Welcome to part 2 of my New York Photos. check out New York Part One for more info on what we did, where we stayed and what we ate.New York is a pretty expensive city (although probably not much different from London) but today I thought I'd share a few of my money saving tips/observances. We went when the pound was at its worst rate in seven years against the dollar (great planning!) so although we'd saved hard for this trip and I wanted to enjoy it properly without worrying about money, I still didn't want to spend over the odds.
Our hotel had free muffins in the morning and free coffee all day so we generally stocked up there in the morning and jetlag helpfully meant we weren't really hungry until early afternoon so quite often we had a big meal then and didn't eat again. As the inventors of fastfood you'd expect it to be good in America, and you'd be correct! We ate a lot of pizza, burritos etc from fast food places which was very filling and reasonably priced. I could have quite happily gone to the $1 pizza place round the corner from our hotel every day, and Gotham West Market also near our hotel had some brilliant options, I wish I had been able to try more of.
Activity wise we went to Grand Central station and the New York Public Library, both of which were free and brilliant to look at, and there are a number of museums such as the American Museum of Natural History which are pay what you can. We also spent a lot of time just walking around. We went to Central park about three times and barely made it round half of it, and most of the Highline which was also gorgeous. If I went again I'd like to visit more neighbourhoods like the West Village and Brooklyn and just generally explore a bit more. I mentioned in my last post we did a lot of sight-seeing, so getting the City Pass made sense for us and saved us money on entry fees.