NYC on a budget

9/11 Memorial & Museum

 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. Have you visited New York museums? Let us know your favorite in the comments.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, known as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, is an educational and historical institution that commemorates the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

The Memorial

The memorial is located where the Twin Towers once stood at the World Trade Center site. It occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site and features the two biggest manmade waterfalls ever constructed in North America, and two reflecting pools. The names of the victims are inscribed into bronze panels surrounding the pools and the white oak trees that surround the plaza give the memorial area a sense of calm from the bustling metropolis.

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The Museum

The 9/11 Museum, honors the victims of the attacks through videos, audios, and personal stories of those who experienced these tragic events. It features guided tours, exhibitions, and the displays artifacts, including large steel pieces of the facade of the original North Tower.

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The Museum is open to the public every day of the week and tickets can be reserved online on the Museum’s website. On Tuesdays, free tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis, after 4:00 pm.

Displayed artifacts and tributes

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“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.” -Memorial.org

Hours:

9/11 Memorial

Daily, 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

9/11 Memorial Museum

Open Daily

Sun - Thu, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., last entry at 6 p.m.

Fri and Sat, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., last entry at 7 p.m.

Note: An average visit takes approximately two hours.


Where: 180 Greenwich Street. New York, NY 10007.

Click here for details on the various options to get there.

 

Stay active in NYC for free with Class Pass

 

If you are visiting the Big Apple for a few weeks and want to stay active and healthy, ClassPass offers you the possibility to take workout classes for free for one month!

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ClassPass is a membership-based app designed for you to try workout classes, selecting from a wide range of gyms and studios in over 80 cities in the world, with the option to cancel at any time.

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Source: www.classpass.com

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How it works


Memberships start at $35, once you sign up you obtain credits to book a variety of workouts ranging from strength training to yoga, cycling and many more. First-time users get the first month for free, with 40 credits with which you can use to book up to 10 classes. The credits needed for a class vary depending on the workout type and studio/gym, but it typically ranges from 4 to 10, and up to 16-20 for classes at upscale studios.

Once your free trial ends you will be automatically enrolled for the paid monthly plan, but you can cancel at any time during your trial period to avoid being charged.

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Source: www.chicagotribune.com

So don’t worry hold back trying all the food that NYC has to offer! Use ClassPass to stay active, energized, and have fun trying new fitness fads at little to no cost!

 
 

NYC on a budget: Club Free Time

 

Looking for free things to do in NYC? Club Free Time is like a friend who’s got an in!

There are so many free and affordable things happening in New York City that are worth checking out, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. CFT is a web-based organization that provides info about cultural events that take place in New York City, mainly in Manhattan. You can find detailed info about free workshops, plays, films, tours, and other events listed in one place.

For a monthly subscription of $2.95, you get access to CFT’s free activities calendar, making it easy to map out your free adventures for the month. Additionally, CFT provides information about discount tickets for music events, concerts, and even Off-Broadway shows.

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The event catalog covers a broad range of topics to suit anyone’s interests. Think yoga classes, writing workshops, city walks & tours, networking and professional development - CFT covers it all. Having fun and exploring all NYC has to offer doesn’t need to be expensive.

The first event we attended was a Career Development Workshop at the Science, Industry and Business Library. It was hosted by David Lees, cofounder of The Illumination Group, an executive career coaching consultancy based in NY. Fancy!

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Interesting fact: CFT started as a newsletter about free cultural events in New York in 1987, and was funded by Natella Vaidman, a Russian immigrant. Since then, the organization has grown significantly and has been featured in publications like The New York Times and Wall Street Journal!

Thank you Natella, for being the catalyst for this great resource for New Yorkers on a budget.

 

Roosevelt Island

 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. Have you visited New York landmark islands? Let us know in the comments.

NYC from another perspective

There are dozens of great spots for the perfect city picture in NYC, like the famous observatories with amazing views. But if you’re looking for a different photo-spot and want to see the city from another perspective, you must visit its islands.

The two-mile long and one street wide Roosevelt Island is located between Manhattan and Queens on the East River.

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Source: https://www.wnyc.org/story/silicon-alley-moves-roosevelt-island/

How to get there?

Take the Roosevelt Island Tramway for the aerial view. The cost is $2.25 with MetroCard or single pass (one-way); it departs every 15mins every day from 6 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. You can also take the NYC Ferry for a $2.75 one-way ticket, or the F train subway line, which has a stop on the island. The Roosevelt bridge (which connects to Queens) is another option to walk, bike or drive into the island.

Source: www.tracysnewyorklife.com/roosevelt-island-day-trip-from-manhattan/

Source: www.tracysnewyorklife.com/roosevelt-island-day-trip-from-manhattan/

What to see?

