We’re all trying to save money and cut down on expenses to pay down debt, save up for a house, or reach early retirement. But that doesn’t mean that we should cut all the fun from our lives and stay home all day like hermits. We should go outside and enjoy the weather before it gets too cold and at least walk around to get some fresh air.
We try to go outside every weekend even if it just for a little while. Sometimes we go to the park, or hiking, or even just take a walk around town. Other times we like to go to New York City.
Many people automatically assume that New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and that’s true in many aspects, but there are a lot of things you can do in New York without having to spend too much money. One of these things is walk the New York City High Line.
What is The High Line?
The High Line or The High Line Park is a New York City linear park built on an old, unused elevated railroad line. The park is 1.45 miles long and it runs from Gansevoort Street – a couple of blocks below 13th street – to 34th street.
The best thing about the High Line is that is absolutely free! It is a park after all, but it is a pretty cool park.
You get to walk above the crazy New York City streets and between its buildings, and get to see the city from a different perspective. It is also a great place to just sit and people-watch. New York City’s High Line is full of interesting characters that I don’t get to see on a daily basis.
If you’re ever in New York City, I highly recommend you stop by the High Line… skip Times Square if you don’t have enough time. For those that live in NY or around the area, you should go and check it out now because they opened the new extension to 34th Street yesterday.
Our Frugal Date: NYC’s High Line
Kate and I decided to go to the High Line yesterday because it had been a while since we were there. It was kind of cool that we went yesterday because it was the first time that the new extension was open. Prior to yesterday, the High Line was only opened up to 30th street. Now they have a pretty cool extension that goes west on 30th street and then turns up to 34th Street.
We like to go to the High Line and just sit on a bench and look deeply into each other’s eyes and forget about the world around us… or we just watch people walk by. This time the High Line was more crowded than usual because it was the opening of the new extension and there was also the People’s Climate March happening not too far from there, which had a turn out of 400,000 people. Some of them made their way to the High Line after the protest – unfortunately, Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t one of them.
Anyways, we had a pretty good time just walking around the High Line and spent a couple of hours without having to spend any money. We did get pretty hungry though.
Groupon To The Rescue
There are a lot of cheap places to eat in New York, but you need to know where to find them. Dave at The New York Budget has a great list of Cheap Eats in NYC that you should definitely check out. Or you could get a Groupon.
Kate had a Groupon for Le Souk, a Moroccan restaurant in Greenwich Village that was pretty darn good. This is a restaurant that I probably would have never tried because it was not the cheapest, but the Groupon saved us almost $40 on our four course meal. I’m not against trying fancy restaurants, I’m just against paying full price for the meal (we still tip on the full amount, of course).
Washington Square Park
Since we were already down in the Village, we had to pass by my favorite NYC park, Washington Square Park. I love WSP because it is always full of life. There’s always music playing and people just having a good time.
In the many times I’ve been to Washington Square Park, this was the only time that I saw water in the fountain, which was pretty fun to see.
Like I said, there’s always something cool to see in WSP, and this time was no different. They had a few couches in the park for free conversation! Just some couches where you sit and have a conversation with strangers. How cool is that?
Get Yourself To NYC
New York City has a lot of awesome things to do and see, but my favorite thing about New York it’s all the different people that walk around its streets every day. It’s cool to see all the different personalities, styles, and attitudes that visit New York.
NYC is definitely a cool place to go, but try not to get trapped on the touristy areas/restaurants – Times Square, ahem, ahem – and just ask the locals where they like to go. They might seem like they’re in a rush trying to get somewhere, but they’re not as mean as people think. They’re just trying to get away from the crowds, that’s all.
If you’re ever planning a trip to New York, feel free to ask me for some tips and suggestions.
Have you been to the High Line? What are your favorite frugal dates?