|The view of New York from my friend's rooftop. I know.|
Free samples. Most students are pretty good at finding these, and they are EVERYWHERE in NYC. Sometimes, I barely needed to buy a meal because I'd filled up on so many testers. A lot of the time they are just on the street outside food shops, sometimes you have to go inside (it's a good idea to suss out the deli counters in non-chain stores) and markets often offer lots to try. However, Chelsea Food Market had very few. This is possibly largely to do with the fact that it's not really a market like we have here in the UK, but more of an indoor mall for food shops. Classy foodshops. In a trendy mall.
|Inside Chelsea Food Market|
|2 Bro's Pizza. I had to dig in before taking the pic. Sorry.|
|pic from Mamouns.com|
|woohoo Starbucks knows my name!|
|The most beautiful shop on 5th Avenue. Henri Bendel.|
Staten Island Ferry
|The Manhattan skyline from the ferry|
|The Statue of Liberty from the ferry|
|The pond in Central Park|
The friend with whom I was staying discovered this great company called Yoga To The People, which offers loads of yoga classes multiple times a day at various different locations across the city, and as they're aiming to make yoga accessible to everyone, you pay on a "donate what you can" basis. You can even rent your own mat from them for a couple of dollars too.
Galleries, Museums and Exhibitions
A lot of the big museums offer free entry for a few hours on certain days of the week, so if that's your thing, it's definitely worth checking it out before paying for a ticket. I went to the free exhibition at The Fashion Institute of Technology, which had this fab Barbie exhibition amongst others:
Of course, some things in NYC you just have to splash out for, like clothes, manicures (I got mine for $8 though!) and massive brunches. But as you can see, there are ways to keep costs down and still make the most of the city. Does anyone else have any top tips for doing New York on a budget? Or holidays in general? Studenty holidays can be just as fun as millionaire ones, as far as I'm concerned. Just with a little less Champagne.