The best things in life are free!

August 31, 2013 by Karen

There are a lot of free things to do in New York. Below is a selection of some of the free things we checked out.
The New York Public Library offers free tours. We rushed to make the 11 am tour but ditched the tour after about five minutes on Dad's request and explored the building by ourselves.

'Patience and Fortitude, the world-renowned pair of marble lions that stand proudly before the majestic Beaux-Arts building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan, have captured the imagination and affection of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world since the Library was dedicated on May 23, 1911.'

New York Public Library website

Markets are held regularly in New York and we checked out the Green Market in Union Square.
We managed to sniff out all of the stalls offering free samples! Mum seemed particular attracted to the wine!

MOMA (The Musuem of Modern Art) has free entry of a Friday night from 4 pm to 8 pm. I wrongly assumed we would be one of only a handful of people there. Boy was I wrong! The line to get in went out of the door and around the corner but thankfully moved quickly.
We only really enjoyed the art on the upper levels.
My favourite painting of all time, Van Gogh's Stary night.
Those eyebrows looked familiar.
Nick and Mum liked this random helicopter……


One of my favourite free things to do in New York was to shoot down to the theatre district to enter the 'Book of Mormon' lottery for cheap front row and box seats.

First time lucky??? I arrived 45 minutes before the draw and stood against the wall. A long line formed behind me which we later found out was totally unnecessary!
Unfortunately because it was a holiday weekend we picked the busiest night in months!

The Lottery guys and their golden barrel.

The Book of Mormon Lottery was definitely entertaining, especially when Lottery Dude, my favourite lottery man was on duty! On two occasions with the first ticket he pulled out he yelled, “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!”
Unfortunately I was not the only person in the crowd to respond with Oi, Oi, Oi!
Attempt 5: Maybe mum will be my lucky charm!
Random celebrities! We had no idea who this guy was but assumed he was in the show as he was signing autographs out the front.
Attempt 7: Perhaps giving the card a kiss will improve my chances!

Unfortunately after seven attempts we remainded unlucky but we certainly had a lot of fun trying! The doorman from the hotel across the road showed a lot more endurance than us. He has tried and failed over 100 times!

If you planning to visit New York check out this great link below.

Free things to do in New York City


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