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Image of heart shaped padlocks Lock in your love intention at the Point des Arts bridge

Valentine’s Day in Paris should be a fail-safe plan for guaranteed romance but some insider suggestions can always take it up a notch. Read on to find our carefully curated suggestions for impressing that special someone, including our most romantic accommodations in the City of Love!

Image of couple at sunset with Eiffel Tower in background With so many romantic vistas all around Paris is truly the City of Love (Photo credit: Jellio Coe photos)

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Image of graffiti street art on side of building in East London Discover East London’s vibrant street art!

When planning to visit London, visitors may find it difficult to decide what area to stay in given the wide choice of neighborhoods and little information on them. New York Habitat has prepared a wonderful guide to one of London’s most vibrant neighborhoods — East London — and some fantastic furnished apartments you can rent in this interesting part of the city.

The terms East End and East London are more or less interchangeable, though some people refer to Shoreditch/Brick Lane/Whitechapel as the East End and the area around Olympic Park as East London. Liverpool Street is a local transportation hub and great place to start exploring the area.

Image of double decker bus in the streets of London East London is full of independent boutiques, ethnic restaurants, vintage shopping and street art.

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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. ( 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 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…»