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Enjoy New York on a Budget

Gleaming glass and flashing neon. Deli counters and fast-food trucks. Wall Street moguls and Fifth Avenue fashionistas. Hipsters in SoHo and high rollers in Central Park. Everything about New York screams diversity, and there are countless ways to enjoy this vibrant metropolis on nothing but a pocketful of dreams. Put on your walking shoes, grab a free map, and hit the streets to discover a side of the city where money doesn’t do all the talking.

Things to see in New York

If you want to see as much as possible without breaking the bank, invest in a CityPass, which gives you skip-the-line or reduced admission to some of the most popular attractions in New York, including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. For an unusual view of the city, take a walk along the High Line—this section of disused elevated railway track has been converted into a public park with breathtaking views over the Hudson River. Join a free guided tour during the summer months to learn more about this pioneering urban regeneration project. Even shopping is possible on a budget if you look beyond the chic storefronts of downtown. Go retro at Brooklyn Flea Market, held on Sundays in summer on the East River waterfront, or hunt for a bargain at Century 21, which offers designer label clothing and accessories at knockdown prices.

Cheap hotels in New York

With a huge range of accommodation options at your fingertips, it’s relatively easy to find value for money. Budget hotels in New York City typically offer clean, comfortable, no-frills rooms, often in surprisingly central locations, meaning you can reach all the sights without wasting your cash on transportation. You’ll often find amenities such as free WiFi or on-site kitchens where you can prepare a cheap meal to save your pennies. If your New York vacation happens to coincide with the heat of summer, opt for a property with air conditioning. Some budget NYC hotels have shared bathrooms, so check in advance if you prefer en-suite.

Where to stay in New York

The lively streets around Broadway are filled with economy hotels offering highly competitive rates, and you’ll be right in the heart of the action 24/7. For a funky alternative, head for hip Chelsea, where you can still find charming but cheap hotel rooms in converted brownstones and lofts. A stay in colorful Chinatown puts you on the doorstep of some of the best restaurants in New York and walking distance from upscale SoHo. Or live like a native New Yorker in up-and-coming Brooklyn and enjoy views of the iconic Manhattan skyline with your morning coffee.

How to get to New York

If you’re flying in from abroad, you’ll land at either JFK or Newark airport. The AirTrain links both airports with the New York subway, while JFK also runs a bus service to Grand Central and Penn railway stations. LaGuardia handles domestic flights and has a frequent bus service to downtown Manhattan. If you’re coming from another US city, why not consider traveling by train or bus to the Big Apple? You’ll see more of the country and will be doing your bit for the planet too. See more of the city, as well, by using pedal power—the cycle lane network is increasingly popular for locals and visitors alike.

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