New York City is the most populated city in the United States. What's technically one city is actually comprised of five boroughs, each having its own unique flavor. When visitors refer to NYC, they usually mean Manhattan. It's the City that Never Sleeps, Gotham, the Big Apple, and it is a must-see pilgrimage for people who love history, fashion, money, shopping, books, theater, and hundreds of other things for which it's known as the center of operations. A New York City vacation rental makes this pricey place affordable so you can enjoy more of this top vacation destination.
There are more things to see and do in NYC than you have time. First-time tourists will want to check out the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the 911 Memorial Site, Times Square, and the Empire State Building. Walking the Brooklyn bridge and seeing a Broadway show are also popular activities. Central Park is an oasis among the hustle with its lush greens, large pond, and carriage rides. There's always something going on.
Leave your car at home. Parking in the city is pricey and the traffic isn't worth it. Instead, NYC has a variety of public transportation options including its famous subway and train system. It's an economical way to get around all the boroughs and gives you a feel for the city. There are also plenty of private car options, horse-drawn carriages, and tour buses to help you get around. Let's not forget the New York City taxis that produce a concert of horn blowing day and night.
New York experiences all four seasons. Winter is cold (average in the 30s) but offers the best rates and there's still plenty to do in this town. Spring ushers in beautiful blooms in Central Park and it feels like the entire city is outdoors shopping at markets and dining. Summers are hot (low 80s with high humidity), causing many residents to spend their weekends on Long Island. It's also the most popular time to visit, although the Big Apple doesn't have a down time.
Every day is an event in NYC but there are some highlights the city is known for including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center, Times Square New Year's Eve, Fashion Week, and Fleet Week. These big events will affect availability of New York City vacation rentals so plan months (or years) in advance if you want a place in the center of the action during these times.
While New York City does have its own style of pizza slice (large, cheesy, and floppy), its cuisine is as varied as the people who live and visit this town. Dining is an event and a pastime here so save plenty of room.
A New York City vacation rental places you in the center of the action but with a lower price tag. No matter how much you see, you'll want to come back.