By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — Too broke to get out of the city this Fourth of July weekend? We feel your pain.
Here's a list of some fun— and most importantly, cheap — things to do around town this weekend.
Start with a little culture: The Museum of Modern Art, at West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, gives out free tickets every Friday after 4 p.m. Bonus: This is also a great date idea, as it makes you appear more sophisticated and cultured.
Speaking of sophistication, stop by Gray’s Papaya afterward for their "Recession Special" — two hogs and a 14 oz drink for $3.50.
Saturday, get up super early — we're talking 7 a.m. — and head over to Central Park to try and snag free tickets to Shakespeare In The Park. The tickets are given out at the Delacorte Theater — enter near 81 Street.
If you’d like to take a mini trip out of Manhattan, head to Governors Island to enjoy the uncluttered fields and views of downtown Manhattan. There is a free show on the island by “Portugal. The Man.” at 6 p.m. The band hails from Wasila, Alaska, though we’re guessing any Sarah Palin shirts they might be sporting will be of the ironic ilk.
Sunday is all about fireworks. But that won’t happen until after 9 p.m., leaving a long, hot day to hang out. It’s supposed to be in the mid-90s, so why not check out one of Manhattan’s public pools? Here's a list of all the locations in the borough: http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/pools.
For those of you willing to be bit more adventurous, the city is offering basic canoeing lessons in Inwood Hill Park from 12-3 p.m.
In the evening, be on the lookout for four F-15 fighter jets flying over the Hudson River between 7:30 and 8 p.m. as part of the Macy’s fireworks display.
The fireworks show is scheduled to start around 9:20 p.m.
Monday is going to be all about nursing your hangover. What better way to do that than watching a movie about gritty, 1970s New York? Bryant Park is showing The French Connection as part of their Summer Film Festival.
The lawn opens and 5 p.m. and the movie starts around 8.
Have a great weekend!