Living in New York City is beyond expensive. From rent to MetroCards to a cup of coffee, everything adds up quickly.

Luckily, there are tons of free events to check out in the city that never sleeps.

Here's our freebie guide to NYC.

'Descension' art installation (through Sept. 10)

If following today's political discourse feels like staring
If following today's political discourse feels like staring into a void, there's a pool in Brooklyn just for you. A giant continuously whirling pool, 26-feet in diameter, has been installed as a new art exhibit in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Titled "Descension," the piece is meant to "destabilize assumptions about the physical world," according to its curator, the Public Art Fund. Designed by the renowned London-based sculptor Anish Kapoor, the water spins in a vortex, seemingly disappearing into a hole in the ground. A railing encircles the pool, giving viewers the opportunity to lean in and peer into the cavity. 334 Furman St., Brooklyn, brooklynbridgepark.org (Credit: Brooklyn Bridge Park)

Get some laughs at NYC Broken Comedy at Bar Matchless (Mondays)

Enjoy laughs every Monday from NYC Broken Comedy,

Enjoy laughs every Monday from NYC Broken Comedy, hosted by comedians Mike Denny, Michael Che and Nimesh Patel at Bar Matchless in Greenpoint. You may even catch a set by a familiar face, like Hannibal Buress from "Broad City." Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, doors open at 8:30 p.m., facebook.com/NYCBrokenComedy

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Stroll through Chelsea's art galleries

Take yourself on a totally free art tour
Take yourself on a totally free art tour of the city by visiting Chelsea's gallery scene. Start at 25th Street and 10th Avenue and weave in and out of the streets on the West Side. Entry is free to all galleries and you don't even have to be a prospective buyer. Pro-tip: Visit Thursday nights when many galleries have openings (and free wine!). (Credit: Getty Images via Chelsea Lauren )

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Watch local filmmakers' flicks or screen your own (third Wednesday of the month)

If you're looking for an
If you're looking for an "open mic" for filmmakers, head to "Bring Your Own Film," a monthly screening event held at Shoestring Press in Brooklyn. View short films and videos -- under 10 minutes long -- and discuss the work of local creatives in a casual environment. Want to BYOF? Be sure to head over early to submit -- the screening lineup goes fast. Shoestring Press, 663 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, third Wednesday of every month, bringyourownfilm.com (Credit: Bring Your Own Film)

Take an art walk at Socrates Sculpture Park

This Long Island City park is home to
This Long Island City park is home to seasonal exhibitions of impressive sculptures (including this functional bench piece) from a slew of internationally renowned artists. A complimentary LIC Art Bus takes passengers between local art destinations The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter and MoMA PS1. 32-01 Vernon Blvd. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Queens, socratessculpturepark.org (Credit: Meghan Giannotta)

Catch a free comedy show at Friends & Lovers (Mondays)

Head to Crown Heights bar Friends & Lovers

Head to Crown Heights bar Friends & Lovers on Mondays to see "Side Ponytail," a free comedy show featuring hilarious performers like Brian Parise, Drew Dowdey and more. Friends & Lovers, 641 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, 7 to 9 p.m., facebook.com/sideponytailcomedy

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Show off your rock 'n' roll singing chops at Arlene's Grocery (Mondays)

Every Monday, this downtown music venue hosts a
Every Monday, this downtown music venue hosts a rock 'n' roll karaoke night, where attendees can choose from a selection of hits to perform with a live band. Bring your friends and have a moment in the spotlight while performing your favorite rock song. Arlene's Grocery, 95 Stanton St., Manhattan, 10 p.m., arlenesegrocery.net (Credit: Getty Images / Roger Kisby / Stringer)

Learn about Central Park

Sure, you've been to Central Park more times
Sure, you've been to Central Park more times than the cast of "Friends" hung out at Central Perk, but do you really know the history of Manhattan's largest green space? Learn about the secret gems (including Glen Span Arch, pictured), lesser-known folklore and your new favorite picnic spot with free tours led by the Central Park Conservancy. Tour upper Central Park, iconic movie spots and more, all for free. Check out centralparknyc.org for meeting places and times for guided tours or just download the Central Park app and guide yourself. (Credit: Nancy Borowick)

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Meet New York's cutest residents at the Bronx Zoo (Wednesdays)

