7 Things to Do This Week in NYC That Are Totally Free (and Fun to Boot)
We’re less than a month into spring, and we’ve somehow racked up a pretty hefty bill between all our outdoor brunches, botanical cocktails and that new hoard of pastel slingbacks (hey—it’s worth it). Luckily, there are tons of free things to do around the city that’ll only cost you the price of a MetroCard swipe. Here’s something fun (and gratis) to do in New York every single day this coming week.
Sunday, April 22: Tour Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Lager is an area staple, so get to know your local pint a little bit better through one of the brewery's free Sunday tours. After you’ve learned about all the hops your heart can handle, take a seat on a bench for some $4 beverages. While the beers themselves aren’t free, a Sunday afternoon full of knowledge and good times is. And if you’re a sour beer lover, you’ll be glad to know the brewers just brought back their Bel Air Sour…for good. Get ’em while they’re hot cold.
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N. 11th St.
Monday, April 23: Ogle the Wind Sculpture (SG) I in Central Park
This incredible, 23-foot-tall multicolored public art installation was commissioned from British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and is made from hand-painted fiberglass. While the colors are inspired by his childhood in Lagos, the pattern itself is inspired by Dutch wax batik print, which the artist himself calls “the perfect metaphor for layered identities.” We call it a fabulous excuse to hit up Central Park on a Monday for a stroll with a friend. (On view now through September.)
Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park
Tuesday, April 24: Go Gallery Hopping
More of the city’s best art can be found in a cluster of galleries in Chelsea, so in lieu of happy hour, indulge your visual senses with some good old-fashioned ogling. The best part? Most galleries let you in free of charge. Hit up Petzel Gallery, David Zwirner or Pace Gallery for some entertaining contemporary art, and while you’re in the area, stroll The High Line for an added dose of escapism. And don't forget the galleries uptown with some extra special showings to take in right now: Anne Collier at Anton Kern and Priscilla Heine at Findlay. Trust, they’re worth the trek.
Petzel Gallery, 456 W. 18th St.; David Zwirner, 525 W. 19th St.; Pace Gallery, 510 W. 25th St.; Anton Kern Gallery, 16 E. 56th St.; Findlay Gallery, 724 Fifth Ave.
Wednesday, April 25: Visit the New York Botanical Garden
Normally it will set you back 15 bucks if you’re not a member, but admission to the NYBG is free all day on Wednesdays. Check out one of its featured showcases, A World of Plants, which features living flora from lush tropical rain forests, cactus-filled deserts, palms from around the world and even aquatic and carnivorous plants. And if you’re really lucky—cherry blossom season will be in full swing.
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
Thursday, April 26: Take a Moment to Breathe with Vanity Fair Lingerie
Yes, you’re in the middle of wrapping up another hectic workweek. And yes, you deserve an actual break. So take a few minutes to stop by Vanity Fair’s™ event in Herald Square to chill out in the lounge area or pop into one of the meditation rooms to get some serious zen action. And definitely don’t leave without getting the deets on the new Breathable Luxe™ bra, made with luxurious fabric and soft, innovative cups with micro-holes for all-over breathability. Which is key, because when you’re running around the city on an especially hectic day (which is basically every day), feeling comfortable is a must.
RSVP on Facebook, then swing by any time from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to give yourself a much-needed moment to breathe.
Vanity Fair’s Breathable Moments Experience at Herald Square Park
Friday, April 27: Hit Up Comedy Night at the Knitting Factory
All of the lols but none of the cost, this free weekly stand-up showcase is a local favorite—one that comedian Hannibal Buress himself is known to drop by on occasion. And now that the weather is presumably nice enough to stand outside, you won’t even mind lining up early to make sure you get a seat.
Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn
Saturday, April 28: Stroll Through the Hester Street Fair
If there’s a better way to spend a spring Saturday in New York than wandering though an outdoor market filled with food, shopping and one-of-a-kind cultural moments (you know, the quintessential NYC kind you can’t even begin to predict until you stumble upon), we haven’t found it. The Hester Street Fair in the LES is officially open for the season and totally free to enter on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.—just make sure you have a little cash on you so you can satiate the sudden cravings you get when you walk by the Petee’s Pies stand.
Hester St. and Essex St.