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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 4, 2017?

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

All events, things to do on May 4, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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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.
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, 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.
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9:30 am
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City Walks, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, 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.
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9:45 am
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Tours, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Harlem Tour
Workshop |
Learn how to enhance photos using the number 1 photo editing software in the world; Adobe Photoshop. In this class you learn the features of Photoshop and learn about layers and use them to manipulate images to your desire. Class is conducted on Macintosh computers.
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10:30 am
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Workshops, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Photoshop for Beginners
Discussion |
In the last century or so the author has largely disappeared from literary criticism--since the second half of the 20th century psychocriticism and biographical readings are almost absent from academia today. Considering the author in interpretation can certainly limit and reduce criticism, but perhaps it can also expand it. There are new forms of storytelling today--contemporary, digital--that may let us see how psychocriticism, and the explicit presence of an author in her work of fiction, may be less restrictive than we once thought. Who are the writers whose lives, and whose presences in their own work, do not constrain but rather multiply our understanding of that literary work?With presentations by: Professor Edward Mendelson (Department of English), Professor Nicholas Dames (Department of English), and Anna Krauthamer (The Center for Contemporary Critical Thought). Moderated by Professor Dennis Tenen with an introduction by Professor Bernard Harcourt.
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12:00 pm
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Discussions, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Autobiographical Fiction: Where Does the Author's Life Belong in Fiction and in Criticism?
Workshop |
Share your passion for gaming the old-fashioned way. If words excite or inspire you, and crossword puzzles keep you going, then Scrabble is your game! Are you a chess or checkers champion? Whether you're a master or just starting out, show off your best moves. If you like wheeling and dealing, Monopoly's the game for you. Join them for some lively board time. All levels of play welcome. Please feel free to bring your own game set, and friends.
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Retro Board Gaming and Jigsaws for Adults
Gallery Talk |
Join a tour of the current exhibitions with Valérie Rousseau, the museum’s curator for self-taught art and art brut. Meet in the museum atrium.
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Curator's Tour: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)
Concert |
William White is one of the least well-known composers in Jacobean England. He is believed to be a contemporary of Byrd, Gibbons, Tomkins, Ford, Coprario, etc. His fantasies are characterized by a brilliant ability to pair two instruments together in featured sections and weaving a tasteful and spirited tapestry of melody throughout.Performers:Judson Griffin, baroque violin Małgorzata Ziemnicka, baroque violin Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba Carlene Stober, viola da gamba Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba 
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Abendmusik: The Consorts of William White and his Contemporaries
Tour |
Many people think of the New York City subway as one of the largest, most efficient, if not the cleanest mass transit systems in the world. Few, however, think of it as the largest and longest art gallery on the planet. Well, they don't know what they are missing. This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. Join this climate controlled subway and walking art tour. Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly. Tour takes place every Thursday.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Subway Art Tour
Film |
Stars: James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr.Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway.132 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Robert Z. Leonard and Busby Berkeley's Ziegfeld Girl (1941): Broadway Newbies
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Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn.A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. 117 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, James Cameron's The Terminator (1984): Sci-Fi Classic
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Stars: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson.A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.111 min.
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2:00 pm
Free
Films, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Barry Jenkins' Moonlight (2016): Oscar's Best Picture of the Year
Workshop |
Learn how to fold paper into works of art! We will be making cherry blossoms. Feel free to take them home or donate your work to the library to help decorate the front doors.
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Origami for All Ages
Film |
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey.WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.139 min.
