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Your Guide to Free Everything: New York City Part II

Guides, LearnAlyssa Davis
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Photo by Madeleine Ragsdale on Unsplash

New York is strange in the summer. Life goes on as usual but it’s not, it’s like everyone is just pretending, as if everyone has been cast as the star in a movie about their life, so they’re one step removed from it. And then in September it all gets normal again.” — Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

If you’ve been with us since the fall, you may remember our first Guide to Free Everything: NYC. Welcome to the sequel, just in time for warmer weather. Free is one of our favorite four-letter words – and that’s saying something.



[when] Daily
[where] The Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1000 5th Ave, Manhattan
[what] Hear lectures and learn about current exhibitions and conservation projects from some of New York’s leading experts. Free with museum admission (pay what you wish for New York state residents).

Secret Science Club

[when] Mondays once/month | 8pm
[where] The Bell House | 149 7th Street, Brooklyn
[what] We guess it’s not a secret anymore. If you’re at least 21 and into science, this might be the club for you. See: mind-bending lectures, volatile experiments, chemical libations, and star-gazing sounds. Here for it.

Brooklyn Brainery

[when] Daily
[where] Brooklyn Brainery | Locations in Prospect Heights and Park Slope
[what] Though not all classes offered here are free, you can learn pretty much anything for a really low price. In the city, paying $40 for a women’s leadership class is a steal, and at least once a month you can snag a free deal on here.

Teachers and Writers Collaborative

[when] Daily
[where] Teachers and Writers Collaborative | 540 President Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn
[what] Teacher, writer, or student? Use their free library resources and meeting space to collaborate with peers and develop new ideas. We all know how limited space for working in the city can be.

The Cooper Union

[when] Daily
[where] The Cooper Union | 30 Cooper Square, Manhattan
[what] Register early and snag a spot in one of their free lectures or book readings offered. You won’t want to miss out.

Gotham WRiter’s workshop

[when] Daily
[where] Various Locations
[what] Interested in brushing up on your writing skills? No need to spend an arm and a leg. Gotham Writer’s Workshop has workshops and classes taking place in various locations – for, you guessed it, free. The next one is Friday, April 26th at Pete’s Candy Store. See you there?

Photo by Ged Lawson on Unsplash

Photo by Ged Lawson on Unsplash


Park Slope Food Coop

[when] Daily
[where] Park Slope Food Coop | 782 Union St, Brooklyn
[what] Free and open to the public, this coop offers lectures, workshops, and events centered around food and community. Sign us up!


[when] Daily
[where] Various Locations
[what] We already adore their clothing (who doesn’t?), but what we love even more is the free classes they provide. Yoga, meditation, Flywheel – the possibilities are endless and all throughout the city. Save money on the workout so you can splurge on the workout wear.

Meatpacking Sweat sessions

[when] Tuesdays | 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm
[where] Hudson River Park | W 14th St & 10th Avenue, Manhattan
[what] From May through August, you can sweat it out with 45-minute sweat seshes in the park. Sweating with a view is our favorite kind of torture.

NYC Fun Run

[when] Wednesdays | 7pm
[where] Various Locations
[what] Who says you can’t go for a workout AND a beer post work? Not the NYC Fun Run Meetup. This group of fun-loving runners meet Wednesday nights to run to various bars across the city. Sounds like our kind of consolation prize.

Shape up Nyc

[when] Daily
[where] Various Locations
[what] Feeling like a free drop-in workout? Look no further. With everything from Tahiti Dance Cardio to Low-Impact Chair Exercise, Shape Up NYC has you covered. No more blaming your fitness (or lack thereof) on your budget.

Moonlight ride – Central park

[when] Fridays 1st of the Month | 10pm
[where] Central Park
[what] If you’ve ever wanted to explore Central Park at night (said no one ever), now is your chance. With a ∼10 mile ride, your tour guide will light the way with a bike ride through the park. Your head might not hurt Saturday morning, but your body probably will. BYOB (bring your own bike).

The downtown boathouse

[when] Weekends, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
[where] Pier 26 and Governor’s Island
[what] What’s better than kayaking after a long day at the office? Not much. Enjoy the water with a completely free kayak ride through the city. Nothing like a little nature to ease some of the stress of one of “those days”.

Yoga at Bryant Park

[when] Tuesdays | 10am-11am; Thursdays | 6pm - 7pm
[where] Bryant Park | Tuesdays, Upper Terrace; Thursdays, Lawn
[what] Get there early because if you’ve ever been, this little square gets packed. Yoga mats provided. Classes start in May. It’s one of our favorite after office hours activities!

Photo by Chris Murray on Unsplash

Photo by Chris Murray on Unsplash


The Elevated Acre

[when] Daily
[where] The Elevated Acre | 55 Water Street, Manhattan
[what] You haven’t known peace like this spot. A summer beer garden, lawn, amphitheater, and a view. It’s a local secret and your new favorite getaway spot. Next time your coworkers are bugging you, sneak off to this hidden gem.

Three Jewels MEditation

[when] Daily | Morning and Evening
[where] Three Jewels | 5 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
[what] Interested in meditation? Since it’s proven to improve your work life and free daily at Three Jewels, now is your shot. It doesn’t get much better than this. Check their schedule for “Free Community Class” to register.

Sacred Space revolution

[when] Sundays | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
[where] Public Hotel | 215 Chrystie St, Manhattan
[what] Take part in meditation events to set intentions for your workweek and manifest the best you possible at the city’s gorgeous Public Hotel with guru Madi Murphy. Check the event schedule for free events and RSVP to reserve your spot.

Broadway in bryant park

[when] Weekdays
[where] Bryant Park
[what] The full schedule isn’t out yet, but we love Broadway in the summer at Bryant. Free Broadway? For real? Yes. And on your lunch break. Go across the street to Sweetgreen or Whole Foods, grab a salad and come back to watch the show – a break worth looking forward to.

Hong Kong Dragon Boats Festival

[when] August 3rd - 4th
[where] Flushing Meadows Corona Park
[what] August seems like a far ways away, but you’ll want to plan to take part in this fun weekend of dragon boat racing. Experience culture, tradition, and a fun weekend off from work, watching the races.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

[when] Daily
[where] Prospect Park Bandshell | 141 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn
[what] Free outdoor concerts after being cooped up in the office? The full lineup will be announced in May, but let’s just say Patti LaBelle will be kicking off this free summer concert series.

Battery Dance Festival

[when] Date TBA
[where] Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park | 20 Battery Place, Manhattan
[what] This free dance festival isn’t until late summer, but you won’t want to miss the talent. A little culture never hurt anyone.

Photo by Andy Lee on Unsplash

Photo by Andy Lee on Unsplash

For a list of even more free things to do in the city that never sleeps, check this out. And if you have more New York insider intel, we’d love to hear from you. Shoot us an email at team@helloworkwell.com or DM us at @helloworkwell!