How To Date In NYC Without Going Broke

By Emma Bellamy

My little brother, who lives in NYC, recently got back into the dating game and has had to brainstorm creative date ideas that won’t break the bank. He is a graduate student (read: living on loans) and doesn’t drink (read: bars aren’t an option), so he has to get even more creative than most to come up with fun ideas.

That being said, NYC is one of the best cities in the world for dating. During the summer, the city is loaded with potential date zones. You can picnic, explore, and enjoy the plethora of street fairs and free concerts. I went on a 6-month OkCupid dating rampage right before I left NYC, and some of the most memorable dates I’ve had were spent exploring the city — all without having had a sip of alcohol or spending over $10.

Here are some of my top date ideas, all of which you can go on for under $20 and where alcohol is optional.