New York, New York! (Conference Countdown)
On a budget for the SLA Annual Conference? New York has the reputation of being an expensive city to visit, but there are many ways to experience New York without breaking the bank. Here are some low-cost and no-cost activities that are rich in experience but easy on the pocketbook.
Big Apple Greeter
Make arrangements to have a real New Yorker show you around the city. Volunteer tour guides are experienced locals who will show you around their favorite neighborhoods at no charge. Reserve this service in advance at www.bigapplegreeter.com.
Alliance for Downtown New York This organization leads a free 90-minute walking tour that includes stops at Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. The group meets in front of the National Museum of the American Indian (a free museum). For more information, go to www.downtownny.org.
Central Park Conservancy Tours (www.centraLparknyc.org):
Free volunteer walking tours cover the park's history, ecology, and design.
Queens Borough Public Library (www.queenslibrary.org)
Free tours, lectures, and concerts.
Village Alliance (www.villagealliance.org)
Free tours of 8th Street and St. Mark's Place in the East Village.
Forbes Magazine Galleries (62 Fifth Avenue)
The Forbes Galleries are free--view historic toys, presidential papers, paintings, Faberge eggs, and other objets d'art.
Hispanic Society of America
A free museum and reference library that focuses on the art, literature, and culture of Spain, Portugal, the Philippines, and Latin America. Features art by Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. For more information, go to www.hispanicsociety.org.
Beaux Arts New York Public Library (www.nypl.org)
This famous library is open to the public and has a variety of special expositions.
Museum of American Folk Art (www.falkartmuseum.org)
Enjoy free access to folk paintings, furniture, quilts, and other decorative arts.
New York Botanical Garden (www.nybg.org)
Free admission on Wednesday and Saturday, 10 am to noon. …