You’ve heard this complaint many times from others and from yourself: New York is expensive. It even feels like sometimes you’re getting charged for breathing NY air. Let’s face reality, you chose to live here and now you’re paying the price (literally).
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun in the meantime. When I’m on a budget, this is what I do to still get the most out of this great city:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The most magical place on earth. Where you travel through thousands of years and get lost in the lives of those before us. You have access to one of the biggest collections of art and history at your fingertips… and it’s free. The prices above the cashier are suggested donations. You can give $30, $3, or nothing at all and get admission. Even if you don’t like art, there’s something for everyone. Other than paintings you can find a medieval weapons room, Greek statues, and Egyptian mummies. Go culture yourself.
This will be on every “NY Must Do” list on the internet and there’s a reason for it. Every single time I walk into the park, I find something new and travel on a path I haven’t before. Unplug and enjoy the beauty of the park. Grab your headphones and go on a walk or grab a book, park yourself on a bench or on the grass (excuse the pun), and get lost in a story. Have a photo shoot with your friends or a picnic and a pickup soccer game after.
When I have a visitor who’s never been to NY, I always take them on this tour. We start by the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall train stop and walk towards the big fountain by the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. The architecture of the surrounding buildings deserve to be admired. Then we walk the bridge – about 30 minutes – and take pictures of the breathtaking views. Stranded in between two boroughs, you get full views of the huge city. Great for your Instagram posts. When you cross over, go on over to the Brooklyn Bridge Park right on the edge of Brooklyn. You can see the Statue of Liberty and all of downtown Manhattan in all of its glory. If you have a couple extra bucks, grab some pizza at Grimaldi’s on the corner of Front Street and Old Fulton Street (it’s conveniently on the way to the park). The authentic Italian, wood fired pizza and silhouette of Manhattan is an experience that will get you to keep coming back.
Enjoy these adventures! I would love to hear all about it so comment below and tell me your stories.