It’s one of the biggest perks of being in the cultural hub that is New York City: concerts are everywhere. Beyond just Broadway shows, in New York there’s always a musical experience to discover, whether it’s a superstar’s sold-out show at Madison Square Garden or an up-and-coming songwriter’s breakout gig at Rockwood Music Hall. Concerts are among some of the best free things to do in NYC, too, especially in the summer. Thrifty denizens often hit up the free concerts in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park—and scrimp further with plenty of cheap eats nearby. Events in NYC aren’t only about rock music, though; the New York Philharmonic is, of course, a world-class act.

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