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A Day Inside MOMA

The most beautiful thing about New York City is that there is always something to do, even if you're broke like I was.

The expensive tourist traps didn't hold as much appeal as the heart of the city did to me while I was there. I preferred hanging with the locals and catching the vibe of the city. But if it's your first time to NYC, you can't be blamed for wanting to see the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty.

The best way to do this in the city is to purchase a City Pass for about $60. The City Pass will get you the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, as well as a sightseeing cruise by the Statue of Liberty. The best thing about the City Pass is the museums. Every one of these is worth visiting, but be careful because you can easily spend a day or two in each one.

I would also recommend a trip to Brooklyn, or even staying there as it's a bit cheaper. Brooklyn is the up-and-coming portion of the city, and some residents are calling it the new Manhattan. There are independent restaurants, stores, bars, etc. all throughout Brooklyn, but especially in the Williamsburg area. If you plan on going out one night while in New York, this is the burrough to do it in.