New York is one of my favorite cities. I visited 16 years ago while traveling to a family wedding in New Jersey. The yellow cabs, towering skyscrapers and neon lights of times square make you feel like your on a movie set. Like most Major cities it can be expensive, we’ve got tips on Visiting New York on a budget.
Things To Do In New York On A Budget
There are plenty of sights you can visit for free such as Times Square, the new York public library, grand central station, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the parks. Amongst the Giant Central Park, there also Brooklyn bridge park, the high line on an elevated old railway track. The new York parks hold a number of free and low-cost events throughout the year such as films, concerts and exhibitions. There are also free guided walking tours at the high line about history and design.
Free Tours by Foot is a neither way to see New York’s Attractions by foot and cycling. They offer tours in a number of neighborhoods alongside themed tours such as The Greenwich village food store, a street art tour and even a Broadway ghost tour. All tours are free but you can tip your tour guide as you wish. Every Friday at 12:30 Grand Central Partnership runs a 90 minute free walking tour around grand central station. If you would prefer to have your own private guide you can be matched with a local volunteer through the big apple greeter scheme who will show you their highlights of New York.
Saving Money on Museums and Culture
Visiting the big museums in New York can range from $20-$25 per person, but you can save. Some of the have certain entry times where you can donate as you wish. Guggenheim between 5pm-7.45 pm on Saturdays, 2pm-6pm on Wednesdays. The 9/11 Memorial Museum is free after 5pm on Tuesdays, the museum of modern art and museum of moving images are both free from 4pm-8pm on Fridays.
To experience Broadway on a budget, you can pick up discounted theater tickets at the TKTS booths which see same day tickets for 50% off. You can also check out free performances by students at the Julliard performing arts school.
Top City Views
The Most Iconic view point is from the Observation deck of The Empire State Building, but it is pricey at $54 to go to the 102 floor. The Rockefeller Center is not as tall as the Empire state building but is more reasonably priced ad $36.
Many of the cities Rooftop bars are located at the top of fancy hotels and require you to be a resident in the hotel. Located in fifth Avenue 230 Fifth hosts a roof terrace bar open to the public. Over looks the Empire State building its the cities largest roof top patio with heaters and blankets for the winter months.
On the ground you can experience spectacular views across the water to lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge. If you fancy getting up and close to the statue of liberty you can take a free boat trip across the harbor on the Staten Island Ferry. The service shuttles to Staten Island from Manhattan 24hours a day taking as little as 25 minutes travel time each way.
Budget Food and Drink
When looking for food on a budget in New York you can save by getting food on the go consisting of bagels, pretzels, pizza slices and deli sandwiches. To experience food from around the world the food truck is the place to go, they do tend to move around however the food truck scene is so big in New York your sure to find a cuisine you’ll enjoy.
There are many food markets running in the city all through out the year. You can find many food stalls at the food markets the largest of which is Smorgasburg in Brooklyn with over 100 stalls. The food market takes place between April to October form 11am-6pm at the East Riverside park in Williamsburg on Saturdays and on Sundays in Prospect Park. There’s the Hester street fair in the Lower East side which is also on Saturdays from 11am-6pm.
The Brooklyn Brewery runs free tours every half hour from 1pm-6pm every Saturday and Sunday. This is great if you a beer lover. You can bring your own food or have take out delivered to the brewery, this can all be washed down with a draft beer costing as little as $6. Monday to Friday they run small group tours lasting 45minuites at 5pm , 5:30pm, 6pm and 6:30pm. The tour costs $18 including 4 beers and a souvenir glass make sure you book in advance.
Its great to walk in New York , however the city is big so the best way to travel is via the subway. The Subway runs 24hrs a way 7 days a week and will cost you $2.75 for a single journey or for a 7 day pass $32 giving you unlimited subway and bus journeys. Your travel card can also be used on the Roosevelt Island Tram a cable car that give you amazing views across East Manhattan. The tram Leaves from 59th street and second avenue.
A more adventures way to see the city would be by citi bike. Bikes are available to borrow from over 750 docking stations around the city. it can cost $12 to hire for 24 hours o $24 will gibe you a 3 day pass to use as an when you need. If you need to travel short distances you can make as many 30 minute journeys as you need.
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