Getting Around New York City on the Cheap:
New York City has a wonderful public transportation system. Unlike other cities, the subway system runs all night and is not divided into zones- a $ 2.00 ticket could take you up the street or to any of the other boroughs. A cheap way to ride the subway is with a day or week Metrocard. A day pass will cost you $ 7 or $ 24 for a week pass, and gets you unlimited subway and local bus use (but not express buses). The best place to buy your Metrocard is from the computerized kiosks located in most stations. These kiosks allow you to pay with debit or credit card as well as cash.
You can also use your Metrocard on Manhattan buses and although they are not always the quickest way around, they can give you a great view of the city. Catch the M1,2,3 or 4 bus at 106th Street and 5th Avenue on the Upper Eastside and travel downtown along Central Park. Along 5th Avenue you will get great views of the park and some of the nicest apartment buildings in the city.
~ New York City Cheap Sleeps:
When planning your trip to New York the choice of hostels can be overwhelming. All the recommended hostels are great and have something different to offer. Consider what is important to you and choose one that fits your style the best. We like these in particular:
* Wanderers Inn East – Located on Manhattans Upper Eastside, this is a great place to lay your head while you're in the city. This hostel is located in a converted townhouse in a safe neighborhood that gives the traveler the feeling of being a real New Yorker. The hostel offers both dorm style rooms as well as private rooms. Dorm rooms are from $ 26 and private rooms from $ 75. The self service free breakfast here is also a great amenity.
* Chelsea International Hostel – This hostel is located on a quite street near all the downtown action. Although there is no free breakfast offered, there is a kitchen area and free pizza on Wednesday
nights. There is also a nice courtyard to socialize and meet other travelers. Dorm style rooms without bathrooms go for $ 28 a night while dorm rooms with a bathroom go for $ 32. Private rooms are available for $ 70 a night.
~ Free Things to Do in New York City:
* Staten Island Ferry – To get a great view of the Statue of Liberty, take the Staten Island Ferry from
lower tip of Manhattan to Staten Island. To get the best view go on to one of the ferry's outer decks. The ferry is free and you will have the opportunity to interact with some real New Yorkers. Take the subway to South Ferry or Whitehall Street for the easiest access to the ferry.
* Central Park – Central Park is an intense oasis in the middle of Manhattan. It is a relaxing
break from the city to take a walk through the different areas of the park. There are many paths to explore with scenic views of the luxury apartment buildings bordering the park.
* Coney Island – This famous and historic board walk located in Brooklyn is a fun visit during the
summer months. Check out some of the famous side shows, old rides, original Nathan's hot dogs, and Totonno's Pizzeria.