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This page gives you information about best, most interesting, off the beaten path, free and inexpensive acivities in New York City (NYC) starting with Friday, September 19, 2014 (Fri, 9/19/2014) and on.

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Top Free Activities and Entertainment in New York City, NYC

All events, things to do are free unless otherwise noted. Check out our hand picked list of the best free things to do in NYC today, this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Slide Lecture |
The New York Public Library has one of the world’s most significant collections of photography that ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Slide Lectures, September 19, 2014, 09/19/2014, The Romanovs and Photography: A New Lens on Empire

Dancing |
Do-si-do and promenade at a dance party like no other, with a whole lot of country food, music, and fun. ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Dancings, September 19, 2014, 09/19/2014, Park Square Dance

Book Reading |
Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness — the first retrospective ever mounted of Christopher ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Readings, September 19, 2014, 09/19/2014, Artist Christopher Williams discusses his book The Production Line of Happiness

Screening |
The inaugural After School Special Film Festival features films and animations by some of the most accomplished ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Screenings, September 19, 2014, 09/19/2014, After School Special Film Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Film |
Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. 80 ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; RSVP recommended

Films, September 20, 2014, 09/20/2014, Documentary: Teller's Tim's Vermeer (2013)

Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, September 20, 2014, 09/20/2014, Concert on Water

Dancing |
West Coast Swing, a partner dance fusing elements of slow Lindy Hop, Salsa, and booty-shakin’, can ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Dancings, September 20, 2014, 09/20/2014, West Coast Swing Dancing

Theater |
A dramatic play highlighting the devastating impact of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; RSVP requested

Theaters, September 20, 2014, 09/20/2014, Noriko Inamori's Prayer of Love and Peace, a Play about the Atomic Bombings

Concert |
Program Alessandro Annunziata’s Ritrovare (World Premiere) Harrison Birtwistle's ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free tickets required

Concerts, September 20, 2014, 09/20/2014, Music by Composers from England, Germany, Israel, and Italy

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Festival |
10 AM to 2 PM –-------- Catch-and-release fishing 11 AM to 2 PM –-------- Art project 11 ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Festivals, September 21, 2014, 09/21/2014, Go Fish, Featuring a Family Performance by Grammy Winner Tom Chapin

Workshop |
Join the Manhattan Community Boathouse for a paddle on the Hudson! Their free walk-up kayaking program ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Workshops, September 21, 2014, 09/21/2014, Kayaking on the Hudson

Concert |
The ensemble Duo Ephelia will focus on works by German and Russian Romantic composers of the 19th century, ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


$10 suggested donation

Concerts, September 21, 2014, 09/21/2014, Russian and German Romantics: An Afternoon of Clarinet and Piano Music

Dance Performance |
Come explore the park on a guided safari walk that searches out site-specific dance pieces choreographed ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Dance Performances, September 21, 2014, 09/21/2014, Dance Safari!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Discussion |
A conversation with prominent women in theatre, as part of the League’s ongoing series that chronicles ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Discussions, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, League of Professional Theatre Women Oral History Project: Phylicia Rashad interviews Billie Allen

Book Reading |
Bestselling author William D. Cohan, whose reporting and writing have been hailed as “gripping” (the ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Readings, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, William D. Cohan discusses his book The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal

Talk |
Mitchell S. Jackson is the author of The Residue Years and published the eBook collection Oversoul Stories ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


$5

Talks, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, Fiction Forum: Mitchell S. Jackson

Discussion |
Each month they’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors. ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Discussions, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, Readings in Deep Ecology

Concert |
PROGRAM: Arturo Márquez (b. 1950) DANZóN No. 2 (1994) Richard Brooks (b. ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, Pierrot Around the World

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reading |
Lit, the school's's MFA literary journal, and the School of Writing hosts past editors for an ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


$5

Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Lit Editors' Reading

Book Signing |
An essential, galvanizing narrative about making a difference here and abroad — a road map to becoming ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Signings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer-winning Times columnist, signs copies of his book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Conference |
Making Cities3: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion is part of a three-year research project between the ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; reservations required

