Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cheap Chick Weekend Picks, October 2-4, 2009

Friday October 2, 2009
Phantom of the Opera Screening
9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
You'll be "wishing you were somehow here again" after viewing a chase through the catacombs underneath the Paris Opera House in this 1943 technicolor version of the famous story. Don't come in "masquerade!"
Cheap Chick Info: Free with $7 bar minimum
Location Info: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Subway: A, C or E to 14th Street, 1 to 18th Street

Some Like It Hot screening (starts today and runs until October 8, 2009)
2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
Whatever else this film will be, it won't be a drag!

Cheap Chick Info: $12
Location Info: Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street
Subway: A,C,E,F,V,B,D to West 4th Street

Rooftop Pub Crawl With The Lunch Club
7 p.m.
Enjoy views while sipping a cocktail!
Cheap Chick Info: $7 in advance or $10 at the door, RSVP (and pub info) here.
Location Info: Meet at Annie Moore's Irish Pub, 50 E. 43rd Street
Subway: 4,5,6,7,S to Grand Central/42nd Street

Also the Bryant Park Fall Festival has a performance tonight at 6 p.m. Get details here.

Friday October 2-Sunday October 4, 2009
Coney Island Film Festival
Various times.
It's your turn to decide thumbs up or down!
Cheap Chick Info: $6 for individual tickets, $10 for The Warriors screening, day passes available for $15. Tickets and screening info here.
Location Info: Sideshows By The Seashore and The Coney Island Museum
Subway:D,Q,N,F to Stillwell Avenue

NYC Art Book Fair
Fri./Sat: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hopefully the book worms haven't gotten all dusty as they've hidden in the rare books and other items on sale at this event.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center,
Subway: E,V to 23rd St./Ely Ave.

NYC Burlesque Festival
See some skin showing along with other glittery items at this three-day event. Who knows, maybe some feathers will brush across your face...All info is here.
Cheap Chick Info: Tickets run from $12-$14
Location Info: Varies.
Subway: Varies.

Saturday October 3, 2009

Union Square Crossroads of the World Walking Tour
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Learn about this area of city before there was a Barnes & Noble and Whole Foods. The lecture will cover people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Meet at Lincoln Statue by 16th Street Transverse, Union Square Park
Subway: N,R,W,Q,4,5,6,L to 14th Street/Union Square

50's Dance
Dance lesson at 8 p.m. followed by live music by Rock Around the Clock featuring Nick Palumbo! DJ music by
Let's all go to the hop!
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Connolly's, 121 W. 45th Street, 3rd Floor
Subway: N,R,W,Q,7,S to 42nd Street/Times Square

City of Art: Lower Manhattan & St. George, Staten Island Walking Tour
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This tour includes public sculptures and murals by artists such as Karl Bitter, Marisol, Lee Krasner, and Daniel Chester French. After a ferry ride to Staten Island you'll see a photo mural by Michael Falco and Masayuki Sono's September11th memorial.
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Meet on the steps of the former U.S. Customs House at One Bowling Green
Subway: 4,5 to Bowling Green

Chile Pepper Fiesta
12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Spice up your day with dance music by a band called Paprika, food samples, and a pop-up tattoo parlor.
Cheap Chick Info: Free with admission! $8 for adults, free on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.-don't know if that counts today!
Location Info: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Subway: Q to Franklin Ave.

Don't forget that the Brooklyn Museum is free on the first Saturday of the month!

Everyone loves a parade! Hopefully it won't rain on the Korean or Czech Festivals!

Staying in? Netflix is streaming the Wizard of Oz for free-you don't have to be a member to check it out!

Sunday October 4, 2009
New York City Pickle Day
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Don't find yourself in a pickle when deciding whether or not to attend this event!
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Parking lot on Broome St, Broome and Essex St.
Subway: F to Delancey Street

Atlantic Antic
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Massive Brooklyn street fair that includes "ten live entertainment stages, more than 600 vendors, pony rides, and inflatable rides" as well as unique food offerings such as grilled sardines, mmm, yummy! Vintage buses will be on display and visitors can get into the Transit Museum for free!
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: 10 blocks of Atlantic Avenue, from 4th Avenue in Boerum Hill all the way to Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights
Subway: 2,3,4,5 to Nevins St. OR Atlantic Avenue, OR Borough Hall

Follow in the Footsteps of Edgar Allen Poe Walking Tour

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hopefully the tour won't remind you of a "midnight dreary," and watch out for ravens ;-)
Cheap Chick Info: $10, Call to reserve a spot: (718) 881-8900.
Location Info: Edgar Allan Poe Cottage (Grand Concourse at Kingsbridge Road), Bronx
Subway: 4 to Mosholou Parkway

Medieval Fair in Fort Tryon Park
11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Gather ye faire ladies and knights for this festival, which features "medieval music, dance, magic, performances," and ending with a joust!
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Fort Tryon Park, The festival is held in the area surrounding the Cloisters
Subway: A to 190th Street

Falconry Extravaganza
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Hawks, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey will be on display by the Urban Park Rangers.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Central Park, at East Meadow (97th Street and 5th Avenue)
Subway: 6 to 96th Street

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Everything you always wanted to know about the environment and more, with an eco fashion show, recycling Olympics, food, green vehicle expo, and even Pete Seeger.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Central Park, mid-park at 72nd Street
Subway: C to 72nd Street

The jazz picnic from last week was rescheduled for today, see the info in last week's weekend picks!

