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The five best free things to do in NYC over the next seven days

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Jennifer Picht

When you live in the most expensive city in America, it can be hard to stick to a budget. Luckily, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for a concertart exhibitcomedy show or even a date idea, there are plenty of places to good time without paying a dime. Here are the best free parties, cultural events and things to do between now and next Wednesday.

Target First Saturdays
Take advantage of free admission to the Brooklyn Museum while scoping out art and entertainment. This First Saturdays bash celebrates the new exhibit “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art” and features a performance by Djassi DaCosta Johnson, Afrobeat and jazz music by Jojo Abot, plus a vogue ball and dance party to wrap up the evening. 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn (718-638-5000, Sat 7 5–11pm.

Free yoga in Bryant Park
Whether you’re a die-hard yogi or a noob searching for vinyasa, folks of all fitness levels are welcome to find Zen beneath the trees in Bryant Park. The outdoor hub is launching its 13th season of yoga, presented by sportswear brand Athleta, during which instructors from Yoga Journal help you perfect poses while you focus on deep breathing. Upper Terrace, 41 W 40th St between Fifth and Sixth Avenues ( Tue 17 10–11am.

Hamiltunes NY Sing-Along
Exercise your vocal cords for this exciting sing-along (hosted by Hamiltunes) to cast recordings from the hit musical Hamilton.Whether you’ve seen the show, only listened to the album or just want to find out what all the fuss is about, all are welcome to belt it out. R.S.V.P. in advance as solo performance slots (you know you wanna) are limited. Oak Cellar at Jake’s Dilemma, 430 Amsterdam Ave (212-580-0556, Sat 14 7–10pm.

Party Like It’s 1986
Folks who grew up in the decade and fans of giant hair, prepare to get lit! The Bell House, which is known for its dance fest Party Like It’s 1999, is going back 13 more years to pay tribute to the booty-shaking tracks spawned in 1986. From Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” to Prince’s “Kiss,” DJ Steve will play all the right tunes. Feel free to break out that purple jumpsuit. 149 7th St, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, Fri 13 at 10pm.

Happier Hours at STORY
If you’ve never stepped foot inside STORY, here’s your incentive to check out the installation Have Fun!  in collaboration with Pepsi.  Skip the bar and get ready for summer Fridays at this ever-changing concept shop, where you can grab free food from NYC favorites like Calexico and CoolHaus, sip drinks and listen to live music at the shop every Friday until May 20. 144 Tenth Ave (212-242-4853, Fri 6, Fri 13 5–7pm.

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