New York is one of the most important cities in the world and every year receives millions of visitors for business or pleasure, get lost in the streets of the Big Apple and are willing to spend their soles and dollars in the metropolis.
If you are planning a visit to New York, you should know that it is not a precisely cheap destination and several of the top attractions of the city have cost. However, it is also true that you can save with these recommendations:
Stroll through Central Park
It seems too obvious, but it is also a pleasure to enjoy the 341 hectares of the incredible lung of New York. Walking through Central Park is always a good idea because it is beautiful during all seasons of the year and in all, you will find something to do, from a picnic in spring and summer, to having incredible photos in autumn and winter.
In the park, you can find places full of people like the Fountain of Bethesda, the Belvedere Palace, the Strawberry Fields, a memorial tribute to John Lennon, who has murdered a few meters away, at the door of the Dakota building, where he lived.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most outstanding art museums in the world and has more than two million works of art from all over the world in its collection, including masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Rembrandt, Velázquez, Picasso, Pollock, Braque and many more.
Although in reality, it is not free to enter, the MET has something called Pay what you wish which means that you pay what “your will” is and that you consider worth the visit. The suggested price is $ 25 for adults, but you may not pay it.
Other museums that have this modality are the American Museum of Natural History, the MoMA, the Museum of the City of New York and The Cloisters.
NOTE: The suggested rate will be in effect until March 1, 2018, since as of this date, visitors who are not residents of the state of New York will have to pay the mandatory rate. Students from the state of Connecticut and New Jersey are also exempt from paying the fee.
Just a few steps from the World Trade Center is one of the most numerous western neighborhoods in the West, estimated to have a population of around 150,000 residents. Although until a few years ago it was considered one of the most dangerous in the city, at present, it is one of the most visited places by people traveling to New York.
The inhabitants of this Chinatown have known how to preserve their traditions and it is common to observe them practicing Tai Chi or selling their millenary herbs. The visitor will have the feeling of having been transported to China, without leaving the United States.
Marvel at the Central Station
The Grand Central Terminal in New York was inaugurated in 1871 at the height of the United States’ long-distance trains. It is the largest train station in the world in the number of platforms, with 67 tracks throughout the station.
The Grand Central Station of New York is very close to Fifth Avenue and is a nerve center of the life of the city of the Big Apple, it has also been the scene of numerous films from different eras like The Cotton Club, The Prince of Tides, the Fisher King or Men in Black.
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge
It is one of the most recognized symbols of New York and links the districts of Manhattan and Brooklyn in the city. It was built between 1870 and 1883 and, at the time of its inauguration, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world, 1825 meters long.
You can cross it by walking on its wide pedestrian platform and have unbeatable views of southern Manhattan; do not forget to take pictures!
Visit the National Public Library
Located between 40th and 42nd streets with Fifth Avenue, this library is the second largest in the United States and keeps more than 3 million copies in its catalog and one of the most efficient search systems in the country.
The library was inaugurated at the beginning of the 20th century thanks to the donation of the private collections of magnates John Jacob Astor and James Lenox. It occupies a magnificent neoclassical building whose entrance preside over two marble lions.
Take a picture with the Wall Street Bull
Located in Bowling Green Park near Wall Street, considered the historic heart of the financial district of New York, the Wall Street Bull is a bronze sculpture weighing 3,200 kg created by Arturo Di Modica.
The sculpture is a bull that represents the American people facing the financial powers and it is very common to see a line to touch it and take a picture with it.
Take a picture of Times Square
One of the most common postcards in New York is the famous photo in front of the giant screens and advertisements in Times Square, which is an intersection of Manhattan and is located at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Seventh Avenue.
It gets its name because there are the offices of The New York Times and it is a symbol of the city that cannot be missed.
EXTRA: The Roosevelt Island Tram cable car is one of the best-kept secrets in the city and the trip is included in the 7-day Metro card. From here you will have breath-taking views of Manhattan, it’s worth it!