When I was planning my outfits for my New Years trip to New York City I loved wearing winter headbands to change up my look. It is freezing in NYC this time of year so I knew I would rarely be seen in photos without my jacket on – I used winter headbands and scarfs to give my black jacket some oomph (and let everyone know I didn’t wear the same thing everyday – although it was tempting to just stay in pajamas under my coat :D)!
Here are some of my favorite scarfs that are perfect for every winter trip!
Where did we stay for our New Years trip to New York City? For the first part of our trip we stayed in this Kips Bay apartment! We got away with a more pricey apartment (prices are $$$ especially for NYE) by traveling with another couple (shoutout to my awesome cousin Zack and his amazing girlfriend Lindsay!). So essentially the price was cut in half! This apartment was in an area we weren’t too familiar with – you know, you hear about the Upper East Side, Gramercy, or East Village, but I hadn’t heard about Kips Bay.
This apartment was in an AMAZING location for us. We love to live like locals wherever we travel and this apartment was perfect for feeling like you were walking back “home” every night. The apartment like most in NYC is quite small, but you should be out exploring most of the time anyways! I know everyone always wants to stay in Times Square – but that would have been a nightmare for us. Not at all what we were looking for for our trip! We went to Times Square twice – it is definitely something you have to see, but it is so touristy and so bustling it would have been a headache to stay there. Everything in Manhattan is SO close anyways – a 15 minute subway ride and you’re on the other side of the island! I definitely recommend staying around the Lower East Side area. It was less touristy and more homey. But here are some incredible, affordable rentals in New York City – all UNDER $120 per night located all around Manhattan!
Studio (loft)/1 bath
$120 per night
From the host: “Cute studio apartment located in the heart of East Village full of charm. Prime location, 5min walk to Union Sq (456LNRQ). Situated on one of the most charming tree-lined blocks. Lots to discover—great restaurants, bars, cafés & boutiques nearby!”
$100 per night
From a guest: “Edward was an outstanding host and the apartment exceeded expectations. It was very clean, the bed was exceptionally comfortable and it was very quiet at night. Edward has gone out of his way to provide clear, detailed tourist information and recommendations as well as clear operating instructions for everything inside the apartment. He responded immediately when I had questions. There are so many extras that come with this apartment that made it feel like I was staying in a five star hotel! The location was fantastic too- I highly recommend Edward’s apartment.” -Tanya, November 2015
$99 per night
From a guest: “This was my first time using Airbnb and Jay helped make that experience flawless. Would highly recommend this apartment as it’s close to Time Square but also has a neighborhood feel with some great local food on the same street. Would gladly stay again!” -Blythe, November 2015
$115 per night
From the host: “3rd floor studio in the heart of the vibrant East Village. Recently renovated, with exposed brickwork, dishwasher & washing machine. This place is in the middle of the action, just minutes away from an eclectic range of bars & restaurant.”
$79 per night
From the host: “Beautiful, well decorated apartment with tons of light and street views!
Excellent location, very close to Columbia, Central Park, Riverside Park, Subway Lines 1/2/3 and A/B/C/D, Whole Foods, the Natural History Museum, local shops and eateries!”