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New York on a Shoestring

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A travel journal to New York by travel2000

Exchange Place, NJ Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: People often think of New York as expensive, which is partly true. But let me share some cheap eats and do's with you, stemming from my years of challenging myself to spend the less for more. Here goes....

New York on a Shoestring

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Overview

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From all the houseguests who have come by New York, I've amassed a fortune of ideas to help them experience and enjoy the city I live in without blowing their budget (I mean, that’s why they are sleeping on my aero bed and not at the Four Season’s Hotel!) I've recently come across some excellent deals in accomodations and those will be included and updated. Self-walking tours, fun, good value restaurants, well-scheduled museum visits, smart shopping, these are all ways to make highlights in each trip.Quick Tips: Plan well, and consult good guidebooks and websites. TimeOut New York, and NY Today, an o...Read More

Hospitality Company, Inc.

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Hotel | "A Hospitality Company, Inc."

Hospitality Company, Inc. Photo, New York, New York
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I discovered this company while reading about relocation of employees in the New York Times. After checking out its website, I found out the company not only offers furnished New York apartments for extended stays, but also for short term by the day at rates as low as $99 per night. I was looking for a place for my friends to stay for 3 nights and this seemed like a perfect solution. The website A Hospitality Company gives precise pricing information for daily and weekly rates and multiple photos and virtual tours of the apartments. Some companies make you email them for rates, but Hospitality is upfront and gives low rates to every...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2001

Hospitality Company, Inc.
247 West 35th Street
New York, New York
(212) 965-1102

On The Ave

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Hotel

On The Ave Photo, New York, New York
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Relative to the high hotel rates in New York city, this top-notch hotel is a bargain for both comfort and location. After extensive research for two guests of mine from Italy, I came upon On The Ave by chance. I had been looking at the website for the Habitat Hotel and noticed that there were two other hotels in the same chain. On The Ave is located on the Upper West Side, a nice primarily residential area with Zabar’s, Museum of Natural History, Central Park and the 1 and 9 subway lines a stone’s throw away. For a visitor, this is a great way to experience life as a New Yorker in a very desirable neighborhood. I was able to get my friends a price of $155 per night (plus the usual 13.25% hotel t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2001

On The Ave
2178 BROADWAY
New York, New York 10024
212-362-1100

Nyonya

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Restaurant

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This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. It's cheap, the food is good and it's happening all hours of the day. Stroll in at 11am for an early lunch...there are already people there creating atmosphere. Hop in for a late night dinner...and the place is still bustling...most often than not, you'll see the same people working there since your early snack. The food here is Malaysian. Start off with the roti canai for $1.95. These are hot crepes/thin pancakes, with curry chicken in a small bowl for dipping. Have the leaf-wrapped chicken wings (around $7), you could make a meal out of it. I usually opt for the Hainanese Chicken Rice (for $3.95), a bargain by any standards. You g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2001

Nyonya
194 Grand St
New York, New York 10013
+1(212) 334-3669

Max

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Restaurant

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Though it’s a bit out of the way, you do experience a part of Alphabet city on your walk over. This is in a happening newly revived neighborhood, meaning there are more restaurants and clubs opening up in this once sketchy area. I used to frequent Frank, another small authentic Italian restaurant over on First Avenue, but decided to try Max when I heard it was newly opened by two ex-employees at Frank. Food served is homecooked Neapolitan delights, meaning dishes like lamb ragu over homemade spaghetti, polpettino (meat balls), delicious lasagna, various marinated vegetables, all served in mismatched plates. For dessert, the panna cotta is always good, as well as nonna’...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2001

Max
51 Avenue B
New York, New York 10009
+1 212 539 0111

Jing Fong

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Restaurant

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This is one of my all-time favorites…it is cheap, the food is good, there is something for everyone, and it’s so much fun, especially with a large group. This is a huge restaurant, taking up the whole block (or so it seems). Smack in the middle of Chinatown, the sign outside is easily missed. On weekends, look for the overflow of people outside the entrance; they are all waiting for a table at Jing Fong. Here’s the drill. Give your name and number of people to the reception desk and you will get a number in return. Then be alert for the microphone calling out your number in Chinese and English. You will then be allowed upstairs, where a huge auditorium decorated in red and gold dragons ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Jing Fong
20 Elizabeth Street
New York, New York
(212) 964-5256

Le Gamin

Restaurant

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This is a cute French café, centering on crepes and salads, as well as coffees and desserts. The cozy bohemian atmosphere is conducive to late night dinners or weekend brunches. Their quiches are also excellent; as are any specials they may have listed. Don't leave without taking a sip of the huge cafe au laits, some with liquer added. Delicious. The service is sometimes abrupt and slow, but the food is always consistent. Prices are very reasonable, more around the $10 per person mark.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Le Gamin
183 9th Avenue
New York, New York 10011
(646) 486-3000

Fauchon Cafe

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Restaurant | "Fauchon (Bar)"

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This used to be the venerable Italian Sant Ambroeus, which closed down in early Fall 2002 to give way to the upscale French chain Fauchon. The bar and the gelato is still around but pink is the new color. Despite these new changes, here is the old copy for Sant Ambroeus. Just like the beloved French pastry shop Bonte that gave way to Ann Taylor a few years ago, Sant Ambroeus will always have a special place in New Yorker's hearts. This is the closest to a real-Italian coffee bar as you’ll get in New York. There is even a barista in a tux! Word has it that Isabella Rosellini frequents this place when she is in town. However, stay out of the restaurant at the back and hang out at the st...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Fauchon Cafe
1000 Madison Avenue
New York, New York
(212) 570-2211

