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New York City Scavenger Hunt: On a budget

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A travel journal to New York by Lilly

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Quote: I have lived in NYC for almost 8 years and often I play host to out of town guests. Here’s a scavenger hunt designed around some NY sites. Recognizing that many of my guests are typically on a budget, many of these places offer free admission.

New York City Scavenger Hunt: On a budget

Overview

Quote:
Currently the Cow Parade is the coolest thing to do in New York without having to pay an admission fee.

Quick Tips:

Thanks to Mayor Rudy Guiliani, New York City is safer than ever. It still, however, is a big city, so make sure to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Best Way To Get Around:

Walking around is the best way to see all of New York but the distances between the Upper West Side and Wall Street can be too hard to walk. I recommend buying a MetroCard and using either the subway or the bus.

Luna Park

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Restaurant

Luna Park Photo, New York, New York
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When the weather gets warm Luna Park, the outside restaurant in the center of Union Square, opens and immediately becomes a hot spot in New York City. It is standing room only when the after work crows hits – especially on Thursday nights. There is usually a line to get in but it moves quickly and happy hour goers must always remember to bring photo ID because the burly bouncer at the entrance pretty much checks everyone. The Luna Park is open for Lunch and Dinner but the food is pretty mediocre (think about it – this open aired restaurant doesn’t really have a major kitchen). Salads, sandwiches and a pizza can cost between $10 - $12. Bland pasta dishes are also about the same. Most people sti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Luna Park
50 East 17th Street
New York, New York 10003
(212) 475-8464

Tom's Restaurant

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Restaurant

Tom's Restaurant Photo, New York, New York
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Every New York tourist comes to New York dreaming for a Seinfeld moment. If you are a Seinfeld fan, you will surely recognize the side façade of Tom’s Diner as it is featured on the show. Tom’s is a popular hangout for the college and graduate students in the area. The interior of the restaurant does not resemble the Hollywood set. This greasy spoon serves standard diner food and the cheese fries are excellent.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Tom's Restaurant
2880 Broadway
New York, New York 10025
+1 212 864 6137

Columbia Hot Bagels

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Restaurant

Columbia Hot Bagels Photo, New York, New York
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Let the Bagel wars begin. Every New Yorker has their opinion as to where the best New York bagels are sold. H&H Bagels, which are sold throughout the city, are a favorite with the masses but that is because the majority of the city hasn’t ventured up to Columbia Hot Bagels located on the east side of Broadway between W110th and W111th. The flavored cream cheeses are fresh and in my opinion the sun dried tomato is top notch. Delicious muffins are available as well. This shop is open 24 hours a day. Columbia Hot is bright and clean but you have to take your bagels to go because there is no where to sit.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Columbia Hot Bagels
2836 Broadway
New York, New York
(212) 222-3200

Koronet Pizzeria

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Restaurant | "Koronet"

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A big hit with the college crowd, Koronet Pizza is open 7 days a week. This pizza parlor is known for its huge Jumbo slices, which cost $2.25. I tell those on my scavenger hunt to look for the largest slices of pizza in the city, which can be found here and are impossible to resist. Seating, however, is a problem because there are only 2 round tables in the corner of Koronet and each one seats about 4 customers. There are also limited stools if you can find space to sit at the counter. There is a bathroom in the back of the restaurant but it isn’t the cleanest. I’d recommend a soft drink to wash down your jumbo slice. If you want to drink a beer, there are plenty of bars in the neighborhood inc...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Koronet Pizzeria
2848 Broadway
New York, New York 10025
(212) 222-1566

Parades

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Attraction | "The Cowparade"

Parades Photo, New York, New York
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It is impossible to walk through New York City without encountering one of the 500 fiberglass sculptures that are a part of the cow parade. These cows were created and are on display as part of cow parade, a charitable project dedicated to raising money for various area charities. The cows, which cost $7,500 to sponsor, will be auctioned in the fall to raise additional money for charity. They are on display on the streets of New York City from mid June through Labor Day weekend. The word document on the website, www.cowparadenewyork.com, can guide you to the general whereabouts of the cows. Since there is no map detailing their exact locations, I encourage my visitors to go out looking for the cow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Parades
various locations
New York, New York

Mohandas K Gandhi Statue Photo, New York, New York
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Finding the location of the statue of Mohandas K Gandhi is the answer to the question: Where is Gandhi located? This tribute to Gandhi is in a beautiful garden located on the south end of Union Square. Visitors often decorate the statue with flowers. Mahatma Gandhi was born in 1869 in India and was murdered in 1948 by the fanatic Hindu Nathuram Godsey. He was determined to prove that it is possible to fight very successfully without violence. "Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Mohandas K Gandhi Statue
Union Square
New York, New York

Union Square and Greenmarket

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Attraction | "Union Square Greenmarket"

Union Square and Greenmarket Photo, New York, New York
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This market is open year round from 7 am to 6 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Farmers from the New York State area sell their fresh fruits, vegetables and farm produce at make shift stands, which they take with them when the market is closed. Fresh flowers and plants are also sold as is honey and organic wine. Refreshing Ice Cold Apple Cider is available at many stands for $1. A personal favorite is the Hudson Valley Organic Tomato stand, which sells organic tomatoes grown in Ulster County for $4 a pound. From around Thanksgiving through the Christmas Season, crafts and unique gifts are sold in stalls at the south side of the Square everyday.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Union Square and Greenmarket
14th to 17th streets
New York, New York 10011

