I have an overseas flight in January that leaves JFK at 5:30pm. With possibility of bad weather in winter I will book a flight to arrive mid morning the previous day. Should I stay at a hotel near JFK or stay in an area like Long Island City or similar and take the air train to JFK in the afternoon? I know my time will be limited but I would have the afternoon and morning of the following day to enjoy some of Manhattan. The area around JFK would probably keep me in my room until leaving for my flight. I would like to stay close to an air train link if in the Manhattan area. Would love to stay in Manhattan itself but hotels pretty steep. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.