The best things in NYC are free

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Magenta for New York

Magenta describes this post best, as it represents the fusion of excitement, chaos and general busy-ness which encompasses New York streets.

I recently arrived home from a wonderful two week trip to New York, and found that despite the sky rocketing prices of the attractions in the city, the best things the metropolis has to offer, are free.

  1. GET a Big Apple Greeter

Apple Greeter’s are locals in New York who volunteer to take you around the city for a day, where ever you would like to go. Anyone can go to New York as a tourist, but there is something special about immersing yourself in local culture and seeing the city through the lense of someone who lives there.

2. Central Park

Central Park is each New Yorkers backgarden – an escape from their squishy high-rise apartments. The park is so large that two people can walk down diverging paths and completely lose each other. I recommend hiring bikes from the city bike company for the day (around $20) and then cycling around the park if you want to cover it. Part of the fun is seeing the hundreds of dogs being walked, as each New Yorker needs to stretch the legs of the large pup they are keeping in their 1m x 1m studio.

3. Times Square

Obviously a must do in NYC. Not only is this place in just about every movie ever, I don’t really think it is done justice cinematically. The mammoth shining billboards encircling thousands of people really are a sight to behold, and encapsulate the fast-paced, constantly changing, modernity of the city.

4. Highline

The highline was a nice surprise, as I went with very low expectations. Its basically a walk, along a path with sculptures dotted along the way. The day I did it, it was -11 celcius (12.2F) and the walk itself actually warmed me up as we tried to stay in patches of sunlight.

5. Brookyln Bridge

Brookyln Bridge was bustling with tourists the day I went, and I initially thought it would just be an opportunity to say ‘Yep, I’ve walked across the Brookyln Bridge.’ But, to my surprise, the walk offered multiple stunning photo opportunities of New York itself – meaning that you could save on going to the Rockefeller Centre or the Empire State Building ($$$) in order to get a shot of the city. However, the pics will have some of the metal beams and cables that make the bridge up, but for me that made the photos even more unique. These are some photos I took:

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