Your $30 Saturday: Flatiron

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Parsons Festival display

Parsons Festival display Photograph courtesy The New School

Put your comfortable shoes on as you start Your $30 Saturday at Parsons the New School for Design's first-ever Festival Block Party (free).  Get there by 11:30am so that you have time to explore a full-size prototype of a solar-powered house, and express your creativity by painting on the sidewalk. At 2pm, scratch below the surface of this historic city as you embark on the Union Square: Crossroads of New York walking tour (free).  Learn about the famous architecture that surrounds the park or how Union Square got its name, and be the envy of all your friends when you show them how to read the clock on "The Metronome."

After 90 minutes of walking, you are sure to be hungry; rest your dogs at Dogmatic (26 E 17th St between Fifth Ave and Broadway; 212-414-0600, eatdogmatic.com) while you enjoy a hormone-free cheeseburger, or turkey-sausage dog with "nonfried fries" ($6.95). That should give you the energy you need to walk ten blocks—or back to Union Square where you can catch the N or R train two stops to 28th Street—and visit two fascinating exhibits: "Action, Sex and the Moving Image" and "Comics Stripped" at the Museum of Sex. Just make sure you have your printed online coupon that guarentees you $3 off admission price ($13.75 instead of $16.95). When you leave the museum, head next door and go straight to the roof. At open-air bar 230 Fifth, treat yourself to a postsex pia colada or Pear Diamond ($9).
 
Things to do: 5
Cost: $29.70

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