New York City

NYC. The Big Apple. Unique New York. Want to be a part of it? America’s most iconic and historic city is calling you. New York is a city of moments. When you’ve watched the ball drop, bought a hot dog from a classic New York hot dog stand, caught a cab in Times Square and seen a Yankee a game, you’ll know what all the hype was about.

City Overview

New York is America’s most populous and diverse city — home to 8.5 million people. Over 800 languages are spoken here! It’s also a business powerhouse with an annual economic output of over 1.5 trillion USD — that’s more than most countries! Located on the southern tip of New York State on one the world’s largest natural harbors, New York City consists of 5 boroughs, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island. New York is also home to some of America’s finest universities, such as Columbia, Rockefeller, and NYU.

Arts

New York is one of America’s culture capitals — Broadway offers the best theater in the English-speaking world! New York City is also home to some of America’s finest art museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, The Museum of Arts and Design. It’s also a great city for music fans. The Mercury Lounge on the Lower East Side regularly hosts great acts. You can also check out one of Harlem’s famous jazz clubs. Classical music fans will enjoy the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera.

Business

Home to Wall Street, New York is almost synonymous with business and finance. Young people who want careers in finance are drawn to New York for its first-rate universities and its proximity to top financial institutions. Finance is huge here — but you don’t have to be Gordon Gekko to make it in New York, the economy is extremely diverse. Many of the world's largest media companies are here. Silicon Alley, as New York’s tech sector is known, generated 7.3 billion USD of investment in 2015. Real estate and biotech are also heavy hitters here. The top employers in New York are the City of New York, the New York City Department of Education, The Metropolitan Transit Authority, The United States Government, The New York City Health and Hospitals Corp, JPMorgan Chase, the State of New York, and Citigroup.

Climate

Winters are cold — a good thing because New York is famously beautiful in the snow, and ice skating is a city tradition. Summers can get hot and a bit humid. Spring and Autumn are mild.

Cuisine

New York is a city of immigrants, and the dining options are as diverse as the city itself — and there’s something for every budget. Pizza and bagel joints abound, along with Chinese food, and falafel. Take out and delivery are always just moments away. If you’re looking to splurge, the top 5 Zagat-rated restaurants in New York are Le Bernadin (amazing seafood and wine), Bouley (a great choice for chocolate lovers), Jean-Georges (French cuisine), Daniel (try the black sea bass), and the Gotham Bar & Grill (epic steaks!). Another quintessential New York dining experience is the Deli — they’re famous for their sandwiches. For a classic NYC deli vibe, swing by the Second Avenue Deli in Midtown or on the Upper East Side.

Demographics

They call New York a melting pot for a reason, 36% of New York’s population was born outside the U.S. New York is 44% White, 27% Hispanic, 25% Black, 11% Asian and 16% other races. You’ll hear many different accents in this city — including the famous New York accent of course.

Entertainment

There’s always something to do, New York is the city that never sleeps after all. Theatre fans will be in heaven with Broadway right at their fingertips. Get yourself energized for work with a morning run (or morning zombie walk to the coffee cart) in Central Park. Science enthusiasts and Ben Stiller fans both will want to check out the American Museum of Natural History. There’s also the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art when you're searching for your culture fix. 30 Rock fan? Then you’ll need to check out the Top of the Rock Observation Center, where you can see famous New York city skyline in all its glory.

Historical

New York is one of America’s most historic cities, and there’s no shortage of heritage to explore here. Why not start with a trip across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. It was built in 1883 and still works today. Thrill-seekers can’t miss theme park on Coney Island, the famous Cyclone roller coaster dates back to 1927. The Empire State building is another must-see.

Landmarks

There are landmarks all over New York City. Including Central Park, The Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, Broadway, The Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Harbor, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, One World Trade Center, Rockefeller Center. Fifth Avenue, and SoHo.

