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It is easy to find free and cheap things to do, eat, see and enjoy all over town.
New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Just ask anyone on the subway what they pay in rent, and you'll be talking for hours. But, New Yorkers know, you never pay retail in this town! Here's a collection of free guides, websites, discounts and tourist attractions for the penny-pinchers, coupon clippers, tightwads, poor students, starving artists, cheapskates, working actors and freelancers!!!
These freebie rags are available from street-corner newspaper boxes. Also, most neighborhoods have their own freebie weeklies, too, such as The Villager and the Downtown Express.
GETTING AROUND - MASS TRANSIT
MUSEUM and CULTURAL INSTITUTION FREE DAYS
This is one of the best things about NYC. They have a long-standing tradition of making world-class art and culture availble to all, regardless of income or ability to pay. If you love museums, then New York is the place to go for the most abundant variety of museum deals. There are a couple of sites you can start with: freeMuseumday and Museum Free Days .
Some are seasonal, so check your calendar.
Before you make your purchases, show your out-of-state ID or passport at the visitor's desk at Macy's and Bloomingdale's for a visitor's discount on certain items!
SAMPLE SALES are also a great way to find deals:
FREE OR CHEAP MUSIC, MOVIES AND LIVE PERFORMANCES
Most of these festivals are seasonal, during the spring and summer, so check their websites for schedules:
CHEAP STUFF TO DO
It is very easy to find cheap eats throughout NYC. Most international cuisine, such as Vietnamese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Latino offer amazing tasty bargains. And there is always The Recession Speical - 2 hot dogs and a drink - at Gray's Papaya. Sample the metling pot that is NYC.
Some guides to the city's best cheap eats:
From New York Magazine:
ATTRACTION PASSES - An analysis
New York is filled with bargains, deals, and steals, especially in the attraction department, on top of having tons of Free Museum Days there are also a number of attraction passes to choose from which could save you bucks on attractions in New York City. Be sure to read the sites carefully and determine which sights you're most likely to be seeing to choose the one that's right for you.
Keep in mind that the museums included may have "free" days. For example, the City Pass has the Museum of Modern Art ( Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, sponsored by Target, every Friday evening, 4:00–8:00 p.m. Tickets for Target Free Friday Nights are not available in advance) and for the American Museum of Natural History there is a recommended $14 donation. These are things to keep in mind when reviewing the attractions included with each card.
New York Explorer Pass A credit-card sized pass loaded with New York attractions including Land & Water Tours, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, NBC Studio Tours, and more. Choose 3, 5, 7, or 10 attractions from over 55 choices. Skip the line at the most popular attractions. Good for 30 days. You have the flexibility to choose your attractions after the purchase.
Choose 3 attractions for $79.99 Adult, $57.99 Child
Choose 5 attractions for $116.99 Adult, $80.99 Child
Choose 7 attractions for $140.24 Adult, $97.74 Child
Choose 10 attractions for $178.49 Adult, $118.99 Child
City Pass Tear out coupons for 6 New York Attractions comprising Empire State Building Observatory, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, American Museum of Natural History & Rose Center, Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Good for 9 Days.
One Book with 6 Coupons $106 for adults, $79 for youths (12 – 17)*.
* Prices for children vary and, consequently, CityPass tickets are not available for under 12s. The following prices apply at the featured attractions:
· Empire State Building Observatory : Adults $46, Youth 6-17 $46, Child 6-12 $40 w/audio, Under 5 free
· Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises: Adult $33, Youth $22, Ages 3-12 $23, Under 2 free
· American Museum of Natural History & Rose Center: Adult $25, Youth $19, Ages 6-12 $14.50, Ages 1 and under Free
· Guggenheim Museum: Adult $22, Youth $18, Ages 11 and under Free
· The Museum of Modern Art: Adult $25, Under 16 free with an adult
· The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Under 13 Free
Best for: Travelers who want to see at least 4 of the named attractions. Great for someone in town for one week although do remember that admission to MOMA is free on Fridays from 4 to 8pm and The Met and AMNH both operate a suggested* price policy.
*Visitors can pay any amount with which they are comfortable (from 1¢ up)
New York Pass A credit card sized pass with over 40 admissions to attractions including Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, The Guggenheim, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NBC Studio Tour, Circleline Sightseeing, Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour, The United Nations Tour, Madison Square Garden All Access Tour, etc. Good for 1, 2, 3, 7 days. Cost & Validity varies depending on # of days.