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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 2, 2017?

Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away! 28 free events take place on May 2 in New York City.
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Tue, May 2, 2017
28 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 2, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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
Free
Tours, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, 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
Free
City Walks, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo 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, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Harlem Tour
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In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” Tours take place every Tuesday at 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 3pm until Dec. 12, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
Book Reading |
Brandie Davis will be reading an expert from the final installment of the notorius Renee series and she'll be answering questions and autographing copies of Renee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
Free
Book Readings, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Brandie Davis discusses her book Renne 3: Long Live the Queen
Workshop |
Need help getting started with eBooks? Bring your laptop, eReader, tablet or smart phone to eBook Help Hour. Get assistance loading electronic library books on your Kindle, create your free Adobe ID, learn about 3M Cloud Library, and so much more. Make sure you bring your library card and any necessary access passwords for your devices so they can help you as quickly as possible.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Workshops, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, eBook Help Hour: Get Started with eBooks
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, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Performance |
Short plays about gender identity in Brazil: a judicial fight, a dinner with a murderer, the death of the mother and a flower leads a rally. Works by Marcia Zanelatto, Jô Bilac (pictured), Daniela Pereira de Carvalho, and Joaquim Vicente.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
Free
Performances, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, International Play Festival 2017: TranScenes - Four Short Plays from Brazil
Book Reading |
A fevered, lyrical debut about two young women drawn into an ever-intensifying friendship set against the stark, haunted landscape of the Sonoran desert and the ecstatic frenzy of New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Book Readings, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Hannah Lillith Assadi discusses her book Sonora
Workshop |
Methods drawn from the discipline of hypnosis offer us some of the easiest-to-learn and most effective techniques in mind/body transformation. In this class you will learn some of the most powerful ways of changing habituated patterns of thought, feeling and behavior. You will learn techniques to change negative emotional states and eliminate unhealthy cravings as well as simple self-healing methods that rebalance the body-mind. Integrative Hypnosis brings together techniques and processes from clinical hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, cognitive psychology, and energy psychology to change unconscious patterns and rewire your brain. Melissa creates protocols based on the current research in neuroscience and mind/body medicine to provide you with tools to make changes in every area of your life.With: Melissa Tiers
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:45 pm
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Workshops, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Intro Class: Integrative Hypnosis -- Rapid Techniques to Rewire Your Brain
Opening Reception |
Park West Camera Club 80th Anniversary Exhibition, one of the oldest and largest camera clubs in New York City, is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Photographs and documents from the archives recalling its early history will be exhibited. Its present is represented by a slideshow of current members’ images.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Five solo shows: photography
Opening Reception |
Over the past 25 years, Paine’s sculptures ruminate upon the clash of the human and the natural worlds, and the warring of chaos and control that result from humanity’s attempts to manage the process. Fusing organic forms, such as trees, flowers, and fungi with man-made structures and materials among which include stainless steel, epoxy, and polymer, Paine invents, distorts, surprises and confounds our perception of the natural and inorganic and the real and artificial. Farewell Transmission presents two distinct series, Dioramas and Dendroids; each expresses the artist’s anxieties about the human impact on our habitat and the mechanized tools that seek to impose order and control, often to disordered and unpredictable ends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Farewell Transmission: Recent Scultpure by Roxy Paine
Discussion |
Transwoman and political activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, trans author and boxer Thomas Page McBee, poets Eileen Myles and Saeed Jones, and founder/executive director of Women in Media & News Jennifer Pozner discuss the narratives of transgender issues found—or not seen—in the media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, PEN World Voices Festival 2017: Queer Representation and the Media
Film |
Members of the Camorra on the run and actors seeking for authority meet after a shipwreck on an island-prison. The theatre turns into a free zone where everyone may not be able to recover their social role but for sure their humanity. Somebody can even get love back. Shakespeare and Eduardo De Filippo blend together in a picaresque comedy full of coup de théâtre. 101 min.  In Italian with English subtitles. Followed by a Q&A with director Gianfranco Cabiddu. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Gianfranco Cabiddu's La stoffa dei sogni (2016): Italian Comedy