Nightlife

New York’s nightlife is world-famous. For a wild, Burning Man style ride, head down to the House of Yes. This dance club features trippy eye-catching performances and great beats. Those seeking the most upscale of New York experiences will need to check out Provocateur (though be warned, it can be quite difficult to get in). Cielo regularly hosts big-name DJs. The bar scene is top notch too. 124 Rabbit is the place to go for great drinks and a throwback feel. For something different, you can try Angel’s Share, a unique bar hidden behind an unmarked door in a Japanese restaurant with many season cocktails on offer.

Outdoors

While New York has a very urban reputation, it’s a great city for nature lovers too! You can take a kayak down the Hudson — the Long Island community boathouse offers free kayaks on a first come first serve basis. Central Park, of course, is a great place to walk — there are also numerous events at Central Park year round. You can also drive out of the city on a weekend and spend a day in the countryside of beautiful upstate New York.

Transportation

New Yorkers commute on foot or via subway. Cars are unnecessary and an added expense in NYC. Use the money you save on car insurance to see a Broadway Show! For those rare times when you do need a car — cabs are easier than to access than ever in the smartphone age.

Finding Apartments for Rent in NYC

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New York Neighborhoods

Manhattan Neighborhoods

Manhattan is New York City’s most densely populated, most crowded, and also most attractive borough. Made up of Manhattan Island and surrounded by the Hudson River, East River, and Harlem River, it is a home to big-name attractions. The Empire State Building, One World Observatory, the High Line, Central Park, and Times Square are only some points of the long list. Manhattan is the world’s commercial, financial, and cultural center all rolled into one.

Upper East Side

Affluent and stylish, the Upper East Side is a New York classic. Located right near Central Park, you can start every day with a run here. Another plus is that there’s a little less hustle and bustle here, so it’s great for people who crave the occasional quiet moment. Apartments for rent in the Upper East side here tend to be on the pricier side.

Upper West Side

Due to it’s proximity to Columbia University, the Upper West Side attracts students seeking off campus apartments for rent. It’s also a hub of cultural life — home to the New York City Ballet, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Museum of Natural History. There’s also fine dining available, Jean Georges offers some of the best French food anywhere — jackets required.

Hell’s Kitchen

Don’t the name fool you, Hell’s Kitchen is an increasingly popular neighborhood for young professionals seeking apartments for rent. It’s also popular with artists and the LGBT community. There are plenty of cool family-owned restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and long-term apartments for rent in Hell’s Kitchen. Craving a pint? Head on down to the Pony Bar for great craft beers.

Financial District

Home of Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, and towering skyscrapers, the financial district is high powered. Located near the East and Hudson rivers, you can easily go for a scenic walk along the waterfront. Even better, you can find surprisingly affordable high-rise apartments for rent in the Financial District. There are some really unique dining options here, including Ramen Co — a restaurant from Keizo Shimamoto, creator of the ramen burger.

Midtown East

Classic NYC. Popular with families and successful professionals. Midtown is close to Grand Central Station, which makes commuting from here a breeze. It’s a great place to find high-rise apartments for rent. Midtown East is one of New York safest neighborhoods. Nature lovers will be at home here too, there are over 2000 trees in Midtown.

Murray Hill

A laid back, mellow neighborhood, good for grad students, or for people who work in the city center but want to find more affordable apartments for rent. World citizens will be pleased by the proximity to the U.N. Murray Hill offers all sorts of entertainment as well. Want to unwind after work? Check out Bravest, a firefighter themed bar, or head down to Koreatown for great BBQ.

Chelsea

This Midtown neighborhood is known for its cool arts and culture beat. It’s especially popular among the LGBT community. A popular attraction is the Chelsea historic district — 19th-century townhouses and cobblestone streets make it a lovely place to spend an afternoon, or to rent an apartment.

Kips Bay

This charming and convenient neighborhood is close to a variety of schools and hospitals— and has lots of super apartments for rent. You can also find great views of the East River here. For a unique evening out, go to Modern Pinball NYC on Third Ave — they offer unlimited plays with a wristband, so you can get the high score of your dreams. Kips Bay is popular with young professionals.