Also don't forget to check my fall guide for upcoming events!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cheap Chick Bonus Picks, September 29, 2009

Got a few surprise cheap deals in my email this morning so I thought I would post them up. Enjoy!

Tuesday September 29th, 2009
Save on a slice with 45¢ pizza offerings from Famous Original Ray's plus 45¢ sodas as well! Details including location info is here.

Bright Lights, Big Verse: Poems of Times Square. Free Poetry readings in the heart of midtown (Duffy Square (Broadway and 47th Street, N,R,Q,W,1,2,3,A,C,E,S,7 to 42nd Street/Times Square.)
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
"The event will be emceed by Alice Quinn, the executive director of the Poetry Society of America and former poetry editor at The New Yorker. Other distinguished poets – such as New Yorker Poetry Editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon, Kimiko Hahn, the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Best American Poetry Series editor David Lehman, author of six poetry collections – will also be on-hand to read their favorite New York-inspired works."

Nick Hornby (author of books such as High Fidelity and About a Boy) will be at the Union Square B&N tonight at 7 p.m. for a free event. 33 E. 17th Street, N,R,W,Q,4,5,6,L to 14th Street/Union Square.

Free PATRIZIA PEPE tote bags to the first 50 women who attend the Fashion, Jazz and Fireside Cocktails event at the Empire Hotel Roof Lounge tonight. Details and info to RSVP here (Facebook page.) Empire Rooftop Lounge, 44 W. 63rd Street, 1 to 66th Street.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Cheap Chick Bargain Bulletin, September 28, 2009

Hi all,
Just a couple of quick notes before I go to bed...

I got notice that the Bryant Park fall concert series kicked off tonight, here's a link to upcoming schedule of events here.

Tuesday September 29, 2009
Outdoor screening of The Wizard of Oz
7:30 p.m.
Follow Dorothy down the yellow brick road as you watch this timeless classic. The event includes special performances by Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Hough, and ?uestlove of the Roots.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
Subway: 6 to 68th Street/Hunter College

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cheap Chick Bargain Bulletin, September 23. 2009 (Scroll Down for Weekend Picks)

Thursday September 24, 2009
Green Brooklyn, Green City
11:30 a.m. (opening remarks) Fair runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Try not to be "green" with envy at those who get to attend this fair and symposium that includes a Greenmarket farmers' market, interactive booths, making art from recycled products, and a free workshop.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Brooklyn Borough Hall
Subway: 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall, A,C,F to Jay St./Borough Hall, M,R to Court St.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Correction/Update on Julie Powell Event!

Accidentally didn't add the date to original listing, this event is Thursday September 24th, 2009 not Wednesday September 23rd, 2009. Scroll down for event details. Apologies!

Cheap Chick Weekend Picks, September 25-27, 2009

Friday September 25, 2009
Housewarming Party for Poets House
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Feel free to rhyme your own poems (or just use free verse) as you sample food from Zucker's Bagels and the Pan Latin Cafe (served from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and check out a reading (this would be when you keep your poems in your head) by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and tours of the new space. More festivities are on Saturday (scroll down)
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: 10 River Terrace
Subway: 1,2,3,A,C to Chambers Street

Labyrinth Sing-along
11 p.m.
It's not the Muppets Take Manhattan, but it should be fun...there's David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. and singing.
Cheap Chick Info: $13, includes a beer
Location Info: 92nd Street Y
Subway: E to Canal Street

New York Film Festival (Starts today-Friday-but runs until Oct. 11, 2009)
Various times
If your dream job is to be the next Roger Ebert then you should check out the screenings, panel discussions, and special events. Here's a complete list of programs.
Cheap Chick Info: Tickets range from $11 to $40 (don't worry, lots of in-between prices) but 50 $10 rush tickets will be distributed before every Main Slate film 1-hr. before show time.
Location Info: Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater: 165 West 65th Street, upper level between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave., Alice Tully Hall: Broadway at 65th Street, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse: West 65th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue
Subway: 1 to 66th Street

Friday September 25, 2009 through Sunday September 27, 2009
Art Under the Bridge Festival
Open Studios: Sat.: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun.: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Don't forget your beret and bongos as you tour open studios. Here's a link to the general press release.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Various DUMBO venues
Subway: A to High Street, F to York

Saturday September 26, 2009
Open Air Street Fair
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Find all the books, CDs, and records you could ever possibly cram into a studio apartment (not that I would know...) at this Housing Works event. You can also stuff bags of clothes for $20, listen to music, and sample local food.
Cheap Chick Info: Depends on what you buy
Location Info: Crosby Street will be shut down near the store's 126 Crosby St. location
Subway: D,F, Downtown 6 to Bleecker, R,W to Prince Street, 6 to Spring

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
All day
Consider it a warm-up for Open House New York in October, with a variety of museums around the city open for free! For a complete list, click here.
Cheap Chick Info: Free! Looks like you may need to download an admission card from the site.
Location Info: Varies.
Subway: Varies.