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4:00 pm
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Films, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Mel Gibson's Orcar-Winning Hacksaw Ridge (2016): Pacifist's Story
Discussion |
As scholars observe, the pronounced effects of urban inequality are in the persistence of residential segregation and in neighborhood income polarization. On the one hand, gated communities constitute some of the most privileged and affluent communities, and as such contribute to segregation. On the other hand, mixed-income communities are increasingly being promoted through a multitude of housing policies as a pathway towards desegregation. The empirical evidence, however, is not conclusive about whether or not this mixedness indeed contributes to residential integration. Particularly, there are no studies about the specific impact of economically integrated neighborhoods on levels of metropolitan residential segregation. The innovative aspect of the proposed research is that it provides such evidence by examining the link between mixed-income neighborhoods and gated communities. Lecturer Elena Vesselinov is Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
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4:30 pm
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Discussions, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Gated vs. Mixed Income Communities
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.
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5:15 pm
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Workshops, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, eBook Help Hour: Get Started with eBooks
Workshop |
Learn the basics of using a Mac computer.
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Mac Computers for Beginners
Discussion |
What are the politics of police brutality in New York City and what leaders and movements have attempted to stop it? Why don’t police review boards stop police brutality? In this edition of Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series, Clarence Taylor, Cathy Schneider, Michael Flamm and Christopher Hayes discuss the latest research on the explosive issues that propelled the 1964 Harlem and Brooklyn uprisings and fuel urban unrest today.
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, The Long Fight Against New York’s Police Brutality
Film |
Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman.The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical. 117 min.
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6:00 pm
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Films, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007): Oscar-Winning Sondheim Adaptation
Gallery Talk |
Contemporary artist Marina Zurkow will lead a tour through the exhibition Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible, discussing the relationship among the animal, art, and science.Critical Walk-Throughs consist of a 40-minute guided tour that is meant to offer an alternative perspective to the works on view. They include conversations with artists, scholars, and curators, and provide an intimate opportunity to engage with the central themes and histories found in the artwork. The program is limited to 20 individuals. 
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6:00 pm
$6
Gallery Talks, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Critical Exhibition Walk-Through: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by W. Somerset Maugham.
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Book Club: The Painted Veil
Discussion |
After the critical first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, where are we as a nation? What do the administration’s policies and actions bode for the future? Join this event for in-depth perspectives from Jelani Cobb (New Yorker writer, author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, and professor of journalism at Columbia) and Megan McArdle (columnist at Bloomberg View, author of The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success). Peter Beinart, CNN commentator and faculty member, hosts this series of interactive and provocative discussions.
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, The First 100 Days: Looking Back and Ahead
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture dissects this rapid rise of “sponsored content,” a strategy whereby advertisers have become publishers and publishers create advertising—all under the guise of unbiased information.
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6:30 pm
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Slide Lectures, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Mara Einstein discusses her book Black Ops Advertising: Native Ads, Content Marketing and the Covert World of the Digital Sell
Reading |
An extraordinary evening of storytelling, mentorship, and performances highlighting today's movement leaders and the next generation of engaged creators and leaders. Poets from Urban Word NYC perform alongside talks from Dante Barry (Million Hoodies for Justice), Emily May (Hollaback!), Vanessa Wruble (Women's March on Washington), and more. With MC Lizz Winstead. For students, teachers, and everyone in between.
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7:00 pm
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Readings, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, #TeachMeYouDid: Celebrating Star Wars Day, National Teacher Appreciation Week, and Movement Leaders
Book Reading |
Winner of the 2015 First Novel Prize and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer, The Refugees) joins Lambda Award and O. Henry Prize-winner Chinelo Okparanta (Happiness, Like Water, Under the Udala Trees) for this PEN World Voices Festival event. Interviewing them about how their work intersects with this year's theme, "Gender and Power," is Parul Sehgal, senior editor at The New York Times Book Review. 
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Writers Read: Viet Thanh Nguyen / Chinelo Okparanta
Discussion |
The panel will bring together a range of experts working within the field of climate adaptation in order to showcase the diversity of work on this topic. The event will provide an opportunity to identify and discuss the most pressing issues pertaining to climate adaptation and to devise collaborative, interdisciplinary solutions.The discussion will be moderated by award-winning environmental journalist Andrew Revkin. As a reporter for The New York Times, Revkin wrote Dot Earth, an environmental blog examining the environmental impacts of human activity. Revkin currently works as the senior reporter for climate and related issues at ProPublica.Panelists:-- Adela Gondek, Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, specializing in environmental ethics-- J.C. Salyer, Lawyer and Professor of Anthropology and Sociology-- Shaun Martin, Senior Director, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-- Peter Marcotullio, Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and Professor of Urban PlanningAdditional remarks will be made by Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning Times columnist, bestselling author and contributor to the hit documentary series Years of Living Dangerously.
