FREE to See:
St. Patrick's Cathedral - on 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets
In the fall, check out the leaf foliage in one of the city's renowned parks:
- Van Cortlandt
- or Alley Pond!
New York City is amazing at Christmas time. FREE Things to see include:
- The Tree at Rockefeller Center
- Channel Gardens - between the Empire State Building and Maison Française
- Saks Fifth Avenue - whole first floor is transformed into a Winter Wonderland
- Window Shopping - at Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Fendi, Escada, Henri Bendel, The Disney Store, Godiva, Gucci, Fortunoff and more all within 10 blocks of Rockefeller Center.
- The Paley Center
- Forbes Galleries
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Sony Wonder Technology Lab
- Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
- Socrates Sculpture Park
- Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
- The Federal Reserve Bank
- The Harbor Defense Museum
- The Bronx Museum of the Arts
District Sculptures, please let me know if you are aware of others:
- Diamond District - Two Torches at 47th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
- Financial District - Wall Street Bull - Bowling Green Park
- Garment District - Needle threading a Button - Information booth
If you are flying in to the Newark Liberty International Airport, use the AirTrain Newark Monorail system. The system connects the airport with Manhatten (Penn Station) via the New Jersey Transit lines Northeast Corridor (red) and New Jersey Coast Line (blue). Visit the Penn Station NJT or New Jersey Transit. Fee at the time of writing this is only $5.50.
Here is a map of the Manhattan Districts, that might come in handy.
Check out TimeOut.com's list of Cheap eats NYC. They've broken it down by neighborhood, categories and even a list of free food deals at NYC bars!
Free Festivals and Parades:
- Three Kings Parade - January
- Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival - February
- Groundhog Day -Staten Island Zoo - February 2nd - free ceremony admission
- New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade - St. Patrick's Day each year since 1762
- Tartan Week - Celebrating Scotland in NYC - April
- Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival
- Earth Day at Union Square
- Brooklyn Zine Fest
- Bike Expo New York - May - Midtown Manhattan
- Dance Parade - May - ends at Dancefest in Tompkins Square Park
- Ninth Avenue International Food Festival - May
- 4Knots Music Festival - July
- India Day Parade - August
- Washington Square Music Festival - September
- Unicycle Festival - September
- Halloween Parade
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
More FREE to Do and See:
- Winter Village at Bryant Park - free ice skating
- Fusion Film Festival - Free admission - New York University's Tisch School of Arts - February
- Macy's Flower Show - Visit The Secret Garden the end of March and beginning of April each year
- Metropolitan Opera in the Park
- Shakespeare in the Park - the Delacorte Theater in Central Park - June
- Feast of O-Bon - July - Riverside Park
- Movies in Central Park - August
- Concourse at Rockefeller Center - great underground area to visit, especially if it's cold outside.
- Olympic Tower - waterfall, free Hellenic Art museum, Parthenon Marble Casts Collection
- Abandoned City Hall Subway Station
- FREE New York City Tours
Where to Eat:
Katz's Delicatesssen - Established in 1888, located at 205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St.), New York, NY 10002
Grimaldi's Pizza - 1 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY (under the Brooklyn Bridge)
Burger Joint New York, 119 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
Check out Thrillist.com for information on where to eat for free in NYC!
Visit New York City's Official Web Site and NYCGo.com for more things to see and do during your vacation to New York City!