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New York Attractions

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 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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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 apartments 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 of 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 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 this is your first time in the Big Apple, we have the inside 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 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 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…»