|Subject: Re: Niagara Falls|
You said that you're going to NYC in December. This article indicates that the Maid of the Mist runs April-October only: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7832482/
Here's the Maid of the Mist web site: http://www.maidofthemist.com/
Unless you want to try your luck at the gaming tables in Niagara Falls, I can't think of any reason why you'd want to stay over.
Why not consider flying from New York to Toronto and taking your tour from here: http://www.niagaratours.ca/ We'd be available for a GTG in the evening. We'd love to meet you!