The first thing people think about when they come to New York is that is must be expensive. Not always true. The city of New York may be expensive, but not in all parts and not in all times. The first thing you have to ask yourself is; do you want to be in all the hot tourist spots and do you want to see all the hot tourist clubs, hotels, shows, and restaurants? If you answered yes to both of those, then you may be spending ‘mucho dinero’.
On the other hand, if you can have a few drinks in a local Irish Pub or go to the East Village, Upper West Side, or the Lower East SIde for a drink and/or dinner, it may not cost you much. Also, try going to the “TKTS” booth to find tickets to big shows at big discounts. You can find more info on that here.
Another cheap way to see NYC is to take the Staten Island Ferry. This is a great view of the lower Manhattan skyline as well as a great view of the Statue of LIberty. It costs 50 cents. When you get to Staten Island, get off the ferry and come right back around to get right back on. They used to let you stay on but now you have to get off the ferry. So you get right back on and your tour at 50 cents continues. The whole trip might take you about an hour (if you get right back on the ferry) or an hour and a half (if you miss the next ferry back).
Places to see: Battery Park City (the promenade by the Hudson River), the West Village, Bleeker Street (Jazz, Rock, and Blues clubs packed in one area), Chinatown, Little Italy, Empire State building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, Soho, and the Upper West Side (by the Hudson River). (We will add much more at a later time)
When people travel to New York, they mostly think of New York CIty. But there is more to do outside of New York City. If you can rent a car or take a train, you must travel at least one day to a location at least fifty minutes to an hour and a half upstate. This is a very different experience than the city but a good one at that. Whether you are driving upstate to see the leaves changing color in the fall and going apple picking or going to a bed and breakfast in the spring, it’s a pleasure and a completely different picture than NYC. You really must do it.