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Image of bedroom in NY-16457 with two double beds This room has two double beds, perfect for sharing with a friend

Many millennials looking for housing in New York City are turning to apartment shares as a way to handle the rising cost of living in the Big Apple. By sharing apartment expenses you can afford to live in the city and still have spending money to enjoy all that NYC in the winter has to offer.

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Image of neighborhood street in Brooklyn with townhouses and greenery Stroll the lovely townhouse and brownstone lined streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn (Photo Credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This week’s neighborhood focus is on the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, also known by locals as “Bed-Stuy”. Bed-Stuy is a neighborhood that became a hub for African-American families looking for a place to live in the 20’s and 30’s. During this period, many of these families left the South and initially relocated in Harlem, but soon left in order to establish themselves in this Brooklyn neighborhood. The same can be said today, as young professionals and artists are looking to relocate to this unique area. With the arrival of these new tenants, Bed-Stuy is seeing restaurants, bars, and cafés pop up across its streets.

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Image of bedroom for rent in apartment NY-16163 with queen size bed, large window and dresser Rent a room in this spacious Harlem apartment share and enjoy the outdoors with Jackie Robinson Park right next door!

An apartment share is a great way to share the costs of living in NYC with one or more roommates, plus it lets you live with a local, which helps smooth the transition of moving to a new city. It also means you will be sharing the apartment and common spaces with your roommate(s), so it’s important to find the right “fit”.

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Image of Harlem streets from above Join us as we discover our next Manhattan neighborhood, Harlem!

What was originally a Dutch farming village, today has transformed into a multi-ethnic neighborhood that has a long history of being a center for cultural and artistic renewal. The Harlem Renaissance was a social and artistic movement in the 1920s that is responsible for developing Harlem into what it is today. It brought the world people like W.E.B. Dubois, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few. Harlem is in a perpetual renaissance; a neighborhood in a constant state of evolution through its art, music, and culture. Today, Harlem continues to be a hot spring for new and emerging artists.

As any resident will tell you, Harlem is THE place to get a cultural experience unlike any other. From food that will transport you to various corners of the globe, to an art scene that will make you believe you’re discovering the next hot artist, Harlem is a neighborhood that will never disappoint. With our help, learn to live like a local in Harlem, and then become one!


Infographic of room prices in Harlem, Manhattan Apartment shares are an affordable way to live in the trendy neighborhood you want

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Image of living room of NY-16194 opening onto a balcony This apartment share in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has outdoor seating space off the living room

An apartment share is a great way to share the costs of living in NYC with one or more roommates, plus it lets you live with a local, which helps smooth the transition of moving to a new city. It also means you will be sharing the apartment and common spaces with your roommate(s), so it’s important to find the right “fit”. At New York Habitat, our agents always strive to match you with the perfect roommate and apartment. Through our tailor-made service, our agents assess your needs and strive to offer the most compatible living options for you. In each of the blogs in our series on apartment shares we will provide a tip from our agents on finding an apartment share that works for you.


Agree on the Use of Common Spaces:

Sharing an apartment means sharing use of some common spaces so find out exactly what areas you will have access to. While bathroom use is a requirement, some apartments have rules about the use of other common areas such as kitchen and living room. Ask if there is full or limited use of these areas so there are no surprises once you move in. If you are limited to just the bedroom you rent and can’t hang out in the living room or have only limited use of the kitchen (during certain hours or for minimal food prep and no actual cooking) this should be stated and agreed to in advance. There are so many options for take out and delivery in NYC that some people have never even used their oven, but if you love to cook, these types of details can be a decision maker.

We’ve all heard realtors talk about location, location, location! An important first step in any apartment hunt is determining the location you want to be in. Do you need to be close to school or a subway line that makes the commute to work easy? The outer boroughs of NYC such as Brooklyn offer many apartment share options because the properties tend to be more spacious with multiple bedrooms. If you’re considering an apartment share in Williamsburg, you can get some initial information searching online or by watching our video below!

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Image of Williamsburg Bridge displaying art exhibit on its beams Head over the bridge from Manhattan and discover Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Welcome to the first in our series of blogs on a popular NYC housing option among the millennial crowd of first time renters, students and new graduates — the apartment share. Each week we’ll be highlighting a neighborhood and giving you an inside look into what it’s truly like to live there with a local roommate. We’ll feature an interview with one of our local apartment share hosts in the neighborhood plus an inside look into the apartment and room for rent with New York Habitat. Our first neighborhood focus is on Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

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Image of Tower Bridge over the River Thames in London Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in London (Photo credit: Iakov Kalinin)

Crisp air, warm mulled cider, and gorgeous gold and rust-toned trees creating an ever-changing display — these are just a few reasons autumn is many people’s favorite season. Seasoned travelers also know it’s the perfect time to see hotspot cities like London minus the summer tourist crowds and never-ending lines. Special fall deals on airfares and accommodations mean there’s no excuse to put off that trip to London you’ve always dreamed of! In case you need more motivation, check out these spectacular fall happenings that are sure to add some autumn spice to your trip…

Image of pastel colored townhouses in the Notting Hill section of London Instagram your heart out as you stroll the colorful neighborhood of Notting Hill (Photo credit: S Pakhrin via Flickr)

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Image of fall foliage and Paris skyline with the Eiffel Tower Fall is a perfect time to visit Paris without the crowds

If you dream of visiting Paris but prefer to skip the crowds of tourists and unending lines for all the top sights, consider a fall trip to the City of Light when Le Rentrée means locals return to work and school and the tourists decrease along with the airfares! This means you’ll get to experience a more authentic version of Paris, and combined with one of our furnished rentals, you’ll get to truly immerse yourself in local life. Read on for some of our favorite things happening this fall in Paris, then head to our website and reserve the perfect rental to match your interests and you’ll be sitting at a Parisian cafe sipping a chocolat chaud in the crisp autumn air in no time!

1. Fall Foliage: Avenues, Parks & Gardens

Image of a boulevard lined with trees in autumn colors and Haussmannian buildings Stroll a tree-lined avenue bursting with fall colors

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Image of the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal train station in NYC Grand Central is one of the main train hubs in NYC giving you access to Westchester and Upstate NY

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps for a reason; home to hundreds of museums, clubs, and restaurants, there is never a lack of things to do here! Many people tend to stay within the confines of Manhattan, but New York’s extensive transportation system gives you access to activities in surrounding boroughs and neighboring states. Read on and discover some exciting day trips you probably didn’t know you could easily take when you rent a furnished apartment in NYC.

1. Atlantic City

Image of people walking on the Atlantic City boardwalk lined with casinos and hotels Buses to Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore depart from Port Authority all day

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Image of brownstone buildings lining a street with colorful fall foliage Fall is the best time of year to visit New York City!

Fall is one of the most magnificent times of year to visit New York City, the weather is cool, Mother Nature provides a vibrant backdrop of colors, and you can comfortably get around the city with fewer crowds and no humidity! There’s just something unexplainable about NYC in the fall that seems to captivate people and inspire songs and movies. Read on and discover our favorite things to do on a crisp autumn day in NYC!

1. Visit the Fall Foliage!

Image of lake in Central Park with fall foliage, a bridge and the skyline Head to one of NYC’s many beautiful parks and enjoy the crisp fall air

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