I recently arrived home from a wonderful trip to New York, and found that despite the sky rocketing prices of the attractions in the city, the best things the metropolis has to offer, are free.
1. Get a Big Apple Greeter
Apple Greeter’s are locals in New York who volunteer to take you around the city for a day, where ever you would like to go. Anyone can go to New York as a tourist, but there is something special about immersing yourself in local culture and seeing the city through the lense of someone who lives there.
2. Central Park
Central Park is each New Yorkers back garden – an escape from their squishy high-rise apartments. The park is so large that two people can walk down diverging paths and completely lose each other. I recommend hiring bikes from the city bike company for the day (around $20) and then cycling around the park if you want to cover it. Part of the fun is seeing the hundreds of dogs being walked, as each New Yorker needs to stretch the legs of the pup they are keeping in their 1m x 1m studio.
Get tips here, for events coming up in Central Park, New York.
3. Times Square
Obviously a must see in NYC. The mammoth shining billboards encircling thousands of people really are a sight to behold, and encapsulate the fast-paced, constantly changing, modernity of the city. Take a stroll around and you never know what you might see.
The High Line was a nice surprise, as I went with very low expectations (not for any particular reason, I just hadn’t realised how lovely it was).
It’s a walk with sculptures dotted along the way. The day I did it, it was -11 celcius (12.2F) and the walk itself actually warmed me up as we tried to stay in patches of sunlight, and took lots of pictures.
5. Brookyln Bridge
Brookyln Bridge was bustling with tourists the day I went, and I initially thought it would just be an opportunity to say ‘Yep, I’ve walked across the Brookyln Bridge.’
To my surprise, the walk offered multiple stunning photo opportunities of New York itself – meaning that you could save on going to the Rockefeller Centre or the Empire State Building in order to get a shot of the city. However, the pics will have some of the metal beams and cables that make the bridge up, but for me that made the photos even more unique. These are some photos I took: