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Five things to do for free in... New York


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The Capital of the World. The Big Apple. Whatever you choose to call it, New York City is every bit as magical as Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys have made it out to be. 

Though a trip to the top of the Empire State Building or a visit to the Guggenheim may set you back a few bucks, here are five things you can do in NYC that won't cost you a nickel. 

1. Central Park

Probably the most obvious thing to do when you're strapped for cash in the Big Apple, Central Park is truly idyllic, and a wonderful day out for anyone looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City's streets.

Attracting over 40 million visitors a year, the Park's appeal stems from both its unique wildlife and flora, making it an ideal picnic or resting spot for weary travellers. 

2. The Staten Island Ferry

For those who crave a decent view of the Statue of Liberty but can't quite afford a trip to Liberty Island itself, the Staten Island Ferry is a free-to-ride passenger shuttle that travels between the New York boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Trips take 25 minutes each way, and are well worth taking. 

3. Times Square

Considered by many to be the heartbeat of the world's most exciting city, Times Square is unrelentingly mesmerising. Billboards, bright lights, and the home of Broadway, the intersection commonly referred to as "The Capital of the Universe" is also a great place for individuals to unwind and watch the world go by.


4. The High Line

Constructed atop a disused Manhattan railroad, the High Line is a park that fully opened in 2014 that attracts over five million visitors annually. The man-made green space is well over a mile long, and is the perfect location for a morning walk or an evening stroll. 

5. Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

Nestled in Midtown Manhattan and just a five minute walk from Times Square, the Museum of Modern Art usually requires adults and students to pay $25 and $14 respectively for admission. When I say usually, I mean for the whole week - but for a four hour period between 4pm and 8pm on Fridays admission is completely free. Make sure to leave through the gift shop too. 

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