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Please provide a general outline of the city and its neighborhoods/boroughs/parts of town, including information about political leanings, police forces, population, income levels, social services, etc.

Housing[edit]

Truly free housing is VERY hard to come by in NYC. You might still could break into an abandoned building and squat on the down low. Otherwise, try connecting with local 'freegan' groups, or Food Not Bombs, and you might meet someone who heard from "a friend of a friend" where the squats are.

  • C-Squat (155 C Ave, East Village) [1] - Among the last 'ol skool' squats in the city. Appears to now be some kind of co-op.
  • Flux Factory [2] - If you're a creative type, you can apply for residency with the Flux Factory, which provides studios for artists for between $500-700 a month. The Flux Factory is located in Long Island City, Queens.

Parking[edit]

Many neighborhoods have free, alternate side parking. This means that, twice a week, for about 1.5 hours in middle of the work day, parking is not allowed on one side of the street, allegedly for "Street Cleaning", though it's debatable how often the city actually uses that time to clean the street.

While some call this an inconvenience, I call it an opportunity. By knowing what streets have alternate side parking on what days and at what times, you can always count on being able to find a spot in middle of the day. These streets typically have no other parking restrictions, so, if you show up just as street cleaning is ending, you are guaranteed a parking space and you don't have to move your car until the next street-cleaning day.

Most of Manhattan has street cleaning twice a week for 1.5 hours. Each side of the street either has street cleaning on Monday and Thursday; Tuesday and Friday; or Wednesday and Saturday. If one side of the street has street cleaning on one of those pairs of days, the other side of the street will typically have street cleaning on another of those pairs of days at the same time of day. Obviously downtown has expensive parking, from from about 80th street upwards, the side streets have no meters and now you know the best time to find parking.

Street cleaning is not in effect on holidays, but traffic patterns are different on holidays since people are not on their usual weekday schedule, so it's much less predictable but usually possible to find a free parking space. See here for a list of days that Alternate Side Parking is not in effect.

In Brooklyn and Queens, street cleaning is usually one day a week for 1 hour.

Food[edit]

Food Not Bombs does regular food sharing in Tompkins Square Park every Saturday at about 3pm. If you'd like to volunteer or make a donation, drop by ABC No Rio after 1pm on Sundays, or email fnb@abcnorio.org

The Food Bank for New York City has a truly amazing listing of food pantries and soup kitchens across NYC. Go to NYC Foodbank and click 'Get Help'.

Free/low-cost markets, produce, butchers, day-old bakeries, etc.

Food banks, missions, church meals, etc.

Medical Care[edit]

Planned parenthood, free clinics, free medical advice, Medicare resources, low-cost clinics, etc.

Free Clinics

  • New York City Free Clinic (16 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003) (917.544.0735/ 212-206-5200 to schedule an appointment) Offers comprehensive care.
  • Columbia Student Medical Outreach (21 Audubon Avenue, New York, NY 10033) (212.342.4719) Offers screening, testing, physicals, x-rays, and social work services, among other programs. Also operates a 24/7 call center.
  • ECHO Free Clinic (1894 Walton Ave, Bronx, NY 10453) (800.836.1316) Free for adults 19 years and older. Does NOT see children. Open Saturday's 9am-12pm. Services include: "adult routine medical exams, physicals, vaccinations, prescriptions, women's health visits (including gynecology exams and Pap smears), social services and counseling by appointment."
  • East Harlem Help Outreach Partnership (EHHOP) (1470 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10029) (626.942.6519) Only for residents of East Harlem, age 22 or older. Walk-in urgent care and non-urgent care by appointment only.
  • Center Care (646-556-9300) is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center's health program which addresses the needs of LGBTQ New Yorkers. Provides counseling, support groups, cancer support, and also referrals to gay/trans-friendly medical professionals.
  • PCAP (1800-522-5006) is for pregnant NY residents. This program provides routine medical checkups, hospital care during labor and delivery, and much more. [3]

Gynecology

The New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Partnership offers annual gynecological care for free, if you are a NYS state resident, uninsured, and making less then $24,500 a year.

Mental Health

  • The Door's Adolescent Counseling Center provides free and confidential counseling services using multiple treatment modalities designed to meet the diverse needs of New York City's disadvantaged young people. Services include individual, group and family counseling, art therapy, case management, crisis and life stabilization services. The Counseling Center staff includes counselors, art therapists, social workers and a psychiatrist. Each of these professionals has specific expertise in providing services to young people in foster care; gay, lesbian, bisexual populations; HIV affected youth; young people with substance abuse issues and young people involved in or with histories of involvement in the juvenile justice system.
  • If you're under 23, the Jewish Board of Children and Family Services' Youth Counseling League offers a sliding scale for an assorted amount of mental health services (as well as homeless services).

Legal Aid[edit]

ACLU, free legal aid/counseling, pro bono attorneys, etc.

The most active legal defense group for radical leftists and revolutionaries is the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). The Center for Constitutional Rights and many community organizations (such as the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement) help working class communities of color through community self-defense programs. You can find more about the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement at MXGM.org

ACLU of NYC [www.nyclu.org]

Armed Forces/Deployment Avoidance Counseling[edit]

Legal aid, resources, etc. You probably want to contact the War Resisters League (who have their national headquarters in New York) or the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW).

Play[edit]

See Free Play section, include details for this city.

Beaches, Swimming Pools, Parks, Sports, Museums, Music, Theatre, TV shows, Movies, etc.