East Village

The East Village is quickly gentrifying but still has its classic NYC ambiance. The arts scene is huge here, and has produced greats like Andy Warhol. There’s plenty of music too, the East Village is widely regarded as the birthplace of punk. It’s a great place for young people to find lofts or apartments for rent.

Harlem

One of America’s most well-known neighborhoods. Music, food, and events abound here. It’s also a bit more affordable — and there are lots of cool lofts and townhouses for rent here. Don’t forget to check out the Apollo Theatre!

Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Brooklyn, the most populous borough of New York City, is a home to more than 30 neighborhoods. Located on the western end of Long Island, the borough is especially famous for Coney Island, Prospect Park, and Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn is as great as it is diverse with neighborhoods ranging from luxury DUMBO to hipster-like Williamsburg to a free-spirited Coney Island.

Downtown Brooklyn

The heart of Brooklyn, Downtown is fast-paced. Many of Brooklyn’s businesses operate here. There’s no lack of things to do either — the iconic Brooklyn bridge is a must see. Apartments for rent in Brooklyn can be expensive, so you may want to consider finding a roommate.

Williamsburg

This young, artistic neighborhood pulsates with energy. It’s also got easy access to the L, M, and J trains — so getting downtown is a cinch! Denizens of Williamsburg like to go out, so it’s a good thing this neighborhood offers several hip rooftop bars. Drink delicious cocktails and watch the sun set over NYC at The Ides Bar — a swanky rooftop joint. Studio apartments for rent in Williamsburg start around $1,500.

Fort Greene

This charming neighborhood is full of 19th century Italianate and Eastlake architecture. The vibe here is more relaxed, and it’s a good neighborhood for families with children. Pet owners will be at home here too — there are lots of great pet-friendly apartments for rent, and the nearby Fort Greene park is a great place to get exercise with your furry friends!

Greenpoint

Greenpoint is the first choice for budget-conscious young professionals looking for apartments for rent in Brooklyn. Somewhat removed from the city, it’s a great place to unwind after a hard day at the office. There are lots of neat lofts and townhouses for rent here. It also boasts some of New York’s best Polish cuisine.

Queens Neighborhoods

Queens - the borough located across the East River from Manhattan - is considered the fastest growing part of New York City. Named America’s best place to visit by Lonely Planet, Queens has got sights to satisfy all tastes and needs - ‘Panorama’ Museum, Meadows Corona Park, City Field, and the Unisphere is just a small part of attractions the borough is so famous for. Queens is deservedly considered the place of picturesque parks, major sporting events, and adventurous art.

Long Island City

Rapidly growing and gentrifying, Long Island City is a young, energetic neighborhood. You can find affordable apartments with great views of the East River here. On the weekends, check out one of the many cool breweries or art museums.

Astoria

This neighborhood is ideally located — laidback, but with easy access to the city center. Can you say gyros? Astoria is historically Greek and there are tons of great ethnic restaurants here. This neighborhood is a good choice for families, and there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions.

The Bronx

The northernmost borough of New York City, the Bronx is separated from Manhattan by the Harlem River and is bordered by Westchester County, the Hudson River, the East River, and Long Island Sound. The Bronx is the only mainland borough of New York City. The borough became an official part of the city only in 1898 and was previously considered a territory of Westchester County. The Bronx is a recognized birthplace of hip-hop, graffiti, and New York Yankees.

Staten Island

Laidback, charming and affordable, this borough will steal your heart. Nature lovers can find the city’s largest forest preserve here, and the beach is just minutes away. Staten Islanders also enjoy free ferry rides! While this borough is a little farther from the New York city center, rents tend to be much lower. You also have access to the PATH train here, which goes straight to Manhattan. Of course, there’s no need to leave Staten Island for entertainment, the borough itself has a vibrant nightlife — including hookah lounges and cocktail bars.