Frugal Tips For those Who Plan to Visit New York

by Frugal Brian

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It’s true; you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to enjoy yourself in New York City.  Even without its infamous towers, it is still a sight to behold.  I lived in the New York, New Jersey area for of couple of years back in the nineties.  Not a day goes by that I don’t miss it.  I would recommend a trip to New York to absolutely anyone; and if you’re on a budget, I can help you out there as well.

Start off your trip right on Travelocity. Travelocity has great rates to New York. Get a package deal to get the most savings. Sometimes if you can find a travelocity promotional code, make sure you jump on it because they are only last a short time. 

Get your picture taken in an old time picture booth for around $3.00 (probably a little more by now) at the Bushwick Country Club.  Grab a celebrity off the street and force them in there with you for proof positive that you two are BFF’s. Then grab that picture and run before the cops come.

Guss’ pickles has moved to Brooklyn, so if you’ve got a taste for something sour and crunchy that you pick out of a barrel, you’ll have to schlep over to Brooklyn to get it.  Believe me it’s worth the trip.  Of course you have to like pickles in order for that to be true, but who doesn’t like pickles?  In Miami we deep fry them; then again, in Miami we deep fry everything!

The New York Transit Museum is another low cost site for the frugal minded.  This will give you a rough idea of just how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) came into existence.  Whether you love it or hate it, the MTA has an interesting history of development.

For a peaceful, serene religious experience (or just because it’s basically free to get in; though you might want to donate a dollar to the monks), the Mahayana Buddhist Temple is a worthwhile stop.  I’m told that the monks can be talked into giving you a free rolled up little fortune.

If cheap drinks, billiards and happy hour free snacks are your idea of great night out, you cannot pass up Zablozki’s.  With their $3.00 well drinks and $2.00 PBR’s and Yuenglings, you can’t go wrong.  The best part – they’re open till 4am. It’s located in Brooklyn; why are all good places in Brooklyn? 

Coney Island is a must see/must do and an all day affair at that.  The prices are reasonable and there is no shortage of activities to keep even the most energetic person busy.  Some of the things to do at Coney Island are seasonal and weather dependent but that’s the risk you run when visiting places on the East Coast.

Another inexpensive place to party the night away in a cheap alcoholic fog is a bar called Slane’s; and it’s not in Brooklyn!  This time you’ll be heading over to West Village for $1 well drinks, (that’s right…$1) and daily specials which include $4 margaritas, $3 Sol beers, $2 well drinks, $3 apple martinis, $1 draft beers and $3 cosmos.  It’s an Irish pub that has no shortage of unruly Irish and non Irish drinkers with great food.

You can tickle your funny bone at New York’s Uptight Citizen’s Brigade Theater.  Admittance is reasonably priced for the opportunity to watch stand up and Improv at the place where Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and Conan O’Brien got their start.  Wouldn’t that be something, if for around $8.00 plus drinks, you were able to see the next big comedian before producers and talent scouts get a hold of them?

If you’re hungrier than you are thirsty and would rather eat than sit and watch a comedian, you can satisfy not only your sweet tooth but your craving for European Jewish cuisine of bagels and fresh fish at Russ and Daughters.  This quaint deli or grocery quick stop on New York’s lower east side is perfect for a light snack or treats.

Bowlmor Lanes has locations on Coney Island, Union Square and Time Square.  Their Time Square location offers an incredible 45 lanes on which to bowl and has seven specifically themed lounges; how fun is that?  If you don’t feel like bowling and want to watch the game instead, the Stadium Grill Sports Bar and Restaurant is the perfect place to do so.  It boasts a capacity of 220 with four levels of stadium seating.  Bowlmor also offers special bowling incentives such as ‘bowl the perfect game’ and ‘strike night’ as well as reasonable regular prices for bowling and beers.

If bowling is too old school for you and punk rock is more your genre, you cannot pass up the opportunity to stop in at The Slipper Room.  With live music, a burlesque show and special Monday Night Quiz Night, you’re sure to get your punk rocked and then some.

MoMA PS1 is on New York’s Long Island; you know you were looking for an excuse to ride the ferry anyway.  It is one of New York’s finest museums of art housed in an old Long Island school house.  Art exhibits by unknown artists, exclusive artists’ exhibits, book fairs and other talents are showcased here.  Admittance to this quintessential modern art exhibit is at a ‘suggested’ low and reasonable price.

I know you’re in New York, but if you’d like a little taste of Italy while you’re there, try the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park for a ride on a gondola.  If you can corral six people together you can all take a romantic, relaxing ride for $30 for the six of you. (For those of you who are math-challenged, that’s only $5.00 per person.)

Some of New York’s Finest (the police) ride horses so why shouldn’t you?  At the Bronx Equestrian Center, you can do just that.  One does not ordinarily go to a place like New York to ride horses; which is why it’s kind of a fun and unique idea.  Your kids can get three rides per day, per same child, for $5.00.  There are also carriage rides and wagon rides for the older kids (that would be you).

So, nothing on this page cost over $10.00 for one person; many in fact were less than $8.00 per person.  There’s never a reason to be bored in New York City or its surrounding areas.  Even on a budget, the frugal minded traveler can make it there.

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