  • American Museum of Natural History is always free, as is the Metropolitan Museum of Art (suggested donation).
  • MoMa is free on Friday Nights, from 4pm-8pm.
  • On Friday nights, the Guggenheim museum is "pay what you wish" (suggested donation).
  • The grandly named Hall of Science, in Queens, is free on Friday afternoons (2pm-5pm). Many events are also free.[4]
  • National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center | Museum/Attraction Review | New York City [5]
  • American Folk Art Museum is another destination that is free on Fridays, if only for two hours. (6pm-8pm)
  • The Brooklyn Museum is free one Saturday a month, from 5-11 p.m.
  • Also free the first Saturday of every month is The Studio Museum of Harlem, a small African art museum.
  • Parts of the Scandinavia House are free, while the third and fourth floors cost a modest $3 to see ($2 for students and seniors).
  • The Museum of Arts and Design has a "pay-what-you-want" admission price Thursdays, 6-8pm.
  • The Asia Society shows Asian-American art, for free, on Fridays from 6pm-9pm.
  • If your Friday's aren't already filled, then take a look at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. It's free from 5pm-9pm.
  • Most of the Jewish History Museum- minus the Yeshiva University Museum- is free, regardless of the day.
  • Another related landmark is the Jewish Museum, which free on Thursdays from 5pm-8pm.
  • On the first Thursday of each month, the Dahesh Museum of Art offers free admission.
  • National Museum of the American Indian is always free, and is definitely worth a look, whether or not you have American Indian ancestry.
  • The Bronx zoo offers free admission on Wednesdays, as does the New York Botanical Gardens, also in the Bronx. The gardens also offer free admission on Saturdays, from 10am-noon.
  • Brighton Beach is free to use, and is about a $2 subway ride.
  • Orchard Beach is definitely the hidden gem of the Bronx. It's free to use, and is three times the size of central park (where else are you going to fit 26 sport courts, and a concert stage?)
  • It costs nothing to walk around Coney Island, except maybe some therapy in the future.
  • Screw Broadway. Shakespeare in the Park offers free performances all summer long in Central Park. (Note: You might need to arrive early (and we mean 5:00 AM early) for tickets. The lines for them can get REALLY long)
  • If you wanna see a good game of baseball, tickets to watch the awesome Brooklyn Cyclones at Key Span park (in Coney Island) can be had for about $10.
  • Jalopy (315 Columbia St; G to Carroll St) hosts all sorts of cool and affordable concerts and old-timey music classes. They also serve beer in adorable canning jars and sell cookies on the honor system (but pay up! they're made by a local small baker who needs support).
  • Also see free event listing [6]

Information[edit]

General weather, traffic, news resources, etc.

Winters in New York are typically long and make travel difficult. Winters are too cold and summers are too hot.

For underground news, check out the Indypendent and the New York City Independent Media Center (IMC). [7]

Underground Papers[edit]

The New York Rat, The Indypendent, The Industrial Worker, and many others are available at Bluestockings Book Shop on Allen Street in the Lower East Side.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Any other freebies

Time's Up! (NYC Direct Action Environmental Organization) has many free events and participates in Critical Mass. [8]

Bluestockings (NYC Radical Book Shop) has free poetry readings, free music, free art, and free thinking. [9]

The Yippie! Museum & Cafe has $0.50 coffee and free music or poetry every Friday and Saturday night. A hangout for local SDSers and members of the Youth International Party, both young and old. Cures Not Wars runs the National Mobilization for Cannabis Liberation every month and is located on the second floor. [10]

If you're looking to get a pet neutered, there's a couple of options. IF you have proof of public assistance (welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, SSI disability, TANF, or public housing) then you can get your pet neutered for FREE at the ASPCA Mobile Clinic. If you do not have proof, then the fee is $99, which includes the spaying or neutering plus several vaccinations. It's best to show up early for this Mobile Clinic, as the lines tend to be long! It's recommended to get there by 5:45 (and yes, that's A.M.!). [11] or call 877-SPAY NYC. Otherwise, make an appt with the Humane Society of NYC. Spaying will run you about $40. [12] Call 212-752-4840.

If you're an economically disadvantaged woman who needs appropriate clothing for a job interview or interview coaching, check with Bottomless Closet [13] or call (212) 563-2499. For men, similar assistance is available at Career Gear. [14]

For free furniture, always check Craigslist. The NYC Craiglist 'Free' section always has lots of listings for free mattresses, beds, cribs, dressers, etc. Sometimes salons also offer free haircuts. Beware of bed bugs!

If you're searching for a gay-friendly church, this is a good listing of churchs in NY that are identified as gay-affirming: [[15]]

Public Transit[edit]

Subways, Buses, Ferries, Shuttles, etc. Most bus drivers in New York City will let you ride for free if you ask them politely. And if the metrocard reader on the bus is broken, everyone rides for free.

Don't get caught jumping the turnstile, especially at locations like Union Square where the pigs have a post inside the station as well as cameras, unless you are looking for a ticket or jail time. If you're white and a college student, the racist pigs are more likely to give you a ticket than to take you to Central Booking at 100 Chambers Street. It used to be if you bent a Metrocard diagonally in the center you could break the magnetic strip and get a free unlimited pass, but I believe this was fixed a few years ago. Make sure not to do this inside of the station and to do it out of the view of the authorities. This is illegal, and difficult to do.

One thing you can do is collect discarded tickets, swipe them at the ticket reader to see if they have any money left on them, even a few cents, and if they do get the station attendant to consolidate them onto one card.

