Fall 2009 - Don't be intimidated by the enormous range of hotel choices in New York City. First timers should stay in a more quiet area of the city, we suggest the Abingdon Square Guest House, a B&B atmosphere in the heart of the West Village. (212-243-5384; www.abingdonguesthouse.com). Doubles from $220.
October 2008 - Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their half-dozen children descended upon New York City on in early October. They are in town for the premiere of Jolie’s new film, “Changeling.” The Jolie-Pitts prefer to stay at the Waldorf Hotel in midtown, where it's traffic jam time down Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue every time they step out of the hotel.