New York City 11 free things

New York, New York so good they named it twice.

New York City holds the title as one of the most expensive cities in the world.  It also holds the title of one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The US dollar is currently very strong making the city less affordable if you are on a budget. There are many things you can do to save yourself money without missing out. To get you started I have made a list of things New York City has to offer and all for free. There are enough to occupy a week, even 2 free brewery tours.

11 free things New York City

Central Park New York City

1 Central Park New York City

New Yorkers are very proud of Central park.  It is stunning, huge and popular with everyone. An oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle. Its free if you just want to relax and admire the beauty of the park and city or if you keep reading you will find free tours also.

2  Museum of Modern Art New York free on Friday’s 4-8pm

3 Guggenheim museum New York free on Saturday evening

Foot’s walking tours New York

If you want to get an intimate view of New York City on one of Free Tours by Foot’s walking tours. They are free to take and guests can name their own price. So their guides have an added incentive to make your tour a terrific experience. Tours will take you to lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Harlem and other neighborhoods. Learn about the history of New York City and America from expert guides, part professors, part performers who make history fun for everyone. They also offer free bike tours (bring your own bike) of Central Park and Lower Manhattan, and tours in Spanish.  http://www.freetoursonfoot.com Are you tired yet? we are only on number 4 of my 11 free things New York City.

5 Grand Central Partnership New York.

Since the mid-1980s the Grand Central Partnership (GCP) has been providing supplemental public safety, sanitation, capital improvement, horticultural and visitor services for one of the largest business improvement districts in the world. The organization works to ensure that the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood remains the world’s most desirable business address and a vibrant destination for shopping, dining, nightlife and tourism. GCP also conducts a free 90-minute walking tour of the Grand Central neighborhood every Friday at 12:30pm. http://www.grandcentralpartnership.org

6 The Brooklyn Brewery New York.

Choose a borough in which to learn about suds-making. Brooklyn Brewery hosts free tours every Saturday that start on the half hour between 1pm and 5pm. (Under 21s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.) Afterward, grab a seat at one of the indoor picnic tables and purchase beer tokens to sample some of the brewery’s wildly popular creations, like them Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn East IPA and various seasonal quaffs.

7 SingleCut Beersmiths New York

offers a short, somewhat informal tour of its facilities on Saturdays and Sundays, at 3pm and 4pm. Repair afterward to the tap room or start there and buy a beer to have in hand while you check out the brewing process.

Greenwich Village NYC

Greenwich Village NYC

8 Greenwich Village New York

The Greenwich Village Alliance as evidenced by literary icons of the past, like Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the artists and students today who frequent the neighborhood’s coffee shops, theaters and music clubs, Greenwich Village’s bohemian vibe has stood the test of time. Discover the area’s undeniable charm on a free walking tour sponsored by the Village Alliance. They’re run from June through September, but you can always check out the website for self guided tours throughout the rest of the year. An emphasis is placed on the social, architectural and historic aspects of the Village, so you’ll walk away well acquainted with its one-of-a-kind spirit. http://villagealliance.org/

9 Battery Park City New York

Covers 36 acres of playgrounds, gardens and plazas. Every day, residents and visitors flock to the space for outdoor fun or, in winter, indoor activities. The parks host fitness programs, art exhibitions and hundred of other happenings each year. But to get the most out of this cluster of green spaces, a free tour or two is in order. Typical offerings include organic-gardening walks around Wagner Park. Public-art explanations at Teardrop Park. And bird-watching excursions around the area (binoculars included). Tours change throughout the year and information generally doesn’t become available until April. Check this link for the most up-to-date information. http://bpcparks.org/visit/tours/

10 Big Apple Greeters New York 

Native New Yorkers all volunteers and many multilingual accompany visitors through the tapestry of City neighborhoods, including their own, all for free. Begun in 1992 by a New Yorker who worried about her City’s image abroad. Big Apple now has some 300 greeters to help ensure tourists get more out of their stay. Since its inception, this program has welcomed more than 75,000 visitors from all 50 states and 124 countries, with visits conducted in 22 languages. Native New Yorkers all volunteers, many multilingual accompany visitors through the tapestry of City neighborhoods, including their own, all for free. Begun in 1992 by a New Yorker who worried about her City’s image abroad. Big Apple now has some 300 greeters to help ensure tourists get more out of their stay.  From the beginning, this program has welcomed more than 75,000 visitors from all 50 states and 124 countries in 22 languages. http://www.bigapplegreeter.org

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Statue of Liberty NYC

11 Staten Island Ferry New York.

I love this ferry. Passing Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty seems to encompass everything America means to a visitor or an immigrant. “The Staten Island Ferry is run by the City of New York for one pragmatic reason: To transport Staten Islanders to and from Manhattan. Yet the 5 mile 25 minute ride also provides a majestic view of New York Harbor and a no-hassle, even romantic, boat ride for free!”  http://www.siferry.com/

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New York City

Hopefully my tips save you some money. New York city is amazing. I really hope you enjoy yourself.

 


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About Sandra

Just a girl from Ireland who wants to live everywhere. Not a planner, a winger when it comes to travel. I don't even like people who plan too much. Without spontaneity there is no depth. A jack of all trades. A great friend, loyal and passionate and I expect the same in return. Always ready for the next adventure at a moments notice.
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