At long last NYC. We've been to Paris, Rome, London, Madrid (the benefits of being married to an Englishmen with family in England and Europe) and now one of our must see cities at home is going to happen this April but we need help! We like to walk and take public transportation. We are "culture vultures" - we love museums and art galleries, things off the beaten path, local food in mom/pop cafes/pubs, we love street carts. We are "foodies" and we know it does't have to be expensive to be fantastic. We love watching a city wake up. My husband is a horticulturist gardens/parks/green space a must. We are theater goers so would like to see a play or two or three. We like small as much as large - off Broadway sounds as exciting as Broadway. Shopping is not a priority. We love architecture and window wishing. Our budget will dictate what area we stay in - ideally around $200 a night for a room but we're flexible. We don't need a ton of amenities - clean & friendly staff most important. We would love to have coffee machine & small fridge in room. We spend a lot of time in Europe so a European style hotel is comfortable for us (which means no coffee or fridge in room!), not opposed to shared baths. We are totally open to any and all suggestions. Side note, we've been taking Salsa lessons for 6 months would be fun to go dancing but where? Does sit matter (other than cost) which airport we fly into LaGuardia or JFK? We don't mind taking the tube or bus to our destination. We will be taking a red-eye arriving in the morning. Thank you in advance for your help.