If you are a New Yorker and can't afford big vacations don't think you can't have a fun vacation anyway. People say the city is expensive and it can be but, there are so many things to do and see that don't cost anything you won't be able to do them all in a week. Instead of my usual bitch posts (which I do to bring a smile to the faces of those stuck with incompetent administrators) I will write about some of those in my next few posts.
A great freebee is the fashion museum at FIT. There are changing exhibits all the time and you can get pretty close to the amazing clothes (lots of guards so not too close) that are not hidden behind glass.
On the north side of the school, which is on 27th St and 7th Ave, there usually is an exhibit by students. Last week the photo show was fashion on the High Line. Also exhibited was the amazing fashions. I've seen other photo shoots, clothes made to resemble birds and even creative use of milk cartons. There are two galleries in the main area with a third one opened occasionally where I've seen exhibits including British Invasion fashion, boots and motor cycle jackets. The main galleries are the real highlight. Currently there is an exhibit on the history of lingerie. They don't allow pictures inside but they are permitted outside.
While in the area, check out the High Line (free) Chelsea art galleries (also free) and the Rubin Museum (inexpensive). If you really need to watch your pennies, pack a lunch to eat while walking on High Line or buy a light lunch at the Chelsea Market. If you don't like the crowds on the High Line, just walk along Hudson River. The parks and the water views are breathtaking.