Harry and the Potters Concert

3:30 p.m.
This is a Ministry of Magic-approved event, so don't worry about being thrown into Azkaban. Be warned that there is no portkey service or broom valet-parking at this event.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Outdoor Plaza at the Central Library, Grand Army Plaza
Subway: 2,3 to Grand Army Plaza

Last Supper Festival
5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Enjoy movies, food, writings, and edible art. Event benefits Food Bank of New York City.
Cheap Chick Info: $15 or $10 with three cans of food
Location Info: 3rd Ward, 35 Morgan Ave.
Subway: L to Morgan Ave.

Don't forget that today Citibank is giving away free NFT (Not For Tourists) guides throughout Manhattan from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Complete listings here.

Sunday September 27, 2009
Jazz Age Lawn Picnic and Party
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You'll feel like you've stepped into the pages of The Great Gatsby with all the beads, feathers, and hats at this outdoor dancing event. Festivities include free basic Charleston lessons, 1920's cars, vintage clothing vendors, literary readings by the Dorothy Parker Society and F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, and a male and female bathing beauties’ promenade of vintage swimsuits.
Cheap Chick Info: $5
Location Info: Governors Island
Subway: Take the 1 to South Ferry, the 4,5 to Bowling Green, or the R,W to Whitehall, then take the ferry (terminal is right next to the Staten Island ferry) over to the island, the schedule is here.

Battery Park City: A New Neighborhood Rises Walking Tour
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn more about Battery Park City!
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Meet at the SW corner of West and Vesey streets
Subway: E to World Trade Center

Wave Hill Garden Tour
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Discover the garden's seasonal highlights.
Cheap Chick Info: Free with admission to the grounds ($6)
Location Info: Wave Hill, Perkins Visitor Center (West 249 Street and Independence Avenue)
Subway: 1 to 242nd St. and the catch the free shuttle to Wave Hill, hourly at 10 minutes past the hour, from 9:10am to 3:10pm; returns visitors to the 1 train departing Wave Hill’s front gate on the hour, from noon until 4pm. Passenger pick-up and drop-off are on the west side of Broadway directly in front of Burger King.

Bike Shorts Film Festival

8 p.m.
The most fun on two wheels without actually getting on two wheels can be found at this amateur film festival with a bike theme.
Cheap Chick Info: $5
Location Info: Public Assembly, 70 North 6th St., Brooklyn
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.

Fire, Wine, and Dancing With the Stars
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Looks like it's not a reference to the reality show, but dance the night away on the rooftop of this bar.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info:
44 W. 63rd St. and Broadway
Subway: 1 to 66th Street

Also free food at the Sunburned Cow on Sunday!

If you have some extra $ to spend then you should check out this foodie event!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Cheap Chick Bargain Bulletin, September 22, 2009

This week just keeps getting better and better! Check out these bonus events!

Monday September 21- Friday September 25, 2009
Bon Appetit Supper Club and Cafe
Enjoy talks, book signings, and demos given by nationally recognized chefs as well as a menu of lunch items created by these culinary stars. Schedule of events is here and the menu (lunch only) is here.
Cheap Chick Info: Lunch items are $8 and up; other events appear to be free.
Location Info: Bon Appetit Pop-up Cafe is located at 101 West 57th Street@6th Ave.
Subway: F to 57th Street, N,R,Q,W to 57th Street

Tuesday September 22-24, 2009
Lebowski Fest
Have you had a White Russian lately? At least come out to bowl and watch the movie in honor of the dude...
All info is here.

Thursday September 24, 2009
Lucky mag Boutique Crawl
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hunt down some shopping bargains in the West Village with the iconic shopping mag.
Cheap Chick Info: Event is free, depends on what you buy! Watch out for the Lucky gift bag-available while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.
Location Info: Bleecker Street, West Village, Here's a map and more details.
Subway: A,C,E,B,D,F,V to West 4th Street

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cheap Chick Bargain Bulletin, September 21, 2009

Lots going on this week, enjoy!

Wednesday September 23, 2009
Preview Screening of The Media documentary
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Deadline Club, the NYC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, is sponsoring a pre-screening of the new documentary The Media, which is by veteran TV producer Neal Cortell. The event is open to the public and co-sponsored by CUNY. More information is available here.
Cheap Chick Info: Deadline Club and Society of Professional Journalists members: Free! All others: $10. RSVP by email to
Location Info: CUNY, Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th St., between 7th and 8th Ave.
Subway: N,R,Q,W,1,2,3,A,C,E to 42nd Street/Times Square

Feel Free: a National Parks Celebration, Includes Public Premiere of Ken Burns' new documentary-The National Parks: America's Best Idea
7 p.m.
This amazing event includes appearances by the Counting Crows (a personal favorite of mine), Carole King, and Gavin DeGraw among others as well as a preview screening of the documentary.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Central Park, East Meadow
Subway: 6 to 96th Street

Thursday September 24, 2009 (Edited! Please note date!)
The Legacy of Julia Child
7 p.m.
Meet the real-life Julie Powell whose blog helped inspire the movie Julie/Julia as she and food writer Amanda Hesser discuss the legacy of Childs' book, The Art of French Cooking.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets
Subway: R,W to Prince, 6 to Spring

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cheap Chick Weekend Picks, September 18-20, 2009

Friday September 18, 2009
Read-n-Rock-n-Roll YA Variety Show starring Frank Portman
8 p.m.
All the info you need is here!
Cheap Chick Info: $5
Location Info: Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street
Subway: B,D,F,V to Broadway/Lafayette, Downtown 6 to Bleecker St.

