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How to See NYC on CitibikeNew Yorkers had their wishes granted this past Memorial Day with the arrival of Citibike stations throughout Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn.

The long-awaited bike share program installed sturdy, easy-to-use bikes on corners throughout the city, opening up the possibility for fast and reliable transportation. While many New Yorkers use the bikes for commuting, they can also be a great way for visitors to see the city.

Here are five fun routes for seeing some of the city’s most iconic views from two wheels. Read more

Looking to enjoy the Big Apple this spring without busting your wallet? Stay at The Jane Hotel, one of Manhattan’s best-kept secrets. This 100-year-old hotel, which once housed survivors from the Titanic, has undergone major renovations and now boasts cozy rooms for savvy visitors. Rates at the storied West Village hotel start from $99 per night — astonishingly low for this pricey neighborhood.

Rooms are small but comfortable, and include LCD TVs, an iPod dock, and complimentary Wi-Fi (communal bathrooms cut down on housekeeping costs and keep the room rates low). The hotel features a delicious French-Moroccan cafe and a lobby with a fireplace and eclectic decor.  Bicycle rentals are complimentary — for exploring the charming restaurants, shops, and bookstores of Greenwich Village, or for cruising along the Hudson River, just across the street from The Jane.

Downstairs, The Jane Ballroom is an opulent bar and lounge with velvet-upholstered couches, chandeliers, and communal board games, providing for an upscale but homey feel. With DJs and dancing on the weekends, it’s become one of the trendiest Manhattan nightlife spots in recent years.

Rooms are available consistently for $99 from now through the end of 2012, though the prices will likely increase as the summer months approach. Visit www.thejanenyc.com to book, or call 212-924-6700. Then, use our TravelSearch price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights to New York City.

The Jane New YorkThe Jane New York is a West Village landmark home to cool little “cabin-style rooms” and the remade Jane Ballroom, a trendy Victorian-style lobby bar with three spaces brimming with old-world ambience and overflowing with hipsters. One claim to fame is the hotel’s affordable teeny-tiny rooms (50 square feet) with communal baths, priced from $99/night. The larger Captain’s Cabins (250+ square feet) come with ensuite bathrooms, wainscoting, and vintage furnishings, and typically go for $350/night. The deal: Save $100 off this June 27 through September 6 with discounted rates from $250/night. Room amenities include free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, and iPod docks. www.janenyc.com; 212-924-6700

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