free stuff!


new york is such a busy and amazing place. there is always something to do. much of it is free, or the price is low. i guess that makes up for how expensive it is to live here.

i’ve been to 2 free concerts so far, but they happen all of the time in the summer. i’ve missed some that sounded really good, but there will be more. i saw ra ra riot at prospect park (with buke and gass & delicate steve), last weekend. and yesterday i saw march fourth marching band (from portland) at lincoln center. free and fun and fantastic. i’m not sure how many free concerts remain this summer, not many. but most days there are musicians in the subway cars (last weekend an electric guitar player played the super mario theme song on my train – starting at my stop, which is rare because it is so high up manhattan usually the musicians concentrate on downtown). they just work for tips, of course, so it’s free for those of us who don’t have change to spare. some day i will give someone down there money. i love the mariachi bands in the traincars, and the guys who do flips, and sometimes there are super talented folks doing all sorts of stuff. there are kids dancing at the stops, classical musicians, people singing all sorts of songs, definitely worth change once i have anything to spare.

also there is so much art to see! i’ve been to at least 20 galleries, and seen some wonderful new art! newer than the museums, of course. and different. chelsea makes me so happy, but somehow i always go there when it is pouring down rain. this is not the plan, to go when it’s raining – i plan the art viewing part in advance, go there and then it starts to rain. i go with my friend jessica usually. and after we’ve been there for like 1/2 an hour it rains all crazy. hmm. but the galleries are free, yes! and some of them are super fancy, and some of them are really well curated, and some of them are low key, and some of them are ‘low brow’ or ‘high brow’, and some of them are sparkly, and the best part is that there is always a huge variety, and all you really have to do is walk down a few streets. one of the most awesome things i’ve ever seen.

and the metropolitan museum of art is ‘suggested donation’ which i usually interpret as anywhere from 2 to 5 dollars. although i have paid less than a quarter to go in there. my problem is i end up going so much that i’d spend all of my food there. so, i will give them more money when i am rich. and right now i will pay the ‘suggested donation of $20’ in installments. i paid $2.50 to see the alexander mcqueen retrospective the other day. it was really good. so good! i went with one of my oldest friends, zoe. we had to wait in line for 2.5 hours. but it was worth it. i’ve never waited in line for that long before, or thought it would be worth it to do so. but it was. we got to catch up (it’d been a year since we hung out), read about the amazing fashion designer and artist who’s work we were about to see. it was great, and about the price of coffee at most places.

anyhow – this may be the most expensive city in the usa, but it’s got a little bit of a balance, there are some amazing creative cultural experiences to be had for less money than most people think.

i’ll post more later about this.

oh! i forgot about this but somewhere in my old website i have a section called “the new york reports” in which i described many experiences like this from my many many visits to this city. they are out of date by a couple of years, but might be fun to read – if you are interested in such things. i just tried to find them, but my link says that the server doesn’t have them. so, i will look for them and try to figure it out. i’ll let you know. but if you poke around you might find them?

anyhow, happy weekend to you!




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