Evelyn Kanter

NYC on the Cheap is owned and published by Evelyn Kanter, a lifelong New York resident and freelance journalist and author who has been writing about her hometown, national and international travel, consumer rights and good deals for more years than she cares to admit. Follow @NYCCHEAP on Twitter and at NYC on the Cheap on Facebook and Pinterest.

Feb 222017

best of nyc food events dine in brooklyn restaurant deals

Couldn’t get a reservation for the just-ended NYC Restaurant Week deals? Fugeddaboudit, because. Dine in Brooklyn returns next month, with prix fixe meal deals for as little as $12. More than 50 top Brooklyn restaurants are participating, more than last year.

Dine in Brooklyn is March 20 through March 30. To find restaurants to try, visit the  dineinbk.com website , and interactive map, which lists all 59 restaurants participating as of this moment.  More restaurants will be added as they join.

You can search by area or by type of food, including vegan.  And you can make reservations now, directly with the restaurant of your choice.

Warning – the website takes forever to load,  and to reload after a search. But your patience will pay off, and it won’t blast you out of your seat with music or video as so many sites do (don’t we all hate websites that open with loud music or somebody yapping at us).

Choose a $12 brunch menu, or a $15 two-course lunch, or a $28 three-course dinner.  Many restaurants are offering special menus for the Dine in Brooklyn promotion.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Schnitzel Haus in Bay Ridge, for traditional German food and beer,
  • Miti Miti, a popular Mexican spot in Park Slope,
  • Therapy Wine Bar in Bedford-Stuyvesant,
  • House of Juice in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

See the NYC on the Cheap cheap eats page for more restaurant deals.

Current national restaurant chain deals include:

Starbucks $5 coffee and breakfast sandwich

FREE Shake Shack burger when you download their new app

Wendy’s beefs up four items for $4 deal

Boston Market 2 meals for $20


If you know of a great restaurant deal, we want to hear about it – especially locally owned restaurants.

Email us at info@nyconthecheap.com and we’ll check it out.

Feb 222017

discount movie ticketsSee top-rated films FREE each Wednesday at the glass atrium Winter Garden, surrounded by those famous palm trees. Screenings include FREE popcorn, comfy seats, and a pre-screening DJ set.  Screenings are at 7pm.  There are no tickets or reservations, so get there no later than 6:45.

Wed. Feb. 22 – Guardians of the Galaxy

  • A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper.

Wed., Mar. 1 – Midnight in Paris

  • While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. It will you fall in love, and fall in love with Paris. Starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.

Wed., Mar. 8 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. Fabulous martial arts and special effects. Starring Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang.

Wed., Mar. 15 -You choose! Vote for your favorite film to be screened:

  • Moonrise Kingdom (2000) – A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. Starring Bruce Willis, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou – In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. Its a funny, madcap adventure.  Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson
  • Romeo + Juliet (1996)- Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

Pictures Under the Palms is presented by Arts Brookfield.

Feb 212017

nyc freeThere are special tax rules for freelancers, especially freelancers who work from home. Learn the rules, including how to  get to most deductions and avoid an IRS audit, at this FREE workshop with representatives from the Internal Revenue Service.

Tax Tips for Freelancers is designed to inform startups, established freelancers, entrepreneurs, and independent contractors about their tax requirements and recordkeeping responsibilities.

Attendees will learn about deductible business expenses, self-employment tax and more advanced tax topics.

Tax Tips for Freelancers is Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6PM at the SIBL branch of the New York Public Library, Madison Ave. between 34th and 35th Streets, in Conference Room 018.

There are no reservations, and seating is first come, first served.  Be sure to bring your questions, and something to note down the answers.

Presented by representatives of the Internal Revenue Service.

Feb 212017

free tax prep helpProtect yourself from identity theft and shred important tax documents. Staples is offering FREE bulk shredding of up to two pounds of documents.

Since you probably are finding old financial documents now as you work on your 2016 tax statements, it’s better to shred them than toss them.

According to the IRS, tax returns and all supporting documents including bank statements should be retained for a minimum of three years.

Free shipping on orders over $49.99 at Staples.com!

Before, during and after tax season, it’s important to protect important information by destroying sensitive documents that may lead to identity theft.

