NYC for the Budget Savvy Traveler + Giveaway

Want to visit NYC without having to spend a small fortune to do so? NYC is definitely doable for the budget conscious traveler! From places to stay, things to do, places to eat, and even places to grab a drink with locals I’ve got you covered.

You’ve booked your plane, bus, or train ticket and now you need a place to lay your head at the end of each day. Check out Hostelling International – New York City. It is a hostel located in a beautiful, historic building in one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city – the Upper West Side and can be your one stop shop for seeing NYC. Just one block away from the 1 Train and 2 blocks away from Central Park you’re in the perfect location to unwind and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.


This is great choice, especially if you are traveling solo because you have the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow travelers and make new friends. The staff sets up free group tours to see the city, free nightly outings to happy hours, free pub-crawls with cheap drinks, free nights to hit the club scene with fellow travelers, and free events at the hostel. Free comedy was offered on one of the nights I stayed there, and they brought in some pretty decent comedians that had everyone laughing. When you need a break from the concrete jungle you can relax in one of the many lounge areas, watch a movie in the theater, or enjoy the day on the patio. Of course if you’d rather explore the city on your own there’s alway someone at the front desk ready to assist you in any way.


During my stay, I met travelers from all over the world. There were people visiting from Brazil, China, Germany, France, and Canada. One of my roommates was from Hamberg, Germany and was treating himself to a 2-week trip to NYC after graduating from college, and 2 of my other roommates were visiting from Paris, France. They’d already made stops in Los Angeles, Vegas, driven Route 1, and NYC was their final destination before returning home.

HI- NYC accommodates guests in one of three ways; a coed 8 bed dorm room, female 8 bed dorm room, female 10-12 bed dorm room, coed 12 bed dorm room all at $59 per night. When I stayed at the hostel I was in a coed 8 bed dorm room. I had some great roommates – everyone was respectful of each other and observed quiet hours in the room after 11pm. Bathrooms and showers are located in the hall and were kept cleaned by staff through out the day. I may have stolen a selfie or two before heading out for the day.

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Now, you have a place to stay, what are you going to do while you’re here?

Museums –  Three of the most popular , the MET, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of the City of New York, have an admission fee that is a suggested donation, so you can pay whatever you like and is in your budget. The Museum of Modern Art(MOMA), the Rubin Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum have free nights every month where you can visit the museum after-hours while you have a cocktail or two and listen to live music.

Parks – Bryant Park has events throughout the week if you enjoy listening to music, poetry, and book talks. Its also a great to take a break if you’ve been walking around Times Square or checking out the New York Library. Central Park offers boating, cycling, or your can explore on foot – be sure to stop and visit the castle, and if you’re in town for International Pillow Fight Day join the battle with other New Yorkers at Washington Square Park. I did it two years ago and had a blast.

Shopping– Soho, the Garment District, the Brooklyn Flea Market, and the Upper West Side are some of my favorite places to shop. You can always find great deals without having to spend a lot of money.

Dining – Food trucks are all over the city and are a great way to grab a bite to eat while you are on the go. Happy Hour (usually from 4-7pm) of course is a great time to eat, have a few drinks, and chats with locals

Seasonal Events – Ice Skating in Bryant Park is free you just have to pay to rent ice skates which usually run about $14. Street Fairs and festivals are great places to shop, eat, and spend a few hours browsing. Governors Island is free to visit and is open every weekend from Memorial day to Labor Day.

Check out these great bars and restaurants if you need any ideas:

  • Blossom (Columbus Ave between 83rd and 82nd St.)
  • Flor De Mayo (Broadway at 101st St.)
  • Blockheads (Amsterdam Ave at 107th St)
  • Five Napkins Burger (Broadway at 84th St.)
  • Amsterdam Tavern (Amsterdam Ave at 106th St.)
  • Village Pourhouse (Amsterdam Ave between 108th and 109th St.)

To help you see the sites during your visit I’m giving away a gift certificate good for 2 tickets on any regular New York Water Taxi or Circle Line Downtown Cruise! To enter you must do the following and leave a comment:

Like A Girl Travels on Facebook

Like Hostelling International USA on Facebook

Follow A Girl Travels on Twitter and tweet “Enter to Win 2 #Free NYC Water Taxi passes from @agirltravels”

The deadline to enter is 11:59pm September 30, 2013. Good Luck!

If you need any additional recommendations on things to do during your visit to NYC just send me an email or message me below!

Wishing you safe and happy travels! -xo AGT

Free Movies in the Park

It’s that time again! Beautiful summer sunsets, blankets, picnics, and friends – These are a few of my favorites things during the summer months in NYC.

Last summer I was able to see a few movies on the Hudson at Pier 63 and in Bryant Park. Hopefully this year I’ll have time to check out movies at other parks around the city. It’s such a great way to end the day relaxing on the lawn watching the sunset and watching a movie with friends.

Intrepid 4th Annual Summer Movie Series

The doors open at 7:30pm, first come first serve

  • July 13th – Spiderman
  • July 20th – Star Trek
  • July 27th – The Muppets
  • August 3rd – Jurassic Park
  • August 17th – The Goonies

Central Park Conservatory

All screenings begin at 8:00 pm, rain or shine, and gates open to the public at 6:30 pm. Films will be shown in the landscape north of Sheep Meadow, beside Le Pain Quotidien (mid-Park at 69th Street). Enter the Park at 72nd Street. All movies will be closed captioned. Bring a picnic!

  • August 21st – Do the Right Thing
  • August 22nd – Pee-wee’s Big Adventures
  • August 23rd – The Big Lebowski
  • August 24th – Animal House
  • August 25th – Viewers Choice. Vote between Coming to America and Clerks. My vote is for Coming to America :)

Hudson River Park – River Flicks for Grown-Ups

Location: Lawn @ Pier 63 – Cross at West 22nd St or West 24th St to enter. Arrive early! Bring your picnic, blankets, and chairs.

Subway: C,E at 23rd St.
Bus: M14, M23

Begins at 8:30pm (Free Popcorn!)

  • July 11th – Moneyball
  • July 18th – Super 8
  • July 25th – Bridesmaids
  • August 1st – Limitless
  • August 8th – Cowboys and Aliens
  • August 15th – Crazy, Stupid Love
  • August 22nd – Horrible Bosses

Hudson River Park – River Flicks for Kids

Location: Pier 46 – Cross at Charles St to enter. Arrive early! Bring your picnics, chairs, and blankets

Subway: 1 at Christopher St.
Bus: M8
Taxi: Drop at Charles St. and
West St. (Northbound only)

Begins at 8:30pm (Free Popcorn)

  • July 13th – Kung Fu Panda
  • July 20th – Superman, The Movie
  • July 27th – Hugo
  • August 3rd – Puss in Boots
  • August 10th – Rango
  • August 17th – Back to the Future
  • August 24th – The Smurfs

Bryant Park HBO Summer Film Series

The gravel area surrounding the lawn opens at 4pm and the lawn opens at 5pm. Entry to the lawn is only permitted at the 6th Ave side of the park. No chairs, dogs, plastic sheets, tarps, bags, or pads are permitted on the lawn.

  • June 18th – Psycho
  • June 25th – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • July 2nd – The Wizard of Oz
  • July 9th – On the Waterfront
  • July 16th – Roman Holiday
  • July 23rd – The Maltese Falcon
  • July 30th – Rebel Without a Cause
  • August 6th – The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • August 13th – All About Eve
  • August 20th – Raiders of the Lost Ark

Movie Nights on the Elevated Acre

  • June 18th – Stella Days
  • June 25th – Collaborator
  • July 9th – Side by Side

Narrows Botanical Gardens Friday Night Series

Movies begin at Sunset

  • June 29th – Bride of Frankenstein (Rain Date June 30th)
  • July 13th – The Adventures of Otis and Milo (Rain Date July 14th)
  • August 3rd – Mae West in I’m No Angel (Rain Date August 4th)
  • September 7th – Forbidden Planet (Rain Date Sept. 8th)

Habana Outpost Movies Under the Stars

Location: 757 Fulton Street (On the corner of Fulton and South Portland)

Summer Screen in McCarren Park

  • July 7th – Cruel Intentions
  • July 18th – Raising Arizona
  • July 25th – Dirty Dancing
  • August 1st – The Princess Bride
  • August 8th – Top Gun
  • August 15th – Audience Pick!

Syfy Movies with a View

Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn for the 13th season of our movie series on Thursdays this summer!  DJs from Brooklyn Radio kick off the evening, shorts curated by BAMcinématek follow, and bike valet provided by Transportation Alternatives will be available all evening. Music at 6:00pm, movies at sunset. (Chairs are not permitted on the lawn)

  • Thursday, July 5
    Movie: E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial [PG]
    Short: CatCam by Seth Keal
    DJ: Ayres
  • Thursday, July 12
    Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird [NR]
    Short: Eye on the Stars by Rauch Brothers
    $mall Change
  • Thursday, July 19
    Movie: Slumdog Millionairec [R]
    Short: Odysseus’ Gambit by Àlex Lorca Cercos
    Emch Subatomic (of Subatomic Sound System)
  • Thursday, July 26
    Movie: Clueless [PG-13]
    Short: Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise by Kelly Sears
  • Thursday, August 2
    Movie: Wet Hot American Summer [R]
    Short: Summer Bummer by Bill Plympton
  • Thursday, August 9
    Movie: Barefoot in the Park [G]
    Short: Love Competition by Brent Hoff
    Lupe Loop (of Discovery)
  • Thursday, August 16
    Movie: The Big Chill [R]
    Short: Aquadettes by Drea Cooper and Zack Canepari
  • Thursday, August 23
    Movie: Unforgiven [R]
    Short: The Hunter by Marieka Walsh
    Geko Jones (of Que Bajo)
  • Thursday, August 30
    The final movie of the summer is selected by public vote! Check back later in the summer for more details
    DJ: Emch Subatomic (of Subatomic Sound System)

Socrates Sculpture Park Outdoor Summer Cinema Series will run July 4th to August 22nd at 7pm. The schedule isn’t post yet, but check their website for more info.

  • July 4th – TBA
  • July 11th – TBA
  • July 18th – TBA
  • July 25th – TBA
  • August 1st – TBA
  • August 8th – TBA
  • August 15th – TBA
  • August 22nd – TBA

See you in the park!

Love AGT :)

Cheers to the Weekend!

And it’s a rainy start to the weekend here in NYC, but I’ll take rain over snow most days. I was feeling under the weather the past few days, but nothing some Dayquil and rest couldn’t handle.  Tonight, I’m excited to be covering the launch of Gossip Meets Couture, then helping my friend celebrate her birthday in city.I found the perfect dress that’d I’d been looking for in my size for a while, and lucky me :) someone returned it! Saturday I’ll be attending the NYC Coffee and Tea Festival then volunteering at the Black Tie Black Jack event hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sunday I’ll be sleeping in (Yay!) and heading to work.

What’s your weekend looking like? Need some ideas?

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Crack open your cure for cabin fever in a Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland. Grab a free can of Coke and get a chance to star in your very own digital flipbook.

Friday 11am – 5pm

Saturday 11am – 7pm

Sunday 11am – 5pm

Ice skating season comes to a close in Bryant Park! The last day to skate is Sunday from 8am to 10pm

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Love AGT :)