New York City, paradise of the travel enthusiast… An expensive paradise. But fear not, the Big Apple is full of cheap hidden gems and free wonders. Here are 7 ways to make the best out of your trip!
1. Don’t stay in Manhattan
Accommodation in Manhattan costs you an arm and a leg. You will save up heaps by staying at a hostel or AirBNB in a different borough (preferably Brooklyn or Queens). Most hostels and AirBNB come with a common kitchen: a great way to spare on food costs as well.
2. Get a subway pass
We cannot stress this enough; the subway is your best friend. New York’s famous yellow cabs are iconic and glamorous, but they are not even close to wallet-friendly. The subway network will get you from point A to point B in no time and give you a chance to witness New York’s eclectic local fauna.
3. Explore Central Park
Movies made you believe Central Park was a magical place, movies weren’t lying. The 341 hectares upper-Manhattan park is an oasis of nature and fresh air at the heart of a giant buzzing city. Walk around, hunt for your favourite christmas movie’s romantic location (or Blair’s go-to spots), watch the locals play baseball, feed the ducks, go ice skating… The possibilities are endless!
Check our Parks and Recreation post for more park activities!
4. Visit the Met at a bargain
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is definitely a must-see in New York City. From ancient Greek art to Egyptian hieroglyphs, this world-famous museum is a cultural mecca. But why is it on our cheap list you may ask? The museum works on a “pay what you can afford” basis! We recommend you leave a few dollars for prosperity, but how much is really up to you.
5. See the statue of liberty for free
If paying 25$ for tickets to Ellis Island is not an investment you want to make, we found an alternative for you. Ferries connecting Manhattan and Staten Island are free and run (or shall we say swim) every half hour. They offer a great view of the city’s skyline and the statue of liberty.
6. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge by foot
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is a must while in New York and yet another way to admire the impressive skyline for free. At the risk of stating the obvious; cross it from Brooklyn to Manhattan for maximum visual effect.
7. Finally, ask the locals for advice
This is as true for New York City as it is anywhere else. The best way to discover hidden gems is to follow the locals. Looking for a nice and cheap restaurant, a bar in the neighbourhood, a cute vintage shop? Ask around and let yourself be surprised and amazed.