Here in NYC, there are plenty of options for spending the day without spending at all. But what are the best things to do for free throughout the five boroughs? To find out, we decided to Just Ask The Locals.™ Mario Batali is a big fan of the Staten Island Ferry, while Cynthia Nixon opts for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Also at the top of her free and fun list are the Sony Wonder Technology Lab as well as First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum. As for Wynton Marsalis, he recommends catching complimentary jazz at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (late-night sets and afternoon battles), the Museum of Modern Art, Jazzmobile and Saint Peter’s Church (Jazz Vespers).

And last week, we asked you to tell us your favorite free things to do in NYC. We got lots of great responses, but the top 10 no-cost hotspots according to Gothamist readers are:

     Central Park
     Bryant Park
     Downtown Boathouse
     Metropolitan Museum of Art
     Staten Island Ferry
     Prospect Park
     Coney Island
     The Brooklyn Heights Promenade
     Chelsea Galleries
     Strand Book Store

Want even more insider advice on where to go and what to do in NYC? Discover where Tim Gunn and Cynthia Rowley shop for bargains and where Debbie Harry goes to hear live music. Find out Marcus Samuelsson’s favorite cheap eats and where Sean “Diddy” Combs goes for a drink. Plus, offer up your own NYC tips and enter the Just Ask The Locals Challenge to become the next Official NYC Local. So go ahead, get a tip, give a tip and enter to win at