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The Budget Itinerary

Van Cortlandt Park.  

Day Four: Beyond
Daytime excursions to two outer-boroughs and a small-town art treasure.

1. Discover the calmer side of New York City, way uptown at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Just steps from the 1-train stop at Van Cortlandt Park–242nd Street, history buffs can visit the 18th-century Van Cortlandt House Museum (a national landmark and the Bronx’s oldest building) for a $5 admission (waived on Wednesdays); cricket players and spectators take to the Parade Ground during the spring; and ornithologists break out binoculars around Tibbets Brook.

2. A $36.50 package deal to Dia: Beacon includes admission and transportation: a gorgeous, 80-minute Metro-North train ride from Grand Central Terminal. The former Nabisco factory turned modern-art museum showcases works by Richard Serra, Joseph Beuys, Sol LeWitt, and other artists from the ’60s onward. (Purchase your tickets through WebTicket, or visit a ticket vendor.)

3. Staten Island is perpetually overlooked despite the free, half-hour ferry ride from lower Manhattan’s Whitehall Terminal. If it’s baseball season, head north to Richmond County Bank Ballpark for the A-level farm team, the Staten Island Yankees (or Stankees, as they’re endearingly known). Tickets cost as little as $10.

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