Piggybacking off of this thread, my wife and I are planing on taking a 4-5 day long weekend to NYC in the 2d half of October. Lot of good suggestions in that thread. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions as to specific nuts and bolts. It will just be the 2 of us. We can pretty much spend whatever we wish, but we feel no need to just piss away $$. For example, no need to spend a grand on a hotel room when $250 will do.
-I know my wife’s big “musts” are the Met, the Guggenheim, and a Broadway show. Any specific recommendations as to where to look for a hotel? Or specific hotel recommendations? Pretty much all we’ll be doing there is sleeping, maybe relaxing/reading in between activities. So we just want safe, clean, and convenient. I’m seeing plenty of opportunities in Midtown? We are very comfortable walking - so I could imagine having 1 big event (museum/show) each day, and otherwise walking about for meals, to parks, and gawking like stupid midwesterners.
-We have lived nearly our whole life in/near Chicago, so we are not unfamiliar walking and getting around in a large-ish cities. Should we have any qualms about public transit? Are cabs a good option, or slow/pricey?
-Which airport ought we fly into and how do we get to the hotel?
-Any areas/times we ought to NOT feel safe? All of Central Park pretty much OK? I could imagine us doing something like walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and/or taking the Staten Island Ferry, but don’t imagine going too far afield. Assume there is plenty around Midtown, and parts of Manhattan from the N end of Central Park on south.
-Any really neat neighborhoods just to stroll about - maybe in conjunction with a meal or before/after one of our planned outings?
We are not foodies or anything, and aren’t big on waiting on line for something trendy. The idea of walking the High Line and ending up with a light, fresh meal is pretty ideal to us. Neither of us drinks much, and we go to bed early and wake early.
Sorry to ask things so similar to what has been asked countless times before, but I’d appreciate any input.