Nerd Nite Nerdtacular
Doors open at 7:30, event starts at 8:00 p.m.
You won't actually find many people at these monthly events wearing pocket protectors or glasses held together with tape, instead a group of hip urbanites gather together to learn about a wide range of topics. Tonight the subjects are "body-and-mind-contorting science acrobatics, presentations about foraging for food by a New York Times writer, Daoist sexual vampires, and Cold War-era pinball raids."
Cheap Chick Info: $12
Location Info: Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street
Subway: A,C to High Street, F to York

Clue Viewing
9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Just in time for the remake, can you figure out whodunit? Was it Mrs. Peacock in the library with the candlestick? Colonel Mustard in the billiards room with the wrench? Miss Scarlet in the dining room with the revolver? Or did the butler do it...?
Cheap Chick Info: Free with $7 bar minimum
Location Info: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
Subway: A, C or E to 14th Street, 1 to 18th Street

Also find pop-up art in parking spaces today for Park(ing) Day today.

Saturday September 19, 2009
Great Irish Fair
12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Look hard and maybe you'll see a leprechaun or a four-leaf clover at this festival that includes music, food, dancing, and Irish goods.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info:Coney Island, Keyspan Parking Lot, (off Surf Avenue between West 19th and West 20th streets)
Subway: D, Q N or F train to Stillwell Avenue

New York Swing Dance Society Dance
Classes are held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dancing after lessons.
Pretend you're in a Gap, er, Jitterbug commercial as you dance to the sounds of Ron Sunshine and DJ Larry Kang, not King.
Cheap Chick Info: $15 general, $11 students and seniors
Location Info: St Jean's Baptist Church - East 76th Street and Lexington Ave., downstairs
Subway: 6 to 77th Street

Hawk Day at Prospect Park
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Now you can watch them like hawks at presentations put together by the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Sanctuary. Other activities include (from the website) "hawk puppet crafts, interactive games, and Hawk Watch. Binoculars provided. Live one-hour bird shows each day starting at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Prospect Park, The Audubon Center, Boathouse, Prospect Park (inside the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance)
Subway: F train at 7th Ave. station, 15th St./Prospect Park

Tuck Shop Meat Pie Eating Contest
Could not get exact time of this, but the event is part of the St. Mark's Place Block Party where these yummy pies are available for $5 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cheap Chick Info: Free to watch competition (perhaps stop by to ask about the contest) and $5 for the pies.
Location Info: Tuck Shop, St. Mark's Place bet. First Ave. and Ave. A
Subway: F to Second Ave.

Saturday September 19th and Sunday September 20th, 2009
Free movies with Rooftop Films
Saturday: Burning in the Sun documentary, Doors Open at 8 p.m., movie at 9 p.m. Sunday: Independent Film Labs Sneak Preview Showcase, Doors open at 8 p.m., movie at 9 p.m.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Saturday: On the pier at Solar One, 23rd Street @ the East River (Kips Bay, Manhattan) Sunday: Brooklyn Bridge Park,
Subway: Saturday: 6 to 23rd St. Sunday: A,C to High Street, F to York St.

Sunday September 20, 2009
Taste of the West Village
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sample foods from different area restaurants at this fundraiser to benefit local schools.
Cheap Chick Info: Tickets are sold in packs of five, 10 or 20 tastes for $10, (cheap-chick price), $25 or $45; buy them here.
Location Info: The Yard at P.S. 41, at Greenwich Ave. and Charles St.
Subway: 1 to Christopher St.

Special Beer Week Pub Quiz
8:30 p.m.
Brew up some fun with this special event! Includes special mystery beer identification quiz.
Cheap Chick Info: The website was being mysterious and didn't list a price, so I assume it's free, but play at your own risk or call ahead!
Location Info: 82 Fourth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, D, N, Q, and R to Atlantic/Pacific

Don't forget that the Emmys air at 8 p.m. on CBS tonight!

For those of you who can't get enough of Fashion Week, you can venture off the island of Manhattan to Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Fashion Festival and Williamsburg Fashion Weekend.

Check out some art while you're downtown as part of the Lent Space program!

Country music lovers can head to Southpaw for the Brooklyn Country Music Festival!

Don't forget, the Queens County Fair and other fall events are listed in my Fall Guide!

Cheap Chick Bargain Bulletin, September 16, 2009

For tonight...

Don't Know Much About Literature Quiz Show
7 p.m.
Now that the bookworms have had a chance to recover from the Brooklyn Book Festival, it's time for them to compete with other bibliophiles to see who actually does know much 'bout literature (leave the history and geography from the song to someone else...) The event is hosted by author Kenneth C. Davis and his daughter Jenny.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street
Subway: B,D,F,V to Broadway-Lafayette, Downtown 6 to Bleecker Street

And ongoing-A play festival!


This play festival is going on now through September 27, 2009! For more information click here. For a special Cheap Chick discount, use code RIVERNEW for $12 tix:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cheap Chick Weekend Picks, September 11-13, 2009 (Scroll Down for new Fall Guide With Lots of Events Starting This Weekend!)

