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Don't break the bank: Do these free things in NYC

Broke? No problem. There are plenty of free

Broke? No problem. There are plenty of free things to do in the city -- if you know where to look. Photo Credit:

I love a bargain -- and there ain't no better bargain than free.

Armed with that conviction, I scoured around for some freebies today and hit the jackpot for great pastimes and diversions a mere railroad ride away.

Foreign film

Tonight, TriBeca Cinemas at 54 Varrick is hosting the Korean Culture Society's free screening of the U.S. premiere of "What is not romance." Showtime is at 7 p.m.  Just show up.

TV show audience call

MTV's live show, "Seven" is recruiting audience members. Can you sit in a chair? Applaude when prompted? Good. You might have what it takes. Just send an email to with your name, age, email address, phone number and the date you'd like to attend. Then keep your fingers crossed. The show airs live 5 days a week, and you must be between the ages of 16 and 25 to sit in the audience.

Celeb meeting

Meet actor Eric Bana, whom I only know as having played Henry in "The Time Traveler's Wife," but who apparently has a new thriller out called "Hanna." He'll be at the Apple Store in SoHo at 103 Prince Street tonight between 6-7 p.m.

And speaking of "Hanna," last night you could have caught a free advance screening on a rooftop. Bummer I just caught wind of it. My bad.


Mumford & Sons is taping an episode of "Unplugged" for VH1 on April 13. The band wants their biggest fans to attend, and though that would be me, I have a day job, unfortunately, and taping is typically done in the afternoon. So it's up to you to represent Long Island by shooting off an email to with "Mumford & Sons" in the subject field. Include your name, age (over 18 only), phone, city, state, the name and age of the one person you're allowed to bring with you, and gush about why you're such a huge fan and why you should be in the audience. They also want a photo of you and your guest, presumably to ensure you won't break the camera. The details are on the band's Facebook page.

And if that doesn't work out for you, MyFreeConcertNY is giving away a pair of free tickets to see the lads at Z100's  P.C. Richard & Son Theater, also on April 13.

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