Are you ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple? NYC is typically not budget friendly and you are already paying top prices for lodgings as well as dining out. Why not save in some areas and experience some of this metropolis for free. Yes, free. There are quite a few things to do in the city and the boroughs that will take a load off of your wallet and will also contribute to the experience of visiting one of the most exciting cities in the world. Come with Divine Destinations as we explore some of New York City’s less expensive destinations.
Prospect Park is located in Brooklyn and is one of the borough’s gems. It was created shortly after Central Park by the same landscapers. It features its own zoo, boating lake and carousel. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. One of the best aspects of Prospect Park is the free concerts. They take place every Saturday night throughout the summer. It’s a perfect venue, whether you want to lie back on a blanket and picnic in the grass, or make your way closer to the stage.
One of the best architectural experiences that won’t cost a thing in this exorbitantly priced city is the Brooklyn Bridge. It crosses NYC’s East River, and links Manhattan to Brooklyn. Its construction was completed in 1883 and it is one of the oldest steel and wire suspension bridges in the US. You don’t have to brave the notorious New York traffic to traverse it though. You can stroll across on the pedestrian walkway. Be aware of the bike lane though, if you wander into it be prepared for a typical NYC set down by one of the cyclists. The Brooklyn end of the bridge has recently been redeveloped and has parks, piers and a carousel. The Manhattan end is close to City Hall and the New York City Supreme Court.
Of course traveling around this city makes you parched, and what better way to quench your thirst than with a craft beer. NYC breweries won’t disappoint. The Chelsea Brewing Company is Manhattan’s largest microbrewery. It offers free tours that come with a complimentary sample beer. Trek into Brooklyn for an even larger brew house that has garnered international acclaim, the Brooklyn Brewery. On the weekend the brewery offers free, no reservation tours. You will have to buy your own pint after the tour though.
All of these places are a great way to experience what this city has to offer from green space and live music, to architectural history, to a tasty refreshing libation. And they won’t cost you a penny. When you take a bite out of the Big Apple, don’t let it bite you back.