Another thing you can do is wait just outside the subway turnstiles and ask people exiting to swipe you in. Most New Yorkers have unlimited metrocards so the swipe will cost them nothing. MTA "special inspectors" (the employees in the blue shirts with the MTA badges) don't care when people do this, but the pigs do, so make sure there are none around.

If you plan on hopping on a "Select bus" (the ones with 3 doors) and don't plan on paying, then one thing you can do is wait at a stop and simply ask disembarking passengers for their tickets. If they aren't assholes, then they should have no problem giving it to you. These tickets can also be found on the ground near the bus top. Just make sure their are no pigs or fare inspectors at that stop, and also check the time. An SBS ticket expires exactly after 1 hour after it's purchased, so make sure you've arrived at your stop by then.

If you have a charitable friend who has an unlimited metrocard, they can give it to you and claim they lost their card. If they have a receipt or they bought it with a credit/debit card, they'll be refunded the remaining value of the card ($104/30 for every day left on it) and they can purchase a new one. The refund comes within a few weeks. You can do this twice in a calendar year. Unlimited metrocards can be swiped at the same subway station once every 18 minutes, and swiping onto a bus is free for 2 hours after you swipe onto the subway and vice a versa.

If you're a public school student, then odds are you have a school-issued metrocard that allows you to ride buses and subways for free (for 3 or more trips, depending on how far you live from the school). What most students fail to realize is that they can be used even on weekdays when school is closed. The problem, of course, is that you aren't supposed to use it unless you're school is open, so if caught, you can get a $100 fine. If you plan on using it to ride the bus one of these days, then one obvious solution is to place your metrocard into the ticket reader quickly, with your 4 fingers blocking it so the driver can't see. While this won't guarentee that the driver won't see the white-and-bright green/orange card, it's still good to be on the safe side. I use my student metrocard all the time when school is out, and every bus driver I've come across while doing this either a) was not paying attention or b) didn't give a shit. If, in the unlikely event you try this, and the driver not only notices, but calls you out on it, then they may ask to see your card. If they do this, then this usually means that they're plan on confiscating it, so refuse (politely). If they continue giving you shit over it, keep refusing. They may kick you off the bus out of anger if you do this, so if that happens, just get off.

When the subway isn't running correctly because of construction or other bullshit, sometimes above-ground shuttles replace the trains. (This generally only happens in the outer boroughs, and occasionally in Harlem.) You're technically supposed to either have a transfer ticket from the subway or pay to get on the shuttle, but no one ever does. Squeeze in and ride.

The Staten Island Ferry is free, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

While not free, Chinatown buses are (usually) much cheaper than Greyhound, although they're becoming increasingly more expensive (and the routes are limited).

Free Clothing and Furniture[edit]

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Assorted Freebies[edit]

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Survive[edit]

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Original Fuck New York[edit]

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HOUSING

You can always sleep up in Central Park during the daytime, although the muggers come out to play at night. Free night crashing can be found in the waiting room of the Pennsylvania Railroad station, 34th St. and 7th Ave. The cops will leave you alone until about 7:00 AM when they kick you out. You can put your rucksack in a locker for twenty-five cents to avoid it being ripped-off.

The Boys Emergency Shelter, 69 St. Marks Place, (777-1234) provides free room and board for males 16-20 years of age. The Living Room can be found on the same block. It's a heavy religious scene, but they will help with room and board. Their hours are 6:30 PM to 2:00 AM, phone 982-5988. Also on the Lower East Side is the Macauley Mission at 90 Lafayette St.

On the West Side, there's a poet named Delworth at 125 Sullivan St. that houses kids if he's got room. The Judson Memorial Church, Washington Square South always has one or more housing programs going. If you're really hard up, try the Stranded Youth Program, 111 W. 31st St. (554-8897). Teenagers 16-20 are sent home; if you don't want to go back but need room and board, give them phony identification.

The Graymoor Monastery (CA 6-2388) offers free room and board for young people in the country. They provide transportation.

FOOD

Hunt's Point Market, Hunt's Point Ave. and 138th St. in the Bronx will lay enough fruit and vegetables on your family to last a week or more. Lettuce, squash, carrots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, even artichokes and mushrooms all crated. You'll need a car or truck and they only give stuff away in the early morning. Just tell them you're doing a free food thing and it's yours. Outasight!

The large slaughterhouse area is in the far West Village, west of Hudson and south of 14th St. Get a letter from a clergyman saying you need meat for a church-sponsored meal.

The fish market is located on Fulton and South Streets under the East River Drive overpass in lower Manhattan. You can always manage to find some sympathetic fisherman early in the morning who will lay as much fish on you as you can cart away.

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If you pick up on a car, take a trip to Long Island City. There you will find the Gordon Baking Company at 42-25 21st, Pepsi Cola at 4602 Fifth Ave., Borden Company at 35-10 Steinway St. and Dannon Yogurt at 22-11 38th Ave. All four places give out samples for free if you call or write ahead and explain how it's for a block party.

Along 2nd and 3rd Avenues on the upper east side are a host of swank bars with free hors-d'oeuvres beginning at five. All Longchamps are good, as is Max's Kansas City.

For real class, check the back pages of the New York Times for ocean cruises and those swinging bon voyage parties. If you look kind of straight or want to disguise yourself and see the other half at it, sneak into conventions for drinks, snacks and all kinds of free samples. Call the New York Convention Bureau, 90 E. 42nd St. MU 7-1300 for info. You can also get free tickets to theater events here at 9:00 AM on weekdays.

Other free meals can be gotten at the various missions.

