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Fun on a Budget: The NYC $20 and Under Collection
Fun on a Budget: The NYC $20 and Under Collection
Collection by Danielle Walsh
New York City is known for its energy, its culture, its nightlife — and the hefty price tag for enjoying it all. We've found ways to experience the best the Big Apple has to offer on a budget. From comedy shows and dance parties to walking tours and yoga classes, here are a bunch of fun things to do this month that won’t break the bank.
Fun on a Budget: The NYC $20 and Under Collection

Murray's Cheese / Cheese 101 / New York, NY

  • Learn the real "story of tonight" on this Hamilton-themed walking tour in NYC's oldest neighborhood. Drink at the last tavern Hamilton visited, pay your respects at his grave, and revel in all the real-life details about your favorite founding father.
  • Step into Dylan's colorful flagship store at 3rd Avenue every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 PM and 5 PM for a free tasting tour, featuring the history behind the legendary candy shop and the sweet treats they sell.
  • Settle in for a night of great comedy with local hero, Chris Gethard, Aparna Nancherla of "Inside Amy Schumer," and Daniel Simonsen, who was recently featured on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
  • Join local running legend, Brandon Wei, for a short, after work–paced run through Manhattan, with lockers and changing rooms available for use at the store.
  • Twenty bucks at Rooftop Reds gets you two slices of pizza from Il Porto, seats on a gorgeous rooftop overlooking Manhattan, and a screening of this gripping neo-noir film starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.
  • Athletes of all levels are welcome to this three to six mile run/walk, where everyone will pop on their headphones and tune in to the same podcast as their sneakers hit the pavement in Central Park.
  • Looking to add some oomph to your daily coffee experience? Head to Counter Culture Coffee's NYC training center every Friday morning at 10 AM for a free, in-depth coffee tasting and brewing demonstration.
  • Every Saturday at Dance as if UCARE, you'll work on "Understanding Consciously and Releasing Emotions" by learning an expressive routine that's adaptable for all levels of dancers and dreamers, with the goal of improving mindfulness.
  • Practitioners from ages 5 to 95 are welcome at these Sunday morning Capoeira sessions. No experience? No problem! Guidance will be provided for all levels.
  • This story of love and liberation in the competitive, gender-conservative world of Georgian dance was recently selected as the Swedish entry for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards. Director Levan Akin will be present for a post-screening Q&A.
  • By day, Gemma Smith manages a kitten nursery and advocates for rescue animals. By night, she hosts this monthly themed variety show, featuring acts from comedy and magic to music and burlesque.
  • This Halloween, sway to the spookiest jams from Elysian Fields. Celebrate their over 20-year catalog of noir rock at the release party for their newest 7-inch record.
  • Finish up that UFO (Unfinished Object) and make some new friends in the process at this laid-back knitters' meet-up. Plus, trade your old yarn skeins for exciting new fibers in the yarn swap; any unclaimed skeins will be used to knit winter gifts for New Yorkers in need.
  • Escape the heat and eat some sweets at the Gowanus offices of the French baking company, Michel et Augustin, featuring cookie tastings, baking classes, and more surprises.
  • You don't need to be rich to be an art collector. Start your gallery wall with as little as $150 at this curated art fair, featuring local fine artists as well as immersive experiences, live DJs, round table discussions with art professionals, and a fully-stocked bar.
  • Wear your best grimdark-inspired ensemble to this party emulating the stunning world of HBO's "Euphoria," where you can dance all night long to music from the iconic TV show.
  • Sake from the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan gets its smooth, full-bodied flavor from both mineral-filled and soft water in the region. Discover the nuances of this region's magnificent sake varieties and receive 20% off any bottle you purchase.
  • The four Findlay sisters are back in the States, playing the dreamy-hard psychrock sounds from their new album, "Bent," at The Sultan Room this November.
  • Party like it's still 90 degrees and sunny with the signature surf rock sounds of High Waisted, playing alongside bands like Seafoam Walls, Close Talker, and Wooter.
