I've been kicking around the idea of visiting New York city over the new year holiday. Never been there except passing through the airport. We will arrive just after Christmas and leave the first week in January. I have never been to New York and need some advice on possible package deals and places to stay. We will of course do all of the usual stuff like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Rockefeller center, times square and central park. While doing times square on new years eve would be neat, I don't have my hopes up as I have no idea how that works. Don't you pay to get in there? Is there any other way to watch the ball drop without standing for several hours? My back couldn't take that. So, my main questions are: 1. Where in town should we stay? 2. Should we even bother renting a car? 3. What sort of tour packages should we look into? 4. Are the taxi's expensive? 5. What are other good sites to see besides the usual stuff as mentioned above? Thanks for the help.