New York can be an expensive city to visit, but if you love being outdoors and want to take advantage of art and culture in popular and spontaneous forms, New York will not leave you disappointed.
From the countless architectural views on the High Line in Chelsea to the absurdly shaped and shiny buildings, stunning views of the downtown bay to romantic walks along the Hudson and through Central Park, New York is diverse and dynamic, revealing an entirely new world around every corner.
As you probably already know, weather in New York can be as brutal as the chaotic and competitive society that characterizes the city. So what is there to do on colder winter days? You can take advantage of countless free events and free entry museums. Club Free Time, the Skint, NYC go, NYC Meetups and NYC Park Free Events list countless concerts, conferences, events and museums which you can access and/or take part in for free, thanks to the sponsorship of various organizations in the city that promote culture and entertainment for all budgets. Oftentimes you can find more details by Googling the name of the event. NYC Park Free Events and NYC Meetups also provide information for events in parks and even pickup sports games for milder days.
In case you want to take part in the more glamorous culture of the city but cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars for a show, there are lotteries in which you can win discounted tickets for Broadway shows as well as concerts and operas at the Metropolitan. Enter your details on the appropriate websites or present yourself directly at the box office a couple of hours before the show and cross your fingers, you could win front row tickets for only $30!
In short, if you want, New York can really offer the opportunity to do something different and interesting (just about every day) without spending a penny.