NEW YORK - If these days you feel like you're hanging by a limb, scratching you're head wondering: What is there to do, that's cheap and fun in New York City? How about swinging by the Bronx Zoo?

Admission is on a pay as you wish donation every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

"The great thing about the zoo," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, "is the great thing that the Wildlife Society does and the chance that we get to learn about nature."

Bloomberg held a press conference Monday at the zoo to remind New Yorkers facing tough times that there are still plenty of free or cheap holiday and cultural activities going on throughout the five boroughs.

In fact, he asked a couple of New Yorkers to join him with their best tips on a tight budget.

For 91-year-old Louvinia Pointer of Crown Heights, free Friday's at the Brooklyn Academy of Music can't be beat.

"Every Friday night Bam Cafe presents free concerts," Pointer said. "This coming Friday night it's hip-hop holidays."

Other suggestions include walking through the Henry Moore sculptures at the New York Botanical Garden, a visit to the Brooklyn Museum, free ice skating at Bryant Park and touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

If you're looking for a smaller museum, there are plenty of them throughout the five boroughs.  Take for instance the Bronx Museum on the Grand Concourse, that's cheap and easy to get to.

There are also tours of Gracie Mansion, Grand Central and special events to celebrate the opening of the new Children's Center at the New York Library.   

Most events and tours are free or low-cost and open to the public.

For more information on fun low cost activities, visit: NYC.GOV.