Mar 152013
 

nyconthecheap, brooklyn restaurant weekThe annual  Brooklyn Restaurant Week is really ten days of meal deals, through Thursday, March 21st.  Brunch is two for $20.13, lunch is $20.13 per person, dinner is $28 per person.

Mention “Dine in Brooklyn” when you make your reservation, and you should do that soon, before the most popular eateries and dates are booked.  Restaurants are listed on the Visit Brooklyn website alphabetically by neighborhood, from Bay Ridge to Windsor Terrace, with addresses and phone numbers.

Participating restaurants include everything from French bistro and barbeque to Glatt Kosher, including one Glatt Kosher Chinese restaurant.

Click here for Restaurant.com discount coupons

This is a great opportunity to sample some new restaurants, especially if you support one of the small businesses hit so hard by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

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Mar 252012
 

Celebrate the DVD release of the DVD release of the Oscar-winning movie The Muppets at mini-festival that includes film clips, singalongs, a Muppets and Sesame Street trivia contest, and other giveaways, at a monthly event called The Muppet Vault, presented by the Muppet fan site ToughPigs.com and Secret Formula at Brooklyn’s Union Hall. The Muppet event is at 2 p.m. today at Union Hall, 702 Union Street at Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn.  And let me know us Oscar the Grouch smiles.  Click here to purchase tickets, which are $8, for kids and grown-up kids.

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Mar 182012
 

Dine in Brooklyn — More than 150 Brooklyn restaurants and cafes are participating in the 2012 Brooklyn Restaurant Week, March 21st to 29th, with lunch, brunch or dinner, for $20.12 or $25.  Mention “Dine in Brooklyn” when you make your reservation, and you should do that soon, before the most popular eateries and dates are booked.  Restaurants are listed on the Visit Brooklyn website alphabetically by neighborhood, from Bay Ridge to Windsor Terrace, with addresses and phone numbers.  There’s also a special section of Brooklyn restaurants offering two meals for the price of one — BOGO lunches for $20.12 and BOGO two dinners for $25.00.  That’s at the end of the list, so be sure to scroll down.  Participating restaurants include everything from French bistro and barbeque to Glatt Kosher, including one Glatt Kosher Chinese restaurant.

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Jun 112011
 

copyright NYC on the Cheap Evelyn Kanter (c)There’s a June bouquet of free street fairs, festivals, parades and other activities in NYC this weekend for the entire family to enjoy.

Saturday

Head to Harlem for the Hamilton Heights-Sugar Hill Cultural Festival, an all-day party with live entertainment, arts and crafts by local artisans, a heritage walking tour, pony rides and face painting for the kids, zumba classes and a swing dance for the grown-ups with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, and more.  The street fair takes over two city blocks along Hamilton Place, starting at Johnny Hartman Plaza, West 143rd down to West 142nd Street.  There’s also a “Pinkster” marketplace.  See the entire schedule here.  From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Brooklyn Pride Festival is Brooklyn’s the annual celebration of gay rights, with a street fair, 5K run and a parade.  The street fair is on Prospect Park West, between 9th and 15th streets, noon to 6 p.m.  The parade is at 7:30 p.m., stepping off from Prospect Park West and 15th Street, in Park Slope.

Sunday

The Puerto Rican Day Parade is one of NYC’s largest and most colorful annual parades, with lots of dancing in the streets.  The street is Fifth Avenue, and the parade marches from 44th Street north to 79th Street, beginning at 11 a.m.

In honor of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Woodlawn Cemetary is hosting a tour of the graves of members of the exclusive Jockey Club.  The tour is at 11 a.m., and reservations are required; email friends@thewoodlawncemetary.org.  Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and 65+.  Bainbridge Avenue, Norwood, the Bronx.

