New York is one of the most expensive cities to live or visit in the United States – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of fun things to do on the cheap. Yoga in Prospect Park, open-air movies in Bryant Park, strolling along the High Line and even a trip to Rockaway Beach, anyone? In between visiting the landmarks, that is.
The beer that comes out of Brooklyn Brewery, in Williamsburg, is a hit across the globe – but a can of the cold stuff somehow tastes even better when you sip it in the building where the brand took off back in 1990. Affordable tokens can be swapped for drinks in the taproom – and free tours run every half hour from 1pm to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays (but beware, the lines to get in can be long).
It doesn’t cost a penny to tick off seeing famous locations from movies and TV shows filmed in New York City. Check out Free Tours By Foot for a self-guided route, which begins at the Plaza Hotel. You’ll recognize this 21-story, French Renaissance-style building from multiple films such as The Great Gatsby (2013) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) – in which Donald Trump, who owned the hotel at the time, made a cameo appearance.
Michael LoRé contributed additional reporting to this article.