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    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! :) about 8 years ago

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    HI Hostel 891 Amsterdam ave
    Great facilities and just near subway and Central Park about 8 years ago

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    Eat the pizza as you're walking along! You can also get great stuff at a good price from the street vendors. about 8 years ago

    Answered by Sarah T via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Have you considered staying in the YMCA? about 8 years ago

    Answered by LisaF via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Depending on what your budget is the POD Hotel was pretty reasonable and in a great location to access subway and tourist attractions. about 8 years ago

    Answered by Lee via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    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 about 8 years ago

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