First time poster from Ireland.
Myself and my fiancee are planning our honeymoon for America in June/July 2012. We plan on starting in Boston in late June and heading to the White Mountains & Cape Code before spending a week in July (10th -17th) in New York. Neither of us have been to America before so we are looking for some help as we plan our trip.
We have checked a few hotels in downtown New York eg Manhattan & Time Square however the price of the hotels are very expensive due to location and time of the year we are visiting. Some of them are coming in at $1600/1700 for the 7 days. I understand its central location, and as its our honeymoon I dont wanna stay in a dive either! However we have looked at some alternatives (as after 3 weeks in America our money will be going low!!!). The Upper West Side was a place that someone mentioned to me to look at as a location to base ourselves out and that the prices would be lower. We have looked at apts and hotels etc.
We are looking at possibly staying in an area near 70th Street,on Upper West which i gather is just a few blocks from the Lincoln centre and is right next to Central Park. I assume we could commute in and out of the the city centre via Sub way ? How safe would the atrea be at nighttime. Im pretty street wise but always wanna have some idea of the area Im gonna stay in. For example we might head into Time Square to get all the lights and atmosphere at night,have a few drinks,dinner and take in the buzz of New York City before heading back to the Hotel / Apt on the Upper West Side..I presume its not that difficult to get back there ?
We plan on doing all the tourist stuff in New York such as Empire State bulding,baseball game,Rockefeller centre etc over the course of the 7 days, so I guess much of holiday will be on the go and taking in the sights.
All advise would be appreciate, mainly whether Upper West Side would be ideal location as a base for the 7 days as its coming in nearly $500 cheaper than staying in the very heart / centre of the City.
Thanks in advance.