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Ten unique Airbnbs you can rent in NYC

These surprisingly cute houseboats, luxe apartments, and charming cottages are perfect for an extraordinary New York City stay

Written by
Keith Flanagan
,
Shaye Weaver
&
Rhys Thomas
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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 listed by hosts (and even superhosts) 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. Whether you want to live on a houseboat in Queens or sleep in a treehouse in Brooklyn, there's a unique Airbnb here for every type of traveler. 

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Unique NYC Airbnbs

This unique houseboat, called Ziggy Stardust Surf House, has undoubtedly undergone a very loving restoration with quirky and fun interiors. 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. Inside, you'll find a super Instagrammable and well-designed space. There's also a hammock with huge sweeping views, which looks like an ideal place to spend time. 

Design-minded folks can enjoy a stay at this beautiful, bright, and creatively designed Williamsburg loft. Making the most out of just 350 square feet, the hosts describe the apartment as a homey, tucked-away cabin that's ideal for escaping the city's bustling streets. Aside from all the pretty furniture and eclectic decor, this little beauty has one secret showstopper: a pull-down screen complete with a projector offers guests the perfect excuse to stay inside for movie night.

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A Charming Carriage House in Brooklyn

It doesn’t get much cuter than a carriage house (and we mean that literally—they’re often quite small). These squat abodes once housed things like buggies and horses centuries ago but have mostly been reimagined as charming apartments throughout the city. And that’s certainly the case for this precious rental tucked in leafy Boerum Hill—the carriage house is now an itty-bitty studio with 20-foot-high wood-beamed ceilings, a surprisingly equipped kitchenette, and even a renovated bathroom and shower. Not too big and not too small, we'd call this Airbnb just right

The top of a West Village townhouse
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The top of a West Village townhouse

On the top floor of a historic landmarked townhouse, this Airbnb gets tons of natural light plus luxurious vibes thanks to two fireplaces and even a Waterford Crystal chandelier. The newly renovated kitchen has a dishwasher, washer, dryer, giant refrigerator, and oven that'll make you feel right at home.

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A Beachy Bungalow in Queens

This may shock you: we found an Airbnb that's five blocks from the beach. Located in The Rockaways, a long peninsula in Queens where New Yorkers flock to get some sun and sand, this cozy number is perfect for spending a night right near the water. Inside the bungalow, you’ll find a full kitchen, a pullout futon, and a lofted area with two twin beds. There’s even an outdoor shower to rinse off your sandy toes before you step back inside after a whole day at the beach.

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 loft with its own queen bed, too. It's splendidly decorated, so it'll feel just like home.

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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—it's decorated and furnished to "represent the charming and historical lifestyle of European culture," and you’ll find paintings and classic touches in every room. The one-bedroom apartment can comfortably fit four, and it's south-facing so you'll have loads of natural light. It's also right in the heart of East Village, yet is nicely tucked away from all the noise of New York's city streets. 

A romantic cottage in Howard Beach awaits you with a sundrenched dining room by the water. Surrounded by large windows and skylights, it'll almost feel more like a cruise than a two-bedroom cottage. While you're there, be sure to keep an eye out for curious neighbors—the host says ducks and swans have a habit of dropping by to say hello.

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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 clawfoot tub, wood-burning fireplace, ample antiques, and a grand four-poster bed. The home has Wi-Fi, AC, heating, and a prime location that's just a short walk to Gramercy Park.  

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