Photos: Take a Bite Out of The Big Apple

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  1. A full moon rises over the skyline of New York City, as seen across the Hudson River in Weehawken, N.J., on April 25, 2013. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Commuters move through the grand hall of Grand Central Terminal in New York City on Jan. 25, 2013. Since its grand beginnings in 1913, when it was dubbed the greatest railway terminal in the world with an $80 million price tag, Grand Central has been an integral part of New York City. (Brendan Mcdermid / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Revelers cheers under falling confetti at the stroke of midnight during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on Jan. 1, 2014. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. One World Trade Center overlooks the wedge-shaped pavilion entrance of the National September 11 Museum, lower right, and the square outlines of the memorial waterfalls in New York. (Mark Lennihan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout after flying out in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians on June 13, 2011, at Yankee Stadium. Located in the South Bronx, the new stadium opened in 2009. (Jim Mcisaac / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Central Park was the first public park built in America. Its 843 acres include woodlands, lawns and water. Central Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and a New York City Landmark in 1974. More than 25 million visitors enjoy Central Park each year. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the U.S. The cathedral's construction began in 1858, and it opened its doors in 1879. (Vincenzo Pinto / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Skaters glide around the rink at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. The ice rink, open between October and April, has attracted more than 250,000 people a year since it first opened on Dec. 25, 1936. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Patrons line up outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem to see Amateur Night. Since 1934, Amateur Night at the Apollo has launched the careers of famous entertainers such as Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and many others. (Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The South Pool at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City commemorates those who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. (Justin Lane / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Pedestrians pass along a walkway under falling snow on the Brooklyn Bridge on Jan. 3, 2014, in New York. One of the oldest suspension bridges in the U.S., the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. The Statue of Liberty looms over a visitor as he uses binoculars to look out onto New York Harbor on Oct. 13, 2013, in New York. About 4 million people visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island each year. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Coney Island features entertainment parks, rides, an aquarium, a public beach, a boardwalk, fishing and Nathan's restaurant. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. New York City Subway dancer Marcus Walden aka "Mr Wiggles" performs acrobatic tricks on the subway while passengers watch Nov. 23, 2010. More than 4.3 million people ride the New York subway system every day. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of two-mile-long Roosevelt Island - between Manhattan and Queens - was dedicated in 2012. (Paul Warchol / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York has been around since 1924 and includes large balloons, floats and performances. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Visitors view the Manhattan skyline from Rockefeller Center's "Top of the Rock" observation deck. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Pedestrians walk along a path on the High Line park on June 7, 2011, in New York City. The High Line was formerly an elevated railway 30 feet above the city's West Side that was built in 1934 for freight trains. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The moon rises at sunset behind New York's Empire State building, which opened in 1931. At 102 stories high, the Empire State Building is the fourth tallest skyscraper in America. (Gary Hershorn / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 1/16/2009 10:12:55 AM ET 2009-01-16T15:12:55

The New Yorker Hotel, from $149 per room per night
Located in Midtown West (near Times Square and the Theater District), the New Yorker has a special rate available this winter that includes accommodations and breakfast daily. Rates start at $149 per room per night, a savings of 15 percent.

When: Through Feb. 28, 2009. Not available Jan. 23-28, Feb. 5-10, Feb. 13-18.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or local fees of $4 per room per night. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 866/800-3088, newyorkerhotel.com.

The Gem Hotel, from $159 per room per night
The boutique Gem recently opened in Chelsea, a thriving shopping and nightlife neighborhood. This special introductory rate covers accommodations, with amenities including turndown service, free Internet, bottled water and an iPod docking station. Rates start at $159 per room per night (after February, the rates will jump about $100).

When: Through Feb. 28, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or local fees of $4 per room per night. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 212/675-1911, thegemhotel.com.

Apple Core Hotels, from $160 per room per night
The Filled-With-Love in the Big Apple package includes accommodations, breakfast daily, and one Filled-With-Love stuffed animal from the Toys “R” Us in Times Square (a must-see for any kid visiting the city). The value of the stuffed animal is about $15, and kids can decorate it. The starting rate of $160 per room per night is good at all five Apple Core hotels: the Comfort Inn Midtown, the Hotel at Times Square, the La Quinta Manhattan, the Red Roof Inn Manhattan and the Ramada Inn Eastside.

When: Jan. 2-Feb. 14, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or local fees of $4 per room per night. Based on single or double occupancy. Package is available online only. Kids under 13 stay free; kids 14 and over pay the adult rate.

