Like Twinkle said, you don't HAVE to pay to go into the Met, it says recommended donation. One time I paid $1.00, another time I didn't pay anything. I felt a little guilty but as long as they want to call it a recommended donation instead of an entrance fee, I'd take advantage of it and save my money for something else.
By the way, it's every day, not just Friday, that it's a "Recommended Donation" and NOT an entrance fee, to enter the Met. I think they expect you to pay $15.00 to enter, and I think almost everybody does, BUT you DON'T have to.
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Have a good trip
Thanks, Greg - I just need a cheap way to actually get there. A couple of friends went this weekend and they claim you have to pay for absolutely everything once you're there. Reminds me of the "pay to pee" policy in New Orleans!
I just got back from NYC and I didn't really spend that much money. I got into the Metropolitan Museum for $1, although it was kind of embarrasing to tell them that I didn't wish to pay the suggested $15. I spent a whole day in central park, just walking around and enjoying the atmosphere. There was a hugh street market on Saturday on the 6th or 7th avenue, and I bought lots of good stuff for VERY cheap. The restaurants and shops are not more expensive than in Montreal, in my opnion. Manhattan is so compact that you can walk practically everywhere. The subway is very reasonably priced for a big city; not the cleanest, but definitely affortable. Even if you need to take a taxi, it's cheaper than the taxis in MTL. I whole-heartedly disagree with your friends' opnion that you have to pay for everything once you get there.
NYC is expensive for people who live there, but for visitors is just like visiting another big city in North America. Expense-wise it cannot be compared to places like London, Paris, Switzerland, etc. I wouldn't worry about the cost too much Tina.