Let’s Explore NY: Theater for a New Audience

Let’s catch some awesome theater at the off-off-Broadway Theater for a New Audience and eat some tasty Mediterranean at Miriam. You can take pretty much any train here (literally, the 2,3,4,5,N,Q,R,B,D,G, and LIRR all stop nearby).

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Let’s Explore NY: Prospect and BAM

Let’s head to Brooklyn: have dinner at Prospect (773 Fulton St, Brooklyn) and catch a play or some music at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (651 Fulton St, Brooklyn). You can take the 2,3,4,5,N,Q,R,B,D to Atlantic Terminal to get there.
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A Day in New Haven

For this post, I thought I would try something new and plan a fun day in New Haven starting from breakfast until well past dinner time.

Morning

Wake up and get your morning coffee and pastry at Blue State (84 Wall St or 276 York St). They not only have good coffee but also excellent hot chocolate and pastries. Get a scone or an almond croissant; both are delicious. Next make your way to the Yale University Art Gallery (corner of York St and Chapel St) to see a huge collection of ancient art and modern art including works by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Kandinsky for free!  Continue reading “A Day in New Haven”

Cheap Ways to Experience World Class Culture in New York (Part 1)

New York has some of the best cultural institutions in the world but they can be very expensive. But did you know that many of these institutions have programs that allow you to buy great tickets cheaply? Many museums are donation-based and pretty much all concerts and shows have either rush tickets or cheap tickets for young people. In this post, I’ll go through the many ways to get tickets to performances on the cheap. The next post will be about going to museums and galleries cheaply.

The New York Philharmonic offers students rush tickets up to 10 days in advance online, which is an awesome deal. My favorite program, however, is the 35 under 35 program. This program allows you to buy as many $35 tickets as you like for 3 or more concerts (you have to attend at least 3 concerts) as long as you prove that you are under 35 years old. The tickets can be in any section (hello Orchestra and First Tier!) and you can choose from almost any concert at the Philharmonic. I’ve been able to see Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, and will be going to a Yo-Yo Ma concert in the spring.

The Met Opera offers rush tickets for $25 for anyone Monday – Saturday at noon and 4 hours before the performance for Matinees. You can buy two tickets and the seats are in the Orchestra or First Tier. You have to buy them online via the Met website Continue reading “Cheap Ways to Experience World Class Culture in New York (Part 1)”