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43 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on August 20, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Park Walk |
Learn about the park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the park’s esplanade.Sundays, June 4 to September 24, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Park Walks, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Hudson Nature Walk
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
City Walk |
Join a three hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. Begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. From there, make your way through the Gansevoort Market and the Meatpacking Historic Districts and then onto the extraordinary High Line. Then relive the bygone days of a thriving cruise ship and industrial waterfront along the Hudson; we'll see where trains ran along "death avenue", where the New York harbor along the Hudson was perhaps the most significant waterfront in the world at one time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
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Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Harlem Tour
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For over 100 years, the Beaux-Arts beauty known as Grand Central Terminal (a.k.a Station) has been a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of a great city, impressing both travelers and visitors with its wonderful architecture and pulsating vibe. Its history is a story of immense wealth, great engineering, a few accidents, a planned sabotage and one terrific ceiling, but most importantly a story of survival and rebirth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Grand Central Terminal Tour
Fair |
Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Street Fair
Fair |
Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Fairs, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Street Fair
Fair |
Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Fairs, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Street Fair
Park Walk |
Relaxed stroll partly along the southern Central Park "tree trail" described in the book New York City Trees by Ned Barnard, passing through the Mall, with its row of large shady elms, and ending at the Boathouse around 1pm for lunch. Both tree experts (whose assistance will be much appreciated) as well as complete beginners are cordially welcome. Of course, it should be anticipated that the walk will proceed at a snail's pace, with many stops to look at and identify trees.Email or call to make sure that the walk is on, especially if it looks like it might rain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
$3
Park Walks, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Southern Central Park Tree Idenitification Walk
Tour |
Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. This tour repeats every Sunday rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Flatiron District Walking Tour
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Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Flatiron District Walking Tour
Workshop |
Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Sundays from June 4 to October 15 (no program on June 25th and September 17th).
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Big City Fishing
Workshop |
What is kayak polo? It’s a mix of basketball, water polo, and kayaking and a whole lot of fun.They've got the equipment (kayaks, vests, helmets, paddles), you bring the body, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship (shorts/sandals, too). Your level of experience doesn’t matter.They are limited to 15 participants per game, so reserve your spot for the game at 11 am. They’ll put you in a team and give you a vest number on a first-come first-served basis. Dedicated players and volunteers, though, will end up being teachers to others.They focus on individual attention and kayak mentoring, and offer the best free kayak learning experience you can get in NYC. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before game time to be donned with vest, helmet, paddle, and kayak. Sundays, June 4 - September 24, 2017
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Kayak Polo
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Dive into the world of Nintendo on the 2017 Summer of Play Tour.Play games that offer social competitive fun together with family and friends and snap photos in front of colorful visuals full of characters like Mario and the Inklings from the Splatoon™ series. Choose from a wide variety of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games from beloved franchises.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Nintendo Summer of Play
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Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics.Sundays from July 2 to August 27.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Workshops, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Big City Fishing
Workshop |
For Tejal Yoga, the practice, traditions, and teachings stem from a greater source within, a source that taps into her culture, heritage, and roots. Tejal Yoga began in 2013, after Tejal completed her first vinyasa yoga teacher training at The Yoga Room in Astoria, NY. Her love of teaching and passion for the practice led her to India for a traditional hatha yoga training in 2014. Tejal Yoga offers radiant yoga in a warm environment with a clear voice, helping you to feel acknowledged and aligned.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Workshops, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Yoga Outdoors
Poetry Reading |
