10 Free Things to Do in New York City
Although New York is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, it has a lot to offer and most of it for free. Living in New York or as for that matter visiting New York can be an expensive affair but for recreation, amusements and merriment the city has a lot on its plate for kids and adults alike. Here’s what you can do in New York absolutely for free.
1. Visit Bronx Museum of Arts
In order to get a real feel of what life was like in the 20th and early 21st century; visit the Bronx Museum which is dedicated to artists from that era. This is a multicultural art museum that has a collection of over a thousand artworks that consist of all forms of media. The institution is over forty years old and is open to all free of cost.
2. Take a Tour of the Central Park
This National Historic landmark has it all. A fun filled afternoon at the Central Park consists of exotic castles, zoos, lakes, hills, conservatory gardens, stunning art and architecture and leisure tours and carriage rides to top it all. The park also offers a number of free events and has on many occasions hosted music concerts.
3. Stopover at Grand Central Terminal
Unlike other metro stations, Grand Central has a lot more to offer. It is an architectural marvel, well crafted and beautifully designed. The real show stopper has to be the main concourse of the station with the four-faced brass clock and an elaborately decorated astronomical ceiling.
4. Go to Rockefeller Center for Public Art
Established by one of the richest men in America, the Rockefeller Center for Public Art is a huge complex of 19 commercial buildings, located in mid-town Manhattan. It has been the highlight of history of architectural sculpture. A large number of artists have contributed to the center, such as Lee Laurie, Diego Riviera, and Paul Manship.
5. St. Patricks Cathedral
Praying at St. Patricks Cathedral can be a glamorous affair. The Cathedral on several occasions has had Presidents, film stars and business big shots as its attendees. The beautifully crafted marble towers are a wonder of Gothic Revival engineering.
6. Socrates Sculpture Park
Created by the famous sculptor Mark Di Suvero in 1987, this entire space is dedicated to exhibiting sculptures and live art installations. The space is open to all artists throughout the year.
7. National Museum of the American Indian
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the NMAI is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and art of Native Americans. It is home to the collection of more than 800000 objects and a photographic archive of 125000 images.
8. New York Public Library
NYC Public library is the second largest in United States and the fourth largest in the world. Independently managed and a non-profit corporation it has over 53 million items to offer. The library is also famous for its free events which include music and dance performances and visual art shows, all for free.
9. Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM Café opens up to the general public from the month of May to September on select Friday and Saturday evenings. The artists perform a range of musical styles such jazz, world beat, and other experimental music which keeps the crowd grooving.
10. African Burial Ground Monument
This controversial monument has the remains of more than 400 Africans slaves. The site is now peacefully clocked by the surrounding buildings, but the visitors’ chamber is a visual delight and a powerful job with regards to the retelling African-American history in the city.
It may seem that life in the Big Apple comes with a heavy price tag but it really isn’t so. Here are a few more honourable mentions that did not make the list but are worth visiting – BB Kings Club and Grill, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Hispanic Society of America Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the American Folk Art Museum and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.