Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cheap and Free NYC Fourth of July 2011 Guide

Hi all! Looking for a cheap and free way to celebrate our nation's birthday here in NYC? Well you're in luck, here's my cheap and free guide to events happening in the Big Apple for your Fourth of July weekend! Stay tuned for additional weekend picks including BBQ events and my July 2011 Summer Guide!

Enjoy and Happy Fourth! Have I forgotten a Fourth of July-related event? Feel free to comment below!

Cheap Chick NYC Fourth of July Guide

Friday July 1, 2011

Feed your fireworks fix before the Fourth with a fireworks show along the boardwalk! 9:30 p.m., on the boardwalk bet. 10th and 11th, long the boardwalk between 10th and 11th streets, free!

Saturday July 2, 2011

Sing along to classic American tunes at this patriotic Stars and Stripes Forever outdoor concert performed the Community Wind Ensemble! 8 p.m., Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd at MacKenzie St, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, free!

Saturday July 2, Sunday July 3, and Monday July 4, 2011

Discovery Walking Tours invites you to participate in their Pre-Fireworks Presidential Greenwich Village and Gramercy Park Walking Tour! “A historical walking tour of both neighborhoods, with special stops at places associated with some early presidents, including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Wilson and Washington. Stops include the Washington Square Arch and Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace.” 2:30 pm and 5 p.m. all days, Call 212-465-3331 for meeting place, $18! Please Note: Monday’s 5 p.m. tour ends at the West Side Highway at 7:30 pm in time to secure a spot for fireworks viewing.

Sunday July 3, 2011

Join in some old-fashioned, historic fun at Historic Richmond Town’s Independence Day Celebration, including a pie baking contest, homemade churned ice cream, and a pinwheel parade, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, 441 Clarke Avenue, Take the S74 bus from the terminal to Richmond Road and St. Patrick's Place, included in regular admission, $5!

It’s an alliterative Fourth of July celebration at the Bell House: BBQ, Beer, Brooklyn, Brass Bands, and Burlesque at its America: F*ck Yeah! Party! Enjoy hot dogs, burgers, live music, a burlesque show as well as that soon-to-be all-American tradition, the Show Us Your Patriotic Underwear Contest! 8 p.m., The Bell House, 149 Seventh Street bet. 2nd/3rd Avenue, $10 (psst, it’s free if you dress up as Wonder Woman!), buy tkts here:

July 4, 2011-Happy Fourth of July from the Cheap Chick!

Set that alarm for an early wake-up call this morning to go on a special Nighttime Walking Tour of Revolutionary War New York. James Kaplan will lead you to sites including Fraunces Tavern and the tour ends with viewing the sunrise over Trinity Church, 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., meeting place revealed when you make a reservation-go to for more info, $20!

How many hot dogs can you stuff in your mouth during one sitting? Definitely less than the entrants in Nathan’s annual 4th of July hot dog eating contest, I’m sure! 12 p.m., Nathan’s (Coney Island), Surf Avenue (at Stillwell Ave.), free!

Celebrate the Fourth in film with a road trip movie celebrating America, Easy Rider, a classic flick starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper! The movie is screening tonight at Bryant Park (film starts at dusk), where you can have the perfect 4th of July picnic before it starts! Bryant Park, Dusk (around 9 p.m. starting time, but come early to get seats!), free!

Learn about the city’s roots during Big Onion Walking Tour’s Immigrant New York Walking Tour! “A walking tour through the many layers of the multi-ethnic Lower East Side to see the historic and architectural landmarks associated with African, Chinese, German, Irish, Italian, Jewish and Latino immigrants. Stops could include: The "Tweed" Courthouse, Five Points, the African Burial Ground, and sites associated with Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Jacob Riis, Abraham Cahan, Pierre Toussaint, Emma Goldman, and many others,” 11 a.m., meet at the southeast corner of Broadway and Chambers Street, at City Hall Park, $15!

Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence at historic St. Paul’s Independence Day celebration. Music, speeches, and refreshments will also be included! 10:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Church, 897 South Columbus Ave. (Take the 5 to Dyre Ave Station), free!

