A FREE Birthday in NYC
Posted on June 21, 2014
This is the second time that I have celebrated my birthday in NYC. Last year, while I was visiting a friend, the big day
rolled around on a Thursday. We indulged in cupcakes and a drink or two in the evening. Well, I had a couple of drinks.
My friend for some reason consumed more alcohol than she is accustomed to, and I ended up having to make sure
that she did not walk off the subway platform on our way back to her home. It was low key for me, and I was ﬁne with
This year, I decided that I would try something different. And so the plan was to see what I could get for free in NYC,
just by walking into places and letting them know that I was now a year older. I wandered great distances and made
several stops in between. I stopped at food, clothing and service establishments.
And here goes…
My ﬁrst stop was at Dunkn, Donuts on Hudson (near Clarkson). I walked in and told the girl that it was my birthday and
she high ﬁved me and said hers was tomorrow. She was super friendly and asked me what I wanted on the house. So I
got a coffee. I wanted to see how far I could go with this so I asked what baked good I could get. She pointed to the
selection – basically I could choose. I decided to forgo the doughnut, since I had plans to make a few other stops
during the day. But I thanked her, had my coffee, took a selﬁe and walked a bit until I hit IHOP on Varick Street. I walked
in, saw a young guy and said the same thing to him…’It’s my birthday, do I get something for free?’ He looked at me
like I was kidding at ﬁrst, so I thought if I repeated myself, he would’ve realized that this was no joke. He responded
seconds later, saying that I could called the corporate ofﬁce and ﬁnd out! Ha! I said no thanks, and walked out. Those
pancakes would have made my belly the happiest.
I walked over to Spring. Aveda, next stop. I ended up not even getting a travel sized item.
Next, Georgetown Cupcakes on Mercer Street. No luck. But did you know that if you know what the ﬂavor of the day
is, you get a free cupcake. A girl in line behind me whispered it to me. So in the end, I did get a cupcake, but not for
being my birthday.
a look at nyc through a new set of eyes
Next, was the Baked by Melissa booth on Spring St (near Broadway). Nope he said. He thought it was a great idea and
said he would mention it to someone in corporate. Right.
This was not turning out as well as I thought it would!
Well, I did need a drink after the cupcake, so Starbucks was the next destination. And guess what…my luck changed!
They gave me a green tea on the house!
It was time to venture out of Soho and so I made my way up to 34th. Someone had mentioned to me in passing awhile
back that Beneﬁt does your brows for free on your birthday. But only at the Macy’s location. So, I tried my luck and they
wished me a happy birthday and told me I would have to wait about 10 minutes. I was ﬁne with that. Brow waxing is
about 24 dollars there so it was worth the wait! I do need to mention though that they would only wax for free and not
just tweeze or pluck. This was the ﬁrst time that the esthetician was doing a ‘birthday brow’. She was super nice and
ended up doing a great job. I had to take a selﬁe of that!
Now, I had to pick up a present from Victoria’s Secret, which was just across from Macy’s. I grabbed a few things and
headed to the cash. Once again, I told my birthday story. Do I get some sort of discount? Maybe a free lotion? Nada.
Nothing she could do.
I decided that it was time to make my way uptown. Now this might seem strange to some, but I had to go into Hooters.
It is difﬁcult enough to walk into random places and ask for free stuff- try it and you will see! – but walking into a Hooters
and asking a bunch of boobacious, short, shorts wearing ladies, was very intimidating! But I gathered up the courage to
ask the 3 girls that were waiting at the entrance. They looked at each other and then one of them said that they
couldn’t give me anything. But before I left, one of the girls told me if I signed up for their newsletter, I would get a
coupon for free wings. And so I walked out, got onto their website, and within a few minutes, I was back in Hooters,
enjoying my wings. Now, I have to say that I was shocked to see a couple of young children with their parents in this
establishment. I guess Hooters is a family friendly place! I asked the waitress if I could take a picture of her with the
wings so that I could send it to my father, who has never been to Hooters. She was worried that something was in
between her teeth and asked me to look. I wanted to tell her that my dad would not be looking at her teeth, and so she
After that, it was time to head to another cupcake favorite, Sprinkles in the Upper East Side. All I had to do was show
my i.d. to prove that it was my birthday and I could choose any cupcake that I wanted! That was pretty easy.
After all that eating, I ﬁgured it was time to walk it all off. I was exhausted from the walking already-remember I started in
Soho and made my way up to the Upper East Side.
Here is a summary:
Dunkn’ Donuts’ Aveda
Beneﬁt at Macy’s Georgetown Cupcakes
Starbucks Baked by Melissa
Sprinkles Victoria’s Secret
Looks like I didn’t do so bad after all!
It would be great if more companies were open to free birthday treats. But that could be a huge commitment, so I
The brow bar at Beneﬁt being set up for me.
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on June 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm said:
I want to see your selﬁes from the day!