I stayed at the Jazz on the Town Hostel in Manhattan last summer. It wasn't the most spacious place in the world, but it wasn't disgusting or gross, just a place to sleep.
Someone did tell me that the Big Apple Hostel was great, so you might want to check that one out.
i have been to new york three times...my recommendation is:
it is the cheaper option - and i had the best time and made friends for life!
I stayed at the Vanderbilt YMCA a few years back, great place... From my experience at the time I can highly recommend it. Not sure about now however.
Forgot to add these 2 links...
what about a nice clean safe cheap hotel in Manhattan??
does anybody know any??
50-120 a night?