  • Bowery Mission - 227 Bowery (674-3456). Pray and eat from 4:00 to 6:00 PM only. Heavy religious orientation.
  • Catholic Worker - 36 E. First St. Soup line from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Clothes for women on Thursday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. Clothes for men after 2:00 PM weekdays. Sometimes lodging.
  • Holy Name Center for Homeless Men - 18 Bleeker St. (CA 6-5848 or CA 6-2338) Clothes and morning showers from 7:00 to 11:00 AM.
  • Macauley Mission - 90 Lafayette St. (CA 6-6214) Free room and board. Free food Saturdays at 5:00 PM. Sometimes free clothes.
  • Moravian Church - 154 Lexington Ave. (MU 3-4219 or 533-3737) Free spaghetti dinner on Tuesday at 1:00 PM.
  • Quakers - 328 E. 15th St. Meals at 6:00 PM Tuesdays.
  • Wayward - 287 Mercer St. Free meals nightly.

The International Society For Krishna Consciousness is located at 41 Second Ave. Every morning at 7:00 AM a delicious cereal breakfast is served free along with chanting and dancing. Also at noon, more food and chanting and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 PM, again food and chanting. Then it's all day Sunday in Central Park Sheepmeadow (generally) for still more chanting (sans food). Hari Krishna is the freest high going if you can get into it and dig cereal and of course, more chanting.

The Paradox Restaurant, at 64 E. 7th St. is a neat cheap health joint that will give you a free meal if you help peel shrimp or do the dishes.

MEDICAL CARE

The latest dope on family planning and the new abortion law can be obtained from Planned Parenthood, 300 Park Ave. (777-2015). They provide a free directory on city-wide services in this area. The Black Panther Free Health Clinic on 180 Sutter Ave. in Brooklyn is radical medicine in action. If you ripped off this book, why not send them or another group mentioned in this book a check so they can continue serving the people. Two fantastic clinics on the Lower East Side are the St. Marks People's Clinic at 44 St. Marks Place (533-9500), open weekdays 6-10 PM and NENA at 290 E. Third St. (677-5040) which also functions as a switchboard for the area.

The Beth Israel Teenage Clinic at 17th St. and 1st Ave. 673-3000 ext. 2424) services young people. Millie at the Village Project, 88 2nd Ave. can arrange for free glasses. The New York University Dental Clinic, 421 First Ave. will give you the cheapest dental care in Gotham. Stuyvesant-Poly Clinic, 137 Second Ave. (674-0232) has an emergency day clinic with the quickest service. Dial-a-freakout is 324-0707. Ambulance service is at 440-1234. You ought to know the cops accompany ambulance calls. The following is a list of the New York City Health Department Centers. They provide a number of free services including X-rays, venereal examinations and treatment, shots for children's diseases, vaccinations, tetanus shots and a host of other services.

Manhattan

  • Central Harlem-2238 Fifth Ave. AU 3-1900
  • East Harlem-158 E. 115th St. TR 6-0300
  • Lower East Side-341 E. 25th St. MU 9-6353
  • Manhattanville-21 Old Broadway MO 5-5900
  • Morningside-264 W. 118th St. UN6-2500
  • Washington Heights-600 W. 168th St. WA 7-6300

Bronx

  • Morrisania- 1309 Fulton St. WY 2-4200
  • Mott Haven-349 E. 140th St. MO 9-6010
  • Tremont-Fordham-1826 Arthur Ave. LU 3-5500
  • Westchester-Pelham-2527 Glebe Ave. SY 2-0100

Brooklyn

  • Bedford-485 Throop Ave. GL 2-7880
  • Brownsville-259 Briston St. HY 8-6742
  • Bushwick-335 Central Ave. HI 3-5000
  • Crown Heights-1218 Prospect Place SL 6-8902
  • Flatbush-Gravesend-1601 Ave. S NI 5-8280
  • Ft. Greene-295 Flatbush Ave. Ext. 643-8934
  • Red Hook-Gowanus-250 Baltic St. 643-5687
  • Sunset Park-514 49th St. GE 6-2800
  • Williamsburg-Greenpoint-151 Mayier St. EV 8-3714

Queens

  • Astoria-Maspeth-12-1631st Ave. L.I.C. AS 8-5520
  • Corona-Flushing-34-33 Junction Blvd., Jackson Heights HI 6-3570
  • Jamaica-90-37 Parsons Blvd. OL 8-6600
  • Rockaway-67-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd.; Arvenne NE 4-7700
  • Richmond-51 Stuyvesant Place SA 7-6000

The key to getting overall medical care for free is to pick up on a Medicaid card. You can apply at any metropolitan hospital. After filling out a long form and waiting three weeks you'll get your card in the mail. Have a good story when interviewed about why you're not working or only making under $2900 a year. There is an age limit in that only folks over 21 can qualify, but the rule is liberally enforced and younger people can get the card with the right hardship story.

LEGAL AID

The Lawyer's Commune is a group of revolutionary young lawyers pledged to make a limited income and handle the toughest political cases. They handle all our cases. Find them at 640 Broadway on the fifth floor (677-1552).

New York radicals are fortunate in having a number of good legal assistance agencies. One of the following is bound to be able to help you out of a jam.

  • Emergency Civil Liberties Committee-25 E. 26th St. 683-8120 (civil liberties)
  • Legal Aid Society-100 Centre St. BE 3-0250 (criminal matters)
  • Mobilization for Youth Legal Services-320 E. Third St. 777-5250 (all types of services)
  • National Lawyers Guild-5 Beekman St. 277-0385 or 227-1078 (political)
  • New York Civil Liberties Union-156 Fifth Ave. 929-6076 (civil liberties)
  • New York University Law Center Office-249 Sullivan St. GR 3-1896 (civil matters)

DRAFT COUNSELING

Bronx

  • Claremont Neighborhood Center - 169th St. and Washington Ave. 588-1000. Hours are from 2:00 to 10:00 weekdays.