The 265-acre Bronx Zoo isn't something you can
The 265-acre Bronx Zoo isn't something you can cover in one day, but it's worth a try. Zero in on the exhibits where your personal spirit animals live -- maybe it's Tiger Mountain that calls to you, or perhaps the Himalayan Highlands -- and be sure to keep an eye out for the many baby animals who reside on site. And while a donation is appreciated, Wednesdays are free of charge all day. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, bronxzoo.com (Credit: WCS / Julie Larsen Maher)

Free classes at Yoga to the People

Find your flow for free at Yoga to
Find your flow for free at Yoga to the People's St. Marks' location. Join in on complimentary Power Vinyasa Flow yoga courses, with a suggested donation. Yoga mat rentals are available. 12 St. Marks Pl., Manhattan, for class times, visit yogatothepeople.com (Credit: iStock)

Catch free improv at UCB from your favorite comedians (Sundays)

Both Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York

Both Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York offer a selection of free improv comedy performances, but one show at the Chelsea location gives you the opportunity to see some of your favorite comedians for a lot less than their headlining shows. "ASSSSCAT 3000," which is performed every Sunday at 9:30 p.m. for free, has been known to host special guests (including Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch). Though tickets are complimentary, be sure to get there early -- we mean early -- as fans line up for hours before the show to snag a seat. UCB Chelsea, 307 W. 26th St., Manhattan, ucbtheatre.com

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Enjoy Brooklyn Museum for free on Thursdays

Brooklyn Museum entry usually costs $16 per person,
Brooklyn Museum entry usually costs $16 per person, but on Thursdays the museum has partnered with Squarespace to give art enthusiasts four hours of free access to exhibitions, classes and more. 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, 6 to 10 p.m., thursdaynightsbkm.com (Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt)

Animation Nights New York (monthly)

Head to the Seaport District for this monthly
Head to the Seaport District for this monthly screening of curated animated shorts, featuring works from filmmakers from around the world. Animation Nights New York also hosts a variety of VR animation experiences at each session. Beer and wine is up for sale and be sure to bring a blanket as you lounge on the indoor grass of the screening room. 180 Maiden Lane, Manhattan, for upcoming events, visit animationnights.blogspot.com (Credit: Animation Nights New York)

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Sip some free cups at Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Tuesdays)

Stumptown hosts weekly cuppings (that's coffee industry speak
Stumptown hosts weekly cuppings (that's coffee industry speak for tastings) every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in its Greenwich Village training lab. Reservations aren't required but try and arrive 15 minutes early to secure a spot. Cuppings curate a tasting of aromas and flavors of the current Stumptown menu and you can ask any coffee questions to an expert. Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 30 W. 8th St., Manhattan, stumptowncoffee.com (Credit: Stumptown Coffee)

Make it big at QED's open mic

Head to QED Astoria for free open mic
Head to QED Astoria for free open mic nights featuring comedy, poetry, storytelling, music and more. Whether you want to sit in the audience and relax or practice your performing chops in front of a small audience, this is the space to do it. Check the calendar for free listings. QED Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Queens, qedastoria.com. (Credit: QED via Facebook )

Tour the Brooklyn Brewery

OK, so the beer isn't free (unless you're
OK, so the beer isn't free (unless you're super nice to the ticket takers), but wait in line for a timed, 30-minute tour of the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg -- it's totally free. The scent of beer is complimentary, too. 79 N. 11th St., brooklynbrewery.com (Credit: Brooklyn Brewery )

Get literary at the Franklin Park Reading Series (second Monday of each month)

This Crown Heights beer garden brings all the
This Crown Heights beer garden brings all the nerds to the yard the second Monday of every month. Both established and new writers will read at this acclaimed and completely free event. Enter a free lottery to win some literary swag or take advantage of $4 drafts during the event. 8 p.m., 618 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, franklinparkbrooklyn.com (Credit: Franklin Park via Facebook )

Attend a free drag show

Drag shows are a great way to enjoy

Drag shows are a great way to enjoy free (minus the tips, of course!) entertainment in the city. A wide range of drag clubs and lounges -- from Boots and Saddles in the West Village to This n' That in Williamsburg -- forgo door charges for their shows, so stop by to get your drag fix. Who knows -- maybe you'll see some of your favorite queens from TV at these spots.

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Take a self-guided tour at Pelham Bay Park

Enjoy the weather with Pelham Bay Park's Kazimiroff

Enjoy the weather with Pelham Bay Park's Kazimiroff Nature Trail, which gives hikers long and short self-guided paths. Kazimiroff Trail, Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx, nycgovparks.org

(Credit: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)