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Guide to New York on a Budget

Thursday 1st December 2011

The Skint Student Guide to New York City

New York, New York, so good they named it twice, as the saying goes. Although this time the saying is true. New York is filled with nooks and crannies to explore as well as all the popular tourist attractions of course. Make your way on foot and remember to look up and there’s no doubt you’ll wish you could return.

Stay in one of the cheap central New York hotels and be right at the heart of the action.

Cheap eats
Hotdogs from street vendors are the way to go in New York City. There are more than 3,000 hotdog carts in the city and the rolls cost around €1.50. Otherwise you need to hit the famous New York pizza, and John’s Pizzeria near Times Square is a top choice for a great view while you chow down on your pepperoni.

Top attractions
Head to the Green Flea Market and you’ll definitely be able to get your paws on some bargains. The vendors expect you to bargain with them so make sure you pay the price you want, not what they first request. Wander aimlessly around the tree-lined cobbled West Village and pick up a cupcake at the famous Magnolia Bakery.

Clubs and bars
If you’re feeling the pinch on your wallet after walking through Macy’s and Bloomingdales save on your boozy expenditure at the Blue & Gold Tavern on 76th East and 7th Street. They have $5 shot-and-beer specials (the Dirty Hipster = Jägermeister and Pabst Blue Ribbon) until 1 am and the mixed drinks are around $3 all night long. Blarney Cove on 510 East and 14th St is another great choice for dirt cheap Bud and shots.

Cool events
There’s always something going down in Central Park, or if you time it right Times Square often plays host to stages showing singing and dancing from all the West End Shows.