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west village townhouse
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Nine unique Airbnbs you can rent in NYC

These super-cute houseboats, luxurious apartments and quirky cottages are perfect for an extraordinary New York City stay

By Shaye Weaver
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Whether you're a New Yorker craving a change of scenery or planning a trip to NYC, we think it's high time that you tried something a bit different. Thankfully, Airbnb is packed with unique accommodation options, with hosts who are usually more than willing to offer suggestions on great things to do in the neighborhood. And in these uncertain times, Airbnb hosts have gone above and beyond with new cleaning protocols and safety precautions. 

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Unique NYC Airbnbs

Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb
Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb
Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb

A beautifully restored houseboat in Queens

This unique houseboat, called Ziggy Stardust Surf House, has undoubtedly undergone a very loving restoration, because its interiors are quirky and fun. Located in the Jamaica Bay area of Rockaway Beach, the boat overlooks Marina 59 from the land and is close to the surf break. The host will gladly recommend local surf schools, making this a great summer break. Keep in mind there's no toilet on board, but the marina bathroom is located nearby.

Airbnb The Louvre Meets the Heart of The East Village
Airbnb The Louvre Meets the Heart of The East Village
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A European-style apartment in the East Village, Manhattan

Missing your trip to Paris and feeling down about it? We'd venture to guess that staying in this East Village home, aptly named the Louvre Apartment, might help a bit because it's decorated with beautiful paintings in every room. It was decorated and furnished to "represent the charming and historical lifestyle of European culture". The one-bedroom apartment can comfortably fit four.

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Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb
Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb
Photograph: Courtesy Airbnb

A sumptuously decorated apartment in Manhattan

If you've always dreamed of staying in a gorgeously decorated historic brownstone, then this one-bedroom apartment is the one for you. It has a private entrance and is one flight upstairs, and features some seriously luxurious interiors; we're talking an extra-deep claw foot tub, wood burning fireplace, antiques and a grand four-poster bed. The home has Wi-Fi, AC and heating, and is located a short walk to Gramercy Park.

airbnb Cottage by the Water
airbnb Cottage by the Water
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A cottage by the water in Queens

A romantic cottage in Howard Beach awaits you. With a dining room by the water, surrounded by big windows and skylights, it'll feel like you're on a cruise, whether you're enjoying a cup of coffee or cooking dinner in the open kitchen. The host says you might be visited by some curious neighbors—ducks and swans.

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TreeHouse Urban Cabin in Williamsburg
TreeHouse Urban Cabin in Williamsburg
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A treehouse in Brooklyn

Design-minded folks can enjoy a stay at this beautiful, bright and creatively designed loft that has been featured in Apartment Therapy. The hosts says it feels like a homey, tucked-away cabin. Aside from all the pretty furniture and eclectic decor, this little beauty has a pull-down projector screen that you can use to screen films. It seems like the sweetest place to stay when in Williamsburg.

airbnb coney island rv
airbnb coney island rv
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An RV next to Coney Island Lighthouse

If you didn't know you could rent an RV on Airbnb, you're not alone. This particular home on wheels is located in a gated community right next to a lighthouse and the beach. The cozy space has a dining room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. It might not be extravagant, but when you want a quiet, clean stay with access to the beach, it's not a bad option and it is certainly unique. 

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english manor east village
english manor east village
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A small English manor nestled amongst the trees

The East Village has a secret "English manor" that is inspired by the luxury of Downton Abbey. It's a studio that overlooks a lush courtyard with both new furnishings and antiques from chandeliers to gorgeous portraits, as well as a queen-size bed and a queen-size sofa bed. You'll be transported while staying in the East Village. 

west village townhouse
west village townhouse
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The top of a West Village townhouse

This stay is on the top floor of a historic landmarked townhouse, which means a ton of natural light, and is gorgeously decorated (there's Waterford Crystal chandelier) and has two fireplaces to warm up by. The host says it's fully stocked, so all you'll need is your toothbrush. The newly renovated kitchen has a dishwasher, washer, dryer, giant refrigerator and oven and it's stocked with a coffee machine, hot water heater, teas, and coffee.

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sweet pea cottage
sweet pea cottage
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The Sweet Pea Cottage on Staten Island

It's not often you find a cottage in NYC. This little space has its own "mystical" garden with privacy for guests and a basket with continental breakfast provided daily for "a true bed and breakfast experience," the host says. It may be a quaint stay, but it has all the modern amenities, including wifi, access to streaming services, a fully-equipped kitchenette and more. There's a bedroom with a queen-size bed and a sleeping loft with its own queen, too. It's splendidly decorated, so it'll feel just like home.

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