thanks for the info on restaurant week, chefjune.
other than what chefjune said, you sometimes can get discounts through your company's hr department, or if you have an american express gold card, you can get advance/discount tickets for a lot of shows.
btw, here's the link for the staten island botanical garden www.sibg.org
nicole, do you know how staten island got it's name?
when henry huson first sailed up thru new york harbor early on a foggy morning, he saw the native american's giant garbage dump and remarked "is that an island?"
(you must tell this joke on the ferry, just to see the reactions of the locals)