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How Can I Save a Buck in NYC??

As per our newsletter here are some tips to save money this summer in NYC!

1. Take the Staten Island Ferry across to Staten Island. On your trip you’ll get the best view of the Manhattan skyline and get up close to the Statue of Liberty. You can access the ferry by taking a subway (1 or 9 train to South Ferry). From there you will see the ferry terminal and every few minutes a ferry departs.

2. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. The entrance on the Manhattan side of the bridge is near City Hall. The nearest subways are: 4,5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Station or the N, R subway to City Hall. The bridge is also great for views of the skyline, and once you get to the other side, follow signs to Brooklyn Heights (south of the bridge) and find yourself a seat on a bench along the promenade. The promenade is a scenic stretch with great views of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. Check out this great article online posted by New York Magazine– they even give you a few tips on where to grab a bite!

3. Catch a glimpse of a Broadway show or watch a blockbuster hit for FREE! Bryant Park offers wonderful activities for free all summer long. Piano in the park, free work outs, HBO film festival and my favorite: Broadway in Bryant Park. Broadway in Bryant Park takes place in July and August during lunch hour. As you sit on the lawn you can hear the cast members from several hit shows sing a few hits! Check out their website for more details.

4. Tap your toes under the stars. Each summer during the month of July Licoln Center presents Midsummer Night Swing; this is an opportunity to hear bands play and dance the night away! You can purchase tickets ($17 per person) to get into the stage portion and get a dance lesson prior to the show… but you can also hang out in Damrosch Park where the events take place and listen and dance along for FREE! They have refreshment stands in the park, as well, which can be very nice on a hot evening. Learn more about their venues!

5. Satisfy your taste buds in a summer atmosphere and still be kind to your wallet at these eateries:
-79th Street Boat Basin (79th Street along the Hudson River) – order a great burger, sita long the Hudson and watch a great sunset.

-Shake Shack in Madison Square Park – it’s worth waiting in line to try a “Shack Burger” and a shake!

-BBar and Grill (East Village, 40 East 4th Street) – ask to sit in the 3,000 sq foot garden! BBar serves great cocktails and has a vast menu offering several ethnic cuisines and a great variety of fresh seafood. The best part is that an average entree is under $20!

-Da Nico’s Ristorante (Mulberry Street between Grand and Broome) – when visiting Little Italy and overwhelmed by all the choices; this one stands out from the crowd. Not only is their food great, but they have an outdoor garden in a quiet setting. Great service, friendly staff, and wonderful food.