It’s easy to spend in New York City, but we thought you should know that a trip to the Big Apple doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here some great activities that are offered FREE (yes, free!) during the summer months.
Grand Central Terminal (42nd Street)
Right across the street from the Roosevelt, is this wonderful piece of history. Wander around the terminal at your own pace, or take one of the many guided tours available.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA) (Fifth Avenue)
Although there is a “suggested” admission, you can pay what you can afford to see one of the greatest art museums in New York City. If you’re in NYC for the second Tuesday of June, definitely check out the Museum Mile Festival. From 82nd Street to 104th Street, traffic is closed and the streets are filled with music, art and laughter. Free of charge.
Monday Night Movies at Bryant Park
Bring a snack and a blanket and catch a movie on the lawn at Bryant Park. Typically movies begin at 8:00pm, but it gets crowded so get there early.
River To River Festival
The 2008 River to River Festival is a summer celebration featuring hundreds of free music, dance and cultural programs in a variety of venues throughout New York. It is the largest summer long, free arts festival in the nation and takes place from June through September.
Central Park (Central Park, NY)
Central Park is a great place to escape from the chaos of New York City streets. The Central Park Conservancy’s free walking tours are a great way to get acquainted with the park. In summer months, performances of opera, dance, comedy and music are all showcased at the Summerstage in Central Park. Some concerts are benefits, but many are free!
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn, NY)
The amazing 1.13-mile-span of the Brooklyn Bridge is often called an outdoor cathedral. Take an early morning walk across the bridge and see New York City waking up.
On an average day, 112,000 New Yorkers bicycle their way to work, school or just to ride the city. That is a 10% increase over the past ten years and up 50% in the past two decades. That just shows that New Yorkers have an increasing desire to hop on two wheels and pedal their way around this wonderful city.
Bike Month NYC is an annual celebration of bicycling in the New York metropolitan area where thousands of bicyclists from around the city and outer boroughs participate in a variety of special events including tour rides, repair classes, films, races, discussions and much more.
Check out the Bike Month NYC 2009 – Events Calendar for full details. If you’re just in town for a visit, you can still get in on the fun! Rent a bicycle from any of these locations and you can participate in any of the planned activities or just pick up a NYC Cycling Map and take on the city on your own.
NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall
April 25-26, 2009
Long before I was a hotel dude I worked in the NFL for the New York Football Giants. How did I get that job? My father of course! My father was the Public Relations Director for the New York Giants for 30 years, and in those 3 decades he attended and worked each and every one of the NFL Drafts that took place here in New York City. So I guess I could say I am somewhat knowledgeable of the Draft and what goes on behind the scenes.
The NFL draft has been a major component of the league since the very first draft took place at the Philadelphia Ritz Carlton Hotel in 1936. On that day, the very first collegiate player ever picked in the draft was a player named Jay Berwanger who was chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles. Most of us will have no memory of who Jay Berwanger was, but what followed after him for the last 72 years has been as much a part of the NFL tradition as Lambeau Field, The Monsters of the Midway, The Steel Curtain, Lawrence Taylor, Brett Favre, Walter Payton and of course the Superbowl.
For 3 days starting this Saturday April 25th, teams from around the NFL will have their war rooms in their stadium offices, or training facilities and will draft some of the best athletes from the college levels and make some trades through out the day. The goal?, to strengthen their teams, with the intent of improving their records and of course getting to and winning the superbowl. Fans are in attendance at the draft as well and cheer on some of the picks that their favorite team makes and in some instances offer up their displeasure at some of the other picks as well. It’s as much a part of the draft as the picks themselves.
For the last 3 years the draft has taken place in the famed Radio City Music Hall where such legends like; Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennet, the Rockettes and many more have graced its stage. Prior to Radio City, the NFL used such New York venues as The Jacob Javits Convention Center, The Marriott Marquis and Madison Square Garden… But in 1976, 1977 & 1978, the NFL had their important draft in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel New York. In those 3 drafts the #1 picks were; Leroy Selmon (76) Ricky Bell (77) and the legendary Earl Campbell in 1978! Who would have thought that Ed Croke the Giants PR Director would be working the draft and staying in the very same hotel that 21 years later his youngest son would end up working as the Director of Sales & Marketing. My father remembers all of the 30 drafts he attended, but now considers the ones from 1976-78 as the most special, and so do I.
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Roosevelt Hotel
Founded in 2002 byRobert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff, the Tribeca Film Festival was started as an effort to revitalize Lower Manhattan in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival has now become a haven for film lovers because of its reputation for screening the hottest new films from documentaries to short films. Also offered are discussion panels, Q & A’s with leading actors/directors and some very fun kid-friendly events. This is a ticketed event, so check out their website for details.
Earth Day is officially April 22nd, but NYC will be celebrating all month with tons of events in every borough. These are just a few…
Green Fest at The New York Aquarium at Coney Island (April 13-22, 2009)
Find out what you can do to save marine habitats around the world while enjoying a festive week that features a live music, arts and crafts, and more. Check out their website for a full schedule of events.
New York Aquarium
602 Surf Avenue (Map)
Coney Island, NY 11224
Earth Month at the Bronx Zoo (April 19-26, 2009)
It’s a party for the planet all month-long! Enjoy eco-friendly crafts, green-themed entertainment, storytelling, a recycled animal art exhibition and a Green Festival showcasing green products, services and more. Connect with more than 4,000 animals throughout the zoo, representing our planet’s wild ambassadors.
Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10460
Earth Week in Grand Central Terminal (April 20-26, 2009)EarthFair2009, two days of art, music and the environment, will be hosted right outside the doors of The Roosevelt Hotel at Grand Central Station on April 24-25th. There are many other events being hosted, like the Giant Earth Images inside Grand Central. Go to earthdayny.org for more details!
Grand Central Terminal
New York, New York 10017