Sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean, New York comprises of 5 boroughs - each one having their own unique feel and character. In short, the boroughs are Manhattan, Staten Island, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Most are familiar to people, although it goes without saying that the busy island of Manhattan is the most widely recognised, with the hipster borough of Brooklyn being a very close second. Manhattan’s many neighbourhoods, and attractions for that matter, have graced the Silver Screen for many decades to the point where some of the notable highlights are familiar to those that haven’t ever been to New York - with 90% of major attractions being within Manhattan. Considering all of the above, it is of no surprise that Manhattan is the most popular borough of the city to stay in.
But where should New York’s many travellers stay within the borough of Manhattan? Well, that largely depends on the purpose of the visit and what kind of experience a traveller desires from their trip. With fully furnished apartments, short term and long term, in each neighbourhood, guests will have no problem in having a memorable stay. The neighbourhoods in Manhattan that are the perfect place to stay include:
- Upper East Side - Often looked upon as the posh neighbourhood of Manhattan, this is where a lot of the wealthy denizens can be found along with some incredible Upper East Side luxury serviced apartments. With low crime rates, this is also one of the safest neighbourhoods that visitors can stay in throughout the city.
- Midtown - Home to the likes of the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Theater District, Fifth Avenue and the United Nations Headquarters, this is the top neighbourhood for travellers seeking to have the best of New York right outside their fully furnished Midtown serviced apartment.
- Chelsea - Within good distance from the Empire State Building and good connections to Midtown, this is a cheaper option for those that want the top attractions within suitable distance. Plus, for art lovers, there are 200 art galleries that can explored outside of their Chelsea apartment.
- Financial District - The go-to neighbourhood for business travellers wanting corporate apartments in NYC, this is where the 6th tallest building in the world can be found, One World Trade Center. With a low crime rate in the 1st Precinct (due to the lower residential population), this is a great pick for business travellers that want the best of finance and commerce on their Financial District apartment’s doorstep along with safe streets to back home to at night.
- Greenwich Village - Bounded by 14th Street to the north, Broadway to the east, Houston Street to the south, and the Hudson River to the west, this neighbourhood is an artist's haven and full of luxury Greenwich Village apartments. The four ZIP codes that constitute the neighbourhood (10011, 10012, 10003, and 10014) were all ranked among the ten most expensive in the US by median housing price in 2014, making it an essential but expensive area - with property prices typically exceeding $2,100 per square foot.
- SoHo - An archetypal example of inner-city regeneration and gentrification, SoHo is a popular neighbourhood with up-and-coming artists. Travellers that desire a trendy and artsy vibe with their studio apartments in NYC will be right at home here in the cast-iron architecture, trendy shops, and innovative art galleries.
- Murray Hill - Bordered to the east by the East River, to the west by Midtown Manhattan, to the south by Kips Bay and Rose Hill, and to the north by Turtle Bay, Murray Hill is a treelined neighbourhood that, unlike most of the city, is avoiding gentrification. With the likes of the UN Headquarters, along with other institutions like The Morgan Library & Museum, every Murray Hill apartment is given the professional touch.
- Upper West Side - While it may not be considered as posh as the Upper East Side, arts institutions like the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet give it a sense of style, while nearby attractions like the American Museum of Natural History and Central make it popular with many of NYC’s travellers. Looked upon as one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods, it has appeared in many films, from You’ve Got Mail, The Odd Couple, West Side Story and American Psycho.
- West Village - Considering that residential property sale prices in West Village are among the most expensive in the US, typically exceeding US$2,100 per square foot, guests will find that staying in this neighbourhood will be more than a treat with NYC apartments that echo the expensive style.
- Flatiron District - Named after the iconic wedge-shaped Flatiron Building, this commercial neighbourhood is home to tall apartment buildings that are waiting to be filled. Also known as “Silicon Valley” due to the many startups, publishing houses and advertising agencies, this is a top choice for business travellers working within these industries.
Each one of the neighbourhoods represents the best in the city, as well as the best in New York serviced accommodation. Complete with all the usual features that demonstrate comfort and convenience, all of our furnished apartments will do just fine for any length of stay. However, for those that want the safest of neighbourhoods, as stated above, Upper East Side is definitely the one to go for. Guests that want an abundance of attraction should go for Midtown; with the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and more, there is no place better for those that want to be close to all the big stuff.
