My Favorite Parking Garage:
There is a good self parking garage on W. 42nd street between 9th and 10th (on the north side of the street). I can't remember the name, I just know where it is and I use it often when I go to midtown. Since 42nd street is a two way street you may want to circle around and head east down 42nd street (toward the Hudson River) so you can easily make a right turn into the garage. I used this last year during BEA and I was able to unload my books a few times without having to bother parking attendants to unlock or even retrieve my car. I don't feel the prices are any better or worse than other parking garages. I just happen to like this one.
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Someone also told me to park at the Port Authority. I've never done this, but here is a link to the site. Scroll to the bottom for information on parking.
I use the site Hopstop all the time. It really helps me get around the Big Apple. It gives step by step directions to anywhere in the City. You can make a choice if you want to find your route via subway, bus or by foot.
Cafe Edison @ 228 W 47th St (Btwn Broadway & 8th Ave). I found this restaurant when I walked down a side street to escape the suffocating crowds of Times Square one day. Cafe Edison is located right off the Edison Hotel and it may look like a run down eatery, but the food is great, the price is right and the service has always been good when I've eaten there. I've never had to wait too long for a table either. Click HERE to see what Roadfood.com says about it.
Oh yeah, and for those who have questioned me on this, yes you can jaywalk. Cross at red lights, outrun traffic, play live Frogger. In fact, it's expected. I've even been encouraged by a police officer.
I hope everyone has an excellent and safe trip!