Travel Postcard: 48 hours in New York on a shoestring
By Lynn Adler
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - It's known for its Broadway shows, designer shops and exclusive restaurants but there are plenty of things to enjoy in the Big Apple without burning a hole in your pocket.
Reuters correspondents with local knowledge show that bargains can still be found in the city.
6 p.m. - Soak in the bright lights at Times Square where it always seems like mid-day under the mega-watt billboards. You'll get the rush of gawking tourists and perhaps see the barely clothed buskers, "The Naked Cowboy" or rival "The Naked Cowgirl." You can buy discounted Broadway tickets for same-day performances at the TKTS booth on Duffy Square.
7 p.m. - Grab dinner from a street vendor and sit at one of the seats in the "pedestrian plazas" in the middle of Times Square. Take in a sweeping Times Square view from the top of the red glass steps adjoining the ticket booth. Or eat at one of the many restaurants in the theater district, or low-priced regional eateries along 9th Avenue.
8:30 p.m. - If you skip the theater, or later if you do catch a show, have a drink at the revolving bar at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
10 p.m. - Enjoy panoramic city views from the "Top of the Rock" at Rockefeller Center.