Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cheap Chick Weekend Picks, October 30-November 1, 2009

There is lots going on this weekend, so be sure to check my Halloween Guide for all your bloody, gory, ghost, party, drink, tour, and candy needs! Plus there are additional weekend picks that may get those teeth chattering, goosebumps rising, and hair standing on end. Happy Halloween!

Friday October 30, 2009
Housing Works Spelling Bee
8 p.m.
Be sure to ask them to use your word in a sentence, that will help you to spell it..or will it? Come out to live your own version of Spellbound.
Cheap Chick Info: $10
Location Info: Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street
Subway: Downtown 6 to Bleecker St., B,D,F,V to Broadway/Lafayette

Celebrate the new Wicked pop-up book
5 p.m.
The city of New York plays host to residents from the land of Oz at this event, which is likely to be "popular." Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. Ruby slippers are optional footwear.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Triangle, 66th and Broadway
Subway: 1 to 66th Street

Variety Show at the New Museum
7 p.m.
Watch a contemporary variety show inspired by original artwork.
Cheap Chick Info: $10 for members, $12 for the general public
Location Info: New Museum, 235 Bowery
Subway: 6 to Spring, N,R to Prince St.

Mount Vernon Hotel Historic Halloween
6 p.m. (for children) and 7:15 p.m. (for adults only.)
This spooky candlelight tour includes scary ghost stories shared by Gerald Fierst.
Cheap Chick Info: $15 general admission, $10 members
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel, 421 East 61st Street between First and York Avenues
Subway: N,R,W,4,5,6 to 59th/Lex.

Critical Mass Halloween Bike Ride
Ride: 7 p.m., Party at 9 p.m.
See if you can ride your bike and wear a Halloween costume at the same time!
Cheap Chick Info: Ride is Free! $10 sliding scale cost for after-party admission
Location Info: Meet at Union Square, 14th St. for the ride, Party is at Surreal Estate, 15 Thames Street, bet. Bogart and Morgan Aves, Brooklyn
Subway: Ride: N,R,W,4,5,6 to 14th St./Union Square, Party: L train to Morgan Ave.

Saturday October 31, 2009-Happy Halloween!
Fright Night VHS Double Feature
8 p.m. to Midnight
Revisit the 80's at this totally awesome double feature of Chopping Mall and Killer Workout.
Cheap Chick Info: $12
Location Info: 92nd Street Y, 200 Hudson Street
Subway: E or 1 to Canal St.

Upper River Run, Thriller on the River
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"Canoe through Bronx River Forest past the Botanical Garden and end at the Bronx Zoo."
Cheap Chick Info: $20, for more info call (718) 430-4677.
Location Info: Bronx Park at 219th Street
Subway: 2 to 219th St.

Saturday October 31st, and Sunday November 1, 2009
Ghosts of the Upper West Side Walking Tour
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Learn about spirits past without a Ouija board! Hopefully this will be more interesting than your high school history class-the tour includes local ghost stories based on historic facts
Cheap Chick Info: $20, reservations required. Call 646-573-9509.
Location Info: Meet at 72nd Street and Central Park West
Subway: C to 72nd Street

Sunday November 1, 2009
New York City Marathon
8:20 a.m. (first wave starts)
When you hear the word Roadrunner, don't you automatically think-meep, meep? Just checking...squeeze through the costumed masses to cheer on the racers.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: The race starts at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island. This year the race is starting in waves, so the first race will be starting at 8:20 a.m. The race will go through all five boroughs and will be visible along First Ave. and Fifth Ave in Manhattan.
Subway: Varies on viewing location.

Galway Kinnell Reading
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The award-winning (we're talking the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award here people) poet will be making a rare (that's what they're saying on the website, you'll have to take their word for it...) appearance to read from his latest works.
Cheap Chick Info: $10
Location Info: Brooklyn Lyceum
Subway: R to Union St.

