I live in NYC about a mile from the Beacon.
Anything under $200/nite in NYC is "cheap"
Make sure you check the Bedbug registry..it is a real problem in NYC
I would suggest looking on the upper west side, in the 90's/100's. You are about a 25-30 minute walk or a quick subway ride to the Beacon. 3 places that come to mind
Royal Park--97th st between west end and Broadway. I know peeps who have stayed there. One step above a hostel, but they were satisfied..and no bedbugs
Hotel Newton. On Broadway and 93rd I think
Hotel Marrakesh. I have heard mixed things about it, but worth a look. 101st and B'way I think
I know peeps who stayed at Plaza 79, and they liked it except for the fact that the rooms are very small. You are very close to Central Park too, and less than a 10 minute walk to the Beacon. There are a few reports of bedbugs, but nothing recent.
You can also go on www.yelp.com
for NYC and put in hotels, then pick the one $, which are the cheapest.
If you find a place in another part of the city, keep in mind that the 1-2-3 subway stops 2 blocks from the Beacon.
Go to www.hopstop.com
for public transportation directions
If anyone has any specific questions, e.mail me at
And the closest place to grab a beer (and some good ones), is the Amsterdam Ale House on Amsterdam Ave and 76th.
And if you want to splurge and go a nice place nearby for dinner, drinks, apps (very wife/date friendly), check out
Nice Matin (same owners of the "5 napkin burger", which you can get there).
I love NY!!