Don't Let the Recession Spoil Your Fun
With costs rising so severely in contrast to salaries, it's even more pertinent to find free and low-cost activities so as to not blow your budget. Years ago, living in Manhattan on a salary that even a Mickey D's employee would scoff at, I became adept at entertaining myself for next to nothing. We've covered free activities before, and we're continuing the series with out latest batch of entertainment that costs less than you pay for your morning coffee.
Youtube Movies and Shows
Following closely behind Hulu, Youtube has licensed old TV shows and movies that you can stream online. While they're mainly an oldies set, they're still goodies. Favorites include the original Star Trek series and The Tick.
Attend Free Photography Seminars
Photo Manhattan offers a cool little deal each month when they evaluate new instructors. The potential instructor basically has an audition to see how well they teach and interact with a class, and the students who sit in on the class get to hear the lecture for free. Class topics include things like Exposure and Manual Mode , Photoshop for Beginners and Studio and Lighting .
Intro to Bird Watching Tour
Got a thing for being outdoors and taking in nature's best? Prospect Park's Audubon Center gives free bird watching tours every Saturday from 12pm to 1:30, free of charge. Along the same lines, they offer Discover Tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 3pm - 4pm, featuring a bird and wildlife walk guided by a naturalist.
Yoga in the Park
Just when you thought your city tax dollars didn't support anything, the Parks Department goes and throws a gem like this out there. Yoga in the Park happens every Thursday from 6pm-7pm in Bryant Park. The one-hour class is designed for all levels and best of all, it's FREE and it's outdoors. Bad day in the office? Cool off with some core-strengthening and relaxing yoga. More information can be found at the Parks Department's website, here.
Free Outdoor Movies
There are a ton of outdoor movie locations that New York hosts during the spring and summer months. The Movies with a View series at the Brooklyn Bridge Park (which start up in July) and the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival (commencing in June) are a couple of popular ones. A more comprehensive list of movie spots is available here, the Bryant Park film series lineup can be found here.
Wednesday's are donation days (just like the museums) when you basically pay whatever moves you, be it $10, $5, or a quarter. The Bronx Zoo is home to a host of exotic creatures like the African Wild Dog, Fossa, and the Magellanic Penguin.
Located in the north Bronx alongside the Hudson River, Wave Hill is a public garden and cultural center spanning 28 acres. Target sponsors Free Tuesday and Saturday morning admission to the garden from 9am to 12pm.