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New York City is the most populous city in the United States. First-time visitors quickly realize their ideas of seeing it all in a small amount of time are optimistic. The city simply has too much going on. The best way to tackle it is to pick an area, and get to know it like a local. This makes it a perfect city to explore from an Airbnb. You have a huge amount of options in all boroughs, and here we’ve put together some of the best Airbnbs in New York City that are close to the action and relatively affordable.
This brownstone in Harlem is an ideal base from which to explore one of the US’ most historic neighborhoods. Located on 129th Street, the apartment is right by the 125th Street shopping district and within walking distance of the Studio Museum and Apollo Theater. Loads of restaurants and cafes are nearby as well, and the city at large is accessible from the nearby subway stations. Times Square is a 15-minute ride away, and if you do have a car with you, street parking and nearby garages are available. On the inside, jam out to the record player and dance the night away to the Harlem experience.
Price: $140 per night
For those looking for an open, spacious, minimalist loft, this spacious two-bedroom is the ideal choice. It’s everything you’d expect in an NYC apartment — open, artistically decorated, and an easy walk from Tribeca, Little Italy, the East Village, and Chinatown. It’s a throwback to 1970s New York, complete with wood flooring, a split-unit setup, and shopping galore just up the road. Staying here is as close as an out-of-towner can get to living the big city life that New York is so famous for.
Price: $295 per night
Greenwich Village is prime for many NYC visitors, a trendy neighborhood of artistic personalities, hip pubs and cafes, and some of the city’s best restaurants. You’re right in the middle of the action at this massive, full-floor loft in West Village. The building was built in the 1870s as a canning factory and has since been home to many renowned artists including Argentinian painter Juan Ronaldo, who lured Beat poets in with his epic parties. Continuing that tradition, this space can be used for larger group stays and small events. With 3,500 square feet of space, you’ll have plenty of room to impress no matter who shows up. Up to 15 guests can stay in the loft’s five bedrooms.
Price: Starting at $796 per night
A modern, spacious, and minimalistic apartment Greenpoint at this price point is nearly unheard of. In this recently renovated house in Brooklyn, you can sit and enjoy evening drinks in one of the coolest hoods in New York. Many of the city’s best pizzerias are within walking distance and so is some of its hippest nightlife. Manhattan is a quick train ride away, though this spot is the perfect place to base yourself to explore and learn Greenpoint and greater Brooklyn.
Price: $136 per night
This apartment has knee-to-ceiling views out over McCarren Park, one of Brooklyn’s busiest public parks. It’s walkable not only to the park and waterfront but also to trendy cafes and bars, some of Brooklyn’s best nightclubs, and features 23 — yes, 23 — windows from which to take in the city while you relax inside the unit. It’s open, has a comfortable workspace and bedrooms, and combines a bright, sunny interior vibe with brick and wooden accents. This is truly a unique find in Brooklyn.
Price: $287 per night
Exposed brick and a classic wooden floor define this spacious two-bedroom in Williamsburg. It’s at once historic and fresh, with impeccable interior design and art. You’ll also have the comfort of a memory foam mattress, plenty of options for food and beverage in the neighborhood, and here’s the kicker — free street parking, which is virtually unheard of in New York. Up to four guests can stay in the two bedrooms.
Price: $120 per night
Enjoy 1,300 square feet of space in the heart of Manhattan with this two-story loft. You’re truly in the middle of it all here — SoHo is around the corner, which means it’ll only take you a few minutes on the subway to access famous sites in Lower Manhattan like the World Trade Center and Wall Street. The unit itself is lovely, with high ceilings and large (by NYC standards) bedrooms. For the morning after an epic night out in Manhattan, the unit comes with bathrobes and slippers to lounge in while enjoying the views of the skyline through the windows.
$657 per night
Bright. Simple. Convenient. That’s what to expect with this cute one-bedroom duplex unit. If cultural highlights are on the itinerary, it doesn’t get any better than this affordable stay. A quick jaunt from Central Park, you’ll be able to walk to the Metropolitan Museum, the Frick Collection, and other parkside hotspots, with other highlights like the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Midtown being a short subway ride away. A space this convenient costs double the money in a hotel, making this property an incredible value even in addition to its convenience.
Price: $140 per night
Who knew you could stay in the heart of Midtown for less than an arm and a leg? This unit even comes with a large, well-furnished bedroom and an on-site gym, work center, and lobby. You’ll be within blocks of Broadway, Grand Central Station, and Times Square. The onsite concierge can point you in the direction of wherever you need to go, but when you’re this close to the action the best option is often to just get out and explore.
Price: $90 per night
The best Airbnbs in New York City offer a view — few better than what you get here. This luxury penthouse in Williamsburg puts you at eye-level with the world’s most iconic skyline. Broadway is down below you just a few blocks away, as is Madison Square Garden, 5th Avenue’s shops and galleries, and the kitchens of some of the world’s best chefs. Up to five guests can stay in the two bedrooms.
Price: $908 per night
A version of this article was previously published on May 3, 2017, and was updated on March 17, 2021, with more information.