Fancy on Fifth From Rockefeller Center to the Plaza Hotel
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Maybe you really can have breakfast at Tiffany's? Or at least channel Audrey Hepburn walking along this stretch of skyscrapers and shops. On this tour you'll learn about the changes on this iconic avenue from the 19th to 20th centuries.
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Meet in the courtyard of 457 Madison Ave. at 51st Street
Subway: F,D (remember the V and the B don't run on the weekends) to 47-50th Street/Rockefeller Center

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cheap Chick Weekend Picks, October 23-25, 2009 (Scroll Down for Halloween Guide!)

Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24, 2009 Little Shop of Horrors Sing-a-long
11 p.m.
Feed me Seymour, feed me! and other memorable movie moments can be relived at this screening, which may invite the question, whatever happened to Rick Moranis? I guess that's a mystery for the folks over at imdb.
Cheap Chick Info: $13, includes one beer
Location Info: 92nd Street Y, 200 Hudson Street
Subway: E to Canal

SketchProv 2009
Fri./Shows at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., Sat./Shows at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10 p.m.
You might decide you need Drew Carey's buzzer when watching the best-of-the-best improv-ers duke it out to be the last one standing to read the credits, er win a prize of some sort...
Cheap Chick Info: Fri./$10 in advance, $12 at the door, Sat./$12 in advance, $15 at the door
Location Info: People's Improv Theater, 154 W. 29th, Street
Subway: 1,9 to 28th St., N,R,W to 28th Street

Saturday October 24, 2009
Free Comedy Workshop
2 p.m.
Are you the next Bob Saget? Find out at this class! Personalities from the Daily Show, Comedy Central, VH-1's Best Week Ever, and even a former Cheers and Seinfeld writer will be on-hand.
Cheap Chick Info: Free! Register here, space fills up fast:
Location Info: Comix, 353 W. 13th Street
Subway: A,C to 14th Street/8th Ave.

NYC Dumpling Festival
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Try dumplings from around the world plus there's a dumpling eating contest and a dumpling class. For more info, look here.
Cheap Chick Info: $5 a plate for dumplings
Location Info: Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Houston St. (between Forsyth and Chrystie Sts.)
Subway: D to Grand Street, J,M,Z to Bowery

Central Park Pumpkin Festival
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Feel disgustingly wholesome with fall fun in Central Park including hay rides, a haunted house, a scarecrow design contest, greenmarket vendors, and live performances from Big Apple Circus, and Kidrockers.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Central Park, near 72nd Street
Subway: C to 72nd Street

Greenlight Bookstore Grand Opening
10 a.m. through 7 p.m. and beyond
Sip champagne (at 7 p.m.) and mingle with local literati, there are also giveaways and prizes.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: 686 Fulton Street at Portland, Brooklyn
Subway: C to Lafayette

Dance New Amsterdam 25th Anniversary
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For those of you who have fantasized about being in Center Stage or Save the Last Dance, here's your chance to live the dream with FREE classes in modern dance, ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, jazz, and oh yeah...Pilates, and yoga
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on Chambers)
Subway: R,W to Whitehall St.

Score of Doom Halloween Costume Swap
2 p.m.
Still need a Halloween costume? You might "score" one at this event. Have I mentioned how great swaps are? Well I am now, they're (to quote Tony the Tiger) "grrreeaaattt." I have gotten tons of great clothes and other items from them, and they are usually either free or have a nominal entrance fee.
Cheap Chick Info: $5, RSVP here
Location Info: Trophy Bar, 351 Broadway, Brooklyn
Subway: J,M,Z to Marcy Ave.