Brooklyn

  • Black Anti-Draft Union - 448 Nostrand Ave.
  • Church of St. John the Evangelist - 195 Mayier St. 387-8721
  • Society for Ethical Culture - 53 Prospect Park West SO 8-2972

Manhattan

  • American Friends Service Committee - 15 Rutherford Place 777-4600
  • Chelsea Draft Information - 346 W. 20th St. WA 9-2391
  • Community Free Draft Counseling Center - 470 Amsterdam Ave. 787-8500
  • Greenwich Village Peace Center - 137 W. Fourth St. 533-5120
  • Harlem Unemployment Center - 2035 Fifth Ave. 831-6591
  • LEMPA - 105 Avenue B 477-9749
  • New York Civil Liberties Union - 156 Fifth Ave. 675-5990
  • New York Workshop in Nonviolence - 339 Lafayette St. 227-0973
  • Resistance - 339 Lafayette St. 674-9060
  • Union Theological Seminary - 606 W. 122nd St. MO 3-9090
  • War Resisters League - 339 Lafayette St. 228-0450
  • Westside Draft Information - 602 Columbus Ave. (89th St.) 874-7330
  • Woman's Strike for Peace - 799 Broadway 254-1925

PLAY

Botanical Gardens

  • Conservatory Gardens - Central Park, 105th St. and Fifth Ave. Seasonal display. LE 4-4938
  • Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Flatbush and Washington Aves. Rose Oriental Garden, Rose Garden, Native Wild Flower Garden, Rock Garden, Conservatory. Seasonal display. MA 2-4433.
  • New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx Park, 200th St., east of Webster Ave. Gardens and Conservatories. Seasonal displays. Parking fee: $1.00 on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Open: Grounds - 10:00 AM to dark, Greenhouses - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 933-9400.
  • Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main St., between Dahilia and Elder Aves., Flushing. TU 6-3800.

These gardens are really beautiful places to fuck around for a day. The best ones are the Bronx and Brooklyn. Bring a picnic, a few friends, some grass, and plant the seeds. It's all free.

Zoos

  • Central Park - 64th St. and Fifth Ave. Free. Open 11 AM to 5 PM.
  • Children's Zoo - 64th St. and Fifth Ave. Open 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is 10 cents. No tickets are sold after 4:30 PM. Free story-telling sessions with motion pictures or color slides at 3:30 PM, Mondays through Friday.
  • Bronx Park - Fordham Road and Southern Blvd. WE 3-1500. Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. November, December, January closes at 4:30 PM. Admission on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays is 25 cents for adults and children over 5 years. Free on other days and all legal holidays. Children's Zoo closes November 1st.
  • Barrett Park Zoo - in Richmond, Broadway, Glenwood Place and Clove Road. Open daily 10 AM to 5 PM. GI 2-3100.

Unlike the barbaric cages in Central Park, the 18-acre Flushing Meadow Zoo in Queens has been designed so that visitors can view the animals and buds in their natural surroundings, without bars. Take the Main Street Flushing Line Subway (train number 7) from Times Square to 111th St. in Queens. Bronx Zoo which is the largest in the United States and Flushing Meadow Zoo are fantastic.

Beaches

  • Brooklyn - Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk ES 2-1670
  • Manhattan Beach - Oriental Blvd., from Ocean Ave. to Makenzie St. DE 26794
  • Bronx - Pelham Bay Park - Orchard Beach and Boardwalk TI 5-1828
  • Queens - Jacob Riis Park - Jamaica Bay, Beach 149 to Beach 169 GR 4-4600
  • Rockaway Beach - First St. to 149th St. GR 4-3470
  • Richmond - Great Kills Park - Hylan Blvd., Great Kills EL 1-1977
  • South Beach and Boardwalk - Ft. Wadsworth to Miller Field, New Dorp YU 7-0709
  • Wolfs Pond Park - Holten and Cornelia Avenues, Princes Bay YU 4-0360

Go to the beach on weekdays as it usually is very crowded on the weekends. The best beach by far is Rockaway. lt has pretty good waves.

Swimming Pools MANHATTAN - OUTDOOR POOLS

  • Carmine Street Pool - Clarkson St. and Seventh Ave. WA 4-4246
  • Colonial Pool - Bradhurst Ave. and W. 145th St. WA 6-8109
  • East 23rd Street Pool - Asser Levy Place MU 5-1026
  • Hamilton Fish Pool - E. Houston and Sheriff Streets GR 7-3911
  • Highbridge Pool - Amsterdam Ave. and W. 173rd St. WA 3-2360
  • John Jay Pool - 77th St., east of York Ave. at Cherokee Place. RE 7-2458
  • Lasker Memorial Pool - Central Park, 110th St. and Lenox Ave. 348-6297
  • Thomas Jefferson Pool - 111th St. and First Ave. LE 4-0198
  • West 59th Street Pool - between West End and Amsterdam Avenues. CI 5-8519

MANHATTAN - INDOOR POOLS

  • Baruch Pool - Rivington St. and Baruch Place GR 3-6950
  • East 54th Street Pool - 342 E. 54th St. and Second Ave. PL 8-3147
  • Rutgers Place Pool - 5 Rutgers Place GR 3-6567
  • West 28th Street Pool - 407 W. 28th St. CH 4-1896
  • West 134th Street Pool - 35 W. 134th St. AU 3-4612