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Contact: applecorehotels.com.

Embassy Suites New York, from $199 per room per night
This hotel has several packages available. We like the New York City Music & Performing Arts Package, which includes accommodations in a two-room suite, breakfast daily, two tickets to the Lincoln Center guided tour (a value of $30), 20 percent off tickets to the Carnegie Hall guided tour, 20 percent off a meal at B. Smith's Restaurant, and 15 percent off food and drinks at Café Wha. The hotel hosts a nightly reception with drinks and snacks. Rates start at $199 per room per night.

When: Through June 30, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or local fees of $4 per room per night. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 212/945-0100, embassysuites.com.

Casablanca Hotel, from $239 per room per night
The Savvy Senior Sundays package includes $30 off the best available Sunday night rate, a bottle of red wine, dark chocolates, turndown service, passes to New York Sports Club and daily breakfast. There's also a complimentary evening wine and cheese reception at the hotel. The $239 rate is available at the Casablanca Hotel. This package is also available at the Hotel Giraffe from $259 and at the Hotel Elysee from $335.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or local fees of $4 per room per night. Based on single or double occupancy. Valid on Sunday night stays only. At least one of the guests must be age 60 or over to qualify.

Contact: 212/869-1212, casablancahotel.com.

Affinia 50, from $285 per room per night
The Winter Wonderland package includes accommodations, ice-skating for two at Central Park's Wollman Rink, a tote bag, and a thermos with Jacques Torres hot chocolate for your outing (perks valued at $75). Also, $10 of your room rate will be donated to the nonprofit Common Ground. The lowest rate is at Affinia 50 in east Midtown, but the package is also available at Shelburne Murray Hill from $295 per room per night, and at Affinia Gardens and Affinia Manhattan from $305 per room per night. The $285 room rate is 10 percent off typical room rates.

When: Nov. 24, 2008-Mar. 31, 2009. The starting rates goes up to $309 per room per night from Nov. 28-Dec. 31.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or local fees of $6 per room per night. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings.

Contact: 212/751-5710, affinia.com.

Millennium Broadway Hotel, From $299 per room per night
The Family Funcation Package includes accommodations, two adult and two child VIP tickets to Madame Tussauds wax museum (a value of $126), $14 toward ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery (across the street from the museum), and a disposable camera. With your VIP tickets, you'll be able to skip the lines and enjoy a 4-D show. Rates start at $299 per room per night.

When: Through March 31, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or local fees of $4 per room per night. Based on quad occupancy. Bookings can only be made by phone. Children's tickets are for kids 12 and under.

Contact: 800/622-5569, millenniumhotels.com.

The Westin New York, from $299 per room per night
If you're staying the weekend, the Westin New York at Times Square will take 50 percent off your second night. The hotel is close to Broadway theaters, Central Park, and Bryant Park, where you can go ice skating for free. Rates start at $299 per room for the first night, or $449 for the required two-night stay (note that the second night is 50 percent off).

When: Through March 31, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or local fees of $4 per room per night. Based on single or double occupancy. Requires a minimum two-night stay. Valid Thursday through Sunday only. Use promo code ZBT.

Contact: 888/627-7149, westinny.com.

If you're just in the market for an affordable room rate without extra amenities, consider The Jane hotel, which opened in a landmark West Village building at the end of the summer. Rates for 50 small rooms — about 50 sq. ft. each — with communal bathrooms in the hall start at $99 per room per night. Find more hotel bargains by reading New York at a Price That's Right.

Third night free offer
NYC & Company, the city's official marketing and tourism organization, is offering the Signature Collection Third Night Free promotion at 17 rather upscale hotels. It covers accommodations, a VIP package at Saks Fifth Avenue (complete with a personal shopping experience), and complimentary coffee and dessert at Café SFA. Nightly room rates vary and may be well above $200, but at least you'll get three nights for the price of two.

When: Through Feb. 27, 2009.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent or local fees of $4 per room per night. Requires a two-night stay.

Planning a longer trip? Try an apartment rental. Roomorama has properties available in New York City for holiday stays. Also, you could consider the trend of house swapping — Budget Travel recently covered the secrets to a good house-swapping experience.

Getting there: A recent Kayak search yielded these fares to New York City in early December: $119 from Boston (Delta), $234 from Detroit (Delta), $300 from St. Louis (American), $306 from Miami (US Airways), and $354 from Seattle (Delta).

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