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3 years, 3 months ago

Best things to do in New York for under $100

How happy are we? It’s the traditional big reveal on New York for under $100. And we won’t even try to deny the deep and satisfying delight we get out of squeezing extra out of the city where Town Cars are a thing and having a professional blow-dry on the way to work is like brushing your teeth. But even that passion is nothing compared to how happy we are to be able to litter classic cash slang around. So if we’re heavy on the spondulicks, dough, moola, simoleons and scratch, if we don’t even have enough self control to keep away from expressions like ‘bounce the cat’ and ‘pony up’, just let it go. We’ve dug deep to find ‘more bang for your buck’ (see, started already) and a little fast and loose with the language seems a small price to pay.

  • Papaya King
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Luna Park
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • Central Park
  • Radio City
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    King Combos at Papaya King, 86th Street

    Papaya King

    Anthony Bourdain loves Papaya King, Julia Child called their franks the ‘best hot dogs in New York’ and they’ve been around since 1932 – a pretty big deal in a city where restaurants close faster than a miser’s wallet. The weird name comes from the original tropical juice stall where it all started and if you aren’t convinced by claims that smooth, fruity Papaya drinks and hot dogs are perfection, try the King Combo – 2 x beef franks smothered in onions and served with curly fries and tropical juice, of course.
    www.papayaking.com

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    Crown Tour, Statue of Liberty – $97

    Statue of Liberty

    There are no shortage of ways to see Lady Liberty – sail for free on the Staten Island Ferry and you can watch her all day long if you feel like it. But if you want to get a sense of the statue’s scale and appreciate exactly why she’s the icon she definitely is, the Crown Tour is the one you want. It’s called the ‘Crown’ because it’s the only tour that lets you into Liberty’s hat and that alone is worth every penny of the price – you get your crossing to Ellis Island and priority boarding too.
    www.statueoflibertytickets.com

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    Guggenheim Museum, 5th Avenue – $50

    Guggenheim

    Frank Lloyd-Wright designed the building the Guggenheims ponied up for the original collection and if you only see one museum in a city stuffed with the things, this is the one to choose. We won’t go into details. Enough to know your jaws will eventually ache from all the open-mouthed gawping at what is basically all the most famous, famous 20th and 21st century art, all in one place.
    www.guggenheim.org

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    Luna Park, Coney Island – $100

    Luna Park

    Luna Park is the first new funfair to be built on Coney Island in the past 40 years and it was worth the wait. It’s thrilling, plenty white-knuckle and – like the rest of legendary Coney Island – it’s ‘open-gate’ so you don’t need a ticket to see the sights. But if you want to ride the rides – and you will – 135 credits is more than enough excitement for most funfair fanatics. Visit on a Friday and you get the famous Coney Island Friday Night Fireworks too.
    www.coneyislandfunguide.com

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    Staten Island Ferry – Free

    Staten Island Ferry

    Romantic and stunning and free, you can’t visit New York City without sailing on the Staten Island Ferry at least once. It’s the last of what was once an entire fleet of passenger ferries connecting New York’s boroughs to Manhattan and it’s a city institution, a commuter essential and the best view ever of that unmistakable skyline.
    www.siferry.com

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    Hire a boat in Central Park – $15

    Boat in Central Park

    Hire a boat and sail around Central Park Lake. It’s one of the prettiest spots in Manhattan, gives you a vantage point on the beautiful Loeb Boathouse and if you want a moment to enjoy the world’s most iconic park in peace $15 gives 4 people an hour full of them.
    www.thecentralparkboathouse.com

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    Radio City Stage Door Tour – $90

    From Lady Gaga to Belle & Sebastian, Radio City 2015 is as eclectic and eccentric as ever. But, go behind the scenes of New York’s iconic music hall on a Stage Door Tour and you get to meet the most celebrated performers of all, The Rockettes. The Art Deco architecture, back stage gossip and glimpse of old-school glamour is part of the deal too.
    www.radiocity.com

    We based our prices on a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) but quite a few of the city’s biggest museums and galleries are free to under 12s. And one last thing, if you have your heart set on the Statue of Liberty Crown Tour, book ahead it can be sold out months in advance.

    Apart from this list we have also put a further guide of things to do together – click here.

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  • Olanike Joseph says:

    Love to visit

  • barry roth says:

    Keep me updated

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