We are trying to book a hotel to stay at while we visit NY. One option would be to stay in Newark or Jersey City & commute to NY. A long time ago I stayed in a modest hotel in Jersey & just commuted to NY. The ride was about 6 minutes & the train station was close to the hotel. IN communicating with a family member who lives in NJ, she said that staying in Jersey City is NOT good because of the high crime. I am trying to find something that would be convenient for accessibility to the city but not ridiculous in $$$. I found a midtown hotel for $109 & it's 2 1/2 stars. The problem is I won't know which hotel it is till I book it (it's through Hotwire). Im looking for options/alternatives of places to stay. I've even searched VRBO (I've used them in the past) but most places are not available for the dates I plan on going. I really would appreciate input from those who are from the area or have experience in traveling to NY. Thanks!