Destinations Magazine

Cheap and Free NYC Events, June 29-July 1, 2012

By Cheapchicknyc
Editor's Note: Apologies all for the later than usual posting, was doing some errands in the am to avoid some of the heat and then this afternoon I was having some Blogger/Internet issues.
Friday June 29, 2012
Knock back Skinnygirl cocktails for free! 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., West end Wine & Spirits, 33 West End Avenue at 61st St., cost: free!
It’s time for 2G’s Jumpstart Commission plays (for more info about Jumpstart go here.) basically they’re new plays by new writers, 7 p.m., ART/NY, 520 Eighth Ave, Bruce Mitchell Rm., bet 36th and 37th Streets, cost: free! (but reservations required. Make them here!
Viva la France! See French films on the green! Tonight’s offering is Donkey Skin, movie starts at 8:30-get there early to grab seats, Tompkins Square Park, Old Bandshell Lawn, cost: free!
Say Namaste to soundscape yoga during this special session hosted by husband and wife team Camila Celin and Ehren Hanso, who run the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla in New York, 6:30-8:30 p.m, Kula Yoga, 28 Warren St bet Church and B’way, 2nd Floor, cost: $18, plus $5 suggested donation to the musician who is performing tonight!
Get in the right mind frame for the 2012 London Olympics by watching the horror film Lifeforce! Bonus points if you can spot the pre-TNG Patrick Stewart! Midnight, Film Society of Lincoln Center, cost: $13, buy tkts here!
Also today…see Tom Fruin’s “Watertower” at Brooklyn Bridge Park or Manhattan Bridge Bike Park in DUMBO at night for special shows at 7 p.m., the 2012 Undergroundzero Festival of Independent Theater begins today and runs thru July 29, 2012, Check out the Harlem Arts Festival today and tomorrow, the 11th annual New York Asian Film Festival begins today and runs through July 15, tonight is New York Non-Fiction at Rooftop Films, and don’t forget that Midsummer Night Swing is ongoing tonght!
Saturday June 30, 2012
Discover the Williamsburg You Never Knew with Discovery Walking Tours! “Once farmland, later laden with breweries and industry, Williamsburg, or “Billyburg” as the natives call it, has emerged as one of Brooklyn’s most popular residential areas and “hot” trend-setting destinations in the art scene. Take a tour through one of New York’s most colorful neighborhoods focusing on the diversity of the area, from the hipster to the Hasidic. Stops include the Bedford Avenue Theatre, where Fanny Brice performed; the world-famous Peter Lugers steakhouse; the landmark Williamsburg Savings Bank; the New England Congregational Church, an anchor for the abolitionist movement; and the Williamsburg Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge in the world. 4:30 p.m., call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place, cost: $20!
Time to hop in your TARDIS and travel through time and space to the Paley Center where digitally remasterd eps of the long-running series from the 70’s and 80’s are screened today! For those of you “who” think they know the Dr. and his companions well there will be opps to win prizes at this event via trivia, 1 p.m., The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52 Street (bet. Fifth & Sixth Avenues), cost: included in the reg $10 admission)!
Create new looks out of your old T-shirts at A Moment of…LOUD: A Fashion Reinvention w/Beau McCall library workshop. This workshop will be led by designer, Beau McCall, who has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily. 2 p.m., Riverside Library, 127 Amsterdam Avenue bet 65th and 66th Streets, cost: free! (participants should bring their favorite large sized T-shirt, a pair of scissors and a seam ripper.)
Don’t get caught in a web when watching Spidey stunts performed by the stuntman from Spiderman! You can also practice your own Spidey skills w/a special rock climbing wall, learn the truth about those eight-legged creatures, create Spidey-related crafts, and participate in a variety of activities! There will also be giveaways tying in w/the Amazing Spiderman movie! All day (the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)summer weekends, Bronx Zoo (directions here!) cost: $16 (general admission-I believe this is not included I special event pricing, but check when you get there, it could be more than this.) Cheap Chick Cheap Tip: Kids in Spiderman costumes get special discount on admission.)
Cowabunga Dude! Party like a ninja turtle with a special-themed party at Turtle Bay tonight! Enjoy a $20 open bar, $10 for those who dare to dress up as Turtles! Free pizza and prizes will be given out to those with the most knowledge about Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Rafael! 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Turtle Bay, 987 2nd Ave at 52nd Street, cost: $10-$20!
Glass blowing begins today on Governors Island today (runs thru July 29), the Crest Fest opens today, get your $1 solid flip-flops today at Old Navy, take a $25-cent ride on the Cyclone in honor of the ride’s 85th anniversary today (first *5 riders on the ride starting at noon get the special anniversary rate) and other festivities, See the second floor of historic homes in Lefferts Gardens, Attend Sycamore’s pre-Cyclones party tailgate party ($25 gets you a plate of food, a pint of Brooklyn, and a ticket (in Sycamore's block), and Shilpa Ray performs a free concert at Shea Stadium tonight!
Saturday and Sunday June 30 and July 1, 2012
Now it’s time to learn about Harlem! Join Discovery Walking Tours “on a walk through one of America’s most prominent African American neighborhoods. Some highlights on the tour include the Apollo Theatre, a showcase for some of America’s top talent; old jazz spots like the Lenox Lounge and Dizzy Gillespie’s home; the Mount Morris Park Historic District, with its magnificent examples of the Harlem brownstone; the site of the assassination attempt on Martin Luther King in the 1950s; The Hotel Theresa, home to the nation’s top African American celebrities, including boxer Joe Louis and blues composer WC Handy; the site of Malcolm X's office, and Bill Clinton’s office where the president and candidate Barack Obama had their summit in 2008.” 1:30 p.m., call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place!
Sunday July 1, 2012
Get a workout with the Urban Girl Squad during their coached run in Central Park! This free event includes a mini-workshop following the run, and a reception w/your fellow runners after the workout! All skill levels and experiences are welcome, so come on out and have some fun! 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., meet at the Athleta Upper East Side, 1517 Third Ave, cost: free (but reserve your space now, here)!
If you’re a punk rock fan you should go watch Rock ‘n’ Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen, a documentary featuring the famous music photographer! 8 p.m., BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharpe Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, cost: free!
Dance the night away w/live Flamenco music tonight! 7:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m., 127 MacDougal Street (bet. W. 3rd St. and W 4th St.) cost: free!
Celebrate Christmas in July with special holiday-themed items at a Housing Works Thrift Store! 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., UES Thrift Shop, Broadway between 96th and 97th streets, cost: pay for what you buy!
Get your Geek on w/ a cabaret featuring Harry Potter and Dr. Who among other fantasy icons, 8 p.m., Way station, 683 Washington Ave bet Prospect and St. Marks, cost: free!
Also catch the Limon Dance Company at Summerstage tonight, and watch Daniel-san take on Cobra Kai at Habana Outpost’s special Movies Under the Stars series tonight!
And all weekend long catch the Bicycle Film Festival, the Del Close Comedy Improv Marathon is happening, in celebration of The Amazing Spiderman the Paley Center is screening special  TV versions of the superhero through July 1, the Astoria Park Festival is ongoing,  the Fourth Annual North River Historic Ship Festival runs through Sunday, catch Dark Crystal (Jim Henson) at Nighthawk, the Museum of the Moving Image's “Paramount in the 1970s” series ends Sunday!, and Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn runs at the Film Forum thru July 5! (Isaac Mizrahi intros 7/2, 9:20 screening)!
Looking ahead…Special screening of Ghostbusters on Monday July 2nd and if you’re still in need 4th of July plans check out my listing of cheap and free NYC Independence Day activities!

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