The great thing about New York City is that
there is a tremendous number of things to do that are free. I
have lived in New Jersey for my entire life and no-matter how
many times you go to New York they never get boring.
Below are some of my favorite attractions, You
need to remember this is like a walking tour of New York so you
need have comfortable walking shoes, water and and time.
Usually I start off at
Ground Zero - the site of the 9/11 Terrorist attack.
Although this is a solemn site, many people come to the site to
reflect on the tragedy that happened at that location.
From the 9/11 site, proceed toward the Hudson
River over to the World Financial Center.
Inside the glass domed atrium you will find marble stairs and
palm trees in the heart of Manhattan. Exit the World Financial
Center and head toward the River. Notice the large yachts docked
right out outside of the center in the
Take a stroll from the Marina toward
Battery Park along the
Promenade and enjoy the views of
Jersey City Waterfront and distant views of Ellis Island and the
Statue of Liberty.
Once you reach Battery
Park, here you will find street performers, vendors and
musicians. If you wish to go to the Status of Liberty or Ellis
Island - you can catch a ferry from Battery Park (Admission is
required for the ferry, Statue and Ellis Island).
For free views of Ellis
Island, the Status of Liberty,
the Manhattan Skyline and the
Veranzarro Bridge - I recommend
taking the Staten Island Ferry. The
ferry ride is 60 minutes round trip from Battery Park, Manhattan
to St. George Staten Island. The view of lower Manhattan from
the ferry is outstanding and the ferry is FREE. (Please note
that you will have to disembark from the ferry when reaching
Staten Island, just exit the ferry and re-board). If you are
taking a cruise departing from Manhattan I would skip the ferry
ride, since the views will be the same as when your cruise
After the ferry ride, you can proceed to the
South Street Seaport and see the
historic sailing ships moored at the location. You can also
enter the indoor mall. I recommend going to the upper balcony of
the mall to take photographs of the
Brooklyn Bridge. After departing from the mall cross the
street and visit the cobblestone lined street and additional
stores of the Seaport.
Walk toward the Brooklyn Bridge. Did you know
that you can walk across the Brooklyn
Bridge? Even if you only walk 1/2 way across, it's fun.
From the bridge, you can take excellent photographs of the New
York Skyline and you can appreciate the stone and cable bridge
structure close up.
Just outside the Manhattan side of the bridge is
the New York's City Hall and Federal
Walking Back toward Broadway you can have you
picture taken with the Bull Sculpture
in the financial district.
Next Stop is Trinity
Church and the famous Wall Street.
Walking toward mid-town you will pass through
Little Italy and China Town. These
are idea places to stop and have lunch and a cool drink.
On you way to midtown, include a walk through
Greenwich Village and SOHO to see
trendy shops and people watch.
Upon reaching mid-town, there are a number of
great sites to see including: Broadway,
Rockefeller Center - home to the
famous Christmas tree, Radio City Music
Hall, 5th Avenue for
shopping, Macy's on 34th Street -
home to the NY Thanksgiving Day parade,
Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, Grand Central
Station, FAO Schwartz - the famous toy store, the
Chrysler Building and Trump Tower
to name a few,
The final stop is
ideal for people watching, horse and carriage rides, walking,
photograph and much more. Located in the park is the a great
zoo. Admission is required for the
Central Park Zoo but is very
I also ask people to be
sure to take a minute and look up many times during your walking
tour - (just make sure you not standing in the middle of the
street or other unsafe location). New York offers outstanding
architecture in all of its buildings and if you are a
photographer you may be missing some of the best pictures
looming above you, so take a minute or two to look up.
which require admission
A trip to the top of the
Empire State Building.
Take in a
Have lunch at
or ESPN Zone.
- Yankees, Mets, Knick and more. Please note that other than
games played in Madison Square Garden - all stadiums are outside
of Manhattan and require a train(s).
Trip to the
Statue of Liberty
and Ellis Island.