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New York City is a little bit of everything. Savvy, beautiful, brash, and versatile. It can change on a dime, while some things stay just the same. Equally at home with hipsters, artists, free thinkers, financiers, blue-collar workers, and old-school residents, this city embodies the cliché, “something for everyone.”
That doesn’t mean it’s a pushover. No, it’ll make you work. Like getting to know any deep and interesting place, effort pays off. It’s here where breaking out of your safety bubble reaps sweet rewards, seeking out the unusual expands your mind, and staying open to possibilities brings the unexpected.
Every neighborhood here is unique. Most have endless corners to explore. You may not see it all, but you can live it up. Map out a plan (even when booking last-minute hotel deals in New York), but be ready to throw it out the window as the whim (and the city) takes you.
See the Moods of Manhattan: The mother of all boroughs, Manhattan is your best bet for the “quintessential” NYC vacation. It’s the heart of the city. Just look at a map of New York hotels—in Manhattan are the top 10 hotels in New York City. Empire State Building, Central Park, all the museums—you know the drill. But there’s so much more than tourist go-tos. A few moods to consider: Funny: The Comedy Cellar—the lineup is a crapshoot, but odds are good you’ll catch a famous comic or two. Thought-provoking: Mmuseumm is a tiny freight elevator exhibiting oft-overlooked items that spark new viewpoints. Energetic: Soak in all the frenetic vibes at hotels near Times Square.
Loosen Your Belt in the Bronx: If you want to eat to excess on non-NYC prices, set your sights north. The Bronx houses many of the budget hotels in New York, and puts some distance between you and the tourist crowd (which can mean fewer dollar signs). Eat your way through the Belmont neighborhood’s Little Italy staples like Madonia Brothers Bakery, Enzo’s, and Arthur Avenue Market.
Go on a Quest in Queens: Diverse in culture and things to do, this is a neighborhood to step out of the everyday. Thrill (and chill) your tongue at the Lemon Ice King of Corona. Praise the food gods at the Sainted Arepa Lady. School yourself on the Queens Jazz Trail. Be moved by iconic scenes at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Break from the Norm in Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Art Library is sketchy—literally. It houses tens of thousands of sketchbooks from world-wide artists. Stretch your dollar on hot deals; New York hides some of its best thrift stores in Brooklyn. Take a breather in Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and get tropical at Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies. Skip the museums, and head to the deli: Mill Basin Deli displays rotations of the owner’s impressive art collection.
Choose your ’hood and pick your particular poison, or opt for the maximalist approach. Bring a car and drive through every side of the city. We can help you find one of the elusive hotels with free parking in New York. Book last-minute hotel deals in New York City with a Hotwire Hot Rate, because whichever personality you’re feeling today, NYC has it covered.