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 thanks to the cost of accommodation and taxes, and an unfavourable exchange rate. But in good news, when it comes to getting out and seeing the sights there are plenty of impressive attractions for visitors from across the globe 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 to the public on weekdays. Other buildings you can observe inside and out, as well as at no cost, 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 a 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 which makes for a great photo op. Also ideal on warmer days, as well as offering up a little nostalgia, is Coney Island, which has a combination of 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, it’s now a pathway which essentially takes you on a tour with a difference above the city. If you’re seeking some peace and quiet, however, the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is a wonderful place to relax with a good book, while the iconic Rockefeller Center is a complex featuring a touristy ice-skating rink, a famous bronze Atlas statue, and Top of the Rock which 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.