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7:00 pm
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Discussions, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Collaborating for Change: A New Vision of Climate Adaptation
Concert |
The Safari Chamber Orchestra, based in Tokyo, will join with local musicians for a free concert. There will be a reception after the concert.The program will include works ranging from Beethoven to Dvorak, concluding with a contemporary piece by Yasushi Akutagawa, the Triptyque, incorporating traditional Japanese rhythms and melodies. Musicians and audience members are invited to attend the casual Sushi party immediately following the concert.
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Concerts, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, The Safari Chamber Orchestra of Tokyo
7:00 pm
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Concerts, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Tribute to a Cuban megaband
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First-person account of the life of Giuseppe “Joe” Zangara, an Italian immigrant who, having attempted to kill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, could have changed the course of history. His “crime against the state” punished with a “crime committed by the State:” at 33, on March 20, 1933, Zangara is executed in the electric chair. Massimo Garritano jazz-improvises, using the bouzuchi and the dobro, two instruments belonging to Calabria as well as to the United States, between the words spoken in Calabrese dialect by Ernesto Orrico.Written and directed by Ernesto Orrico. With Ernesto Orrico. Music by Massimo Garritano.In Italian with English supertitles. Followed by a Q&A.
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7:00 pm
Free
Performances, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Italian Theater Festival NY: My Idea. Memory of Joe Zangara
Tour |
New York Ghost tours capture the spiritual side of the Big Apple through stories. famed explorers, native tribes, lost opportunities and political intrigue. With almost every step one takes through the West Village, one encounters the ghosts and spirits of New York City’s past. Every corner has its stories, every building has its haunted spirits.
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7:30 pm
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Tours, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
Concert |
Clarinetist Igor Begelman's virtuosity and imagination on his instrument have been praised by critics as "remarkable display of music making" and have earned him an impressive list of prizes, engagements and honors, including Avery Fisher Career Grant awarded to outstanding American artists.
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Igor Begelman, Acclaimed Clarinetist
7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Broadway performers in concert
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Hailed as “the hippest hangout since St. Nicholas Pub” by The Amsterdam News, Marc Cary's weekly event, The Harlem Sessions, has rapidly become the uptown hang for a host of great musicians. Founded in the Lenox Avenue spot Gin Fizz, the jam is celebrating its second anniversary with a number of special guests from the sessions, whose stage has been graced by the likes of Vijay Iyer, Ben Williams, Bertha Hope , Kebbie Williams, Braxton Cook, Igmar Thomas, Corey Wallace, members of The United Nations Youth Orchestra, and nearly 100 other musicians, poets, and dancers who make up the fabric of NYC’s thriving jazz scene.Jazz pianist, keyboardist, producer, and composer Marc Cary holds tight to his roots in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music scene, but they represent only one element among the myriad. Cary’s interests run from Indian classical to Malian music to hip-hop. He started his career working with Betty Carter, a legendary vocalist famous for drawing soul and sincerity out of her bands, and went on to work with Roy Hargrove, Dizzy Gillespie, Erykah Badu, Shirley Horn, Stefon Harris, Q-Tip, and–most influential of all–Abbey Lincoln. Connect to the Facebook event page for extra insights on this program. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.Location David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center TicketsMay 2017Thu, May 4 7:30 pm Free No Tickets Required
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Concerts, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Marc Cary: The Harlem Sessions
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New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.Takes place Thursdays and Saturdays.
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8:00 pm
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Tours, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
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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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