Cheap Travel Tips for New York City and Presents for a Loyal Reader

by brian on March 27, 2009

One of the ways they say to get over the lost feeling of being on the road is to explore your own town. I’m going to be exploring the ‘center of the known universe’ – New York City – in depth over the next few weeks.

This week I took in the Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian and then met with loyal reader Bathabile!

First things first. The National Museum of the American Indian (http://www.nmai.si.edu) is FREE. Located at Bowling Green Station off of the 4 and 5 subway lines, New Yorkers generally pass right by the large building it is housed in and don’t bat an eye.

 Cheap Travel Tips for New York City and Presents for a Loyal ReaderOutside the National Museum of the American Indian

The major exhibit this week was clothing by Native Americans, for Native Americans. Photographs were not allowed inside but needless to say the intricate care and detail needed to make these clothes is incredible. There were no sewing machines or pre-cut material. A buffalo or other animal had to be hunted and then most everything from the animal was used for food or clothing.

 Cheap Travel Tips for New York City and Presents for a Loyal ReaderOutside the museum, I had to pose with this panda. I have no idea what he/she was selling, but it looked so lonely by itself so I had to take a pic. And then I noticed the tip jar…

 Cheap Travel Tips for New York City and Presents for a Loyal ReaderBrian with the famous Raging Bull of Wall Street

The Guggenheim (http://www.guggenheim.org) – world renowned. But art is such a subjective topic. One person’s masterpiece is another person’s complete waste of time. That’s how I felt about the Guggenheim. Exhibits of dots on a white wall? Incomprehensible videos? Maybe I need to take Art Appreciation 101. Entry is $18US.

But there is a way to save on that. There is a NYC CityPass that for $74US gets you admission to ALL of the following attractions:

Empire State Building Observatory
American Museum of Natural History & Rose Center
Guggenheim Museum
The Museum of Modern Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
OR
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

You save almost half (45%) of the usual $134US total entry fee if you bought each ticket individually. Worth it if you planned on seeing the landmark attractions.

CityPass is also available for other major US cities and Toronto. Check it out @ http://www.citypass.com

 Cheap Travel Tips for New York City and Presents for a Loyal ReaderInside on the ground floor of the Guggenheim

The next night took me to the Upper East Side where I met up with loyal reader Bathabile. Back in Tokyo (http://nodebtworldtravel.com/2008/10/nodebtworldtravelcom-making-dreams-come.html) she asked me to pick up the Japanese only music CDs of her jazz guitar teacher, Brandon Ross. Well I finally delivered the CDs after lugging them around for 3 months and she was as excited as a kid in a candy store. And true to her word, she bought me dinner at Southern Hospitality, a BBQ joint co-owned by Justin Timberlake.

I still haven’t forgiven JT for bailing on Janet Jackson after the Super Bowl fiasco!

 Cheap Travel Tips for New York City and Presents for a Loyal ReaderBathabile celebrating the safe arrival of her CDs. These CDs have traveled more than you Bath!

 Cheap Travel Tips for New York City and Presents for a Loyal ReaderDuring dinner we made friends with our waitress and aspiring actress, Chan. But really, is there any other type of waitress in New York City?


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Bathabile March 30, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Oh, NOW I get it! I wondered why you mentioned JT. I didn’t know that JT owns the place. I WANT MY MONEY BACK! Well, sorta. That which he did was not cool!

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brian March 31, 2009 at 9:17 AM

@Bath
Ah Janet got over the Super Bowl scrape just fine. She might have needed the PR!

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