National Museum of the American Indian Bowling Green, ManhattanA part of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum aims to advance the knowledge and understanding of Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere.2. Staten Island Ferry South Ferry, ManhattanWithout costing a penny, ride the ferry for 25 minutes from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island for incredible views of the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline. The fare-free ferry runs everyday.
3. New York Botanical Garden Southern Boulevard, The BronxVisit one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world, as well as the largest in any city, for free all day Wednesday and from 9 - 10 am on Saturday.4. City Hall City Hall Park, Financial District, ManhattanVisit one of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original govermental function with a public tour run by the city's Design Commission. No reservation is required for tours on Wednesday.5. Federal Reserve Bank of New York Wall Street, ManhattanAt the Federal Reserve, tours teach visitors about the role of the New York Fed and the Federal Reserve System in setting monetary policy and let New Yorkers explore the gold vault, 80 feet below Street level. Tours require a reservation of at least 30 days in advance.6. The Coopers Union Cooper Square, ManhattanA historic NYC institution, Cooper Union, established in 1859, offers free lectures and book readings from well-know intellectuals and writers. Registration is usually required.7. Saint Patrick Cathedral Midtown, ManhattanLearn more about the famed cathedral's deep-rooted history in the city and explore its architectural wonders with free tours Monday through Friday beginning at 10am.
8. Brooklyn Night Bazaar Greenpoint, BrooklynThe massive club with four bars, features three levels of live music, stand up comedy, vendors, arcade games, and private karaoke lounges. Check out the Brooklyn Bazaar's schedule for free or super cheap nightly events.9. Brooklyn Heights Promenade Brooklyn Heights, BrooklynJust one-third of a mile long, this promenade has been called one of the most romantic spots in Brooklyn. With sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan Skyline and iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the spot is priceless.And right next door, the Brooklyn Bridge offers a ton of free events daily.10. Bootcamp at Bryant Park Midtown, ManhattanRain or shine, every Wednesday from 6:30am to 7:00am, join The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, for thirty minute rotations of crunches, planks, burpees and mountain climbers.
11. Onassis Cultural Center Olympic Tower, Midtown, ManhattanThe cultural center promotes Greek culture through art exhibitions and events. Its operating hours vary by events, but the Olympic Tower Atrium remains open daily and admission is free.12. Museum of Modern Art Midtown West, ManhattanAt one of the world's preeminent modern art museums, admission is free every Friday from 4-8pm13. BRIC House Battery Park City, ManhattanIn memorial of those who died in the holocaust, the museum features more than 25,000 items related to Jewish history. Admission is free on Wednesday and Thursday from 4-8pm14. Federal Hall National Memorial Wall Street, Financial District, ManhattanAt this spot on Wall Street, George Washington took the oath of office and was the site of the first congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. The memorial is open all year from Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm and admission is free.
15. Hamilton Grange Harlem, ManhattanFree and open year-round, the Hamilton Grange National Memorial is the preserved relocated Federalist style home of Alexander Hamilton. Wednesdays - Sundays, 10am, 11am, 2pm and 4pm.16. Gracie Mansion Yorkville, ManhattanOn Mondays only, visitors can explore the "people's house," the official house of the mayor of New York. Free tours are offered at 10am, 11am and 5pm but require a reservation.17. Castle Clinton Wall Street, Financial District, ManhattanAs the country's first immigration station before Ellis Island, Castle Clinton welcomed more than 8 million people between 1855 and 1890. It also was formerly a beer garden, a theater, and home to the New York Aquarium. The national is free and open every day from 8am to 8pm.18. Stroll Through Central Park ManhattanThis quite escape from the hustle and bustle of the city streets is everything you imagined it would be.
19. Meatpacking Sweat Sessions Hudson River Park, ManhattanGet ready to sweat it out at Hudson River Park's 14th Street Park in free 45-minute classes every Tuesday night during the summer. Classes include dance cardio, boxing, pilates and more. Sign up online to reserve a spot.20. Shambhala Flatiron, ManhattanIf in need of a relaxing retreat, head to Shambhala for silent, public meditation sessions. Public sittings classes are available for drop-ins every Thursday 6pm-7pm, Friday 6pm-7pm and Sunday 9am-11am.21.Union Pool Williamsburg, BrooklynOnce a pool supply outlet, Union Pool has multiple bars, oudoor space, and free shows every Monday, 10pm.22. Gotham Writer's Workshop Garment District, ManhattanThe Gotham Writer's Workshop is the largest adult - education club in the USA. The group provides a host of free classes and workshops for those interested in memoir writing, fiction, screening and everything in between, with no registration needed.23. 9/11 Memorial ManhattanLocated in a simple, spacious wide-open plaza in Lower Manhattan, this memorial to the lost lives of 9/11 is an essential feature of New York City. The memorial is free to visit.
24. Trinity Church 75 Broadway, ManhattanThe Trinity Church has been significant to New York City's history for over 300 years. In 1696, Governor Benjamin Fletcher approved the purchase of land in Lower Manhattan by the Church of England community for construction of a new church. The parish received its charter from King William III on May 6, 1697. Admission is free.25. Chelsea Craft Brewing The BronxOpened in 1995, can be credited for jumpstarting the city's brewery craze. Free tours are available Saturday 2 - 6pm, and include a free beer sample.26. Astor Wine & Spirits Greenwich Village, ManhattanThe spacious wine hub in the landmarked De Vine Press Building provides weekly free wine tastings. Check the schedule for specific wines and other events.27. Ryan Maguire's Restaurant & Bar Financial District, ManhattanThis classic Irish pub offers a free buffet from Monday - Friday, 5 - 7pm28. Pete's Candy Store Williamsburg, BrooklynPete's Candy Store, which has always been a free venue, has booked many unknown and unsigned bands who later become famous. In addition to live music, enjoy weekly open-mic nights, trivia and poetry readings.29. Times Square ManhattanDay or Night, is ideal for people - watching. Walk or Sit and watch the world go by.
30. The High Line ManhattanExplore the High Line, an elevated freight rail line transformed into public park, for free everyday.