Facts about New York
Founded as a Dutch colony way back in 1624 (New Amsterdam), by 1664 it became New York (named after King James II) after the English won the Second Anglo-Dutch War. After, it continued in prominence, becoming an important port under British rule. Becoming occupied by the British during the American War of Independence, it was soon established as the first capital of the US after the war was won by the colonists.
The following centuries firmly established New York as a city of progress, abolishing slavery in the state completely in 1827, as well as becoming the home of many Irish migrants fleeing the devastation of the Great Famine - with 200,000 living in New York by 1860. 100 years later, the New York that everybody loves had been firmly established with the likes of the Statue of Liberty being built and then dedicated in 1886, the Chrysler Building in 1930 and the Empire State Building in 1931.
The upheaval of the 1960s also firmly established New York as a base for liberal and progressive values, with the West Village being prominent for the LGBT community, and strong support against the war in Vietnam, support of civil rights and other counter-culture movements. This march for progress has existed until this day.
More facts about New York can be found below:
- New York was originally a Dutch colony called New Amsterdam
- 8,175,133 million people live in New York City
- More than 800 languages are spoken in New York
- France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886 for its centennial celebration
- New York City became the first capital of the United States in 1789.
- The New York Public Library has over 50 million books and is the 3rd largest library in the world
- Times Square was originally called Longacre Square, until The New York Times moved there in 1904
- The United Nations headquarters was established in New York City in 1952
- New York is the 3rd most populous state in the US, after California and Texas
Other assorted facts for New York include:
- Total Area: 468.484 sq mi (1,213.37 km2)
- Land Area: 302.643 sq mi (783.84 km2)
- Water Area: 165.841 sq mi (429.53 km2)
- Metro Area: 13,318 sq mi (34,490 km2)
Now for a bit about the economy. The economy of New York City encompasses the largest municipal and regional economy in the US. Wall Street is the financial anchor, leading NYC to be characterized as the world's premier financial centre thanks to the likes of the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ; the world's two largest stock exchanges by both market capitalization and trading activity. With a GDP of $807 billion and GMP of $1.9 trillion, New York showcases itself as one of the top economies in the US.
To deal with its high volume of visitors, New York is served three airports that provide international and national connections:
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - Located in Queens, this is the busiest international air passenger gateway into North America, the 22nd-busiest airport in the world, the 6th-busiest airport in the United States, and the busiest airport in the New York airport system;
- LaGuardia Airport (LGA) - Also located in Queens, this airport is the 3rd busiest airport serving New York City, and the 20th busiest in the US, covering 680 acres.
- Newark International Airport (EWR) - Situated in New Jersey, this is one of the major airports of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In 2018, the airport recorded 46,065,175 passengers, the most in its history.
Things to Do in New York
After when the perfect serviced apartment has been booked up, travellers will then begin to ask a simple question: “What should I do first?” Realistically, there is no easy answer for that as there are many things to do in New York that deserve first place. However, it does depend on what travellers want from their attractions; a bit of history or somewhere to relax? For greater assistance, pertinent questions can be found below.
- What are the most popular things to see in New York?
These are the top 10 attractions in New York:
- Times Square
- The Statue of Liberty
- Empire State Building
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Central Park
- American Museum of Natural History
- Rockefeller Plaza
- Intrepid Air and Space Museum
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
- What are some free things to do in New York?
Here are 10 free things to do in New York:
- Spending Friday evenings at the MoMA
- Visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- Doing yoga at Bryant Park
- Watching outdoor movies at two major parks
- Riding the Staten Island Ferry
- Going to the Chelsea Galleries
- Attend a cultural event at the New York Public Library
- Taking a tour of Central Park
- Taking in the views from Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Tour the Brooklyn Brewery
- Does New York have many romantic attractions?
Here are 10 romantic things to do in New York for couples:
- Have a picnic in Central Park
- Catch a jazz show in the city
- Visit the Hayden Planetarium
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
- Take a romantic walk at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- Visit Niagara Falls
- Enjoy a show on Broadway
- Head to the One World Observatory
- Enjoy a horse carriage ride in New York
- Take in the view from the Empire State Building
- What are the most family-friendly attractions in New York?
Families should take their kids to these attractions:
- The Empire State Building
- Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
- Children’s Museum of Manhattan
- Natural History Museum
- Brooklyn Bridge (Pedestrian & Bike Promenade)
- Central Park
- The Highline Park and Walking Path
- New York Transit Museum
- New York Hall of Science
- Dylan’s Candy Bar
- Where should you spend your nights in New York?
