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GETTING THERE: Several airlines, including Air Canada and Continenta­l, offer direct flights from Ottawa to New York. Despite being in another state, Newark is Manhattan’s most convenient airport and features quick $15 train service to New York’s Penn Station on New Jersey Transit (njtransit.com). WHERE TO STAY: New York’s hotels are known for high prices. Pay close attention, as rates can change during your stay. I find the following to offer good value: ■ Hotel Roger Williams:

Exquisitel­y hip, funky boutique hotel, featuring “just us girls” packages and more. Near the Empire State Building and Macy’s. Off-season direct rates from $275; you may find rates from $199 at sites such as expedia.ca. (131 Madison Ave. at 31st St.; hotelroger­williams.com) ■ Roger Smith Hotel:

Boutique property with a traditiona­l style. Suites may be a great value for families. Excellent restaurant with a Swedish chef. On certain dates, rooms are available from $179, “junior” suites from $199. (501 Lexington Ave. at 47th St., near major hotels such as the Waldorf-Astoria; rogersmith.com) Best Western President:

Located just off Times Square. Rooms tend to be small but are serviceabl­e. Rates vary wildly, but are often around $200. (234 W 48th St.; bestwester­n.com) WHERE TO EAT: Carnegie Deli:

In the theatre district. One brilliant, house-made pastrami sandwich is enough for three people. (854 7th Ave.; carnegiede­li.com) Ariba Ariba:

Mexican/Southwest, near the theatre district. Fantastic margaritas. (762 9th Ave., at 51st St.) Bocca di Bacco:

Outstandin­g Italian, hip atmosphere, near the theatre district. (828 9th Ave. at 54th St.; boccadibac­conyc.com)

Broadway Lounge, Marriott Marquis Hotel:

Expensive pub grub and overpriced cocktails, but a window seat gives you the best views of Times Square’s dazzle. ■ Rupert Jee’s Hello Deli:

As seen on Letterman. (213 West 53rd St.; hello-deli.com) GETTING TICKETS: Discount theatre tickets are available for many shows. Broadwaybo­x.com is excellent, and saves you lining up at the Times Square TKTS booth. Playbill.com includes full listings of everything playing on and off Broadway. Also offers discount tickets. SEEING STARS: NBC Today Show:

todayshow.com Live with Regis & Kelly: liveregisa­ndkelly.com Late Show with David Letterman: cbs.com Radio City Backstage and Top of the Rock tours: rockefelle­rcenter.com More:

www.nycvisit.com

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