If you’re planning on spending a few days or a week in the Big Apple and don’t want to part with your hard-earned money, then pay attention to this article. Knowing where, when, and how to spend your money will make your vacation a great deal more fun and exciting while keeping more in your wallet.
Anyone that has visited the city knows it isn’t exactly cheap to eat or sleep here with the most expensive burger going for $175 and a luxurious hotel room for a jaw-dropping $40,000. However, don’t despair, there are countless of activities and things to do for free or for a fraction of the cost. But where do you find these great deals? Let me take you on a tour through New York City and show you some of the best-kept secrets only known to New Yorkers.
Brooklyn’s pizza eateries are legendary with Lucali being among them. The candle lit pizzeria’s characteristics can be distinguished by the marble counter used for punching and stretching the dough, and the brick oven from where the delicious and crisp pizza emerges. The menu is simple with only two items featured; pies and calzones. Toppings are kept simple with mozzarella, pepperoni, and small pieces of artichoke. Prices range from $10 to $20.
Dim Sum Go Go located in Chinatown is one of my favorite restaurants. Their food is always fresh, delicious and easy on the wallet. The restaurant serves a nice variety of dim sum offering both meat and vegetarian dishes.
If you love hot dogs, you’ll definitely love Gray’s Papaya located on the Upper West Side. The establishment offers a Recession Special that includes two all-beef hot dogs and a nutritious beverage for only $4.95. There is no dining room area for customers to sit except a counter where you can stand, slap on the ketchup and mustard, and enjoy the hot dog.
The Corner Bistro is a West Village institution featuring one of the city’s most beloved burgers. The burger is served on a sesame-seed bun, topped with cheese, bacon, tomato, onions, and pickle. Don’t forget to add a side order of sweet potato fries.
Sights and Attractions
Exploring New York City’s sights and attractions doesn’t have to be expensive. As a matter of fact, a number of these can be enjoyed for little or no money at all.
For some of the best views of lower Manhattan, taking a relaxing boat ride on the Staten Island Ferry might be the answer for visitors on a budget. In addition to seeing lower Manhattan up close, visitors will get a fantastic view of the Statue of Liberty as the ferry passes by. The boat ride is free with plenty of seating for everyone.
Battery Park visited by many is a beautiful 25-acre public park situated on Manhattan’s southern tip. The park features monuments, memorials, gardens, and sculptures with a magnificent view of the waterfront from the promenade. Outdoor concerts take place during the summer months.
Situated on 85-acres on the Brooklyn side of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge Park first opened in 2010 with 6-acres to the public. Today, the park is one of the most popular parks in the city. Several attractions occupy the park such as Jane’s Carousel, a 1920s merry-go-round fully restored, along with riverside promenades with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.
One of the most beautiful areas that most tourists are not aware of is the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. This 1,826-foot-long pedestrian walkway is elevated over Interstate 278 in Brooklyn Heights, making it easy to forget that you’re standing on top one of the busiest expressways in the city. You can sit and relax while gazing over the water taking in beautiful views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor.
One of the city’s hidden gems is the Bronx Museum of the Arts located in the Bronx. The museum provides visitors free access to its contemporary art collection and exhibitions. This cultural institution features more than 800 works of art including paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Exhibitions include artwork from Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
A number of other museums offer free admission on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. These include the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria and MoMA in Midtown Manhattan.
Another gallery worth exploring is the Yancey Richardson Gallery a provider of fine art photography. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays with free admission.
Perhaps most often overlooked by visitors are the neighborhoods of New York City. These iconic neighborhoods created the city to what it is today. The best way to experience the city like the locals do is to spend some time in these neighborhoods, exploring the charming small shops and learning a new culture. Before your departure, take some time to visit the sections of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. You won’t be disappointed.