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How to Be Broke On Your Birthday!

Happy birthday to YOU! I may be a little late or perhaps a little early, but your birthday is always coming up!

I have good news: I’m not the only one who thinks you deserve celebrating. A bunch of businesses around the city will give you a gift for your birthday – some physical, some experiences, some awesome discounts, all wonderful.

Pro-tip: I am on the listserv for a ton of places, so they know to reach out to me on my birthday. If you’re not yet on the lists for these places, they won’t know to reach out to you. Go give them business now and you’ll be rewarded later, in many ways!


    • Rent the Runway
      • You will receive an email with a $30 off promo code for your birthday if you are a member of RentTheRunwayPRO (for the price of one dress’s shipping and insurance, you can get free shipping and insurance on every rental AND a free birthday outfit for your birthday week. #WORTH. Here is my link to join and get $30 off!). This code does not expire. Lissette and I are both modeling RTR finds – my jumpsuit, her pants (barefoot aesthetic by yours truly).rtr.jpg
    • Mndfl Meditation
      • Call to get in a class (212-477-0487) & show your ID when you get there. Wear clothes you’re comfortable sitting in (ie: don’t wear a short dress, etc., but workout clothes not necessary.) You’ll leave your shoes and personal items (including cell phone!) in the lobby during class. Help yourself to cold water or a great tea selection before class. Read more about my experience below.

Coming back to work after any break is a challenge. Even when I was in school I found returning to the grind to be a LOT. After my #MDW mini vaca with friends, I squeezed in my first @mndflmeditation class Tuesday AM before work. I love vacations, but I don't necessarily come back feeling "relaxed + refreshed." This is the first time I did, though, and I think I found a new post-holiday ritual. 🙌 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I woke up Tuesday super sleepy and stressed from a delayed train that almost made me miss class 🙃 but once I arrived, I was surprised to be able to shed it all. This was my first group guided meditation experience (outside of shavasana in yoga classes). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔅 HIGHLIGHT: my instructor, Ashley, sat down with me & debriefed the experience after class for at least 15 minutes. Between this and the shockingly sound-proof walls found in 0 other places in NYC (lol), I really felt like this experience left an impact on me for the rest of my day. This is definitely a PRACTICE, as it was really challenging for me during class, but it should get more normal with consistency. I am happy to answer more questions about my first experience for those considering! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🧐 WHY ON @howtobebrokeinnewyork: this class was free for my birthday! 🎂 You also can find this on @classpass for a really low credit count (and as you know, I have a free 2-wk trial to share!) or you can get your first class for $10. Finally, as NYers we are constantly moving and over-stimulated. Take a break – you deserve it! 😌

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    • Receive email on your birthday for a free class, which expires one week from then. The ride is valid for walk-in only. They say to call before to check the availability. They check ID for proof. Spin shoes complimentary.
    • Receive email on your birthday for a complimentary class, as well as class package discounts. You have one week to use this offer. Call to book  (646) 756-5114 – and know 6:30 and 7:30pm classes are excluded from this offer. Towels included but shoes are not.

    • Chopt, Zaro’s Family Bakery, and Gregory’s coffee.
      • They’ll send you $5 in their app – and, #ProTip, all of them share the same app. Just download one and you can pay using the same app at each place. It’s the same app for CAVA and Dig Inn as well. I pay using my CAVA app!
      • Sends you an email day of your birthday for a complimentary walk-in class, which expires in 30 days. Show the email to the front desk when you come, and bring socks – shoes are complimentary. I’d recommend calling the studio to check how busy a class is before walking in – just in case!
      • I received a free birthday class email 5 days before my birthday and it lasts a month. Show email in studio to get in. Remember: towel and mat cost $2 extra each, so just bring your own! No shoes required.
    • BARRE3
      • If you have an account, you have within your birthday month to use complimentary class. If you have a class package with the studio already, you can gift your free class to a friend! Just have to bring email to front desk (or reply to the email). Receive email within couple of weeks of the birthday. Bring your own water bottle, as there’s no plastic here – gotta love a GREEN studio!! Grip socks or barefoot fine, and they have hand towels there. Get ready for a super sweaty barre class with a beautiful view of our favorite city!barre3.jpg
    • Fresh
      • If you aren’t yet obsessed with their rose petal face mask or their soy cleanser, go check these out right now! I am on the email list for Fresh, and the month of my birthday, I received an email to stop by their store for a free gift. I went 3 weeks after my birthday and they gave me THIS! How cute?! I received a sugar face scrub and another soy facial cleanser.fresh.jpg
    • Sephora and Ulta
      • Wups, sorry for grouping you two together! Join their rewards/insider program for each store. They both give you amazing beauty gifts for your birthday! I haven’t been to Ulta for my birthday yet this year, but I just went to Sephora with multiple options for my gift. I went with the lip kit – a lipstick, a lip tint, and multiple lip scrubs. The colors are beautiful! I’ll let you know if I get to Ulta this year, but last year, they gave me an amazing eyeshadow palette. These two places are pretty flexible about when you come in, but don’t wait more than 6 months, k?


