Since the 1760’s, New York City has been the ultimate land of opportunity. Immigrants flock to this great city from all over the world; in fact more than one-third of New York’s eight million residents among the five boroughs were born outside the United States. Those coming from other parts of the US to live here permanently or temporarily have come year after year in huge numbers, to the point that the greater New York area teems with more than twenty million souls, all seeking opportunity and success.
Typically, technology and healthcare workers make up the largest percentage of people seeking short-term housing. But in the Big Apple, the type of traveler looking for New York furnished rentals is as diverse as the city itself. Their reasons, and those of Americans drawn here are different from anywhere else. Actors and movie crews, musicians, and Broadway-hopeful performers come for their shot at fame. Fashion designers and aspiring runway models come to make their mark; artists and athletes come to showcase their talents on the world’s biggest stage, while businessmen and women from everywhere come to make it big. You can too.
When’s the best time to make your move to New York? Anytime! There’s always something happening and plenty of New York corporate housing available to relocating and temporary professionals. All five boroughs are full of entertainment and opportunity. Let’s take a look at what to see and do in this incredible metropolis.
The most famous borough is home to the best-known attractions. First, head to the “Top of the Rock” at Rockefeller Center for that panoramic city view, and then to Broadway for the best of the best musicals and live theater. Central Park is a must-visit to see the stark contrast of nature and its surrounding paved world, to see both street performers and polished shows in small venues, and because it’s the best place for a run in Manhattan. Connect to celebrity culture here by attending tapings of your favorite morning shows and late night talk shows, which are free to attend and first come, first serve. The 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan is a somber, but stirring tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center attack; you’ll leave inspired by the heroics of both the first responders and average New Yorkers on that terrible day. Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty is a ferry ride away, where you’ll learn how this city became the main landing point for European refugees and where families were reunited and reinvented in the new world.
The largest borough is home to real New Yorkers, where you can get a taste of everyday life in the Big Apple. Sports fans can check out baseball’s New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows from April to October, and tennis’ best at the US Open held the first two weeks in September. The diversity of Queens’ means you’re in one of the culinary capitals of the world; you can get amazing ethnic food from anyplace you can think of. Want to see the epitome of real New Yorkers and real life? Bushwick is an on-the-rise neighborhood that’s as real as it gets, no touristy vibe here.
Who can spend time in Brooklyn without walking its famous bridge? This US National historic landmark was completed in 1883 and is one of the oldest bridges in the United States. Limestone and suspension cables support the Neo-Gothic architecture. A walk across gifts you with magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline and a sense of what makes New York great. You’ll be further rewarded by arriving at Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable park filled with boat launches, Pebble Beach, the historic Jane’ Carousel, sports fields, basketball courts, a fishing station, basketball courts and several concessions. Just south is the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a one-third of a mile long green space hugging the water and offering amazing views of the skyline. The seaside section of Brooklyn brings you fun and games in the form of Coney Island, home of roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and the famous Parachute Jump; it’s a historic section of Brooklyn offering a lively boardwalk and beach.
Here is the borough least visited. It’s a shame because Staten Island is tranquil take on New York, a suburban enclave with a small town feel that’s a world apart. Take the famous Staten Island Ferry for more incredible views, and when you leave the harbor you can see old Richmond Town with its museums and history, visit the Epic Staten Island Zoo, check out the 83-acre Snug Harbor Cultural Center, or expand your mind at the National Lighthouse Museum, the Maritime Collection, or the Staten Island Museum. There’s even the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art., a hidden gem with a peaceful vibe that matches its surrounds.
Take the train uptown to the Bronx, north of Manhattan and home to baseball’s New York Yankees. Don’t forget peanuts and cracker jacks while you take in a game at the new Yankee Stadium. For something completely different, visit the New York Botanical Gardens and its fifty breathtaking gardens and native forests, indoor rain forests and deserts, a river, waterfalls, and rolling green hills.
Here in the Bronx you’ll also find little Italy, home to some of the best Italian eateries outside of Naples; and you can work those calories off at the green enclave of Van Cortlandt Park, featuring hiking and biking trails, soccer fields, pools, barbecue and picnic spaces, and more at New York’s largest park.
Each borough offers a distinct and appealing take on the Big Apple. No matter if you prefer the frenetic city pace, the quiet country life, or something in between, you can get it New York. Best of all, CHBO features many spectacular New York furnished rentals available now; so don’t hesitate – you can make it here with CHBO!