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Eating out in New York just got A LOT more affordable

We’re letting you in on our biggest, most life-changing secret. The app no New Yorker should be living without: Seated. Basically, you’ll get paid to eat out at your favorite restaurants and bars, which is insane! That means amazing rewards from brands you love, like Uber, Airbnb, SoulCycle, ClassPass, Amazon, Uniqlo, Madewell, and more, just for grabbing food or drinks at amazing restaurants and bars in NYC (which you’re already doing and not getting paid for)…

A thousand free concerts on the longest day of the year

Friday marks the Summer Solstice, which means that it’s time for the citywide Make Music New York festival to return for its 13th year, and the schedule is jam-packed with hundreds of music events taking place in outdoor public spaces in all 5 boroughs from the North Bronx to the southernmost tip of Staten Island. From 10am to 10pm, you can hear every kind of music, from metal to opera to ska to ragtime to hip hop, and it’s all totally free. You can search the massive list of offerings by neighborhood or genre…

Fireworks abound on Friday night

Hop the train to Coney Island on Friday night to cheer for our own Brooklyn Cyclones as they face their fiercest rivals, the dreaded Staten Island Yankees, on opening day at MCU Park. The game starts at 7pm, tickets start at just $14 apiece, and you should stick around after the game for the free fireworks show. On the other hand, you can see a gorgeous fireworks display without traveling to the southernmost edge of the borough by attending one of my favorite summer events: the New York Philharmonic concert in Prospect Park, which is free and starts at 8pm. Grab a picnic dinner …

Lady Wray at Industry City

City Farms’ summer concert series at Industry City kicked off its season this week, and Friday night brings R&B and hip hop singer/songwriter and Missy Elliott protegee Lady Wray to the stage for an 8pm show in the courtyard with opener 79.5. Unlike some of the other outdoor concerts I’m looking forward to this summer, this one will leave your frozen drinks fund relatively intact, as tickets are just $18. If you want to keep the party going afterwards, swing by Mama Tried, a laid back new cocktail bar in the unlikeliest of places, nestled under the BQE amidst the XXX shops and live poultry…

June is New York Music Month, get tuned in

June is New York Music Month, the official celebration of the city’s vibrant music scene. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has teamed up with New York is Music to offer a month of free events for musicians and music fans alike! Information about free rehearsal space, free workshops for musicians, free concerts, free walking tours of iconic music neighborhoods, a new radio show/podcast about NYC music scene, a songwriting contest, and a comprehensive website listing free and ticketed events …

Jump, jive, and wail on Friday night

Kick off the long weekend by trying something new on Friday night—a swing dancing class and dance party at Brooklyn Swings in Williamsburg. From 7-7:30pm, a pro instructor will teach the class a short solo routine (note that you don’t need a partner to participate), and then the whole group will dance the night away until 10pm. The class fee is on a sliding scale from $5-10, and if you need any more incentive, there will be free cookies! More ideas for Your Ideal Week