I've searched all the tags related to NYC here as well as googling parks and sesarching NYC's map in wikipedia and subsequent neighborhoods I found there. I referred to this site: http://www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-see/index.jsp?map_feature=landscapes-points-of-interest&park_quadrant=&page=5 for my Central Park questions, but there are still details I can't find.
Pertaining to Central Park, are there any sections of the park where it's quiet and elusive that anyone who doesn't want to be seen or heard can hide?
I'm also looking for sites and places in New York City that'll make good secret meeting places- beautifiul and dingy places alike.
As for neighborhoods, I have a character who is a student and works parttime therefore she cannot afford much. She does have a roommate who can split the rent. I want her to live in a neighborhood where rent is cheap, has a bad reputation with crime, but in fact is relatively safe because of the tight knit community where neighbors look out for each other. I'm leaning towards Astoria but I don't know if it'll fit all the criteria above.
Regarding the business section of NYC. I'm looking for a business block where renovations have occurred recently where older buildings have been bought and torn down by bigger corporations to build corporate offices/hotels, etc.
Also, I need suggestions for locations of auction houses by a prominent politician.
And finally, what are some recently built hotels in the Financial District (I mean within the last few years) where you could have seen the WTC before the towers were struck down?