I'm looking to stay somewhere in New York around New Year's and I'm quite ignorant of the whole layout of the city. For starters, when I started looking Manhattan turned out to be quite a bit bigger than I expected.

I was wondering which area would be best to stay in if we're most interested in:

  • museums
  • parks, especially Central Park
  • Broadway

We'd also be interested in having access to stuff like:

  • the high line
  • Chelsea Market
  • Penn station
  • Times Square

But those are ones we'd likely head to once or twice so don't really need to be explicitly near.

  • what type of accommodation are you interested in? Camping? Hostels? Hotels? Couchsurfing? Could make a difference - especially if it's camping, although I suspect it's not.
    – Mark Mayo
    Jul 19, 2012 at 22:48
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    I've mainly been looking at vacation rentals which seem spread out over quite a large area, but hostels and hotels are being considered. I'm mainly looking for an area (suburb, district, whatever NYC calls them) for that reason - once that's determined, I can investigate accomodation in or near there.
    – dlanod
    Jul 19, 2012 at 23:00

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Contrary to the popular opinion The City is not that big. So let's lay out a few rules that will help your search:

  1. If you are going to stay in Manhattan there are very few places that have more then a 4 block walk to a subway that will take you almost anywhere you want to go, so drop a pin and there you will stay (just don't stay in the parks police doesn't particularly like that :) ).
  2. Areas of Brooklyn and Queens as well as some places in the Bronx also offer great views and ease of access to the city, such as Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights have great views of east and south sides of Manhattan as well as access to the Subway so 15-20 minutes will get you to practically every place of interest in Manhattan.
  3. Consider looking in Hoboken or downtown Jersey City. These can be slightly on the expensive side but have access to PATH which runs 24 hours and buses that get you in and out of Manhattan really quickly (having lived in Jersey City time to commute to Times Square was less then for some Brooklynites).

Sights. Considering what you have listed I would assume you wanted to see Grand Central Terminal rather then Penn Station because the original Penn Station is gone.

Hotels. Hotels could get expensive in New York City and around Christmas and New Years you might have to pay arm, leg, and a few other body parts for a room. If you are looking to stay a week you might look at AirBnB to see if you can rent an apartment. One thing though is there are a few Supermarkets around so if you decide to cook locate those first.

But in all enjoy the city.

  • So pretty much anywhere on Manhatten is equivalent to anywhere else?
    – dlanod
    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:35
  • @dlanod Not quite. As long you are in proximity of a Subway it pretty much is. There are places in Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island that could be more problematic for getting around the city. Otherwise, it's pretty much is.
    – Karlson
    Jul 28, 2012 at 17:52

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