Conferences, September 24, 2014, 09/24/2014, Making Cities3: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion

Workshop |
Enjoy drawing nature in the parks and gardens with an artist/educator. Materials provided. ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Workshops, September 24, 2014, 09/24/2014, Elements of Nature Drawing

Book Reading |
Deborah Feingold has been behind the lens for many of the iconic photos you know and love. She'll be ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Readings, September 24, 2014, 09/24/2014, Photographer Deborah Feingold discusses her book Music

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; reservations can be made 30 days in advance

Tours, September 25, 2014, 09/25/2014, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Workshop |
Discover genealogical resources at the New York Public Library. This beginner's class explores vital ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Workshops, September 25, 2014, 09/25/2014, Uncovering Your Family History: Researching Vital Records and the Census

Screening |
Celebrating 30 years of Works &amp; Process at the Guggenheim Museum, choreographers Karole Armitage, ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; reservations required

Screenings, September 25, 2014, 09/25/2014, From the Works and Process Archives: Three Choreographers Reflect

Lecture |
This presentation examines the principal narratives employed by the immigrant rights movements in the ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Lectures, September 25, 2014, 09/25/2014, Framing the Immigrant Movement as about Rights, Family, or Economics: Which Appeals Resonate and for Whom?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Film |
Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark. A political journalist picks up the story ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; registration required

Films, September 27, 2014, 09/27/2014, Stephen Frears' Oscar-Nominated Philomena (2013): Nun's Lost Son

Book Signing |
Towell, a veteran conflict reporter, presents a moving and in-depth look at the country, whose citizens ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


$5; students free

Book Signings, September 27, 2014, 09/27/2014, Photographer Larry Towell discusses his book Afghanistan

Monday, September 29, 2014

Discussion |
What are we talking about in discussing “male” and “female”? Chromosomes? Hormones? Behavior? ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Discussions, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Sexes, Genders, and Brains: Four Scientists, Four Perspectives

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Reading |
Comedian, actor and writer B.J. Novak reads from his new children's book. It will tickle the funny bone ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, The Office star B.J. Novak reads from his children's book The Book with No Pictures

Book Signing |
For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Signings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Lena Dunham, Emmy-nominated star of Girls, signs copies of her book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Reading |
Winners of the class of 2013 Chapbook Contest read: Laura Leigh Abby selected for nonfiction by John ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Readings, October 01, 2014, 10/01/2014, MFA Chapbook Reading

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lecture |
President Harry Truman is often portrayed as Israel's champion, but he wanted a state that was neither ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Lectures, October 06, 2014, 10/06/2014, Present at Birth? Israel and Harry Truman, 1948

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lecture |
John Jackson, dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice, and Richard Perry University Professor ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Lectures, October 08, 2014, 10/08/2014, From 'Writing Culture' to Filming Culture: Toward an Anthropology of Multimodality

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Discussion |
This is the first in the series of events hosted by the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies that ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Discussions, October 09, 2014, 10/09/2014, The Bullet and the Ballot Box

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lecture |
Professor Miguel Beistegui (University of Warwick) will deliver a talk. ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Lectures, October 16, 2014, 10/16/2014, Genealogies of Desire: Instinct, Interest, and the Law

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lecture |
A story of urban transformation, cultural shifts, and an expanding contemporary art scene. The Chelsea ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Lectures, October 20, 2014, 10/20/2014, David Halle discusses his book New York's New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Reading |
This "sharp and moving biography" (Kirkus, starred review) of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Readings, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Laura Auricchio discusses her book The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Signing |
The horror writer discusses this new volume with Andrew Sean Greer. ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Signings, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, Anne Rice discusses her book Prince Lestat

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Book Reading |
Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and the author of the startling Man without a Face: The ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


$5

Book Readings, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, Masha Gessen discusses her book Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
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