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2nd Cheap NYC Guide: 30 Top Attractions

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Our 2nd cheap NYC guide features 30 top attractions that you must-see! Touristy or not, these are some the classics spots and neighborhoods that have changed New York’s history. Come uncover New York with us!

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The Cube at Astor Place. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y.C. (@NYCLovesNYC)

Today, for our 2nd Cheap NYC Guide, I’m going to take you through some of the best spots located in Lower Manhattan.

But wait! If you haven’t seen my 1st Cheap NYC Guide, take a look at it and see how you might want to start exploring our beautiful city!

I have created my own touristic route to take my friends and family around the most iconic highlights in the city. These are all entertaining, fun and CHEAP routes that I want to share with you.

Second Route: Lower Manhattan

Before I start, it is necessary to give you some tips. First, NYC food stores and restaurants are not required to offer restroom services, so I have included this item in my tour routes. Second, you can access the WIFI networks in all subway stations, NYC Parks and Starbucks for free (which also have restrooms. YAY!). Finally, if you like something you want to buy and you can afford it, just BUY IT. You probably won’t have time to go back or even remember where you saw that precious item.

This route explores 6 areas of Lower Manhattan: Union Square, Astor Place, Washington Square Park, SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy. It starts off at Union Square – where our 1st guide ended – located between 17th and 14th Streets and Union Square West and East Avenues.

Union Square

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Union Square Greenmarket

Here you can enjoy a year-round farmers market every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 8am – 6pm, called Union Square Greenmarket. During the peak seasons you can find regional farmers selling their products like fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, award-winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, teas and countless gifts, a profusion of cut flowers and plants, wine, ciders, maple syrup and much more. Shop early because the vendors sometimes leave, once they have sold out their products.

Around this area you can also find all type of stores including the largest Barnes & Noble store if you are looking for books, toys, music and more. A cereal store at Kellogg’s NYC where you can mix your favorites breakfast cereals for just $2 – milk not included. Also, a delicious Jewish Chocolate Rugelach pastry at Breads Bakery and Dylan’s Candy Bar, home to the largest selection of candies and candy-related gifts from around the world. And if you are into sports, your to-go spot is Paragon Sports.

If you’re traveling during the Winter holiday season, and you want to take home some unique gifts, visit Union Square’s Holiday Market that happens through December 24th. You’ll find local craftsmen and artists, open Monday to Friday from 11am – 8pm, Saturdays from 10am – 8pm and Sundays from 11am – 7pm.

*Restroom Spots: Around here you can find restrooms at Whole foods, Burlington, Best Buy, Starbucks, Barnes & Nobles, among others.

Astor Place & Washington Square

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y.C. (@NYCLovesNYC)

If you are starting to feel hungry, I recommend you walk downtown through Broadway and at 8th Street, turn left (East) towards Astor Square until you hit St. Marks. Here you will find delicious cheap Asian food including Japanese BBQ, Thai Food and Ramen. During this trajectory, you will find one of New York City’s most iconic pieces of public art—and heck, one of its most iconic landmarks, period—The Astor Place Cube. I dare you to push it to make it turn around!

Just a few block from this iconic landmark, you’ll find the theatre where the Stomp has been performing for years. If you haven’t heard about them, it’s about time! Founded in the UK, back in 1991, today they are world famous, creating the most impressive percussion acts with unexpected objects and body parts!

Get ready to feel your bones shake!

After you are done, return to Broadway, walk to 4th Street and turn right (West), walking all the way to Washington Square Park. The park is dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the Northern gateway and the fountain. It’s one of the city’s popular spots for residents and tourists and you might recognize it form the movie August Rush.

Once a cemetery, now is a parade ground, a gathering spot for avant-garde artists, a battleground for chess enthusiasts and a playground for canines and children.

*Restroom Spot: Available public restrooms in the park.

If you were not temped by St. Marks food options, check MacDougal Street, located at the Southwest corner of the park. This area is NYU’s Students favorite food spot and therefore, very affordable. If you are into Italian food, Artichoke Basille’s Pizza offers huge pizza slices for less than $5. If you prefer Asian food, Saigon Shack has cheap Vietnamese food, but is a very popular spot so be prepared to wait. And if you prefer vegetarian food, try by Chloe.

SoHo & Chinatown

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y.C. (@NYCLovesNYC)

By now, I’ pretty sure you’re full and in the need another good walk. Walk back to 4th Street towards (East) until you hit Broadway again and start walking downtown. After a few blocks, you will cross Houston Street and enter SoHo (a.k.a. South of Houston). This area is known for its designer boutiques, fancy chain stores and high-end art galleries, making it a trendy top shopping destination. I invite you to walk around the smaller streets and explore their uniqueness and secret little businesses.

Once you have absorbed all SoHo’s vibes, walk back to Broadway until you hit Canal Street, where you will be officially in Chinatown.