Menchanko-Tei

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Restaurant

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Transport yourself to Tokyo for an hour or so at this Japanese noodle shop. This is an excellent place for Japanese noodles, perfect for a cold winter’s day, or a day when you want to cleanse your palette from all the eating out in NY. My usual meal here is as follows: a salmon rice ball, a bowl of Oden (daikon, fish cake, and tofu-wrapped mochi) and then Menchanko Noodles. This comes on a wooden tray, with the soup noodles in an iron-clad bowl. The light broth is delicious, and on top of your noodles are fish balls, scallions, mochi, chicken, bean sprouts and cabbage and tofu as well as fried tofu skins. You can sample the broth with a big Japanese wooden spoon. For d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Menchanko-Tei
43 West 55th Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 247-1585

Exchange Place, NJ

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Attraction | "Gorgeous view for $2"

Exchange Place, NJ Photo, New York, New York
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UPDATE: Since Sept 11th, 2001, the PATH train is no longer in service to Exchange Place. You would now need to take a NY Waterway ferry from Battery Park City to Colgate-Palmolive (which is Exchange Place, Jersey City). From there, walk towards the tall office buildings and you will find the pier in front of the financial district. The website for the ferry routes and times is: http://www.panynj.gov/ferry/ferframe.HTM The old text: Here’s something that few people know…you can get the best view of lower Manhattan from Jersey City. I personally think it beats the view from Brooklyn Height’s Promenade. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2001

Exchange Place, NJ
Exchange Place
New York, New York

Pearl River Mart

Attraction

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This store is located on the second and third floors. If you would like some asian-oriented and well-priced souvenirs, this is the place to come. It’s right in Chinatown, and carries anything from straw slippers for under $7 to bamboo steamers for under $10 to a set of Chinese porcelain dishware for a couple of dollars. On my last visit with my houseguests from Italy, we went crazy over bamboo painted umbrellas for $1.50 each. Now that’s a bargain. Another big hit were paper lanterns in pastel colors and various sizes. Jasmine scented candles in shapes of flowers were another pick-up item, as well as delicate wooden Japanese chopsticks in elegant patterns and colors. In all, a fun plac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2001

Pearl River Mart
477 Broadway
New York, New York 10013
+1 212 431 4770

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From 8:45am onwards, you can line up to pick up free tickets to go inside the Visitors Gallery of the New York Stock Exchange. The admission counter is right outside 20 Broad Street. These tickets give you a time slot to enter, from 9:15am to 10am…etc. The earlier you get to there, the earlier the time slot you can pick. Once inside the gallery (which is on the third floor), you can watch the workings of capitalism at its best, behind a pane of glass. It’s like watching CNN Financial News, except you’re right there looking down on the trading floor. The sight is simply amazing. Try to get there for the opening bell at 9:30am. In addition, there is a video to explain how ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

New York Stock Exchange
20 Broad St
New York, New York 10005
+1 212 656 5168

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Make the most of your NY museum experience by knowing how much to pay and when to go. These museums have "suggested admissions", which means you can pay as much as you wish. Walk up to the counter and offer what you can, whether it's ten cents or ten dollars. The Metropolitan Museum The Cloisters PS 1 Contemporary Art Center- this is now a part of MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) and is located in Long Island City in Queens, NY. Please check out my journal ...Read More
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There are many different ways to see New York from the water. The first is free and an absolute must-The Staten Island Ferry. This is a commuter ferryboat that will take you from the financial district to Staten Island. But the main attraction is the views of Lower Manhattan and the spectacular Statue of Liberty. You will pass right in front of her, literally under her nose. It is one of the best bargains in NY. The pier for the ferry is at Battery Park. Take the subway lines 1 or 9 to South Ferry. And again, yes, it’s FREE! Another option is by taking the Circle Line. I’ve been watching these tour boats ride through the East River for years from my apartment, and have al...Read More

A Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

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Story/Tip

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In my view, this is the most beautiful and romantic bridge in the city. When it was completed in 1883, it was the world’s largest suspension bridge. There is a promenade walkway smack in the middle of the bridge, affording the casual stroller a breathtaking view of the skyline of Manhattan and the old factories and signage of Brooklyn. You can also see and feel the cars as the wooden plank vibrate with the forces of the traffic beneath you. You could take the subway line A or C to Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side and walk back towards Manhattan, or take the subway lines 4, 5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge and walk over the Brooklyn. Either way, it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours and get o...Read More

Venerable Zabars

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Here is the ultimate New York experience for you. Zabars is a food heaven for anyone even remotely interested in having their palettes satisfied. Once you go through the glass doors, you will be met by pushing, shoving and in-a-hurry New Yorkers maneuvering their way through this very special supermarket. There are olives and cheese by the entrance. All kinds of cheeses from all over the world, all at very reasonable prices. I know many Europeans who come here for their weekly supply to fend off any homesickness. Further in, there are rotisserie chickens, pates, smoked salmon, hams, knishes, matzo ball soups, desserts of all kinds, breads, coffee and teas, French crepes, Dutch chocolat...Read More
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I often take public buses instead of the subway when I am not in a rush to get from point A to B. Yes, it takes much longer, and there are endless stops and traffic, but you do get to see the city above ground. There is something rather mechanical about taking the subway day in day out. You miss out on the beauty and the action of the city. For those in New York for a visit, save your money on a tour bus and hop on the M4 bus. I find this bus line gives a good cross-section tour of the city. The bus route covers Madison Square Garden, Madison Avenue (going uptown) and Fifth Avenue (going downtown), Upper Westside from 112th Street up Broadway, Columbia University, Riverside Church, Cath...Read More