Updated: May 10

I had the dream of living in New York City, in the city, living in SoHo for the hottest minute of my life in New York City. I lived in SoHo off Avenue of the Americas between Prince and King St. I loved the energy of living in a big city, but it's expensive and eventually I went broke!

Here's The Best Guide to Manhattan

The Best Cheap Things to Do in NYC & a Bonus Map at the end!

I'll give you a quick list of "The Must Sees" and my favorite hidden gems!





Central Park

Times Square

Statue of Liberty

Rockefeller Plaza

New York Public Library

Grand Central Terminal

Museum of Natural History

Lower Manhattan - 911 Memorial




Joe's Pizza

Trinity on Wall St.

St. Paul's Cathedral Choral Song

Walk Brooklyn Bridge and eat pizza on the other side.



Check out the best calendars to see what's happening in New York City while you're in NYC. Here are the main sources: NYCgo, Time Out, Thrillist, NYC Guide, Village Voice, Gothamist, and Eventbrite.


The 3 major airports near New York City: JFK, LGA, and EWR.

Cheap flights go to EWR because it's OUT THERE. Far AF. JFK & LGA have direct connections to the subway and metro system. You'll pay an estimated $7 - 15 to get from the airport and into the city using public transportation.

Bus/subway each ride costs $2.75 local or $5-6 express.

Buy MetroCard. It's the subway and bus system, and it's the most efficient way to get around New York City. Use the machines located at the entrance of the station. When you press the screen, you'll have the option to add time or value, add time. Buy "unlimited weekly" for $30. Even if you’re only here for 2-3 days. You'll get a lot out of it, and it's the best bang for your buck. When I first got to New York, I took a lot of trains in the wrong direction. It's nice to have unlimited weekly because those mistakes don't literally cost you.

I don't always like to travel underground, so I also take the bus. It's nice to have an unlimited MetroCard because it comes with the option to do both.

There's also UBER, LYFT, and taxis.

Taxis are nostalgic New York, but psycho and expensive. I once took a taxi 2 blocks for $20 and the driver screamed at me through bleeding gums because I only gave him a $2 tip. It was a 2 kind of day. What do you want me to do? Tip you for a drive that almost took my life and increased my blood pressure?! If you're new to LYFT, ask your friends if they have a promotional code for 5 - 10 free rides.


New York City has incredible art. Street art, a thousand galleries, and major museums. The art alone makes Manhattan cool:

Major Museums:

The Met




Museum of the City of New York

American Museum of Natural History

Here's a guide to visit the museum on a free day.

I loved living in SoHo because it gave me access to pop in and out of all the art galleries.

My favorite galleries:



Louis Meisel

Kate Werble

Stayley Wise

Anita Rogers

Artists Space

Ronald Feldman

The Drawing Center

Morrison Hotel Gallery

Pop International Galleries

National Geographic Gallery

Apple Store SoHo has a ton of neat, free events! Celebrity panels, classes, and cool things! I walked in once to get my iPhone fixed and happened to see one of my favorite filmmakers Frederick Wiseman (above).


Restaurant Week is a great time to try ZAGAT rated restaurants at affordable prices. $25 for a 3 course meal. If you don't happen to be in NYC that one week in January, you can still enjoy savings @ "Happy Hour!" 3 - 6pm restaurants around town offer a select handful of drinks and quick bites for $3-11/each. It's a great time to try quality food at a great price.

In addition to our world-class restaurants, New York is known for it's pizza and bagels. Talk about constipation. People of New York be eating bread and cheese all day.

Travel to the West Village for New York's best bagel, pizza, and cupcake joints! All $2.50 - $5ish an item. Bagels on the Square offers a variety of spreads to slab between those fluffy bagels or you can have a sandwich. Joe's Pizza is one of the hottest joints in town. Take one look at their Hall of Fame and you'll know you're in a dignified celebrity hot-spot! People like Leo DiCaprio, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sean White, and The Olsen Twins get their slices from Joe's and you can too!

Tips to Save:

Pack Snacks and Fruit

Skip a Meal: Spend $ on brunch and dinner. I love Hotel Chantelle and their cheap AF drinks. I love every where in Manhattan during Happy Hour. Happy Hour by far is the greatest deal and way to dine at a variety of restaurants.

+ Fun Ideas:

Think about Pete Davidson and take the

Staten Island Ferry. It’s free and offers delightful views of the Downtown and the Statue of Liberty).

Day of Broadway Tickets

92 cent drinks at Hotel Chantelle

Lounge in the Parks

I hope you enjoyed these tips for your trip! Contact me. I'd love to provide suggestions curtailed to your courageous spirit.

©Val Douroux 2022