Forbes Magazine Gallery

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Attraction

Forbes Magazine Gallery Photo, New York, New York
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The admission to this gallery/museum is free and it is the location where my guests find the answer to the question “Where can you find 10,000 soldiers in New York City?” The galleries are located on the ground floor of the Forbes building on the corner of 12th Street and Fifth Avenue. The gallery is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm and is closed on Sundays and Mondays and all legal holidays. In 1960 Malcolm Forbes purchased a set of “worse for wear” US World War I dough-boys at auction and started the collection of toy soldiers that currently includes over 10,000 soldiers. A lot of the soldiers are displayed in cases that are hard for children to see but the museum provides a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Forbes Magazine Gallery
62 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10011
+1 212 206 5549

Arnold & Sheila Aronson Galleries

Attraction | "The Arnold & Sheila Aronson Galleries at The Parso"

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The Arnold & Sheila Aronson Gallery located in the lobby of the Parsons School of Design on Fifth Avenue at 12th street, which is next to the Forbes Magazine Gallery, is open from 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Fridays and 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. The gallery is closed on Sundays. Access to this exhibition space is free and is open to the general public. Right now the exhibit is titled “Type Directors Club” and features different types of catalogues, menus and stationary with interesting logos. It also features the winning entries from the Club Type Design competition. The current exhibit runs from June 21st through September 8th.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Arnold & Sheila Aronson Galleries
66 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York

Washington Square Park and Arch

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Attraction | "Washington Square Park"

Washington Square Park and Arch Photo, New York, New York
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Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park is the home of New York’s version of the Arch D’Triomphe. (This is the answer to the scavenger hunt question that asks participants to find Paris in New York) From the top of the park you can see the Empire State Building and from the bottom you can see the Twin Towers. Although there are some statues, the real entertainment in this park is the street performers. Musicians and magicians as well as poetry readers gather daily to entertain the crowd. It also appears to be a hang out for NYU students whose dorms, classroom buildings and student centers surround the park. Together the police and the New York City Parks Department have...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Washington Square Park and Arch
West 4th Street (at Macdougal Street)
New York, New York 10003
(212) 431-1080

West 4th Street Courts

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Attraction

West 4th Street Courts Photo, New York, New York
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The men who play at the caged in West 4th Street Courts are so talented, you would think that you were watching NBA players. A crowd is always leaning up on the chain-link fence to watch either the two-on-two tournaments or traditional games that take place daily. The players seldom seem to miss the dunk or the lay-up make the game of basketball look easy. There is one full court and one half court at 4th street. The level of competition is noted as being fierce. Don’t go to play unless you are awesome. Even expert players will learn by watching these games. During the week, games start at 1 pm and continue to dusk from June until August. League play starts at 6 pm. On the weekends, the fun...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

West 4th Street Courts
West 4th Street and 6th Avenue
New York, New York

Columbia University

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Attraction

Columbia University Photo, New York, New York
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I send tourists on my scavenger hunt up to the campus at Columbia University to find famous statues. Alma Mater is located on the steps in front of Low Library in the center of campus. The central axis of the campus is emphasized by the statue of Alma Mater seated at the center of a grand flight of stairs. During the school year, students often sit on the steps to study and to socialize and Alma Mater is often the target of fraternity pranks. Around the corner from Alma Mater is a cast of Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker, which was purchased in 1930. The second largest statue in New York City (the first is the Statue of Liberty) is located on the campus on top of the law school. This work of at is tit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Columbia University
116th Street
New York, New York 10027
+1 212 854 1754

Soho Galleries

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Attraction

Soho Galleries Photo, New York, New York
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Why go to museums and pay an entrance fee when you can view the best emerging artists New York City has to offer in the plethora of galleries located in and around SOHO. On the weekends, the streets of SOHO are packed with dozens of artists selling their photographs, paintings, crafts and jewelry on the sidewalk. Specifically artists line the streets on the south side of West Houston between West Broadway and Thompson Street. They can also be found along West Broadway from Prince Street down to Broome Street. If you are interested in more organized exhibitions there are plenty of galleries to visit. As a question for my scavenger hunt I tell my guests to find the gallery that plays home to the sta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Soho Galleries
Soho
New York, New York

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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Attraction | "The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine"

Cathedral of St. John the Divine Photo, New York, New York
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Not far from the Columbia University campus, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is an architectural wonder. This site answers the scavenger hunt question: If the Statue of Liberty needed shelter, where would she fit? She’d fit comfortably under the central dome of St. John the Divine, which happens to be the largest Cathedral in the world. In 1888, Messrs. Heins and LaFarge won an international competition for their Byzantine-Romanesque design. The cornerstone was laid on December 27, 1892, St. John’s Day. There are approximately 150 stained glass windows in this cathedral including the rose window in the West Façade, which has more than 10,000 pieces of glass. Other magnificent details incl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2000

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amersterdam Ave.
New York, New York 10025
(212) 316-7540