I see it at about $18 on amazon right now.
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should make maxing out the sphere grid easier if you can still do it.
I'd also recommend the old Hotspot podcasts, they have a lot of the same crew and are just as funny. This year collection has highlight recaps that are fantastic.
I don't know if they said what hotel it was, but it looks like the Standard, High Line. That's definitely a picture of the West Side Highway.