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Image of Flatiron Building with fall leaves. The fall colors of New York City will take your breath away!

New York City summers get quite a reputation for their blazing temperatures and the winter season is often walloped by lake-effect snow and ice, which means the perfect time to visit is between the two. Autumn in New York is great for its mild temperatures, gorgeous fall colors, and a lull in tourism (which means cheaper flights and more apartment availability!) before the extravagant Christmas season. Whether you’re in the mood for a breathtaking stroll through Central Park to look at the fall colors, enjoying a quirky Halloween celebration in true New York style, or celebrating the harvest season with activities for kids and a delicious pumpkin treat, the city has something to make this fall special. New York Habitat also has the perfect accommodation to make your season special, so be sure to book with us—you won’t find a pre-war fireplace or a full kitchen for making festive treats in a hotel room!

In NYC, fall = festival season

Image of outdoor Oktoberfest celebration in New York City with flags and pretzel decorations. Oktoberfest is one of the many fall festivals you can enjoy in NYC. Visit for beer, pretzels, bratwurst and music!

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We are pleased to welcome guest writer Michelle McMurray from the outdoor lifestyle, gardening and lawn care blog at Lawnstarter for this feature.

Image of MTA Metro North train traveling alongside the Hudson River and mountains. Besides giving easy access to a nature getaway, the Metro North Hudson Line has breathtaking views! (Photo credit: Daniel Case)

The Empire State is full of opportunities to leave stress at work and get outdoors. From state parks to botanical gardens, New Yorkers have the chance to experience nature in every corner of the state. The fact that there is so much opportunity to nature directly impacts the high quality of life that many New Yorkers enjoy. Take advantage of the many outdoor places that are just a few hours from New York City, like a weekend getaway to a cabin in the woods. New York State is perfect for the next time you need to take a break from the city and get back to nature.

1. Breakneck Ridge

Image of Hudson River as seen from Breakneck Ridge. If you can make it to the top of Breakneck Ridge, you’ll be rewarded with a dazzling view. (Photo credit: Jeffrey Pang)

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Image of the Manhattan skyline from a viewfinder on the East River. Almost anywhere you stand by the water will give you a beautiful view of the city.

When thinking of famous islands around the world, your first thought may be of a tropical destination like Hawaii, Fiji, or The Bahamas—in fact, New York City is so well-connected, it may be extremely easy to forget that the five boroughs are spread across a series of islands (well, except for the Bronx!). One thing that may help you remember, however, is the abundance of beautiful waterfront vistas, sweeping parks along the river, sandy beaches, and aquatic sports. Between the Hudson and East Rivers, smaller straits like the Harlem River, bays and coves, and landlocked bodies of water like Central Park’s Lake, there are plenty of ways to make a splash in NYC! Read on for all the creative ways you can enjoy the waterfront in the city, and why not make your trip more personal by staying in a New York Habitat furnished rental? With your own furnished apartment, you can enjoy the prime real estate of a waterfront view, usually with a reduced cost and more space!

1. Start by exploring the water’s edge on foot

Image of grassy area and footpaths on Governor’s Island with Manhattan skyline in the background. The rolling green lawns of Governor’s Island are bordered by great waterfront walking paths.

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When thinking about the New York that you’ve seen in the movies, the first things that often come to mind are iconic destinations in the city and the landmarks that dot the skyline. However, any seasoned cinema-goer or New Yorker knows that film history in New York City extends far past the island of Manhattan! Spanning five boroughs, New York City has a massive amount of things to do, sights to see and (most importantly for this article) stories that have been told! While the famous film locations of Manhattan are worth seeing, don’t let the most famous borough dwarf the other four—Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island all have hosted plenty of filmmakers in their own right, and they each have great places to go on your second visit to New York. If you want the most comprehensive tour of film locations in New York, read on… and complement your tour by booking a New York Habitat furnished apartment rental right in the shadow of your favorite film!

1. Blockbusters and beyond in Brooklyn

Image still of Saoirse Ronan in front of the Brooklyn Bridge in the film Brooklyn. Actress Saoirse Ronan stands in the shadow of the real-life Brooklyn Bridge in 2015’s Brooklyn. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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Image of actress Marilyn Monroe in a white dress from The Seven Year Itch The iconic scene from The Seven Year Itch (1955) in which Marilyn Monroe’s white dress billows up was filmed on the 52nd block of Lexington Avenue!