Sunday October 25, 2009
Greenpoint Oktoberfest
12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Food, music, crafts, and of course beer all play a part at this party.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Transmitter Park (1 Greenpoint Ave near West St)
Subway: G to Greenpoint

Financial History in Lower Manhattan Walking Tour
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn about financial juggernauts such as Lehman Brothers, Chase Manhattan, Bank of New York, AIG, Kuhn, Loeb, Bankers Trust, and historic events and people relating to the economy.
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Meet at Broadway and Liberty St. in front of the red cube at 140 Broadway
Subway: 4,5 to Wall Street

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center Fall Opening Celebration

12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The musuem starts its fall season with these new exhibits: 1969, 100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009), Between Spaces, On-site 2: Chitra Ganesh, and Robert Bergman: Selected Portraits.
Cheap Chick Info: $5 suggested donation
Location Info: P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
Subway: E,V to 23rd St./Ely

Live Bat Encounter
12 p.m.
Get up-close and personal with bats (be sure to check for fangs ;-) with Rob Mies, TV personality and Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation.
Cheap Chick Info: $4, $3 for members
Location Info: New York Hall of Science, (47-01 111th Street)
Subway: 7 train to 111th Street Station

Cheap Chick Book Swap and Brunch
12:30 p.m.
I obviously have to toot my own horn here, I've organized a book swap so bibliophiles can unite and save $ on books. Bring all the books you couldn't rid of by sticking them on an apartment radiator, or come even if you don't have books to swap, I have plenty to get rid of.
Cheap Chick Info: $5 for the actual swap, on your own for whatever you eat or drink-you can get whatever you want. Please RSVP to
Location Info: Rodeo Bar, 27th and 3rd, we'll likely be on the cozy 2nd floor area
Subway: 6 to 28th Street

Also the New Amsterdam Market re-opens today!

Don't forget there are plenty of events still left in my fall guide. My Cheap Chick Halloween Guide will be live soon!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cheap Chick Halloween Guide 2009

You might mistake NYC for Sunnydale in the next week or so, with all the demons and other monsters lurking around. If you're as brave as Buffy Summers, you may want to check out some of these events, at your own risk, of course. Is that a stake in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Either way Happy Halloween!

Saturday October 24, 2009
Nation's Largest Dog Halloween Parade
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Catch canines in costume competing for thousands in prizes. Now you can really see if dogs look like their owners...
Cheap Chick Info: $5 (includes raffle tickets)
Location Info: Tompkins Square Park, First Run is located inside NYC's Tompkins Square Park near the entrance at 9th St. and Ave. A
Subway:L to 1st Ave.

Housing Works Thrift Store Halloween Extravaganza
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Candy and pumpkin decorating fun for the kids until 2 p.m. and then cocktails for the adults after 2 p.m. Includes free food and drinks from Whole Foods-don't forget to do some shopping for costumes and artist-designed pumpkins, it's all for a good cause!
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Housing Works Soho Thrift Store, 130 Crosby Street
Subway: Downtown 6 to Bleecker, D,F to Broadway/Lafayette

Tuesday October 27, 2009
The Vampire-Werewolf Summit of 2009
7:30 p.m.
Can these two demons ever be at peace with each other? Find out tonight. Maybe Buffy could be a moderator...
Cheap Chick Info: $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Tkts can be purchased here.
Location Info: Comix, 353 West 14th Street at 9th Avenue
Subway: A,C,E to 14th St.

Thursday October, 29, 2009
Zombie Prom night at The Delancey
8 p.m.
Live music and a king and queen-sounds like a typical prom to don't really need your date to be alive do you? As long as they can dance ;-) Don't forget your own costume...perhaps it will help protect you from the zombies.
Cheap Chick Info: $10
Location Info: The Delancey, 168 Delancey Street between Clinton and Attorney Streets
Subway: J to Essex Street or F to Delancey Street

Outlines Halloween Reading at Housing Works
7 p.m.
From Housing Works: "Tricks or Treats: Join three writers as they explore the dark side of queer fiction."
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info:Housing Works Bookstore
Subway:Downtown 6 to Bleecker, B,D,F,V to Broadway/Lafayette

Friday October 30, 2009
Ralph Lee's Halloween Extravaganza & Procession of the Ghouls
7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
See Nosferatu, and then watch out for demons, wtiches, and ghosts lurking in the Cathedral.
Cheap Chick Info: $20, You can purchase tickets here.
Location Info: Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Subway: 1 or 9 to 110th Street/Cathedral Parkway

