nycTravelling to New York is on many people’s bucket list, but the city is notoriously expensive – just ask any resident New Yorker. Finding reasonable flights and accommodation is the first hurdle, but this is easily overcome by booking through the competitively priced The second hurdle is exploring the city; sight-seeing, dining and entertainment. Is it possible to enjoy all New York has to offer inexpensively? Well, yes, is the short answer. The long answer is provided in this guide to New York on a budget.
Wallet-friendly attractions
There are a few tourist attractions in New York City that simply cannot be missed; the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and a number of museums for a start. Unfortunately none of these are cheap, so they need to be subsidised with free attractions to keep costs low. Surprisingly, there are a number of wonderful places to visit in New York that won’t cost you a dime, including Central Park and Times Square. Central Park is vast and stately with lawns, flower gardens and serene wooded paths. Hours can be spent exploring this tranquil space and there is no shortage of things to see. Once you’ve had your fill of restful nature the chaotic and exhilarating Times Square is a site to behold, especially at night. With shops, bars, street vendors and theatres, there are hundreds of things to do, alternatively you can just wander and window shop and watch the flashing billboards in awe.
Other free activities include walking the Brooklyn Bridge; touring the Brooklyn brewery (free between 1 and 5pm on a Saturday and 1-4pm on a Sunday); art galleries in Chelsea; tours of city hall and roaming the legendary toy store FAO Schwarz.
Eating Out
New York is known for its coffee and for its hot dogs, bagels, cupcakes, pizzas and burgers. But how do you experience the taste of real New York without breaking the bank? Well, there are actually a surprising amount of quality restaurants at reasonable prices; you just have to know where to look. For a burger like no other, head to Petey’s on 30-17 30th Avenue in Queens. This legendary burger place is recommended by Time Out magazine and a single portion costs less than $5. If you’re looking for the best pizza than try Best Pizza, located on 33 Havemeyer St in Williamsburg, you can get a large slice for just $3.
New York Sky Line by Dusk: