Prices may be rising in the city, but you can still have a great visit in the Big Apple without breaking the bank. New York is full of inexpensive entertainment—pay-what-you-want museums, theater for under $10, books that cost less than a cup of coffee, and acres of beautiful public parks for you to explore. So whether you’re coming with a tight wallet or have strategically planned your splurges, there’s plenty for you to do.
Day-of-performance discount tickets for many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows may be purchased by credit card or cash at the four permanent TKTS booths in Times Square (Father Duffy Square), in Lower Manhattan (South Street Seaport, corner of Front & John sts.) and in Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium (61 W. 62nd St
Exhibits covering literary, historical, philosophical and fine art themes are on view at the nation’s most famous library, the block-long Beaux Arts Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Hours: M, Th-Sa 10 am-5:45 pm, Tu-W 10 am-7:45 pm Admission: Free
Located on the banks of the East River in Long Island City, Queens, and with the Manhattan skyline as its backdrop, this family-friendly public park is home to an ever-changing selection of large-scale contemporary sculptures and installations. Hours: Daily 10 am-sunset Admission: Free
Though its primary function is serving as a commuter ferry, visitors can take it round-trip to experience stunning views of New York Harbor. Best part: It’s free! Departs weekdays every 20 minutes during rush hours and every half hour nonpeak, weekends every half hour.