Friday September 11, 2009
Behind the Curtain: A Retrospective of NY Fashion Week
Opening night of photography exhibit with a full bar.
Cheap Chick Info: $20 at the door
Location Info: Envoy Enterprises Gallery, 131 Christie Street
Subway: F,V to Second Avenue

Friday Night Swingout
7:30 p.m. Free lesson and from 8 p.m. to midnight DJ music
Jump, jive, and wail with swing dancing all night long.
Cheap Chick Info: $15 for adults, $10 for students with ID
Location Info: Manhattan Ballroom Dance, 29 West 36th Street, 2nd floor
Subway: B,D,F,V,N,R,W to 34th Street, Herald Square

Also Fall for Dance tickets go on sale today! Just $10 each, get 'em while their hot here.

Friday September 11 through Sunday September 13, 2009
30th Anniversary of the Richmond County Fair
Friday: 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy rides, music, entertainment, arts and crafts competitions, contests, and more at this event. Cheap Chick Info: $15 for adults and $10 for children
Location Info:Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island
Subway: Take the Staten Island ferry and then the S74 bus

Saturday September 12, 2009
Le Bal NYC
2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dancing and feasting are on the menu at this event, which includes a free bento box giveaway with goodies from Inaki Aizpitarte, Pascal Barbot, Alexandre Gauthier, Michel Bras, David Chang, and Wylie Dufresne. Full schedule here.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Central Park, East Meadow-enter at Fifth Ave. and 99th Street
Subway: 6 to 96th Street

New York Twestival
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Charity event sponsored by Twitter (you'll notice my blogs are not 140 characters or less) to benefit CampInteractive. Hit some strikes while helping others out-you may even see some celebs there too! Buy tkts here.
Cheap Chick Info: $20 and up.
Location Info: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave
Subway: L to Bedford Avenue

Riverside Park Oyster Festival
3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sample fresh oysters and other food and drink while listening to music.
Cheap Chick Info: Entrance to event is free, food and beverages are available for purchase.
Location Info: Riverside Park, Hudson Beach Cafe (105th Street on the lower level of the park)
Subway: 1, 2, 3 at 96th St.; 1 at 116th St.-Columbia University

Artichoke Dance Company Recession Dances
3 p.m.
Check out a dance performance similar to swing dancing and try it out yourself at a free workshop before the show starts.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Washington Park, Old Stone House (Fifth Avenue at 3rd Street)
Subway: F to York Street

Her Village Walking Tour
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In this case the "her" refers to writer Jane Jacobs. Visit stops associated with her writing including Washington Square, the West Village Houses, and her Hudson Street home.
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Meet outside the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia, near Bleeker Street
Subway: A,C,E,D,F to West 4th Street

Rooftop Films: Brooklyn Non-Fiction
8 p.m.
Watch real-life unfold onscreen in Kings County at the closing night of the Rooftop Films season. Includes pre-film music and after-party.
Cheap Chick Info: $9 and up, pay at the door.
Location Info: The Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street at 3rd Avenue Brooklyn
Subway: F,G to Carroll Street/Smith Street, F,M,R to 4th Ave./9th Street

Saturday September 12, and Sunday September 13, 2009
Historic House Festival
Channel Goldilocks as you visit homes throughout the city. Location and site listings here.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Varies, all five boroughs
Subway: Varies by location

Sunday September, 13, 2009
Brooklyn Book Festival
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It's time again for all the bookworms to come crawling out of their books into the actual outdoors for this awesome yearly event. This year's authors include Jonathan Ames, Pete Hamill, Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, Mary Gaitskill, and Russell Banks.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Brooklyn Borough Hall
Subway: 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall, R to Court Street, A,C,F to Jay St./Borough Hall

The Brooklyn Cheese Experiment
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This promises to be a helluva good cheesy event with chefs competing against each other for the best cheese dish.
Cheap Chick Info: $20-$25, ticket includes beer and taste of something cheesey, buy tickets here.
Location Info: The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn
Subway: F,G,R to 4th Street and 9th Avenue

Summer Space on Montague Street
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy tastes of food from more than 12 different food vendors.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Montague Street, Brooklyn
Subway: M,R to Court St./Borough Hall, 2,3 Borough Hall

West Side County Fair
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Pretend you're in the Midwest for the afternoon at this fair with carnival rides, games, music, square dancing, sideshow performers, a petting zoo, a greenmarket, and more!
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info:Riverside Park South, 59th Street to 72nd Street
Subway:1 at 66th St.-Lincoln Center; 1, 2, 3 at 72nd St. 1 at 66th St.-Lincoln Center

Superstar DJ Record Fair + Vintage Fashion Bazaar
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Shop for fashion and vinyl at the same time!
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, 167 Water St., at Pearl St., Triangle Plaza, DUMBO
Subway: F to York, A,C to High Street

Forest Hills: Garden City in the City Walking Tour
2-4 p.m.
Watch that your thumb doesn't turn green as you explore the city's gardens!
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Meet at Austin St. and Continental Ave., near 71st Ave. subway station.
Subway: E, F, G, R, V trains to 71st Ave.

Tons of events that are going on now are listed in my Fall Guide and don't forget NYC Harbor Day:

Also Housing Works is having a sale on children's books!

Cheap Chick Bargain Bulletin, September 10, 2009-For Tonight!

