Here is a list of seven spectacular places to go in New York where you will not need to reach into your wallet to gain entry.
1. SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK
This 4 acre space was an illegal landfill site until 1986. Since then it has been the largest area dedicated to the exhibition of multi-media and sculptures in New York City.
The park is a public space as well as an outdoor museum and also offers workshops and training programs for artists, employers and those interested in arts education.
Keep your eyes peeled for the public events held there (also free) such as capoeira, yoga and movie screenings during the summer months. Visit their website www.socratessculpturepark.org for more details.
2. CENTRAL PARK
One of the most famous green spaces in New York, Central Park has owned the prestigious status of a National Historic Landmark since the early 1960s.
This park contains so many individual facilities on its 778 acre site, to name but a few; an ice-skating rink, a zoo, man-made lakes, amphitheatre and wildlife sanctuary. Go to the website for more details www.centralparknyc.org.
3. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
The nation’s largest public library serves over 18 million people each year. It has been a focal point for the provision of books, documents and other publications since 1895.
Check out the website, www.nypl.org, for more details on what the NYPL could do for you.
4. ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL
This Roman Catholic Cathedral, designed using the Gothic Revival architectural style, also holds the National Historic Landmark status, like Central Park.
The cathedral is currently going through a 5-year $175m restoration project to ensure that it will be able to survive for decades and even centuries to come. Visit www.saintpatrickscathedral.org for more details.
5. BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDENS
Despite only being free for the general public on Tuesdays (see the website www.bbg.org for details), it is definitely the place for all garden enthusiasts to go.
The 52-acre area of gardens attracts almost 1 million visitors from all over the world every year, why not be one of them?
6. FASHION INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM
A museum of fashion accessories, clothing and textiles, including some priceless (or simply very pricey!) items from Chanel and Dior themselves.
This place is certainly an ideal day-out location for all you fashionistas and shopaholics.
For more information on how the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum can satisfy your fashion needs, please visit www.fitnyc.edu/334.asp.
7. FORBES GALLERIES
Admire Malcolm Forbes’ collection of toys and games at the Forbes Galleries, which has also been continued by his family after his death.
This exhibit is home to some of the most famous items in the world of children’s toys, such as an original Monopoly board. For more details go to www.forbesgalleries.com.