OP, when i saw this thread i thought it was the one i had posted a few weeks ago, the title was almost the same!
i grew up in NYC but have lived in the deep south for years. i go back to visit regularly, but this is my first trip to manhattan since my dad died last year. we always went from NJ where he lived in to the city with him.
i was going to try to find a place to stay in midtown, but after seeing a commercial for homeaway.com on TV i found a house on staten island, where i lived for a few yrs as a kid. its not really all that close to st george, but its a few blocks from the train that will take us straight there, plus there are bus stops nearby.
its a 5 bed 3 bath home on the beach, with a swimming pool and hottub. indoors, there is a jetted tub in one of the bathrooms, and the landlord will allow my dog. its costing me less than 2 hotel rooms (group of 7) and had OFF STREET PARKING!!! lol
i highly recommend a vacation rental. if you really need to take your car, stay just outside manhattan and take a bus or train in. if you can leave your car elsewhere, then staying in manhattan is the way to go. have a great trip!
oh, just wanted to add that i learned to drive in the south where everyone is over 60yrs old and drives under 40 mph. i have driven in manhattan (and all over staten island in rush hour) and it wasnt too scary, but this time i've got new car with less than 10k miles on it instead of a rental so i dont wanna risk a scratch or dent.