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#The Lowdown

An Insider's Guide to New York's Free or Low-Cost Entertainment

By Travel Savvy

The cost of living in New York City adds up fast! Between your daily 'double shot capps' and transportation fees, it can be hard to scrape together a budget for fun things to do around NYC. However savvy locals know that there are a handful of cost-effective options perfect for those who are looking for entertainment that won't break the bank. Check out our four favorites!

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Late Night with Seth Meyers

30 Rockefeller Plaza, Studio 8G, NBC Studios

Catch this former "Saturday Night Live" cast member as he hosts his own late-night show on NBC! This Emmy Award-winning comedian's witty one-liners make us howl, and of course we love his A-list celebrity guests! "Late Night with Seth Meyers" tapes Monday through Thursday every week at 5:30PM and wants you to fill the audience!  For free tickets, go to and enter for several chances to win!   

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Chelsea: 307 W. 26th Street | East Village: 153 East 3rd Street

Open Sundays through Saturdays.

Originally founded by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre is a place for all things comedy. With two locations in NYC, the theatre's groups perform it all -- improv, stand-up, sketch, talk/variety, and even wacky stuff that defies classification. Enjoy an evening of unobstructed laughter this summer with UCB Theatre! The best part? Ticket prices range anywhere from free to $12!  

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Free Shakespeare in the Park

Central Park | Enter at 81st St & Central Park West or 79th Street & Fifth Avenue

All performances begin at 8:00PM.

Head to Delacorte Theater in Central Park this summer for an evening of tragedy! (Or comedy!) Free Shakespeare in the Park is The Public Theater's annual summer season of free, outdoor Shakespearean plays -- typically offering two different plays per season. Tickets are doled out to those waiting in line at the Delacorte Theater, just before each performance day beginning around 6:00AM. The wait in line is worth it!  

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Nuyorican Poets Cafe

236 E 3rd Street

Open most Mondays through Saturdays.

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is one of New York City's hidden gems! For over 40 years, it has not only served as a home for poetry, jazz, theater and hip-hop, but it has also also given a voice to minority and underprivileged artists who use the spoken word as a form of social empowerment. Guests are invited to witness and partake in various forms of entertainment, including: poetry slams, open mics, Latin Jazz and Hip Hop concerts -- to name a few! Ticket prices range from as little as $8 to $20, or more if you want to splurge on a T-shirt!


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