During the 10 years that I lived in New York City, I developed a repertoire of no-cost and low-cost fun activities. Here's a list of my cheap, but fun things to do in NYC.
· Staten Island Ferry: When I lived in Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry was 25 cents for a great ride. (The private cruises are lots more). Now the ferry is free and you catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty during the ride. Here is a link to the ferry.
· Street Performers: Central Park, Washington Square Park and Union Square Park: On the streets of New York, I have seen extreme skaters, dancers, musicians, singers and little girls jumping Double Dutch at heart-breaking, breath-taking speed.
· Free Spectator Basketball games: Okay. The Spurs vs. Cavaliers NBA championship final was not exciting basketball, but in New York there are some awesome pickup games that are great to watch. Here's my favorite spot: Fourth Street B-ball Courts in the West Village.
· Free summer concerts:
· Shakespeare in the Park: There's a great lineup for this summer. Awesome casts & free tickets.
· Improv Jazz sessions at Dan Lynch Blues Bar in the East Village: In between weekend gigs, many professional musicals in Manhattan show up for free jazz jam sessions on Sunday afternoons. Some of my happiest afternoons have been spent listening to star-struck music at Dan Lynch.
· Cappuccino at Caffé Reggio in the Greenwich Village: With a cup of coffee, you can sit for hours at this café and people watch in the Village. This place has been around since 1927. You'll forget that Starbucks ever existed.
· Halloween Village Parade
· Moses Beach/Jones Beach
· Coney Island Boardwalk
· Museums (Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc and art galleries, especially in SoHo.)
· Discount show tickets (Broadway and off-Broadway) from the Theatre Development Fund
The Frugal Duchess Booktique
The Frugal Duchess of Beauty Store
Book Shop of Fear
The Poetry & Drama Queen
Frugal Jazz & Blues
Frugal Comic Book Connection