New York City: 5 best February values

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See a fashion exhibit at FITFall 2010 Fashion Week is February 11-18, 2010. This is the last year the event will be held in Bryant Park—in September, it moves to Lincoln Center. While tickets to runway shows are decidedly not cheap (or even available), the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is free. View 80 garments in the museum's latest exhibit, focused on the relationship between aesthetics and innovation in dressmaking. Through Apr. 10, 2010.

A free walking tour of Central Park Yes, February is usually frigid in Manhattan. But that doesn't stop Central Park volunteers from leading free walking tours, including The Castle and Its Kingdom, a tour that explores Belvedere Castle and its surrounding 55 acres. The castle is a particular favorite for lovebirds (even in the cold, you might spot an engagement proposal!) For more on Central Park's free

walking tours, see our previous post.

Presidents' Day at New York Historical Society The Society is offering free admission from Feb. 13-21, 2010, to celebrate Presidents' Day (admission is normally $12 per adult). Exhibits include Lincoln and New York and John Brown: The Abolitionist and His Legacy.

New York Philharmonic's open rehearsals For $16, you can attend a select morning rehearsal of the venerable New York Philharmonic. Tickets for performances usually cost $35 or more, but for half-price, you'll hear the same music as the orchestra prepares it for performance. See February's open rehearsal schedule (including works like Mozart's Jupiter Symphony) over at NewYorkology. The Lincoln Center complex has undergone some major changes in the last year, and this is the debut season of the Philharmonic's new conductor, Alan Gilbert.

Weekends at the Brooklyn Flea The huge indoor flea market just moved its location to the beautiful One Hanson, a former bank on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. It's easily accessible by train (four major subway lines stop near it) and free to enter, and with a rotating list of vendors offering vintage clothing, handmade crafts, and collectibles, it's definitely worth a stop to scavenge for a truly unique souvenir.

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