getting cheap tickets to Broadway shows, concerts, comedy events and more.
New York city tourism can be a major burden on a travelers wallet. You don't want to spend all your money at expensive showcases because they will leave you with no money for beer. Then how will you pay for those $10 drinks at our bars? There are simple ways to get your hands on some of New York's hottest tickets without paying an arm and a leg for them. Below is a list I put together to help you save some money.
The Power of the Publications: People that visit New York, even those who live in New York, take the free publications we have all over our streets for granted. Papers like The Village Voice and The Onion contain weekly calendars of the upcoming comedy acts, concerts and art shows. For example, several weeks ago I attended an event I found in The Onion called, The Stepfathers. The show was at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater and the tickets only cost me $10 each. For a Saturday night and rougly 1 1/2 hours of entertainment, that ain't that bad. These publications provide you with the cost of each event, time, date and whatever other information you may need to get there.
Don't buy the first deal you see. I found a advertisement on Freenyc.net (also a great place to look for free and cheap events) for the EastvillecomedyClub. If you make a reservation for the Friday night show, the tickets are free! You heard me correctly. Free tickets to a comedy show! I am sure you are asking yourself, "whats the catch?" right? There is a two drink minimum for each person. Big deal. The shows are great and usually carry some big names. But my point is that some people paid 15 dollars for the tickets. If they would have just shopped around they could have saved that cash for some drinks.
Cash is King. I'll make this one short. I have seen plenty of people wait on line for hours just to find out they don't take credit at the ticket window. So, always have enough cash for you and your friend if necessary.
Broadway is not just for the rich. A service called TKTS sells tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows at discounted prices. When I say discounted, I mean some are up to %50 off! Everything from the little mermaid to Stomp is on sale for the day of and following day shows., TKTS has three locations: Brooklyn, Times Square and South street seaport. The Seaport booth is probably the least crowded of the three.
Early bird catches the worm. If you attempt to get tickets to a show or venue by using one of these methods, you have to beat the crowd. There are plenty of people out there with the exact same intentions. Usually these free events will fill up the seating and then turn everyone else away. If you don't have a back up plan your date then your screwed.Thousands of people read these events online and in the papers so give yourself piece of mind and plan ahead. For instance, I recently attended a performance called Fuerza Bruta at the Daryl Roth Theater in Union Square. The web site says rush tickets go on sale two hours before the show time. The rush tickets ($25) are a third of the regular price tickets. They are also in high demand. The first time I tried to get tickets I was two hours early and already an hour late. Get there three hours early, Especially for a weekend show. Plenty of people will be waiting for these tickets. The next time I went barley made the cut off. I also found out they only sell twenty rush tickets!
So as you can see there are many tricks to seeing these shows for cheap. If you can make it happen you'll find it to be not only challenging but also exhilarating as you reward yourself with each pair of tickets you get
If you know any other techniques, please leave them on the comment section for all of us to share.