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Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline
Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline  (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

Take advantage of the city’s free museums and low-cost attractions.
You can soak up plenty of culture without spending a dime. Both the 9/11 Memorial and the National Museum of the American Indian, a Smithsonian affiliate in the gorgeous Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, cost nothing to visit. Also free is a tour of the beautiful Beaux-Arts New York Public Library, on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. It doesn’t cost a penny to walk the High Line, the city’s elevated urban park, or stroll leafy Central Park—and catch a performance of Shakespeare in the Park while you’re at it. Take a tour of the city’s historic churches; the landmark Trinity church (circa 1698), downtown on Wall Street, has free daily tours at 2 p.m. and free weekly concerts. Total cost: $0 per day.

Buy discounted tickets for Broadway shows and big-time performances.
You can buy half-price tickets for Broadway shows at the city’s TKTS discount booths—but even at half-price, Broadway tickets are hardly New York on the cheap. You may be able to snag deeply discounted tickets at certain theater box offices on the day of the show. A better deal: A number of the city’s most venerated concert halls and performance spaces, including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, offer $10 to $20 tickets to top-billed shows. Seats may be partial view or standing-room only, but you can’t beat the bang for the buck. Otherwise, New York’s Off-Off-Broadway and live music scenes rarely run you more than $10 a ticket. Total cost: $10 per day.

Discover cheap eats all over town.
Making a big comeback in these recessionary times is the $1 slice of pizza, found all over the city. One dollar also buys you five delicious, handmade pork-and-chive dumplings at bare-bones Chinatown storefronts like Prosperity Dumpling (46 Eldridge Street) and Vanessa’s (118 Eldridge Street). If you’re traveling in a group, you can eat well and cheaply at no-frills Chinatown restaurants like Big Wong (67 Mott Street). If you’re up for a little adventure, you’ll save even more by riding the subway to Astoria, Queens, the city’s top enclave for inexpensive and delicious multi-ethnic eateries. Total cost: $10 per meal.

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