The Cheap Bastard's Guide to New York City: A Native New Yorker's Secrets of Living the Good Life--For Free!

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No place offers more for free than New York City - but only if you know where to find it. Luckily for everyone, "The Cheap Bastard" has found it all and shares his secrets in this witty, exhaustively researched guide. From the obvious to the obscure, the sophisticated to the sophomoric, this book catalogs the endless free opportunities available in the Big Apple, surprising visitors and natives alike.
With attitude and humor, author Rob Grader,...

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2004 Paperback New 0762730374. 17 oz.; 287 pages; New PB unread/unmarked Gift Quality 2nd ED. If you know where to look, plenty of New York's array of goodies are free, or at ... least cheap. This unusual book tells how to get free theatre tickets, wine appreciation courses, happy-hour food, haircuts, or furniture (try the trash), among other things. The author also provides tips on how to rent a luxury apartment for way below market price and without paying a broker's fee. Read more Show Less

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Overview

No place offers more for free than New York City - but only if you know where to find it. Luckily for everyone, "The Cheap Bastard" has found it all and shares his secrets in this witty, exhaustively researched guide. From the obvious to the obscure, the sophisticated to the sophomoric, this book catalogs the endless free opportunities available in the Big Apple, surprising visitors and natives alike.
With attitude and humor, author Rob Grader, a born-and-bred New Yorker, reveals even more great finds in this second edition:
How to gain free entrance to plays, concerts, museums, and television tapings Where to find free classes in anything from yoga to small business development How to land a low-cost apartment in a luxury building - without paying a broker's fee Where to find half-price meals and free food, including coffee, sushi, and pub grub How to get a free haircut, color treatment, or low-cost massage When and where to find great furnishings in other people's trash More concerts, more free food, more comedy, more theater, more, more, more. With The Cheap Bastard's Guide, anyone can celebrate life on the cheap!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762730377
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: Cheap Bastard Series
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Native New Yorker Rob Grader is a writer and producer for public radio and television and is an actor on stage and TV. A graduate of the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, he has performed at regional theaters throughout the country, on popular dramas, sitcoms, and soaps, and in national commercials. He lives in New York City--in a spacious upper West Side apartment for which he pays ridiculously low rent!

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Back home in New York, I watched the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit one evening for free (and legally!). After the show, I stopped by a favorite haunt of mine to get a little snack (free, thank you), and made it home to my spacious Upper West Side apartment (for which I pay $521 a month in rent and found without paying any broker's fee). As I sat relaxing in my leather easy chair (free, too!) and thinking about my yoga class the next morning (you guessed it, free), it dawned on me--I am one cheap bastard. I also understood that I have a mission in life to figure out how I can get or do practically anything I want without paying one red cent, and usually on the up and up. And I felt compelled to share this--my life's work--with the world. So I humbly offer to you The Cheap Bastard's Guide to New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: The Land of the Free xiii
Section 1 Entertainment in New York 1
Theater: Free Speech 3
Volunteer Ushering 4
Cheap Seats 18
Just Plain Free Theater 20
Free Will(iam): Free Theater in the Parks 25
Music: Of Free I Sing 27
Rock, Pop, Folk, and Alternative 28
Jazz and Blues 31
Classical Music 34
Outdoor Summer Concerts 37
Film: Cheap Shots 44
Chart: Free Movies by the Week (Year-Round) 45
Free Flicks 46
Chart: Free Movies by the Week (Summer) 46
Better than the Book 52
Television Tapings: Public Access 54
Comedy: Cheap Jokes 61
Chart: Comedy by the Week 62
Dance: Free Expression 66
Watching It 67
Doing It 69
So You Want to Be a Dancer: Work-Study Dance Classes 71
Magic: Cheap Tricks 74
Section 2 Living in New York 77
Food: On the House 79
Happy Hours 80
Free Samples: A Sampling 87
Eat Late, Eat Cheap! 93
Wine Tastings: Cheap Drunk 96
Chart: Wine Tastings by the Week 97
Hair, Beauty, and Massage: Free-Style 105
Product Testing Centers 105
Hair Salons 106
Beauty Schools 110
Massage 113
Makeup 114
Real Estate: This Land Is Your Land 116
Low-Rent, No-Fee Apartments 117
Children and Teens: Olli Olli Oxen Free 121
After-School Programs 122
Arts and Crafts 123
Film 126
Sports and Games 130
Health Insurance 133
Museums 133
Stores for the Fun of It 135
Storytelling 136
Education: Cents-Less Smarts 141
Arts 142
Food and Wine 145
Mind 147
Body 151
Spirit 154
Health and Medical: Live Free or Die 157
Whatever Ails You: Clinical Studies 158
HHC to the Rescue 159
Depression/Mental Health Studies and Clinical Trials 161
STD Clinics 162
Fitness, Fun, and Games: Cheap Thrills 165
Park It Here! Parks Offering a Variety of Activities 166
Recreation Centers 167
Group Skates 169
Boating 170
Everybody In! Public Pools 171
Beaches 173
Libraries: Free Access 177
Research Centers 178
Private Libraries 180
Newspapers: The Free Press 183
Furniture and Household Goods: One Man's Trash ... 188
Map: Manhattan Trash/Treasure Pick-up Days 189
Favorite Finds 190
Curbside Shopping Tips 190
Shopping: A Tale of Two Streets 193
32nd Street: Bargain Paradise 194
17th Street: First in Secondhand 195
Pets: Canine, Feline, Bottom Line 197
Get a Pet 198
Pet Postings 199
Low-Cost Pet Health Care 201
Section 3 Exploring New York 203
Walking Tours: The Freedom Trail 205
Chart: Walking Tours by the Week 206
Travel: Free-Wheelin' 215
Getting Around New York 216
Getting Out of New York 216
The Train to the Plane 220
Gardens and Gardening: Dirt Cheap 223
Public Gardens 224
Gardening Education 226
Community Gardens 227
Art Galleries: Show Me the Monet 228
Chelsea 229
Soho 232
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 234
Other Galleries and Shows Around New York 236
Museums: Free to See 240
Always Free 241
Chart: Free or Pay-What-You-Wish Days at Museums 244
Sometimes Free 248
Museums with Suggested Donations 252
Zoos: Born Free 254
Appendixes
Appendix A Romance: Cheap Dates 256
Appendix B Public Library Branch Locations 261
Appendix C Beacon Program Locations 267
Appendix D New York City Recreation Centers 270
Index 277
About the Author 288
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    Amazing - great for the local

    This book is certainly geared for NYC residents. It's a GREAT book with information on everything from eating cheaply, free haircuts and ushering at plays to museum specials and 'dumpster diving' in the ritzy neighborhoods. For anyone looking to live a little cheaper in one of the most expensive cities in the world, this book is for you! I'm thrilled with it!

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