The Halloween Eve Masquerade
9 p.m.
"Step out in style the night before Halloween....and rub elbows with other glamourous ghouls…at Brooklyn's most enchanting little speakeasy, the Green Building, a 19th-century warehouse nestled along the banks of the Gowanus Canal, in Carroll Gardens.
Cheap Chick Info: $20
Location Info: The Green Building, 450 Union Street
Subway: F,G to Caroll Street, R to Union Street

Try Matty’s ”the Seventh Annual Halloween Dance and Show"
9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. with a showtime of 11 p.m.
The show will take you to through the inside workings of a psych ward, and the rest of the night features dance performances.
Cheap Chick Info: $15 at the door
Location Info: Dance Manhattan, 39 W. 19th, Fifth Floor
Subway: N,R,Q,W,4,5,6 to Union Square, R,W to 23rd Street

Halloween at Trinity Church (Correction, this event is on the 30th, not the 31st.)
Haunted Hamilton Happy Hour 6-8 p.m., Movie screening from 8-10 p.m.
Sip presidential cocktails and wander the cemetery, then see if there are any "paper faces on parade" at the screening of Phantom of the Opera complete with candles and creepy organ music.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street
Subway: 2,3,4,5 to Wall Street, R,W to Rector Street

Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31, 2009
National Comedy Theatre's Halloween Spooktacular
7:30 p.m. and 9 :45 p.m.
Enjoy a night of Halloween-themed comedy described as "sort of a combination of Friday the 13th meets Whose Line is it Anyway?"
Cheap Chick Info: $15, $12 for students and seniors
Location Info: National Comedy Theatre, 347 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues Subway: A,C,E,1,2,3 to 34th Street/Penn Station

Friday October 30-November 1, 2009
Village Pourhouse Pub Crawl
Various times.
Enjoy drink specials plus awards for the best costumes. For more information click here.
Cheap Chick Info: 1-day pass is $15, Not so Cheap Chick-friendly price: $30 for a 3-day pass
Location Info: Varies.
Subway: Varies.

Halloween! Saturday October 31, 2009
Swing, Soul, and Blues Monster Mash
10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Dance to music by Champian Fulton and her Quartet until later in the night when DJs take over. Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded as well!
Cheap Chick Info:$16 in advance and a not-so Cheap Chick-friendly price of $25 at the door. For more info click here. Or here.
Location Info:Manhattan Ballroom, 36th bet. 5th and 6th
Subway: N,R,W,Q,D,F to 34th Street/Herald Square

Annual Haunted Forest and House at Inwood Hill Park
5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Described as PG-13 fun, you may run into Dracula, Frankenstein, a mummy, and werewolf lurking in the forest or in the haunted house. Pizza, and drinks will also be provided.
Cheap Chick Info:Free!
Location Info:Inwood Hill Park, 218th Street and Indian Road
Subway: A to 207th

Macabre Greenwich Village Walking Tour
1 p.m.
Did you ever realize how creepy the village is? Well Joyce Gold will fill you in on all the gory details, including murder and ghosts.
Cheap Chick Info: $15, no reservations required, pay at tour
Location Info: Meet at the Washington Arch on Fifth Avenue just south of 8th Street
Subway: A,C,E,F,V to West 4th Street, N,R to 8th Street

Halloween in Green-Wood Cemetery Big Onion Walking Tour
1 p.m.
Today will be the perfect day to visit the City of the Dead *insert shiver down your spine here.* The tour will cover the architecture and history of the cemetery and may include the graves of DeWitt Clinton, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Leonard Bernstein, and John "The Soda Fountain King" Matthews.
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info:Green-Wood's main entrance, 5th Avenue and 25th Street, One block east of the "R" train subway 25th Street station.
Subway: R to 25th Street

Village Halloween Parade
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
You should do this at least once as a New Yorker, but beware of may want to take your place in the Thriller line-up or walk in the parade yourself for the best views.
Cheap Chick Info: Free! Get there early!
Location Info: From Sixth Avenue and Spring St. to 23rd Street
Subway: Whatever gets you closest to the action, subway stations like W. 4th Street, the 14th Street Stations, and the 23rd Street Stations are best.

