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Just outside the Museum of Sex, this Flatiron location puts you within easy reach of both the midtown business district and downtown nightlife and shopping.
The Gershwin Hotel has an outrageously decorated outer facade, and sits on a block next to the Museum of Sex, as well as plenty of on the boarder of several neighborhoods -- Murray Hill, Kips Bay, and the Flatiron District. It's outside the more well-known tourist neighborhoods, like Times Square or Midtown East, but it's still a charming part of the city with a lot of offer. Madison Square Park, the Empire State Building, and the Fashion Institute of Technology are all within walking distance, as are many shops and bars.
About 30 to 90 minutes from three airports
New York has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Getting to town from JFK or LaGuardia is usually more convenient than getting there from Newark, but travel times are heavily dependent on the time of day and traffic conditions. From JFK, a taxi to anywhere in Manhattan costs a flat rate of $45 and takes around an hour in average conditions. From LaGuardia, a metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan costs about $40 and can take 30 minutes if traffic is light, three times that if it's bad. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls) and can take more than 90 minutes. It's customary to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.
Those looking to save some cash can use the privately run shuttle buses that are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. Public transit is also available for as little as $7 per person, but travel can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairways.
For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.
Despite a unique, avant-garde façade, the 135-room Gershwin Hotel is undistinguished on the inside. Rooms are bare (not in a chic way) and outdated and there are no extra on-site features. On the other hand, it's within walking distance of beautiful Madison Square Park; and it has a few communal dorm rooms where you can sleep, youth-hostel style, for low rates.