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Ticha-Ticha awaits the return of Michael, the love of her life, who is, however, drawn to her daughter, Penda. This intense and poetic play deals with love, lust, female genital mutilation, and murder.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Performances, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, International Play Festival 2017: Ticha-Ticha by Hakim Bah
Discussion |
Participants:*Esteban Beltrán | President of Amnesty International Spain*Jon Lee Anderson | Journalist, The New Yorker*Miquel Ramos | Journalist, specialist in far right movements. Directa, La Marea (Spain)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
Free
Discussions, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Victims of Franquismo: A Reparation That Never Comes
Film |
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Jason Robards.A British woman trying to escape Hungary with her freedom fighter lover finds herself the obsession of a Communist officer. 126 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
Free
Films, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Anatole Litvak's The Journey (1959): War Drama
Discussion |
America’s initial military response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks involved a handful of American Special Operations forces secretly sent into Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Former special forces commanders Maj. Mark Nutsch (pictured) and retired Master Sgt. Scott Neil discuss their unconventional warfare missions atop horseback in the first days after 9/11.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
Free
Discussions, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, The Horse Soldiers
Lecture |
To an unprecedented extent, the 2016 election raised questions about the role and function of the media, its responsibilities in a modern democracy, and the degree to which reportage can make a difference in public life. The national discussion of both candidates was driven by an a la carte relationship with reality that culminated in new levels of mendacity, "alternative facts," and, ultimately, toxic confusion. This lecture examines the dynamics at play in the election, the role played by print, broadcast, and social media, and the implications of those dynamics for the “fourth estate” over the next four years of American politics, and into the future.Lecturer: Jelani Cobb 
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Lectures, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, The Half-Life of Freedom: The Media and Alternative Facts
7:00 pm
Regular: $15
Member: $0.00
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Concerts, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Tribute to jazz queens
Workshop |
This introductory meditation class was featured as a New York Magazine top pick. Room is set up with both meditation floor mats and traditional western chairs with back support. No special clothing or equipment is necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Introduction to Meditation
Comedy Club |
This month's theme is: Say WHUUUT?—Oh no you (or they) didn't. Stories about things that didn't quite work out as you planned…either for your or someone else's good (or not so good). Super Storytellers is curated and co-hosted by author/storyteller Michele Carlo, the author of FISH OUT OF AGUA: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks, (Citadel Press). The show will also include a "Magic Hat Open-Mic" where audience members can sign up for a chance at four minutes of stage time to share their own stories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
Free
Comedy Clubs, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, No Name's Super Storyteller's Edition
Tour |
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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7:30 pm
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Tours, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
Discussion |
A discussion about the intersection of LGBTQ rights and faith with Joy Ladin (the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish institution), Amy Butler (Senior Minister, The Riverside Church), Garrard Conley (author of Boy Erased, about going through “Conversion Therapy” in Arkansas and whose father is a minister), Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenyan author and outspoken LGBTQ activist), moderated by Jennifer Boylan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
Free
Discussions, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, PEN World Voices Festival 2017: Gender, Power & Faith
Concert |
Praised for his “Beautiful Tone” by New York Concert Reviews in 2011, award winning cellist Nan-Cheng Chen is passionate about sharing music with music lovers. At only age of 25, Nan-Cheng is the executive director and founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society, a member of Sonic Escape, Chen Trio, and many other active music ensembles in NYC. An active soloist, Nan-Cheng has collaborated with Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Metro-West Symphony, Quincy Symphony and Symphony Pro Musica.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Nan-Cheng Chen, Award-Winning Cello
Play |
Germany is in the World Cup final; Berlin is dreaming again of a summer fairy tale to forget the world torn by wars. Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Salzmann sends her protagonists on a seemingly endless search for a new self, which denies traditional concepts of identity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
Free
Plays, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, International Play Festival 2017: Meteorites by Sasha Marianna Salzmann
8:00 pm
Regular: $35
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Concerts, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Choir and orchestra perform gospel and church music
9:30 pm
Regular: $15
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Concerts, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Blues with a Twist
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Classical Music | One of the most popular choral works of all times

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Play | A play about a human bond

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