Looking for a wild and crazy Halloween party? Check here! And here! Also some New York magazine Halloween tidbits.

Vortex Theater Haunted House
Through Halloween.
Tues-Fri.: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun: 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
An "experimental" haunted house that you must traverse alone. Open only for those 18 and over.
Cheap Chick Info: Buy tickets online for $12 general admission, $20 VIP treatment (meaning you skip the line and can go straight in.) $14 tickets available at the door. For tickets and other info, click here.
Location Info:164 11th Ave. bet 22nd and 23rd Street
Subway: C,E to 23rd Street

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cheap Chick Event! (scroll down for weekend picks)

Hey, I'll be hosting my first event ever, a book swap, so hope you can all make it!

Here are the dets:

Sunday October 25, 2009
Cheap Chick Brunch and Book Swap!
12:30 p.m.
Bring books to swap with others and enjoy brunch together! Even if you don't have books to swap, come anyway, I have tons of books to get rid of, and you can meet some new people!
Cheap Chick Info: $5 for the book swap, otherwise pay for what you eat, bags will be provided
Location Info: Rodeo Bar, 27th and 3rd
Subway: 6 to 28th Street

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cheap Chick Weekend Picks, Oct. 16-18, 2009

Friday October 16, 2009
Nerd Nite
7 p.m.
Tonight's topics include Jewish gangsters, zombies, and swingers. Get your geek, er nerd on and enjoy lectures and drinks.
Cheap Chick Info: $10
Location Info: Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street at Water Street
Subway: F to York Street, A,C to High Street

Cut&Paste Digital Design Tournament Championship
8 p.m.
Watch "design as a spectator sport" as designers compete to create designs on a large scale against the clock.
Cheap Chick Info: $20 at the door, cash only
Location Info: Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St near 8th Avenue
Subway: A,C,E to 34th Street

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 16-18, 2009

The New Yorker Festival
Get your book on with a ton of literary-related events! All info can be found here.
Cheap Chick Info: Varies, Cheap Chick-friendly prices are around $20, looks like they go up to $35
Location Info: Varies.
Subway: Varies.

International Vintage Poster Fair

Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Find something to cover those apartment walls once you get tired of that Van Gogh poster you've had since college.
Cheap Chick Info: $15 entrance fee
Location Info: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th Street, 4th Floor
Subway: 1 to 18th Street

Saturday October, 17, 2009
Halloween Harvest Fest
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rock out with live music, a canine costume contest, and a performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Socrates Sculpture Park, Vernon Blvd., Broadway, and 31st Road
Subway: N to Broadway

Community Planting Day
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Get that thumb a nice shade green as you help bring plants to Bowling Green Park. There will be complimentary refreshments and a pumpkin giveaway though supplies are limited. Gardening tools and plants are provided.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Bowling Green Park
Subway: R,W to Whitehall Street

Enid's 7th Annual Apple Pie Bake-off
Pies due between 4 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. (looks like judging will be after this)
Sample pies that are competing for prizes for the prettiest and most creative. Music and drinks will also be on-hand. Of course you can always enter your own pie in the competition...will it be as easy as pie to win?
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Enid's 560 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn
Subway: L to Bedford

Grand Re-Opening of El Museo del Barrio

11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The museum re-opens with lots of activities including exhibitions, music, and storytelling. Schedule of events can be found here.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th Street
Subway: 6 to 103rd Street

Wycliffe Gordon at New York Swing Dance Society Dance
Dance lesson: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., band on after 8 p.m.
Dance the night away to the sounds of Wycliffe Gordon, a former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet.
Cheap Chick Info: $11 for students and seniors, $15 for general admission
Location Info: St. Jean Baptiste Church, 184 E. 76th St at Lexington Ave.
Subway: 6 to 77th St.

