Fancy a cheap trip to New York this November?
SecretFlying.com is highlighting flights from Shannon to New York (via Newark Airport) starting from a cool €279 roundtrip. Flying with United Airlines, flight dates are available throughout the month of November.
Once you’ve stepped foot on US soil, there are plenty of economic choices that won’t result in a boring trip and without breaking the bank.
Accommodation: Hotels and B&Bs in New York can be quite expensive, though there are bargains to be had here and there. Use comparison sites like Booking.com or Hipmunk to narrow the search, and do some research on TripAdvisor. Time Out offers a handy guide to cheap hotels with good locations across the city.
If you’re not afraid of something different, consider couch surfing or head over to Airbnb to see what’s on offer. For example, for a trip between November 6-15th you can get a room with a host in Upper Manhattan for €609 (two guests), a short subway trip from Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building and plenty of other attractions.
Transport: Depending on where you’re staying, walking might be the most cost-effective option (weather-providing), as the price of subway trips can rack up – New York is the most walkable city in the US.
You can get a three-day pass for Citi Bike for $24 (€20) which includes the first 30 minutes of every trip for free – if you cycle between kiosks you won’t have to pay extra. Otherwise it’s $4 (€3.33) for each additional 15-minute period.
If you do plan on taking quite a few subway or bus trips (more than 12 or so) you can buy a seven-day unlimited MetroCard for $32 (€26.70).
Eating: You won’t be short of food choices here – Manhattan alone is home to thousands of restaurants, takeaways, cafés and other eateries. If you know where to look, it’s easy to find great-tasting food at cheap prices.
Swing by Baohaus on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side for a highly recommended Uncle Jesse Bao – organic fried tofu with crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar and cilantro for $3.55 (€3). Mamoun’s on Macdougal Street does a pretty mean falafel sandwich for $3, or drop into John’s of Bleecker Street for some great pizza at a reasonable price, starting from $17 (€14) for a six-slice 14-inch pie. If you’re stuck for ideas, check out Eater New York for their recommendations.
Sightseeing: There’s plenty to do and see in NYC – you can spend a week here and barely scratch the surface.
Many of the city’s attractions offer free entry, including City Hall, the National Museum of the American Indian, New York Public Library (home to a copy of the Declaration of Independence and a Gutenberg Bible) and the Staten Island Ferry that runs between Manhattan and Staten Island with great views of the Statue of Liberty. The American Museum of Natural History (an absolute must-see) operates on a ‘pay-what-you-wish’ basis, so technically you could offer very little, but the sheer scope of breathtaking exhibits within is well worth a decent entry fee.
Or see the city with a real New Yorker by your side via Big Apple Greeter, a not-for-profit organisation that pairs visitors with volunteer tour guides for sightseeing trips of between two and four hours. The service is free (with a policy of no tipping), with several requirements including booking 3-4 weeks in advance or staying within NYC’s five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island).
Enjoy your trip!