Hi all, sorry for the lack of new entries, and the last-minute nature of this posting, but I've been working really hard to pull together a fabulous fall guide for you, hopefully to go up tonight along with new weekend picks. The following events were meant to make it on the fall guide, but due to time constraints, now have their own separate bargain bulletin. Enjoy!

Art Spiegelmen and Francoise Mouly
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The author of of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus and his wife visit the Strand tonight to promote their new collaborative effort The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Strand Bookstore, 12th and Broadway
Subway: N,R,Q,W,4,5,6,L to 14th St./Union Square

Fashion's Night Out
Most events are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Visit designer stores and retail shops that will be open late plus other special happenings! Visit the website for more info. Here's NY mag's take on it:
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Varies
Subway: Varies

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cheap Chick Fall Guide 2009

Instead of buying a bouquet of sharpened pencils this fall (bonus points if you know the movie reference!) you may want to check out some of these events-I think they'll make you forget that your beach days are over-at least until next year! I realize it's not as witty as my Summer Guide, but given all the fabulous fall events happening, I hope you forgive the lack of quips. An asterisk (*) denotes a Cheap Chick favorite!

Cheap Chick Fall Events Guide:
New Amsterdam Village, visit a Dutch village and ride an orange bike, among other activities, September 4-14, 2009,

Taste of NiEuW Amsterdam, $24 restaurant week, September 5-20, 2009

Governors Island Art Fair, September 5-27, 2009,

20at20, $20 off-Broadway show tkts, September 9-20, 2009,

Feast of San Gennaro, September 10-20, 2009, Massive street fair held in Little Italy,

Historic Richmond Town County Fair, September 11-13th, 2009, (enter here to win free tickets!)

Beyond the High Valley - A Quechua Story Performed by the Mettawee River Theatre Company
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 11, 12, 13, and 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm at St. John the Divine Cathedral,

NY Craft Beer Week 2009 September 11-20th, 2009,

Nature's Air Show, Bronx Zoo, September 12-27, 2009,

Last Weekend for Edible Garden, at the New York Botanical Gardens, September 12-13, 2009,

Nature's Air Show, Bronx Zoo, Sep 12-27, 2009,

*Brooklyn Book Festival, September 13, 2009 A bookworm’s ultimate fantasy! Listen to authors talk and panel discussions about the craft of writing.

Harbor Day, September 13, 2009,

West Side County Fair, Riverside Park, September 13, 2009,

Broadway on Broadway, September 13, 2009,

Broadway Blessing, St. John the Divine, "Bringing the theater community together to bless the season" Monday, September 14, 7 p.m.

Free Gotham Writer's Workshop Fall Open House (Free writing classes), September 15 and 16, 2009,

BAM Next Wave Festival, Starts September 15, 2009,

Conflux Festival, September 17-20. 2009,

New York Musical Theater Festival, September 18-28, 2009,

Steuben Parade Oktoberfest, Saturday, September 19, 2009, 1:30 p.m. Summer Stage - Central Park, enter at East 72nd St.,

*Queens County Farm Museum, various fall events, Maize Maze starts September 19, 2009,

African American Day Parade, Sunday September 20, 2009, 1 p.m.,

New York Film Festival, September 25-October 11, 2009,

Smithsonian Magazine Day at Historic Richmondtown Saturday, September 26, 2009,

Poets House Grand Opening Celebration, September 25 and 26, 2009,

*Housing Works Open Air Book Fair (all books are just $1 plus $20 to stuff a bag with items from the thrift store), September 26, 2009,

Art Under the Bridge Festival, September 25-27, 2009,

Fab Festival and Block Party, September 26, 2009, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.,

*Jazz Age Lawn Party, Governors Island, Sunday, September 27th, 2009,

New York Musical Theater Festival, September 28-October 18, 2009,

Art in Odd Places, October 1-26, 2009,

Tibetan Festival, October 3, 2009, Food, crafts and a puppet show star at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island,

Union Square Autumn Fair, (on Broadway from 17th - 23rd Street) Saturday October 3rd,

Freaktoberfest Boutique Beer & Music Festival, October 3, 2009,

Brooklyn's Atlantic Antic Street Festival, October 4, 2009,

St. Francis Day, AKA The Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 4, 2009, 11 a.m. Service followed by Fair at 1 p.m.,

Pickle Day, October 4, 2009,

*New York Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park, October 4, 2009,

*Open House NY, the city reveals its inner secrets-for free!, October 10 and 11, 2009,

Brooklyn Skill Share, October 10, 2009,

Columbus Day-related events Columbus Day parade, October 12, 2009,

New Yorker Festival, October 16-18, Tickets go on sale Friday, September 18th, at 12 p.m.,

International Vintage Poster Fair, October 16-18, 2009,

CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival, October 20-24, 2009,

(This is slightly above the usual Cheap Chick budget, but I thought it would be "sweet" to post!) New York Chocolate Show, October 30-November 1, 2009,

Fall Museum Guide
The Morgan Library and Museum, "Celebrating Puccini," September 15-January 10, 2009,

The Morgan Library and Museum, "Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy," November 6, 2009,'s

MOMA, "Tim Burton," November 22-April 26, 2009,

Brooklyn Museum, "Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present," October 30, 2009-January 31, 2010,

