Get Away From The 'Lou: New York City, NY (On A Budget)

By Mackenzie Taylor
In Culture

As much as we love good ol’ STL, it’s nice to pack up a few things and get away for the weekend. Whether you’re wanting to drive to another city for a different kind of nightlife or escape to the countryside for stargazing and quiet, there are many places to travel for a great weekend outside the ‘Lou. This week we’re headed to New York City—on a major budget.

Getting There

When buying plane tickets, go into “incognito” mode and check SkyscannerGoogle Flights, and Kayak. The reason for going incognito is that the websites use cookies to track what flights you are looking at, so when you go back to check prices at another time, they tend to bump up prices based on your past searches. When you go incognito, they are unable to track your activity.

Where To Stay

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The Bowery House 
Average nightly stay is around $55 with free Wi-Fi (which is definitely the most important thing to have in your hostel). A bar is located downstairs and there’s a nice rooftop terrace that has incredible views of the city.

The Local NYC 
Average nightly stay is around $45 with free Wi-Fi, book exchange, laundry room and board games. This hostel is very “Brooklyn” with great wood tables, exposed brick, and plaid everywhere.

The Jane Hotel 
Average nightly stay is around $90. If Wes Anderson’s film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” was real, The Jane would be it. The interior is what I picture hotels used to look like before they became “hip” and modernized. The hotel is located right next to the Hudson and close to subway stops to get you anywhere you need in New York.

Where To Eat

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Photo by Mackenzie Taylor

Chelsea Market 
Not only does Chelsea Market have great clothing and book stores, but they have an array of foods for you to try (and a lot of the places have samples you can scour!). I recommend Fat Witch Bakery for their brownies.

Shake Shack
Oh, how I love me some Shake Shack (can it open up in St. Louis already?). You can get a nice double burger and fries for around $10. However, shell out that extra $5 for a shake. You need one.

Murray’s Cheese Bar 
A restaurant that serves mainly cheese? Has there been a more perfect restaurant? No. Try the Murray Melt with a side of tomato soup for $12.

Things To Do

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Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery

The High Line 
The High Line used to be an old subway track that New York revamped with gardens, flowers and restaurants. The views along the Line are incredible and worth climbing the steep steps to the top.

Brooklyn Brewery 
There are free tours on Saturday and Sunday at Brooklyn Brewery. It’s in such a hip part of Brooklyn that you’ll never want to leave.

Bronx Zoo 
On Wednesdays, entry is “pay what you want” and if you like zoos, it’s a good one.

Museum of Modern Art 
On Fridays, from 4-8pm, entrance to the museum is free. I highly recommend going early as it is bound to get packed.

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