It’s no secret to anyone that New York City is an expensive place to visit. Budget conscious travelers can easily make the most out of their Big Apple trip without spending a fortune, however, simply by following some of these money-saving tips.
Discover NYC on Foot
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New York City is one of those cities best explored on foot. You can easily lose yourself in one of its historic neighborhoods like Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side or simply take some time to discover the pioneering architecture in areas like Midtown Central, the Upper East Side, and Downtown. Visitors who prefer a bit more structure can take one of the many tours offered by Free Tours by Foot or download any of the free mobile apps such as New York Map and Walks that comes with a fully detailed map and descriptions of notable attractions. If you’re a sports fan, the city offers endless options for seeing your favorite teams in action.
Explore the Other Boroughs for Cheaper Food
Cheap food, for the most part, is easy to find in Manhattan but odds are, your options will come down to deli sandwiches, pizza, or fast food, all of which can get redundant after a day or two. In order to truly enjoy New York’s culinary experience, venture out to the other boroughs where you’ll get more bang for your buck. If you’re craving steak, head to Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood where you’ll find steaks below $25 at the likes of St. Anselm’s and The Gorbals. Other areas worth checking out include DUMBO and Bushwick in Brooklyn and Flushing in Queens.
Look for Alternatives to Broadway
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Shows in New York’s Theatre District are some of the greatest productions you will watch in your lifetime. For someone with a limited budget, however, even the price of a discounted ticket can put a dent in your pocket. Fortunately, the Big Apple has a number of other entertainment alternatives including stand-up comedy shows, off-Broadway plays, and some of the country’s best student theater productions. Upright Citizens Brigade hosts a number of live comedy shows and improvisation skits in Chelsea and the East Village, where tickets cost as little as $5.
When Commuting, Buy in Bulk
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The New York City subway is the best way to get around the Big Apple but at $2.75 a ride, the amount you will spend on transportation can easily accumulate. That’s why it is best to buy in bulk and take advantage of passes the New York Transit Authority offers locals and tourists alike. But which MetroCard should you buy? Consider the Unlimited Ride option if you are staying for more than 3 days and expect to ride the subway a minimum of 12 times, otherwise, choose the pay-per-ride option that gives you bonuses for bulk purchases.
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