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Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Austere church from 1888.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

This park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President Roosevelt. It’s located on the southern tip of the island.


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Smallpox Hospital Ruins

Built in 1854, it was the first major U.S. hospital dedicated to the care of victims of smallpox.


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Source: www.atlasobscura.com/places/roosevelt-island-lighthouse

Blackwell Island Lighthouse

Fifty-foot-tall stone lighthouse located at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island, built in 1872.


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The Octagon Tower

The octagonal tower, built in 1834, now part of a luxury buildings complex, was originally a mental hospital


Views from the Tram and Island

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There you have it! If you’re visiting New York City take the opportunity to walk around the often overlooked Roosevelt Island, it offers amazing views of Manhattan’s skyline, and it’s perfect for a break from the chaos of the city.

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Where: Between Manhattan (west side) and Queens (east side) on the East River. - See details on the various options to get to the island.

 

Where to celebrate Lunar New Year in NYC

 

Welcome the Asian Lunar New Year -the year of the Pig- with these fun and colorful events happening all over the city.

The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is a festival that marks the beginning of the year in the Lunar calendar. It’s celebrated by most East Asian cultures on the same day, and it’s around the corner! While the official date is February 5th, there are festivities throughout the whole month so mark your calendar and set out to some of the best NYC events in February!

Source: https://www.tripsavvy.com/chinese-lunar-new-year-in-nyc-1612203

Source: https://www.tripsavvy.com/chinese-lunar-new-year-in-nyc-1612203

MANHATTAN EVENTS

Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

The Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival takes place in Manhattan's Chinatown on February 5th. As part of the annual traditions, the Better Chinatown Society lights thousands of firecrackers to welcome the new year and ward off evil spirits. Dancers and singers perform on a big stage while dragon and lion masked groups take over the streets.

The festival starts at 11:00 am and lasts until 3:30 pm near the basketball court in Sara Roosevelt Park.  

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Source: https://ny.curbed.com/2017/1/28/14424166/lunar-chinese-new-year-parades-nyc

Annual Chinese New Year Parade

The Chinese New Year Parade and Festival takes place on a different day than the Firecracker Festival. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, February 17th. The spectacle includes musicians, lion and dragon dances, stunning outfits, acrobats and martial art performers. More than 5,000 people participate in the parade. The event starts at 1:00 pm at Mott and Hester streets and ends in Roosevelt Park, at around 4:30 pm.

Source: https://ny.curbed.com/2017/1/28/14424166/lunar-chinese-new-year-parades-nyc

Source: https://ny.curbed.com/2017/1/28/14424166/lunar-chinese-new-year-parades-nyc


BROOKLYN EVENTS

Chinese New Year Parade on 8th Avenue

The Chinese New Year is also celebrated all over Brooklyn. The annual Brooklyn Lunar New Year Parade takes place February 5th on 8th Avenue, from 50th Street to 61st Street. It features traditional dancing, singing, kung fu demonstrations, and firecrackers!

Source: https://bklyner.com/year-dog-celebrating-lunar-new-year-brooklyn/

Source: https://bklyner.com/year-dog-celebrating-lunar-new-year-brooklyn/

Lunar New Year in Prospect Park

Also on February 5th, a wide range of activities will be taking place at Prospect Park. From paper-lantern making to Bingo and card games, the Prospect Park Alliance has a fun set of free activities planned for families to enjoy the Chinese holiday. RSVP and see more event details.

Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/04/bay-area-2018-lunar-new-year-festivals-and-events/

Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/04/bay-area-2018-lunar-new-year-festivals-and-events/

Queens Events

Lunar New Year Parade and Reception

Festivities for the Lunar New Year will start at the historic St. George’s Church with a reception held by the Greater Flushings Chamber of Commerce on February 9th. The reception will be from 9:30 am until 10:30 and will be showcasing performances by local artists and organizations, a prize raffle, and local refreshments. After the reception, head over to Union St and 37th Ave for the parade that starts around 11 am.

Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-lunar-new-year-parade-reception-2019-tickets-53067716970

Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-lunar-new-year-parade-reception-2019-tickets-53067716970

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar

The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar will take place on February 17 at the Flushings town hall. Temple fairs are a popular tradition for the Lunar New Year going back centuries. The fair will have a variety of performances, art-making, and food to celebrate the new year. This family-friendly event will take place in two timed entry sessions at 11 am and 2 pm. You will need your $5 ticket to participate so make sure you snag your tickets for this event before they sell out. Follow the link below the picture to purchase tickets.

Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-lunar-new-year-parade-reception-2019-tickets-53067716970

Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-lunar-new-year-parade-reception-2019-tickets-53067716970

Interesting fact: New York City is home to the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. Manhattan’s Chinatown is known to be one of the oldest Chinese communities in the United States.

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