New york on budget
South Ferry and staten island ferry is very cheap( a freebie according to article by Seth Kugel) and gives a good view of the harbor and surroundings.It also runs 24 hours a day so you can catch new york in its night glory.
For the Museum Bargain Seth writes:
I hopped the subway to the Guggenheim, where late every Saturday afternoon, crowds line up for the pay-what-you-wish admission period, from 5:45 to 7:45. Folks usually pay a dollar ($17 less than general admission), according to the woman who took my $5. Though several New York museums have a permanent pay-what-you-wish policy (including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History), you feel sort of weaselly doing it. But because the Guggenheim publicizes its temporary pay-what-you-want admission, you can hand over your $1 guilt-free.
It just proves that benefactors of the museums do not want you to loose out on tha experience for lack of money.For many students and others who are hard for funds it is a great gift and i thank the benefactors.