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Experience the city that never sleeps from New York vacation rentals

Start spreading the news – you're going to New York City! A hotspot of fashion, finance, and entertainment, the world's most famous metropolis buzzes with life 24/7. Book an apartment or any one of the New York vacation rentals in Midtown Manhattan and you'll be close to Broadway's glittering theatres, 5th Avenue's prestigious shops, and Times Square's larger-than-life billboards. But enthralling as it is, there's more to NYC than just Manhattan. The outer boroughs boast their own claims to fame that visitors of all ages will enjoy, from Prospect Park in Brooklyn to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to Rockaway Beach in Queens.


History buffs, rejoice – because NYC is home to more than 100 National Historical Landmarks and National Monuments. Some of the most famous are the Statue of Liberty, the distinctive Flatiron Building, and the Beaux-Arts masterpiece that is Grand Central Terminal. No less noteworthy are the buildings from the city's colonial past, like the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan. Built by a British military officer in 1765, it functioned as a headquarters in the American Revolution. You can also drop by the Dyckman House in the Inwood neighbourhood. Dating from the 1780s, it's Manhattan's oldest remaining farmhouse and the only one in the Dutch Colonial style.


Activities and attractions in and around New York

Do you want to find things to do in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes New York a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Floating Pool (6.1 mi / 9.8 km)
  • Bronx Zoo (8.3 mi / 13.4 km)
  • Restaurant Row (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • NBC Studios (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Central Park Zoo (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in New York

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, New York is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Central Park (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Battery Park (4 mi / 6.4 km)
  • Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Bryant Park (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Herald Square (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Channel Gardens (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)

Getting around the city from your New York vacation rental

New York's big yellow cabs are about as iconic as the Empire State Building, but there are many other ways to get from Point A to Point B in the city. You can pedal your way around Manhattan and the other boroughs with the Citi Bike sharing system, ride the extensive, inexpensive, and efficient subway – which runs all day and all night, 7 days a week – or take the slower but more scenic route with public buses. New York also boasts a huge ferry network. All aboard!

Food & drink 

Eat, drink, and be merry in New York City

New York City is home to a dizzying array of places to eat and drink, from swanky Michelin-starred restaurants to cheerful holes-in-the-wall to bustling food carts. If you're craving authentic fare from a specific region, the options are limitless. For house-made cannoli and creamy sfogliatelle, head to Little Italy; for flavourful dimsum and hand-pulled wheat noodles, go to Chinatown; for hearty ramen and succulent sushi, the East Village's Little Tokyo is your best bet. Of course, you can always buy fresh produce at NYC's numerous farmers' markets – the Union Square Greenmarket, for example – and cook in your New York vacation home rental.

Essential info

Facts to remember for your New York vacation rental holiday

More than 8.6 million people live in NYC, making it the most populous city in the USA. It encompasses 784 sq km, covering the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. The currency is the US dollar and the primary language is English, though it's common to hear languages from all over the world. The legal drinking age is 21, and keep in mind that it's illegal to drink alcohol in public places. The crime rate has been decreasing since the 1990s, making NYC safer to live in and visit. 911 is the number to call if you do find yourself in an emergency.

Where to stay near New York?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 5,648 house rentals near New York. From 4,184 Condos/Apartments to 747 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near New York is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to New York?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New York:

  • Midtown: 1,146 vacation rentals
  • The Heights: 282 vacation rentals
  • Ironbound District: 24 vacation rentals
  • West Side - Waterside - South End: 20 vacation rentals
  • West Side: 108 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to New York?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in New York. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Times Square: 5,552 home rentals
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade: 5,557 home rentals
  • Central Park: 4,022 home rentals
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts: 5,565 home rentals
  • Columbia University: 5,560 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New York listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in New York?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 4,184 Condos/Apartments in New York. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in New York include:

  • Houses: 747 lodging choices
  • Villas: 4 lodging choices
  • Boats: 4 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in New York?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 607 vacation homes with pool available in New York.

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