Saturday and Sunday October 17 and 18, 2009
Annual Gowanus Artist Studio Tour (AGAST)
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Meet artists in their natural habitats.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Various in Gowanus, a map of spaces is here.
Subway: F,G to Caroll Street

Sunday October, 18, 2009
Gravesend Cemetery Tour
11 a.m.
Just in time for Halloween, walk among the dead in a place that is rarely open for any living souls.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: McDonald Avenue on Gravesend Neck Road
Subway: N to King's Highway

Fall for Photography Walking Tour
11 a.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of Inwood Hill Park led by a park ranger, and take some memorable pictures of the fall foliage and other sights.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Inwood Hill Park (Did not get more specific info than this, you may try calling (212) 304-2365 for a more specific meeting location.)
Subway: 1,9 to 125th Street

Batman Screening
8 p.m.
See the original pre-Christian Bale Batman, sorry ladies, you'll have to settle for Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton for eye candy, do with that what you will...
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton St., Brooklyn
Subway: C to Lafayette, G to Fulton

The Food Obstructions
7:30 p.m.
Imagine yourself into the Top Chef kitchen, as you the audience fill out scorecards to decide the winner of this culinary competition, which includes, you guessed it-obstructions similar to TC challenges like needing a purple color and must contain one fruit and one vegetable.
Cheap Chick Info: $5
Location Info: The Gutter, 200 N. 14th Street bet. Wythe and Nassau, Brooklyn
Subway: L to Bedford, G to Nassau

Give My Regards to Broadway Walking Tour
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
No one will look at you funny if you decide to break out in song during this tour, it's perfectly natural to want to sing a song when you see a your true love, or a rival gang, or a phantom. Right...well anyway on this tour you'll learn about the history and current sites of the "Great White Way."
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Meet at the S.E. corner of Broadway and 44th St.
Subway: N,R,Q.W,1,2,3,S,7 to 42nd Street/Times Square

Writer's Studio Reading with Susan Choi
The author will read aloud with Lisa Badner, Lucinda Holt, Eleanor Kedney, Michele Herman, and Elliot Satsky.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Housing Works Bookstore,
Subway: 6 to Bleecker Street, F to Broadway/Lafayette

New York City Apple Day
11 a.m.
See if you can resist the temptation to stock your apartment with this forbidden fruit as Orchard Street becomes an actual apple orchard, with a cider press, walking tours, and apple treats.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Orchard bet. Broome and Grand
Subway: F to Delancey

92nd Street Y Festival
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Y opens its doors and the surrounding streets to the public with food, music, dancing, children's activities, fitness demonstrations, a discount on membership, and even a raffle.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Lexington Avenue, 79th to 94th Streets
Subway: 6 to 77th Street

The Bonk Festival is going on this weekend too, info is here!

Some other Cheap Chick news:
I am hosting a book swap on Oct. 25, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. at the Rodeo Bar (27th and 3rd). We'll be enjoying brunch and then trading books. Come even if you don't have any books to swap, I have tons to give away! RSVP to! Event is $5. Bags will be provided.

Also watch for a Halloween Guide later this w/e or early this coming week!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cheap Chick Weekend Picks, October 9-11, 2009

Friday October 9, 2009
Honey Lecture and Tasting
See what all the "buzz" is about honey at this lecture given by C. Marina Marchese, a honeybee scholar.
Cheap Chick Info: $16
Location Info: 92nd Street Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street@Canal
Subway: A,C,E,1 to Canal Street

Star Gazing at Columbia and Dinner at Ollie's Noodle Shop With the Lunch Club
7 p.m.
TMZ is not the only place to see stars. Meet some new people and feed your brain (come on, you know it's hungry after staring at those cubicle walls every day) with a lecture on "The Dark Side of the Universe." Afterward you can look at the night sky through the university's telescope.
Cheap Chick Info: RSVP for dinner. To attend the dinner it's $6 in advance or $10 at the door, and the lecture is free. RSVP only for dinner.
Location Info: Meet at Ollie's Noodle Shop at the corner of 116th and Broadway
Subway: 1,9 to 116th Street

