New York City is the eight most expensive cities in the world to live in. Sadly, Brooklyn no longer escapes the pricey hands of Manhattan. Good news? SFC is located near a few savvy spots to eat, drink, and enjoy some free events.

If you want to take a stroll around Brooklyn Heights or a few stops into Manhattan, and get the most out of your money, there are a few places.


162 Montague Street

Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

(718) 522-555/5558

Located conveniently a block from St. Francis College, Nanatori is a perfect place to satisfy sushi cravings at a reasonable price. The lunch special (11:30AM-3PM) allows you to order two rolls of sushi with a miso soup and salad- all under $10!

Want to get the most out of your money? The bento boxes are great. What is in the bento box? chicken teriyaki, a side of brown or white rice, salad and veggies for just $7.95!

Pressed for time? want to save money on the tip? It’s so close that you can order out to take back to school or decide to enjoy a meal in this cozy restaurant on a lunch break, and still make it on time for classes.

Brooklyn Bridge Park 11201

(Accessible from the N, R,W, M, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains at Borough Hall, the R and M at Court Street, the 2 and 3 at Clark Street, the A and C at High Street, and the F at York Street in DUMBO- or just a short walk from SFC.)

Located conveniently a few blocks from Saint Francis College, the Brooklyn Bridge Park is known to hold various exciting public programs and activities all year round.

Activities from summer movie series, free walk-up kayaking programs, ‘learn to ride’ bicycle clinics, Brooklyn Bridge Park offers many great recreational events for free.

As a participant in the free kayaking program, the experience was amazing.

A short wait, and then a close to half-hour ride in the East River. All equipment was provided, including a life jacket.

Upcoming events: ‘Spring Fling’ Saturday, April 23.

What is going to happen at this upcoming event? A musical guest will perform, egg toss, relays/games, and Karma Kids Yoga to practice yoga poses.

There will also be a ‘Walk with the Brooklyn Bird Club’, Five Boro Bike Fest, Sing for Hope’s Pop-up Pianos, ZUMBA by YMCA, Night Tours, and more in the coming months leading into summer!

Ask your friends, and family to tag along, and check it out!

Kwong Wah Co

210 Grand St, New York, NY

(212) 431-9575

Directions from SFC: R train to Canal Street

Kwong Wah Co is the spot to make a quick trip during breaks for lunch.

It is not only a bakery with delicious choices that include: pineapple cake, melon cake, red bean bun, all for 60 cents or below.

Kwong Wah Co also sells fresh sushi rolls for $3 a roll.

In addition, there is a hot food station. Some of the options are chicken, rice, veggies, and more, for cheap prices.

What is the main reason to make this 15 minute trip into Chinatown instead of walking to the nearest overpriced smoothie shack? Bubble tea!

Bubble tea comes in several flavors (various selection of fruit flavors or coffee flavor).

What bubble tea is really known for are the tapioca balls at the bottom of the cup. These chewy pieces are sipped through a large straw along with your delectable drink, and that’s bubble tea. Great creation. Price? $2.50.

Prosperity Dumpling

46 Eldridge St

New York, NY 10002

(212) 343-0683

This location isn’t exactly close, but if you find yourself in Chinatown already, and you love dumplings, this is the place to be!

Five pork and chive dumplings (steamed or fried) for only one dollar!

Sesame pancakes are 75 cents each, and hot soups for $1.75.

There is not much room for seating. However, there is a park located a few blocks away for nice weather days. And if you love them so much, you can buy a 50 pack of frozen dumplings and make them in your own humble home for $8!

These are just a few of the many low-priced/ free spots in Brooklyn Heights and downtown Manhattan. College students can afford a great meal and a good time on a small budget.


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