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Frommer's NYC Free & Dirt Cheap - 5th Edition : Frommer's Free & Dirt Cheap   - Ethan Wolff

Frommer's NYC Free & Dirt Cheap - 5th Edition

Frommer's Free & Dirt Cheap

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Frommer's NYC Free & Dirt Cheap

  • Get accommodations for free using couch-surfing websites or enjoy dirt cheap stays at some unexpectedly posh hotels
  • Delicious meals, plenty under $5, in all the major neighborhoods
  • Free attractions, including museums with free hours
  • The best bars for happy hours, bars with free food, and BYO restaurants
  • Free music clubs and performances, plus discounted Broadway tickets
  • Affordable itineraries, from downtown to Coney Island
  • Tips on affordable local living, including where to find free yoga classes, free art classes, free swimming pools, free therapy sessions, free TV tapings, and much more
About 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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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

ISBN: 9781118369012
ISBN-10: 1118369017
Series: Frommer's Free & Dirt Cheap
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 28th November 2012
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.95  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.305