A Local's Guide To NYC

Planning a trip to New York but aren’t looking to spend hours in line and overspending... why do most fall into this trap? Check out these off the beaten path, cost saving, fab tips!
Skip the tour guide, tour bus, tour group; basically ANYTHING that you need to pay for to show you around. In a city like NYC, the places you discover on your own are much more meaningful. A great alternative is to rent bikes. Shared bikes are available on most street corners, and cost under $30 for 24 hours of riding! Find a bike, pick a direction and head out! Who knows what you’ll find!

NYC is full of free events: go find them! Every Monday night in the summer months, a movie is broadcasted on a huge screen in the middle of Bryant Park. Pack a blanket and some popcorn and enjoy the show! Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge offers beautiful views, historic information, and transports you to a different borough. While in DUMBO, enjoy an artisanal ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, and learn all about the history of this seaport-turned-hipster area. Lastly, if you’re into music, free concerts are held in Central Park weekly.
Now, lets not ignore the fact that NYC is the fashion capital of the United States! Luckily, great shopping can be found at every price range, and for everybody’s style. The key is to find unique places to shop that you can't find at home. For the really adventurous, head down to Greenwich Village to thrift shop. Stores like Beacon’s Closet have vintage pieces at a discount that all of your friends will drool over. If you’re looking for more upscale department stores, fine, those are all on the Upper East Side, but SoHo has tons of boutiques off Broadway where you’re sure to find something unique to fit your style and budget.

Brought to you by TIZ Contributor Allison! :)