Where to stay: If you can't stay in Manhattan, and yes, it will be difficult to find a room for $100 a night, I would consider a hotel in Long Island City to be preferable to one in New Jersey. The big advantage here is that LIC is part of the city and is accordingly served by subways and city buses. And it's a quick easy trip into Midtown. Unfortunately, I can't be much help as far as hotels are concerned, since I live in Manhattan.Originally Posted by mindy384;3530160;
How to get around: Mass transit (and walking). Subways, buses. Fare is $2.25/ride whether you take it a quarter mile or the entire 32 (I think) mile length of the A train, and of course there are single day, week, two week, 30 day, etc. Metrocards as well. Ideally, you'll want to find an affordable spot for your car and leave it for the duration of your trip. Parking in midtown can easily be $40-$45 a day, but driving in Manhattan isn't worth the hassle, time, money, etc, if you can avoid it.
Where to park: Hopefully your hotel will have free(ish) parking. Otherwise, you might consider taking a train in from Jersey/Connecticut/Westchester if you can find free or inexpensive parking at one of the stations (Metro North/NJ Transit). Otherwise, try to find a cheap lot. Parking in Manhattan can be, as you might imagine, pricey.
As for the rest, what kinds of things interest you? What do you want to see? Either post/pm me and I'll try to help where I can. If you do have the dog, though, Central Park sounds like a great stop...