The Big Apple on a dime

Hot time summer in the city, back of my neck….

NYC can be one of the most expensive cities in the world.  Tickets to Broadway shows and large venues to see your favorite bands can break the bank BUT… there is plenty to do that doesn’t cost a dime.

Check out the Village Voice’s list for a complete list of free concerts in and around NYC.

BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building:
May 24, 10 p.m.: Abdou Mboup and Waakaw
May 25, 10 p.m.: Late Night Dance Party with Ralph McDaniels & the Video Music Box
June 1, 9 p.m.: Endangered Speeches

Betsy Head Park @ 7 p.m.:
June 18: Dana Dane, Grand Puba, hosted by Chubb Rock
June 19: Hezekiah Walker
June 20: Jon B, Hi-Five

Brookfield Place Plaza:
June 29-30, 5:00 p.m.: 2013 River to River Festival
July 10-11, 6:00 p.m.: Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival
July 13, 6:30 p.m.: Brasslands

Brooklyn Bridge Park:
May 4 – August 31, 3:00 PM: Bargemusic Family Concert(s)
May 23, 7:00 PM: Old School Funk & Hip-Hop Dance Party

Central Park:
June 15, 3:00 PM: The Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, DJ sets by Modest P
June 30, 7:00 PM: Big Star’s Third
August 20, 7:00 PM: Bobby McFerrin

Commodore Barry Park:
August 24-5: AFROPUNK FEST

Crotona Park @ 7 p.m.:
July 9-10: Tego Calderon, RVSB
July 10: DJ Kool Herc
July 12: War + DJ Afro
July 13: Ghetto Brothers

Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center:
May 31, 6:30 p.m.: Festival au Desert: Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa, Imharahan, Mamadou Kelly
July 24-6, 7:30 p.m.: Kronos at 40
August 3, 3 p.m.: La Casita
August 3, 7:30 p.m.: Zvidance
August 4, 7:00 p.m.: Sacred Drums
August 7, 7:30 p.m.: Ruben Blades
August 9, 7:30 p.m.: Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra + Rosin Coven
August 10, 6 p.m.: 30th Annual Roots of American Music Line Up
August 11, 5 p.m.: Bobby Rush, Allen Toussaint, Eddie and Brian Holland, The Como Mamas

East River Park Amphitheater @ 7 p.m.:
August 27: Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier hosted by Lyricist Lounge
August 28: Mac DeMarco
August 29: Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band

Herbert Von King Park:
June 11, 7 p.m.: Rayvon, Red Fox, Golden Child, RSNY, hosted by Shaggy
June 12, 7 p.m.: Big Daddy Kane, DJ Scratch

House of Vans @ 5 p.m.:
June 27, July 11, 18, 31 and August 15 and 29. Artists TBD.

Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival @ City Winery:
June 4, 5 p.m.: Dave Davies of the Kinks
June 26 – August 28: 4th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival

Hudson River Park:
June 7 – August 23, 7 p.m., Every Friday: Sunset on the Hudson

BAM’s R&B Festival at MetroTech Center @ Noon:
June 6: Mint Condition
June 13: Bobby Rush
June 20: Zozo-Afrobeat Orchestra
August 8: Shuggie Otis

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts:
August 8, 6:30 p.m.: No BS! Brass Band

Madison Square Park:
June 19, 7 p.m.: Suzanne Vega
June 26, 7 p.m.: Anat Cohen Quartet
July 3, 6 p.m.: The Grascals, Joy Kills Sorrow
July 10, 7 p.m.: Rene Marie
July 17, 7 p.m.: Ben Sollee
July 24, 6 p.m.: Dafnis Prieto Sextext, Yosvany Terry Quintent
July 31, 6 p.m.: Erin McKeown, Lake Street Drive
August 7, 7 p.m.: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
June 9, 12 p.m.: 7th Annual Mafrika Music Festival
August 6, 7 p.m.: Jungle Brothers, Zhigge, hosted by Lyricist
August 7, 7 p.m.: Bilal
August 14, 7 p.m.: Smokie Norful

Nelson A. Rockefeller Park:
June 25, 7 p.m.: Angelique Kidjo

Pier A – Hoboken (NJ):
August 18, 12 p.m.: Lackawanna Music Festival: Performers TBA

Hudson River Park at Pier 84:
August 8, 6 p.m.: Titus Andronicus + Ducktails
August 9, 7 p.m.: Wild Nothing + Grimes

So you see, there’s plenty to do for tourists and locals that won’t empty your wallet.

MoMA on Friday nights are free from 4 – 8pm  Thanks UNIQLO

The Metropolitan Museum of Art admission is a $25 suggested donation.  I flip them a quarter and spend the day – anyday!

To help cover the costs of exhibitions, we ask that you please pay the full recommended amount.

The Met is state and city funded – give what you can.  I’m a resident and feel that my tax dollars already pay for my entrance.

Enjoy the many parks , pack a lunch, bring a blanket and soak in some sun and nature while people watching.

There’s free kayaking on the rivers at The NYC Downtown Boathouse on 56th and West Side Hwy.  as well as a few other locations (click on the link I provided)

Governor’s Island open on weekends – hosts plenty of art exhibits and fun things for the family and the public ferry service is free as well.

Of course if you want to spend your money… Some of my photography is being exhibited and is for sale at Basmati Indian Cuisine Restaurant (Hell’s Kitchen) Ninth Avenue btw 51st and 52nd Streets.   And my hubby, Jene Youtt’s work is hanging around the corner at Braai (51st Street btw 8th and 9th Avenue.  Braii is South African Cuisine and you can enjoy their “social lunch” for $12.95 pp.  from til 4pm.

Something new is CitiBike Share, but I believe you need your own helmet.  There’s 24 hr and 7 day access passes that can be purchased at any Bike station. Starting May 27th.  Remember to use the bike lanes, and obey traffic rules as they do apply to bikes.  Maybe NYC will become a more pedestrian friendly city like those in Europe.

So get out and your all that you can in the Metro area.

And remember to honor all the vets who have been lain to rest this Memorial Day.



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