BROOKLYN - OUTDOOR POOLS

  • Betsy Head Pool - Hopkinson and Dumont Avenues DI 2-2977
  • McCarren Pool - Driggs Ave. and Lorimer St. EV 8-2367
  • Red Hook Pool - Bay and Henry Streets TR 5-3855
  • Sunset Pool - Seventh Ave. and 43rd St. GE 5-2627

BROOKLYN = INDOOR POOLS

  • Brownsville Recreation Center - Linden Blvd. and Christopher Ave. HY 8-1121
  • Metropolitan Avenue Pool - Bedford Ave., no phone; call SO 8-2300
  • St. John's Recreation Center - Prospect Place and Schenectady Avenues HY 3-3948

BRONX OUTDOOR POOLS

  • Crotona Pool - E. 173rd St. and Fulton Ave. LU 3-3910

BRONX - INDOOR POOLS

  • St. Mary's Recreation Center Pool - St. Ann's Ave. and E. 145th St. CY 2-7254

QUEENS - OUTDOOR POOLS

  • Astoria Pool - 19th St. and 23rd Drive, Astoria AS 8-5261
  • Flushing Meadow Amphitheatre - Long Island Expressway and Grand Central Parkway, Swimming pool and diving pool. 699-4228.

RICHMOND - OUTDOOR POOLS

  • Faber Pool - Faber St. and Richmond Terrace GI 2-1524
  • Lyons Pool - Victory Blvd. and Murray Hulbert Ave. GI 7-6650

The pools are generally crowded but on a warm summer day you don't care. The pools are open on weekdays from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. There is a free period for children 14 years of age and under. No adults are admitted to the pool areas during this free period. After 1 PM on weekdays and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays there is a 15 cents charge for children under 14 years and a 35 cents charge for children over 14 years.

Free Cricket Matches

At both Van Cortland Park in the Bronx and Walker Park on Staten Island every Sunday afternoon there are free cricket matches. Get schedule from British Travel Association, 43 W. 61st St. At Walker Park, free tea and crumpets are served during intermission. I say! Free Park Events

All kinds of activities in the Parks are free. Call 755-4100 for a recorded announcement of the week's events. The freak center is the rowing pond around 70th St. and Bethesda Fountain around 72nd St. in Central Park, although it floats. Busts are non-existent. A complete list of all recreational facilities can be obtained by calling the New York City Department of Parks.

Museums

  • American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Numismatic Society, and the American Geographical Society are all located at Broadway and 155th St.
  • Asia House Gallery - 112 E. 64th St. Art objects from the Far East.
  • Brooklyn Museum - Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave. Egyptian stuff best in the world outside Egypt. Take IRT (Broadway line) express train to Brooklyn Museum station. (Don't miss the Gardens in back.)
  • The Cloisters - Weekdays 10 AM to 5 PM, Sundays 1 PM to 6 PM. Take IND Eighth Avenue express (A train) at 190th Str. station and walk a few blocks. The number 4 Fifth Avenue bus also goes all the way up and it's a pleasant ride. One of the best trip places in medieval setting.
  • Frick Museum - 1 E. 70th St. Great when you're stoned. Closed Mondays.
  • The Hispanic Society of America - Broadway between 15th and 16th Streets. The best Spanish art collection in the city.
  • Marine Museum of the Seaman's Church - 25 South St. All kinds of model ships and sea stuff. Also the Seaport Museum on 16 Fulton St.
  • Metropolitan Museum - 5th Ave. and 82nd St.
  • Museum of the American Indian - Broadway at 155th St. Largest Indian museum in the world. Open Tuesday to Sunday 1 to 5 PM. Take IRT (Broadway line) local to 157th St. station.
  • Museum of the City of New York - 103rd St. and 5th Ave. LE 4-1672
  • Museum of Modern Art - 11 W. 53rd St. CI 5-3200. Monday is free.
  • Museum of Natural History - Central Park West and 79th St. Great dinosaurs and other stuff. Weekdays 10-5 PM, Sunday 1-5 PM.
  • Museum of the Performing Arts - Lincoln Center, Amsterdam Ave. and 65th St. 799-2200
  • New York Historical Society - 77th St. and Central Park West. TR 3-3400
  • Chase Manhattan Museum of Money - 1256 6th Ave. All banks, especially Chase Manhattan ones are museums when you get right down to it. Liberate them!

Music

  • Summer Musical Festival in Central Park. About the closest you can come to good free rock music. There are concerts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the months of July and August. It only costs $1.00 or $2.00, and everybody in the music world plays at least once. The concerts are held at the Wollman Ice Skating Ring. Occasionally there are free rock concerts in Central Park.
  • The Greenwich House of Music located at 46 Barrow St. in the West Village puts on free concerts and recitals every Friday at 8:30 PM. For a complete schedule send a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
  • The Frick Museum, 1 E. 70th St., BU 8-0700, has concerts every Sunday afternoon. The best of the classical offerings. You must hassle a little. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope that will arrive on Monday before the date you wish to go. One letter, one ticket. The Donnell Library, 20 W. 53rd St. also presents free classical music. The schedule is found in "Calendar of Events" at any library.
  • The Juilliard School presents a variety of free stuff: orchestral, opera, dance, chamber music, string quartets and soloists. Performances take place most Friday evenings at 8:30 PM, from November through May.
  • The Museum of the City of New York, 5th Ave. between 103rd St. and 104th St. every Sunday at 2:30 PM, October through April. Phone first: LE 4-1672. Classical.
  • New York Historical Society, from December through April, has glee clubs, string groups, and classical singers performing on Sundays at 2:30 PM., 170 Central Park West (near 77th St.), Phone TR 3-3400 for schedule.
  • Brooklyn Museum has classical concerts by assorted soloists and groups and are presented free every Sunday from October through June at 2 PM, Eastern Parkway and Washington Ave. NE 8-5000.

