We all know New York is a very expensive city. Enjoying the view from Top of the Rock, having a drink at one of the rooftop terraces or watching a show on Broadway, you easily spend loads of dollars in the city that never sleeps.
However, if you can manage to find a good deal on tickets and are able to book an budget hotel, you can make the trip more affordable.
Here are some insider tips so you can keep your entire trip low cost.
Insider Tips For Visiting New York
How to Travel
If you have to book a (international) flight, then check the options to New York JFK Airport. You’ll probably be able to find cheaper flights than to Newark Airport. It’s also a lot easier to travel from JFK to Manhattan, as you can take a cab for a fixed price of $52,50 (ex. toll and tip). If you think this is still a bit too expensive, just take the AirTrain and subway and for under $8 you’ll be in Manhattan.
Activities in the Park
What about free movies in Bryant Park? During summer you can enjoy watching free films in the open air of Bryant Park during the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. A famous blockbuster will be showed on Monday nights all summer long. Bring a blanket, some food and enjoy a free night out. On top of that you can listen to singers performing famous Broadway songs during Broadway in Bryant Park, a free summer event taking place on Thursdays.
Bryant Park is the place to be for free activities anyway, as you can also take free yoga, dance and Tai Chi classes in the park during the summer. If you'd like to post a selfie practicing your downward facing dog that’s also possible, as the park offers free Wi-Fi to all visitors.
If you visit New York in winter, also head to Bryant Park, as you’ll find a nice ice skating rink in the park. Admission is free, you only need to pay to rent skates if you didn’t bring them.
Saying Hi to Lady Liberty
A boat tour to the Statue of Liberty is a not to be missed point on your to do list for New York. You can book tickets for the ferry to the Statue and Ellis Island but you can also take the Staten Island Ferry. This is a free ferry that cruises to and from one of New York’s five boroughs, Staten Island. It goes past the Statue of Liberty and although it’s not a sightseeing boat tour, you still have very nice views of the statue and the Manhattan skyline from the back deck.
I can also recommend you to take a ride on the Roosevelt Island Tram. You can pay for the ride with your metrocard, which means that if you have a 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard you don’t pay anything at all. The tram takes you to the small Roosevelt Island in the middle of the East River. The ride itself is fun and from the island you have a great view of the city’s skyline. This is not all, there are a lot more insider tips on free things to do in New York.