Poet and author Joshua Bennett will use the park as his stage. The poet’s work will come to life as he performs it amongst Josiah McElheny’s prismatic glass and painted wood structures. He will openly engage the public in interview-style performances, bringing his personal narrative as an artist into the light of the public sphere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Joshua Bennet performs his poetry
Workshop |
Led by an expert from the New York Mycological Society, this workshop will explore the hidden world of fungus. Visitors of all ages will be able to learn more about the fungal specimens that are crucial to keeping a healthy ecosystem.The New York Mycological Society is nonprofit organization whose interest in mycology, or the study of mushrooms and fungi, includes mycophagy: the eating of mushrooms. They are both informed and passionate about fungi, and raise awareness about their cause through informative workshops such as this one.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Hands-On-Hort Workshop: Fungi
Discussion |
The Forum for Feminist Discussion of Masculinity is a safe space to discuss the gendered expectations placed on men and boys in a patriarchal society, and how these have affected, and continue to affect, all of us. The forum is open to all, inclusive of gender and level of knowledge of the subject matter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussions, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Feminist Discussion of Masculinity
Gallery Talk |
Explore the interaction between figures, symbols and gesture as you examine visual rhythms and abstract motifs within the work of artist Rico Gatson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Gallery Tour: Rico Gatson: Icons 2007–17
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
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Its once abandoned waterfront is now is now filled with newly constructed condo towers and magnificent parks and stunning views of Manhattan. Known today as the hipster capital of the United States, Williamsburg is so much more than that, containing enclaves of Puerto Ricans, Polish, Italians, Dominicans and Hasidic Jews. In a city with an unmatched ethnic diversity, Williamsburg is a standout.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Williamsburg Tour
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Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem. Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists. Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Brooklyn Heights Tour
Jazz |
Dr. Mambo and the Experience Ensemble is a Caribbean jazz band with an international mindset. Expect to hear African-Caribbean jazz music featuring rhythms from around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Dr. Mambo and the Experience Ensemble: African-Cuban-Caribbean Jazz
Musical |
The musical pits a Catholic school girl and a subway conductor against a Monster Puppet as they fight for the health and safety of all New Yorkers, the civil rights of America and finally, the future of our planet. This is the story of the awakening of America's true Patriots to do battle with the Monster of Apple Pie fascism and the Pumpkin Head of state, whose mission lies in golf courses and hotels, Russian dances, corporate princes and the power of money.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Musicals, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Checks and Balances or Bottoms Up!: rip-roaring musical
3:00 pm
Regular: $39
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Musicals, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Political comedy
3:00 pm
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Plays, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, A play with Broadway performers
Concert |
Program: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), from Der Clavier-Übung (Part III)Richard Wagner (1813-1883), from ParsifalLouis Vierne (1870-1937), from Pièces de Fantaisie, op. 54Florian Wilkes is resident organist at St Hedwig’s Cathedral in Berlin, ans he also gives concerts nationally and internationally. His first permanent appointment was at the age of seventeen prior to starting his studies at the University of Arts in Berlin. He is described as possessing “crystal-clear technical brilliance, a natural musicality and a remarkably relaxed mastery of form”. From an inner tranquillity Florian Wilkes conjures up sounds which touch the listener at the core.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:15 pm
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Concerts, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Sunday Organ Recital: Bach, Wagner, Vierne
Poetry Reading |
Def Poetry Jam brought urban poetry and the poetry slam movement to the national stage. Presented by Russell Simmons, Def Poetry Jam was a spoken word poetry television series hosted by Mos Def, which aired on HBO between 2002 and 2007. The series featured performances by established and up-and-coming spoken word poets. Currently, the Def Poetry Jam touring roster includes a veritable who’s who of modern urban poets, including Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, muMs, Steve Colman, Vanessa Hidary, Bonafide Rojas and Toni Blackman. Featuring a 4pm poetry workshop with Ursula Rucker and Derrik Cross. Performance starts at 5pm. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Def Poets: A Reunion
