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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 5, 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! 27 free events take place on May 5 in New York City.
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27 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 5, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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The 2017 Victorian Studies Conference featuring keynote speaker Nancy Armstrong (Duke University) will examine the state of feminist criticism in Victorian studies. It will explore feminist work from its inception in the 1970s, through its landmark critical works, into its current state and future prospects, with particular attention to how our feminist practices vary transatlantically and intersect with queer studies, narrative theory, postcolonialism, and digital humanities. It will be asking how feminist Victorian criticism formed, how it has changed over time, and what we want for its future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Conferences, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, The Woman Card: Feminism and Victorian Studies, Past, Present, and Future
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, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, 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, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Tour |
Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Manhattan Street Art Tour
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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City Walks, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Tour |
It is easy to forget that you are in a crowded city while walking through this spectacular park! The original plan for the City of New York, laid out by the City Commissioners in 1811 did not include the park. But as the city grew rapidly in size, we needed a place for New Yorkers to get a breath of fresh air! Central Park, with its 843 acres of meadows, lawns, ponds, lakes and more, was the solution. Today it is one of the best-known parks in the world and is enjoyed by millions-both locals and tourists alike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Central Park All-in-One Tour
Workshop |
Are you a Bridge buff?  Put your game face on and show off your best plays. Join the fun and meet new friends!All players welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Bridge Club
Lecture |
The 2013–15 excavations in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq revealed a mosaic depicting a subject that is unparalleled in ancient synagogue art. The mosaic panel displays an enigmatic narrative over three registers of unequal size. Although there are no inscriptions identifying the episodes represented, the presence of battle elephants and period-specific dress sets the Huqoq mosaic apart in the corpus of ancient synagogue art. In all other known synagogues, the subject matter depicted in narrative scenes derives from the Hebrew Bible. The presentation focuses on what we believe are the likeliest interpretations of the events portrayed in this mosaic. The iconography and composition of the mosaic, when set alongside Jewish and non-Jewish textual traditions, suggest that it portrays an historical event, either real or invented, from the late Classical or Hellenistic periods. The memorialization of a non-biblical event in a synagogue challenges conventional scholarly assumptions concerning the historical consciousness of Jews in late antique Galilee. We suggest that Jewish knowledge of and interest in the past were not governed solely by the reiteration of biblical narrative in liturgy, homily, and art, but also incorporated historical events and figures from the relatively recent past.   Lecturer Ra‘anan Boustan, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UCLA, is currently a Visiting Research Scholar in the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Lectures, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Greek Kings and Judaean Priests in the Late Antique Synagogue
City Walk |
A guided walking tour of the historic and revitalized 34th Street District. Tour-goers will explore the neighborhood's rich history of commerce, transit, and architecture. This 90-minute tour is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 28, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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City Walks, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Tour34: Empire to Penn
City Walk |
This neighborhood walking tour is part of Jane's Walk at Municipal Art Society. Jane's Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about, and celebrate their neighborhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane's Walk is more of a walking conversation. Who has a masterful understanding of Mid-Manhattan neighborhood’s past and present history? A neighborhood librarian of course! Learn from these amazing experts who live and breathe community as they take you for a walk beyond their local library walls.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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City Walks, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Walk with a Librarian: Midtown Manhattan Neighborhood Tour
City Walk |
This neighborhood walking tour is part of Jane's Walk at Municipal Art Society. Jane's Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about, and celebrate their neighborhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane's Walk is more of a walking conversation."The first permanent, municipally built playground in the United States was right here in Seward Park." Who has a masterful understanding of the Lower East Side community’s past and present history? A neighborhood librarian of course! Learn from these amazing experts who live and breathe community as they take you for a walk beyond their local library walls.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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City Walks, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Walk with a Librarian: Lower East Side Neighborhood Tour
Film |
Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey.The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. 102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Films, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused (1993): Coming of Age in the 70s
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
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Tour |
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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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Harlem Tour
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 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
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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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Tour |
Visit a distillery and a brewery. In addition to some new and trendy restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Also visit a historic cemetery and a Carnegie library, fashioned after his Fifthth Avenue mansion. There are a few other venues that we may explore depending on the weather and time.This should take about 3 hours with extra time for transport and libations. Rain cancels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
$3 plus transporation/libations
Tours, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, South Bronx Hike for Cinco De Mayo
Film |
Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper.A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. 121 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, James Gunn's Oscar-Nominated Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Comic Book Adaptation
Concert |
Fraydele is a new project led by multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg and featuring Eva Salina on vocals; Zoe Aqua on violin; Zoe Christiansen on clarinet and accordion; Sam Reider on accordion; and Joanna Sternberg on vocals, guitar, piano and bass.Named after Joanna’s grandmother Fraydele Oysher, a cantor and pioneer of feminism in the Yiddish Theater, Fraydele performs its own unique arrangements and interpretations of soulful songs from Yiddish folk music traditions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Concerts, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Fraydele, Soulful Yiddish Folk Music
Book Reading |
These eleven stories by Joshua Ferris, many of which were first published in The New Yorker, are at once thrilling, strange, and comic. The collection is about lives changed forever when the reckless gives way to possibility and the ordinary cedes ground to mystery. And each one confirms Ferris's reputation as one of the most dazzlingly talented, deeply humane writers at work today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Joshua Ferris discusses his new short story collection The Dinner Party
Performance |
February 25 1991, Albania. The communist regime has collapsed and thousands of people leave their very poor country with boats and ships in search of a better life in Italy. In one of these ships is 6-month-old Aleksandros. This is his story, the story of a son who will grow up far from his country and of a father who will make many sacrifices to raise a child away from the poverty of his country.Written by Aleksandros Memetaj. Directed by Giampiero Rappa. With Aleksandros Memetaj.In Italian with English supertitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Performances, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Italian Theater Festival NY: Sweet Home Albania
Discussion |
The beauty of pure mathematics is at the essence of all in nature. Not only is it the language of science, it is the basis of the systems behind everything we see- proportion, symmetry, sequences, repetition, fractals, patterns. Woven into our everyday surroundings, often only discernible to the practiced eye, mathematics is at the core of the natural world and the foundation of imagined ones. It is only natural that artists find it an irresistible subject. Regardless of how these artists approach the world, the mathematics of their work powerfully echoes throughout the universe.Participating Artists:Cynthia Back, C Bangs, Caroline Blum, MJ Caselden, Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, Beverly K. Duncan, Gerhild Ebel, Robyn Ellenbogen, Steven Gawoski, Susan Happersett, Amber Heaton, Jeanne Heifetz, Helena Kauppila, Lorin Roser, Martha Willette Lewis, Geraldine Ondrizek, Gerhard Mantz, Eva Mantell, Alan Rosner, Simona Soare, Sarah Stengle, Kathy Strauss, Rachael Wren
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Natura Mathematica: An Exhibition Panel
Lecture |
A lecture by authors Richard D. Easton and Eric F. Frazier.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Lectures, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, GPS: American Invention, Global Impact
Book Discussion |
Bim Adewumni, Naomi Jackson, Ashley C. Ford, Tomi Obaro, and Chinelo Okparanta discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah, selected for the first ever #OneBookNY initiative, moderated by Glory Edim (Well-Read Black Girl).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Book Discussion: Americanah
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 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
Tour |
The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Ghosts of the East Village Tour
7:30 pm
Regular: $35
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Concerts, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Orchestral works by Schubert and more
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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

Regular: $18; Member: $0.00

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