If you live in New York, you know that at least $20 is deleted from your pocket almost any time you walk out onto the street. No matter how you slice that pie, it never seems to be enough. Iced coffee? That’ll be $6, please. An Uber downtown? There goes another $10. And good luck finding lunch for less than four bucks in Manhattan.
But what if you shelled out an extra 20? For just $40, a fantastic day in the city is well within reach, whether your priority is eating at the best cheap-eats joints in town, taking a nature break in Central Park, or checking out a free art exhibit.
Incidentally, $40 also gets you unlimited messages, minutes, and data at speeds up to 5 Mbps on Verizon’s 4G LTE Network—thanks to Visible: a new consumer-centric app-based phone service saving you lots of time (and money) so you can enjoy a day out on the town. Simply download the user-friendly app and forget the hard-to-navigate phone plans, complicated bills, and clunky terms and conditions.
In the spirit of maximizing our newfound time, we’ve teamed up with Visible to show you the real magic of $40 in New York City. Here’s the perfect forty-buck itinerary for tourists and locals alike.
12pm: Explore the flora and foliage at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. On Fridays from 8am to noon, admission is free. Cost: Free
5pm: People-watch at Central Park’s Sheep Meadow, a 15-acre spread of grassy field ideal for a picnic. Toss a frisbee or just lay out on the grass to catch a tan. Cost: Free
6:30pm: Sip on five-dollar happy hour margaritas at the tequila-and-mezcal temple Casa Agave. Note that the discounted price only applies to your first round. Cost: $5
11pm: Head to Club Cumming for a gratis cabaret show. Hosted by industry legend Catherine Cohen and piano maven Henry Koperski, the show recalls the arts-forward East Village of yesteryear. Cost: Free
Travel costs: Our itinerary takes into account four subway rides, at a rate of $2.75 per ride.
Total cost: $39.30.