Updated: Dec 17, 2019
New York is known as an expensive place to visit, and it can be. You’ll find every level of accommodation here, starting with not cheap. People come here expecting that it’ll be hard to squeeze by on a tight budget, and they’re probably right, but there are also many worthy places to visit and things to do that cost ZERO. Some of these activities may sound familiar, but I include them because they are well worth doing, whether you’re familiar with it or not.
Everything mentioned here is a free, uniquely New York experience.
Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. Or just halfway, but do it. It is one of the greatest structures in America. You see all of Manhattan, waterfront Brooklyn, the harbor, the Statue of Liberty, the ships, and the the spider web of cables which holds it all up.
Walk along Brooklyn Bridge Park , a 1.5 mile ribbon of landscaped, post industrial riverfront with ferry landings, playing fields, lawns, bike paths, art installations, and quietly out of the way designed refuges. It is a master lesson in urban design.
In lower Manhattan go to Federal Hall, where Washington became our first president and where Congress first met. The building is not the original, but the displays and artifacts inside are, and they tell an impressive story.