Top NY travel tips for the under 30s
Leave the jazz hands at Broadway this summer, and head out to NY’s outdoor music, film and fringe events instead. The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) takes place from 10 - 26 August, The New York International Film Festival runs from 9 - 16 August and Electric Zoo - New York's Electronic Music Festival takes place from 31 August - 2 September, with David Guetta headlining on the Friday.
A Cooler Alternative To Central Park? Try Tomkins Square Park
This popular park in the middle of the East Village is the perfect centrepiece for its eclectic neighbourhood, which houses artists, radicals and fashion lovers. The performances hosted by the park are as unique as its residents: the annual line-up includes the outdoor drag festival Wigstock, the Howl Festival commemorating Allen Ginsberg, and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Along with its excellent people-watching, the park is equipped with two playgrounds, a handball court, chess tables and a basketball court.
Go Downtown For Dining
This leftfield Manhattan district has long been a refuge for immigrants, artists and students craving good food at a great price — Waves of émigrés from Ireland, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and China have stirred their cuisines into a melting pot of ethnic eateries, and deals can be found at Vanessa's Dumpling House, Thai favourite Zabb Elee and the East Village's Mark and Meatpacking's Bill's Bar & Burger, both for better-than-fast-food burgers. There is even a ‘recession special’ at Gray's Papaya — two franks and a beverage for $4.95.
Try A Tour With A Difference
Forget about seeing NY’s ubiquitous landmarks - give one of the experiences with Side Tour a go. You can do everything from explore the urban jungle’s natural spaces on a wilderness, to live vicariously through a rock star’s best friend on an experience led by Rolling Stone journalist and best-selling author Anthony Bozza! Or, why not see the city through the eyes of a real New Yorker, with Big Apple Greeter? New York locals are on hand to share personal knowledge of their city with visitors. What’s more, they offer their services free of charge.
Swap Macy’s for Flea Markets And Sample Sales
The home of middle-of-the-road 90s fashion beloved by Rachel from ‘Friends’ et al, whether you’re after high-tops or haute fashion, you won’t find it at Macy’s. However, you will find lots of kooky and cool vintage pieces at New York’s flea markets, from pre-loved Polaroid cameras to 70s vintage furs. And for those who want to bag a designer bargain, Racked.com tells you where NY’s sample sales are taking place.
Bag A Hotel Bargain With Added Freebies
Cheap, chic and ideal for the under 30's, The Hotel @ Times Square offers stays from $224.99 per room (under £70 per adult per night) in June. Situated just a short stroll from Central Park (great for yoga, cycle hire and inline skating), Fifth Avenue (try to find the Museum Of Sex) and Times Square (they often film morning TV there - be part of the audience, if you're up early enough!), this budget-friendly hotel boasts complimentary wi-fi, continental breakfast, national calls and a fitness suite. To book, visit thehotelattimessquare.com. Flights with DialAFlight to JFK start from £340.