FREE + CHEAP NYC July 4th Weekend + beyond
- 07/04/2013

Of course tonight you can watch the fireworks from the Hudson... or check out Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest... if you are into that sort of thing.

For where to watch from CLICK HERE.


July 5: Interchurch on Riverside hosts Feldenkrais/Awareness Through Movement starting at 12:30.  Moshe Feldenkrais created the Feldenkrais Method aiming to reduce his own pain and limitations in movement, and promote general well-being.  It is a gentle re-teaching of movement appropriate for teens, adults and seniors.  Highly recommended!

July 6: Kips Bay Library - SEATED YOGA at 1pm.  This style geared to Seniors and those with joint problems aims to increase flexibility and  strengthen muscles with minimal impact on the joints.  Probably not looking at a Downward Dog here.  Check it out and let us know what it is like!

July 9:  Chelsea Rec Center, you can “Shape up with Pilates!”  Class starts at 10 am.

Check out for more options and we will highlight something new each week.


If you’ve been a New Yorker for more than 5 minutes, you probably know about movies under the stars. There are many free, open-air screenings in the city this summer, and here are a few. The films usually start at sunset, so around 8-8:30 pm, but common wisdom is to get there around 2 hours early, to settle in.  Angela’s recommendation: “Bring a blanket to sit on and always check the grass for sprinklers.  Little buggers are on a timer!”

This week, you can catch a movie almost every night, somewhere in the city.

July 5:  Madagascar 3  at the Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn - OR -
L’Arnacoeur (“The Heartbreaker”, France 2010) at Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan

July 6: Little Shop of Horrors at St. Nicolas Terrace and West 141st Street in Upper Manhattan
July 8:  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is showing at Bryant Park

July 10: Silver Linings Playbook at Hudson Pier 63.

But, the CAKE IS TAKEN by the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which gives you a WHOLE DATE NIGHT for free on Thursdays in July: Come at 6 pm for a DJ (July 11 is DJ Still Life); then watch a movie short – Creep – and THEN watch a feature movie.   This week they are showing is the awesome Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Friday movies on the Hudson are for kids, and this week they’re showing The Pirates! Band of Misfits – an animated film voiced by Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman and Salma Hayek. Not sure how I missed that one… Enjoy!

July 5: Brooklyn Museum Target Free Saturdays.  Free evening of amazing art and culture!

July 8: 12pm is Auspicious Stitches hosted by the Rubin Museum. According to the website, there is a suggested donation of $5 for supplies, but it is essentially free with the meagre admission to the museum.    "Participants will create work following a particular theme. Some themes that have been explored in the past include Tibetan auspicious symbols, flora and fauna, Indian motifs, animals in Buddhist art, and phulkari scarves. Information on themes will be provided as well as demonstrations of basic stitches."  Give the museum a call ahead of time to make sure the instructor is not taking a summer break ;-)

For Wonderful Cheap Theater, check out the Theater Development Fund, or TDF (  If you are eligible for a TDF membership (and teachers, non-profit workers, as well as performing artists are among those eligible), pay those $30 annual dollars and get thee to a theater! TDF offers discount tickets to both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as an excellent $9 category for Off-Off Broadway theater. Get thee to a theatre!

CLASSICAL music: the NY Philharmonic is performing at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Wednesday, July 10 and at Cunningham Park in Queens on Thursday, July 11. Concerts start at 8 – but get there early.

If you prefer JAZZ, check out Rene Marie at Madison Square Park (PARK! Near the Flatiron building) on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 pm,

July 14:  Melissa Aldana Quartet is performing as part of MOMA’s Sculpture Garden Series.  Doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 8pm.

And – best for last- you can catch B.B.KING , THE MAN HIMSELF, FOR FREE, with the James Hunter 6, at the Brookfield Place Plaza downtown on Wednesday, July 10, at 6 pm. You don’t believe me? We will be there.

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