I hope this post encourages you to support some of the great businesses in our city! Join their mailing lists, go to classes, check out their sales, and get pampered on your birthday. You deserve it!

I ask that if you go to any of these places, please let them know how you found out about their birthday special – just mention my name or @howtobebrokeinnewyork!

Am I missing your favorite store or studio, or have you had any fun birthday experiences at any of these places? Let me know in the comments below!



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A comprehensive list of free waterfront workouts in New York

If you can get to the west side of Manhattan after work, you are golden – there’s something about the Hudson River that makes everyone want to get healthier! And if you’re like me and absolutely love Williamsburg, I have a great option for you too!

I have an option for you nearly every day of the week, and I will update as I find more for you.

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14th Street Park overlooks the water and is full of people that love watching us dance in public.

The Sweat Sessions

The Meatpacking District’s Sweat Sessions offers 3 classes Tuesday evenings, each class offered by a different local fitness studio. You need to RSVP for those in advance, and they fill up quickly. When you arrive, there will be a line to check in- which consists of you turning in your printed ticket to the event, so set a reminder now to make sure you print out your ticket! – and to sign a waiver. After the class, there is some free recovery food offered.

When I went to the 7pm ((305)) Fitness class (read more about that here), we were given drinkable strawberry yogurt after class. I’ve seen every kind of fitness offered for this – pilates, yoga, HIIT, Zumba, you want it, they offer it! I have signed up for classes based on my ability to arrive in time from work, but if you finish at 5pm, I encourage you to try all the classes you can! The last chance you have to participate is on August 29th, with either yoga, dance cardio, or HIIT. The HIIT class is with Fhitting Room, who I’ve taken a free class before and LOVED, but the RSVP for that is currently closed. If it reopens, you have to jump on it! Sign up for one of the three classes now!

ClassPass’s “Lean with Christine” Community Bootcamp

Christine’s boot camps are the most perfect way to kick start the last day of the weekend. These outdoor tush-kickers take place at Pier 46 along Hudson River Park at 11 am on Sundays. The workout was intense, and the view ain’t half bad either. (See the group photo at the top? So many happy exhausted faces, thanks to Christine!)

Not a bad view for a Sunday morning boot camp, yea?

You are supposed to sign up through ClassPass, but I just DM’ed Christine on Instagram and she told me to just show up with a mat, water, towel, and sunscreen. I would also suggest sunglasses and a hat to prevent the discomfort of having the sun in your eyes during core work. There are bathrooms and a water fountain right at the pier, which is super important and convenient for a hot outdoor workout.

The class was broken down into four sections: the warm-up, core work on the mat, interval training stations, and stretching/cool down. The class felt very personal, with Christine’s fiance participating and taking photos, her friends cheering her on, and her mini Bluetooth speaker pumping the jams as loud as it could. Christine and her supportive fiance are getting married quite soon (congrats, you two!) so her fabulous weekly workouts will be on a brief hiatus soon, but don’t worry – I will let you all know when they resume, and we will go together! The next one will be on Sunday, September 3rd. Make sure you are there!

If you’re feeling like taking a chance…

To take these ClassPass Community Bootcamp classes, you are supposed to sign up using your ClassPass account, technically… but I don’t have ClassPass. I just found out there are more free ClassPass Community Bootcamp classes for us to explore! In the same spot as Christine’s, you can find Michael Ringer’s HIIT classes Thursdays at 7 pm and Saturdays at noon.

Flexing with the woman, the myth, the legend herself – Christine! Kudos to her for these guns!

Thanks, lululemon!

From here on out, all classes/events are offered by lululemon, who is KILLIN’ IT as a company, offering all the free fitness my heart desires. Thanks to all the money saved for fitness classes I feel like maybe I can almost afford some clearance leggings!

