Summer for free in New York City How to enjoy the city for no money during the summer

The following is a post from Patrick G. Mackaronis. Patrick is the Director of Business Development for New York City-based social network Brabble. In this post, Patrick will share some tips by which we can enjoy the city fun without spending money. Patrick can be best reached on Twitter at @patty__mack.

Free movies

Bryant Park shows classic films every Monday starting mid-June through August. Bring your own blanket and picnic starting at 5 pm, the show starts after sunset between 8-9 pm.

RiverFlicks will show movies on Wednesday and Friday starting in July. The Wednesday movies are for kids and show at Pier 46 near Christopher Street on the Hudson River. The Friday movies are for adults and show at Pier 54 at 14th St.

Free concerts

Bryant Park also hosts free concerts every Friday that are broadcast on the morning program Good Morning America. The concerts are between 7-9 am. Show up early for popular acts.

Lincoln Center hosts Midsummer Night Swing going on during the week and weekends in the summer. To dance in the roped off area you need to purchase a ticket, but you can hear the music and enjoy it just as much for free on the outskirts like many others do.

Free plays

Shakespeare in the Park is put on every summer by the Public Theater in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Line up early to get free tickets because it’s very popular. Limit two tickets per person.

For those that prefer an easier free Shakespeare performance check out the free New York Classical performances every Thursday-Sunday nights at 7 pm in Central Park near 103rd Street.

Free kayaking

The Downtown Boathouse has free kayaking through August. Check them out at Pier 40 along the Hudson River near Houston St. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm

Getting there

Bryant Park is located at 42nd and 41st Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues. Take the B/D/F/V subway to 42nd stop.

Pier 46 is at the very west side of Manhattan near Christopher St. Take the 1 train to Christopher/Sheridan Sq. stop and walk west to the West Side Highway.

Pier 54 is across the West Side Highway near 14th St. Take the A/C train to 14th St. stop and walk west.

Pier 40 is located at Houston St. and across the West Side Highway. Take the 1 train to Houston St. and walk west.

The Delacorte Theater is at the south end of the Great Lawn of Central Park. Take the C/B train to 81st. St. Follow the path and signs to the theater.

New York Classical performances inside Central Park near 103rd St. Take the C/B train to 103rd, cross over into Central Park. Plays are informally performed on the lawn near the pond inside the park.

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