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Can I find a reasonably priced and central New York hotel?

New York's High Line, a garden and walking path built on a overhead rail platform.

The question: We're planning to visit New York this spring for a week with our sons and their partners to celebrate a 50th anniversary. We're looking for a hotel that's reasonably priced for three couples and one that's central, but we don't mind taking the subway or cabs. As well, any suggestions on places to go besides the obvious ones would be wonderful.

First off, some tips on where to stash your suitcases before you set out to celebrate. The Hotel Metro ( hotelmetronyc.com) in Midtown near the Theatre District is a well-kept "solid, traditional hotel with an art deco flavour," says Lisa Ritchie, editor of the Time Out New York Guide ( timeoutnewyork.com). She also suggests On the Ave Hotel ( ontheave-nyc.com), a chic property situated on the Upper West Side. Rates for both properties run from $210 to $365 at this time of year (check online for deals). They're not the cheapest accommodation - you may have to find a place outside

Manhattan or book The Pod Hotel ( thepodhotel.com) for that - but do you celebrate 50 long years of marriage every holiday?

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As for what to do in New York, here are some ideas that won't break the bank and allow you to skip the Empire State Building lineups too:

  • "They should definitely take a stroll along the High Line ( thehighline.org), NYC's newest public park, developed on an abandoned elevated rail line," Ritchie says. "It's also near to the city's main contemporary art district in Chelsea, so they can check out some cutting-edge art."
  • Poke through the restored apartments and recreated lives of newcomers at the Tenement Museum ( tenement.org). "[It] offers fascinating insights into how immigrants to this country lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries."
  • And if items such as Charles Dickens's manuscript of A Christmas Carol or a 500-year-old prayer book for a Queen of France sound like must-sees, Ritchie suggests a visit to the Morgan Library & Museum ( themorgan.org).

E-mail your travel questions to concierge@globeandmail.com.

Karan Smith is a former Globe Travel editor. Special to The Globe and Mail

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