Living or traveling in New York City can be costly, no matter what your age is!
Here are some tips on great senior savings for your elderly parents:
Subway Fare and Bus Fair are half-priced for seniors – $1.10 compared to the usual $2.25. Additionally, a one-day unlimited pass costs $7, and a 7-day unlimited pass costs $12. Now seniors can take advantage of New York City’s public transportation for half the price! Just bring a photo ID to the MTA office near Battery Park during normal business hours. Seniors can apply online for a reduced-fare MetroCard through the MTA website at mta.info.
Grocery Stores in the greater Manhattan area offer special discounts for seniors on certain days during the week. Elderly savings days at C-Town Supermarket (with two locations, one at 5 St James Pl and the other at 1314 St. Nicholas Ave) offer a 5% discount off your total grocery bill on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for those 60 years and older. Compare Foods Supermarkets (with three locations in upper Manhattan) offers a 10% discount every Wednesday for all shoppers 60 years and older. Gristedes Supermarket also offers a 10% discount every Tuesday to senior shoppers 60 years and older. Check with your local supermarket to see if there are weekly elderly savings.
Museums offer great discounts for seniors and what better way to spend retirement than browsing some of New York’s finest art collections? Elderly discounts for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (located on Fifth Ave at 82nd St.) are only $15 and include entrance to the Cloisters uptown. The NY Historical Society (located at Central Park West at 77th St) offers an elderly discount of $7 for seniors 65 years and older. Don’t forget about the Museum of Modern Art (located on Fifth Ave at 53rd St), which offers free admission every Friday evening after 5 PM.
Broadway Theaters offer discounted tickets for seniors. TKTS, a discount Broadway ticket booth located in Times Square and South Street Seaport, offers half-priced Broadway and Off-Broadway tickets for certain performances on the day of the show. For more information on how to find booths and a list of what tickets are being offered daily, visit the TKTS website at tdf.org. Smaller performances offer elderly discounts for seniors 65 and older, a $36 voucher that is good for four Off-Off-Broadway tickets, redeemable at the box office of participating organizations.
Tourist Excursions to visit famous New York landmarks like the Empire State Building offer great discounts to enjoy the breathtaking view for $22! Additional elderly savings can be found by purchasing a New York City Pass, which allows admission to New York City’s six must-see attractions for the greatly discounted price of $45 per ticket. Sites include the Statue of Liberty Harbour Tour, Empire State Building Observatory, American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, and Top of the Rock or Guggenheim Museum. New York City Pass also allows seniors to skip most lines!
Many places and companies give elderly discounts to seniors 65 years and older. If this applies to you, make sure to carry your photo ID to receive discounts at restaurants around the city, travel discounts through airlines and Amtrak, and select grocery stores!