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268 Mulberry St, between Houston and
Spring Sts) Saturdays 11am-7pm
Staten Island Ferry
Ok, maybe the Ferry is really boring if you don’t like fresh air, bay breezes, the night sky, and all of those other awful things that New York City is so good at protecting you from. But it’s a comfy boat ride with some incredible views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. And, like so many of New York’s finest pocket-sized local magazines, the Ferry is free free free!
Whitehall St, at South St
The Studio Museum in Harlem
If you’ve already exhausted the Met’s measly stores of art ? temples, knights, Frank Lloyd Wright’s living room, blah, blah, blah ? might we suggest a trek Uptown for this completely unique multimedia museum in one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods of Manhattan. If a $3 student donation doesn’t seal the deal, have fun with your lame-ass medieval sculpture.
144 W 125th St
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
If you’re willing to actually dish out $8, hit up UCB on Saturday night to see Mother’s improv sketch show, where the sound guy will make fun of your music and you’ll laugh so hard, PBR will come out of your nose. If you’re really broke though, the Sunday night show from ASSSSCAT 3000, the four alums of the UCB TV show, is free. All you have to do is wait in line for two grueling hours while trying to keep down the dozen hot’n’fresh Krispy Kremes you triumphantly swallowed moments before. Best restaurant in Manhattan? Quite possibly.
UCB Theatre: 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
Krispy Kreme: 265 W 23rd St, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
This fledgling concert venue sells basically everything that powers the Lower East Side except for vintage T-shirts and illicit drugs. What they do sell: live music (usually for under $10), records, booze, coffee, and tiny pastries. They might sell drugs too, we’ve never tried. Who needs smack when you’ve got cheesecake brownies?
152 Ludlow, between Stanton and Rivington Sts
Like the Times Square of Brooklyn, daylight is immaterial to this enormous glowing beacon of kitsch. Some of the strangest characters in New York, which is to say the world, wander Coney Island, and the most demented ones were probably the masterminds behind the Cyclone. Pay for the extra ride, eat a Nathan’s hot dog, then go play some skeezeball. I mean, skeeball.
Q train to, uh, Coney Island
Wandering the Outer Boroughs
(But Mostly Brooklyn)
As much as there is to explore in Manhattan, there’s even more fun for the foot soldier in Brooklyn. Make up your own walking tour and be sure to find your way to the promenade under the Brooklyn Bridge, the ridiculous mansions in the Vinegar Hill historic district, and the view of pretty much the entire northern hemisphere from the new waterfront park in Red Hook. Forgotten-NY.com has more than a few great suggestions. At least check it out before they build the Red Hook Ikea store and Vå just becomes the name of a trendy doormat.
MoMA on Fridays
Target sponsors free admission for all from 4pm till 8pm on Friday nights. Your date will think you’re cultured, you’ll know you’re just cheap.
11 W 53 St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves