Tuesday, August 26, 2008
New York city without a worry about your budget
Got a small budget but big dreams of New York City?You don't need big bucks , you just need to get in touch with your inner New Yorker. New Yorker’s ride on the subway for $2.00, or they buy a metro card, that gets them around all day for $7.50 or $25.00 for seven days. Next eat like a New Yorker Best hot dogs ever from the street vendors. Enjoy all the New York City public spaces, landmarks and famous places, many of which can be enjoyed for free .Famous places,Stroll the serpentine paths of Central Park on your own or take a free walking tour from the Central Park Conservancy, http://www.centralparknyc.org . Carousel rides are $2. For $8, you can hang out with polar bears and penguins at the zoo ($3 for ages 3-12).At Fifth Avenue and 50Th Street is Rockefeller Center. The elegant art deco skyscrapers, Channel Gardens, and statues of Prometheus and Atlas are worth seeing in person, no matter how many times you've seen them on TV.Grand Central Terminal, at 42ND Street and Park Avenue, is worth a visit too. Spend a few minutes inside gazing at the arches, cathedral windows and ceiling that make the place so grand.Head west on 42ND Street to Times Square, but wait until after dark to fully appreciate the neon lights. Don't worry — the place is packed, even at night. You'll be perfectly safe.Take the No. 1 train to the South Ferry stop and hop on the Staten Island ferry. It's free and offers fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty and city skyline, not to mention the man made waterfalls on the East River, in place through Oct. 13. Details on other vantage points and boat rides for viewing the falls at http://nycvisit.com/waterfalls/ .Free ferries to Governors Island — http://www.govisland.com/ — also offer waterfall views with boats Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 12.Another way to see the city from the water is by kayak. The Downtown Boathouse — http://www.downtownboathouse.org — offers free kayaking weekends through Oct. 13 on the Hudson River on the city's West Side.For a thrilling view of Lower Manhattan's urban canyons and skyscrapers, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.Entertainment Whether your taste runs to David Letterman, Stephen Colbert or Maury Povich, if your favorite TV show is filmed in New York, you may be able to see it live for free. Details at http://www.nytix.com/ .A few Broadway shows hold nightly lotteries for cheap front-row tickets ($21.50 for "Avenue Q," $26.50 for "In The Heights," check Web sites for details). It's a great deal if your plans are flexible. Or try the TKTS booth in the Marriott Marquis Hotel, West 46Th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, which sells tickets at up to 50 percent off for that night's performance at many Broadway and off-Broadway shows.Many city parks host free shows in the summer, but they mostly end in August. In September and October, though, parades and street fairs abound. The West Indian-American Day Parade is a massive carnival-style pageant every Labor Day along Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Look for politicians and other celebrities in the Columbus Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, 44Th to 79Th streets, noon-3 p.m. The Feast of San Gennaro street festival takes place on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, Sept. 11-21.
Even if your not going soon, you will want to check out these sites and keep planning to see New York the way the New yorkers do.