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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How to land a low-cost apartment in a luxury building—without paying a broker’s feeWhere to find half-price meals and free food, including coffee, sushi, and pub grubHow to gain free entrance to plays, concerts, museums, and television tapingsWhere to find free classes in anything from yoga to small business ...

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Overview

Completely revised and updated, stuffed with attitude and humor, The Original Cheap Bastard reveals even more great finds for visitors and natives alike:

 

How to land a low-cost apartment in a luxury building—without paying a broker’s feeWhere to find half-price meals and free food, including coffee, sushi, and pub grubHow to gain free entrance to plays, concerts, museums, and television tapingsWhere to find free classes in anything from yoga to small business developmentWhen and where to find great furnishings in other people’s trashHow to get a free haircut, color treatment, manicure, or low-cost massage

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Editorial Reviews

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Society of American Travel Writers - Gold Award for Best Guide Book, 2002-2003
Brooklyn Parent Magazine
The $14.95 you spend on this book will be recouped in no time
Chicago Tribune
The last word on living well and cheaply in the Big Apple - and, no, it is not an oxymoron. — June Sawyers
Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine
A penny-pincher's nirvana-it's as if we wrote it!
New York Public Radio WNYC, New York Public Radio
A book that reinforces one of the classic family values that New Yorkers hold dear, never pay retail. — Brian Lehrer
Publisher's Weekly
Brings on attitude and humor in its revelations of how to obtain assorted freebies
The Boston Globe
There are a lot of ideas worth considering...Plenty of attractions for the casual visitor. — Richard P. Carpenter
The Denver Post
But does it work? You Bet... Grader hilariously dissects the city to come up with his innovative money savers. — John Deiner
The New York Post
A thoroughly impressive roundup of freebies and cheapies found throughout the boroughs. — Pucci Meyer McGill
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762747702
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Series: Cheap Bastard
  • Edition description: Fourth
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (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.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: The Land of the Free     xiii
Entertainment in New York     1
Theater: Free Speech     3
Volunteer Ushering     4
Cheap Seats     17
Just Plain Free Theater     19
Free Will(iam): Free Theater in the Parks     23
Music: Of Free I Sing     25
Rock, Pop, Folk, and Alternative     26
Jazz and Blues     29
Classical Music     32
Outdoor Summer Concerts     35
Film: Cheap Shots     43
Chart: Free Movies by the Week (Year-Round)     44
Chart: Free Movies by the Week (Summer)     45
Free Flicks     45
Better than the Book     53
Television Tapings: Public Access     55
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
Living in New York     77
Food: On the House     79
Happy Hours     80
Free Samples: ASampling     86
Eat Late, Eat Cheap!     93
Wine Tastings: Cheap Drunk     96
Chart: Wine Tastings by the Week     98
Hair, Beauty, and Massage: Free-Style     106
Product Testing Centers     107
Hair Salons     108
Beauty Schools     113
Massage     116
Makeup     117
Real Estate: This Land Is Your Land     119
Low-Rent, No-Fee Apartments     120
Children and Teens: Olli Olli Oxen Free     124
After-School Programs     125
Arts and Crafts     126
Films     130
Sports and Games     134
Health Insurance     137
Museums     137
Stores for the Fun of It     139
Storytelling     140
Education: Cents-Less Smarts     145
Arts     146
Food and Wine     150
Mind     152
Body     156
Spirit     158
Health and Medical: Live Free or Die     161
To Your Health: Free Clinics     162
Whatever Ails You: Clinical Studies     162
HHC to the Rescue      165
Depression/Mental Health Studies and Clinical Trials     167
STD Clinics     168
Fitness, Fun, and Games: Cheap Thrills     170
Park It Here! Parks Offering a Variety of Activities     171
Recreation Centers     173
Skating, Biking, and Running     174
Boating     178
Everybody In! Public Pools     179
Beaches     182
Libraries: Free Access     185
Research Centers     186
Private Libraries     188
Newspapers: The Free Press     192
Furniture and Household Goods: One Man's Trash     197
Map: Manhattan Trash/Treasure Pick-up Days     198
Favorite Finds     199
Curbside Shopping Tips     200
Shopping: A Tale of Two Streets     203
32nd Street: Bargain Paradise     204
17th Street: First in Secondhand     204
Pets: Canine, Feline, Bottom Line     207
Low-Cost Pet Care and Adoptions     208
Pet Postings     210
Exploring New York     213
Walking Tours: The Freedom Trail     214
Chart: Walking Tours by the Week     215
Travel: Free-Wheelin'      225
Getting Around New York     226
Getting Out of New York     227
The Train to the Plane     229
Gardens and Gardening: Dirt Cheap     232
Public Gardens     233
Gardening Education     235
Community Gardens     236
Art Galleries: Show Me the Monet     238
Chelsea     239
Soho     242
Williamsburg, Brooklyn     244
Other Galleries and Shows Around New York     246
Museums: Free to See     249
Always Free     250
Chart: Free or Pay-What-You-Wish Days at Museums     253
Sometimes Free     256
Museums with Suggested Donations     262
Zoos: Born Free     263
Appendixes     265
Romance: Sweet Nothings     265
Parades: Gratis Gatherings     270
Public Library Branch Locations     276
New York City Recreation Centers     282
Index     287
About the Author     298
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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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