On the spur of the moment (at the spur of the moment?), I booked a flight for a long weekend in New York City in May. I’ll be there May 24-29. I’ve never been before, so I’m very excited. The main things I’m looking forward to are walking around, tea on Carrie’s roof, Central Park, perhaps a show at Lava, pretending I’m on Law & Order, and Gridskippers’s coke bars. OK, not the last part.

But seriously, where should I go, what should I do, and how can I keep it as cheap as possible?


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  1. If you can swing by the Brandy Library in Tribeca, you totally should. It’s fantastic. So is seeing the Met, though the Frick gallery is nearby, lovely, and less expensive (I think).

    If you’re trying to keep it cheap, don’t go to to Tavern on the Green. That’s… um… not cheap 🙂


  2. I’ve only been there once, for a long overlay, and I was tired and cranky, so I really need to go back.

    But one thing you MUST do is go to a Beard Papa. A friend of mine lives in NYC, and she took us to one… it’s simply amazing.

    Also, I always really really have wanted to go to The Cloisters.


  3. I went to New York twice in 2005 to visit my best friend from high school. It is quite easy to stay cheap in NYC, actually. It’s totally satisfying to just walk around all day…so much to see! Eating out can be really cheap if you keep it to little falafel stands on the streets or neighborhood grocers. Museums, however, do get quite pricey. The Cloisters are totally worth it. For free art, there is the gallery section of SoHo. You MUST have ice cream at Mary’s Dairy and eat at the Corner Bistro (in either order) both in the West Village. I can go on and on but I just tell you in person. I want to come too!


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