The Staten Island Philharmonic is giving a free concert at the Alice Austen House today, 6 p.m., Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, take the ferry over, At the ferry terminal in Staten Island #S51 Bus to Hylan Boulevard (15 minute ride). Walk one block east to water and house, free!

Wish Louis Armstrong a posthumous birthday today at the all-American Jazz Party at his Corona home (now a museum)! 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., 3456 107th Street, Corona Flushing (take 7 train to 103 St-Corona Plaza), $10 admission includes free b-day cake!

Dance the night away with Gelber & Manning and the Star-Spangled Orchestra during the Liberty Belle Spectacular! Cool cats are encouraged to dress in vintage attire that’s the cat’s pajamas! The evening will also feature burlesque performances and views of the Hudson River fireworks, Empire Hotel Rooftop, 44 West 63rd St at Broadway, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door! Buy tkts here:

Of course you can always join the masses on street level to watch the Macy’s fireworks. The fireworks start around 9:20, but you should head out earlier to get the best and least-crowded viewing spots, Here are some Cheap Chick Cheap Tips:

The Westside Highway will be closed from 22nd Street to 59th Street beginning at 4:00 pm, as will the Highline and many waterfront parks.

For the best views, head to 12th Avenue below 59th Street Here is a list of places where you can to access 12th Avenue: 24th Street
26th - 30th Streets
34th Street
40th - 44th Streets
47th - 52nd Streets
54th - 57th Streets

You can also head to the Boat Basin Café ( or the Pier 1 Café ( to catch the fireworks, but I hear that the view isn’t that great tho both restaurants are open for free!

Plus the Met (, the Museum of the City of New York (, and Belmont ( are all open today!

And the Cooper-Hewitt ( is free today as well!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

2011 NYC Cheap and Free Summer Museum Guide

The Cheap Chick asks why bother with the humidity, oily sunblock, or bugs when you can see great works of art in air conditioned comfort? With that in mind, here’s a guide to NYC Summer Museum Exhibits running through August and beyond!

Start date unknown-August 14, 2011-Future Perfect: Re-Constructing the 1939 New York World’s Fair (Queens Museum of Art)

Start date unknown-August 14, 2011-Not the way you Remembered (Queens Museum of Art)

Start date unknown Now-December 31, 2011-Celebrating 100 Years NYPL Centennial Exhibit (main branch-with the lions-Stephen A. Schwarzman Building),

May 4-August 7, 2011-Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

May 25 - November 5, 2011-Sporting Life (Museum at FIT)

May 28, 2011-No end date listed-Frogs: A Chorus of Color (Museum of Natural History)

June 3-October 2, 2011-Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art (Morgan Library)

June 7, 2011-September 18, 2011-Otherworldly: Optical Illusions and Small Realities (Museum of Arts and Design) Long link, so go here for more info!

June 8-September 11, 2011, Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-Antoinette (The Frick)

June 9-December 31, 2011, Children’s Book Illustrators and Authors Come Alive (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children's Center at 42nd St.),

June 10, 2011-August 14, 2011-Home Base: Memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn Historical Society)

June 14, 2011-January 8, 2012, El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 (El Museo del Barrio)

June 14, 2011-October 23, 2011-Spiral: Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective (Studio Museum in Harlem)

June 24-Oct. 2, 2011-Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue Skinned Savior (The Brooklyn Museum)

June 24, 2011-Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity (Guggenheim)

June 29, 2011-August 13, 2011, Silent Echoes Sound Installation (Rubin)

June 29–November 27, 2011, Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting (Metropolitan Museum of Art),{6F75CAF0-1167-461A-8AF2-B9599E0E6E69}

July 16–January 16, 2012, Jim Henson's Fantastic World (Museum of the Moving Image)

July 24-November 7, 2011, Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects (MOMA)

July 31-October 23, 2011-Maya Zack, Living Room (Jewish Museum)

August 30, 2011-January 22, 2012, 9/11 Peace Story Quilt (Metropolitan Museum of Art){427AFBE3-C836-4757-BE11-E9385E5C9E70}

Did I forget an exhibit or do you want to suggest one? Post a comment below-remember the exhibits should be running through the end of August to qualify for this list!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cheap and Free NYC Weekend Events, June 24-26, 2011

Also don’t forget to check out my June Summer Guide ( and my Summer Movie Guide ( for more cheap and free event picks going on this weekend and beyond!

