AP Travel Editor Highlights Five Free NYC Things

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By Richard Horgan Comment

FiveFreeThingsCoverThe NYC honors in AP’s new eBook Five Free Things ($4.99) belong to travel editor Beth J. Harpaz.

She admits it was difficult to narrow down the city’s easy-on-the-wallet attractions to that number and says she both expects and welcomes reader debate. From her list:

HIGH LINE: One of the city’s newest attractions, the High Line has quickly become a favorite with out-of-towners and locals alike. It’s a narrow park built on an old elevated freight railway along 10th Avenue on Manhattan’s West Side, from Gansevoort Street, just below 14th Street, to 31st Street.

It offers a unique look at the urban landscape from 30 feet (nine meters) above ground, with a peek at adjacent apartments, Hudson River views, vestiges of the neighborhood’s industrial past — meatpacking plants, auto shops — as well as signs of a trendy rebirth: postmodern architecture, art installations and Diane von Furstenburg’s DVF building. The northern half is more park-like with plantings, benches and birds. A final section of the High Line north of 31st Street is expected to open in 2014.

The book covers 45 different cities and was spun off from a weekly AP column launched in 2012. John Rogers for example writes about LA’s free things, while Cary Rousseau details the go-to destinations in Chicago.

FishbowlNY was also curious about the smallest city covered in the AP travel book. That would be Helena, Montana, courtesy Matt Volz.

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