Saving money in New York City is hard. (Unless you’re rich -- in which case, let’s exchange Venmo info in the comments.) If you’ve ever tried to save a few bucks on lunch by opting for street meat, you may have been unpleasantly surprised when you didn’t get change back from a $10. Thought you’d put away some extra cash by renting in a deep corner of Bushwick? Guess again, it’s cool now! Tourists and transplants priced you out of your local bar/coffee shop/bodega/restaurant? That’s simply the name of the game, baby!
But even in this city of aspirational pricing, thanks to an amalgamation of city initiatives, benevolent benefactors, and green spaces made possible by public-private partnerships, there are still quite a few free things to do in New York City. Do your wallet a favor for once and skip the bar tab and restaurant check in lieu of these free activities. Now you give that credit card a rest and go hunt down some free cheese.