You know what they say about New York City, right? If you can make it there, then you can make it anywhere. Now, that phrase might be referring to making a name for yourself, but we think it’s referring to something else. New York City can be incredibly expensive, and if you can pull together the cheddar to make it in this metropolis, then you’ll likely be a rich person wherever else you might go…
Or maybe we’re just being pessimistic. Whatever the case may be, there’s no denying that New York City is one of the most expensive places to live and to visit in the world. However, that expense isn’t something that should turn you off from visiting. Far from it! Provided you know what to do and what to check out, it’s entirely possible to have a quintessentially New York City experience without breaking the bank.
So, how do you go about doing that? What are the places you should visit, and what are the things you should see? (For that matter, what are the things you should avoid?) Well, we’ve got you covered below! Let’s take a look at 20 great ways you can experience New York City on the cheap.
1. Central Park Picnic
Skip the fancy and expensive restaurants and instead have a romantic picnic in on of the most famous parks in the world!
2. Times Square
Sure the crowds are a pain, but Times Square is an impressive sight, and you don’t need to pay anything to walk through it.
3. Public Transportation
There’s no need to call an Uber or take a yellow taxi! New York City has one of the best public transportation systems in the world.
4. City Bikes
Another great way to get around is to take advantage of the Citi Bikes that NYC offers. They’re cheap and fun!
5. Walking Tours
Need to get your bearings? There are a number of amazing walking tours you can take, many of which go by the “pay what you can” model.