I was born in New York City, went to elementary/junior and high school in New York City, did grad school at New York University and a first job at The New York Times. After years abroad then Miami, we moved to New York.

Every day there is something to discover, to try out, to eat,to learn, or just to breathe in for shere enjoyment. The Women’s Travel Group  www.thewomenstravelgroup.com  added New York to its tours calendar again October 12-16 2017. Behind its image as elite and expensive, NY can be affordable. Some special events, we mention in our New York Itinerary on www.thewomenstravelgroup.com; others are below.

‘Close to free’ theater and concert tickets are offered by some services. Our favorite is owned by friends; www.studentrush.org. Search for The Will Call Club. You do not have to be a student; however, once you take the tickets, please follow their simple rules. Other services like this are: www.playbyplay.com and www.theaterclub.com.

Everyone knows the Discount Ticket Booth in Times Square. But you need to line up for a very v long time. Most people do not know, you can buy matinee tickets a day ahead at TKTS South Street Seaport at the corner of Front and John Streets, at 190 Front Street.

Museums in New York are expensive so plan your day to stay a long time, perhaps eat at one of the many restaurants and really use the admission fee. At writing, here are some free times to note:
Asia Society. Fri 6–9pm free. …
Brooklyn Museum. First Saturday of every month 5–11pm free. …
The Morgan Library & Museum. Fri 7–9pm free. …
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Fri 4–8pm free. …
The Neue Galerie New York. First Friday of every month 6–8pm free. …
The Rubin Museum of Art. Fri 6–10pm free.

Rehearsals for The NY Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, are held Thursdays in the morning; if you are lucky you might catch a world famous musician, like Yo Yo Ma. Tickets are $20. Check out the The Metropolitan Opera Facebook page for announcements of opera rehearsals.

PS if you are a NY resident, you will want to enjoy free admission to over 35 museums for a year with a NY residents’ card: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/benefits/museums-and-cultural-institutions.page

Generalist websites for Good Deals

Our favorite is Evelyn Kanter’s http://www.nyconthecheap.com/ with daily alerts of happenings as soon as they are available. Evelyn will hopefully give a talk to our group in NY during our stay. Her site will help you with tickets to late night talk shows and other much anticipated similar events.

www.thoughtgallery.com for free or close to free lectures and learning experiences. Our favorite is the NY Historical Society a snazzy museum with fascinating women’s history exhibits. Also lectures at night from some of the most important people in this country.

www.clubfreetime.com is much liked by some friends. The small fee $19.95 opens up a world of free events: theater, music, talks, galleries, dance, tours,tours, movies etc.

Finally Big Apple Greeter: a service of the NY Borough Presidents’ office at www.bigapplegreeter.org which matches you with a docent and a neighborhood you want to visit. FREE FREE and one of our best secrets.

Free iconic building tours:Our Favorite: Tours of Grand Central Station and area: http://www.grandcentralpartnership.nyc/things-to-do/tours
Second: The NY Public Library at 42nd Street: https://www.nypl.org/events/tours
Downtown and Wall Street: http://www.downtownny.com/?sid=48
…..and many more.

The Outdoors and Nature
Enjoy the parks, birds, fishing, hiking, bee keeping, local forts etc at another free site: https://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/rangers

So if you do join The Women’s Travel Group to New York, and have a special interest in mind, ask us for help in pursuing it. If we don’t know the answer, one of our contacts will.

phyllis@thewomenstravelgroup.com www.thewomenstravelgroup.com  646 309 607