If you want an alternative New York experience, something with grit and spice, consider Queens, where a splintered world collides in a jumble of diversity.
As a companion to his 36 Hours in Queens article, the Frugal Traveler offers his budget-friendly outtakes. And there are plenty.
Supermarkets provide an insight into local life, serving as a collective community cupboard — and none more so than the ethnic markets of Los Angeles.
About 22, 000 Romanian and 4, 000 Bulgarian immigrants live in New York, and the cultural trappings are everywhere.