New York is by no means a cheap place. As a matter of fact, it is usually listed together with London and Paris as one of the top-three most expensive cities this side of the Delta Quadrant. So, knowing that, I used the remaining balance of a Barnes & Noble gift card (a X-mas present from a few years ago) to arm myself with the most befitting guidebook to NY that I could find: NYC–Free & Dirt Cheap. I can see you chuckle...
Anyhow, this guidebook was definitely worth the investment as it told me about stuff that otherwise I wouldn't have partaken in. How else would I have found out about the walking tours that are being offered by the various neighborhoods' Business Improvement Districts? If you were to travel to NY in the summer, you'd have a much larger selection of tours than in October, when things wind down; weekends are better than weekdays. Nevertheless, the tours that I joined (small groups led by locals who live there!) were informative and educational—and free. (BTW, there is a commercial outfit called Big Onion Walking Tours that offers similar tours on a variety of topics year-round, with a cost of between $15 to $20.)
|As seen in Greenwich Village|
Then there is a whole section dedicated to museums, not only the free ones but also the "established" ones that offer free entry on particular days, during particular hours. At $20 entry fees to the well-known museums that can add up. Liz and I had thought about hitting MOMA, but once I told her about the free galleries in Chelsea, we decided to give that a whirl. Wow, how cool! You can go from one gallery to the next, wonder what the hell the artist may have been on when they took the undercarriage of a Chrysler Imperial and embedded it in part of another 25 tons of molten iron, and ask yourself, what do all these good-looking young women who work in the galleries' offices do all day? It's a veritable smorgasbord of art, in small bites, and all free.
|Liz contemplates the meaning of life (the life of a Chrysler Imperial, that is)|
|Definitely some bizarre stuff|
|Leaving Manhattan ...|
|... on the way to Staten Island ...|
|... and returning|
|A file photo from the official Warhorse website|