions (a tenth, the Museum for African Art, opened in 2012 several streets north of the East 105th Street boundary) and is also popular for shopping and dining. Public transport, including bus lines and the 4, 5, and 6 subway trains, will get you to the various stops on the Museum Mile. There may be less than a dozen museums on the 5th Avenue stretch, but don’t let that fool you: it will take you more than a week to get through them all. Thankfully, our New York vacation rentals will have your NYC living space covered.

1) El Museo del Barrio

Image of El Museo del Barrio. Photo: Luis Camnitzer. El Museo del Barrio teaches visitors with centuries’ worth of Hispanic art. Photo: Luis Camnitzer.

With 6,500 permanent objects, El Museo del Barrio has made itself a preeminent museum, grown from the very community that championed its opening. A celebration of Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin American art, El Museo houses everything from pan-Caribbean artifacts to contemporary Hispanic works. The gallery is notable for its compendium of Puerto Rican printmaking, inspired in part by Mexican and Chicano prints (another exhibit at the museum). Don’t miss the extensive Taíno collection, home to ceramics and stonework of the indigenous Caribbean natives, and the Latin American folk arts collection. Read the entire story here…»

 

One of the best ways to first see the magnificent skyline of Manhattan is from the window of a yellow taxicab as it crosses the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s remarkable to see how many bridges connect the island of Manhattan to other New York City boroughs. It is said there are over two thousand bridges in the city of New York alone, so you’re bound to see at least some of these while you’re visiting. In this article we’ll introduce you to some of the most famous and beautiful bridges of New York, and tell you something about the history and background of these bridges. We’ll also give you some practical visiting tips on these must-see bridges.

So without further ado: here are our top 5 bridges in New York City!

1. Brooklyn Bridge

View of the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan The Brooklyn Bridge with the Lower Manhattan skyline

The Brooklyn Bridge is probably the most famous bridge of New York City, and also one of its most popular landmarks. The Brooklyn Bridge was built in 1883, and was the first bridge to provide passage across the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan, back when Brooklyn was still an independent city. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspending bridges in the US. At the time of its unveiling it was also the longest suspension bridge in the world. In fact, it was so long that people doubted its strength. In order to prove the bridge was safe, a circus promoter led a herd of 21 elephants across the Brooklyn Bridge!

Nowadays, the Brooklyn Bridge is perceived as one of the great engineering accomplishments of the 19th century. Its beautiful brick towers and Gothic arches have been the subjects of many photographs and have even featured in such movies as The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and I Am Legend.

While in New York, be sure to pay a visit to the Brooklyn Bridge. The best way to experience it is to take the subway to York Station (the F line) in Brooklyn. From here you can easily walk to the Brooklyn Bridge’s pedestrian walkway and stroll toward Manhattan for the best views. Be sure to bring a camera or smartphone, as you’ll want to take pictures of the magnificent Manhattan skyline (especially stunning just before sunset), the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty and of course the Brooklyn Bridge itself. When you walk up to the bridge’s arches you’ll have a great photo op of the web-like pattern of the bridge’s many steel cables. You can also bring a love lock to attach to the bridge like many lovers have done before. Do watch out for the cyclists though: the pedestrian path and bicycle path are only marked by a white line, so be sure not to stray onto the wrong lane.

To see what it’s like to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, have a look at our video tour of DUMBO. DUMBO is the Brooklyn neighborhood that is located right between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. Read the entire story here…»

 

Disclaimer: This article is about Liberty Island and Ellis Island, both of which suffered damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. As of May 2013, it has been announced that the Statue of Liberty will be reopened to the public on July 4th 2013. There have been no announcements about a reopening of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in 2013 at this time.

View of Liberty Island and Lower Manhattan taken from the New York Harbor Liberty Island and Lower Manhattan seen from the New York Harbor

Liberty Island and Ellis Island are two small islands located in the Upper New York Bay close to Manhattan. The two islands used to be known as the Oyster Islands – named after the oyster beds that covered them and provided a source of food for the Lenape people who lived in New York before the European settlers. Some hundreds of years later Liberty Island was named after the Statue of Liberty, which was placed on the island in 1886. Ellis Island became known as the gateway to New York for millions of immigrants, who passed through the inspection station on the island between 1892 and 1954.

Nowadays, Ellis Island is home to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which also includes the American Family Immigration History Center. Liberty Island and Ellis Island have both become popular destinations for visitors in New York City. Read the entire story here…»