Use I heart NYC Museums to look them all up and see when they are free!

Short and probably out-of-date summary:

  • MOMA is free 4-8pm on fridays
  • The Met is always “suggested” donation
  • Guggenheim is free Saturday 5:45-7:45pm
  • Whitney is free 6-9pm Fridays
  • New Museum is free 7-9pm Thursdays
  • Morgan library is free 7-9pm Fridays
  • Brooklyn museum street party is the first Saturday of every month.

Cinema and Outdoor Films

Generic listings for Manhattan: Google, Fandango

Good small theaters (possibly redundant with above listings):

In the summer, try:


Oh My Rockness and Brooklyn Vegan are the main listings sites.

The Stone is a great experimental music venue in the East Village.


I like the Hungarian Pastry Shop up near Columbia University, very cozy.

Think Coffee is reasonable near Washington Park, open relatively late.

Kaffee 1668 (just north of WTC site) has the best brewed coffee I know of in Manhattan, and good wifi.

The “Dual Specialty” grocery store. Mostly Indian, some Middle Eastern spices and ingredients, at 1st Ave and 6th St in Manhattan.

School of Math is sort of an anarcho-math hangout.

Proteus Gowanus was nice, but defunkt.

Other Stuff

Listings of things to do:

The Met Opera House sometimes has standing-room-only tickets, which are actually pretty reasonable (you get sort of a dedicated lecturn in the back of the audience), and frequently results in free upgrades to primo seats in the orchestra.

The State Island Ferry, Central Library (at 42nd St), High Line, and of course Central Park are all free and worth visits.