Whitney Museum, "Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction," September 17, 2009-January 17, 2010,

Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868,"
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Fall in Love With The Lunch Club
Chelsea Art Gallery Hop, September 12, 2009,

LES Pub Crawl, September 25, 2009,

Gourmet Goodies Walking Tour, October 3, 2009,

The Lunch Club Amazing Race, October 10, 2009,

Another Chelsea Art Gallery Hop, October 17, 2009,

Boo at the Zoo, Bronx Zoo,, October 10–12, 17–18, 24–25, and Oct 31–Nov 1

Haunted Scavenger Hunt with The Lunch Club, October 24, 2009,

Halloween at the Merchant's House Museum, “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House,” includes candlelight tours, ghost stories, a funeral reenactment, October 25-31, 2009,

Halloween at St. John the Divine, October 30-31, 2009, Includes crypt crawls and Procession of the Ghouls Nosferatu,

Greenwich Village Halloween parade, Oct. 31, 2009, 7 p.m. It’s a parade Charlie Brown! (Be sure you don’t bring home a bag of rocks from one of the largest parades in the country.) Who knows, maybe the Great Pumpkin will appear…

NYC marathon, Nov. 1, 2009, watch other people run like crazy (in costume too!)

Downtown: Where New York Began
Weekly Walking Tours of downtown Manhattan on Tuesdays
Every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Starting Tuesday, September 1, Meet at the Downtown Information Center, 55 Exchange Place, Suite 401. (Adults must have photo ID.) Suggested donation: $10 donation. (I realize there is no website here, but I can't reveal all of my secrets ;-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cheap Chick Weekend Picks, September 4-7, 2009

End of the Line Screening
7:30 p.m.
Find out more than you ever wanted to know about the bluefin tuna in this film based on the research of investigative reporter Charles Clover.
Cheap Chick Info: $12
Location Info: Governors Island
Subway: Take the R,W to Whitehall, 4,5 to Bowling Green, 1 to South Ferry, then take the ferry (the terminal is right next to the Staten Island Ferry terminal.) The ferry schedule is here.

First Fridays at the Bartow-Pell Mansion
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Listen to classical music, tour the museum, check out botanical illustrations, and enjoy light refreshments.
Cheap Chick Info: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, Reservations requested; call 718-885-1461
Location Info: Bartow-Pell Mansion,
Subway: Take the 6 train to Pelham Bay Park, then grab the free Bronx Seaside Trolley to the museum at the subway station.

Governors Island Swim
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Watch as others take a dive or jump off a ferry and participate in a 2-mile swim around the island. An after-party at the Water Taxi Beach follows.
Cheap Chick Info: Free to watch, but entry fees are so steep they aren't in a Cheap Chick budget.
Location Info: Governors Island
Subway: Take the R,W to Whitehall, 4,5 to Bowling Green, 1 to South Ferry, then take the ferry (the terminal is right next to the Staten Island Ferry terminal.) The ferry schedule is here.

Friday September 4, Saturday September 5, and Sunday September 6, 2009
Big Lebowski Midnight screenings
12 a.m.
Dude, dude, dude! Doesn't that rug pull the room together? Just try to sneak a White Russian into the theater, I dare you...
Cheap Chick Info: $12.50 for adults
Location Info: IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue
Subway: A,C,E,F,B,D to West 4th Street

Howl! Festival
Various times
Check out free outdoor festivals and other events that pay homage to the spirit of Allen Ginsberg's subversive poem. Full event listings here.
Cheap Chick Info: Free, or varies by event.
Location Info: Tompkins Square Park
Subway: L to 14th Street/1st Ave.

Warp Films at the New Museum
Various times
Crazy, er, unusual films screened for free at the New Museum. Info here.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: New Museum, 235 Bowery
Subway: 6 to Spring Street, F,V to Second Ave.

Friday September 4, 2009 through September 7, 2009
Coney Island Rockabilly Festival
Various times
Burlesque, music, and a sideshow, sounds like Coney Island to me! All info is here:
Cheap Chick Info: About $5-$10 in advance, depends on event
Location Info: Coney Island Boardwalk, Cha-Cha's on the Beach
Subway: D,Q,N,F to Stillwell Ave.

The Buddha Prince
Fri. 5:30 p.m., Sat., 5 p.m., Sun., 6 p.m., Mon. 7 p.m.
Bring those comfy shoes for this walking play based on the Dalai Lama's life.
Cheap Chick Info: $10 suggested donation
Location Info: Central Park West and 103rd Street
Subway: C to 103rd Street (remember the B does not run on the weekends!)

