Search terms: hotel, "New York", "convention center", conference, location, and similar.
First, I kept getting Best Western! Then I got all sorts of hotel names, but I feel a bit uncomfortable just choosing a random name without any "credentials".
I'm looking for a hotel that's not too clichéd and ridiculously expensive (like the Waldorf-Astoria or so), but pretty central in New York City, that offers a location for a convention. Not a huge one, but something like an independent film festival of sorts. You know, with room for panels, movie screenings, discussions, mingling etc. Would be nice if anyone had first hand experience of such a location and could recommend a good one I could use. Thanks!