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Why renting a furnished apartment instead of an unfurnished place

2014/10/06 1:14 PM    |    by Cristina Iannone
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For the vast majority of people in search of a mid-range accommodation for their holiday, the first  option that comes to mind is a hotel. But there is an alternative that not only works out cheaper but has better amenities included: a furnished apartment.

The positive things about a furnished property include:

It saves tenants money, since they don’t need to buy furniture.

Furnished property rent more quickly than an unfurnished property, because (generally) there are more tenants looking for furnished lettings.

When the tenancy ends, the owner  will still own the furniture and can use it himself/herself, or offer it to future tenants.

A fully furnished apartment offers the privacy and comforts of home.

More organized space. This is one of the biggest advantages, particularly if you’re staying in the same city for a long period of time.

An equipped kitchen ready to use for cooking. You may not be planning on doing much cooking during your vacation, but a kitchen with a fridge, microwave and cutlery can be great for heating up leftovers from restaurant meals, storing late night snacks and drinks and whipping up a quick breakfast. It’s also great if you have special dietary requirements, eat meals at a different time to the locals, or if you’re traveling with children.

DIY laundry. While most hotels will do your laundry for you, it’s generally pretty expensive. Furnished apartments will often come with a in-room washer and dryer, which means you can wash your clothes for free – perfect if you like to pack light or have children who dirty their clothes quickly.

The furnished apartments are, therefore, far more affordable than a hotel, and while some require you to book months or weeks in advance to get a good deal, our apartments provide always a good price – quality ratio.

Furnished apartments will often work out cheaper than an equivalent hotel, and while some will require you to book for a month or a week to get a good deal, others still offer great rates for a stay of just a few nights. Of course, the fact that you can also cook your own meals can help you save even more money.

Find out about our Short-term apartment rentals in ManhattanBrooklyn and Queens. New York city boasts an exceptional metro and bus system, so wherever you decide to accommodate it is very easy and quick to go from one borough to the other.

If you need help in your search go to our website Metro-Homes Properties and get in contact with our real estate agents. Thank you for the visit.

Questions about New York City

2014/07/15 4:54 PM    |    by Cristina Iannone
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New York is a great city, is undeniable. Even if you’ve never been before, as soon as you set foot here all around will turn into a movie you’ve already seen and loved. There are dozens and dozens of books, guides, websites and blogs that seek to describe this magical kaleidoscope. But what is there really to know before you visit it?

What is the best season to come to New York on vacation?

New York is always beautiful in any season. In winter it is full of snow, everything has the taste of Christmas than once, all the shops are slashing and Central Park is transformed into a ski resort for hundreds of children, armed with their sleds. In spring nature awakens color flooding the city, crowning this time with a blossoming cherry trees to leave you speechless. The summer is humid and very sultry, but you can spend the beautiful days in t-shirt and flip-flops, whether you’re on Fifth Avenue to Coney Island. In the autumn, the air becomes quite warm, and everything is tinged with gold, brown and red. In short, do not be influenced by the weather, you will find a city that is always breathtaking.

I’d like to visit Harlem and the Bronx. They are still dangerous areas?

Absolutely not. New York is one of the safest cities in the world, and the first across America. Harlem and the Bronx in particular are jewels to explore with caution and respect for those who live there. Therefore apply as in any other place with few tourists and complex problems: do not bring too much cash with you, sometimes it’s best to bring a little cash and a credit card; Do not wear flashy jewelry too and do not hold too much in hand phones and cameras; try to know where you’re going, it’s better not to look lost; walk along the busiest streets; and if someone is following you, go immediately to your nearest store or move closer to a crowded place.

EATING
Is it true that there are a lot of fast food and that coffee is different?

If you are looking for a taste of home made cousine, restaurants and supermarkets will not disappoint you. In America you eat well if you know how to choose well. If you find yourself in front of the eyes a pizza with salami and chocolate (not really exist in New York!). Do not be alarmed, we are still in a foreign country that does not have a well-defined culinary tradition! On the other hand, you’ll find pretty much everything, both as regards the goods in supermarkets that offer on restaurant menus. As for the coffee, finding a good espresso is not uncommon. The mixtures that are located in New York are very good, everything is actually to find a caterer good at it.

Are supermarkets recommended to save up some money instead of going to the restaurant every day?

Thanks to the exchange euro dollar is still possible to say that you spend less in an American supermarket, but in general the prices are equal. The really curious thing is that it will be almost impossible not to get out of the supermarket without packaging giant super discounted products!

