This is what makes Manhattan Manhattan

By Michael Schuman

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Oct. 26 2013 3:10 p.m. MDT

10. Only in New York

There's loads to choose from, but we pick the theater. There exists more than 30 Broadway theaters, as well as off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theaters. Innumerable ways exist to avoid paying full ticket prices. TKTS booths at Times Square and downtown offer discounted tickets, but lines in busy seasons can be long (www.tdf.org). Student rush and standing-room tickets, usually costing $25 to $35 each, are often available a few hours before curtain time. Each theater sets its own policies. Sometimes a student ID is not needed (http://studentrush.org).

One can also get discounts via online ticket clubs offering free membership such as www.playbill.com, www.theatermania.com and www.BroadwayBox.com. The Great White Way may conjure up images of theatergoers garbed in their best threads, but when we recently saw "Newsies" at the Nederlander Theater, audience members wore everything from sport coats to jeans.

Further information

Times Square www.timessquarenyc.org

Top of the Rock, (212) 698-2000; (877) NYC-ROCK www.topoftherocknyc.com

Empire State Building, (877) 692-8439 www.esbnyc.com

Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 535-7710 www.metmuseum.org

Museum of Modern Art, (212) 708-9400 www.moma.org

American Museum of Natural History, (212) 769-5200 www.nmnh.org

Greenwich Village, www.nycgv.com

Fifth Avenue www.visit5thavenue.com

The Tenement Museum (877) 97-LESTM www.tenement.org

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, (212) 260-1616 www.nps.gov/thrb

NBC Studio Tour, (212) 664-7174 www.NBCExperienceStore.com

9/11 Memorial, (212) 266-5211 www.911memorial.org

General New York City information: (212) 484-1200 http://nycgo.com

Lodging: The price of most low-budget hotels in New York will get you a luxury suite in Dayton. That in mind, a company called Apple Core Hotels administers five Manhattan economy name brand hotels for modest prices — at least by Big Apple standards. These include La Quinta Inn, Red Roof Inn, Super 8, Comfort Inn and Ramada Inn with doubles ranging from $139 to $270 per night, excluding holidays and other special events. All include complementary continental breakfasts and other amenities. Reservations: (800) 567-7720. www.applecorehotels.com

For bed and breakfasts, consider: www.citylightsnewyork.com (212) 737-7049, hosted rooms generally range from $85-$160 per night; apartments range from $125 to three-story townhouses at $800 per night; three-night minimum stay at all properties; www.bedandbreakfast.com (800) 462-2632, rooms generally range from $175-$500, minimum rental is two nights or more depending on the individual property’s policy.

Michael Schuman graduated cum laude from Syracuse University in 1975, and received a MFA in professional writing in 1977 from the University of Southern California. He lives with his family in New England and can be reached at mschuman@ne.rr.com.