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Finding Deals in NYC

Aired June 15, 2000 - 1:51 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Well, if you've been with us for the past few days, and of course you have been, you know we've been looking at summer travel destinations this week on CNN TODAY. After visits to San Francisco and Chicago, today we're headed east.

And CNN's Brian Palmer is waiting for us at our next stop, New York, New York.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

BRIAN PALMER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): New York City, with its sights and sounds, is a magnet for tourists. Last year, more than 30 million people visited the Big Apple, dropping $15 billion along the way. In a city that has so much to offer, it didn't take this family from Kansas long to discover that that included some pretty good deals.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The stock exchange is right here, Morgan bank's headquarters is right there, J.P. Morgan, the finance capitalist, and this is Federal Hall.

PALMER: A private tour with a volunteer guide started the Coxes' (ph) three-day visit. The best part: it was free.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Today we're doing Lower Manhattan, the original settlement, Battery Park, and then walking up to Chinatown, Little Italy. People don't understand and they can never believe that there's something in New York City that's for free.

PALMER: There are other tours, too.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So you've got this tiny city, in our terms, spread out before you.

PALMER: This group on the Brooklyn Bridge takes in a view with a history lesson.

On a tour of Harlem churches, visitors take in the sounds of the gospel.

KAREN CURE, FODOR'S GUIDE: New York City is big, and it's complex, and there's tons of stuff to see and do, so planning is really, really key. You need to go on the net and buy local city magazines to see really what's coming up. Use your guide book to figure out what you want to see.

PALMER: For most, that includes a Broadway show, but you don't have to pay full price. At 10:00 a.m., the TKTS booth in Times Square begins selling half-price tickets for that day's performances. If you still find the cost too high...

CURE: Theater performances are very inexpensive if you go Off- Broadway.

PALMER: And then there are free performances in Central Park all summer long.

NATHAN LUMP, "TRAVEL & LEISURE": You want to see some of the basics of the city, which aren't expensive to see at all: like the Empire State Building; the Statue of Liberty, which you can see for free from the Staten Island ferry; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has a suggested donation admission fee, so it can be as inexpensive as you like.

PALMER: Once you've taken in the big-name sights, consider leaving the beaten path. At Manhattan's northern tip, the Cloisters, a reconstructed European monastery that showcases one of the world's best collections of medieval art.

(on camera): While Manhattan is the center of New York's universe, there are plenty of attractions in the city's other boroughs. Here in Queens, this restaurant, the Jackson Diner, is legendary for its Indian cuisine.

LUMP: Queens is a part of New York that a lot of people don't go to and really should. Walking down the streets in Jackson Heights is in many ways like taking a world tour.

PALMER (voice-over): But if you don't have time to venture far afield, you can get a spectacular view from the air, a pricey but memorable way to see the city.

Brian Palmer, CNN, New York.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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