"Anyone planning to attend the show? I'm considering it, would appreciate some info from locals on transportation from the airport(s), places to stay, restaurants, etc. - might as well make a trip out of it."
Yes, we're attending.
We'll be walking over but there is half-price parking for smart cars at ICON garages, you might check that out if you're driving in. either way bring good walking shoes ;-)
while you're here you can pick up the new 100th year anniversary MOSCOT smart drive glasses set. MOSCOT 100 Year Anniversary Collection
there's been a ton of new hotels built the last few years, mostly national chains like Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express. A bunch on and around W 39th street, close by Javits. you can still pay $1000 per night if you want to, but there are more reasonably priced options around now, new construction as well as management take-overs of existing properties.
Cabs to/from airports: NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission - RATE OF FARE
restaurants, everything you can possibly imagine and some you probably cannot. you generally choose by neighborhood as much as by cuisine. be warned that everyday NYC looks more and more like a strip mall. plan on spending $5 - $500 per meal.
if you're into vegetarian I can recommend some. college neighborhoods are usually good for cheap eats, but not like years past (see strip mall reference...)
April should hopefully be warm enough for a nice trip. we're looking forward to seeing the 453!