What you’ve heard about New York City is true: this metropolis never sleeps. The Big Apple delivers so many possibilities, that it’s bound to get overwhelming. Start with the city’s must-do experiences, like Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Want a view? Head up to a rooftop bar, the Empire State Building, or Rockefeller Center. In between, fuel up on dim sum in Chinatown or ravioli in Little Italy, then end the night with jazz in Harlem. With countless galleries, eateries, street vendors, bars, hot spots, and hidden gems—and, not to mention outer boroughs—to explore, multiple visits to the Big Apple are essential. Stay in the middle of it all and find New York vacation rentals, condos, and hotels just as sophisticated as the escapades that await. Start exploring now.

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What is the price range for rentals in New York City?

Vacation rentals in New York City have a price range between $39-$10,174. The average price for rentals in New York City is $194 per night.

How many rentals are available in New York City?

There are 7,071 vacation rentals available in New York City across several booking partners.

How can I go to NYC on a budget?

It’s easy to go to New York City on a budget. The city offers countless free and cheap things to do. Some of our favorites include:

  • Stroll through Central Park, where you’ll find walking trails, picnic spots, and other freebies like Shakespeare in the Park shows. When hunger sets in, head to one of the many street vendors selling cheap eats.
  • Ride the Staten Island Ferry for a free 25-minute cruise that takes you past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and treats you to Manhattan skyline views.
  • Get discounted tickets to see a Broadway show via the TKTS website or TodayTix.

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How many days do you need in New York City?

Five to seven days is the ideal amount of time to explore New York City. With numerous landmark attractions—like the Statue of Liberty, High Line, One World Observatory, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park, to name a few—plus several neighborhoods and boroughs, New York City requires both time and energy to explore.

Five to seven days also gives you enough time to eat your way around the city, watch a Broadway show, and take relaxed city strolls. Can’t fit it all in? Don’t try to. The best New York City itinerary is one that’s set to your own personal pace. Besides, the city is so vast and varied, that a return visit is a must.

Can you rent an apartment in New York City as a tourist?

Yes, you can rent an apartment when traveling to New York City. In fact, there are countless options throughout the city and its boroughs, at all budget levels. There are waterfront condos overlooking the Hudson River, family-friendly vacation rentals in Midtown Manhattan, and so much more. On VacationRenter, you’ll find the largest collection of short-term rentals and hotels all throughout New York City.

What are the most popular vacation rental amenities in New York City?

  • Air Conditioner
  • Internet / Wifi
  • TV

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