Living on an Intern’s Budget – Weekend Fun On-the-Cheap

Being an intern is an amazing experience with tons of perks – career experience, networking opportunities, and heck, even free snacks and subway cards if you’re lucky. As far as we’re concerned, there’s not much not to like about interning with a great company. Living on an intern’s budget? Well, that’s another story. We’ve all heard the tale of the bright-eyed young intern who ends up on a diet of ramen, with no money for the bus much less any fun. Don’t let the stories scare you – here at NYCi, we know that living in New York when you’re short on funds is no picnic. That’s why we’re rolling out a new weekly feature on how to live in NYC on an intern’s budget. We’ll be covering  lot more topics in future posts, but for now, here’s a roundup of some fun, free events to check out while you’re kicking back this weekend:

For the over-21 and hungry:

Piola (Greenwich Village) – Weeknights, including Friday, head over to Piola where purchase of any beverage gives you access to an array of tasty Italian tapas – think mini pizzas, cheese platters, salads, fancy olives. It can get a little crowded in the bar area, but the friendly staff and yummy snacks make it worth the trip. 48 East 12th Street, New York, NY

d.b.a. (East Village) – Sunday mornings, er, late mornings, drop into d.b.a. for free bagels and lox starting at 1 pm. We suggest getting there right on time – the deal ends when supplies run out. Come for the bagel, and stick around to sample from d.b.a.’s famous beer selection. 41 First Ave., New York, NY

For the culturally minded:

Mystery and Music reading at Word bookstore in Greenpoint – Mystery authors Toby Ball and Cornelia Read are giving a nifty reading this Saturday, 1/22, at 7:30 pm, complete with wine and cupcakes. Salon 97’s Cariwyl Hebert has chosen classical music to be played alongside the authors’ selections. If it’s anything like Word’s regular events, this one should be a blast. 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY RSVP on Facebook

Word Bookstore

Abstract Expressionist New York at MoMA – Been dying to see this popular exhibition of works by Jackson Pollocks, Barnett Newmans, and Mark Rothkos? Check it out this Friday evening, 1/21, between 4 and 8 pm, when admission is free thanks to Target. 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY

For everyone else:

Catch a screening of Takers with Mat Dillon and Chris Brown at Sony Wonder Labs’ 73 seat theater in midtown this Saturday, 1/22, at 2 pm. They’re hosting a slew of free flicks this season, every Saturday, in addition to some neat, free technology workshops. RSVP here 550 Madison Ave., New York, New York

For a week-day adventure in Williamsburg, check out the very popular, very free Big Terrific comedy night, hosted by Max Silvestri and Jenny Slate at The Lovin’ Cup Cafe. The next show is Wednesday, 1/26, at 8 pm. 93 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY


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