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How to do New York on a Budget

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Bursting with an unrivalled sense of style, New York City is one of the coolest places around. Indeed, filled with some of the most iconic landmarks on the planet - the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, for example - and birthplace to such cultural movements as hip hop, disco and Broadway, it's hard to find a place oozing with more energy and character than the Big Apple.

A global leader in such industries as finance, fashion and entertainment, it also boasts the second highest number of skyscrapers in the world that reach over 200 metres. Divided into five distinct areas, including the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, New York is a medley of eclectic neighbourhoods and diverse attractions. The result is impressive and it's easy to see why so many people travel there.

Due to its status on the world stage, as well as its popularity with residents and tourists alike, New York can be an expensive place to visit. However, spend just a little time researching the city before you go and it's amazing to discover what can be done on a budget.

For the culture vulture, keen to experience the very best of New York's art and historical offerings, there are plenty of places to choose from that won't empty the wallet. The Carnegie Hall, for example, is one of America's most renowned classical and popular music venues, and has some great deals available. In fact, by getting to the box office by midday, it's possible to purchase a partial view ticket for $10. The Museum of Modern Art is also a highlight and is free to enter each Friday between 4 and 8 pm.

New York is also home to a breathtaking 14 miles of public beaches and over 28,000 acres of parkland. Therefore, if you're looking to soak up the city's sights without dipping into your pockets, it's definitely worth heading to one of the many green spaces scattered around. Both the Brooklyn and New York Botanical Gardens, for instance, are free to enter on certain days and offer up some spectacular sights.

For those who are desperate to shop till they drop, but simply can't afford it, don't despair! New York is home to some of the best shopping areas around and there are plenty of bargains to be had. The New York Garment District offers up a great selection of sample sales and discount stores, whilst Market NYC on Mulberry Street is brilliant for discovering some vintage gems.

There is also a huge range of low-priced eateries to explore within the city, such as the many street carts scattered around, as well as a variety of inexpensive bars. Not only that, but there are also a great number of cheap hotels in New York to discover, meaning you can sit back and relax after a hard day of sightseeing, safe in the knowledge that you haven't blown the budget.

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