There are eight million stories in our city and it often seems there are almost as many events to attend and places to visit. You can get dizzy just reading the calendar sections of your daily papers and weekly magazines. Here’s our short take of some of the free and discounted offerings showing up right now for you to pick and choose.
Monday – Free Concert
Music Mondays at Advent Lutheran Church/Broadway United Church of Christ 2504 Broadway @ 93rd Street presents The Debussy “Six” on January 26, 2015.
“100 years ago Claude Debussy embarked upon an ambitious project of six large-scale sonatas for “diverse instruments” but completed only three before his death in 1918. Three contemporary masters, Thomas Adès, Marc-Andre Dalbavie, and Libby Larsen (in a world premiere) help complete the set…”
Tuesday – Free Museums
In addition to the the long list of always free museums, Tuesday is your free day to visit the 911 Memorial Museum or the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Warm Temperate Pavillion, to get an advance sniff of spring.
Wednesday – Matinee on Discount
At this time of the year, Wednesday matinee tickets show up on all the major discounts sites. For example, right now you could get $39 TDF tickets to the critically-acclaimed drama Disgraced on Broadway.
Thursday – Ballet on Discount
New York City Ballet is back at Lincoln Center and TDF has $34 discounted tickets available.
Friday – Free Library Day
Before you go, check out a new website for Readers & Writers for their insightful recommendations and literary tales.
Take a bus or subway to Midtown and visit the Public Library. While you are there, sign up for a free one-hour tours of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tours, first come first served and limited to 25 people, meet at the reception desk in Astor Hall. (Note: Several major rooms, including the main reading room, are currently closed due to ceiling repairs. However, many wonderful rooms are still open, including the Periodicals Reading Room in the photo above.)
Remember, you can’t take out books from the main branch. For that you’ll need to go across Fifth Avenue to the 40th Street Branch.
Saturday – Free Central Park Walking Tour
Join a free 45 minute walking tour of the South end of the park.
“Travel past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge and on to the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights. Route involves moderate inclines and some stairs. 45 minutes. Free”
Sunday – A Good Book and Downton Abbey
After a week of chock full of culture, you have earned your day of rest. Make a pot of soup and curl up with a good book you picked up from the library on Friday. At 9pm, put the book down and see if the Granthams have made up yet and Lady Mary has made her decision.
Suffering from Culture Overload?
Is all this culture making you exhausted? Are you looking for a short escape? If you are, you are in luck, cruise deals abound this time of the year and Europe is waiting with open arms and deep discounts.
Google Cruise Deals from NYC and you get 4 million results. And if you are Costco member, check out their cruise deals and do the same with the AAA.
Also, if you have dreamt about Europe in the spring, this is your year. Amazing airfare deals are showing up and with the increased purchasing power of US dollar vs. euro, hotels are more affordable, too.
Photo credit: Seija Goldstein 2015