I booked my room at the Hilton back in August and was told at that time that
there were only a few rooms remaining. My students who tried to book last
month were told that conference rate rooms had been sold out for weeks.
A couple of my students are staying at the Best Western President (just a
few blocks away), but it is no bargain at $188 a night.
A grad student who used to live in NYC suggests the Hotel 31 for a Spartan
sort of room. http://www.hotel31.com/ She says, "The hotel is walking
distance (1.5mi.) from the conference hotel and is in a great and safe
location." Rates start at $95 (shared bath) and go up to $125 (private
bath). Four of my students opted for this hotel
A few of my other students are going to take their chances with Priceline.
And NAEA usually suggest alternate hotels when the conference hotel sells