NYC Weekend on a Budget

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Make no mistake--New York is an expensive city. But with a little effort, you can enjoy a great long weekend here without blowing your budget.

Photo: Staten Island Ferry. By robertpaulyoung.

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Day 1 - New York City


If you’re not lucky enough to have friends or family with a welcoming spare bedroom (or couch), of the biggest expenses during your weekend in New York will be your hotel. Two reasonably priced options are the Cosmopolitan in Tribeca and the Hotel Newton on the Upper West Side. Both are in neighborhoods that are great for walking around, window-shopping and people watching, and both offer a good home base for exploring the rest of the city. After you check into your hotel, head to one of the art world’s top attractions, the Museum of Modern Art, which offers free admissions on Fridays from 4 to 8 pm. Stroll over to Rockefeller Center’s hustle and bustle and grab an early dinner at ‘wichcraft, Tom Colicchio’s fancy sandwich shop (it has many locations throughout the city, including one at 1 Rockefeller Plaza). For a chance at more culture, head to Carnegie Hall, where a limited number of $10 partial-view tickets are available for performances in the Isaac Stern Auditorium (same-day tickets go on sale at the box office beginning at noon; they are limited to two per person).


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Cosmopolitan Hotel-Tribeca

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125 Chambers Street
(at Broadway)
New York City, NY 10007

Phone:

+1 212 566 1900 / +1 888 895 9400


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Hotel Newton

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Location:

2528 Broadway
(between 94th and 95th streets)
New York City, NY 10025

Phone:

+1 212 678 6500 / +1 888 468 3558


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Museum of Modern Art

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Location:

11 W. 53rd St
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York City, NY 10103

Phone:

+1 212 708 9400


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Wichcraft

Location:

6th Avenue, between 40th-42nd Street
At Beach Street
New York City, NY 10016

Phone:

1 212 780 0577


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Carnegie Hall

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Location:

154 West 57th Street
At Seventh Avenue
New York City, NY 10106

Phone:

+1 212 247 7800


Day 2 - New York City


After a classic New York bagel breakfast (Murray’s in Greenwich Village is a popular choice), head downtown and take a trip on the Staten Island Ferry. A free ferry ride is a fun excursion that offers unparalleled views of the downtown New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty. While you’re downtown, explore South Street Seaport, which hosts free concerts and performances during the summer and houses an ice-skating rink in the winter. There’s a TKTS booth located right near the Seaport, where you can pick up discounted Broadway and Off-Broadway tickets for that night’s show or the next day’s matinee. For dinner, try the famous Shake Shack (the original Madison Square Park has recently been joined by an Upper West Side branch at Columbus Ave. and 77th St.) which in-the-know New Yorkers praise as the best burger in the city. For something a little more exotic, head down to the East Village, where the cheap eating options abound: some good choices are Dok Suni (Korean) and the always-open, always-popular Veselka (Ukrainian).


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Staten Island Ferry

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Location:

1 Bay Street
Departs from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan
New York City, NY 10301

Phone:

+1 718 390 5253


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South Street Seaport

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Location:

12 Fulton St
Fulton & South Streets
New York City, NY 10038

Phone:

+1 212 732 7678


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Shake Shack

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Near Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street
Southeast corner of Madison Square Park
New York City, NY 10010

Phone:

1 212 889 6600


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Dok Suni's

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119 1st Avenue
(Between 7th Street and St. Mark's Place)
New York City, NY 10003-2963

Phone:

1 212 477 9506


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Veselka

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144 2nd Avenue
(at 9th St)
New York City, NY 10003

Phone:

1 212 228 9682


Day 3 - New York City


On the last day of your visit, make your way to Central Park, where you can take one of their numerous free tours to explore far-flung park regions like the North Woods, designed to replicate the Adirondack Mountains, or the Harlem Meer, an elevated area that colonial troops used to defend the city during the American Revolution. In the summer, the park offers a selection of great free entertainment, including Shakespeare in the Park, Summerstage, and the Met in the Parks series. Also, before you leave, be sure to take advantage of one of the best meal deals in the city: Gray’s Papaya.


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Central Park

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Central Park Driveway
The Central Park Conservancy
New York City, NY 10022

Phone:

+1 212 310 6600


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Shakespeare in the Park

Location:

81 Central Park West
Delacorte Theater
New York City, NY 10023

Phone:

+1 212 260 2400 (Box Office)


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Met in the Parks

Location:

86th Street
New York City, NY 10024

Phone:

+1 212 362 6000


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Gray's Papaya

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Location:

2090 Broadway
(at 71st Street)
New York City, NY 10025

Phone:

1 212 799 0243


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