I absolutely love the Big Apple, but let’s face it: New York doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being a frugal city. Is it possible to take a budget-friendly New York City vacation? Are the words “NYC” and “cheap” even compatible? I’m going out on a limb to say — yes, you can. Here are 8 tips that can help you visit New York without breaking the bank.
1. Check out free landmarks. New York City is full of history and landmarks, many of which are free or very low budget. If you want to make your dollar stretch during your trip and have a blast at the same time, take advantage of places like Central Park and the World Trade Center memorial area. You can also ride the Staten Island Ferry for a couple of bucks (take the commuter ferry, not the tourist one).
2. Walk on the historic Brooklyn Bridge. This is an awesome way to spend an afternoon: it’s free, it’s great exercise, and it gives you a great view of the Manhattan skyline.
3. Take a tour. One of the most amazing libraries in the entire country is New York’s Public Library. The building is constructed of breathtaking marble and is a feast for the eyes. The library also holds fascinating exhibits for the whole family to enjoy and offers extensive tours describing its history. Another must see tour is of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, tours take you through the gold vault and trading desk. If it sounds like something you might want to do be sure and book a reservation in advance otherwise you won’t be able to get in.
4. Go thrift store shopping. Because New York has an incredibly diverse population you can score some fantastic clothing at a bargain price, and have a fun time doing it. The New York atmosphere will make your thrift store shopping experience truly unique.
5. Save money on food. This may sound impossible in city like New York, but locals will tell you some of the best food in the city is cheapest! There are tons of amazing pizza parlors that offer massive slices for a budget friendly price. Don’t think just because you are in New York you have to spend a fortune on five star restaurants. Instead, eat where the local students and starving artists do.
6. Look for reasonable lodging. Once again, there are quite a few places in New York that offer excellent service and quality for a low price. Check out reviews of the bed and breakfasts in and around the city, which can sometimes be cheaper than standard hotels. Websites like airbnb.com also help you find cheap accommodation — those sites connect residents who want to rent out their homes for a few nights to tourists like yourself.
7. Head to the museum. One of the most famous museums in the states is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Admission is $12 for students and $25 for adults, but you could easily spend a full day inside this museum.
8. Don’t be afraid to negotiate! New York is a city full of street vendors, so if you want to buy something you see on the street, don’t be afraid to haggle. This is the norm in the city, so don’t be shy about asking for a discount!
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.