Wine, Jazz, and Photography Exhibit
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sample Italian wine, listen to some Latin jazz, and check out an Italian photography exhibit...all with 300 of your closest friends. Hey, you have to meet people some way besides Nerve, right?
Cheap Chick Info: Free admission with RSVP, wines and martinis: $8 and special beer: $6
Location Info: Duvet, 45 W. 21st Street
Subway: R,W to 23rd Street

Attack of the 50-foot Reels
7:30 p.m.
Watch films shot on special Super 8 film. A raffle and a party completes the festivities. For more info, check here.
Cheap Chick Info: $7
Location Info: Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue
Subway: R to Union Street

Also from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. you can enjoy the Monk at 92 mini music marathon at the WTC. Details here.

And the Madison Square Mark't debuts today.

Saturday October 10, 2009 and Sunday October 11, 2009
Travel Expo
Daytime (didn't get more info than that. Sorry!)
Oh the places you'll go, or at least get brochures from.
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street
Subway: C,E to 34th Street, Take M34 or walk to the convention center

Open House New York
Times varies.
Unlock the hidden secrets of the city at this amazing once-a-year event where you can explore usually closed destinations or enjoy museums and other NYC institutions for free. Sites include Central Park's Arsenal, graveyards, the Teddy Roosevelt birthplace, and the Chrysler Building.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Varies. For a full list of sites visit
Subway: Varies.

artHARLEM's Fifth Annual Open Artist Studio Tour
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Explore galleries, exhibition spaces, and studios in Harlem.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Check in with the info center at Casa Frela Gallery, 47 W. 119th Street, to sign up for self-guided tours.
Subway: 2,3 to 116th Street

Saturday October 10, 2009

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Can you imagine an elevated eight-lane highway through the heart of Little Italy and the Lower East Side? Walk the proposed route and learn about the highway's demise in this walking tour, which also takes you to historic sites in the area.
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Meet at the N.E. corner of Grand and Chrystie streets.
Subway: 6 to Spring Street

Powerup NY Rooftop Solar Seminar
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn more than you ever wanted to know about solar energy.
Cheap Chick Info: $12, Register here.
Location Info: Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Subway: C to Lafayette

Bed-Stuy Alive! Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate this Brooklyn neighborhood with music and cultural performances.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Fulton Street between Brooklyn and Marcy Avenues
Subway: G to Fulton Street

Brooklyn Skillshare
9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you want to learn new skills, but would rather avoid the Learning Annex then check this day full of educational opportunities. Classes range from massage instruction to bag making and bike mechanics. For a full schedule, click here.
Cheap Chick Info: Suggested donation of $10, includes free breakfast and lunch!
Location Info: Gowanus Studio Space
Subway: R to 9th Street/Ave.

Swap in the City
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The swap team is presenting a swap complete with refreshments, and gift bags. Bring clothes, accessories, shoes, and cosmetics to trade with other swappers.
Cheap Chick Info: $10, RSVP here. For each item you swap you earn "swap bucks" to buy other items.
Location Info: Sandra Cameron Dance Studio, 199 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
Subway: 6 to Spring Street

Sunday October 11, 2009
Autumn Tai Chi in Fort Tryon Park
11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This class, taught by instructor Robert Mahoney, is part of an entire program of tai chi classes.
Cheap Chick Info: Free!
Location Info: Meet on Linden Terrace. Enter the park from Margaret Corbin Circle at the southern entrance to the park where Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue converge.
Subway: 1 to 191st Street, A to Dyckman

Greenwich Village Walking Tour
11 a.m.
This Big Onion walking tour may visit places such as the Jefferson Market Courthouse, the "hanging elm", the Stonewall Inn, Grove Court, and sites associated with Stanford White, Aaron Burr, Edith Wharton, John Sloan, and Thomas Paine.
Cheap Chick Info: $15
Location Info: Meet at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue South and Christopher Street, in front of Duplex.
Subway: 1 to Christopher

Don't forget, the free Katherine Hepburn exhibit is on at the Performing Arts Library through Saturday!

The Paley Doc Fest is also going on now!