One of the best free activities in the city, the Downtown Boathouse, offers free kayaking daily from mid-May through mid-October (as of 2009) on the Hudson River. There are three locations in Manhattan: Pier 40, Pier 96 and 72nd Street in Riverside Park. The boathouse, which is run by volunteers, is great family fun; children younger than 16 must kayak with an adult. You need to know how to swim and agree to wear a life jacket. See "References" below.
A number of community groups offer free walking tours in New York City. These groups are interested in spreading knowledge of their neighborhoods and have organized these tours for anyone who is interested. For example, the Village Alliance offers tours down 8th Street. Most of the gossip is about local artists, such as musician Jimi Hendrix and author Jack Kerouac. See "Resources" below for specific tour details.
This long-standing comedy club near Times Square is a good deal all the time. But at 10 p.m. every Thursday, the Sage Theater brings in acts for a comedy set, and some summer shows were free in 2009. Past names included comedians featured on HBO, Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing. The show is popular, so advance reservations are key.
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Article Written By Louie Doverspike
Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.