Its proximity to Manhattan and trendy new eateries have put Long Island City on the map. These Airbnbs perfectly represent the neighborhood’s unique flavor, from a property with a garden “made for smokers” to the penthouse that inspired the book-turned-movie Julie & Julia.
Queen Anne Historic Townhouse Home
The room in this historic Queen Anne townhouse has a private entrance and bath | Courtesy of Orestes / Airbnb
Booking a room at this renovated historic home allows guests to experience both old and trendy New York City. The building is one of many on a tree-lined block that features turn-of-the-century architecture. Supermarkets, cafés and restaurants are within walking distance. And, with Manhattan only one subway stop away, more options for eating and sightseeing await. Concerned about privacy? The room has its own bath and a separate entrance. Visitors are also welcome to enjoy the garden in the back.
Quirky art and furniture make this newly renovated apartment | Courtesy of Bill / Airbnb
This one-bedroom, one-bathroom home has been newly renovated. The finished product features hand-picked artworks – including a wooden mask and sun-shaped mirror – as well as quirky touches such as robes and slippers in funky patterns. Semi-retired owner Bill lives just upstairs and is happy to provide tips; for starters, he recommends checking out the private backyard, which he describes as a “perfect place for smokers.” The living room’s shocking orange sofa opens up into a queen-size bed.
A neutral color scheme and treats on arrival make this Airbnb feel like a stay with a friend | Courtesy of Pascal & Karin / Airbnb
A stay at Pascal and Karin’s warm studio feels like visiting a friend’s home. Snacks, coffee and drinks welcome guests upon arrival. Similarly inviting is the apartment’s design: a Parisian melange of warm creams and grays punctuated by personal touches such as wicker chairs and, in the bedroom, a disco ball. The couple’s 1904-built home caters to small families; its bathroom is even described as “an old lady.”
This spacious luxury apartment comes with access to a yoga studio and gym | Courtesy of B / Airbnb
Three beds and two full bathrooms make this luxury apartment excellent for groups. The rooftop garden, barbecue area and private terrace were made for gatherings. For alone time, the new building’s yoga studio and gym are convenient escapes. Remember to commemorate your stay with photos featuring the home’s panoramic Manhattan views, a favorite of past guests.
The story of 'Julie & Julia' all began in this Long Island City penthouse | Courtesy of Lilian / Airbnb
Fans of the book or 2009 film Julie & Julia shouldn’t miss the chance to stay in the apartment that started it all. Author Julie Powell penned the beloved story while living in this penthouse home. Today, its exposed brick walls, black-and-white photography and urban views inspire others at the frequent parties it hosts as a for-rent event space. The elegant apartment, which claims to sleep a whopping 13 guests, is also known for its bird’s-eye view of MoMA PS1, site of the city’s favorite summer dance party.