Healthy on the Hudson

HOTH has a partnership with lululemon for classes in Hudson River Park on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of September. They are giving me so much hope because everyone else is making me feel like Labor Day is the end of all the fun! Tuesday nights are offered at Pier 46, which is by Charles Street west of the Village. This is the same location as Christine’s Sunday boot camp classes! Similar to the Sweat Sessions, Healthy on the Hudson’s Tuesday night classes feature a different fitness studio for each class. Wednesday nights are off Moore Street in Tribeca, at Pier 25. All of the upcoming Wednesday night classes are taught by an instructor from Mile High Run Club. For either night, you have to sign up in advance (both nights share the same Mind Body sign-up). All of the classes are from 6:30-7:30pm.

How Do You View?

WV roof
This is the amazing space. Get over here. NOW.

The new lululemon Williamsburg has partnered with the jaw-dropping William Vale Hotel to bring us lucky folks rooftop workouts, overlooking the East River and all of Manhattan and Queens. The view does not compare. It is incredibly gorgeous. The roof has “grass” which I think is really AstroTurf, but it feels too real. Lululemon partners with a different Williamsburg fitness studio each week to bring a 1-hour 10am workout on Saturday mornings. You are supposed to sign up in advance on their weekly Eventbrite page, although I’ve only been checked in once. I’ve found that the Eventbrite page has “sold out” before, but not everyone shows up. If you run into this issue, just contact the event organizer via Eventbrite and request to be added to the list.


WV rooof
My first class with Laughing Lotus Yoga

They provide the mats, towels, a water jug, and sometimes, post-workout fuel from a local business in the neighborhood. I love these classes so much. They are so relaxing with this most amazing view and the classes have all been spectacular. My favorite so far was a pilates class, although I have also had great yoga and HIIT classes too. The William Vale Hotel is located near McCarren Park, and yes there are Citibike docks a block away. When you enter the hotel, go through the lobby to the elevator and ask to be taken up to the Westlight roof. When you get there, go back towards the bar, go outside, and take the stairs up one flight to the roof.



The Sweat Sessions

Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park (10th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets)

ClassPass Community Bootcamps

Pier 46, 412 West St, New York, NY, 10014

Healthy on the Hudson: Tuesdays

Pier 46, 412 West St, New York, NY, 10014

Healthy on the Hudson: Wednesdays

Pier 25, West St & N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

How Do You View?

Westlight @ The William Vale Hotel, 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249




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REVIEW: My free ((305)) Fitness Experiences

As you all saw in my July post, 305 Fitness offered free mock classes with new instructors. I took a class with a new instructor named Ivy – a fellow Floridian!—and I had the most amazing time. Although 305 Fitness is all about dancing, they pride themselves on offering classes that don’t require a dance background, just a desire to have fun. However, I danced for most of my life, so I was ecstatic to be in this class!

For some reason, my class only had two other students in it. At first, I was a little worried, but it ended up being great because there was more space to move and a more intimate one-on-one fitness experience. The class that came in after mine was PACKED, so this seemed like quite the rarity! The room is designed with Miami club vibes, with a mural of a 305 hand sign, and there is a live DJ who also controls the lights. Just like a Miami club, but way cleaner.

Happy post-workout hot mess – with the fantastic instructor, Ivy!

Our instructor was so fun – I strongly recommend a class with her! Her choreography was exhilarating, interesting, yet easy to follow. Although there is a lot of dance, the class starts off with more calisthenic-based movements, like jump squats, high knees, and jumping jacks. There was a break in the middle of class for strengthening with weights, which for us was booty and legs, but the muscle group changes with each class. After that, there was a more intense hip hop choreo section to end the class before cool down. I don’t usually take cardio classes because I get a lot of cardio from my frequent bike rides, so I really enjoyed the change of pace. I couldn’t stop smiling during class I was having such a great time! I may actually purchase a small membership here in the future, as the sales associate at the front desk said they are currently offering a new member special: 10 day unlimited for the price of a single class!

I also attended a second non-traditional and free 305 Fitness class earlier this week, as a part of the Meatpacking District’s Sweat Sessions. If you have not yet heard of Sweat Sessions, I am sorry to have let you down – but there’s one week left for you to go! Every Tuesday, Sweat Sessions features a different fitness studio for an hour long class for each hour: 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm. I went to Tuesday’s 7pm 305 Fitness class. All of the workout classes are outside at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park. I guess our music was so fun for those not participating in the class, as little kids in the park stood near the instructors and freestyled and breakdanced! It was the cutest thing!

