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The Cheap Bastard's Guide to New York City: A Native New Yorker's Secrets of Living the Good Life--for Free! Paperback – August 1, 2002


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  • Series: Cheap Bastard
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 1st edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762723521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762723522
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,770,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brings on attitude and humor in its revelations of how to obtain assorted freebies" -- Publisher’s Weekly

"But does it work? You Bet… Grader hilariously dissects the city to come up with his innovative money savers." -- John Deiner, The Washington Post

"The [money] you spend on this book will be recouped in no time" -- Brooklyn Parent Magazine

"The last word on living well and cheaply in the Big Apple – and, no, it is not an oxymoron." -- June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune

"There are a lot of ideas worth considering…Plenty of attractions for the casual visitor." -- Richard P. Carpenter, Boston Globe

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No place offers more for free than New York City - but only if you know where to find it. Luckily for everyone, "The Cheap Bastard" has found it all and shares his secrets in this witty, exhaustively researched guide. From the obvious to the obscure, the sophisticated to the sophomoric, this book catalogs the endless free opportunities available in the Big Apple, surprising visitors and natives alike. With attitude and humor, author Rob Grader, a born-and-bred New Yorker, reveals the following: how to gain free entrance to plays, concerts, museums, and television tapings; where to find free classes in anything from belly dancing to wine appreciation; how to land a low-cost apartment in a luxury building - without paying a broker's fee; where to find free food, including happy hours, free gourmet samples, and half-price meals; how to get a free haircut or highlights at a leading salon; when and where to find great furnishings in other people's trash.With the Cheap Bastard as a friend and guide, anyone can celebrate life on the cheap! (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 204 pages, illustrations, charts)

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is the best I've read of its genre. Rob Grader means it when he says something's free, and he gives away the catch where there is one.
After reading his book, I have now
*seen a Broadway play...for FREE
*seen the Knicks at Madison Square Garden...for FREE
*found a bar with $3 mixed drinks and free popcorn
*furnished my apartment FREE
*bought half-price bagels to last a whole week
*seen FREE acoustic performances.
The one I haven't got yet is the free movie tickets, but that's coming.
Oh yes--I've been in New York less than six weeks, living off savings, working as an intern and not getting paid.
BUY THIS BOOK! (But if you're really cheap, you'll do what I did and read it at a bookstore first, then buy it used online).
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on June 14, 2004
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Several of my old college friends still trickle into New York for a visit, and I gladly play the city's goodwill ambassador. One of my friends from Iowa (one alma mater of mine) was toting this book. I thumbed through it and thought, "This is pretty good. I'll pick up a copy for whenever other friends come to the Big Onion."
I did pick up a copy, and as I read through this very well written book, I started to learn a few things for myself. Now, it's a keeper FOR ME. This is something every New Yorker should own, but I hope doesn't. If too many people discover the secrets in this book, they might go away.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Felber on August 29, 2002
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As a New Yorker and an X-treme bargin hound I thought there would be little I could learn from this book. Wow. Was I in for a shock. The author reveals a universe of cheap wonders in NYC, that had somehow eluded my cheap self. Even better, it's a throughly entertaining read.
I especially liked the entertainment listings and the hair, beauty and massage section. I'm all a twitter to go to the totally free Shiseido "store" for my free facial, massage and even classes. Heck, I may even apply for the free car he speaks of...
The best kept NY secrets are here. Read this book and you'll finally understand how many of us can afford our rent AND have a blast every day of the week.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Maddie Yan on July 4, 2003
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As a relatively new resident of New York City, I found this book to be a great source of ideas. I have already done a number of the activities suggested by the Cheap Bastard including Sunday jazz in Washington Heights, swing dancing on the Hudson River pier and at a dancing school, and free outdoor movies downtown. It seems especially good for the summer months, with lots of outdoor events. My boyfriend is not a big spender so it suits us well! Thanks!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2002
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This is a really great collection of ideas. I've looked at several other books with similar themes, but they tend to repeat the same ideas--this one digs a lot deeper and seems extremely well researched. Highly recommended.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2003
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Finally! This book is simply fabulous -- a treasure trove of information organized with wit and panache. It's fun, it's informative and best of all, it's incredibly well researched. Whether you're a tight-wad New Yorker or a financially challenged tourist, this book is a must have. I only hope it becomes a series.
P.S. It makes a great gift!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carri Pecorella on August 13, 2008
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Well done Cheap Bastard!! You could take some of the ideas in this book and do them anywhere!! Some of the things you'd have to actaully live in New York but if you're trying to stick to a budget I'd recommend this book for sure, however...you NEED to plan!! Some things need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance and if you leave a message be prepared to follow up...give yourself enough time to plan on some of the free tours!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Wu on September 8, 2008
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This is a wonderful book for people that are relatively new to NYC. It provides lots of information on free or low budget activities that the city has to offer. If you follow the activities suggested in the book, they will keep you busy in a long while!
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