We are planning to come to NYC the end of July. We have 2 kids (son age 11, daughter age 15) I have read hours of posts and still don't know where to start. Where is the best location for a hotel? Something in the midddle of everything that we can walk to that is safe. We usually stay in 4-5 star hotels but don't like it to be stuffy. The only thing I planned on booking ahead of time was hotel and a show. Do I need to make advanced reservations for dinner, activities, etc. I was hoping we could just play it by ear when we arrive and check out our surroundings. Just to give some backround, our kids are very well travelled but the only other large cities they have been to is Seattle and Las Vegas. We normally travel to Islands or out west. So this will be a different experience for them and one I hope they will enjoy.