STUDYING

How does it work with the English language schools in the Big Apple? The first step is the choice of the school. If you can, do a search at the international level, and not only on sites translated into your language, or you will find yourself in a weird classroom, and your English will suffer. If the duration of your course exceeds three months, unless you want to do illegal immigration, you will need to apply for a student visa. And it’s advisable to do it regardless, so as to be full-blown and not make false statements to the Immigration Office when you arrive on American land. Between one thing and another, you can put a minimum of three weeks to a maximum of one month and a half, everything is in the speed of obtaining the various modules, certificates and necessary payments-and the date of the appointment to the consulate (in operators are usually very accommodating and will try to meet your needs).

LIVING

I am looking for a house for rent in New York, which way should I start?

It is not easy to move between the many websites that offer these solutions (most of the time only at first glance) affordable. If you need a rest for a short time, waiting to find the apartment of your dreams, you can take a look at specialized sites like ours www.aptnewyork.com.

Find out more about our Short-term apartment rentals in ManhattanBrooklyn and Queens. New York city boasts an exceptional metro and bus system, so wherever you decide to accommodate it is very easy and quick to go from one borough to the other.

If you need help in your search go to our website Metro-Homes Properties and get in contact with our real estate agents. Thank you for the visit.

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

2014/07/11 9:55 AM    |    by Cristina Iannone
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One of Manhattan’s most-loved outdoor cinema events, the long-running HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, now in its 22nd year, lands in Bryant Park on June 16, 2014. Running on Monday nights through August 18, the lineup of free screenings spans legendary films, kicking off the program with Saturday Night Fever and winding it down with The Shining.

Films roll just after sundown (typically between 8pm and 9pm), though the lawn opens at 5pm, so come early to throw down a blanket and secure a good spot. Note that it’s open-lawn seating, and there’s a laundry list of no-gos for the event: no chairs or tables, plastic sheets or tarps, alcohol, or pups are permitted on the lawn. As a safeguard, all bags and backpacks are subject to search. If you’re arriving by bike, there’s free parking available at the nearby Pétanque Courts (6th Ave. and 41st St.).

Bring your own nosh for a picnic spread, or stock up on snacks and meals on-site from ‘wichcraft or Hester Street Fair vendors.

The 2014 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival lineup is as follows:

June 16: Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta [Drama/Musical, 1977]
June 23: The Mark Of Zorro starring Tyrone Power [Adventure/Western, 1940]
June 30: A Soldier’s Story starring Howard Rollins, Jr., and Denzel Washington [Drama/Mystery/War, 1984]
July 7: Blazing Saddles starring Cleavon Little [Comedy/Western, 1974]
July 14: Suddenly Last Summer starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift [Drama/Mystery/Thriller, 1959]
July 21: National Lampoon’s Vacation starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo [Adventure/Comedy/Romance, 1983]
July 28: Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall [Crime/Drama/Film Noir, 1948]
August 4: The Karate Kid starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita [Action/Drama/Family, 1984]
August 11: Lover Come Back starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall [Comedy/Romance, 1961]
August 18: The Shining starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd [Horror, 1980]
Read up more on individual film plots at bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html; there’s also an info line set up for festival details: 212-512-5700.

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival joins a slate of other popular open-air summer film fests in New York City, including favorites like the Rooftop Films Summer Series and the French-flavored Films on the Green.

When: Monday nights, June 16–August 18, 2014; lawn opens at 5pm, films screen 30 minutes after sunset

Where: Bryant Park is located between 40th & 42nd Sts. and 5th & 6th Aves.

Museum Mile Festival: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 6-9pm

2014/06/29 6:29 PM    |    by Cristina Iannone
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What is the Museum Mile Festival?

During this annual festival, 5th Avenue is closed to traffic and becomes home to a block party, complete with musical and artistic entertainment for children and adults. In addition to the nine museums offering free admission, there are activities, musical entertainment, and artist demonstrations along Fifth Avenue. Face painting and chalk drawing along Fifth Avenue are especially fun for children.

Which Museums Participate in the Museum Mile Festival?

All participating museums are located along Fifth Avenue.

The Africa Center – 110th Street
El Museo del Barrio – 105th Street
Museum of the City of New York – 103rd Street
The Jewish Museum – 92nd Street
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution – 91st Street
National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts – 90th Street
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – 89th Street
Neue Galerie New York – 86th Street
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – 82nd Street

Tips for Enjoying the Museum Mile Festival:

Be prepared for the weather – the festival is held rain or shine
Be prepared for crowds – the event is attended by 50,000 annually
Lines at museums can be long, but move quickly
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum tend to be the busiest
This is a great opportunity to check out museums along the mile that you’ve never visited before
Spend some time strolling Fifth Avenue – artists and musicians, as well as cultural organizations offer an array of entertainment along Fifth Avenue

Directions to the Museum Mile Festival:

4/5 to 86th Street; 6 to 86th, 96th and 103rd Streets; walk two blocks west to Fifth Avenue