NYC for Free

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Including over 700 free events and services in New York City, NYC for Free shows how the city opens its doors for free to visitors and residents tired of being nickel and dimed. Organized in 43 categories -- from museums to piano bars, from meditation instruction to classical music concerts -- this guide covers a wide breadth of listings, many of which are unknown even to the inveterate New Yorker. It is meant to address those looking for a pleasant night out for music, dance, or a lecture, for example, while shedding light on more serious matters like counseling, educational workshops and even cancer screenings. Each listing includes names of events/services, locations, phone numbers, hours and descriptions. In addition, a calendar lists popular events each month. This light-weight, pocket-sized volume was written for people trying to save money while discovering hidden gems that would normally cost a heavy sum. Quite simply, it is a long list of things you might jot down if told by a friend, or spotted in a newspaper.

* A guide with 43 categories of free events and services in New York City's five boroughs * All listings updated and expanded when necessitated * Includes many listings never before included in a NYC guide * Listings tailored to the tourist as well as to the native New Yorker * Each listing includes name of event/service, location, phone number, hours, and description * In addition, a calendar listing selections of popular events each month * Designed as a light-weight, pocket-sized volume intended to be easily carried in jacket or purse * Its author, a Brooklyn resident and former journalist, has been featured with the first edition of the book on CBS News (New York, Channel 2) and the morning news and talk show, Good Day New York (FOX).

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New York City has a bad budget rep. What with astronomical rents, hundred-dollar dinners, and Broadway show tickets that cost what some people earn in a week, it's small wonder people associate New York with wallet drain. But associations can change. There's a lot to do and enjoy in New York for free.

Christopher Sulavik did the legwork to make the city's wealth of freebies accessible to all, listing more than 600 items in 41 categories. In NYC for Free he tells when the Guggenheim Museum hosts "Pay What You Wish Night," when the Whitney waives its entrance fee, and lists a bunch of lesser-known museums that don't charge at all, such as the Jewish Museum, the American Numismatic Society, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, and the Kurdish Library and Museum. He lists venues for free films, free dance performances, free comedy clubs, free music (classical, jazz, rock, and folk), free health services, free meditation, free lectures, and free literary events. He covers free children's entertainment centers (in the form of environmental centers, castles, museums, and day care), free adult entertainment (in the form of piano bars without cover charges, and happy hours with tons of gratis appetizers), and loads of public places to walk and hang out, from beaches and parks to gardens and cemeteries.

It's good fun to clink champagne flutes at the Ritz, but it's also nice to have the option of soaking up some of New York's energy and culture without losing one's shirt in the process.--Stephanie Gold

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NYC for Free was written on the premise that people like free things, especially in New York City, which is notorious as a painfully expensive city to live in and visit. Just published in April, 1998, the book's information is fresh and reliable. Its author, a Brooklyn resident and former journalist, has been featured with the book on CBS News (New York, Channel 2) and the morning news and talk show, Good Day New York (FOX).

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