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April 16 is foursquare Day in NYC

Posted on 4/15/2011 0:16 EST

Saturday marks the first holiday in honor of foursquare, the social media site that lets users check in to various locations. Cheapism is also on foursquare in various cities (including New York) and being true to our mission, we offer foursquare users tips for finding the most budget-friendly places in cities across the country. Foursquare users will be notified on their phones when they're near a Cheapism-recommended venue. You can also use the interactive Cheap Map at Cheapism.com/local to find cheap places. Check out how to get around New York cheaply with some of our recommendations.

If you're looking to stay in the city this summer, you can find budget accommodation for under $200 (and, yes, that's inexpensive for the Big Apple). If you don't mind the West Village, one of your cheapest options is The Jane for $99 a night. Hotel 17 starts at $108 and Hotel 31 starts at $120. Chelsea Pines is highly rated by TripAdvisor as a New York hotel under $200. Hotel Belleclaire has per-night rates for as low as $109, and Union Square Inn starts at $119.

To get around New York cheaply food-wise, you have tons of options, ranging from $2.50 falafel at Mamoun's and two hot dogs and a drink for under $5 at Gray's Papaya. Budget midtown restaurants include Junior's and Masato. Margon near Times Square has Cuban sandwiches for $6 and $2.50 Coronas. There are the Rusty Knot and Cafe Asean in Greenwich Village, Salute and Corner 28 in Queens and Snacky and Lady Octopus in Brooklyn. Budget Mexican reigns at Dos Toros Taqueria, where you can get tacos of various fillings for under $4. And since we know burgers can be expensive in New York, there's Corner Bistro, which has a $6 patty. Brunch-lovers can find filling meals plus a drink for under $15 at Penelope. Wrap up the night with cupcakes under $1.50 at Sugar Sweet Sunshine.

Need souvenirs or clothes as you get around New York cheaply? Try some venues we've recommended, like Encore on the Upper East Side and the City Opera Thrift Shop in Gramercy. Fourteenth Street has some cheap, eclectic clothing stores, and there are budget options in chain stores like H&M and Uniqlo.

If you're in for the weekend and want to get around New York cheaply and enjoy some culture while you're at it, look for discount theater tickets, which we told you about in a recent post. To find out how many last-minute discount tickets are left, download the TDF iPhone app, or put your name in for $5 tickets at Playwrightshorizons.org. Some groups, like Public Theater, put on shows for as little as $15. If you want more art, many NYC museums only offer suggested admissions and have opportunities to "pay as you wish." The Guggenheim specifically offers pay as you wish on Saturdays from 5:45 to 7:45. The American Museum of Natural History and Metropolitan Museum of Art also offer these deals.

And if you're really strapped for cash, you can get around New York cheaply by hitting up completely free attractions. There are free summer concerts in parks like Central and Bryant, free tours of Grand Central Station each Friday at 12:30 and free art, music and talks at the Brooklyn Museum of Art the first Saturday night of every month.

This is just a sampling of how to get around New York cheaply. Check out Cheapism on Foursquare to stay up to date on the best discounts.

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