Here are a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this Earth Day and Holocaust Remembrance weekend. The NYCOTC free and cheap weekend guide is always $25 or less so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap with no apologies and without busting your budget.
Who says New York City has to be expensive? Not NYC on the Cheap.
Unless a price is noted, our weekend list is FREE, and we remind you that an event is FREE, to be sure you know. Street fairs are generally 10am to 6pm.
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Ending This Weekend
FREE Admission to US National Parks – Celebrate National Parks Week with FREE admission to parks and historic sites including Statue of Liberty and FDR Library through Sunday.
New York International Auto Show – More than 1,000 shiny new cars, SUVs and trucks, a real off-road track to test your driving skills, virtual off-road tracks, games for the kids and more.
This Weekend Only
5th Annual Hot Sauce Expo – Get unlimited tastes from more than 40 vendors, watch a hot sauce eating contest, more, at this hot stuff event in Brooklyn. Get discount admission tickets.
Now open for the season –
Hallett Nature Sanctuary – This almost-secret hideaway spot in Central Park is now open for the season. The gates to this locked-off sanctuary will be open daily this year, from 10AM to 30 minutes before sunset, with the caveat that it is closed occasionally due to inclement conditions. Wear sturdy closed shoes for the uneven walkways, and bring a camera. No dogs, bikes or strollers permitted.
Long Island Flea, Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are open for the season. Details here.
Pier 2 Roller Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Rates are $3 to skate, $6 to rent; check the website for hours and special events, including lessons. This is a covered rink, so you get fresh air, but not raindrops.
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s bouncy Squibb Park Bridge has reopened after more than two years and $2.5 million to reduce bounce. The walkway is a handy shortcut between Brooklyn Heights and the park.
Luna Park at Coney Island – Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the iconic Cyclone roller coaster all season.
Brooklyn Bazaar Night Market is back with an Asian-style night market, with international food, vendors, and entertainment.
Get FREE Citi Bike rides if you sign up for a bike on their website. Fill out the obligatory personal information, including a valid email address, to receive a code that will allow you to bike for free. The free Citi Bike day is Friday only.
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestrad – FREE Salsa dancing to this 11-piece live band at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, starting at 7:30PM. Seating is first come first served.
Madison Square Park celebrates Earth Day with by the launch of this year’s Recycling Program, including lifecycle education, a recycling relay game, an art project with recycled materials, live music, and more.
Shakespeare Sonnet Slam – It just happens that Shakespeare’s birthday is during Earth Day week. Celebrate Shakespeare with a FREE event in which both professional actors and talented amateurs take turns reading all 154 Shakespeare Sonnets. the annual reading of his sonnets, in Central Park.
Ghost in the Shell – See the original 1995 animated manga version, not the recent 3D Hollywood version on which it is based, in the original Japanese with English subtitles, introduced by neuroscientist Dr. Leah Kelly. If you don’t already know the story: In the not-too-distant future, humans are connected to each other and the world by a vast electronic network, with “shells” containing their consciousness. Cyborg agent Major Motoko Kusangi works in federal intelligence, and he’s on a mission to track the Puppet Master, who ghost-hacks into the bodies of fellow cyborgs, altering their minds and memories. 9:30PM at the Rubin Museum in Chelsea.
Freebie Friday – FREE admission to NYC museums including MOMA. No passes or coupons needed. Just go.
Get FREE admission to more than a dozen NYC museums with the IDNYC card. Enrollment is also FREE.
Freebie Friday: Family Fridays at MoMath – Solve puzzles, family-style, and learn how math affects everything, from music to space flight. 6:30pm, FREE The National Museum of Mathematics is at 11 E. 26th St.
Freebie Friday – FREE Grand Central Neighborhood Tour. Every Friday at 12:30, docents from the Grand Central Partnership guide you through the history of the fabled Grand Central Terminal and some equally-fabled nearby landmarks including the Chrysler Building. There are no tickets, no reservations. Just meet at Sculpture court at 120 Park Avenue (southwest corner of East 42nd Street). Tour is 90 minutes.
See free and cheap weekend events for Saturday and Sunday on next page, including Earth Day celebrations, a parade, street fairs, an outdoor concert and more.