Monday, April 23, 2012

Summer, Summertime...

The semester is almost over and people are already making plans for fun in the sun!  Seeing how I have lived my whole life in the Tri-state area and have never won the lottery, I have learned to surf the cityscape of New York City with power of frugality!  Unfortunately for you guys the days of being able to make it from Newark to New York with five dollars to cover transportation and food are over.  There was a time when roundtrip on the PATH train was a total of two dollars, but that was a different era.  In the summer there are a ton of FREE events that are fun and exciting!
Most of the NYC parks have their own concert series that are totally free with very few exceptions.  The granddaddy of them all is Central Park Summer Stage that is located by the bandshell near Columbus Circle, the exception here is usually a top tier concert where you can buy tickets.  The free shows at Central Park Summer Stage are strictly first come first serve and are usually crowded.  I personally have watched Chester French, Raphael Saadiq, Gil Scott-Heron, Q-tip, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and plenty more.  New York City also does movie screenings outside in the park, the mainstay here is usually Monday nights, HBO Presents: Movies after Dark and I'm pretty sure one of the parks down in Battery Park City also show movies after dark on specified days.  For those of you who live in the North Jersey area or within reasonable distance to New York City should keep your eyes and ears open for free and interesting events and I will include a link to get you started, enjoy!