Enjoy the Big Apple like a native with a New York vacation apartment rental

Enjoy the Big Apple like a native with a New York vacation apartment rental

Millions flock to New York for its iconic landmarks, entertainment, museums, and more. Bustling Manhattan draws the biggest crowds, but other boroughs boast world-class attractions. A New York vacation apartment rental can help you feel right at home in the big city, whether it’s in a brownstone, prewar apartment house, modern condo, or high-rise. Midtown Manhattan prices are on the high end, especially from July-November, while other neighborhoods are easier on the wallet. January-February are cheapest, but dress warmly. In any borough, it’s easy to find rentals near restaurants/bars and transportation, with amenities including hardwood floors, gardens, and full kitchens.

We’ll take Manhattan

Street view of the soaring Oculus shopping center/transit hub and One World Trade Center

Famous for skyscrapers and nonstop excitement, Manhattan also has numerous vacation home rentals that offer a peaceful retreat even amid the bustle of Midtown, plus others on tree-lined blocks of neighborhoods such as the Upper West Side, Harlem, or the East Village. Whether you choose a floor-through brownstone unit, a chic loft, or a deluxe apartment in the sky, you can come home to enjoy a movie on the flat-screen, indulge in an exotic takeout meal in your dining room, or perhaps recharge in front of the fireplace.

Brooklyn: How sweet it is

Brownstones and the Manhattan skyline as seen from the shade of a tree in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park

Trendsetting Brooklyn is an eclectic borough of tree-lined streets, reclaimed industrial areas, glorious parks, artisanal restaurants, and lots of hip nightlife. Your vacation home rental here could be a spacious loft in Williamsburg, a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone ground floor with private garden access, or a Sunset Park apartment with a view of the Manhattan skyline. Amenities inside could include satellite or cable TV, hardwood floors, a full kitchen, and a family-size dining area.

Live like a king in Queens

The iconic Unisphere, surrounded by fountains, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Queens is a sprawling, diverse borough of cozy neighborhoods, cultural gems, large parks, and sports. Foodies from all over the city are drawn to its endless array of authentic ethnic restaurants, easily reached via public transit. A New York condo in Astoria puts you near the waterfront Socrates Sculpture Garden and stellar Greek tavernas. Quiet Kew Gardens has apartments near serene Forest Park and its summer bandshell performances. You can rent a house in Corona to be near amazing Chinese restaurants as well as Flushing Meadows Corona Park for major sporting events and kayak rentals. Amenities can include satellite or cable TV, a full kitchen, airy rooms, and plush beds.

Boogie on down to The Bronx

A Victorian greenhouse and lily pond in the Bronx Botanical Garden

Discover friendly, tree-lined neighborhoods dotted in The Bronx. A cultural melting pot that’s home to Yankee Stadium and a renowned botanical garden and zoo, the northernmost borough is also easily accessible to Manhattan and the rest of the city. The Bronx offers a wide range of New York condos with luxury amenities, whether in a stately pre-war building, modern high-rise, or cozy townhouse. Feel right at home and enjoy satellite or cable TV, relax in a whirlpool tub, or take in sweeping views of the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge.

Urban retreats on Staten Island

Travelers aboard the Staten Island Ferry enjoy the breeze and a view of the Verrazano Bridge in the distance

Just across the Verrazano Bridge from Brooklyn and a scenic ferry ride away from Manhattan, Staten Island has beaches and lots of greenspace. You’ll find quiet neighborhoods with both a suburban feel and urban conveniences such as shops and restaurants within walking distance. St. George, near the ferry, has charming hilltop streets with views of New York Harbor. South Beach and Fort Wadsworth have beach parks near the Verrazano Bridge. A New York condo on Staten Island might be in a large Victorian house or a townhouse, with amenities such as free parking, Wi-Fi, and a full kitchen. You can relax on your private balcony or deck, enjoying a local microbrew after a day of sightseeing.

Long Island beach getaways

Beach, bungalows, and surf at Fire Island in Nassau County

Just east of the city, Nassau Countyand Suffolk County have miles of white sandy ocean beaches and bays with great boating and fishing. Condos on Long Island are great for a restful beach getaway that’s surprisingly close to the big city. Whether on the North or South Shore, in a quaint fishing village or a glamorous resort, you can find a wonderful seaside retreat with satellite or cable TV, a pet-friendly policy, or perhaps even a private dock outside your door.

Upstate New York mountain and lake getaways

Cross-country ski tracks on pristine snow with a mountain backdrop near Woodstock, NY

North of the city, the nearby Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains offer year-round outdoor activities, pristine wilderness, and charming villages. There’s skiing and ice skating in the winter and swimming, boating, and fishing in the summer, as well as galleries, gourmet dining, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Your vacation apartment rental could be an artist’s cottage, lakeside hideaway with a swimming dock, or mountain cabin, with amenities such as smart TV, luxury linens, or even a sauna.