Free Things to Do in New York City

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Best Free Things to Do in New York City

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  • Rachel548
    Farmington Hills, MI466 contributions
    Wow! This place is huge and a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. We visited in the evening as the sun was setting and even though it was winter, it was gorgeous. Bethesda Terrace was a particular favorite of ours, but there are so many little places in here to explore!
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • eag1611
    Brighton, UK26 contributions
    Catch the Subway to high street and then walk back over Brooklyn Bridge. On a beautiful morning, with the sun behind you, you have arguably the best view of the Manhattan skyline where you can see distant views of the Statue of Liberty and clear views of the Chrysler building, the Empire State etc.
    Really worth the effort and apart from the subway fare, free!!
    The structure itself is a marvel and the 'boardwalk' is elevated above the traffic so is surprisingly serene.
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • Carolyn B
    Las Vegas, NV13 contributions
    Great view from the Statin Island ferry of skyline and statue of liberty. Wonderful trip on the water
    Written September 23, 2022
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  • Stephanie S
    5 contributions
    Really enjoyed this chance to see NYC from a level up. Lovely planting all the way along and some interesting sculptures. It was rammed - much busier than the street below but still very enjoyable and there are plenty of sitting points along the way to catch your breath and relax. Lift access at various
    points and clean toilets
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • Carolyn B
    Las Vegas, NV13 contributions
    This building is beautiful. Worth visiting just for the architecture but take a subway or train from here. We went to the Bronx from here
    Written September 23, 2022
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  • Rachel548
    Farmington Hills, MI466 contributions
    Visited here in late December before Xmas. Had always wanted to see the famous class y tree. The tree and the center do not disappoint! Gorgeous! However, it's shoulder-to-shoulder packed. Also note, if you want to ice skate here, you must book well in advance.
    Written September 16, 2022
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  • Stephanie S
    5 contributions
    Visited on a humid Sunday morning. Lush and great and a great chill out spot with a coffee. There was a huge chess tournament on which only added to the atmosphere
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • Carolyn B
    Las Vegas, NV13 contributions
    We took this free ferry and saw the statue of liberty and had gorgeous views of the skyline of Manhattan and a lovely boat ride
    Written September 23, 2022
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  • littleyacht
    United States95 contributions
    Beautiful building. Tours are offered twice a day. They are free, but you have to register online and they fill up. some rearranging of spaces is going on, so some rooms are closed, but you get to see a lot on both floors. Don't miss the separate exhibit of some of the library's permanent holdings, including the original Winnie-the-Pooh animals that belonged to the Milne family.
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • Andy
    Buenos Aires, Argentina303 contributions
    Great modern place to walk around, shop and enjoy it’s beauty. I never stop visiting every single time I come to nyc and it’s very inspiring
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • cs0622
    Indiana191 contributions
    I was here on a Wednesday afternoon and there was a service in session, so others were not allowed to really go into the church. I stepped up to the ropes to take the attached photo. Such a beautiful church.
    Written September 19, 2022
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  • geordie-married-man
    Gateshead, UK37 contributions
    5 mins walk from hotel, very busy, cars n 1000s of ppl.
    Plan ya visit n dont be affraid to walk to find a food place
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • Nerissa Golden
    Montserrat238 contributions
    You've got to be there to really get it. The energy, the creativity, the hunger, the pain.
    Go in the day and go at midnight. The energy is the same and the hustle never stops.
    Lots of entertainment to experience.
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • anthony
    Scotland, UK1,641 contributions
    A quaint area and well worth a visit. A part of New York so different than the main tourist area/attractions. Credit cards accepted in most places.
    Written July 29, 2022
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  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,428 contributions
    This is a fantastic market in the Meatpackers District.

    There is a fantastic selection of restaurants, each with its own character and style.

    There is indoor and outdoor seating, a convenience store and the venue has been furnished brilliantly.

    We enjoyed tacos, lobster rolls, noodles and drinks and loved all of it.
    Written September 20, 2022
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