NYC

Percy's Pizza - the Quest for the Best $1 Slice

 

NYC on a budget highlights budget-friendly attractions, activities and food places worth checking out. What’s your favorite New York pizza place so far?

We’ve been on a quest to find the best dollar pizza slice in NYC & so far Percy’s pizza, located on Bleecker street, in the Greenwich Village nightclub district, is the winner! The compact, brick-walled counter serves inexpensive, thin-crushed slices. A great option to eat on a budget.

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Well cooked, foldable, crispy and the fresh-tasting sauce distinguishes it from any other ¢99 and $1 pizza we have tried in the city. Percy’s is especially great when it’s hot right out of the oven, and it can actually stand on its own, not needing heaps of seasoning post-purchase.

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A pizza pie at Percy’s goes from $8 for the classic cheese and up to $18 for any three-toppins pie. Plain slices start at $1 and most topped slices are $1.50. 2 slices and a drink go for $2.75!

Note it’s cash only, like most dollar slice spots.

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Hours: 11 am - 2 am

Where: 190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 (a 29 minutes subway ride from Our Place)

Phone: (212) 388-1355 (for pick up).

 

7 Safety tips for a solo-girl exploring NYC

 

Housemate Advice comes from an Our Place Housemate with knowledge to share. Here, Tania Quiros from Costa Rica shares safety tips for exploring NYC on your own.


Have you ever heard the saying ‘common sense isn’t always common’? Some of the following tips may sound obvious but a simple reminder can go a long way. Keep them in mind before heading out to explore the BIG city!

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1. Act, look, BE confident

Look like you know where you’re going, even if you don't! It's a fast-paced city, walk confidently, head high, with a smile on your face ;)

2. Blend with the locals

There is nothing wrong with being a tourist or visitor, and you may want to stand out with a chic outfit, it’s New York, right? But we are talking about minimizing risks, you don’t want to have all eyes on you when trying to find your way around, so, dress comfortably and appropriately for the day’s activities.

3. Don’t carry a big bag

We girls manage to carry a million things in our bags, but do we really need all that? Not in NYC! Essentials things only. Carry a copy of your ID and passport, your phone and money in a safe small bag. Don’t forget your lip balm!

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4. Taking the subway…

can be quite the adventure but it can be a little intimidating if you’re not used to it. To avoid looking like you’re lost you want to know where you’re going. Phone apps like Google maps or Citymapper can get you around, but if you can memorize where the stations are and which trains you need to take you won’t have to be looking at your phone the entire time.

5. Once on the subway

Keep your belongings at sight, don’t put things in your back pockets, look around, see who’s next to you. Be calm, confident and if something odd is going in the subway car you’re in. Switch to the next car at the next stop.

It’s wise to have your wits about you at all times of the day and night, but be particular alert if you must ride the subway alone late at night. If you do have to travel alone, choose the car with at least 5-10 people on it. There is power in numbers, even if they are strangers to you.

 
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6. Careful with your money

If USD is not your currency, there’s homework to do. Research and ask around to get an idea of what are reasonable prices for the things you want to do/buy.

Don’t carry all your money with you and only take it out when you’re at the register to make a purchase - never in the middle of a crowded area.

7. Out at night

Nightlife in NYC is very exciting and a must-have experience. We’ve all heard about Times Square and the trillion bars and clubs there are, right? If you’re into checking it out, enjoy it! Just be sure to be aware of your surroundings and yourself. Drinking is fun, but make sure you are well enough to navigate your way back home at the end of the night. Be mindful who you befriend, and use your better judgment when considering leaving the bar/club with new friends.

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Bonus: If you’re feeling uneasy and not confident enough to go out and about on your own, join a group! There are many tours and activities for travelers. Not only will it make you feel safer, it will also give you the chance to meet new people and make new friends!

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Keeping safe when traveling should be your No.1 priority but that should not keep you from enjoying your trip! Don’t be afraid to go out and explore the amazing city of New York; just Trust Your Instincts, and use your street smarts!

 
 

Wah Fung No. 1

 

NYC on a budget highlights budget-friendly attractions, activities and food places worth checking out. What’s your favorite spot in Chinatown?

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Chinatown is known for having an abundance of great places to eat at an unbelievably low price point. One of my favorite stops is Wah Fung No. 1 on Chrystie St. just off Hester. The menu is limited to roast duck, pork, or chicken served over rice with a side of cabbage, but what they lack in variety they make up for in flavor. Don’t be surprised if there is a line out the door when you arrive, but don’t worry, the guys inside keep it moving quickly. While there isn’t seating in the restaurant they are located across from a park with plenty of benches to sit and enjoy your meal on a nice day.

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Recommendations: Everything I have tried has been absolutely delicious, but the hands-down best deal is the pork, or chicken, over rice special. For $4.25 you get a generous amount of perfectly roasted pork or chicken over steamed rice and cabbage topped with sauce.

