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Cheap Things You Can Do In New York City

New York is a large place with a multitude of restaurants to visit and sights to see. The problem with everything that’s available is how expensive it can end up getting. So how does one enjoy themselves in the city that never sleeps without spending so much?

Here are a couple of things you can do in New York without breaking the bank:

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1.     Stroll Through The Garden Path

Everyone loves to see nature flourish despite the industrial environment that dots the country. At the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden, visitors pay a nominal $15 to take in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Aquatic house and Orchid Collection.

The best part about visiting though is going on Friday mornings, when your visit to the gardens and its attractions is free. Visit in the spring to see the blooms in the Cherry Esplanade.

2.     Visit the Lap Dance Saloon

We all love a good comedy special that gets our sides hurting from laughter. If you’re wondering where you can get a good chuckle in NYC, then look no further than the Lap Dance Saloon. A comedy showcase that ‘dishes out’ free pizza, you can see up-and-coming acts that include Jeffrey Emerson, Jill Weiner, and Christi Chiello.

The best part? It’s all free unless you want to order some food.

3.     Paddle on the Hudson

If you have no problem getting into the ocean, then why not take a kayak onto New York City’s Hudson River? Be sure to come in the late spring to early fall for the Downtown Boathouse’s free kayaking sessions. Each one is about 20 minutes long, so you’ll want to get those arms ripped to keep up with the instructor.

4.     Check out Home Sweet Home

If you are about club life, Home Sweet Home might just be the place for you. Located on the Lower East Side, you’ll hear the speakers bumping things from as far back as the ’50s and ’60s to modern-day music like the Weekend or Marshmello.

Get to the club before 11 pm and you’ll get in free. Once the twilight hour of 3 am rolls around, you’ll pay about $5 to hear the sounds of DJ Jonathan Toubin.

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5.     Dinner and a Movie

At Syndicated in NYC, not only can you watch classic movies, but you’ll also get to peruse top-shelf liquor. The highest price for attending a showing of Boogie Nights, for example, would cost you only $4.

Considered a ‘dine-in cinema,’ you can enjoy light meals to go along with your drink of choice. First-run movies are a little pricier at $7, but it’s great to see a ‘cinema’ stick to the old prices of tickets.

6.     Enrich Your Life with a Museum

Everyone loves a good museum. And if you are one for American History, then you’ll love taking a look at the Van Cortlandt House Museum. Built using grey fieldstone before the revolutionary war, it was named after the Van Cortlandt family who lived inside until near the end of the 19th century. George Washington himself stayed here for at least a night, according to statements made during that time.

Altogether, it’ll cost you a paltry $5.

7.     Photography for Everyone

I know I love taking a look at interesting pictures and having a place to do them is all the better. At the International Center of Photography, you can view history’s most notable events through the eyes of photographers from all over the world.

Standard pricing is about $14 for entry, but come in after 6 pm on Thursdays and benefit from the discounted $5 entry fee.

8.     Affordable Boxing Lessons

Feeling like throwing a few punches? Need to blow off some steam and aren’t sure where to go? Check out the Overthrow Boxing Club. Normally, a session costs about $30 but Monday nights anyone who isn’t a regular can take donation-based classes for $5 per class.

ACLU and Planned Parenthood receive proceeds from those donations. If one night a week is enough for you, you can channel your aggression in a positive way and still help others out.

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9.     An Affordable Show

Any time that someone mentions watching a show at Carnegie Hall, the listeners likely think to themselves how expensive it must have been. When there is a concert in the Stern Auditorium or the Perelman Stage, you can get ‘rush tickets’ for as little as $10 to a show (even if it’s sold out). If you want to take advantage of the price, though, you’ll have to be there by 11 am because it’s first-come, first-served basis.

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