Riverdale Riverfest celebrates the Hudson River and the Bronx with entertainment, crafts, and displays of environmental programs.  At the College of Mount St. Vincent, Riverdale Ave. at West 263rd St.  Noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday –

The American Crafts Festival takes over Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park and the north Plaza this weekend for top quality sculpture, jewelry, paintings and mixed-media offerings.  Everything is gallery-quality, several steps up from the ‘usual’ stuff you find at street fairs.  It’s free to browse.

The Children’s Museum of the Arts is offering free activities including calligraphy, puppet making and more.  On Governor’s Island, 11 .m. to 3 p.m.

Lots to do in New York City this weekend.  And these free and frugal events and fairs prove you can have a good time without spending a lot of money.

 

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Apr 292011
 

bluecar_clipartIt’s not easy finding a free parking space in New York City.   They are rare, coveted things, especially the ones where you can stay parked for a couple of days or more without risking a parking ticket or getting towed.  The New York Times estimates nearly half of all traffic in residential neighborhoods such as Park Slope is drivers looking for a parking space.  To the rescue are two new bits of technology.

StreetParkNYC connects drivers leaving a space together with drivers who want one.  Drivers are charged a $5 to find out about the available space, which is shared by the ‘seller’ and StreetParkNYC.  It’s cheaper than paying for a garage, and — so far — it is not illegal.

posted by Evelyn Kanter

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Apr 232011
 

Every April, thousands of Japanese cherry trees turn New York City into a garden of fragrant and delicate pink and white blossoms.  Here are the best places in NYC to enjoy the cherry blossoms

Cherry Walk, Riverside Park, Manhattan — The walkway along the Hudson River, from 100th Street to 125th Street, is known as Cherry Walk.  Read more about Cherry Walk here. 

Brooklyn Botanical Garden – There are two areas for enjoying the cherry trees here,  Cherry Walk and Cherry Esplanade, a huge lawn with parallel rows of trees.  There are benches to sit and enjoy, or park yourself on the lawn.  Read more here.

You can find additional information on these peaceful, tranquil, picture perfect places in New York City in my travel guidebook, Peaceful Places New York City, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  and other bookstores.  The cover photo is the Bow Bridge in Central Park.  No cherry blossoms here, but also a beautiful, peaceful, tranquil spot.

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Mar 142011
 

More than 200 Brooklyn restaurants and cafes are participating in the 2011 Brooklyn Restaurant Week, March 21st to 31st, with lunch, brunch or dinner, for $20.11 or $25.  Mention “Dine in Brooklyn” when you make your reservation, and you should do that soon, before the most popular eateries and dates are booked.  Restaurants are listed on the Visit Brooklyn website alphabetically by neighborhood, from Bay Ridge to Windsor Terrace, with addresses and phone numbers.  There’s also a special section of Brooklyn restaurants offering two meals for the price of one — BOGO lunches for $20.11 and BOGO two dinners for $25.00.  That’s at the end of the list, so be sure to scroll down.  Participating restaurants include everything from French bistro and barbeque to Glatt Kosher, including one Glatt Kosher Chinese restaurant.

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Dec 282010
 

It’s called Karaoke Killed the Cat 2011, and it’s happening at Union Hall, the combo restaurant, bar, bocce court and live music venue in Park Slope.  New Year’s festivities begin with a New Year’s Eve karaoke dance party with a $15 entry fee, but the ‘morning after’ party is FREE.  Except that it starts at 11 p.m., which could be considered morning for those of you who were out really late welcoming in 2011.  And after all, this year New Year’s Day night is on a Saturday night.  Union Hall is at 702 Union Street, at Fifth Avenue, in Park Slope.

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Sep 242010
 

Take me out to the ball game — circa 1864.  Cheer the New York Gothams as they take on the Flemington Neshanook, using vintage play rules.  This is a special event at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, which served as the original clubhouse of the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team.  The game is 11 a.m. Saturday, part of a five-borough festival celebrating New York City’s historic buildings.  Find the full weekend schedule here. Take the kids.  Except for a special evening tour of Gracie Mansion in Manhattan, all the weekend events are free.

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