We're thinking of going to New York this year over the Christmas/NY holidays. My girls are 5 and 3 and we're hoping to stay somewhere close to central. Ideal would be a vacation rental with good access to town and tourist attractions.
My first question is which area would be suitable? It would be nice to have some cafés and restaurants around the corner but not loud, active nightlife. Somewhere close to a park would also be good. I saw some beach houses on the internet but am thinking that it would be really cold during winter...any thoughts here?
Would we need a car despite the good public transportation system in NY? We don't plan to do lengthy tours with the kids, if walking and taking buses/trams can get us around, that's fantastic.
Thanking you in advance for your replies and suggestions!