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The Top 10 Free Activities Manhattan Has to Offer

The Top 10 Free Activities Manhattan Has to Offer

In a city full of high prices (Really, the rent’s too damn high), many people lack a disposable income to try new adventures. Often opting for a night at home and too embarrassed to perfect the art of the mooch, you need to know there’s a solution. Here’s a secret. Not everything here costs $$$.

They say, “Nothing in life is free.” Well, they obviously missed these activities NYC offers.

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    Intro to Improv
    Intro to Improv

    Magnet Theater - Studio

    We’re all have a story to tell--whether or not we know it yet. If you’re story involves a pregnant mother of four whose firstborn is a bonobo, then an improv class may be the perfect way to tell this story. In a fun and relaxing environment, you’ll learn the art of making stuff up. Simply by saying “yes...and,” you’ll quickly be on your way to tackle any problem...even if it’s birthing a monkey.

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    Learn to Mime - Trial Class
    Learn to Mime - Trial Class

    Richmond Shepard

    …....... ... .... ...... .......... ... . you got all of that, right?

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    Digital Camera Settings
    Digital Camera Settings

    Okay, so you decided to upgrade your camera from iPhone and Instagram to SLR. Ready for real photography? If you don’t know how to use your camera or need a refresher, this free workshop will teach you all about balance, exposure, ISO, and photo manipulation. This is absurd especially for the cost. Wait a second, there is no cost.

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    Capoeira - Trial Class
    Capoeira - Trial Class

    Nago Academy

    This Afro-Brazilian dance martial-arts combo settles disputes likes a Broadway musical. Through combat and hip hop, you’ll stylishly rock back and forth keeping your opponent off balance and your tango strut on tap. This high-intensity cardio and strength workout promises to rhythmically kick you into shape. Remember though, don’t be a Jet.

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    Boxing - Trial Class
    Boxing - Trial Class

    Church Street Boxing

    Streets and stress of NYC bludgeoning you on the daily? Apartment have a few roaches, work grinding your gears, and life gnawing at your bits? You need to fight. Fight the power--wait a second, maybe. Boxing provides a disciplined, body-sculpting workout. Jab your way out of life’s ruts...or challenge someone to a duel.

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    Public Speaking Class
    Public Speaking Class

    Zenspeak

    Were you too nervous and missed the punch line of your joke? Fret not and learn what you need to focus on to become a master communicator. Whether it's delivering a moving speech at the podium or telling a side-splitting joke to some colleagues, learn how to get there with this free class.

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    Live Music Show - Wednesdays - activity no longer offered (11/14/15).
    Live Music Show - Wednesdays - activity no longer offered (11/14/15).

    The Village Underground

    Long day at work? Tired of turning to Netflix and a glass of milk to relax after a hard day? Embodying Greenwich Village’s bohemian culture that attracted Ginsberg, Dylan, and Costello, The Village Underground alters that. Paying homage to its roots, you can enjoy a cold one with some live rock, funk, reggae, and maybe a dose of country. How’s that for relaxing?

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    Fencing Lesson in the Park
    Fencing Lesson in the Park

    Manhattan Fencing

    When Captain Jack Sparrow rescued the lovely Miss Swan, you gotta admit, for a second, you thought about committing to piracy. Now, you can rekindle the spirit of the pirate and fight your way to freedom...or a better, quick-reflexed body. With quick feet, fast hands, and a cunning swagger, you’ll be set to rescue a Miss Swan of your own--or ice for your stab wounds.

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    The A-List (Stand-Up Comedy) - No longer being offered (FMC 11/16/16)
    The A-List (Stand-Up Comedy) - No longer being offered (FMC 11/16/16)

    EastVille Comedy Club

    The only thing funnier than good stand-up comedy is awful standup comedy, recounted years later. Here, you’ll just have to settle for good comedy, since that seems to be all that's offered at the EastVille Comedy Club's A-List show. Past comics featured included Janeane Garafalo (Reality Bytes, Wet Hot American Summer) and Christian Finnegan (Vh1’s Best Week Ever). Pretty tough to beat that for a free show!

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    Mixed Martial Arts - Trial Class
    Mixed Martial Arts - Trial Class

    Focus Mixed Martial Arts

    You gotta fight. For your right. To a.....better body.

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