Television Shows

You can sometimes pick up tickets to television shows at the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, 90 E. 42nd St. For the bigger and better shows you have to write direct to the studios. If you do write, do it as far in advance as possible. CBS, 51 W. 52nd St., asks you to write two months in advance. Sometimes you can get last-minute tickets for the Ed Sullivan Theater, 1697 Broadway. For NBC shows, write NBC Ticket Division, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. There is also a ticket desk on the NBC Mezzanine of 30 Rockefeller Plaza where tickets are given out for the day shows on a first-come-first-served basis. It's open Monday through Friday from 9-5. ABC, 1330 Sixth Ave. ask you to write two to three weeks in advance for tickets. You can get tickets up to the day of the show by calling in or visiting the ticket office of ABC, 79 W. 66th St. or 1330 6th Ave. (LT 1-7777). Metromedia also gives out free tickets to their shows and you can get them by writing to WNEW-TV, 205 E. 67th St. (LE 5-1000).

Theater

  • The Dramatic Workshop, Studio number 808, Carnegie Hall Building, 881 7th Ave. at 56th St. Free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:15 PM. JU 6-4800 for information.
  • New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacourte Theater, Central Park. Every night except Monday. Performance begins at 8:00 PM, but get there before 6:00 PM to be assured of tickets.
  • Pageant Players, the Sixth Street Theater Group and other street theater groups perform on street corners and in parks. Free theater is also provided at the United Nations Building and the Stock Exchange on Wall Street. If you enjoy seventeenth century comedy.
  • The Equity Library Theatre gives performances of old Broadway hits at the Masters Institute, 103rd St. and Riverside Drive. They perform Tuesday through Sunday at 8:30 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Free tickets are not always available so phone ahead (MO 3-2038) for reservations. No shows during the summer.
  • The Museum of Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave. offers plays, dance programs and music. Shows start at 6:30 PM. Tickets are handed out at 4:00 PM. Saturday shows start at 2:30 PM. You can write for a calendar of events to 1865 Broadway or call 799-2200.

Movies

  • The New York Historical Society, Central Park West and 77th St. presents Hollywood movies every Saturday afternoon. TR 3-3400 for a schedule.
  • At the Metropolitan Museum, Fifth Ave. and 82nd St., you can see art films every Monday at 3:00 PM. TR 9-5500 for a schedule.
  • New York University has a very good free movie program as well as poetry, lectures, and theatre presentations. Call the Program Director's Office 598-2026 for a schedule.
  • The Film Library in the Donnell Library, 20 W. 53rd St., 790-6463, has a wide variety of films which may be borrowed free of charge. The Library system also presents film programs throughout the year. Pick up a Calendar of Events which lists the free showings at all the branches.
  • The Museum of Modern Art is free every Monday and they have a free film showing at 2 and 5 PM. Get a schedule at the Museum. They have the largest movie collection in the world.
  • Museum of Natural History, Central Park West between 77th and 81st St. (TR 3-1300), presents travel and anthropological films on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons at 2:00 sharp, from October through May.

Every movie that plays in New York has a series of screenings for critics, film buyers and friends of the folks that made it. Look in the Yellow Pages under Motion Picture Studios and Motion Picture Screening Rooms. Once you get the feel of it, you'll quickly learn who shows what, where and when. They always let you in free and if not give some gull story. (See Free Entertainment section). If you see previews in a theater or notice a publicity build-up in the newspapers, the movie is being screened at one or more of the rooms.

INFORMATION

  • Daily News-220 E. 42nd St., will answer any questions you put to them. Well almost!
    • General information: 883-1122
    • Sports: 883-1133
    • Travel: 883-1144
    • Weather: 883-1155
  • For the latest news, call the wire services:
    • AP is PL 7-1312, UPI is
    • MU 2-0400.
  • The New York Times Research Bureau, 229 W. 43rd St., 556-1651, will research news questions that pertain to the past three months. Liberation News Service at 160 Claremont Ave., will give you up-to-the-minute coverage of radical news. Call 749-2200.

UNDERGROUND PAPERS


  • East Village Other-20 E. 12th St., 255-2130
  • Liberation-339 Lafayette St., 674-0050
  • Other Scenes-Box 8, Village Station, 242-3888
  • Rat-241 E. 14th St., 228-4460
  • Win-339 Lafayette St., 674-0050
  • For others, call Underground Press Syndicate, Box 26, Village Station, 691-6073

MISCELLANEOUS


  • Dial-A-Beating-911
  • Dial-a-Demonstration 924-6315
  • Dial-a-Satellite-TR 3-0404
  • Time-NERVOUS
  • Weather-WE 6-1212.
  • The Switchboard-989-0720, at the Alternate U, is open 6 PM to 3 AM.

THE SUBWAY SYSTEM

The first thing to do is get familiar with the geography of stops you use most frequently. Locate the token cage. Check to see whether the exits are within easy view of the teller, off to the side, or blocked from view by concrete pole-supporters. Next learn the type of turnstile in use. Follow the hints laid down in the Free Transportation section.