New York City can easily be touted as the Hollywood of the east coast, and it’s not hard to see why: countless films and television shows have been filmed across the city (including some of the most famous works of American cinema to date), New York is home to four major film and television production studios, and New York boasts its own museum dedicated to the art of motion pictures! If you’ve ever seen a movie or TV show set in New York City and dreamed of living the same life as your favorite characters, you’re in luck; not only has New York Habitat has compiled a guide to some of the most iconic film locations across the Big Apple so you can follow in the footsteps of your favorite movies, but we also have some stunning furnished apartment rentals nearby to immerse you in the experience of being on the silver screen! If you don’t see your favorite New York film featured here, be sure to check out our first film blog outlining six famous movie locations in Manhattan, and the upcoming part 2, which will explore the other four boroughs! New York cinema has spanned the entire city over the years, so be sure not to miss a single site on your walk through cinema history.

1. Movies in Manhattan- Downtown and Midtown

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Image of the Empire State Building and surrounding Midtown Manhattan skyline. Get on top of a roof for a new appreciation of NYC’s splendid skyline!

When you think of New York, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps you think of the bright lights and flashy advertisements of Times Square, the iconic silhouette of the Empire State Building, or the proud symbol of the American Dream, the Statue of Liberty. Whatever your first thought, one thing is for certain: the New York City skyline that contains all of these landmarks is instantly recognizable. Another thing that defines New York City is limited space, and when New Yorkers can’t build out, they build up! The rooftops of New York buildings offer unparalleled views of the dazzling lights of the city, and in celebration of this, we’ve gathered some of the best ways to see the “city that never sleeps” from high above the streets. Read on to see some of our top picks for unique rooftop spaces in the city, from major tourist attractions to your very own New York Habitat furnished apartment rental!

“Raise the bar” with nightlife high above the city

Image of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge rooftop bar with views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Some may say the best views in New York are from Brooklyn—the rooftop bar at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a great place to start! (Photo credit: Scott Heins)

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Image of a group of young roommates playing music together in a shared apartment. You can make instant friends in a communal apartment!

For many, the prospect of moving to New York is equal parts exciting and daunting. Often, those who choose to take the leap leave behind a hometown that is a lot quieter, smaller, or less densely populated than New York City. They may also leave behind a group of friends, family, or just an established place in their local community. Though a fresh start can be exciting, many newcomers to the city, especially millennials, seek a living situation that will provide them with both emotional and financial security. Enter the latest rental trend that’s revolutionizing the apartment industry: communal apartments.

First, the definition: In a communal apartment, an apartment owner rents each individual room with an individual lease for the tenant. A tenant in a communal apartment will have a bedroom to his or herself, and will enjoy access to a shared living area, often including kitchen facilities and a shared bathroom.

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Image of people sitting outside at Bryant Park Spend a summer afternoon enjoying a picnic in one of New York City’s parks (Photo credit: Markus Hill)

When you’re a New Yorker, longer days and warmer weather mean one thing: there is truly nothing in the city that you can’t do! Everything that makes New York City famous gets an upgrade in the summer: the world-class restaurants set up outdoor seating, music and entertainment takes center stage at the city’s numerous music festivals, and athletes (or their fans!) have no shortage of places to exercise or sporting events to watch. Whatever brings you to the city this summer, there’s a perfect New York Habitat furnished apartment for every lifestyle. Your perfect New York summer awaits!

Celebrate the Jazz Age on Governor’s Island

Image of dancers in 1920s attire at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island Come to Governor’s Island this summer to dance right into the Roaring 20s (Photo credit: Jazz Age Lawn Party)

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While maybe not as well-known as the famous Williamsburg, Bushwick is a neighborhood on the rise. As rental prices continue to rise across the city, this northern Brooklyn neighborhood is becoming the new “it” place to live for young professionals and artists. Aside from the recent millennial wave, Bushwick has traditionally been an immigrant community, particularly for Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. Compromising over half of the area’s population, these residents have given Bushwick an authentic Latin flare. As most Brooklyn neighborhoods do, Bushwick has a wide variety of housing options, from multifamily walkup buildings with railroad apartments to rows of the quintessential New York brownstone. More recently, the revitalization of the area has brought with it the development of modern, 21st century condos. No matter the type of accommodation you are looking for, now is the time to consider renting in this up-and-coming neighborhood!

RENTAL PRICES

Infographic comparison of the prices of rooms and full apartments in Bushwick Brooklyn See how room rentals and apartment rentals compare in Bushwick, Brooklyn

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Image of tulips with Williamsburg Bridge in NYC in the background Come see everything that’s blooming in NYC this spring!

After what seemed like an endless winter, spring is finally springing up all over New York City and that buzzing energy of the city that never sleeps is starting to come to life again. No wonder people love to flock to the Big Apple in spring, cafés are starting to set up their outdoor seating, farmer’s markets are opening, flowers are popping up in the parks and the weather is perfect for enjoying all that NYC has to offer!

Central Park

Image of lake in Central Park with flowering trees and weeping willow trees The parks in NYC are springing to life! (Photo Credit: Gail Cox http://www.flickr.com/sasquahtch, gailcox.com)

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