Use of websites like Group On and Meetup is common. When a free venue is found (Free days at the museum, gratis concerts, movies and plays in the park, esoteric bullshsit lectures) they will turn into shuffling zombies, pack these venues to the rafters and squash any bit of fun you might have by inducing claustrophobia or annoying you with their "Got to crowd every little bit of experience into my fabulous life" insanity. When you see these people waiting on lines a block long they look like something out of a George Romero film.
Shooting these zombies though the head, although the preferred zombie eradication method, will usually lead to incarceration in a penal institution. Avoidance is the best tactic. And the only way to steer clear of Manhattan Free Shit Zombies is to go to events and venues that charge a fee. Any event with a price tag of over twenty dollars is usually sufficient to repel them.
Roger – “Fuck that shit. The place will be crawling with Manhattan Free Shit Zombies. Lets go have dinner at a nice restaurant instead. They can’t afford that."
Sally – “Want to go to Governor’s Island and catch that free reggae concert?”
Hilary – “Free shit. Must have…….”