The rush hours are always the easiest times. Just go through the exits as people push open the door. Also at crowded hours, people go single file past the turnstiles, one after another in a steady stream. Get in line and go under. The people will block you from view and won't do anything. Even a cop won't give you much hassle. Some subway stations have concrete supports that block the teller's view. Where these exist, slip through the exit nearest the pole or slide by the turnstile.

Turnstile jumping is such a skill, it's going to be added to the Olympics. There are three basic styles common to New York and most cities and each needs a slightly different approach.

The Old Wooden Cranker-(Traditional) You have to go under or sail over this type. Going under is a smoother trip. Going over is trickier since you need both hands free to hurdle and it's a quicker, more noticeable motion.

New-Aluminum-Bar-Turnstiles-Which-Turn-Both-Ways-For-Exit-and- Entrance-Approach it with confidence. Pretend you're putting in a token with your right hand and pull the bar toward you one third of the way with your left hand. Go through the space left between the bars and the barrier. Not for heavyweights!

New-Aluminum-Bar-Turnstiles-Which-Can-Be- Used-Only-For-Entrance-They won't pull towards you, and so, you must go either under or over them.

NOTE: There is no way to tell a New-Aluminum-Bar-Turnstile-Which-Turns-Both-- Ways-For-Exit-and-Entrance from a New-Aluminum-Bar-Turnstile-Which- Can-Be-Used-Only-For-Entrance unless there is a sign. You have to try it first. Therefore, it is important to remember which kind is in use at your local station so your technique will be smooth. Once you're through, remember in your mind you've paid. Ignore everybody who tries to stop you or tell you different. If someone shouts just keep on truckin' on toward your track. Don't stop or run. Insist you are right if you ever get caught. We have been doing it for years, got caught twice and let go both tunes when other passengers insisted we paid. Everybody hates the subways, even the tellers.

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FREEBIES

Clothing Repairs

All Wallach stores feature a service that includes sewing on buttons, free shoe horns, and shoe laces, mending pants pockets and linings, punching extra holes in belts, and a number of other free services.

Furniture

By far the best place to get free furniture in New York is on the street. Once a week in every district, the Sanitation Department makes bulk pick-ups. The night before, residents put out all kinds of stuff on the street. For the best selection try the West Village on Monday nights, and the East Seventies on Tuesday nights. On Wednesday night there are fantastic pick-ups on 35th St. in-back of Macy's. Move quickly though, the guards get pissed off easily; the truckers couldn't care less. This street method can furnish your whole pad. Beds, desks, bureaus, lamps, bookcases, chairs, and tables. It's all a matter of transportation. If you don't have access to a car or truck, it's worth it to rent a station wagon and make pick-ups.

Ghosts

If you would like to meet a real ghost, write Hans Holtzer, c/o New York Committee for Investigation for Paranormal Research, 140 Riverside Drive, New York, NY. He'll put you in touch for free.

Free Lessons

Lessons in a variety of skills such as plumbing, electricity, jewelry-making, construction and woodworking are provided by the Mechanics Institute, 20 W. 44th St. Call or write them well in advance for a schedule. You must sign up early for lessons as they try to maintain small courses. MU 7-4279.

Poems

are free. Are you a poem or are you a prose?

Liberated Churches

  • Saint Mark's in the Bowery, Second Ave. and 10th ST. (674- 6377
  • Washington Square Methodist Church, 133 W. Fourth St.,
  • Greenwich Village (777-2528); Judson Memorial Church, Washington Square South (725-9211).

Flowers

At about 9:30 AM, free flowers in the Flower District on Sixth Ave. between 22nd St. and 23rd St. Once in a while, you can find a potted tree that's been thrown out because it's slightly damaged.

The Staten Island Ferry-Not free, but a nickel each way for a five mile ocean voyage around the southern tip of Manhattan is worth it. Take IRT (Broadway line) to South Ferry, local only. Ferry leaves every half-hour day and night.

Drugs

In the area along Central Park West in the Seventies and Eighties are located many doctor's offices. Daily they throw out piles of drug samples. If you know what you're looking for, search this area.

Books

You can always use the library. The main branch is on Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. The Public Library prints a leaflet entitled "It's Your Library" which lists all the 168 branches and special services the library provides. You can pick it up at your nearest branch. They also publish a calendar of events every two weeks which is available free. If you have any questions call 791-6161.

You can get free posters, literature and books from the various missions to the United Nations located on the East Side near the UN Building. The Cuban Mission, 67th St., will give you free copies of Granma, the Cuban newspaper, Man and Socialism in Cuba, by Che Guevara and other literature.

Maps

A free subway map is available at any token booth. Good if you're new in the city and don't know your way around.

Pets

ASPCA, 441 E. 92nd St. and York Ave., TR 6-7700. Dogs, cats, some birds and other pets. Tell them you're from out of town if you want a dog and you will not have to pay the $5.00 license fee. Have them inspect and inoculate the pet; which they do free of charge. A place to look for free pets is in the Village Voice under their column Free Pets.

Radio Free New York

WBAI FM, 99.5 on your dial. 30 E. 39th St. (OX 7-8506).

Free Schools

  • Alternative University, 69 W. 14th St. (989-0666). A good radical school offering courses in karate, Mao, medical skills and other courses. They will send you a catalogue listing current courses.
  • Bottega Artists Workshop, 1115 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, 336-3212 has art taught by professionals for a free.

GENERAL SERVICES

  • Contact-220 E. Seventh St. Open 3 to 10 PM. Raps, contacts, mailing addresses, counseling, sometimes food.
  • Traveler's Aid-204 E. 39th St. MU 4-5029
  • Village Project-88 Second Ave. Open 2 to 6 PM. Same as Contact.