New York Journals

easy on the pocketbook

A travel journal to New York by kkmurphy

Quote: These are some off the beaten track destinations within New York that both city dwellers and the tourist alike would enjoy. While most of these destinations will cost you a little cash (what in this town doesn't), most destinations are well worth the few spare bucks in your back pocket.

easy on the pocketbook

Overview

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It's hard not to fall in love with New York, but being bombarded with it all the time, most New Yorkers never truly appreciate it (that is until they leave town for a bit). When someone asks you what's so great about New York, my first answer, without a doubt, is the food (followed by the Met, followed by the shopping). But New York has so much more to offer than that.

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Central Park Conservatory Garden

Attraction | "the formal gardens"

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Situated on the north-eastern side of Central Park is one of the most beautiful settings in all of New York. Whether you just want to read a book or simply to take a long, relaxing break with a friend or loved one, it's worth seeking out. At the entryway to the park is a spectacular iron gate, which indicates you are on the right path. Unlike most places inside the park, you can only reach this one from the street, as it is cut off by a road to the south and a fence to the north. After crossing the threshold, you are immediately transported to a place like none other. One would think they stumbled upon an English tea garden, with neatly trimmed hedges and luscious floral and fauna. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Central Park Conservatory Garden
East Side from 104th-106th Streets (5th Ave.)
New York, New York

Baci Ball

Attraction | "the nosebleed seats at the Baci Ball conventions"

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All summer long, the old Italian neighborhoods lay claim to their old stomping grounds. On the lower east side of Washington Square Park, there are two or three Baci Ball courts, which never see the light of day in the summer. They are constantly filled with old, balding Italian men, who would fight you on any topic, given the chance to. I love watching these games. I still don't understand the premise behind Baci, but it is more about an atmosphere than the sport itself. I usually grab lunch from a Vendor or a falafel bar, and watch for awhile. A great way to pass the time away. You can ask them questions if you like, but don't harass them too much, as they'll probably fight you on it.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Baci Ball
South Side Of Washinton Square Park
New York, New York

Sotheby's

Attraction | "Sotheby's: the salons of old"

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So museums aren't free. Even when a donation is suggested, it's usually a (not-so-gentle) twist of the arm. Trust me, I know. Being one of little cash or means of acquiring it, this gives me endless grief and frustration. But one place that is always free and as exciting as any museum is Sotheby's. Sotheby's, located on 72nd and York Ave., is now the biggest auction house in New York City, and newly refurbished! The building itself is worth a glance; built entirely out of glass, in new-wave Bauhaus construction. Once inside, there are two flat screen computers, giving info as to what is being exhibited on each floor that day, as well as when the auctions are being held. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Sotheby's
1334 York Ave
New York, New York 10021
+1 212 606 7000

TramPlaza (Aerial Tramway)

Attraction | "And you thought cable cars were for the swiss alps"

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Have you ever looked at NY's plethora of grandiose bridges, and thought to yourself, "wow, the view must be amazing from up there!" Well, let me tell you, it is! In a cable car, gliding by the Queensbourgh Bridge, is one of the best ways to start off a terrific day. And you thought cable cars were just in the Swiss Alps! The cable car spans over 3,000 ft. from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island, crossing the east river on the way. The cable car was built in 1976, as a way for bus weary commuters to get back and forth. The price is cheap, costing no more than a round-trip subway fare. Once on the other side, take a quick walk around. (For the adventurous: walk down to the tip of the island, there's a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

TramPlaza (Aerial Tramway)
59th Street and Second Avenue
New York, New York