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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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 26
10:00 am

Free

Tours, November 26, 2014, 11/26/2014, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Screening |
A dance historian and critic David Vaughan will introduce and screen Conservatoriet, plus historic films of other ballets and of Bournonville classes. August Bournonville (1805–1879) was a Danish ballet master and choreographer. From 1830 to 1848 he was choreographer for the Royal Danish Ballet, for which he created more than 50 ballets admired for their exuberance, lightness and beauty. David Vaughan is a dance historian and critic and was the archivist of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1976 until the company was disbanded in 2012.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 26
1:00 pm

Free

Screenings, November 26, 2014, 11/26/2014, Dance on Film: August Bournonville, Danish ballet master and choreographer
Jazz |
Enjoy free live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 26
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 26, 2014, 11/26/2014, Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist
Master Class |
Judy Loman has been principal harpist with the Toronto Symphony since 1960, and has appeared as a soloist with that organization in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Loman's performances are heard frequently on CBC Radio and she has recorded for RCA, Columbia, CBC, Centre Disc, Aquitaine, Marquis and Naxos. Her playing has been featured in two films by Rhombus Media, presented by the CBC and TV Ontario.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 26
3:30 pm

Free

Concerts, November 26, 2014, 11/26/2014, Harp Master Class: Judy Loman
Concert |
Jewish and Roma melodies are presented by one of Europe’s premier contemporary classical ensembles. New Dimension Workshop performs the music of its Hungarian educational project in remembrance of Jewish and Roma victims of the Holocaust. Featuring Kalman Olah, eminent Roma jazz pianist, Grand Prize winner of the Thelonius Monk Jazz Composer’s Competition.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 26
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, November 26, 2014, 11/26/2014, Jewish and Roma Music from Hungary: A Holocaust Memorial Concert

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tour |
This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway* to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown and Midtown Manhattan. There will be ample opportunities for memorable pictures. You'll get the chance to savor NY's best pizza and cannoli and other treats, learn how to play NY handball, maybe bargain with a shopkeeper in Chinatown, observe a game of street chess in Greenwich Village, people watch and window shop in SoHo, and kick back on the Highline Park. Along the way, you'll master the subway and learn about New York's Finest!    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 28
10:00 am

Free

Tours, November 28, 2014, 11/28/2014, All-in-One Downtown Tour
Film |
With Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson and Tom Wilkinson. A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. 133 Minutes    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 28
2:00 pm

Free

Films, November 28, 2014, 11/28/2014, Jim Sheridan's In the Name of the Father (1993): Nominated for 7 Oscars
Park Walk |
Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 28
4:30 pm

Free

Park Walks, November 28, 2014, 11/28/2014, Central Park Tour - Lower Section
Concert |
Dancer, beatboxer, and all-around hip-hop visionary Akim Funk Buddha returns for a genre-busting, cross-cultural evening of music and dance. Having toured with legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones’ dance company, Akim draws on everything from martial arts and circus acrobatics to Mongolian throat singing and Balinese monkey chanting to completely reinvent hip-hop.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 28
9:00 pm

No cover, no

Concerts, November 28, 2014, 11/28/2014, Akim Funk Buddha's Hip-Hop Holiday

Saturday, November 29, 2014

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

Sat, Nov 29
10:00 am

Free

City Walks, November 29, 2014, 11/29/2014, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Film |
Stars: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley. An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits. 126 mins.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 29
12:15 pm

Free

Films, November 29, 2014, 11/29/2014, Terry Gilliam's Oscar-Nominated The Adventures of Baron Muchausen (1988): Fantastical Journey
Tour |
The tour explores the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany &amp; Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more!    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 29
2:00 pm

Free

Tours, November 29, 2014, 11/29/2014, Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour

Monday, December 1, 2014

Festival |
Billy Porter will emcee this huge, outdoor neighborhood festival featuring free live entertainment, outdoor food tastings from over 30 area restaurants, family fun, children’s activities, and shopping throughout the area. Celebration begins (rain, snow or shine) at 5:30pm with the Upper West Side’s Tree Lighting ceremony. Food Tastings officially begin at 6:00PM. Headlining the main stage this year is Winter’s Eve favorite Arlo Guthrie.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 1
5:30 pm
to 9:00 pm

Free

Festivals, December 01, 2014, 12/01/2014, 15th Annual Winter’s Eve with Folk Legend Arlo Guthrie and Billy Porter, Tony-Winning Star of Kinky Boots
Film |
In the media frenzy leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, LGBT athletes and activists must choose whether to risk their own safety by speaking out against Russia's anti-gay laws. Cameras follow the experiences of outspoken figure skater and commentator Johnny Weir, tennis legend and official U.S. Olympic delegate Billie Jean King, as well as several openly gay Olympic hopefuls and Russian LBGT activists. 80 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 1
6:00 pm

Free

Films, December 01, 2014, 12/01/2014, To Russia with Love: Documentary on Gay Athletes at the Sochi Olympics
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture uncovers the forgotten tale of the Igorrotes, a tribe from the Northern Philippines, 50 of whom were taken to Coney Island in 1905 and put on display amongst the fairground rides and freak shows.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 1
6:30 pm

Free

Slide Lectures, December 01, 2014, 12/01/2014, Claire Prentice discusses her book The Lost Tribe of Coney Island

