Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in New York City

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Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in New York City

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  • SammyPickles
    Clay Cross, UK1,149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved the park so much we went twice in four days. We ate bagels for breakfast in the park and started our hectic days the right way!
    Avoid the sellers apart from the fruit that’s yummy! Plenty of toilets dotted about and live musicians also around the park.
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • Ellie K
    Birmingham, UK282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The memorial fountain made me very emotional; it was moving and extremely poignant. It is an upsetting and very appropriate tribute to remember the tragedy and lives lost. It was nice to see that people had added flowers to some of the names.

    The Survivor Tree is also very emotional to see and brought many deeper meanings to mind as we stood appreciating it.
    Written 21 May 2024
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  • Cassandra C
    California City, CA27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Met is a treasure trove of art and history, with beautifully curated exhibits spanning centuries and cultures. It's a must-visit for art enthusiasts and casual visitors alike. Don't miss the rooftop garden for stunning views of Central Park!
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • Velox
    Velox171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walked the High Line and took a whole afternoon to soak up the city centre tranquility and green-ness. Elevated above the traffic and at eye-level with residents' window-boxes, balcony gardens make the High Line a fascinating and almost surreal experience. The setting instills a sense of calm and quiet with most if not all people speaking quietly and calmly as if in a holy place. If you're up for a relaxing walk and want to take the pace off your time in NYC , the High Line is to be recommended.
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN4,994 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Broadway is the busy thoroughfare that cuts diagonally through Midtown Manhattan passing through Times Square, Herald Square at Macy's and near the Empire State Building and ends at Union Square after passing by the much-photographed Flatiron Building. However, in truth, Broadway describes New York's theater district as many of the best-known theaters in town are located on or near the street. Taking in a Broadway show is a must-do experience when visiting NYC.
    Written 30 March 2024
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  • TeWe
    Helsinki, Finland1,134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to see some spectacular views of New York. Probably the best view over Central Park. There is a new attraction called The Beam but unfortunately it was out of order when we visited.
    Written 15 May 2024
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  • Velox
    Velox171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is something every visitor to NYC should do. The bridge itself seems to exude the confidence of NYC - even in the rain. Walking north - south means you're pretty soon in Dumbo which itself is worth the visit, so if you're travelling to Dumbo, give yourself a treat and walk the bridge/
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • loonietunes123
    Manchester, UK98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    How could we come to New York and not come here! We had some great weather so was lovely outside where you can get an ice cream. Lots of space to move around in the grounds and yes it can get busy. The walk up to the observation deck is helpfully aided by a steps countdown so you know how much further you have to go and a one way system means you're not competing with people trying to move past you.
    The museum needs some work. I think things have been moved around so some of the displays don't match up ... like it talks about the foot in the opposite wall... the opposite wall is blank. It mentions an object to look at, the object has been removed. You do get the idea though and it was a good way to spend a few hours. They're us building work going on but this doesn't take away from the experience
    Written 21 May 2024
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  • loonietunes123
    Manchester, UK98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It really is a great piece of architecture. I just wanted to see inside and was not disappointed but happily surprised that there was a lovely food market in there too and my partner was veryhappy to see the apple store upstairs where he could do the apple vision Pro trial so a win for both of us 😂
    Written 23 May 2024
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  • Ellie K
    Birmingham, UK282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Manhattan Skyline is a very impressive view and reminds me of when New York features in films and tv shows. It was great seeing this view for free from the Staten Island Ferry.
    Written 16 May 2024
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  • Steven K
    Tillamook5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good historical detail Claire was able to answer all my questions and keep it interesting but I HATE Trip Advisor for “requiring” more characters than I need!
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • michelle c
    Melbourne, Australia133 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a way to see the Statue of Liberty for free
    Walk past all the sprukers to get the ferry terminal and all is good
    Photos better on way over to the island
    Can explore is you have the time
    Runs every half hour
    Written 15 May 2024
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  • BlackMambaNumberFive
    Wilmington, NC152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped by this park when another event did not work out. We were greeting by a beautiful fountain that looks like a bouquet. We could have browsed around several stalls and eaten at the park as well. Good location right next to the subway.
    Written 19 May 2024
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  • Graham
    Wishaw, UK231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting exhibits in the free Polanski Exhibition including Charles Dickens writing desk and chair, The Guttenburg Bible and i was particularly pleased to see Adam Smith's On the a wealth of Nations first edition. The architecture inside and out the library is beautiful. There are other exhibited such as art and an arctic photography exhibition.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • soinic
    Lux.2,452 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an iconic landmark not to be missed, we "visit" Rockefeller Center each time we are in NYC.

    "Free activity"

    The "Channel Gardens" are nice to have a look at ...
    Written 11 May 2024
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