Aging Cheapskate’s Guide to NYC Tourist Adventures

Westside Market The best cheap hotel is in Newark, the Robert Treat… Free parking … Free shuttle to Newark Penn Station/Newark Airport … Free wifi … Free (and decent) breakfast … Queen beds, washer/dryers. With reservs about three weeks out, rooms are under $100. Backup hotel is Ramada in Jersey City. Slightly more expensive, $12 a day parking about two blocks away.


For the train to Manhattan (abt 18 minutes, faster than Queens to Manhattan), we got PATH Senior SmartLink cards. From Newark, you can go to the World Trade Center station or (transfer at Journal Sq.) the midtown station at 33rd Street. Each trip is $1 for seniors. OR take NJ Transit trains directly from Newark to New York Penn Station on 34th Street. ($5 off peak each way, $2.25 for seniors). Zabar's

General PATH train info here: Senior cards are here: NJ Transit from Penn Station: Coo Coo app has next train info for PATH and NJT.


In the city, take the subway. Best cell phone app is Embark; free and GPS based. Type in your destination and get the closest subway lines with next arrival times. General subway info here: Geezers, get the half-fare Metro Senior cards: For the Lower East Side and other neighborhoods not served by subway, try Uber cars. No cash, tip included and you can see the driver approach on the iPhone app. Register at


No matter where you are in the city, walking is involved, as are U-turns. Use your compass and remember that streets run South to North, from the Bowery to the Bronx, (so 48th is north of 33rd). Avenues run East to West, (so 8th is West of 5th). Broadway is a diagonal roughly SE to NW. Need a public restroom? Charmin has a good app called SitOrSquat.Becco Some restaurants to try: Also Becco, Hourglass, Heartland; West Bank Café; good schlock, Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House The food halls are chef-based fast food  To find a nearby restaurant (with price points and reviews) you can use the Open Table app or Yelp, although reviews on Yelp can seem hyperbolic.


See a show. Raise your consciousness and help out starving playwrights. Theatre tix: Rush and Lottery tix: Guide to free stuff: Guide to what’s going on: New York Today at


Some stuff we like:

New York Water Taxi

The High Line phase 3

Brooklyn Bridge Walk

Greenwich Village Jazz

Drama Book 250 W. 40th

Gondola Guy                

French bookstore         

Paleo in the City           

Audubon Collection    You can'tAn event sked:


New York City Restaurant Week


New York City Restaurant Week

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show


St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Tribeca Film Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden


Cinco De Mayo

Dance Parade

Book Expo America


Restaurant Week

Museum Mile Festival

Met Opera in the Parks

Shakespeare in the Park

JVC Jazz Festival

Central Park SummerStage


Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks

New York Restaurant Week

Met Opera in the Parks

Shakespeare in the Park


Central Park SummerStage

Shakespeare in the Park

U.S. Tennis Open prelims … free


West Indian Day Parade and Carnival

Broadway Week …

Brooklyn Book Festival …

Brooklyn Beat Festival …


New Yorker Festival …

New York Wine & Food Festival

Village Halloween Parade

Halloween Extravaganza


New York Comedy Festival

New York Culinary Festival

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Holiday Windows on Fifth Avenue


Holiday Train Show at the NYBG

Christmas and Holiday Concerts and Shows

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

West Village Chorale: Messiah Sing and Caroling Walk


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