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#BeFreeNYC: Scott Stringer's favorite free thing in New York City

By Dana Varinsky

Our week of free is here! Each day, we're keeping you in the loop about the best free events in NYC and giving you exclusive offers at some of our favorite spots around the city. On Wednesday, we're throwing a free party for our readers and giving out copies of our upcoming issue—for free.

But just in case we haven't convinced you that enjoying this city can come at zero cost, we're letting notable New Yorkers tell you about their favorite free things to do each day. Next up: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who tells us that he goes home to two bundles of energy every night from his day job as the City’s Chief Financial Officer. His two sons, Max and Miles, both under 3 years old, keep the Comptroller and his wife Elyse Buxbaum on their feet starting at 5 a.m. each morning. It’s no surprise then, that his favorite free thing in NYC is its public playgrounds. “We’re playground people. In New York City, a playground is an extension of your living room and a backyard when you have kids”, Comptroller Stringer says. The Stringer family likes to walk to local parks and playgrounds, and have become experts on playgrounds in their Upper West Side neighborhood. “There’s one playground by PS 199 that the boys love because it has a spray shower, swings, and an impressive selection of things to climb and hang from,” Stringer says. “I would have loved to have playgrounds like this one when I was a kid. Nothing makes me happier than to know that my kids have access to such a magical public space in the middle of New York City, and, that they can jump on other things that aren’t always our couch.”

Scott Stringer with his son, Max


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