There is just so much to see here, that if after the tips below, you’re still curious to explore more of the food scene, book your tickets for the Tenements Tales and Taste Tour! You’ll enjoy the story of the millions of immigrants and taste several delicious dishes like pretzels, dumplings, potato knishes, waffles, homemade cheeses and even beer, of the many groups that have lived there.

At Canal Street turn left (East) and start walking through it. You will encounter several NY gift shops which are perfect to get some cheap souvenirs back home. While you’re walking you will be approach by several Chinese people offering “handbags and watches”.

Just be aware for they are all fake and illegal!

Among the treats I recommend around Chinatown are Taiyaki NYC, where you can try their fish-shaped waffle ice cream and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory where you will find my two favorite flavors: black sesame and lychee ice cream. If you like pastries, go to Taipan Bakery and try the delicious Coconut Bun for only $1.25, cash only. It is very popular, so hopefully you are lucky enough to get a warm one. And if you want to have an authentic Chinese meal, go to Great NY Noodletown on the corner of Bowery and Bayard Street. Remember that they’re cash only.

To find several food options in one place, there is a “hidden” food market called Canal Street Market. It’s located on the corner of Canal Street with Lafayette.

*Restroom Spot: The restaurant Great NY Noodletown has available restrooms as does Canal Street Market.

Little Italy

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y.C. (@NYCLovesNYC)

In the middle of Chinatown, at Mulberry Street with Canal Street facing North, you will find the entrance to Little Italy. This couple of streets welcomes a heavily touristy crowd to its high concentration of souvenir shops and traditional Italian eateries and bakeries. Tenement buildings, once home to the immigrants who settled the area in the late 1800s, line the narrow streets. Mulberry Street, the main thoroughfare, turns into a pedestrian mall on summer weekends and each September they celebrate San Gennaro Festival.

One of the store that I love visiting every time I’m there is Mulberry & Grand, founded by Emily Guggino. There is always something new to tempt you into purchasing it! A lovely curated collection of inspired accessories.

By now, you have visit almost a third of the city, all the way from 59th Street at Central Park down to Canal Street, in Chinatown. And, the good news is: it has only taken you two days. YAY! And, there is still so much more to see!

Did you enjoy the 1st and 2nd Cheap NYC guides with the top NYC attractions? If so, stay tuned for our 3rd Route, where we’ll explore the West Side. Spots like the famous Highline, the delicious Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District and one of the coolest neighborhoods in Manhattan, the West Village.

See soon!


Text Credit: Written by our contributor Magdalena Concha
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Noel. Y. C. (@NYCLovesNYC) and Union Square Greenmarket

Literally a Dream Hotel located in Chelsea

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If you’re looking for a hot spot hotel where people actually come to hang out, Dream Downtown is the place!

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New York City has infinite hotel options and it can be quite overwhelming.

Dream Hotel Downtown was the last hotel opening of Dream Hotels! Located in Chelsea, the hotel offers 315 loft-style rooms with all the amenities you can possibly think of. From high-speed WiFi to custom Etro toiletries and 350-thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linens.

Furthermore, if you enjoy the nightlife, the hotels hosts one of the coolest clubs in town named Electric Room. Since you like to party…this is a perfect spot, since it’s opened ’till 4am!

And still, it also offers a couple great dining options like the Mexican restaurant Bodega Negra with a fantastic menu created by Chef Michael Armstrong. Megu has a fine modern Japanese cuisine by Executive Chef Frances Tariga-Weshnak and The Beach bar and grill offers great cocktails and small, light bites right beside the pool.

Finally, The Guesthouse is a great option for a private gathering with friends. This luxurious duplex penthouse comes with it all – security guard, sneaker stylist, personal barista, a jacuzzi and a spacious garden terrace! The place will definitely “wow” your guests!

Dream Hotel is located close the some of the best spots in town. You’ll be walking distance from Union Square, several Chelsea hype art galleries, the famous (and touristy) High Line and other neighborhoods such as SoHo, West Village, the Garment District and Gramercy Park.

Certainly, it’s a great hotel for leisure, but also for a business travel, since it’s close to several important companies’ HQ!

Stay tuned because Dream Hotel will soon open 2 new locations.

This time, in Long Island City that we adore and Time Square – that we personally don’t really enjoy – but it’s surely a super central location if you want to feel a little of New York City’s bustling energy.

And still…

If you’re looking for ideas on what to do close by, try these!

Explore the super iconic Empire Diner that reopened last November, the hidden bar under the Chelsea Market called The Tippler, the unique theatrical experience Sleep No More perfect for a night out and Bathtub Gin – a the speakeasy secret bar.

Do you love Chelsea’s art scene? Our super cool and trendy art expert can take you to an unforgettable experience through a carefully curated list of art galleries in the neighborhood. Take a look here to learn more!

