Visiting NYC, Looking for Any Info/Tips
So, I am planning a visit from Chicago to NYC with another friend (in our 20s) late July. I've read around to get a rough idea about things, but I have many questions, any information on anything would be helpful as I have never been to NYC.
1. We are looking into staying at the Pod Hotel. It seems like a reasonable option for many reasons--price, safety, location (close enough from LGA for around a $25 taxi fare & close to most tourist attractions in Manhattan). Am I right in assuming all of the above? Would we feel safe there after dark? Any better deals out there?
2. Where are the best areas to shop around...areas similar to the Mag Mile (Chi) and also different from it (more affordable).
3. We're not looking to get into the nightlife. Some stuff we are looking into...the Gug, High Line Park, Broadway show, possibly getting into a late night show taping. We don't really want to do anything else very touristy other than those, so any information on other interesting things to do would be great.
Any information on those 3 would be appreciated as well as any other tips/considerations/interesting things to do. Thanks again!