This is where guests need to spend their night in NYC:
- Catch the Staten Island Ferry
- Spend Friday night at Bronx Museum of the Arts’ First Fridays
- Spend the night at the Brooklyn Museum
- Go to KT Fridays at the Rubin Museum of Art
- Head out to Brooklyn Bowl
- Go to the Top of the Rock observation deck at the Rockefeller Center.
- Go indoor rock climbing
- A night walk across Brooklyn Bridge
- Go to Feinstein’s / 54 Below
Places to Visit in New York
Like any city, New York has so much to offer all of its visitors. From the usual attractions to some more unusual ones, no one will be bored when they stay in the Big Apple. While there are many attractions to hold the attention of everyone, there are always going to be ones that top any list and are classed as NYC’s must-attractions. Once guests are fully settled into their NYC short term furnished apartment, they can begin to explore the city at large.
New York’s 10 must-see attractions can be found below:
- Times Square - a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment centre and neighbourhood, it can be found on the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Times Square is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, with an estimated 50 million visitors annually.
- The Statue of Liberty - Built by the French as a gift to the US, this is arguably one of the most iconic attractions in the city and is synonymous with the freedoms and liberties of the American people. Second only to the American flag in recognition, no trip is complete without a selfie.
- Empire State Building - While many will remember it as being the monument that defeated King Kong, many more will remember it for its astounding views of the city that no other public attraction in the city can deliver.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art - with a permanent collection of our two million works and 6,953,927 visitors every year, this is the top gallery in the city for works of art that will amaze as well as inspire.
- Central Park - The top green space in New York City, long walks are a thing of beauty here, with a lake, horse carriage and much more to be enjoyed on every adventure here.
- American Museum of Natural History - One of the largest natural history museums in the world, it is home to 33 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artefacts.
- 30 Rockefeller Plaza - Home to Top of the Rock attraction, visitors can enjoy some of the best views of the city, including Central Park that you can’t get on the Empire State Building.
- Intrepid Air and Space Museum - Visitors can walk around the aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid, the submarine, USS Growler, and the Space Shuttle, Enterprise. Here, the air, sea and space are taken care of.
- Brooklyn Bridge - An icon in its own right, and sitting alongside the best in any list, this miraculous piece of human engineering is 1,833.7 m long and is always crowded with those seeking to take in the view.
- Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration - The US is a nation of migrants and immigrants, and this museum tells the story of how the nation has been shaped by opening up the country to those seeking refuge. All will leave here astonished.
Places to Eat in New York
When it comes to New York, there is a huge supply of restaurants that cater for just about everybody. From the posh to the trendy, the expensive to the cheap, everyone can find the perfect place to eat in New York. Each neighbourhood has something to offer, from luxury restaurants in Upper East to themed restaurants in trendy areas, American diners around street corners to restaurants in Little Italy and Chinese cuisine in Chinatown. When visitors don’t want to use their serviced apartment’s fully equipped kitchen, they can eat out and have whatever cuisine takes their fancy.
- What foods should visitors try in New York?
Here are 10 foods that every traveller should try:
- Doughnuts and Cronuts
- New York Cheesecake
- Pastrami on Rye
- Japanese food
- What are the best restaurants in New York?
That is a difficult question to answer, however, here are 10 that have to be checked out:
- Via Carota
- Le Coucou
- Le Bernardin
- Eleven Madison Park
- Gramercy & Flatiron
- Per Se
- What are the top posh restaurants in New York
Here are 5 of the most expensive restaurants in New York:
- Per Se
- Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
- Eleven Madison Park
- What are New York’s cheaper dining options?
When visitors need to save a bit of money, they should consider these cheap places to eat in New York:
- Joe’s Pizza
- B and H Dairy
- Crif Dogs
- Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles
- Los Tacos No. 1
- M and O Market and Deli
- Mamoun’s Falafel
- Punjabi Grocery and Deli
- The Kati Roll Company
Street Food in New York
When the city’s hordes of visitors mingle around the streets, the first thing they’ll see is most likely a hot dog stand. With many toppings to choose from, no one is going to mind parting with a few dollars to fund the hot dog truck. But there’s more to New York’s street food than hot dogs. Donuts, bagels, falafel, Mexican food, mac & cheese, chilli and lobster rolls are just some of the other foods that can be bought on the streets. So, for the times when business travellers want to eat outside of their NYC corporate housing, they can easily go to one of the street food vendors around the corner.
