Few cities in the world are as recognizable and iconic as New York. It can be seen in countless movies, TV shows, books, and everything in between. Even if you’ve never been there, you can probably name a few of the well-known monuments and buildings in the city.
New York is one of the most visited cities in the world with people coming from all over the world to admire the sights and do typical “New York “things. And with its already large population of more than 8 million people, it is the largest city in America. New York is divided into 5 districts and each has its own culture. In neighborhoods, neighborhoods, some of which vary in size from a few kilometers to a few blocks to show parts of the city, is an independent micro-culture, and it is often, where you live and where you work, telling people who you are as a person. New York City is huge, which can make it a bit intimidating and it can also get quite expensive depending on what you want to do. So whether you’re a budget tourist or a local looking for something inexpensive to do, check out some of these free (or almost free) things to do in New York.
Take a walk on the High Line
New York City may be known as a kind of concrete jungle with a few green spaces (outside of Central Park), but the relatively recent High Line Park is a good example of a city able to adapt and reuse old structures for new and modern purposes. Located atop a nearly 2-mile stretch of leaved track, the space is now a park with flowers, planted trees, and wooden benches. Although located in a more industrial part of the west side, the park still attracts tons of people clamoring for views of the Hudson River and beautiful sunsets.
The best time to go there is in the summer months when flowers and plants are in bloom and people are out. The park is filled with sculptures and art by local artists and you can often find things to do, like dance lessons, stargazing and just a few people watching.
Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
Located in Brooklyn (of course), and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and operates on a donation-based admission basis, so it’s a budget option, but on the first Saturday of each month, admission to the museum is free and they usually have special shows to check it out at that time. Take part in workshops or gallery tours or walk around the rooms at your own pace. The Brooklyn Museum of Art is one of the most important cultural institutions in New York, and it has collections of Egyptian, African and Oceanic artifacts, as well as works by local artists, and an entire section dedicated to feminist art.
Visit Brooklyn Brewery
If you’re in Brooklyn, go to the Brooklyn Brewery. Offering free tours every half hour on weekends, you can see where Brooklyn beer is made from hop to subs. The brewery is in every trendy neighborhood from Williamsburg to Brooklyn and while the tour is unfortunately not beer. If you want to taste some of the real, you need to buy small tokens, which are quite affordable, so you are not going to break the bank anyway. Tours are limited to 40 people per visit and queues start quite early and can be long, especially on good days.
See the African Cemetery
While a little more on the esoteric side of things to see, the African funeral is an important part of U.S. history that should not be overlooked. The site is described as “the largest historic urban archaeological project in the United States” and was discovered in 1991 when construction workers began digging into the ground of the Ted Weiss federal building.
Slavery was introduced into the New York area in 1625 while it was under the control of the Dutch West Indies Trading Company. In 1664, when the English took over and New Amsterdam became New York, the burial of the dead of the city fell under the jurisdiction of the Trinity Church, but African slaves could not be buried within the city limits, so many people were buried here in the 1600s and 1700s. Today it is a national historic landmark on 290 Broadway between Duane and Elk Street.
See performances of Shakespeare in Shakespeare in the Park
The acclaimed tradition of bringing William Shakespeare’s works to life takes place annually at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Free tickets for the event are given by lottery or in person if you manage to get into life early enough. Whether you are familiar with Shakespeare tickets for Shakespeare in the Park plays are highly coveted as there are always very famous celebrities who reprise the roles of various Shakespeare characters. Well-known names include Al Pacino as Shylock in the Merchant of Venice, John Lithgow as King Lear and Meryl Streep in The Taming of the Shrew.
Explore the world of Street Art with Bushwick Collective
Compete with anything you might see in a museum The Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn aims to introduce the public to the wild and incredibly colorful world of street art.The Bushwick Collective operates as a kind of unofficial graffiti museum so popular that it takes professional graffiti artists and masters from around the world to paint. The art spans several city blocks and is all temporary, so take a look while you can. The idea works like a museum, but instead of walking through the halls, you walk through the streets, and the art can disappear forever the next day.
Do yoga at Prospect Park
New York City is a sprawling urban jungle that is in constant turmoil at every moment. So why not relax with the ancient ritual of yoga to clear your mind a little. Nestled in the city is the enclosed and leafy Prospect Park. While it offers a wide range of fun activities, this is the avondyogaritueel during the summer months, is a great way to do yoga with others in New York, and maybe even make some new friends along the way. You do not really need experience, but you need to fill out a waiver in advance. The free prospect Park yoga takes place on Long Meadow every Thursday evening from 19: 00 from June to the end of August.