Yes and no. Normally when I travel I'm pretty spoiled staying in nice design boutique hotels. I find its not so much the room, but a nice place to call home, with a good bar, cool people, food, location etc. that said, I'd rather spend $350 a night than $500 and spend the difference eating well, but don't want to be in a shit motel 6 which are usually in the middle of nowhere.
I've never been to Brooklyn but heard good stuff. I'm in the Toronto equivalent of Williamsburg here (hipster central) and always recommend people stay out my way than financial center if coming to Toronto for good nightlife, eats, etc compared to tourist central. So there's that.
So I'm open. Don't mind a bit of subway or walk. I've always found NYC pretty walkable. Used to stay at the Hudson, no problem waking about to downtown, LES, etc.
Haven't been to NYC in about 8 years!
Been looking at some airbnb stuff too. Never tried it but heard good stuff.