Still free after 35 years! We are happy to announce our 35th season which will celebrate our deep roots in the borough and lay down new ones. We’re bringing back iconic trailblazers like Philip Glass and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and welcoming rising Brooklyn stars The Lone Bellow and Javelin. Two extraordinary ballet companies will grace our stage, and classic and new films with original live scores will light up our giant screen. From Mavis Staples to The Tiger Lillies to Shaggy to Dan Deacon and Eddie Palmieri, the entire line-up covers dozens of creative canvases and cultures—it’s as diverse and dynamic as Brooklyn itself.
You might be thinking that nothing is free nowadays. Well, think again. You can still discover the beauty of New York without spending a lot of money. The following guided tours are completely free (tips are appreciated though):
1. Big Apple Greeter
Get a warm New York City welcome from Big Apple Greeter's team of volunteers (many of whom are multilingual) as they guide you through the City's diverse neighborhoods. The company's 300 greeters collectively boast an endless knowledge of the City and its best spots.
2. Central Park Conservancy
Central Park has 136 acres of woodland, 250 acres of lawns and 150 acres of water; trying to see it all without an expert tour guide can be overwhelming. The Central Park Conservancy's long lineup of free tours aims to cover it all. Escape the streets during the Amble Through the Ramble tour, which takes guests on a journey through the arches and man-made water features of these urban woods. The Castle and Its Kingdom tour explores the terrain surrounding Belvedere Castle and Vista Rock. Flora and fauna take center stage during tours of the 70-year-old Conservatory Garden, and Views from the Past takes participants back to the 19th century, when Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux were merely in the planning stages of creating Manhattan's grandest park.
3. Free Tours by Foot
Lace up those walking shoes and join Free Tours by Foot's expert guides for up-close views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Taste the diverse edibles of the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village or Chinatown on a food tour; check out Harlem landmarks like the Apollo Theater and the Lenox Lounge; and explore Chelsea and the High Line to get those striking river views. All guides work solely for tips, so the value of each outing is up to you.
4. Grand Central PartnershipSee why the neighborhood surrounding Grand Central Terminal is so much more than a transportation hub. Every Friday at 12:30pm, the Grand Central Partnership conducts a 90-minute guided walking tour led by urban historians. Make stops at the station's Whispering Gallery, discover the secrets of the passageways, gaze at the architectural splendor of the Chrysler Building and visit Pershing Square and the original Lincoln Memorial, among other notable Midtown locales.
5. Opening the Way: A Woman's History Walk
Grab your cell phone and get ready to explore women's history in downtown Manhattan. Text-messaged challenges and recorded quotations help "players" imagine the lives of iconic female New Yorkers, among them writers, agitators, abolitionists, suffragists and September 11 heroes. Get a digital history lesson as you roam Lower Manhattan, with 21 stops including City Hall Park, Louise Nevelson Plaza, the Federal Hall Memorial and Trinity Church. The tour was created by the award-winning nonprofit Women's eNews and researched and written by former New York Times editor Betsy Wade and historian James Boylan, so you can expect an experience that's as smart and thorough as it is engaging.
6. Brooklyn Brewery and Chelsea Brewery
Choose your borough, and drink up at a complimentary beer tour! Brooklyn Brewery hosts free tours every Saturday that start on the hour between 1 and 5pm—learn about the past, present and future of the company. (Under 21s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.) Afterward, grab a seat at one of the indoor picnic tables and (if you're of age, of course) purchase beer tokens to sample some of the brewery's wildly popular creations, among them Brooklyn Lager, which can be found not just in bars throughout New York but in 25 states and 20 countries. Chelsea Brewing Company, Manhattan's largest microbrewery, offers a peek at today's modern brewing processes with a free tour of its site, which features multiple tanks, a fully automatic grain-handling system, automated bottling and a kegging setup. The tour includes free samples (naturally), along with tickets for discounted pints to savor later at the brewery's bar and restaurant. Tours are Saturdays only, on the hour from 2 till 6pm.
7. Village Alliance
As evidenced by literary icons of the past, like Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the artists and students today who frequent the neighborhood's coffee shops, theaters and music clubs, Greenwich Village's bohemian vibe has stood the test of time. Discover the area's undeniable charm on a free walking tour sponsored by the Village Alliance. An emphasis is placed on the social, architectural and historic aspects of the Village, so you'll walk away well acquainted with its one-of-a-kind spirit.
8. Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Battery Park City encompasses 36 acres of playgrounds, gardens and plazas. Every day, residents and visitors flock to the space for outdoor fun (the parks host more than 900 activities each year), but to get the most out of this cluster of green spaces, a free tour or two is in order. At Wagner Park, a horticulturist takes guests on an organic-gardening walk, while tours at Teardrop Park focus on the public art installation by Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil. And when the weather cools down, drop into the Odes to Autumn Poetry Walk at Rockefeller Park.
So choose your free tour now and enjoy New York!
Source: NYC The Official Guide http://www.nycgo.com/slideshows/free-tours/1
New York City is not just filled with tall skyscrapers, fancy restaurants, broadway shows, museums and other awesome activities. Down at Brooklyn lies CONEY ISLAND - a thriving, year-round entertainment destination full of fun things to do, both historical and brand new.
As we welcome the spring season and as the complete transformation has come to its end after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, Coney Island reopens on March 24th, Monday!! There are a lot of things to do in Coney Island that everyone will surely enjoy! Escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, take the subway and enjoy the relaxing breath of fresh air in Coney Island.
Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk
The Boardwalk links the excitement of Coney's colorful amusements and the sweeping calm of beach and ocean. It is an enduring symbol of New York City and its most famous playground, Coney Island. With nearly 3 miles of sandy beaches, Coney Island's sunny skies and rolling waves make for the perfect getaway. If being active at the beach is more your idea of fun than just catching some rays, Coney Island also offers exciting recreation opportunities. With courts for beach volleyball, handball, and basketball as well as playgrounds and amusement rides, the beach and boardwalk can provide hours of entertainment.
For information on the Seaside Summer Concerts visit http://www.brooklynconcerts.com/seaside.html.
Deno's Wonderwheel Amusement Park
It is a centerpiece in Coney Island, and its rides and attractions have for years thrilled children of all ages! At the center of the amusement park is the world-famous Wonder Wheel, a New York City Landmark, which is built in 1920.
The park features 21 thrilling rides, two arcades, live entertainment, music, Famiglia Pizzeria, and an old-fashioned Sweet Shoppe. And of course, FREE Friday night fireworks and karaoke on the Boardwalk starting in mid-June.
OPEN: Memorial Day thru Labor Day: 11am - Midnite - 7 days, Weather permitting
OPEN: April, May, September and October - 12 pm -7 pm - Weekends & School Holidays, Weather permitting
For more information about Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, visithttp://www.wonderwheel.com.
Every roller coaster enthusiast around the world has heard of, has ridden or hopes to ride The Cyclone. This historic roller coaster graces virtually every top roller coaster list and publication. Roller coasters may have gotten bigger and faster, but they have not gotten any better than The Cyclone.
Coney Island Museum
Open on Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5PM. Admission price is $5.
New York Aquarium
The only aquarium in New York City and part of the largest metropolitan wildlife parks in the country. Regular Prices are as follows: Adults $14.95, Children $10.95, Seniors $11.95. Children under 3 are free! Tickets to the Shallow Seas 4D attraction are $4 per person. Fridays are pay-what-you-wish after 3pm!
For more information about Coney Island and its activities, visit http://www.coneyislandfunguide.com/
From the guesthouse you can take the S train to Prospect Park, then transfer to Q train up until the last stop. Have fun!
At the Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month, from 5 to 11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer.
Please note that due to limited capacities, someTarget First Saturday programs require tickets. Ticket lines often form 30 minutes before ticket distribution at the Visitor Center located in the Rubin Lobby. Members may pick up tickets from the Membership Desk while supplies last. Programs subject to change without notice.
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
(a 10-15 minute walk to/from the guesthouse)
A few weeks from now, we wave goodbye to winter and say hello to SPRING season! Warmer temperatures, a few raindrops, parks will turn green again. It’s a wonderful season filled with upcoming events in New York City that everyone will surely enjoy: from sports lovers to movie buffs, art enthusiasts and nature lovers! Here are some of the events you should not miss.
New Directors / New Films
This annual film festival celebrates the innovative voices of film though showcasing hundreds of movies and discovering new directors and talents, promising a groundbreaking program. It is co-curated by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
New York Mets and Yankees Home Openers
Citi Field & Yankee Stadium
This is the first time New York City’s two Major League Baseball franchises – Mets & Yankees – will open their seasons on the same day. The Mets will face the San Diego Padres at Citi Field, while the Yankees will take on their bitter division rivals, the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Season of Cambodia
April 6-May 31
The very best of Cambodian art from sacred music and dance performances, discussions, movie screenings and gallery exhibitions will be showcased in different locations of New York City from April to May. Some includes a Lunar New Year Celebration at the Rubin Museum of Art on April 13, Cambodian Film Festival on Film Society of Lincoln Center on April 19-25 and a dance-drama “The Legend of Apsara Mera” presented by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia on May 2-4 at Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The weeklong program of events includes a four-day interactive fan festival, the WWE's annual Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, the Reading Challenge Finals and Be a STAR rallies in support of WWE's anti-bullying initiative
Hanami: Cherry Blossom Viewing
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Cherry-blossom viewing, known as hanami, is a centuries-old Japanese custom, a springtime occasion for merriment and the contemplation of life's beauty and transience. The month culminates in celebration of the brilliant blooms with Sakura Matsuri, a festival of Japanese performances and cultural happenings, on April 28 and 29.
Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival—launched after 9/11 to promote the cultural and economic revival of Lower Manhattan—provides a platform for innovative filmmakers to showcase their latest work. The 2013 program will feature films of all stripes: crowd-pleasing blockbusters-to-be, provocative documentaries, foreign films, shorts and free outdoor screenings, plus a cornucopia of panel discussions and lectures.
NFL Draft 2013
Radio City Music Hall
American Football fans and sports reports will witness their favorite college players get selected or rejected by professional teams.
TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour
Approximately 32,000 or more cyclist pedal their way through all five boroughs on a traffic-free, 40-mile course. It is not a race, so participants can relax and enjoy one of the best ways to see the City.
Frieze New York
Following Freze’s successful debut in 2012, attendees should expect art-world celebrities, regular-world celebrities and plenty of attendant art action citywide.
The annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) hosts more than 500 exhibitors from 34 countries and features everything in design that one could imagine—contemporary furniture, seating, carpeting and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors.
Thousands of men and women from the US Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard will touch down on dry land during Fleet Week, a New York City tradition since 1984. The public can tour ships docked along Manhattan and Staten Island, view military demonstrations, see firsthand the most recent capabilities of the maritime services and enjoy musical performances from the sailors and marines themselves.
Memorial Day Parade
It is a time to honor those citizens who've served the United States in times of war. The City honors our fallen heroes with multiple parades. You can also follow Brooklyn's Memorial Day Parade (over 145 years old!), which begins at 87th Street and Third Avenue. In Manhattan, head uptown for a smaller parade in Inwood, which begins at Dyckman Street and Broadway.
All information are from www.nycgo.com
Whether it's day or night, in any season and whoever you are with, Brooklyn Bridge Park is the place you should never miss to visit in New York City. It is a world-class waterfront park with rolling hills, river front promenades, lush gardens and spectacular city views of Manhattan skyscrapers, the famous Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty! It is just 15 minutes away from our guesthouse via bus, subway/metro or taxi. The park also features sand volleyball courts, running and bicycle paths, a boat launch for non-motorized boating, several playgrounds, a picnic area as well as a dog-run and pool. You can also take a ferry from there to Manhattan!
The park is now fancier with Jane's Carousel! It is a completely restored historic Carousel made in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the first carousel to be placed on the National Register for Historic Places. Surely it will delight children, as well as visitors from around the world, for many generations to come.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is open from 6AM to 1AM.
Address: 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Jane's Carousel hours of operation for Fall/Winter: 11AM-6PM, Sunday-Thursday
Ticket costs $2.
More information: www.janescarousel.com
For directions and other information about the park, just visit this site:
FROSTY FIRST SUNDAYS at Brooklyn Botanic Garden!
On the first Sunday of each month, Brooklyn Botanic Garden invites visitors to invigorate themselves with a host of daytime activities for all ages. Free with Garden admission.
Sunday, February 3
Noon–1 p.m. | Meet at the Visitor CenterJoin naturalist Brad Klein on these walks and identify birds and other wildlife around BBG. Learn more »
Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues
1–2 p.m. | Meet at Magnolia PlazaJoin licensed psychotherapist and veteran BBG guide Lynne Spevack, LCSW, for this hour-long outdoor narrated walk designed to relieve the winter doldrums. Learn more »
Discovery Workshop: Winter Trees
Drop In 1–3 p.m. | Visitor Center AtriumFamilies explore fragrant evergreen trees, investigate amazing pinecones, make a pine needle pillow to take home, and discover winter tree silhouettes around the garden. Learn more »
Conservatory Highlights Tour
2:30–3:15 p.m. | Steinhardt ConservatoryJoin a Garden Guide on a 45-minute family-friendly tour to see some of BBG’s most exquisite conservatory plants. Explore different habitats and get a dose of green to warm up your winter. No registration necessary. Meet at the entrance to the Steinhardt Conservatory. Learn more »
Sailing Manhattan is the best views and experience in NYC!