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.

Posted by Cristina Iannone

Park Slope, over the Brooklyn Bridge, is located in Brooklyn and is bordered by Prospect Heights, Boerum Hill, Windsor Terrace, Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, Greenwood Heights and Fort Greene. Almost a neighbourhood of the past, currently the most popular in New York.

Park Slope Brooklyn is a slice of idyllic tree-lined streets and terraced houses Brownstone (bricks made of red sandstone, which are typical of New York), the convenience of 10 metro lines close by, vintage shopping, nightlife, cultural attractions , and a beautiful park: Prospect Park, a place where the residents of the neighborhood are particularly fond of. A green area of 242 acres, the beautiful park was designed by the same architect who designed Central Park. It offers many activities: a botanical garden, the Brooklyn Museum, a zoo, picnic areas, trails for cyclists, skating rinks, a horse riding center and concerts during the spring – summertime. It is not surprising that Park Slope has been elected by major American newspapers as the best neighborhood to live in New York.

The organic market in Park Slope is beloved by its residents. It is so popular that the communities living in the neighboring districts are used to pass the entire Saturday morning in Park Slope.

Around the neighborhood there are a lot of recreational fun and is easily everything you need: the great beers of the Double Windsor, the wonderful baked bagel in the morning, and a coffee shop on the corner in which to sit and observe the comings and goings of the people.

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange multidisciplinary space, with over 50 performances per season, especially dance and performances by emerging choreographers appreciated by a public alternative. If you visit the Old Stone House in Washington Park, you will see the reproduction of a typical Dutch house of the 17th century which houses a museum about the history of Brooklyn.

Trivia: the most amazing shop is Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company: masks, cloaks, spray to become invisible, superpowers to drink in cans.. A surreal shop with everything and more to become superheroes. The store is located in the same place 826NYC, a nonprofit center for children aged 6 to 18 years and where they organize courses and workshops in creative writing.

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.

Posted by Cristina Iannone

John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) is located in Queens, 15 miles away from midtown Manhattan and located on Jamaica Bay. A very common arrival point for international travelers, this airport is very large and about 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan by car, longer if you take public transport.

Getting from JFK to Manhattan (& back):

Public Transportation to JFK:
Take the quick and easy AirTrain. Consult the New York City Subway Map to determine the best connections to take to get to your destination. $2.50 subway fare (available 24 hours). If you return to JFK via subway, make sure to take the A train marked Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park, NOT Lefferts Blvd.

Taxis: $52 flat fare (plus tolls) to any Manhattan location. Taxis are available outside of every terminal and there is typically a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi. You may also want to familiarize yourself with the Taxi Rider’s Bill of Rights. There is no additional charge for luggage and rates are based per car, not per passenger (up to four passengers).

Car Services: Prearrange for a car service to meet you at the airport, or call one when your flight touches down. This is a great option if you want to avoid waiting in line for a taxi or if you have a group larger than four people and want to arrange for a van or limousine.

Private Shuttles: Several companies offer shuttles to Manhattan, including:
Go Airlink NYC: Go Airlink NYC offers shared transfers from JFK (starting at $18/person), as well as private transfers via sedan or van for groups. Rides are available 24 hours a day.
NYC Airporter: The official bus service of NYC area airports, NYC Airporter offers transportation between Penn Station, Port Authority and Grand Central and JFK for $16 ($29 round-trip). Every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

Rental Cars: Consult this list of rental car companies serving JFK if you need to rent a car. I discourage visitors to New York City from renting cars, unless they’re planning extensive travel outside of the major metropolitan area. Parking is both expensive and difficult to find, and you will find your money better spent on mass transit and taxis.

For other transit options, including suburban areas, inter-airport transfers and the five boroughs, consult JFK Transportation Options.

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.

Posted by Cristina Iannone

Things you need to know before flying to New York:

1) The tip: it’s fundamental to leave at least 15%. Best if 20%. Waiters have a very low base pay ($4.60 gross per hour) and thus their salary is what they earn with tips. The tip should be left to all those who are giving a service (not only waiters, but also taxi drivers, beauticians, hairdressers and so on).

2) Taxes: All prices you see are net of taxes. Every purchase (as well as every dish at the restaurant) at a price that then you’ll have to add the 8.875% of the taxes in NY (taxes vary from state to state in America). On the restaurant bill be careful not to confuse tax with tip.

