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The 20 best things you can get in New York for $1

Will Gleason

New York isn’t the most affordable place to live, but there are plenty of cheap options if you know where to look. From tasty dumplings to world-famous cultural institutions, these are the 20 best things you can get in NYC for just a buck.

1. Five fried chive and pork dumplings at Prosperity Dumpling.

2. A slice of pizza from 2 Bros

3. A bubble tea from Bubbly Tea in Chinatown on Tuesday and Thursdays.

4. One credit for a game at Luna Park in Coney Island.

5. A ride on the Riverbank State Park carousel. 

6. Four arcade games at Barcade

7. Shaved ice from any number of street vendors. 

8. A treasure from Jack’s 99-Cent Store.

9. An oyster at any of these excellent happy hours.

10. A book from the racks outside Strand Book Store.

11. Admission to the city's pay-what-you-want cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and more. 

12. French fries from Papaya King.

13. A (small) burger from 123 Burger Shot Beer.

14. Coffee from various street carts.

15. A samosa from Little Pakistan Deli. (UPDATE: Now closed, unfortunately)

16. A donation yoga class at various studios, including Yoga to the People

17. A domestic draft beer from Calico Jack's Cantina on Tuesday nights.

18. Meat on a stick from Xin Jiang Prosperity Kebabs in Chinatown.

19. Two mini empanadas from Seba Seba in Jackson Heights. 

20. A pickle from The Pickle Guys on the Lower East Side (actually, they're 75 cents).


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