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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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Image of a room with two double beds and a private bathroom in a dormitory-style building on the Upper West Side (NY-14890) A single room with private bathroom in a dormitory-style shared building is a cost-saving rental option for millennials

The Upper West Side is a popular neighborhood offering a variety of shopping and dining and access to cultural institutions like Lincoln Center and the Museum of Natural History.

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Image of the skyline over the rooftops of the Upper West Side of Manhattan Discover what makes the Upper West Side a great neighborhood to live in (Photo Credit: Sarah Ackerman)

There are many reasons why the Upper West Side is such an incredibly popular neighborhood. Maybe it’s the classic brownstones or the proximity to Central Park that’s alluring. Or the fact that it’s basically the backdrop of dozens of TV shows and movies. The convenience of everything this neighborhood provides is what makes it the backyard of many celebs. Who wouldn’t want Tina Fey or Al Pacino as a neighbor? While this all sounds very glamorous, you may think this makes the UWS side inaccessible to those without a celebrity salary. While there are certainly million dollar homes, apartment shares (i.e., renting out a room from an apartment owner) can make this dream life accessible to people with a more limited budget.

RENTAL PRICES

Infographic of room vs apartment prices on the Upper West Side Compare room vs apartment prices on the Upper West Side

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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 rooftop terrace with table, chairs and plants at NY-11476 Take in the bird’s eye view over the East Village from this rooftop terrace

Millennials are discovering that apartment shares are an economical way to tackle the high cost of living in New York City. Share an apartment with a roommate (or a couple of roommates) and you can split the cost of housing and utilities, which will be easier on your wallet!

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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 East Village street with apartments, fire escapes and storefronts Funky shops, brownstones and small, unique apartment buildings are classic East Village

This week’s neighborhood focus is on the East Village section of Manhattan. The East Village has been the home of every kind of individual imaginable: young, old, beatniks, punk rockers, hippies and even today’s yuppies. No matter what you do or where you come from, the East Village will open its doors to you.

The artistic essence that was intrinsic to the area when artists like Iggy Pop and Basquiat, took over is still palpable today, even as the neighborhood has become a friendlier, touristy area. Everywhere you go, art is present. Just a stroll down the street can reveal a number of murals painted by locals.

Many of the buildings found in the East village, particularly within Alphabet City, are tenement apartments that once housed the many immigrant communities that first called the East Village home. These buildings are easily recognizable by their flat brick façade, accentuated by rows of windows. Although at one point considered low-income housing, today these buildings are prime real estate due to their location and because of their uniquely New York architectural style.

RENTAL PRICES

Infographic of room vs apartment prices in the East Village See how room vs apartment prices measure up in the East Village

At New York Habitat we offer a range of furnished housing options including full private apartments and rooms for rent in shared apartments all over New York City. So how do you start your housing search? Read on…

Knowing what areas of New York City are within your rent budget is an important step in finding an apartment that fits your needs. Apartment shares are popular among the millennial crowd because they allow you to share the costs of NYC apartment living, plus you get to live with other people which can make life less lonely in a new city, and you can test out a neighborhood and an apartment to see how you like it before making a long-term housing decision. For a little help with deciding what aspects of an apartment or neighborhood would match your lifestyle, check out our blog on the topic to get started!

Financial requirements for typical New York apartment leases usually mean you have to prove you make 40 times the monthly rent. That can be a huge hurdle for many people when apartment hunting, especially new graduates and those just starting out at a new job. Sharing an apartment lessens this burden, as you just have to show you can afford the room’s rent which is substantially lower than a full apartment. You also get to live with some cool people, many of which are locals and can give you tips and advice on living in the area, including insider information on all the best places to go! So how exactly will living in the East Village affect your wallet? The following infographic will break it down for you:

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