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Discussion |
The winner was never in doubt. But the seemingly comfortable victory margin belied the drama that took place along the way. The governor's race had more surprises than anyone would have imagined: the Moreland bombshell, Zephyr Teachout's robust primary showing, and RGA Chair Chris Christie’s snub of Rob Astorino. What does this election tell us about the state of politics in New York? What does it portend for the next few years in Albany? And does it tell us anything about Cuomo's prospects in a potential presidential bid? With: - Kate Albright-Hanna, Teachout communications director - Alexis Grenell, City &amp; State - Peter Kauffmann, senior advisor to the NYS Democratic Committee - Michael Lawler, Astorino campaign manager - Brian Murphy, CUNY Baruch College - William O'Reilly, Astorino consultant - Jessica Proud, Astorino spokesperson - Zephyr Teachout, Democratic primary candidate - Matt Wing, Cuomo communications director - Moderator: Rob George, The New York Post    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 3
8:15 am

Free

Discussions, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, 2014 Campaign Roundtables: The NYS Governor and State Senate Races
Concert |
Program: RACHMANINOFF From Études-Tableaux, op. 33, no. 2 and no. 6 JANÁCEK From In the Mists, I. Andante PROKOFIEV From Sarcasms, op. 17, no. 1 and no. 3 FAURÉ Barcarolle in A Minor, op. 104, no. 2 SCRIABIN Vers la Flamme REGER Fugue from Variations on a Theme by Telemann, op. 134 STRAVINSKY Souvenir d'une marche boche BARTÓK Suite, op. 14 DEBUSSY From Études, XI. Pour les arpèges composés SZYMANOWSKI Don Juan’s Serenade from Masques, op. 34 RAVEL From Le tombeau de Couperin, VI. Toccata BRIDGE Lament for Catherine NIELSEN Chaconne SAINT-SAËNS Marche Interalliée, op. 155 STRAVISNKY Piano-Rag-Music RAVEL La Valse Fifteen pianists perform piano music from the era of World War I.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 3
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, The Piano in Wartime: 1914-18
Talk |
Gay Talese, as a writer for the New York Times and Esquire Magazine in the 1960s, helped to define literary journalism. Among his classic books are The Kingdom and the Power, Honor Thy Father, Thy Neighbor’s Wife, and Unto the Sons. He also wrote one of the most famous magazine articles ever writer, “Frank Sinatra has a Cold.” Among his many awards, Talese has won the Norman Mailer Prize for distinguished journalism.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 3
7:00 pm

Free

Talks, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Gay Talese, Iconic American Author

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dance Performance |
Making their American debut, Radio Ballet presents a choreographed fictionalization of the private and shared experiences of the performers. Avoiding worn clichés of movements and gestures, their intimate duet is lyrical, unashamedly shy, and a wry commentary on the demented state called love. Choreographed and performed by Bea Egyed and Milán Újvári.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 5
7:30 pm

$15 suggested donation;

Dance Performances, December 05, 2014, 12/05/2014, Radio Ballet's The Nature of Love: Private Experiences Choreographed

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dance Performance |
Making their American debut, Radio Ballet presents a choreographed fictionalization of the private and shared experiences of the performers. Avoiding worn clichés of movements and gestures, their intimate duet is lyrical, unashamedly shy, and a wry commentary on the demented state called love. Choreographed and performed by Bea Egyed and Milán Újvári.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 6
8:00 pm

$15 suggested donation;

Dance Performances, December 06, 2014, 12/06/2014, Radio Ballet's The Nature of Love: Private Experiences Choreographed
Concert |
Program: Giuseppe Verdi: “Aroldo” Overture Vernon Duke: Cello Concerto; Sam Magill, cello (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 1    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 6
8:00 pm

$10 suggested donation

Concerts, December 06, 2014, 12/06/2014, New York Repetory Orchestra performs works by Verdi and others

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Other |
The Rob Susman Brass Quartet and children and grown-ups alike will sing holiday songs. The sparkling lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings. Santa Claus himself has promised to appear and lead the children in the illumination countdown. Complimentary songbooks provided.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 10
6:00 pm

Free

Others, December 10, 2014, 12/10/2014, Park Tree Lighting and Sing-Along

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dance Performance |
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II presents Navidad Flamenca as part of the 7th annual Flamenco in the Boros Tour. This series of free community performances thrills audiences with the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world from Argentina and Mexico to Colombia, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Through music, carols, and dance, Navidad Flamenca highlights these traditions — all united by a single language — and reflects the influences of Spanish culture throughout the Americas.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 11
7:30 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 11, 2014, 12/11/2014, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II: Navidad Flamenca

Saturday, December 13, 2014

City Walk |
Relaxed walking, about five to six hours. Down 57th Street to the East River and down First Avenue to 42nd Street and up 42nd Street. Walk through Grand Central Terminal, the Skating Pond to the Hudson River. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. Rain or shine.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 13
10:00 am

$3

City Walks, December 13, 2014, 12/13/2014, Manhattan Walk: Christmas and Holiday Loop

Sunday, December 14, 2014

City Walk |
From Penn Station, walk west and do the High Line, then walk south on the bike path along the Hudson River as far as the Atrium of the World Financial Center. Bring water and lunch or snacks. The Atrium of the World Financial Center provides a warm place in which to eat. Then tour the 9-11 Memorial and Museum (Memorial free, Museum costs $24, $18 for seniors). Call if weather doubtful; hike may be cancelled for rain, snow, or excessive cold and wind.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 14
11:15 am

$3

City Walks, December 14, 2014, 12/14/2014, Hudson River South Walk

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Concert |
Jewish and Roma melodies are presented by one of Europe’s premier contemporary classical ensembles. New Dimension Workshop performs the music of its Hungarian educational project in remembrance of Jewish and Roma victims of the Holocaust. Featuring Kalman Olah, eminent Roma jazz pianist, Grand Prize winner of the Thelonius Monk Jazz Composer’s Competition. The performance will be followed by a reception and an opportunity to discuss memory, culture and the artist’s place in promoting remembrance with the performers.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 17
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, December 17, 2014, 12/17/2014, Jewish and Roma Music from Hungary
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