My partner an I selected the verve for the first nine days of our three week holiday in NYC on the basis of the idea it would be a good place to recover from jet lag after travel from Australia, then we had booked another 9 days in an upscale hotel in Manhattan followed by a few days in Niagra Falls.
Turned out we enjoyed the Verve, the quality of the people, the breakfast, the WIFI, the 24 hour free espresso machine and the superb location which allowed us to spend as much time in Manhattan as we wanted and take the subway one stop from Manhattan and be in this relatively quiet part of Queens away from the noise and pressure.
At the end of our 9 days, we cancelled our upscale hotel in Manhattan and Niagra Falls and booked the rest of our time at the Verve!! It is simply a great base to explore NYC. Don't forget that Manhattan is so big that to see anything other than exactly where your hotel is you need to catch the subway ANYWAY! $30 buys you a week of unlimited subway travel and the quality, safety and cleanliness of the subway service is excellent.
We loved walking around the area and exploring some of the small bars and restaurants of the area. If you decide to stay, make sure you spend time in Queens, it is eclectic and nice. The museum of the moving picture is a must in Astoria and the Locale restaurant just down the road from the museum is great.
Other highlights of the Queens location are the Five Napkins Burger Restaurant (catch the happy hours) and watch out for the local brew which kicks like a mule! Another great local bar is the Rest-au-Rant (rarballic.com) where the homemade guacamole with home made corn chips are a highlight.
The Verve was a great base to explore an amazing city.