A City on a Dime: New York City, New York

Today's City on a Dime is all about New York City, New York! Travel is something I do as a part of my job as a flight attendant. I love exploring a new city every day and using the opportunity to learn more about life and the world we live in. I usually only get about a day in each city when I travel for work, so I like to do a lot of traveling on my days off as well.

Somewhere I haven't been to very often and I want to see more of is New York City! I haven't been in a few years and can't wait to plan a trip or go for work. I've put together this go-to list of free + inexpensive things to do in NYC, hopefully it helps you as much as it will me!

Brooklyn Brewery Tours

Free tours of this brewery in Williamsburg run on Saturdays and Sundays! Brooklyn's Northside has transformed over the years to become a cultural destination, and the Brooklyn Brewery can't wait to show it to you! If you want to enjoy their tasting room afterwards, be sure you bring your ID and make sure you're 21+! ;)

Central Park

Of course this beautiful landscape dream needs to be on the list! Spend the afternoon in the Shakespeare Garden, ride the carousel, visit the animals at the Central Park Zoo, or figure skate during the winter on the Wollman Rink. This iconic park is full of beautiful sights and is shown in many movies and TV shows. While some tours are $15 each ticket, there are many tours that you can register to experience for FREE!

Governor's Island

Enjoy a free ferry ride to this small island and enjoy bike paths, beautiful scenery and historic military sites. Note: you can only visit this national park during the summer (from Memorial Day weekend in May through the last weekend of September).

Hamilton Grange

Witness a beautiful piece of history while you take a look inside one of Alexander Hamilton's homes - in fact, the one he built on his Harlem estate! Now the house is a national memorial!

Staten Island Ferry

A commuter ferry between Staten Island and Manhattan, this totally free ferry is a common place for commuters and a favorite of tourists, providing 22 MILLION people with transportation every year! Pro Tip: FREE WiFi is provided at each terminal and on each ferry!


It's no joke: more than 330,000 people visit Times Square each DAY - it's by far the most popular tourist attraction in the world. Beginning where 7th Avenue meets Broadway, extending from West 42nd Street to West 47th Street. The electric billboards (called "spectaculars") are quite the sight to see, and no dimes are needed!


Want to escape to Italy but don't have the money? During your trip to NYC, visit Little Italy, a neighborhood in lower Manhattan filled with a few Italian restaurants and stores, highly populated by Italian Americans!


If you're a museum fan, you'll love MoMA! Filled with many intricate exhibits and the host of many events, MoMA is sure to enrich your art knowledge. Plus, admission to MoMA is FREE every single Friday night from 4-8 p.m.!

What do you plan on checking out while you're in NYC? I'd love to know any extras I left out!


"A City on a Dime" is a series written by Emma detailing all her fave, budget-friendly things to do and see in various cities around the world. Have a request? Leave it in the comments! Being a newly crowned flight attendant, who knows where her career will take her next! Click here to read more "A City on a Dime" posts.



Emma is a part-time contributor at FashionablyFrank.com, bringing her love for travel and exploration. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 2013 and living in London, England for almost 1.5 years, she is now a flight attendant with a major airline. In her spare time, she enjoys embroidery, travel + breakfast food.