Read about tax refund scams
Last minute tax tips from the  New York Times

You can shred up to two pounds of paper  for FREE at any Staples store nationwide, from open to close. No coupon needed.

Staples assures  us your documents will be loaded into a locked box to be picked up by the Iron Mountain secure shredding service.

Click here to find a a Staples store.


Feb 202017

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Avoid complaint of “I’m bored” this spring break week by taking the kids or the grandkids to one or more of these special family-friendly events, including FREE admission to top New York City attractions.

US presidents in NYCAdmission to 400 National Park Service sites nationwide is FREE today, President’s Day.

Celebrate US presidents in NYC by visiting, and take a FREE tour with Park Rangers:


nyc on the cheapFebruary Break Discovery Days at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are FREE.  Explore exotic habitats from around the world and have some hands-on science fun during the midwinter school break. Kids learn to use their senses to investigate plants and objects firsthand and find out how plants survive in environments from deserts to rainforests. Explore the lush conservatories on scavenger hunts, listen to stories in the Library, and pot up a plant to bring home.

BBG admission is FREE weekdays the entire month of February.  BBG is open 10am to 4:30pm all week.  The family workshops are 11am to 1pm.

nyc for kidsKids Week at the Intrepid features daily workshops and events, such as a pop-up planetarium, visiting NASA astronauts and book authors, and more. Events are FREE with museum admission.  Check the website for daily schedule details.

Feb 202017

nyc free guideThe annual ReelAbilities Film Festival features inspiring and touching films and documentaries about autism, Alzheimers, adaptive sports athletes and more, including featuring actors with Down syndrome.

Reel Abilities Film Festival 2017 includes a documentary about a deaf football team, another documentary about the recovery of a paralyzed veteran of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a love story between two young people with Downssyndrome, and a film about the world renowned Black Boys of Alabama singing group.

ReelAbilities Film Festival 2017 offers dozens of screenings in multiple locations in all five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island), plus in Westchester, Rockland and Long Island.

Screenings are between Thursday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 8. See the full schedule here to choose which one or more you want to see.

All films are captioned or subtitled (unless otherwise noted) and all venues are wheelchair accessible. The festival also offersaudio description, ASL interpretation, CART, and information in Braille for select events and upon advance request.

Even if you don’t live in NYC, check the website anyway, since the ReelAbilities Film Festival also occurs in Houston, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Chicago and other cities.


Feb 192017

what's free in decemberCheap is good. FREE is better. There always are great FREE things to do in New York City, and this Presidents Week holiday week is no different.  Here are five FREE family- friendly exhibits, lectures and other events to enjoy today through Friday:

SEE ALSO 5 FREE places to visit US presidents in NYC

NYC free museum Learn about alternative press and the fight against #alternativefacts at a FREE exhibit Protests in Print at the main branch of the New York Public Library. The exhibit, from the library’s extensive files, shows us how such publications and art play a vital role in sharing information not included in mainstream publications. The exhibit traces alternative press from its beginnings in the 1800s through more recent works, including pieces documenting the Occupy movement and other social justice issues, demonstrating how alternative press continues to flourish, even during the rise of digital communication.  And be sure to take time to visit the refurbished Rose Reading Room

  • FREE daily through April 30th. The main branch of the NYPL is Fifth Avenue and 42nd St, guarded by those two famous stone lions.

Ford City of Tomorrow exhibitSee the future at FordHub “City of Tomorrow exhibit in the Oculus transportation and shopping center in Lower Manhattan.  Take a virtual reality tour of a futuristic city, learn how regenerative braking works, and more, including selfies at the wall of more than 5,000 miniature Ford vehicles.

  • FREE daily, 10am to 7pm


New York City Pass
Native Fashion TodayNative Fashion Now is a stunning exhibit of contemporary clothing, jewelry and accessories by Native American designers and artisans. Traditional cultural symbols and crafts such as beadwork used on modern ways.

  • FREE exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan, where admission is always free

nyc on the cheapGet ready for spring at the Queens Botanical Garden.  See a FREE photography exhibit by Queens resident Vikram Dogra, showcasing the landscape and people of Astoria and LIC with a historical portrait of the ever-changing neighborhoods.

