I can hardly contain my BlogHer excitement, as it’s less than a few weeks away and, in case you can’t tell from the eleventy million tweets, it’s in New York City! This will be my first blog conference and my first time in New York. It’s an expensive city, but if you’re lucky enough to make time for a little sight seeing, then you’ll appreciate that the Big Apple has a few freebies to offer.
Central Park – Sure, it seems obvious that a park is free to visit, but this isn’t just any park. There are events throughout the year, Good Morning America holds their Summer Concert Series there, it’s ideal for Kodak moments and it’s 843 acres of statues, playgrounds and historic landmarks.
Grand Central Tours
– Experience familiar Midtown East landmarks like Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, and the News Building with the tour rated as New York City’s “Best Walking Tour.” The Grand Tour meets each and EVERY Friday
throughout the year at 12:30 pm in the sculpture court at 120 Park Avenue.
Brooklyn Brewery Tours
– I have your attention now, don’t I? Free tours run on the hour from 1-5pm Saturday, 1-4pm Sunday.
– Wednesday is a suggested donation day. Suggested donation is $16 for adults, $12 for children, and $14 for seniors. Of course, the money you donate does help them to rescue animals around the world, but you can obviously choose to pay nothing.
Museum of Modern Art
– Entry is free 4-8pm on Friday however, this is a very busy time for the museum. You can experience The Starry Night
(van Gogh), The Persistence of Memory
(Dali) and Campbell’s Soup Cans
New York Botanical Garden
– Free Wednesday, 10am to noon on Saturdays. Features 250 acres of 50 unique gardens. Take your allergy pills and bring a camera.
Staten Island Ferry
– A commuter ferry that runs from Battery Park to Staten Island that gives riders a chance to experience amazing views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the New York Harbor for free.
– Likely the most beautiful when seen at night, over 26 million people visit Times Square each year, there are Broadway shows, first-class dining, street performers and some of the best shopping you’ll experience.
30 Rockefeller Center
– Home the NBC studio tours, Radio City Music Hall, an iconic skating rink and an an annual Christmas Tree adored worldwide, Rockefeller Center has continued to be an important New York City complex and visitors can enjoy the Art Deco architecture and the art work featured throughout the area.
Chrysler Building – A New York icon, it is the world’s tallest building. There’s no observation deck, but the lobby of the Chrysler Building is worth a visit to see the ceiling mural.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
– Taking over 20 years to complete, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest decorated Gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States and seats 2200 people.