I need hotel/area advice from NYC experts. My wife has to organize/attend two different events there on two consecutive nights: Day1: Arrive at LGA. Cab to Hotel1. Settle in. Go to Mandarin Hotel (Columbus Circle) for Event1. Return to Hotel1 late evening. Day2: Optional check out and transfer to Hotel2. Free much of the day; the only agenda is visit Ground Zero. Event2 in the evening at Rubin Museum (Chelsea). Return to Hotel2. Day3: Morning visit to friends in Upper East Side and East Village. Afternoon, cab to LGA. This is for her work. She will be reimbursed, budget is $400-500 per night. Ambience wanted is quiet inside the hotel. (Mandarin is over the budget and too close to "work". Before and after events, we'd like a little more privacy somewhere else.) Questions: 1: Do we want to stay near Columbus Circle one night, and near Chelsea the next? Or is it more sane to pick one hotel and just stay there? 2. If one, which area would be best? By 59th street, 18th street, or split the difference and somewhere in the middle?