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Cheap Areas to Stay in New York

You can have a memorable time in New York City without having to spend a lot of money. Though upscale hotels with every imaginable luxury abound, the metropolis is also teeming with cheap accommodations that provide more than just a roof over every budget traveller's head. Manhattan's Midtown West has affordable pads close to the razzle-dazzle of Broadway and energetic Times Square, while over in Lower Manhattan you'll find some budget-friendly digs within easy reach of the Wall Street financial district and high-profile museums. You'll also find cheap New York hotels outside Manhattan. The ethnically and culturally diverse neighborhood of Brooklyn, for instance, is home to reasonably priced lodging.

Cheap Hotels in New York

When it comes to great New York hotel deals, it's hard to beat the HI New York City hostel. Located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the stately landmark building houses bright dorms and family rooms that are ideal for both groups and solo travellers. Nibble on bagels at the on-site café, take a breather in its green space, and join in on its free city tours. Hotel 31 in Midtown Manhattan may have cheap rates,but its unpretentious rooms and free Wi-Fi ensure a comfortable stay. The Best Western Plaza Hotel on Long Island, with its free buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi, is another great option to save money.

Where to find cheap food in New York

You don't have to pay fancy restaurant prices to dine well in the Big Apple. Head Midtown to Hell's Kitchen, where up-and-coming actors and young financiers hang out, and nosh on culinary delights such as filling vegan burgers and spicy carnitas. Make your way to artsy East Village and try traditional pierogi in Polish family-owned restaurants, and check out food trucks offering quick and cheap eats like gyros and tacos. If you're craving delicious and inexpensive Chinese and other Asian food, it'll be worth your while to pay a visit to Chinatown in Flushing, where you'll find everything from dumplings to sukiyaki.

Cheap Things to do in New York

If your budget doesn't have room for high-priced tickets to some of New York's top tourist draws, don't despair. There's a staggering number of options that'll help you create priceless memories for free. Explore Central Park's gorgeous gardens or watch one of the free concerts and plays held here in the summer. Art and history lovers can get their fix at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the National Museum of the American Indian, where entrance is always free. Bookworms and history buffs, on the other hand, shouldn't miss the main branch of the New York Public Library in Bryant Park. This stately beaux arts structure, with its iconic pair of marbled lions at the entrance, is home to the seriously impressive Rose Reading Room, where you can browse thousands of reference books. For budget shopping, you can't go wrong in Brooklyn, where you can find quaint stores selling vintage clothing and decor, handmade jewelry, and charming tchotchkes at bargain prices.

Cheap Ways to Get Around New York

Taking in the Big Apple's attractions on foot is a fairly straightforward affair, since many hotels in New York City are within walking distance of points of interest. The Citi Bike program is another fun and inexpensive way to explore the city. Buying a day pass will let you go on unlimited 30-minute rides through popular routes that include the Hudson River Greenway. For the quintessential New York public transportation experience, buy a MetroCard and use it to ride the extensive subway system and the efficient bus service. To go to Staten Island from Lower Manhattan, you can opt for a free scenic ride on the Staten Island Ferry.

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