Gov. and Libby Pataki's guide to NYC sightseeing

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Governor and First Lady Pataki give their secrets of living like a New Yorker. They say it's easy it is to ride the subway, buy discounted tickets to Broadway shows or basically, just afford New York.

1. MetroCard Unlimited
There is no better way to see New York than on public transportation. With a one day Fun Pass ($7) or a weekly pass ($21), New York City is your oyster. Use the unlimited access to travel throughout the five boroughs on train, bus or tram.

2. Staten Island Ferry
Take a 5.2 mile scenic boat ride with spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and Staten Island for no cost at all. This mostly commuter service leaves from Whitehall Terminal, Whitehall and South Street; Lower Manhattan. 20 minutes each way.

3. Broadway Bargains
For a fraction of the full price, enjoy the finest theater in the U.S. Visit the TKTS Booth in Times Square or at the South Street Seaport the day you want to see a show. And bring cash.

4. Free Nights at World-Famous Museums
Many of NYC's world-famous museums set aside an evening during the week when the regular admission price is waived. A few are free every day! These are just a few examples. Museum of Modern Art-Queens 33rd Street at Queens Blvd., Long Island City, Queens – Voluntary donation Thursdays, Fridays 4-7:45 p.m. The Hispanic Society of America 613 W. 155th St., at Broadway – Free each day. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave. (between 88th and 89th Streets) – Voluntary donation Fridays 6-8 p.m.. Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Ave. (at 75th Street) - "Pay-what-you-wish" Fridays 6-9 p.m.

5. Best Coffee
Some of the best coffee in New York can be had at the corner street vendor cart. A large coffee is typically no more than $1.

6. Central Park
The park is New York's most beloved public space. These 843 acres include green meadows, wooded groves, playing fields, a zoo, a carousel, an outdoor theater, countless fountains and sculptures, and numerous paths for hiking and biking. The park is bounded by 59th and 110th Streets, Fifth Avenue and Central Park West.

7. Roosevelt Island Tram
For a MetroCard fare, you can enjoy a tram ride over the East River with fantastic views of the East Side of Manhattan. Enter on 60th Street, 2nd Ave.

8. Free Music in Lower Manhattan
NYC has more than its fair share of locations to enjoy free music of all kinds. Here are two of the best of the "American Express River to River Festival" – but just a few of many happening: J&R Jazzfest: A variety of talented jazz musicians perform as part of this annual four-day jazz festival. City Hall Park, 5 p.m. Aug. 26-29. Seaport Music Festival: A 10-week concert series featuring a hip line-up of international and national recording artists mixed in with hot new stars of tomorrow. South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 1-2.

9. St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's is world-renowned and a must-see if you are in midtown Manhattan. This Gothic, double-spired, Roman Catholic cathedral of New York is one of the City's largest and most striking churches. St. Patrick's is located on Fifth Ave. between 50th and 51st Streets.

10. Brooklyn Bargains
Take a 40-minute walk across the East River on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most majestic, and recognized symbols of this Great City, and stroll along the 1/3-mile Brooklyn Heights Promenade. You will enjoy stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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