After more thought we have agreed that that the heart of Times Square is probably not what we need. Would be nice to get away from crowds if we want. Easy access to transportation is a key as we have a day at Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium and one day we'll be out of town. The rest of our trip will be doing more of the normal attractions,(St. of Lib., ESB, area around Rockefellar Ctr., Central Park, etc- no theatres or museums most likely. I don't think we can go wrong with the MTE, MTW or UM/UCP areas and don't see that one has an advantage over the other as we're expecting to cover a lot of ground in 6 1/2 days. As for cost I am flexible but definitely want a 4* and can go into the 175.+ range if necessary, of course would love to get away as cheap as possible. We do want to stay in a nice place, whether we spend much time in it or not. I want it to be a great time for my son. Thank you so much for your help. I've already spread the word of your site to friends and co-workers.