More than a dozen FREE and cheap things to do this last weekend of February 2017. 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 us.
Unless a price is noted, our weekend list is FREE, and sometimes we remind you that an event is FREE, to be sure you know.
Best FREE things to do in NYC any time of year
Holiday train show at Grand Central Terminal – See a mini version of NYC and vintage model trains, FREE. Through Sunday, Feb. 26th.
Black History Month – FREE screenings of clips of pioneering TV shows starring performers including Redd Foxx and Diahann Carroll, at the Paley Center for Media, through Feb. 28th
We Were Strangers Too – The Valentine Heart sculpture in Times Square changes every year. The 2017 theme is about the immigrants from many nations who have made NYC great. FREE, through Sunday, March 5th.
Ice Skating at Bryant Park – Through Sunday, March 5th. Skating is FREE. Skate rentals and lockers are not.
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24th Annual Book Sale -Thousands of new & used books, CDs, DVDs and records, plus a Children’s Room filled with books for kids of all ages. Most items are $1 or $2. Fresh books will be put onto the tables throughout the sale. At the United Methodist Church, Sixth Avenue and 8th Street, Park Slope. Friday 9AM to 5PM (admission $5); Saturday 9AM to 5:30PM, Sunday 12:30PM to 5:30PM
Friday, Feb. 24th in NYC
¡VAYA! 63 – This FREE Latin dance party is led by Grammy-nominated percussionist, singer, and songwriter Pedrito Martinez. The world-class rumbero and his band have been “writing a new chapter in Cuban music history” (NPR) since they started playing together in 2005. Get on the dance floor with their fresh takes on the Afro-Cuban traditions of rumba and Yoruba, performing music off their most recent album, Habana Dreams. 7:30PM at The Atrium at Lincoln Center. There are no reservations and no tickets and seating is first come, first served.
Freebie Friday – FREE admission to NYC museums including MOMA. No passes or coupons needed. Just go.
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.
Saturday, Feb. 25th in NYC
La La Land FREE movie screening – See the multiple-nominee Academy Award favorite on a three-story Samsung screen in the Meatpacking District. Starts at 6PM. RSVP is required to ensure space, at the Samsung store, 837 Washington St.
Sunday, Feb. 26th in NYC
Jewish New York – Conversation & Reception – A round-table discussion on historic and cultural treasures of the Jewish Lower East Side with Niki Russ Federman, fourth generation co-owner of Russ & Daughters, Russ & Daughters Café and Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum; Alexandra Kelly, Manager of the NYPL Lower East Side oral history project; and filmmaker Casimir Nozkowski, who will share his short film on the home he grew up in, a former synagogue on Hester Street. Moderator is Paul Kaplan, author of Jewish New York. 2PM to 4PM at the Museum at Eldridge St., 12 Eldridge St. $14 adults; $10 students/seniors
Studio Museum in Harlem – Every Sunday is FREE admission, thanks to Target Free Sundays, with family-friendly workshops. Every Sunday in February celebrates Black History Month. Studio Museum in Harlem focuses on modern and contemporary art and photography by black artists, and is open 10am to 6pm, at 144 West 125th St.
FREE Oscar viewing party – See who wins the coveted Oscar statuettes. Also at the Samsung store in Meapo. RSVP also required
Black History Month on TV – Screenings of influential shows and interviews featuring Black artists, including The Piano Lesson, Sesame Street and Justice League: Legends 1 and 2. At the Paley Center for Media in Midtown, FREE with museum admission.
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Enjoy your free and cheap NYC weekend.