Living in New York City is expensive. Visiting is expensive, too. However, there are many things to do or see that are free. Eventually, you can find them. To start, here are five that cost less than a penny.
1. High Line
Winding through Manhattan’s West Side, the High Line may be one of the coolest parks in the world. Unlike most parks the High Line is an elevated linear park that was built on the abandoned railway and transport tracks that used to run through New York City.
The park’s attractions include astonishing views of the Hudson River and many of New York City’s finest architectural developments including the Chelsea Market and the Standard, High Line Hotel, an internationalist styled building and a sight to behold that rises above the Meatpacking District.
2. Central Park
You may have seen it in movies or heard about it from friends, but nothing beats seeing Central Park for yourself. The park, one of the most famous in the world, is an oasis in the bustling streets of Manhattan. You can go with a loved one, a friend, or by yourself to enjoy the serenity of the park that was featured in such movies as When Harry Met Sally and Home Alone. Remember: visit the Central Park Zoo or ride on the Carousel.
3. Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo, the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States is known for its parklands and natural habitats through which the Bronx River flows. From birds to reptiles and even a rhinoceros, the zoo is one of the best possible escapes from the hustle and bustle of the city. So if there’s something you’re looking for your kids to see, or you just want to do a little bird watch.
4. Grand Central Station
If there’s one great thing about New York City it’s the people that make the city come alive. If you’ve always enjoyed people watching, there is no better place to do this than Grand Central Station. For photographers and writers alike this is one of the best places to take shots for your collection of photographs or get inspiration for next great novel.
5. New York Public Library, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue
Everyone likes stories and there’s no place in the world that holds more written stories than the New York Public Library. Whether you’d like to read a book from the library’s over fifty three million items or bring a book of your own and admire the astonishing architecture, this library is a place to let your imagination run free. Entrance to the library is free, too. Beat the crowds. Arrive early for a seat at one of their grand tables.