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Fun Things to Do During Memorial Day Weekend in NYC



Burgers. Brews. And beach tans. Ah, Memorial Day Weekend.

The official kick-off to summer is here, which means nearly everyone in New York City is packing up to escape the city heat. But what if you didn’t have enough time or money to book a trip in advance? Don’t fret:  Luckily for you, you’re living in (or close) to New York, and as you know, this city always has your back. 

Here, the top 5 activities we recommend doing/ visiting during Memorial Day Weekend.


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Must Do Activities in New York City During May


May is the first time of the year when we can officially feel the summer. Weather is getting better,  days are getting longer and the drinks are getting colder. This makes May the ideal moth to go outside and explore what the city has to offer. For those who don’t have ideas of what to do this month, we listed some possible activities.

Click below to find out our must do activities in New York City during May!


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6 Best Things To Do in New York City in April


April is the first official month of spring, a time when all of New York City’s parks start to bloom – with greenery and people – and when rooftop bars across the city re-open their doors.  Generally speaking, New Yorkers are going out more than they have in all of 2019 this month – and so should you!

No idea what to do? Don’t worry: Here, we list a few activities you won’t want to miss out on this month!


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How to Make It Through January When You’re Broke


January isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite time of the year. A few days into 2019 and we already have to drag ourselves back to work. A few weeks into the month and most of our New Year’s Resolutions are forgotten, the holidays seem like forever ago and the spring season seems ages away. This is around the perfect time to give yourself a little treat to make it through these cold, tough days… but that’s the worst thing about this month: you’ve spent most of your money on Christmas and New Year’s Eve and now you’re broke. 

So, how can you make the dark days a little brighter without spending a fortune? 

Fun and Affordable Activities in January

Surprisingly, New York City doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a lot of cool things to do in January that don’t require spending a fortune, including ice skating at the rink in Bryant Park. If you need skates, you can rent them for only $20. The ice skating itself is free.

Another thing to add to your bucket list this January is attending the taping of one of your favorite TV shows, since a lot of popular TV shows are shot in the area. This unique experience is not only free, but also a way to do something cool without having to step outside and endure the cold January weather.  

When you’re thinking about exploring the city by foot, January may not be your first choice of a time to do it. But now that the tourist season is over, you’ll find that the city is a lot calmer than the rest of the year, making a walking tour an even more interesting experience. All of the Free Tours by Foot are pay-as-you-like, meaning you choose how much, if anything, the tour was worth. Just make sure to pick one of the milder days for the walking tour.

Last but not least, what better way is there to treat yourself than enjoying a dinner at a 5-star restaurant, for ¼ of the price? During the NYC Restaurant Week, from January 21 till February 9th, you can eat in more than 300 of New York City’s best restaurants for less than $50.

Treat Yourself with Quick Extra Cash

The coldest month of the year becomes a lot more bearable when you have something to spend. Lending Organization Provident Loan Society has your back, no matter how broke the holidays have left you. Provident Loan Society is a not-for-profit organization that provides instant cash in exchange for collateral in the form of a.o. gold and diamond jewelry and fine watches. Whether you need $10 or $100,000, you can simply bring your collateral to one of their five offices in the city. In about 15 minutes, you’ll have enough money to treat yourself to a nice dinner in your favorite restaurant or a fun weekend trip to a warmer place. And before you know it, warmer days are coming up again.

About the author:

Daphne Striekwold is studying International Business & Languages in the Netherlands.

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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve on a Budget


The end of the year is getting closer. Maybe you’ve already made your New Year’s Resolutions and bought a special champagne for the occasion. Now, the only question is: where are you going to celebrate the start of 2019?

This is New York, so there will be more than enough fancy parties to attend. But they do come with a price tag, of up to $997,00 for a ball drop party or $3,700 for a table at an exclusive club. And all of this after you’ve generously spent most of your money on the holidays…

That said, it definitely is possible to make the end of 2018 both memorable and affordable. You just have to know where and how.

Watching the Ball Drop at Times Square

One of the most popular ways to spend New Year’s Eve is free: every year more than a million people gather together at Times Square to watch the famous ball drop, starting at 11:59 PM until 12:00 AM. You just have to make sure to get there in time: after 4:00 PM, it will likely be impossible to save yourself a good spot, since the streets will be blocked and the place will be packed with people who want to cross this unique experience off their bucket list.

Breathtaking Fireworks in Brooklyn

If you don’t want to spend 12 hours packed in the cold at Times Square, you can still enjoy the free firework show in Prospect Park, Brooklyn instead. The free event comes with live music and an amazing firework show starting at midnight. Thousands of visitors gather together each year to end the year in a memorable way.

Affordable Parties

Ending 2018 with a spectacular party doesn’t have to leave you starting 2019 with an empty wallet. There are lots of budget-friendly parties in the city. One of the popular options is this lovely cocktail spot in Alphabet City called The Wayland: for only $10 you can enjoy live music from 9:00 PM till midnight. You should also check out one of the parties in the other boroughs instead, since they are generally a lot cheaper. For example, for only $20 you can attend the party at Woodland in Brooklyn.

Quick Extra Cash to Introduce the New Year

Short on cash? No worries! With the help of Provident Loan Society, you can still end the year with a bang. Provident Loan Society is a not-for-profit lending organization that provides instant cash up to 100,000 in exchange for collateral. All you have to do is bring your collateral to one of the organization’s five offices through the city. Within 20 minutes, you walk out with enough cash to start the new year in a good way. Happy 2019!

About the author

Daphne Striekwold is studying International Business & Languages in the Netherlands.

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