How To Save Big In the Big Apple

January 7, 2009 | By | Reply More
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Thanks go to Rita (a WGTT tipster) for passing along this wonderful post about how to save money on your next visit to New York City.  Rita knows her stuff – enjoy her report!

“I had always heard how expensive New York City can be, but my friend and I found
ways to have a great time without spending every nickel in our pockets. One of
the best accommodation bargains in the city is the International Hostel located
at 103rd and Amsterdam, two blocks from the subway. We booked a four bed dorm
room. The room was basic, but clean and we shared a bathroom on the hall. One
aspect of the hostel that we especially enjoyed was the opportunity to meet
travelers of all ages from all over the world. A large, well-lit, newly
renovated and well stocked kitchen was fantastic for helping us save money on
some meals by preparing our own. Wireless connection is available in the
computer area. A game room and TV lounge provide nice places to relax after a
day of sight-seeing. Our beds in our room cost each of us $37. An excellent
video on the hostel website gives a tour of the premises.

We discovered the “Metro Diner” at the corner of 100th and Broadway, a
short walk from the hostel. The menu offers a diverse selection of food at
reasonable prices. My favorite was the turkey dinner for $16.95. The portions
were so generous that I took a “doggie bag” back to the hostel to
refrigerate in the kitchen. Sandwiches and meal-sized salads are also
available. You can view the menu at

We found a very budget friendly way to combine sightseeing with learning tips
on taking photos of our trip when we came across a photo walking tour called
Photo Walk-Abouts.  For $20, we got a 2 and half hour tour of Central Park. We
were fascinated to learn (among many other things) that the idea of the park
was inspired by the great national gardens of Europe.  Our guide was
knowledgeable, friendly, and an expert photographer.  We were glad that the
tour was one of the first things we did, so we were able to put to good use the
photography tips on the rest of our trip.

A definite must is a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The round trip walk from
Manhattan took just about an hour, but the views of the skyline were
incomparable. The view of the Statue of Liberty was equally compelling. The
walk can be windy, so be prepared, but it is well worth the effort.”


Category: Money Saving Travel, New York Travel Tips