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AIRTRAIN and Subway from JFK: Take the fast Airtrain and the subway into the city like a New Yorker. Its only costs $7.50!

The subway is the fastest and cheapest way to get around. The bus is also great!

Try the new bikeshare system: CitiBike


Many New York museums have discounted or free admission:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art.   Always "Suggested Admission" and "Pay What You Wish" even only $1.00!

The Museum of Modern Art.   Free Fridays from 4 pm- 8 pm

The Guggenheim Museum.  "Pay What You Wish" Fridays 5:454 pm - 7:15 pm

The Metropolitan Opera House.    "Rush" tickets for all operas: $20.00

Don't miss these two new, exciting museums:

The Museum of Art and Design.   "Pay What You Wish" Thursdays 6 pm - 9 pm

The Rubin Museum.   Free admission Fridays 7 pm- 10 pm

Gallery Listings: Its free to visit New York Art galleries.

FOOD:   New York City food walking tours!

The winning street cart vendors! Sample the best sidewalk chefs in NY

FInd the best midtown lunch bargains:  search by location or cuisine!




The Subway: subway transportation is excellent in Queens. The 7 train goes directly from Grand Central in Manhattan to Queens in 5 minutes. Other excellent subway lines are the E, V, N, R and also the G train to Brooklyn.

Queens is renowned for its diverse ethnic restaurants. The restaurants below are all within walking distance from our Queens apartment.

Tournesol: A Michelin-noted small and welcoming French bistro.

The Creek LIC: a chill Tex-Mex grill with a full bar, pool room, and spacious outdoor patio and lounge.

Tuk Tuk: authentic Thai food from a Bangkok-expat artist.

Testaccio: Roman nose-to-tail comfort food with NYC flair.

Manetta's Ristorante: an old neighborhood original since the '20's. Excellent and cheap pizza.

Cafe Henri: a little bit of the left bank in Queens-delectable crepes and salads!

Massa Restaurant and Lounge: Mediteranean menu, jazz in evenings.

Communitea: Our favorite neighborhood cafe. Has a great selection of organic loose leaf teas, excellent coffee from a local roaster, does paninis, sandwiches, real fruit smoothies, baked goodies (alot done on the premises) and has free wi-fi. Very relaxed with an old-school vibe.


PS 1 Contemporary Art Center: the best place to see the newest contemporary art in a museum. It is connected to MoMA (one ticket gets you into both museums) A must for those interested in cutting edge art.

The Noguchi Museum is dedicated to life and work of this extraordinary Japanese-American sculpturor and architect.

Museum of the Moving Image: the best small museum in New York, this museum has excellent interactive exhibits: a perfect destination!

Long Island City Art Tour: excellent local art.


Trendy Williamsburg is fast, safe and easy to get to: take the L train to the Bedford stop on the subway. Read the "Brooklyn Bound" Guide

Free Williamsburg:  the guide to Williamsburg's music, art, food, and bar scenes

Brooklyn Art Guide: cutting edge art in NY's hippest gallery district, Williamsburg

"36 hours in Brooklyn": a New York Times article about the delights of this borough!

"Brooklyn Made": the style map for design items made and sold in Williamsburg Brooklyn.


"The New New Harlem": A fresh slate of restaurants, markets, shops and bars!

"The Rebirth, and the Best, Goes on": a New York Times article features the old/new neighborhood.




The New York Water Taxi. Skip the higher priced tourist boats: Hop On/Hop Off boat tours of the Statue of Liberty ,and the lower Manhattan waterfront, including new hip areas of Brooklyn. (Don't miss the Jacques Torres Chocalate Factory in DUMBO!)

Central Park: An excellent way to enjoy the city, free!

The Hudson River Park: NY's newest waterfront delight!

The New York Botanical Garden: A magnificent Victorian greenhouse. Free admission all day Wednesdays and 10-12 noon on Saturdays.

Bird Watching Tours in Central Park: weekly bird walks with famed New York naturalist Birding Bob!

Soundwalk! CDs and downloads for awesome walking tours of the best New York neighborhoods.


Shopping for the Frugal Fashionista: New York clothing bargains

Yoga To The People: "Pay What You Wish" yoga classes in the East Village

Shambala Meditation Center of New York: "Pay By Donation " Buddhist Meditation classes.



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