  • Give flu season an extra kick in the butt this winter. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and herbalist, Arielle Hayat, host this free DIY event where you'll blend herbs into take-home concoctions that might help stave off illness this winter.
  • Learn the real "story of tonight" on this Hamilton-themed walking tour in NYC's oldest neighborhood. Drink at the last tavern Hamilton visited, pay your respects at his grave, and revel in all the real-life details about your favorite founding father.
  • Step into Dylan's colorful flagship store at 3rd Avenue every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 PM and 5 PM for a free tasting tour, featuring the history behind the legendary candy shop and the sweet treats they sell.
  • Settle in for a night of great comedy with local hero, Chris Gethard, Aparna Nancherla of "Inside Amy Schumer," and Daniel Simonsen, who was recently featured on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
  • Join local running legend, Brandon Wei, for a short, after work–paced run through Manhattan, with lockers and changing rooms available for use at the store.
  • Twenty bucks at Rooftop Reds gets you two slices of pizza from Il Porto, seats on a gorgeous rooftop overlooking Manhattan, and a screening of this gripping neo-noir film starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.
  • Athletes of all levels are welcome to this three to six mile run/walk, where everyone will pop on their headphones and tune in to the same podcast as their sneakers hit the pavement in Central Park.
  • Looking to add some oomph to your daily coffee experience? Head to Counter Culture Coffee's NYC training center every Friday morning at 10 AM for a free, in-depth coffee tasting and brewing demonstration.
  • Every Saturday at Dance as if UCARE, you'll work on "Understanding Consciously and Releasing Emotions" by learning an expressive routine that's adaptable for all levels of dancers and dreamers, with the goal of improving mindfulness.
  • Practitioners from ages 5 to 95 are welcome at these Sunday morning Capoeira sessions. No experience? No problem! Guidance will be provided for all levels.
  • This story of love and liberation in the competitive, gender-conservative world of Georgian dance was recently selected as the Swedish entry for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards. Director Levan Akin will be present for a post-screening Q&A.
  • By day, Gemma Smith manages a kitten nursery and advocates for rescue animals. By night, she hosts this monthly themed variety show, featuring acts from comedy and magic to music and burlesque.
  • This Halloween, sway to the spookiest jams from Elysian Fields. Celebrate their over 20-year catalog of noir rock at the release party for their newest 7-inch record.
  • Finish up that UFO (Unfinished Object) and make some new friends in the process at this laid-back knitters' meet-up. Plus, trade your old yarn skeins for exciting new fibers in the yarn swap; any unclaimed skeins will be used to knit winter gifts for New Yorkers in need.
  • Escape the heat and eat some sweets at the Gowanus offices of the French baking company, Michel et Augustin, featuring cookie tastings, baking classes, and more surprises.
  • You don't need to be rich to be an art collector. Start your gallery wall with as little as $150 at this curated art fair, featuring local fine artists as well as immersive experiences, live DJs, round table discussions with art professionals, and a fully-stocked bar.
  • Wear your best grimdark-inspired ensemble to this party emulating the stunning world of HBO's "Euphoria," where you can dance all night long to music from the iconic TV show.
  • Sake from the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan gets its smooth, full-bodied flavor from both mineral-filled and soft water in the region. Discover the nuances of this region's magnificent sake varieties and receive 20% off any bottle you purchase.
  • The four Findlay sisters are back in the States, playing the dreamy-hard psychrock sounds from their new album, "Bent," at The Sultan Room this November.
  • Party like it's still 90 degrees and sunny with the signature surf rock sounds of High Waisted, playing alongside bands like Seafoam Walls, Close Talker, and Wooter.
  • Give flu season an extra kick in the butt this winter. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and herbalist, Arielle Hayat, host this free DIY event where you'll blend herbs into take-home concoctions that might help stave off illness this winter.
