- By Kevin
- On Jul 7, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Recommended some free things to do in New York City, which suit for the weekend family vacations or couples or together with children. Some free and memorable places don't miss.
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum
It's always Fashion Week in the FIT Museum, which features rotating exhibits by students and a surprisingly interesting and detailed collection of the country's first gallery of fashion, picked from a collection of 50,000 garments dating from the 18th century to present. Seventh Ave & 27th St, Garment District, Midtown West.
Two presidents were inaugurated in New York City, beginning with the first 'Dubya' - George Washington - who took the oath in Federal Hall in 1789, back when New York was the first capital. (Chester A Arthur was the second.) There's a nice statue outside, overlooking the New York Stock Exchange across Wall Street, and a small, recently renovated museum on post-colonial New York inside. 26 Wall St, Lower Manhattan.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Reserve at least a week ahead to visit the Federal Reserve Bank, most rewarding just to ogle the facility's high-security vault – useful considering more than 10,000 tons of gold reserves reside here, 80ft below ground. There's also exhibits on counterfeit currency as well as a serious coin collection of the American Numismatic Society. A tour (six daily, Monday-Friday excluding bank holidays) is the only way to get in. 33 Liberty St, Lower Manhattan.
The lobby galleries of Forbes magazine have some various curios from the late Malcolm Forbes' collection, most notably early versions of Monopoly boards. (Or watch our tour of Monopoly sites around the properties' namesakes at Atlantic City, New Jersey.) 62 Fifth Ave at 12th St, Greenwich Village.
General Ulysses S Grant National Memorial (aka 'Grant's Tomb')
Also called 'Grant's Tomb', the $600,000 granite structure that holds the remains of the Civil War hero and 18th president (and his wife Julia) is the largest mausoleum in the US, and is patterned after Mausolus' tomb at Halicarnassus, making it a plagiarized version of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Riverside Dr at 122nd St, Morningside Heights.