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Overview

Free Music: Classical music, jazz quartets, and cutting-edge bands.

Free Speech: A-list plays, quick-witted comedy, and readings.

Free Food: The best happy hours, plus where to score delectable dirt-cheap eats-from burgers to BYOB That to pre-theater Peruvian.

Free Films: Outdoors and indoors, from indies to cult faves.

Free Classes: Take a morning tai chi class, learn to identify a good cabernet, or find out how to start your own business.

Free (or Almost) Accommodations: Apartment rentals, couch-surfing, and low-cost (yet surprisingly posh!) hotels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470643747
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Series: Frommer's Free and Dirt Cheap Series , #81
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Wolff is a fourth-generation New Yorker. How he happened to grow up in Virginia is a complete mystery to him. He lives in the heart of the Bargain District on the Lower East Side.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps viii

The Best Things in Life Are Free 1

1 Best of the Free & Dirt Cheap Apple 5

1 Best Entertainment Bets 6

2 Best Cheap Eats 9

3 Best Living Bets 10

4 Best Shopping Bets 11

New York's Top Five Best-Kept Free Secrets 12

5 Best Exploring Bets 13

6 Best Sleeping Bets 14

Free & Dirt Cheap Calendar of Events 15

The Street Fair Sham 18

A Brooklyn Christmas 23

2 Cheap Sleeps 25

1 TriBeCa 26

The Shadow Universe of Vacation Apartment Rentals 28

2 Lower East Side/East Village/SoHo 29

3 West Village 30

4 Chelsea/Flatiron/Union Square 31

5 Midtown East 33

6 Midtown West 37

Doing Your Bidding 39

7 Upper West Side 40

8 Harlem 43

9 Brooklyn 43

10 Queens 44

Nights Without Roofs 45

3 Cheap Eats 47

1 Financial District 48

2 Chinatown 49

Dirt Cheap Brunch: Dim Sum 52

3 Lower East Side 53

4 SoHo/Nolita 54

5 East Village 56

BYOB, Baby! 57

Meal Deal-ing on St. Marks Place 60

6 West Village 62

Food Trucks & Street Meat 64

7 Chelsea/Union Square 64

Hot Dog Days 66

8 Midtown East 67

9 Midtown West 69

10 Upper West Side 73

11 Upper East Side 75

Eat Like the Rich: Upper East Side Bargains 78

4 Exploring New York 81

1 Museum Peace 82

Back in the High Line Again 91

Broadway Stars 94

Date Night: Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum 99

Sometimes Free or Pay-What-You-Wish Museums 100

Museums with Free Hours for Kids 105

Free Museums Via Library Cards 108

Governors Island 113

Moving Views 115

2 Gallery Scene 115

Gallery Sources 117

Watching the Auction Action 118

SoHo's Secret Installations 120

3 Open Studios & Art Fests 121

Mi Casa Es Su Casa: Open House New York 122

4 Free Tours 123

5 Green Peace: Gardens 130

Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Cultural Trolleys 130

Close Encounters 131

Parking It 132

6 Zoo York 133

A Midnight Elephant Walk 134

See Spot Run 135

5 Local Living 139

1 Sense for Cents: Education 140

Where to Get Stuff Fixed (Or Fix Other People's Stuff) 148

Learning English As a Second Language 149

Getting Down to Business 151

Dancing Days 152

2 Health Sans Wealth 153

Frugal Legal Advice 156

3 In the Housing 160

Manhattan Kansas 161

Renters' Assurance 162

4 Beauty & Massage 164

The Dealin' Barbers of Cheap Street 166

Qigong Show 167

5 Recreation in the City 168

Outdoor Gaming 169

NYC's All Skate 172

6 Shopping 183

1 Dirt Cheap Shopping Zones 184

2 Dirt Cheap Threads & More 189

Finds & Relations 195

3 Flea New York 200

Come Sale Away 201

4 Shekels & Chains: Department Stores 202

Take an Unböring Trip to IKEA 203

Or Don't Go to IKEA: Shop Brooklyn Sidewalks 204

Macy's Flower Show 205

5 Dirt Cheap Shopping: A to Z 206

Toys "R" Them 212

Get On the Yarn Bus 213

The Flower District 214

Vinyl Haven: The WFMU Record Fair 215

6 Free from New York 216

Getting Free & Dirt Cheap Furniture Online 218

The Art of the Trade 220

7 Pet Project 220

7 Entertainment & Nightlife 223

1 Music Uncovered 224

Free & E-Zeens 224

Chelsea Pickin' 225

Todd P. & the Brooklyn Renaissance 234

The Underground Scene 236

Quarter Pounding the Keys 239

Divine Inspiration: Concerts at the Churches 240

Free Outdoor Summer Concerts 243

High Culture for Free 246

2 The Reel Cheap World 251

Film Clubs That Actually Save You Money 252

Current Releases for Little Currency 254

Free Outdoor Summer Movies 256

That's the Ticket: Giveaways 257

Watching Between the Lions 259

3 The Theatah 261

Rise of the House Ushers 262

Tune In to Broadway Revues 265

NYC's Best Theater Discount Strategies 270

Theater at the Edge: Fringe NYC 272

4 Let's Dance 273

5 Sing, Sing: Karaoke 276

6 Humor Us: Comedy 278

7 Game Night 279

8 Talk It Up: TV Tapings 281

9 Word Up: Readings 284

10 Big Leagues, Little Prices 289

Playing the Horses 290

11 Into the Drink 292

12 Free & Cheap Pub Grub 293

13 Liquid Assets 296

What's in a Name?: Free Drinks, That's What 298

eHappy-Hour Harmony 299

8 Free & Dirt Cheap Days 301

Itinerary 1: Coney Island, Baby 302

The Coney Island Skyline 305

Make a Date 306

Itinerary 2: From Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO 307

Crossings Over 310

Make a Sweet Date 311

Itinerary 3: The Secrets of Lower Manhattan 312

9 NYC Basics from A to Z 321

1 Information Centers 321

Current Events 322

2 Getting There & Getting Around 323

3 Free & Dirt Cheap Resources A to Z 326

For Further Reading 329

Index 330

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

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    Heading to NYC for only a few days I was reluctant to buy a book about it, but needed the help to make the most of my time & money. The ideas for a 'cheap' date were particularly useful as our group wanted to go out for dinner, have a fun night, all on a budget so we followed the guide... I totally agree, Land is a great choice for Thai, and the view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge at night is unmissable - and free! The book is full of great ideas from which night to check out the galleries, to interesting walks & cheap date ideas. So many things to do, you will want to keep it and go back to the city whenever you can.

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