A few street food vendors that are worth mentioning include:
- King of Falafel & Shawarma - all the falafel that anyone can eat
- Milk Truck - Mac & cheese, turkey chilli and grilled cheese sandwiches
- Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck - lobster rolls
- Lumpia Shack - Lumpia, crispy, Filipino-inspired spring rolls
- Dirty water dogs - Hot dogs, hot dogs and more hot dogs
- Calexico - Mexican food
- Solber Pupusas - Salvadoran corn tortillas
- Bolivian Llama Party - Saltenas and Chola sliders
- Breakfast cart bagels - Many, many bagels with many, many toppings
Shopping in New York
New York is renowned for its shopping attractions and as one of the major fashion hubs in the world. There’s an assortment of places where guests can splash and spend at their leisure. So, when they need to buy a bit more luxury to add to their furnished apartment, these are the shopping attractions that should be taking centre stage.
- Fifth Avenue - The most famous street in New York is home to some of the city’s most iconic stores such as Tiffany & Co, Saks, Cartier, Armani and Bergdorf Goodman. The mammoth 10,000 square foot Apple Store, that’s open 24 hours a day, is a big highlight as well.
- SoHo - it offers everything in terms of shopping with the entire area around Broadway in SoHo being a big favourite. It is home to many stores ranging from luxury brands and boutiques to other brands like Forever 21 and H&M.
- Columbus Circle - Here, guests will discover a small mall located directly from Central Park. There are many well-known brands here and it isn’t always crowded.
- Meatpacking District - The Meatpacking District, is one of the more contemporary areas in the city where visitors can find expensive boutiques, a UGG Store, an Asics store with a broad selection of their newest products, and an Apple store.
- Herald Square - With a hectic atmosphere, and the likes of the monumental Macy’s store, Herald Square is quite a delight. In addition to the huge department store, Macy’s, there are other stores like H&M here also and Victoria’s Secret, Zara, Mango, Levis, Footlocker, Gap, and Forever 21.
- Lexington Avenue - Here visitors can find a nice mix of luxury brands and more common brands like Zara and H&M. The Upper East Side is also home to Bloomingdale’s, one of the most famous department stores of New York City.
Transportation in New York
For the uninitiated, New York’s transport system can appear overwhelming. Like many large metropolitan cities, there are many ways of getting around the city, with the subway, buses and cabs being the most popular options.
The New York Subway is one of the most famous mass transit systems in the world. Throughout the borough of Manhattan, the subway is the easiest way to travel around. A subway fare is $2.75. This will allow passengers to anywhere on the subway providing they don’t leave the underground. It is possible for them to purchase both a weekly and monthly pass for the subway for extra convenience.
Alternatively, the bus is a good way of travelling around the city - and additionally allows passengers to see New York without having to go underground. With all serviced apartments in NYC being close to metro connections, guests will have no trouble getting around the city.
If visitors are looking to travel outside Manhattan, there are other options. The Long Island Rail Road, NJ Transit and Metro North Rail allow visitors to New York to access New York’s boroughs and New Jersey.
There’s a lot of water around New York - Manhattan is an island after all. Launching in 2017, the New York Ferry offers an alternative way of travelling around the city. With 21 ferry terminals across the city, the ferry is an increasingly popular way of travelling for tourists. Evidently, the ferry takes a little longer than the Subway, however, the price is the same as the subway at $2.75.
A breakdown of transportation can be found here:
- New York Subway
- Staten Island Railway
- Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)
- Long Island Rail Road
- Metro-North Rail Road
- NJ Transit
- Staten Island Ferry
Weather in New York
Like many cities in the west, New York’s weather varies from season to season. New York’s average temperature varies throughout the year, with the months of April to September generally being the warmest months. But, in the city during the peak of summer can get very hot, so guests need to be sure to stay hydrated.
New York weather in the winter can be very cold, with temperatures frequently reaching below zero Celsius. Staying wrapped up is a better option, but there are seldom more picturesque sites than Central Park in the snow.
The average temperature in New York in the Summer is around 27°. In winter, the average temperature is 5°, while the average temperatures in Spring and Autumn are 7° and 12° respectively.