3) Taxi: no need to shout, just raise your hand and the drivers they stop. Look always at the sign on top of the roof. If it’s lit it means that they are free, if it’s off then they are busy, but if it says “off duty” is because they have finished their shift and are returning home. Moving around in Manhattan is very easy, you just have to know the name of the intersection of the roads to know where to go. When you take the taxi always remember to give this indication to the driver instead of saying the number. For instance, you would like to go to Kesté to eat pizza at 271 Bleecker Street. You will have to tell the taxi driver “Bleecker, between Cornelia and Jones” (the number will then serve to you at the moment the taxi driver will take you on the spot).

4) Metrocard: make sure to subscribe to the card you prefer (daily, weekly, or monthly) and enjoy public transport to move around the city. If you are staying only for a few days, however, agrees to buy prepaid cards with more races, so as to have at least one race tribute. With the MetroCard, you can use the metro and all the means at the surface.

5) Bus: If you decide not to buy a MetroCard, you know that to get on the bus you can only pay with coins. The single ride costs $2.25, and you have to insert the exact amount.

6) The electrical sockets are different.

7) For drinking and going to nightclubs it’s always required a proof of ID, and you must be 21 to enter a club.

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.

Posted by Cristina Iannone

New York City in a day!

August 21, 2014

Finally, you are visiting New York! But, you have only one day. (Hey, you’ve always heard that things move fast here—why not you?)

With the right plan, a one-day visit can be a terrific introduction to NYC. For the best day trip, it’s wise to keep your adventure focused in Manhattan. While each of the five boroughs has its own personality and plenty to offer, Manhattan is centrally located and densely packed—so you can see the most there in a single day.

In the morning

Rockefeller Center

Start at Rockefeller Center, a familiar NYC location even for many who have never been to the City. It constantly appears on TV shows such as Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and Today and during TV specials like the center’s annual Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony. If you get here early enough, you can stand outside the windows of the Today studio and wave hello to your friends back home—a perfect way to start your whirlwind tour through Manhattan and simultaneously immortalize the experience.
Take the elevator to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. The vantage spot opens at 8am, and you’ll beat the biggest crowds if you get there at breakfast time (late at night works, too, as it closes at midnight—the elevators go upstairs until 11pm). The deck provides one of the best views of New York City’s legendary skyline and cityscape, which features more than 100 buildings measuring 500 feet or taller—not to mention the Statue of Liberty, the classic American icon. When you’re back down at street level, head three blocks north to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to visit one of the world’s finest collections of contemporary art, ranging from painting and sculpture to film and live performance.

Central Park

Next, head uptown to Central Park, the massive common space is a green oasis in the middle of the big city—and perhaps the world’s most famous public park. Its 843 beautifully landscaped acres host meadows, bodies of water, more than 26,000 trees, 58 miles of walking paths, 36 bridges and arches and every kind of outdoor recreational activity imaginable: picnics, ice-skating, concerts, baseball, lawn bowling, nature walks and more. It’s a sight every NYC visitor should see.

In the afternoon

Museum Mile

East of Central Park is Museum Mile, which may have more culture per square foot than anywhere else in the universe. Limited time means you won’t be able to enjoy all 10 museums on this stretch of Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side—but you should browse through at least one to get a sense of the unparalleled collection of art housed in the City. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), at East 82nd Street, you can view limited-time exhibitions as well as objects in the museum’s permanent collection, which consists of more than 2 million works of art that span the breadth of human history. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum features scores of modern and contemporary masterpieces. And El Museo del Barrio, at East 104th Street, showcases Caribbean, Latino and Latin American art.

Subway Ride and Lower Manhattan

Next, take part in another quintessential New York City experience—a subway ride. Catch the nearest downtown train, traveling the way locals do. Find the stop closest to City Hall (one or two stops past Canal Street, depending on the subway line), where you can view the beautiful architecture of the structure, one of the nation’s oldest still-functioning civic buildings. From the City Hall grounds, glance eastward at the Brooklyn Bridge, still an inspiring architectural marvel at more than 125 years old.

In the evening

Enjoy a Broadway show

Nobody does live theater like NYC. Whether you’re into dramas, comedies or musicals, you’ll find them in the City’s Theatre District, where the shows burst with eye-popping sets, A-list celebrities and, above all, pizzazz. You can choose from long-running shows like Chicago and Mamma Mia!, newer smash musicals such as Once, Kinky Boots and The Book of Mormon and projects featuring film stars (Toni Collette, James Franco, Denzel Washington) in stage roles. All of the performances demonstrate why this famed NYC thoroughfare has become synonymous with theater itself. Visit the TKTS Discount Booth in Times Square for discounted tickets to some shows, and climb the red steps for an unmatched view of the area.

Posted by Cristina Iannone