Whether travelling to New York on business or taking the family to enjoy the city’s dazzling holiday decorations at Christmas, New York is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, with something for everyone. In New York, there are enough inexpensive or free cultural, historical and natural places to see that even those travelling on the smallest budget can have a great time.
Visitors to New York have one of the world’s most sophisticated public transit systems at their fingertips. Foregoing expensive taxis and using the city’s Metro Card provides all-day rides on the entire fleet of buses and subway trains the city has to offer. For under $10, visitors can go to all points in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs throughout the day.
There are not many places like New York, where a traveller can enjoy a freshly made bagel, “schmeered” with cream cheese, take a subway from the architectural marvel that is Grand Central Station, window shop the flagship stores of Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Sachs Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, gaze at Monet’s masterpieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, bird watch in Central Park and end their day in the glow of the neon lights of Times Square, all for under $50.
With amazing architecture, free for the seeing, such as New York’s Metropolitan Library, the New York Federal Reserve Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Empire State Building, and the hustle and bustle of a city with eight million residents, just walking along the streets can infuse any visit to New York with energy and excitement.
New York is a city of festivals. Every month visitors can find a festival or street fair celebrating everything from books to battle ships to films to LGBT pride. There are the Museum Mile Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, CMJ Music Marathon, Feast of San Gennaro, Harlem Week and the New York International Fringe Festival; all providing music, food, crafts, performances and other activities for families, couples or singles to enjoy at little to no cost.
New York City offers the glittering lights of Broadway, the awe-inspiring Metropolitan Opera, the art deco highlights of Radio City Music Hall and the famous sporting venue, Madison Square Garden. Attending a play or the opera or cheering a favourite player during a Knicks game can be affordable for travellers on a budget by using coupons and discount tickets available for some of the “must see” performances of a lifetime.
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