The 5 Best Airbnbs in Long Island City

Long Island City is one of New York's up-and-coming neighborhoods
Long Island City is one of New York's up-and-coming neighborhoods | © galit seligmann / Alamy Stock Photo
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Junior Picture Researcher20 November 2020

Its proximity to Manhattan, trendy new eateries, and sights like Gantry Plaza State Park have put Long Island City in Queens on the map. These Airbnbs perfectly represent the neighborhood’s unique flavor, from a property with a beautiful garden to an apartment with state-of-the-art technology. If you’re after more unique accommodation than you’ll find at the best hotels in Long Island City, here are our picks for the best Airbnbs for your trip.

Queen Anne historic townhouse

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Booking a room at this renovated historic home allows you 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, cafes, and restaurants are within walking distance, and Manhattan is only one subway stop away. Concerned about privacy? The room has a private bath and a separate entrance. You’ll also have access to the garden in the back.

Classic, spacious Greenpoint apartment

Apartment, Short-term Rental
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Classic, Spacious Greenpoint Apartment
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This peaceful one-bedroom apartment has retained its pre-war charm thanks to the exposed brick walls, glistening wooden floorboards, and sophisticated furnishings. With plants and greenery in every corner and large windows that flood the dining room with light, this classy Airbnb is spacious, breathable, and relaxing – the perfect place to call home after a long day exploring the city.

About this place:

Traditional, Stylish, Great Location, Relaxed, Cosy, City, Boutique

Luxurious apartment with a garden

Apartment, Short-term Rental
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LUXE Apt & Garden (Sanitized)
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Gardens can be hard to come by when you’re looking for short-term accommodation in NYC – so the private limestone patio, complete with flowers, a barbecue, and a firepit, make this apartment a real hidden gem. While the building’s exterior still resembles its former life as a firehouse from 1849, the interior is now a modern, stylish living space with comfortable furniture, a large TV, and tall glass French doors leading to the beautiful garden.

Three-bedroom property with free parking

Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
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Super Clean 3 bedroom + Free Parking 12 mins to Times Sq
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There’s room for eight people in this large Long Island house, just one block away from the subway station – meaning you’re a short journey away from all of Manhattan’s attractions, as well as both New York airports. If you’re opting to arrive by car, there’s a reserved parking spot waiting, while the house itself has two queen beds and two twin bunk beds, a large kitchen and dining space, as well as a cozy living room.

About this place:

Great Location, Traditional, Stylish, Cosy, City, Relaxed, Family Friendly

The Cozy Queen

Apartment, Short-term Rental
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Hector Fabián
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A personal computer, a 75in (191cm) TV, a laser printer, and Bluetooth headphones are just some of the great tech devices available in this trendy three-person apartment, known as the Cozy Queen. With a contemporary aesthetic, simple but stylish furnishings, and a quirky kitchenette – including an espresso maker – plus access to a gym and a rooftop terrace with gorgeous views over Manhattan, you’d be forgiven for forgetting to explore the city outside.

About this place:

Great Location, Stylish, Modern, City, Relaxed, Boutique

This is an updated version of an article originally written by Julia Goicochea.

These recommendations were updated on November 20, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.