Free date ideas in New York City: Romance on the cheap

Looking to romance your companion even when you’re totally broke? Look no further than our guide to free-of-charge date ideas.

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Free date ideas in New York City: Stroll the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Free date ideas in New York City: Stroll the Brooklyn Heights Promenade Photograph: Michael Kirby

It’s a common problem: You want to sweep your sexy partner off their feet. But you, you know, don’t have any coin. Worry not, romantic New Yorker! We found some great date ideas that won’t cost you a cent.


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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

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  • Free

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. If you want to practice your lutzes and

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Mar 1
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The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

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  • Free

Through Jan 2. Peruse more than 125 kiosks at the ninth annual, open-air holiday market at Bryant Park.

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Jan 4
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“Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic”

  • Rated as: 5/5
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  • Free

By now, it’s hardly surprising that the work of a freshly discovered outsider artist is usually astonishing. While Willem van Genk isn’t unknown, exactly—he’s been celebrated in Europe for years—he’s new to these shores, and so his work arrives here as if it had just been uncovered. And it is amazing. Born in Voorburg, the Netherlands,

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Mon Dec 1
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Scissor Sundays

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  • Free

JD Samson's beloved weekly tea dance features a friendly, mixed crowd grooving to tunes by a rotating cast of local and visiting DJs, plus deliciously strong drinks and gorgeous sunsets over the Hudson.

  1. Rusty Knot 425 West St, at 11th St
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 28
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The Riverside Choir

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Free

The semiprofessional ensemble presents a program of music by Kodály and Sumsion. (Though the performance is free, collections for the church's food pantry will be made.)

  1. The Riverside Church 490 Riverside Dr, between 120th and 122nd Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Ensemble ACJW

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  • Free

Consistently delivering some of the best performances in town, musicians from the newest batch of devoted young pros selected for this ensemble present a set list of relative rarities: Hindemith's Wind Septet, Martinu's La revue de cuisine and Dohnányi's Sextet in C major, Op. 37. Free tickets are available through events.juilliard.edu. On Nov

  1. Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church 178 Bennett Ave, at 189th St
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Mobile Mondays! 45s

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Free

Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and guests.

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Mon Nov 24
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Bareburger Comedy Show

  • Free

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians for you to enjoy while chowing down. There's even a raffle to win free beer!

  1. Bareburger 85 Second Ave, at 5th St, 10003
  2. Tue Nov 25
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Buddies

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  • Free

DJ Damian Cote reigns at this casual weeknight get-together, spinning an eclectic set of underground dance, funk, punk, ’80s and rock.

  1. Nowhere 322 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Tue Dec 30
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The Sherry Vine Show

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  • Free

New York drag institution and brilliant comedian Sherry Vine brings you her song parodies, viral videos and acid wit every week at this popular Hell's Kitchen drinkery.

  1. Industry Bar 355 W 52nd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Jun 24
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jailene perez
jailene perez

nice thanks to all the people that can make this happen and also thank ya for making it super free lol