And watch (like Monday!) for my Cheap and Free NYC Summer Arts/Museum Guide, and later on for my July Summer 2011 Guide, and my Cheap and Free NYC Fourth of July Guide!

Cheap Chick Weekend Event Picks!

Friday June 24, 2011

If you wanna be my lover, hopefully you’ll wanna go to the Spice World Sing-a-long, 11 p.m., 92ndY Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street at Canal, $13 includes one beer! Buy tkts here:

A-B-C it’s easy as 1-2-3 to beat it on over to the Freedom Party’s annual tribute to Michael Jackson, 11 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, free!

Ewoks! Princess Leia in a gold bikini! Time to relive all those moments and watch Return of the Jedi, 8 p.m., Carroll Park, Court St., Smith St., Bet. Carroll St. and President St., Brooklyn, free! (be sure to bring a blanket!)

Whether it’s the shoulder-padded 80’s woman or the Joans and Peggys of the ‘60’s, 92ndY Tribeca pays homage to working girls with film clips, live performances, and comedy. Snacks will also be provided, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., 92ndY Tribeca, 200 Hudson St. at Canal, $12!

You’ll find that Sweden is more than just meatballs at the Swedish Midsummer Festival, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Robert F. Wagner Park, Battery Place bet. West and 1st Place, free!

Saturday June 25, 2011

In honor of Pride Weekend, Big Onion Walking Tours is hosting a special Before Stonewall Walking Tour! “Discover the many facets of lesbian and gay history as we trace the development of Greenwich Village. Stops could include: The Stonewall Inn, The Duplex, and sites associated with Bayard Rustin, Willa Cather, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Audre Lorde,” 1 p.m., Meet at the Northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North, $15!

See how much you really love cupcakes at the Cupcake Kings Cupcake Eating Contest! The winner of the 10-minute competition will receive a Cupcake Kings trophy and $100, 12 p.m., CupCake Kings, 1613 Voorhies Avenue, Brooklyn, free, but send an email to with Cupcake Kings in the subject to register!

See the Williamsburg you never knew with Discovery Walking Tours! “Take a tour of one of Brooklyn’s most colorful neighborhoods focusing on the diversity of area, from the hipster to the Hasidic. Stops include Bedford Avenue, Peter Luger’s, the landmark Williamsburg Savings Bank, and the Williamsburg Bridge,” 4:45 p.m., call 212-465-3331 for meeting place and reservations.

Who says you can’t get a free lunch? Watch a free cooking demonstration and then sample a warm vegetable salad with curried almonds when it’s done, 12 p.m., Demos are at one of these Williams-Sonoma stores, to register and to find out the W-S locations closer to you go here,, free!

Outdoor fun awaits at Adventures NYC! Today you can rock climb, get a free bike helmet, attend health and fitness clinics, do yoga, check out outdoor gear exhibits, rent bikes for free, and participate in other activities! 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Central Park, Bandshell at 72nd Street, free!

Get down with your bad self at the Barefoot Boogie Dance Party and Thai Yoga Class featuring a wide variety of music! 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Insight Meditation Center, 28 W 27th Street, 10th fl. bet Broadway and 6th Ave., $10 (discount of $5-$10 off if you volunteer to help out! Email to sign up in advance for setup help and/or an early door shift. $5 off for 1/2 hour of your time. Get in free for one hour of volunteering!

Dinner and a slideshow come together at Slideluck! Enjoy food (maybe even a pig roast!), and a slideshow featuring local artists! Drinks are provided by Brooklyn Brewery, Perrier, and Brooklyn Republic Vodka, 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m. dinner, Kidd Yellin Gallery, 133 Imlay St, Red Hook, $15 at the door!

Devour the history of Chinatown with the walking tour From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls with the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., meet at the museum, 215 Centre St. bet Grand and Hester, $15!

Plus check out Lumen 2011, a video and light festival on Staten Island (, see who breaks the mold during a Jell-O competition where artists use the jiggly medium to sculpt edible creations (, quote your favorite movies at movieoke (, and sing-a-long to Michael Jackson songs at Union Hall (!

Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26, 2011

Visit the Harlem you never with Discovery Walking Tours! “A tour through one of the country’s most prominent African American neighborhoods. Stops include the Hotel Theresa, where Castro and Khrushchev met; the Apollo Theatre; Lenox Lounge, where Billie Holiday performed; Blumsteins, where an assassination attempt was made on Martin Luther King’s life in the 1950s; and sites associated with Malcolm X, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and Langston Hughes,” 2 p.m., call 212-465-3331 for meeting place and reservation, $18!

Sunday June 26, 2011

People are just dying to get in! The New York Marble Cemetery (usually closed to the public) opens its doors today, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 41 1/2 Second Avenue, free!

Can you say “the cheese is old and moldy” in Espanol? (bonus points if you know the movie reference! Hopefully you won’t have to say that at today’s Stinky Brooklyn Cheese Eating Contest! Aside from the fromage, there will be sandwiches, and refreshments! 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., contest at 2:30 p.m., Stinky Brooklyn, 215 Smith Street bet. Butler and Baltic Streets, free!

Bring out your rainbow colors and celebrate at NYC’s Gay Pride Parade! 6 p.m., The event runs from Fifth Ave. and 36th Street to Christopher Street, free! A post- Parade party will be held at the Spotted Pig ( at 6 p.m.!

Take in a free organ recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral today, 4:45 p.m., St. Patrick’s, 51st and Madison, free! For more info go here (scroll down):

End the weekend with a giggle or two with the NY Laughs Comedy Show, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Central Park, Mineral Springs, enter at W. 67th and 69th Street, free!

Plus all weekend long the Bicycle Film Festival cycles on (, get those jazz hands ready at the Undead Jazz Fest (, shop for crafts from around the world at the Maker’s Market at Socrates Sculpture Park (, and the BoCoCa Arts Festival brings together performing artists, musicians, bands, and visual artists in Brooklyn (!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Win free tkts to Rooftop Films for Tonight!

Hi all,
Cheap Chick here! We're having a contest today! The first ten people to post either their favorite cheap and free summertime activities or suggestions for future blog entries will get two free tkts to tonight's Rooftop Films event! If you could please include your first and last name with the post so I can get that info to Rooftop Films. Thanks and see you at the movies!

Cheap Chick in the City

More info here:

Thursday, June 23, 2011


A special collection of short films that let us peak into the lives of strangers, plus a special sneak preview of Commercial Kings, a new series on IFC. For decades people have been making home movies; capturing what they feel are important times in their lives. Home movies are made up of personal and special moments that someone wanted to document and never forget—and most of the time they rarely get seen again. But it’s a pleasure to watch them, to peek into someone else’s life, to feel a little voyeuristic. This year's edition of Rooftop's "Home Movies" draws inspiration from the tradition of the home movie, building off tropes of self-documentation to create accomplished works of art, and honoring the life and death of a town, paying homage to wrestling fathers and grandfather’s unknown, and giving voice to boozy family members who make you laugh and truly scare you at the same time.


Outdoors in the backyard at Crown Vic, 60 South 2nd St. (at Wythe Ave.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Subway: Take the L to Bedford, the G to Metropolitan, or the M to Marcy. The venue is located at the corner of South 2nd and Wythe.

8:00 PM Doors Open

8:30 PM Live Music

9:00 PM Films Begin

11:30 PM After Party at the Crown Vic

More information at:

The Films:

MY BIG RED PURSE (Giancarlo Iannotta | Chicago, IL | 4 min.)

GRANDPA LOOKED LIKE WILLIAM POWELL (David Levy | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)

WRESTLING WITH MY FATHER (Charles Fairbanks | Lexington, NE | 5 min.)

FAMILY NIGHTMARE (Dustin Guy Defa | Salt Lake City, Utah | 9 min.)

FOR HOME VIEWING (Mikhail Zheleznikov | Russia | 29 min.)

WEE REQUIEM (Jenn E. Norton | Canada | 7 min.)

WELCOME TO PINE POINT (Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons of The Goggles | Canada | 14 min.)

COMMERCIAL KINGS (Todd Cohen | USA | 23 min.)