Fun on a Budget: The NYC $20 and Under Collection

Murray's Cheese / Cheese 101 / New York, NY

Fun on a Budget: The NYC $20 and Under Collection
Fun on a Budget: The NYC $20 and Under Collection
Collection by Danielle Walsh
New York City is known for its energy, its culture, its nightlife — and the hefty price tag for enjoying it all. We've found ways to experience the best the Big Apple has to offer on a budget. From comedy shows and dance parties to walking tours and yoga classes, here are a bunch of fun things to do this month that won’t break the bank.
New York City is known for its energy, its culture, its nightlife — and the hefty price tag for enjoying it all. We've found ways to experience the best the Big Apple has to offer on a budget. From comedy shows and dance parties to walking tours and yoga classes, here are a bunch of fun things to do this month that won’t break the bank.
  • Learn the real "story of tonight" on this Hamilton-themed walking tour in NYC's oldest neighborhood. Drink at the last tavern Hamilton visited, pay your respects at his grave, and revel in all the real-life details about your favorite founding father.
  • Step into Dylan's colorful flagship store at 3rd Avenue every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 PM and 5 PM for a free tasting tour, featuring the history behind the legendary candy shop and the sweet treats they sell.
  • Settle in for a night of great comedy with local hero, Chris Gethard, Aparna Nancherla of "Inside Amy Schumer," and Daniel Simonsen, who was recently featured on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
  • Join local running legend, Brandon Wei, for a short, after work–paced run through Manhattan, with lockers and changing rooms available for use at the store.
  • Twenty bucks at Rooftop Reds gets you two slices of pizza from Il Porto, seats on a gorgeous rooftop overlooking Manhattan, and a screening of this gripping neo-noir film starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.
  • Athletes of all levels are welcome to this three to six mile run/walk, where everyone will pop on their headphones and tune in to the same podcast as their sneakers hit the pavement in Central Park.
  • Looking to add some oomph to your daily coffee experience? Head to Counter Culture Coffee's NYC training center every Friday morning at 10 AM for a free, in-depth coffee tasting and brewing demonstration.
  • Every Saturday at Dance as if UCARE, you'll work on "Understanding Consciously and Releasing Emotions" by learning an expressive routine that's adaptable for all levels of dancers and dreamers, with the goal of improving mindfulness.
  • Practitioners from ages 5 to 95 are welcome at these Sunday morning Capoeira sessions. No experience? No problem! Guidance will be provided for all levels.
  • This story of love and liberation in the competitive, gender-conservative world of Georgian dance was recently selected as the Swedish entry for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards. Director Levan Akin will be present for a post-screening Q&A.
  • By day, Gemma Smith manages a kitten nursery and advocates for rescue animals. By night, she hosts this monthly themed variety show, featuring acts from comedy and magic to music and burlesque.
  • This Halloween, sway to the spookiest jams from Elysian Fields. Celebrate their over 20-year catalog of noir rock at the release party for their newest 7-inch record.
  • Finish up that UFO (Unfinished Object) and make some new friends in the process at this laid-back knitters' meet-up. Plus, trade your old yarn skeins for exciting new fibers in the yarn swap; any unclaimed skeins will be used to knit winter gifts for New Yorkers in need.
  • Escape the heat and eat some sweets at the Gowanus offices of the French baking company, Michel et Augustin, featuring cookie tastings, baking classes, and more surprises.
  • You don't need to be rich to be an art collector. Start your gallery wall with as little as $150 at this curated art fair, featuring local fine artists as well as immersive experiences, live DJs, round table discussions with art professionals, and a fully-stocked bar.
  • Wear your best grimdark-inspired ensemble to this party emulating the stunning world of HBO's "Euphoria," where you can dance all night long to music from the iconic TV show.
  • Sake from the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan gets its smooth, full-bodied flavor from both mineral-filled and soft water in the region. Discover the nuances of this region's magnificent sake varieties and receive 20% off any bottle you purchase.
  • The four Findlay sisters are back in the States, playing the dreamy-hard psychrock sounds from their new album, "Bent," at The Sultan Room this November.
  • Party like it's still 90 degrees and sunny with the signature surf rock sounds of High Waisted, playing alongside bands like Seafoam Walls, Close Talker, and Wooter.
  • Give flu season an extra kick in the butt this winter. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and herbalist, Arielle Hayat, host this free DIY event where you'll blend herbs into take-home concoctions that might help stave off illness this winter.
  • Learn the real "story of tonight" on this Hamilton-themed walking tour in NYC's oldest neighborhood. Drink at the last tavern Hamilton visited, pay your respects at his grave, and revel in all the real-life details about your favorite founding father.
  • Step into Dylan's colorful flagship store at 3rd Avenue every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 PM and 5 PM for a free tasting tour, featuring the history behind the legendary candy shop and the sweet treats they sell.
  • Settle in for a night of great comedy with local hero, Chris Gethard, Aparna Nancherla of "Inside Amy Schumer," and Daniel Simonsen, who was recently featured on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
  • Join local running legend, Brandon Wei, for a short, after work–paced run through Manhattan, with lockers and changing rooms available for use at the store.
  • Twenty bucks at Rooftop Reds gets you two slices of pizza from Il Porto, seats on a gorgeous rooftop overlooking Manhattan, and a screening of this gripping neo-noir film starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.
  • Athletes of all levels are welcome to this three to six mile run/walk, where everyone will pop on their headphones and tune in to the same podcast as their sneakers hit the pavement in Central Park.
  • Looking to add some oomph to your daily coffee experience? Head to Counter Culture Coffee's NYC training center every Friday morning at 10 AM for a free, in-depth coffee tasting and brewing demonstration.
  • Every Saturday at Dance as if UCARE, you'll work on "Understanding Consciously and Releasing Emotions" by learning an expressive routine that's adaptable for all levels of dancers and dreamers, with the goal of improving mindfulness.
  • Practitioners from ages 5 to 95 are welcome at these Sunday morning Capoeira sessions. No experience? No problem! Guidance will be provided for all levels.
  • This story of love and liberation in the competitive, gender-conservative world of Georgian dance was recently selected as the Swedish entry for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards. Director Levan Akin will be present for a post-screening Q&A.
  • By day, Gemma Smith manages a kitten nursery and advocates for rescue animals. By night, she hosts this monthly themed variety show, featuring acts from comedy and magic to music and burlesque.
  • This Halloween, sway to the spookiest jams from Elysian Fields. Celebrate their over 20-year catalog of noir rock at the release party for their newest 7-inch record.
  • Finish up that UFO (Unfinished Object) and make some new friends in the process at this laid-back knitters' meet-up. Plus, trade your old yarn skeins for exciting new fibers in the yarn swap; any unclaimed skeins will be used to knit winter gifts for New Yorkers in need.
  • Escape the heat and eat some sweets at the Gowanus offices of the French baking company, Michel et Augustin, featuring cookie tastings, baking classes, and more surprises.
  • You don't need to be rich to be an art collector. Start your gallery wall with as little as $150 at this curated art fair, featuring local fine artists as well as immersive experiences, live DJs, round table discussions with art professionals, and a fully-stocked bar.
  • Wear your best grimdark-inspired ensemble to this party emulating the stunning world of HBO's "Euphoria," where you can dance all night long to music from the iconic TV show.
  • Sake from the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan gets its smooth, full-bodied flavor from both mineral-filled and soft water in the region. Discover the nuances of this region's magnificent sake varieties and receive 20% off any bottle you purchase.
  • The four Findlay sisters are back in the States, playing the dreamy-hard psychrock sounds from their new album, "Bent," at The Sultan Room this November.
  • Party like it's still 90 degrees and sunny with the signature surf rock sounds of High Waisted, playing alongside bands like Seafoam Walls, Close Talker, and Wooter.
  • Give flu season an extra kick in the butt this winter. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and herbalist, Arielle Hayat, host this free DIY event where you'll blend herbs into take-home concoctions that might help stave off illness this winter.