Long Island City baby! I've lived all over NY and surrounding areas. First, I was in Brooklyn, specifically Greenpoint. That was very boring. Then I was in Hoboken. That's in New Jersey.
The days of St. Regis New York luxury are over. Now, when I need a hotel in New York, I look for the cheapest option at the best location. The Four Points brand by SPG is usually an affordable option.
Sometimes it's nice to pretend to be able to afford the New York lifestyle. Stays at the overrated Park Hyatt NYC are not feasible whether they be on points or a combo of cash and the former. A more enticing alternative is to stay at the Hyatt Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan.