Answered by tom via Travellr.com
You can get free accommodation by couchsurfing.org or if you prefer something more private airbnb.com -- the latter can get you a great location at an amazing rate. Sometimes less than hostels. (Last time I stayed in HI New York, it cost me US$50 a night to stay in a 12 bed dormitory & 3 of the messiest people in England also happened to be there!)
When I was travelling around in NYC, I did my research on cheap places to eat via cheapassfood.com.
At the Museum of Natural History, you can nominate an entry price to donate. Since I am a poor student, I nominated $2 and the cashier did not bat an eyelid and took my money. I heard rumours of people suggesting $0 but I certainly didn't have the courage. A whole day of learning about the awesomeness that is life, the universe, and everything.
MoMA is free in the afternoons on a Friday but I cannot remember what time, you'll have to google it.
The Met only has a suggested donation, so you can go in for free!
I also spent a day wandering and sunbathing in Central Park just people watching and catching up on my Vitamin D. Free and relaxing.
There are 2 free ferries in NYC. One that takes you to Governor's Island and another to Staten Island. It poured the day I went to Governor's Island but I imagine that it would be a wonderful day out on a sunny day. Make sure you get on the Staten Island COMMUTER ferry not the tour ones, they cost money!
Here fun! :) over 5 years ago
Depending on what your budget is the POD Hotel was pretty reasonable and in a great location to access subway and tourist attractions. over 5 years agoAnswered by Lee via WorldNomads.com
Don't stay at the YMCA in brooklyn.. It's in the outskirts of Brooklyn and its in what seems to be a dodgy area aswell.
Take the cable car over to Roosevelt island.. It works with your metro card. Also if you are there for more then 3 days then it is best to buy the $29 weekly unlimited metro card. It will save you money if you are catching the subway a lot and it will save your poor feet from getting too much of a workout over 5 years ago