Cost: Everything on the menu is under $10 with most items being around $6 making for a super affordable and delicious option.

Where: 79 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002 (right off Hester)

Hours: 9 am- 7 pm

How to get there: Take the B or D to Grand St or the F to East Broadway (a 35 minute subway ride from Our Place)



 

Broadway without going Broke - 6 Tips

 

#HousemateAdvice comes from a current or past Our Place Housemate. Liedewei, from Belgium, shares her tips for seeing Broadway one the cheap.


Hi! My name is Liedewei. I’ve been living at Our Place for quite some time now and for me the most exciting thing in the city is the amazing variety of musicals and plays. You could spend every night at the theatre and still see a different show every day. “Yeah right, maybe if you have an unlimited bank account”, I hear you say as you read this, but going to the theatre doesn’t have to be expensive. Read on for 6 different ways to see a Broadway show and still have money for groceries.

 

1. Download an app

There are a few apps to help you find discounted tickets. I always use TodayTix. This app lists numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as other select types of shows across NYC (and other cities). Browse through their offerings or search for that specific play you’ve been dying to see and check out their discounts for the next couple of weeks. If you can’t find a nice deal today, maybe something will pop up tomorrow. Be aware of the additional fees as you budget your night out - most of my purchases had a $12.50 fee per ticket.

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2. Rush hour tickets

If you want to avoid fees (which come along with most tickets), try rush tickets. These tickets are usually $29-$50 and sold at the box office on a first come first serve basis. True fans might be standing in line hours before the box office opens! I “rushed” once to see Jason Mraz in Waitress… I arrived at the box office 2 hours prior to opening and was the last one to get a ticket, leaving lots of people behind me empty handed. If you’re considering rushing, come prepared! Dress according to the season, bring food & drink and a friend to keep your spot when you need a bathroom break. These tickets might not be the best seats in the theatre, since they are generally the last ones to be sold, but your wallet will thank you.

3. Standing room tickets

For some shows you can buy a standing room ticket. These are generally a few dollars cheaper than the rush hour tickets. Most of the shows will only offer these tickets when the theater is sold out. In other words: it’s a nice way to sneak into the popular shows, if you are willing to stand the whole evening.

4. Broadway Lottery

Some shows give you the option to enter for a chance to win up to 2 cheap tickets ($10-$50) to a same-day or next-day performance. Depending on the show, you can either enter in person or online. Participating in the lottery is free, but if you win you’ll need to pay for the discounted ticket/s.

In person: Frankly, I have never done an in person lottery. From what I’ve heard, you show up at the theatre at a certain time, enter your name and the number of tickets you want (1 or 2) and wait for the lucky names to be drawn. An Our Place housemate won an in-person lottery for Book of Mormon, and paid $32 per ticket to sit in the front center row.

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Online: The majority of Broadway shows I have seen were online lottery wins. There are 2 websites that give access to a variety of lotteries: Lucky Seat and Broadway Direct. If you win, both sites give you exactly 1 hour from the announcement to purchase the tickets before they get passed onto the next person in line.

Lucky Seat hosts $30-$42 (per ticket) lotteries for musicals across America. You can enter anytime for the next 7 days and you can even arrange for a text message to notify you when you have won. This is handy since you may not be looking at your email when the announcement as made and you don’t want to miss that 1 hour window to purchase.

To win $30-$42 tickets from Broadway Direct, you’ll have to enter for each show during the period that the lottery is open which is generally the same night or next day as the show. They will email the results when the lottery closes, which is at a different time for every lottery. I’ve missed a lot of wins due to this system, so now I set an alarm whenever I play on this site.

Hamilton: If you’re one of the many people who want to see Hamilton without emptying your bank account, there are two ways to win the opportunity to purchase their $10 tickets. You can enter Lucky Seat, AND on Hamilton’s very own app! The app also gives you access to a lot more content about the musical such as merchandise, news, trivia and karaoke, just through a few clicks on your smartphone.

Visit this post from Playbill.com to learn which shows have rush hour tickets, standing room tickets and lotteries.

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5. Broadway Roulette

If your goal is to see a Broadway show and you don’t have a preference or particular show in mind, Broadway Roulette might be for you. For $49-$59 you choose a date and they let you know what show you will be attending. Interested? Give it a shot ;)

6. Broadway Week

Last but not least, ‘Broadway Week’ happens twice a year. During this time period (which is often longer than a week), select shows offer 2-for-1 tickets. Sales start a few weeks in advance on Broadway Show Tickets, NYC Go, or on a regular ticket sale website with the BWAYWK promo code. For the specific period and rules, Google will tell all!

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Hopefully you’re already on your way to a Broadway show at discount, but if you still have questions, www.playbill.com can be a very helpful website. Keep an eye out for show-specific offers such as discounted tickets, 2-for-1 tickets, second ticket for $10, free anniversary performances, and more. I often stumble upon these offers on social media. In any case, best of luck with the lottery! And please take me as your +1…