Saturday September 5, 2009
Williamsburg Garage Sale
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Time to get rid of your old stuff to make room for all those new fall clothes you'll be buying or just buy new clothes here too!
Cheap Chick Info: $20 to sell your stuff, email, but free to enter and then pay for what you buy.
Location Info: 303Grand bet. Havermeyer and Roebling
Subway: L to Lorimer or Bedford

Brooklyn County Fair: A Gowanus Hootenany!
12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Embrace your Midwestern roots/patriotism/brotherhood/sisterhood with local food, dancing, music, and crafts.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: BKLYN Yard, 388 - 400 Carroll (bet. Bond and Nevins)
Subway: F,G to Carroll Street, R to Union

Floating Kabarette
10 p.m. doors open, show starts at 10:30 p.m.
From the website, "Part cabaret, part burlesque and part variety, this month’s event is curated by aerial/burlesque sensation, Harvest Moon. Featuring performances by Dirty Martini, The Maine Attraction, Diamond Redd, Harvest Moon and your hosts for the evening, Olga & Bjorn." Plus free haircuts!
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, DUMBO
Subway: A to High Street, F to York Street

Inwood Astronomy Program
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy free star and planet-gazing through telescopes (these are provided or you can bring your own.)
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Inwood Hill Park, Meet at the ballfields closest to Seaman Avenue and Isham Street
Subway: A to 207th Street

Sunday September 6, 2009
Food Inc. Screening at Symphony Space
If you really want to learn if you are what you eat (at the moment I prefer ignorance) then you should check out this movie.
Cheap Chick Info: $11 general admission, $9 seniors
Location Info: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway@95th Street
Subway: 1,2,3 to 96th Street

Tales From the Crypt
1 p.m.
Learn about the Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Fort Greene Park.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Fort Greene Park, Visitor Center, Enter the park at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park
Subway: C to Lafayette, G to Fulton, R,Q to Dekalb

Hike Mount Morris Park
12 p.m.
Labor through this hike during Labor Day weekend!
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Marcus Garvey Park, 120th and Madison
Subway: 2,3,4,5,6 to 125th Street

When New York Was Nieuw Amsterdam Walking Tour
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn about NYC's Dutch history like the secrets behind certain street names!
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Meet on the steps of the U.S. Custom House (now the Museum of the American Indian) at the foot of Bowling Green.
Subway: 4.5 to Bowling Green, R to Whitehall Street

Tour historic tugboats on Saturday ( and watch them race on Sunday!

Remember PS1's Warm-Up is closing for the summer, you have one last chance to go this Saturday!

Also Housing Works is having another 30% off sale all weekend!

Monday September 7, 2009

Beats and BBQ: The Labor Day Send-off
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Free BBQ with purchase of a drink, and DJ'd music, just right for Labor Day!
Cheap Chick Info: Depends on cost of drink.
Location Info: artland bar, 609 Grand Street
Subway: G/L to Metropolitan Avenue

We Built New York: A Labor History Tour
1 p.m.
Enjoy a special Labor Day walking tour of sites associated with the New York City labor movement. Stops include the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and places connected with Emma Goldman, Clara Lemlich, and Samuel Gompers.
Cheap Chick Info: $15, $12 for students and seniors
Location Info: Meet at the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Sq. Park
Subway: A,C,E,D,F to West 4th Street

West Indian Day Parade festivities!

Fashionable Photos: Not Quite Free!

Models, elephants, and roller skates, oh my, were the thoughts running through my head as I checked out the Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 exhibit at the International Center of Photography a few weeks ago. One the first images I saw that really caught my eye was titled "Dovima With Elephants," a striking model in a long black dress and white sash posing with several elephants (I liked it so much in fact that I bought a postcard of the same picture from the museum gift shop.) One of the other images that caught my attention at this exhibit was carefree a man and a woman (Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall) roller skating in Paris along the Place de la Concorde, as she wore a lovely dress (by Dior) with a matching scarf, and a charming white hat. Another model wore a hat like Charlie Chaplin's iconic headgear, while another model was wearing a piece by Paco Rabanne looked like she was ready to do battle in a Greek or Roman armor-inspired outfit.

Interestingly, Richard Avedon started his career in the Merchant Marines during World War Two and after the war took pictures for Harper's Bazaar. According to the exhibit Avedon would stage imaginary street scenes that "became as complicated as street productions" with generators illuminating city blocks and police holding back the crowds.

I think the thing that struck me the most about this photo exhibit was the contrast between certain images like a man holding a poodle and leaning against the hood of a car while a woman inside wore a fur coat or a woman with a camel and pyramids in the background, or the pictures from the 60’s when Avedon posed models in couture in Cape Canaveral and in front of rockets.

Many of the pictures recalled a more glamorous era, a time of men wearing hats, cigarettes in holders, and women in feather boas that weren’t part of a costume, though some pictures were a little more risqué, like a photo of a woman climbing a ladder naked or long hair coiled around a model to look like a hat. Avedon also sent “shock waves through the fashion industry” by using African-American model Donyale Luna in a number of shoots. I felt some shock waves myself when I realized I was looking at the younger faces of Anjelica Huston, Lauren Hutton, and Gloria Vanderbilt in some of the photos.

According the exhibit Avedon was remembered as saying, “You can’t separate fashion from the world, fashion is why we live.” I’m not sure I agree, but there were some interesting creations on view at the exhibit.

I wouldn’t go if you don’t like looking at photographs and I’m not sure I’d want to pay the $12 admission price, but it was definitely worth the pay-what-you-wish admission cost on Friday nights (my friend and I each paid a $1.)

Cheap Chick Info: Reg. admission: $12, on Fridays (Just three left, exhibit ends on 9/20) are pay-what-you wish with extended hours until 8 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues-Thurs. and Sat-Sun.
Location Info: International Center of Photography, 1133 Sixth Ave.@43rd Street
Subway: B,D,F,V to 42nd Street, 7 to Fifth Avenue