I am travelling to NYC from Boston at the end of Sept for 4 nights. I have posted a few times on the NYC forum and alot of people are recommending the other NYC boroughs outside of Manhattan. I am going to be visiting relations in the Pearl River/Nyack area (I don't want to impose on them - there will be six of us - 2 couples and 2 kids). I would like to stay somewhere within maximum 1 hour of NYC. Can anyone recommend hotels, websites that would facilitate this and also allow me to make a day visit to Manhattan and also make Woodbury Common and Westpoint convenient. Can anybody recommend an area to stay that is pleasant, safe and convenient to stay in and also allow me to travel into Manhattan?