New York City is famous for its pricey lifestyle. This is the home, after all, to a $250 truffle burger at Beer & Buns Burger Bar, $4600 alligator Manolo Blahniks at Barney’s, and the $45,000 Ty Warner Penthouse at Four Seasons New York (hey – at least it comes with a personal butler). But it doesn’t have to be expensive – here are the best ways to do New York City on a budget.
Culture on a budget
Take advantage of the free day (or night) at many of the city’s museums. The Museum of Modern Art offers free Fridays (4-8 pm), when they also host live music in the sculpture garden (also free for early risers on a Saturday morning from around 9-10am).
High fashion isn’t free, but the exhibits at New York City’s leading fashion museum are. The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology features free creative exhibits, including artwork by faculty and graduating students. If fashion’s not your thing, you’ll find other museums host free events and lectures throughout the year, including El Museo del Barrio whose collection is dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin American art. If you plan to visit a variety of major sights during your stay, you’ll find a number of discount passes, such as CityPASS, offering combined admission discounting.
For music-based entertainment, New York heats up with free outdoor concerts and performances throughout the spring and summer. Head to the venerated Brooklyn Academy of Music, the oldest performing arts centre in the country, which hosts an excellent lineup of free spring and summer concerts, from soul to rock. For some old-fashioned entertainment, go to Central Park where, for many New Yorkers, summer is synonymous with free Shakespeare in the Park, presented by the Delacorte Theater in the park.