I love bringing friends with me to experience fun free fitness in New York!

This class was the opposite of my in-studio experience: the entire lawn was PACKED with fellow fitness enthusiasts! There were five 305 Fitness instructors there, but even still, there were so many people, I kept losing the instructors! (This definitely did not get in the way of having fun or dancing my booty off, don’t you worry!) Although Tuesday was incredibly hot, the weather was perfect during sunset for my workout class by the water.


I have included a separate post about Sweat Sessions to make sure all my followers make it out to the final week! Don’t miss out – summer is the best time for free outdoor workouts!



((305)) Fitness Studios:

THE VILLAGE: 18 W. 8th St, NY, NY 10011

MIDTOWN EAST: 33 E. 33rd St, NY, NY 10016

The Sweat Sessions:

14th Street Park – Meatpacking District, NY, NY 10011, between 10th and 11th Avenues

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Dance your booty off *FOR FREE* with ((305)) Fitness

I am so excited to try out the closest thing to Florida in NYC – ((305)) Fitness! This Miami-themed studio has a reputation for being an absolute blast. They use dance cardio, interval training, and isolated toning – sounds like my heaven. However, if 5-6-7-8 means nothing to you, their website says it’s great for dancers and non-dancers alike, as the teachers break everything down step-by-step. And, in true Miami fashion, there is even a live DJ to bring the party!

Maybe if I close my eyes, I can pretend I’m actually back here on Miami Beach!

Well, I have some terrific news for you! The studios, located in the Village and Midtown East, are offering free classes with brand new teachers over the next few weekends. All you have to do is sign up and they will contact you by next Tuesday, July 25th to let you know your class time. This is a #steal since classes are usually $32! Who’s coming with me?!


((305)) Fitness Locations:

THE VILLAGE: 18 W. 8th St, NY, NY 10011

MIDTOWN EAST: 33 E. 33rd St, NY, NY 10016


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Train like an athlete for free!

It feels like I’ve tried a million different workouts since moving to New York, but one sticks in my mind the most: F45 Training. Imagine a playground for adults (but kids at heart) that makes you stronger. That’s what you get here. This is an Australian studio that just opened in Flatiron/Chelsea that is a 45-minute workout of functional training, meaning that you strengthen your body for everyday tasks.

  1. Philosophy. Fitness is important not because it’s “bikini season” or because you want a hot butt. Yes, working out consistently and properly will make you toned and lean, but the way we look is really based on what we eat. Fitness is important for our hearts, our joints, and our bone density, for example. I don’t want to use a walker when I’m older, and my scoliosis gets in the way of my youth. Something that I love about F45 is the “functional” part. They don’t tell you to squat for looking hot; you squat because it is a full-body strengthening exercise. YES. F45, you are the best.
  2. Best trainers in the world. The two trainers I worked with the most, Gareth and Dina, are not only extremely knowledgeable and helpful, but WOW are they supportive! I went to their classes before work every day, and their uplifting and motivating personalities made my mornings. They would cheer me on, they would correct and improve my form, and they would stand by me to make sure not only I understood the correction but that I implemented it. The classes are small training sessions, so it feels like you’re getting nearly individualized attention even in a group class.
  3. Switching it up daily. Each day is themed differently than the next. For instance, on Sundays, they only have “Brooklyn” classes, which are focused on boxing. Each day’s classes have a different name and a different focus for the 45 minutes of exercises. Not only that, but the day’s workout has many different components. You cannot get bored, and the only way to get through the 45 minutes is by having fun (seriously). You only have to do this one hard exercise a few times and then that’s it, you’re done!…until you begin the next hard exercise!
  4. FYI. I did their two-week trial after they opened in May, and I am STILL thinking about it every single day. Let me warn you before your heart breaks like mine: it’s $400+ a month for unlimited membership. That is the ONLY reason I stopped going because if rent and food weren’t essential to living (water is free in New York), I’d just give them all my money. But that doesn’t work for those of us broke in New York!

They also have a great shower/locker room, fully stocked with everything you need. This is an excellent small business and I could sing their praises all day, every day. 

Email and let them know Julianne S. from “How to Be Broke in New York” sent you for your free trial. Good luck not getting too addicted!

F45 Training: 123 W. 20th St., 1E, New York, NY 10011