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Mulatu AstatkeMulatu Astatke is an Ethiopian musician and arranger best known as the ‘Father of Ethio-Jazz.’ Born in the Western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu trained in London, New York City and Boston, where he combined jazz and Latin music essences with traditional Ethiopian music. He became the first African student to enroll at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he received an honorary degree in 2012. Astatke led his own band, while playing the vibraphone and conga drums; instruments that he introduced into Ethiopian pop music.Emel MathlouthEmel Mathlouthi first began writing songs as a student, eagerly scribing the politically-driven protest anthem “Ya Tounes Ya Meskina” (“Poor Tunisia”). The Tunisian government banned her songs from radio and TV, and in 2008 she moved to Paris. Subsequently, bootlegs of her live performances in France circulated on the internet back home, including the evocatively beautiful “Kelmti Horra” (My World Is Free), which she passionately sang to protesters. That song went viral and has been dubbed “the anthem of the Arab Spring.” Alsarah & the NubatonesThe superbly dynamic Alsarah is a Sudanese-American singer, songwriter, composer, author and ethnomusicologist. She was born in Khartoum, Sudan, to human rights activist parents. They moved to Yemen, and eventually emigrated to the United States. Alsarah immersed herself in music, listening to bootleg recordings in Yemen and learning piano. She would go on to study ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, writing her senior thesis on Sudanese Zār music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, African Sounds: Mulatu Astatke / Emel Mathlouthi / Alsarah & the Nubatones
Opening Reception |
Pearls: Maya Bartlett, Grace Hazel, Lula Hyers, Sofiyah McCormack, Grace Milk, Karina Padilla, Natalie YangCurated by Natalie Yang
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Pearls: group exhibition
Poetry Reading |
Poet and author Joshua Bennett will use the park as his stage. The poet’s work will come to life as he performs it amongst Josiah McElheny’s prismatic glass and painted wood structures. He will openly engage the public in interview-style performances, bringing his personal narrative as an artist into the light of the public sphere.
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6:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Joshua Bennet performs his poetry
Jazz |
Since arriving in NYC, trumpeter Alex Nguyen has been establishing himself for his distinctive lyrical and melodic style. The Savannah, GA native has garnered praise for his independent projects, including the Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, for which he arranges much of the material. Alex has appeared with such groups as the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, the Curtis Fuller Quintet, and Celebration of Lionel Hampton; and one of his compositions “The First Year” was featured on NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron’s album The Traveler. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Jazz in the Park: The Alex Nguyen Quintet
6:00 pm
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Performances, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Magic show
Play |
The Hudson Warehouse presents Shakespeare's history play, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith.July 27 – Aug 20, Thursday through Sunday nights.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Pay-what-you-can admission policy
Plays, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Henry V: A Hudson Warehouse Production
Book Discussion |
Paradigm Lost is a book of radical verse and visuals. It is a poetic and artistic commentary on the need for a shift, a 99% lift – the questioning of an adaptation to greed, consumerism, hate, war and injustice.The book seeks to manufacture dissent via the collaborative work of both the written word and activist art.Eleanor Goldfield will be performing pieces from her book along with projected VJ-style visuals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussions, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Eleanor Goldfield reads from her book Paradigm Lost. Radical Verse & Visuals for the Shift
Play |
The Bard's tragedy of power and treacherous ambition comes to life in a panoramic outdoor professional production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Plays, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, New York Classical Theatre presents Shakespeare's Macbeth
Tour |
The skeletal remains of the High Line’s elevated tracks set the perfect scene for a spooky evening. Join Free Tours by Foot for a journey to the creepier side of New York City’s most unique park. On this tour you’ll hear tales of the strange eccentric who lived below the tracks and saved them from demise, the curse of a West Side Cowboy who fell to his death from the elevated track, and the children who haunt the street formerly known as Death Avenue. If the moon hangs right perhaps you’ll witness the spectacle of a ghostly ship floating down the Hudson River; is it the long forgotten crew of Henry Hudson’s Half-Moon warning sailors not to go to sea? Or is it Captain Kidd protecting the treasure he buried on Liberty Island? Venture at your own risk through the dark side of High Line.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Dark Side of the High Line Tour
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A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Tours, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
8:00 pm
Regular: $25
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Concerts, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Some of the best pop hits
8:00 pm
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Performances, August 20, 2017, 08/20/2017, Circus show!
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