You don't have to be in shidduchim to go on a date

Going out should not end at the l'chaim.  With so many options for free and next to free in New York city and on Long Island listed in the 8 part series -NY-Jewish-Bridal-Examiner~y2010m6d3-Dont-knock-a-cheap-date you have no excuse not to get out this summer.  You can go out with your chasson, husband, and older marrieds can even take the kids to every place listed except the Frick Collection (which does not allow children under 10).

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Lion of Zion said…
great ideas. will definately follow up with some of them. (maybe you should change it to read "Going out should not end at the wedding" :) )

i once looked into atsc membership but didn't get it because of the 90-mile rule. we don't generally travel 90 miles from where we live, so what's the point?

brooklyn museum has saturday late night hours (free) first saturday of each month

staten island zoo is free one afternoon a week

some museums are free are very reduced to educators (e.g., iirc long island children's museum and staten island child mus)

takeing the cable car to roosevelt island and walking around the island.

my favorite is walking across the east river bridges

how do you feel about not paying for museums that have suggested donation?
Ariella said…
LOZ, thanks for the comment and additional info. I'll have to add the Brooklyn Museum to the roundup of museums listed. We visited it a couple of years ago (free admission for corporate sponsors, as my husband then worked at Goldman).

I have found that the 90 mile rule is not universally enforced. We've had membership at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, which can at some levels cover both ACM and ASTC. We were able to get into Liberty Science Center and the Queens Hall of Science, as well as the Long Island Children's Museum with it. However, I have heard that the Liberty Science Center may have become more restrictive. So you really have to call ahead. We now have ASTC membership through the Transit Museum and have used it for the Queens Hall of Science. The memberships also really pay off for a visit to the Franklin Institute.

Where do you park when you take the cable car to Roosevelt Island? I've often wondered about it.

As for your last question, we used to use the corporate sponsorship a lot at the Met and also to get in free on corporate sponsor days for museums and Brooklyn Aquarium. Now that we don't have it any more, we just pay what we wish (not $40 but something) when we go to the Met. They really don't give you dirty looks or anything. This morning we visited the Frick during the "pay what you wish" hours. The cashiers stress, "pay whatever you wish," and don't even tally the amount or give a receipt. They just accept what you give and hand you the tickets with no comment.
Ariella said…
While looking up the Brooklyn Museum, I found that Target (which sponsors the Target free Saturdays) is also sponsoring free admissions from 11 to 6 on Sunday, July 18, 2010
lion of zion said…
"Where do you park when you take the cable car to Roosevelt Island"

i live in brooklyn, so i took the subway to the cable cars (which i think are not in operation now due to repairs?). but you should be able to find parking on the east side (esp. if you can walk a few blocks) on sundays, and certainly weekday evenings.

"I have found that the 90 mile rule is not universally enforced."

you don't think this is wrong? how can you violate a stated and clear policy that you agreed at the outset to abide by? why is this better than when i strictly follow costco's stated policies (which you thought i was in the wrong for).

please don't take this as a personal attack. i really want you to convince me you are justified. if you can do that, i would also like you to tell me how you get away with it. :)

have an easy fast (hopefully without kalitzom)
Ariella said…
LOZ, the 90 miles restriction is left up to the discretion of the individual institution. It means they have a right to uphold such a restriction and not accept reciprocal membership from people within 90 miles. But they are not at all bound to do so. The NY Hall of Science has never, in my memory, held anyone to that restriction. So it, certainly, is not something they are bound to do. We don't try to get away with anything; we simply confirm the policy of the individual museum. I never said you were wrong per se, though I can tell you that Rabbi Zev Friedman -- the principal of the RAMBAM boys' high school here -- declared that people who buy from places with liberal return policies -- Lands' End was the example he offered -- with the intend to buy, use, and then return are halachically wrong. I forgot the exact heading it came under, but you can, certainly, contact him about it if you wish. His email is roshmesivta @ RAMBAM dot ORG As I said even before my husband reported on this talk, it one thing if people buy in good faith and are then disappointed in the performance of the produce; it is another if they buy with the intention of returning -- like people who give themselves a free rental of a dress they only need for one evening by buying it and then returning it.

BTW why did you take your blog private? I am not on the invited list there.
Ariella said…
LOZ, I copied the terms directly from the ASTC site below (note that in point #1 it clarifies that the institutions can lift the restriction on the basis of mutual consent, so it is all above board) :
" Please note—local restrictions apply
1. Based on your science center's/museum's location: Science centers and museums located within 90 miles of each other are excluded from the program unless that exclusion is lifted by mutual agreement. 90 miles is measured "as the crow flies" and not by driving distance. Science centers/museums may create their own local reciprocal program. ASTC does not require or participate in these agreements, or dictate their terms."

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