Location: 355 West 16th Street

www.dreamhotels.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of the Dream Hotels and Deezen Magazine

Your Home Away From Home: Q&A Hotel

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Question: What do you do when your home renovations take longer than expected and you have over-stayed your welcome at your friends? Or the noise at the co-working space is driving you crazy?

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…You are finally moving into a new place mid month and you are stranded for two weeks living out of a suitcase? Or worse, your furniture is not arriving for another month?

Answer: Q&A Residential Hotel, found in the 66 story landmark Art Deco building, is your home away from home. They offer 132 apartment-sized suites ranging from 500 to 1,400 square ft. with the features reminding a home. You can expect: a full sized kitchen including a dishwasher, valet laundry/ dry cleaning, fitness center and virtual concierge.

In addition to hotel amenities like: daily housekeeping, unlimited free wifi, unlimited local and long-distance calling, plush bedroom and bath linens. Plus, bath amenities by L’Occitane as an added treat – you’ll almost forget that it’s not your permanent address. All this, for no minimum stay either.

Upon entering the suite, you will immediately notice the modern décor which is a result of the design efforts of Furnished Quarter’s in-house design team led by Steve Saide, in collaboration with Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, the designer behind the Mondrian Hotels in both New York and LA.

If you are traveling for business, the soon-to-be-open Black Fox Coffee (planned for June 2016), will serve up the best artisanal java from the land down under.

Moreover, if you want to grab and go, complimentary coffee/tea and breakfast treats are offered in the hotel lobby every morning.

And for those wanting to stock up the full-sized fridge the 13,000 sq ft Urban Market will be an oasis of high quality, gourmet prepared food to satisfy everyone tastes after a long day at the office.

Want a full fridge without the trip to the store? Grocery service is provided with delivery straight to your suite.

Need a space to meet or print out some must need documents? A business center is located next to conference rooms.

Lastly, and even more exciting, is the Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield’s collaboration with restaurateur Ken Friedman. A four-level dining and drinking complex on the roof top is planned to open in 2017.

The accessibility to subways 2,3,4,5,J, Z,A and C make Q&A the obvious answer to all of your questions.

To guarantee a seamless stay, we can also help with out Concierge Services and Corporate Services. So, contact us to learn more about them! It will surely feel like your home away from home.

Location: 70 Pine Street

http://qandahotel.com

 

Guest writer: Elena Murzello
Photo Credit: Courtesy of QandAHotel

A Downtown NYC Shopping Guide for Men by Joey Zauzig

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If you’re looking for few great places to shop for men’s clothing and accessories, take a look at this selection by our amazing Contributor, Joey Zauzig! It’s a short downtown NYC shopping guide for men.

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Downtown shopping is something that some would describe as challenging. Uptown shopping has a stigma of having the best stores for your go-to closet must-haves.

Moreover, some of the best spots to shop at downtown do exist. They just might be a bit trickier to find and filter out with all the other boutiques on every street in the downtown boroughs.

For instance, some of my favorite stores from Midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn include, Dover Street Market, Fish for the Hip and Bird.


Bird

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Bird is always a great shop not just because of the must have mens pieces it has to offer, but the comfy, downtown environment. Not many know about this retail gem, but you might feel like you’ve struck gold when you see the refined men’s section.

So, trust me, sure to find your winter to fall transition piece here.

Hours:
Williamsburg | Cobble Hill | Fort Greene: Monday – Friday: 12pm – 8pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 7pm
Park Slope: Daily: 11am – 7pm

Locations:
203 Grand Street, Williamsburg
220 Smith Street, Cobble Hill
85 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
316 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope

www.shopbird.com


Fisch for the Hip

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THIS STORE UNFORTUNATELY PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

To be honest, when it comes to designer re-sale, I’m always a bit weary. Additionally, there are so many “popular” ones, you really never know what you are going to get.

Fisch for the Hip is key to finding your favorite designer staples.

Location: 88 1/2 7th Avenue

www.fischforthehip.com


Dover Street Market

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Last, but certainly not least, Dover Street Market.

It not only has the dopest selection of your favorite classic and more eclectic pieces, but wins for best esthetically pleasing shopping experience.

Sometimes window shopping isn’t such a depressing thing and if you’re going to do this it would be here. Yet, you would most likely find yourself buying the latest designer piece to hit the floor or grabbing a pastry at Rose Cafe.

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am–7pm
Sunday: 12pm–6pm

Location: 160 Lexington Avenue

http://newyork.doverstreetmarket.com


Plus, if you are interested in consulting with a Personal Shopper for a private service, let our experts arrange it for you. They will put together a customized NYC shopping guide based on your requests, including budget!

In addition, for Corporate requests regarding Fashion Trend Tours or Study Tours, contact out experts to understand what type of projects we’ve done in the past.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joey Zauzig and the Venues

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