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Cheap areas to stay in New York

Contrary to what you may have heard, travel in New York doesn't have to be pricy. There are stylish aparthotels perched atop the tenements above pizza-scented Little Italy that won't cost a packet. And there are comfortable city inns staking their place between the dim sum houses and lantern-strewn streets of Chinatown. And that's just in Manhattan. Go across to Astoria in Queens, and you've got chain hotels and spacious guesthouses to choose from amidst the Greek tavernas and craft beer haunts.

Cheap hotels in New York

Sat smack bang in the heart of Manhattan, the Hotel Pennsylvania on 7th Avenue certainly looks the part. Delve below the Neo-Classical facades and Art Deco exterior though, and there are more than 1,700 simple, comfy suites to choose from, all cheap and within walking distance from the Empire State. The Hotel St. James is another Midtown gem – expect an on-site library, free WiFi and satellite TV channels. And then there's the Hotel 31, which has cosy wallpapered doubles and quaint Victorian decor on the fringes of East Village.

Where to find cheap food in New York

New York's multiculturalism really knows no bounds, and that makes it a perfect place for foodies on a budget. In aptly-named Curry Hill, for example, there are rows and rows of Bangladeshi and Indian eateries, each serving up Rajput thali and Keralan coconut curries for next to nothing. Across the waters of Upper Bay is Sunset Park you’ll find a patchwork of Tex-Mex taco joints and dim sum holes-in-the-wall that will hardly cost a dime. And in Chinatown there are noodle stalls and chop suey places that come with swinging red lanterns and Oriental vibes.

Cheap things to do in New York

Believe it or not, most of New York's legendary attractions can be seen for nothing: the flashing lights of Times Square, the babbling creeks of Central Park, the soaring spire of the Art Deco Empire State Building – so long as you don't mind missing the lookout up top. And once you're done with the compulsory sightseeing across Manhattan, other, more off-beat and budget attractions, await. You could opt for a free tour of the Brooklyn Brewery, which take place each weekend and are often followed by lengthy sessions in the adjoining tasting rooms. Or, you could hop aboard the Staten Island Ferry to wonder at the uplifting outline of the Statue of Liberty on the bay. What’s more, acclaimed institutions like Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, Bronx Zoo and MoMa, offer free entry on certain days of the week – just be sure to check ahead.

Cheap ways to get around New York

Joining the locals on the sidewalk and navigating the streets of areas like Manhattan and Queens is one of the joys of travelling to NYC – you'll stumble on sights like Central Park and Little Italy along the way. For travelling further, the New York Subway reigns supreme. If you're staying for some time, be sure to get an Unlimited Ride MetroCard, which will let you travel on all routes except express buses, and includes urban NYC bus routes, too. You can also make use of the Staten Island Ferry, which runs every 30 minutes and is totally free.

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