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As for $ 100 per day, get the most out of traveling to New York

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What to do if you decide to go to New York, you have little money, but you want to see the maximum and not spend the night in the park and go hungry? Today I will tell you how to get 100% pleasure by spending just $ 100 per day.

New York, as far as I can judge from my travel experience, is one of the most expensive cities in the United States for tourists. Living here in complete comfort is expensive not only for tourists from Russia, but also for those who can boast of an American salary. I will teach you how to get bread at a minimum cost, and spectacles - completely free.

$ 30-60 for a roof over your head

For the money you can stay in a hostel or rent a room on

If you live alone, pay attention to hostels. When choosing a hostel, keep in mind that in one institution for $ 40-50 You will get a place in the room for two, and in the other with you will still live 5-7 people.

Now most hostels have kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves and stoves, as well as all the necessary utensils, so you will have the opportunity if you want to cook food. In some hostels tenants even waiting for free coffee.

Book a place in the hostels most convenient to

It looks like a room in a hostel. Photo: Depositphotos

If you are traveling together, it is much more profitable to seek accommodation on, because often the owners “let a second person stay” for a small additional payment or even for free, and for $100 a day you can rent an excellent room for two in Manhattan. However, you can find a cheap place on this site (for about $30-50) for one, but perhaps it will be a sofa or chair-bed in the living room.

Here, too, most likely, there will be dishes, a stove and a refrigerator, and a much smaller number of people will use the shower than in a hostel. In addition, there will be a more homely atmosphere and, if you are lucky with the owner, you will even feel like visiting a friend.

However, if you violate the rules of living in an apartment, for example, it is too late to come or not to clean up after you in the kitchen and bathroom, the owner may write a bad review about you, which will make it harder for you to find accommodation on this site in the future.

You can, of course, try to find accommodation at all for free, for example, on the website But we must understand that couchsurfers mostly negatively relate to people who are only looking for free accommodation, without offering their hospitality to other travelers in return.

I tried this method once, and it all ended sadly: the couchsurfer, who agreed to let me spend the night on his mattress on the floor, stopped the day X to answer calls and SMS and deleted his profile from the site. I then had to urgently look for a cheap hostel for one night.

$ 10-30 for food

If you decide to save on food to the maximum, you can buy in the grocery store for $ 10 and cook in a hostel or apartment. But still you hardly want to spend time in the kitchen instead of exploring the city.

Therefore, a good option would be to buy ready-made food (from salads and sandwiches to soups and hot) in the supermarket. Food in bulk costs about $ 9-11 per pound, so for $ 30 per day, you can afford both shellfish soup, pork ribs risotto, Caesar salad with salmon, and a slice of pizza with pear and brie cheese, and fresh fruit for dessert.

Some supermarkets even have tables, so many shoppers eat right there. But with good weather you can sit with food and somewhere in the park.

$ 0-5 on spectacles

Most museums in New York, both world-famous and small, have free days. Thus, one of the most famous museums in the city, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, provides everyone with the opportunity to visit the exhibition for free on Saturdays from 17:45 to 19:45. At the same time, people begin to line up almost in the morning, so that by the time “free hours” arrive, art connoisseurs occupy the entire area in front of the museum and even the neighboring streets.

And on Wednesday from 10: 00 to 15: 00 you can get to the Van Cortland House Museum, to see how the wealthy bourgeois lived in the XVIII century.

However, in some places, for example, in the Museum of Modern Art MOMA, “free days” are only conditionally free - the visitor pays as much as he wants. In MoMA, by the way, you can save on a ticket on Friday from 16: 00 to 20: 00.

If you are going to New York for a few days, you will, of course, want to look not only at art and exhibits under glass. Fortunately, in addition to traditional art and historical museums in the city there are many other wonderful places that you can get for free on certain days. Along the way, you inspect and neighborhood.
On Monday you can admire the beautiful synagogue on Eldridge Street from the inside, which now houses a museum dedicated to the emigration of Jews from Eastern Europe. It is located in Chinatown, so at the same time you can go to a restaurant and try Peking duck or buy exotic fruits and fresh seafood right on the street.

On Tuesday or Saturday, do not miss the opportunity to stroll through the botanical garden in Brooklyn. After the garden, you can go to Brighton Beach to look at the ocean, listen to Russian speech and buy products from Russia and Ukraine.

Wednesday can be completely devoted to communication with nature. On this day, you will see two attractions of the Bronx - one of the best zoos in the USA Bronx zoo and located next to him the New York Botanical Garden, the largest in the city.

On Thursday (as, indeed, on any other weekday) you can get into the gold depository of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. However, for this you need to register for an excursion to Online institutions at least a month. After the bank is worth a walk through the business district of Manhattan and ask for financial welfare statue of a bull. If you wish, go to the ferry terminal near Battery Park, take the free ferry to Staten Island and admire the skyscrapers, watery spaces and the Statue of Liberty from it.

On Friday from 16 to 18, you can visit the New York Aquarium, which is located in Brooklyn between Brighton Beach and Coney Island, for free.

On Saturday, an estate awaits you. Wave hill in the Bronx, where you can explore several historic buildings and enjoy a stroll through the garden and views of the Hudson.

On Sunday from 16:00 to 18:00 you can go to the library. But not in a simple way, but in a very beautiful way - Morgan library and museum.

A detailed list of museums and other interesting places with free days is easy to find on the Internet, so you will certainly pick up entertainment to your taste.

$ 8.25 for transport

With proper planning of the day, you will only need three trips by metro (each will cost $ 2.75) to see at least two major sights and explore the areas around them.

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If there is money left

If you managed to meet less than $ 100 per day, you can profitably spend the money saved in discount stores Century 21, TJ Maxx or Marshalls. They really buy clothes and shoes of famous brands, household goods, perfumes and cosmetics for a quarter, or even 10% of the original price.

It is also worth spending, Broadway musicals. Ticket prices start at $ 50, while the acoustics in theaters are good, so you can enjoy the action from the balcony.

To the airport, do not throw?

If at the end of the trip you need to get to Kennedy International Airport, you can take the subway to the station Jamaica stationand then take the express AirTrain. Traveling from the city center to the airport takes about 1,5 hours and costs less than $ 10.

However, if you have a lot of things, it is better to consider another option - a trip on the shuttle. True, it is available only to residents of hostels and hotels, and even then not all. The availability of such a shuttle and the fare on it can be found at the reception.

When the hostel administrator Central Park West Hostelwhere I lived in early May, told me that the shuttle to Kennedy Airport would cost $ 21.5, I asked her to repeat. Then I asked to write on a piece of paper, so unreal it seemed to me this amount after the requested Uber $170. However, it was for $21.5 that I got to the airport - door to door. True, in 1 hour 45 minutes, because the minibus picked up 10 more people from different places who wanted to get to the airport.

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