Travel Postcard: 48 hours in New York on a shoestring

Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:48am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore New York? There are plenty of things to enjoy in the Big Apple without burning a hole in the pocket. Despite the economic recession, bargains can still be found in the city.


6 p.m. - Soak in the bright lights at Times Square, where you will find dazzling billboards, gawking tourists and perhaps the Naked Cowboy, a busker who wears only underwear, a hat and boots. If you are eager to see a show buy discounted Broadway tickets for same-day performances at the TKTS booth on Duffy Square.

7 p.m. - For a good view of Times Square climb to the top of the red glass steps adjoining the booth. Watch the world go by while having a pre-theater meal from a nearby kebab stand or one of the many restaurants in the area.

11.30 p.m. - Head downtown and enjoy old-world charm and intimate jazz at Arthur's Tavern downtown in Greenwich Village at 57 Grove Street.


9 a.m. - Feast at an authentic New York luncheonette at Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop at 174 Fifth Avenue. Grab a seat at the counter and get an egg mayo sandwich or one of the other deli classics.

10 a.m. - Stroll down to Union Square to find organic produce at the farmers' market. Munch on a freshly baked cherry pie while watching people hunt down home-made cheese, hand-crafted candles and purple carrots.

11 a.m. - Greenwich Village oozes charm with its meandering streets, historic townhouses and arty atmosphere. Wander around Grove and Bedford Street to admire the 19th century feel of the buildings in the area.   Continued...

<p>An aerial view of the New York skyline is seen as the sun sets November 11, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Young</p>