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New York City is home to more than eight million people, all of whom co-habitate in a fairly small physical area. There are a lot of apartments, townhouses and even some detached single-family dwellings in New York, and many of them are available for extended vacation rentals of a week or more. Whether you’re looking for cheap weekly apartment rentals in NYC or you want to splash out on a luxurious Manhattan vacation apartment with incredible views, you’ll have plenty of options to consider. The key to finding the right place is to consider what your goals are before you make your reservation.

Find Your Place

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Before you start looking for a vacation rental in the big city, it may be helpful to look at a map and understand not only where New York’s five boroughs are located but also where important spots like museums, parks and transit hubs are located. This will make it much easier to choose a rental in the right part of town. Though New York is physically small, the sheer volume of people in the city — more than 27,000 per square mile — often means that getting from place to place is harder than you’d expect.

See All the Sights

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From public transit delays to traffic jams and peak-season tourist crowds, optimizing your vacation rental location can be particularly important if you have specific goals in mind for your visit to the Big Apple. For example, if you want to hit all the major tourist attractions, like Times Square and the Statue of Liberty, it’s best that you find a vacation apartment rental in Midtown or Lower Manhattan rather than Brooklyn or the Bronx. If you want to see more off-the-beaten-path sights in New York, Harlem or Brooklyn may be better locales for your stay.

New York for the Budget Conscious

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When budget is an issue, it may make sense to look into New York’s outer boroughs. However, you’ll want to stay focused on your ideal activities itinerary and keep distance in mind. For example, Staten Island is home to some of the city’s most affordable neighborhoods, but it’s a literal island that’s separated from the rest of New York by water.

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Spending a full week on Staten Island would mean commuting to Manhattan and other parts of NYC by ferry, and while that might be fun for a day or two, it could become time-consuming over the course of an entire week. Queens, which is connected to the subway system and easily accessible by car, provides a good balance of affordability and access.

Get Ready for an Amazing Week

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The great thing about visiting New York for a full week is that you’ll never run out of sights to see, places to go and amazing things to eat, even if you do end up in a relatively quiet corner of the city. One last tip for finding the right weeklong vacation rental — check to see whether it has conveniences like air conditioning and an elevator. A single night in a 15th-floor walk-up apartment might not be so bad, but it’ll get old after a few days.