  • FREE photography exhibit at the Visitor Center, through Feb. 26.
  • FREE garden admission Wednesdays, 3 to 6pm, and Sundays, 9 to 11am

nyc free eventsLearn about American and New York slang at a FREE lecture that walks us through y’all, youse and more.  New York Times graphics editor Josh Katz takes us on a lively visual tour of Speaking American

  • FREE lecture, 6:30pm Wed., Feb. 22, at the Mid-Manhattan Library, Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, across Fifth from the main branch with the lions.

Know about a free or cheap event ?  Email us at info@nyconthecheap.com, and we’ll check it out to include.

Feb 192017

where to swing dance in nyeRock around the clock at this special Doo-Wop musical extravaganza, with an all-star cast including The Duprees, TheBrooklyn Bridge, The Vogues and Bryan Hyland. Get half-off $35 tickets now for the Dick Fox Spring Doo Wop Extravaganza on Suday, May 21st, at NYCB Theater, Westbury.

What You’ll Get:

How G-Pass Works

  • Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after this Groupon deal ends.
  • Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call.
  • Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
  • Discount reflects the merchant’s current ticket prices – price may differ on day of event.

Dick Fox’s Spring Doo Wop Extravaganza features:

The Duprees: with barbershop harmonies and old-fashioned showmanship, the Jersey quartet struck gold in 1962 with the pop ballad “You Belong to Me.”
The Brooklyn Bridge: Formed in 1968 and formerly led by the late, great Johnny Maestro, The Brooklyn Bridge is best known for doo-wop favorites such as “The Worst That Could Happen” and the classic “Sixteen Candles.”
The Vogues: they’re best-known for their first hit, “You’re the One,” but it’s their honeycombed harmonies and string of singles such as “Five O’Clock World” and “Magic Town” that cemented their place in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
Also Appearing: Brian Hyland | The Toys | The Eternals

This is a Groupon deal that expires soon.

Feb 182017

nyc free events

Are you an expert in Black History? Sign up for Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at The Schomburg Center branch of the NYPL next weekend, including a first-ever satellite hook-up with Wikipedia editors in Africa, who will be fact-checking and editing alongside NYC contributors.

Register now to reserve a spot at this FREE event, noon to 5pm, next Saturday, Feb. 25th, since space is first come first serve.  A reception follows at the end of the event.

The Schomburg Center is working with AfroCROWD on this third Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, part of the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign. For the first time, via video satellite, we’ll be able to unite with Wikipedia editors in Africa who will edit alongside us.

Wikipedia is the free online encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it (crowdsourced).

At this event, you will learn how Wikipedia works and how to add content to it, including by using the resources of the Schomburg library to write and edit entries on black history and culture.

Volunteer Wikipedians, the experts, will also be on hand to provide support and instruction on working in Wikipedia.

The Wikipedia training and Edit-a-thon will be in the Aaron Douglas Reading Room of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division on the C-level (lower level) of the Schomburg Center.

House rules:

  • If you’re new to Wikipedia, check out the Beginner’s guide to Wikipedia and make sure to create an account before Feb. 25th so you can get started right away
  • Bring your own laptop if possible. Laptops will also be available to check out with your NYPL library card.
  • Advanced wiki editing skills not required.
  • No food or drinks are allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.
  • Passion for black history and culture is highly recommended.
  • The Schomburg generally overbooks to ensure full attendance. All registered spots are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so  arrive early.

The Schomburg Center branch of the NYPL is at 135th St. and Malcolm X Blvd., one block from the 135th St. stop of the 2 and 3 subway station.

  • @SchomburgCenter #EditaThon
Feb 182017

starbucks for life contestFor a limited time, Starbucks is offering a $5 combo deal to get your day started. For $5, get a Grande size hot brewed coffee and a Bacon Gouda or Sausage, Cheddar & Egg breakfast sandwich.

You must purchase both items in a single transaction to get the savings. The breakfast sandwiches are available all day, so you can take advantage of the offer morning, noon or night — while supplies last.

SEE the NYCOTC Cheap East page for more current meal deals, including:

Note that there are no substitutions and Clover-brewed coffees are excluded, the the $5 breakfast deal is at participating locations only.

As usual, Starbucks is not telling us just how long this “limited time” deal will last.

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