It’s been dubbed the “city which never sleeps” as well as “The Big Apple, and while New York is one of the world’s most enigmatic and fascinating cities, visiting can be expensive for Australians; besides the cost of accommodation and taxes, there’s also the unfavourable exchange rate. Top of the list for anyone heading to NYC is staying at a fabulous hotel, of which there are many, and which will likely leave a dent in your wallet, but when it comes to getting out and seeing the sights there are plenty of impressive attractions for visitors to enjoy free of charge. For example, architecture buffs will enjoy the Art Deco Chrysler Building, arguably the city’s most eye-catching skyscraper; it’s located at 405 Lexington Avenue, and open on weekdays. Other buildings you can observe inside and out, as well as free of charge, include the Beaux Arts Flatiron building on 23rd Street, and the Beaux Arts Grand Central Terminal, which has featured in many hit movies over the decades.
Lovers of the great outdoors, and anyone who wants to enjoy a long walk, should head to Central park, in particular the 38-acre wilderness called The Ramble. Head to the East River State Park, aka the Williamsburg waterfront, and you can enjoy a lovely outdoor space with the bonus of a spectacular view of Manhattan ideal for a photo op. Also great for warmer days, as well as a little nostalgi, is Coney Island, which has kitschy stands and plenty of live action from the dance parties which have been a constant here for years. The High Line is also uniquely New York, built on an abandoned railway track, and now a pathway which essentially takes you on a tour above the city. If you’re seeking some peace and quiet, the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is the place to relax with a good book, while the iconic Rockefeller Center is a complex featuring a touristy ice-skating rink, that famous bronze Atlas statue, and Top of the Rock offers panoramic city views. And finally South Street Seaport is a gorgeous old harbour and home to a museum, a fleet of historic ships, and a shopping mall complete with cafes and restaurants.